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OLR Research Report


June 25, 2008

 

2008-R-0382

2008 REGULAR AND JUNE SPECIAL SESSION BILL
TRACKING REPORT

By: Kristin Sullivan, Associate Analyst

This report lists the bills considered during the General Assembly's 2008 regular session and June Special Session (JSS) whose provisions were enacted under another bill number. The provisions of many bills that die in committee or on the calendar in fact become law after (1) the original committee incorporates them in another bill that receives a favorable report or (2) a member offers the concept as an amendment that is adopted and incorporated in another bill. This report includes bills that may have changed in the final enactment from the language of the original committee bill or file, but that represent the legislature's final action on the matter taken during one of the sessions referenced above.

During the 2008 regular session and June Special Session, the content or concept of 74 bills started as separate legislation but was later incorporated in other bills that passed. Of those, the governor vetoed three. Table 1 lists the original bills in numeric order and shows the public act that included their provisions. Table 2 lists the bills by the committee to which they were first referred. Table 3 lists the bills considered during the regular session that were incorporated in acts passed in the special session.

Table 1: Bill Tracking by Original Bill Number

Originated As Bill #

Enacted as Public Act #

Brief Explanation of Concept

21

08-176

Includes several mortgage lending reform concepts and changes to the national mortgage licensing system

25

08-169

Increases the FY 09 state bond authorization for school construction projects

40

08-123

Authorizes the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide an additional 500 “Next Steps” supportive housing units for people with mental illness

56

08-105 and

08-156

Establishes a permanent enforcement commission on employers misclassifying employees in order to evade requirements under employment law (PA 08-156 includes an advisory board to the commission)

118

08-94

Requires applicants seeking a new or expanded permit, certificate, or siting approval for certain facilities (an “affecting facility”) in an environmental justice community from the Department of Environmental

Protection (DEP) or the Connecticut Siting Council to file and receive approval of a meaningful public participation plan

271 House “A”

08-2 (JSS)

Modifies (1) receivership and post-judgment remedy laws by increasing the amount that a receiver may pay for certain consumer deposits, including deposits made to a home heating oil or propane gas dealer under a prepaid or capped price per gallon contract, and (2) receivership laws by increasing the amount that a court may pay for wages owed to the limit set by federal bankruptcy law

271 House “A” and 529

08-2 (JSS)

Bans franchisors from prohibiting their franchisees from giving cash discounts

278

08-125

Eliminates a three-day hospital stay requirement before receiving residential treatment as a prerequisite to insurance coverage for the residential treatment

290

08-150 55

Expands and revises requirements for scrap metal processors receiving certain loads of scrap metal, imposes requirements on junk dealers and junk yard owners receiving certain types of metal goods, and makes violations of the new and revised requirements misdemeanors

292

08-150 32

Applies the same penalty for failing to grant the right-of-way to a blind person as applies for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk

293

08-150 29

Modifies a requirement for providing title certificates for vehicles sold at motor vehicle auctions

295

08-150 49-54

Includes Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) inspectors designated by the commissioner to enforce motor vehicle laws under several laws covering use of physical force or deadly force when making an arrest, resisting arrest, hindering an arrest, and assault on a public safety officer

299

08-101 13-15

Authorizes use of transportation bonding for bicycle and pedestrian access projects, requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement a “Share the Road” public awareness campaign within available appropriations, and specifies that vehicles overtaking and passing a bicyclist maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing

300

08-150 30

Authorizes the DMV commissioner to waive the fee for any applicant for a non-driver photo identification card who is a resident of a homeless shelter or other facility

302

08-101 8-10

Authorizes the DOT commissioner to initiate harbor improvement projects, creates a special account to fund the projects, and removes limits on state grants to municipalities for harbor projects

333 and 5507

08-3 (JSS)

n Generally permits state courts to revoke or reduce any retirement or other benefits of public officials or employees who commit crimes related to their employment

n Makes failure to report a bribe a crime for public servants

n Expands illegal campaign finance practices to cover certain solicitations by chiefs of staff

n Requires the Office of State Ethics to provide mandatory training to legislators on the Code of Ethics

387 2

08-184 38

Increases, from three to eight, the number of hours of Alzheimer's and dementia-specific training that Alzheimer's special care units or programs must annually provide to licensed and registered direct care staff and nurse's aides who provide direct care

405

08-170

Expands grants for computer-assisted writing, instruction, and testing

413

08-165 (VETOED)

Establishes a Health and Human Services Cabinet to recommend a long-term funding solution for nonprofit community providers under purchase of service agreements with state agencies

420

08-14

Changes several certificate of need (CON) process deadlines concerning the Office of Health Care Access

421

08-184 62

Prohibits minors under 18 from possessing tobacco in public places

463

08-184 55

Requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to make local boards of education aware of meningitis information

483

08-109

Requires DPH to collect certain information to create individual public profiles on dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists, naturopaths, dental hygienists, advanced practice registered nurses, and physical therapists

500

08-114

Establishes two new offenses of endangerment and aggravated endangerment of a highway worker, establishes penalties and relevant definitions, and creates an advisory council on safety improvements in highway work zones

503

08-150

n Makes it a misdemeanor to sell or disclose personal information from motor vehicle records for an unauthorized purpose and clarifies a provision of the law ( 3)

n Requires applicants for auto recycling business licenses to certify that they are in compliance with environmental laws as a prerequisite for licensure and establishes related requirements ( 10)

n Allows DMV to extend the expiration dates of licenses, registrations, and other credentials under certain emergency or other circumstances ( 19)

n Requires anyone applying for a Connecticut driver's license who has not previously been licensed in Connecticut or elsewhere to take an eight-hour course on safe driving practices as a prerequisite to licensure ( 28)

n Requires that the model year specified for a modified antique motor vehicle be the model year that the vehicle's body most closely resembles ( 5)

n Requires DMV to keep an updated copy of the International Registration Plan at its main office and available for public inspection ( 6);

n Requires DMV regulations that currently apply only to secondary school driver education programs and require a teaching segment on the purposes and procedures of organ procurement organizations to include commercial driving schools as well ( 8);

n Allows the commissioner to waive the fee for a set of replacement plates to someone who produces a police report indicating that the plates were stolen or mutilated regardless of the reason why they were stolen or mutilated ( 9)

n Modifies requirements for qualification for licensure as a driving instructor to include status with respect to the state child abuse and neglect registry and other factors ( 11)

n Changes requirements regarding video displays in motor vehicles that can be seen by the driver ( 12)

n Makes conduct of exhaust emissions inspections of heavy duty commercial motor vehicles in concert with vehicle weight and safety inspections discretionary rather than mandatory and makes other minor changes ( 13)

n Explicitly allows DMV to accept certificates of title issued by Indian tribes that are officially recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ( 14)

n Exempts municipally owned motor vehicles from DMV motor vehicle title and title-related fees ( 15)

n Specifies that (a) someone learning to drive a commercial motor vehicle under a learner's permit may not drive under instruction if he has been suspended (usually for medical reasons) and (b) the person providing the instruction must have a commercial driver's license of the proper class and with the endorsements necessary for the type of vehicle being driven ( 7)

n Authorizes DMV to establish a system to verify commercial motor vehicle insurance coverage electronically ( 19)

n Makes it clear that someone who holds a commercial driver's license can also operate any other vehicles that can be operated with a lower classification non-commercial license ( 20)

n Authorizes the commissioner to allow marine dealers to issue boat trailer registrations through DMV's online registration system, if the dealers are registered with the DEP commissioner ( 21)

n Establishes a procedure for lienholders to release a security interest in a motor vehicle electronically, in addition to written form ( 22)

n Incorporates federal standards regarding drug testing procedures for tests required of drivers of school buses and student transportation vehicles (STV) to make it clear what standards must be applied to STV drivers since many of them do not hold commercial driver's licenses ( 23);

n Revises laws on mopeds and motor-driven cycles ( 16-17)

n Adds several new definitions to the motor vehicle laws, including one defining an unregistered motor vehicle, and modifies others ( 1-2)

521

08-2 (JSS)

Eliminates the scheduled increase in the petroleum products gross earnings tax

524

08-106

Prohibits placing in the stream of commerce certain products, including those that have been the subject a voluntary recall, and addresses reporting requirements for the final disposition of the recalled products

529 and 271 House “A”

08-2 (JSS)

Bans franchisors from prohibiting their franchisees from giving cash discounts

538

08-185

Allows municipalities to annually adjust property tax assessments during the years preceding a scheduled revaluation

578

08-184 50

Requires DPH to develop a biennial license renewal for nurses

585

08-186

Permits the DEP commissioner to authorize solid waste demonstration projects

646

08-169

Changes the selection process for architects and construction managers for state-funded school construction projects

649

08-160

n Expands the definition of “bullying” and requires school boards to implement the bullying policies they were required to adopt

n Requires people in a teacher preparation program to be encouraged to complete a school bullying and suicide prevention component

n Requires teachers to receive in-service training in bullying prevention

655

08-174

Establishes a property tax exemption for property held by a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of preserving open space

660

08-161

Codifies the Department of Social Services' (DSS') food stamp employment and training program and requires DSS to maximize the use of the program's optional 50% federal matching funds component

662 6

08-91 2

Exempts from the current moratorium on additional nursing home beds the relocation of up to 60 new or existing Medicaid-certified beds from a licensed nursing home in a city with a 2004 estimated population of 125,000 to another location within that city

5026

08-170

n Increases maximum per-child cost of the State Department of Education's (SDE's) school readiness program for FY 09

n Provides preschool program grants and academic support grants for Hartford students participating in the Open Choice Program; eliminates Sheff region's statutory designation

n Limits formula for interdistrict magnet school tuition charged to home districts for students from nonparticipating districts directly enrolling in the magnet school

n Requires magnet school participating districts to provide minimum magnet school enrollment opportunities for their students

n For FYs 08 and 09, exempts a Bloomfield interdistrict magnet school from requirements to enroll a minimum percentage of students from other districts and a maximum percentage of minority students

5026 and 5822

08-170

Requires ECS funds transferred to SDE to be spent on behalf of a district failing to make adequate yearly progress for the third year to be carried forward from FY 08 to FY 09 for the same purpose

5110

08-150 43

Allows drivers of cars that escort oversized vehicles on CT roadways to be considered independent contractors for unemployment insurance purposes if they meet certain conditions

5136

08-98

Authorizes the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change to create a subcommittee to study state climate change impacts, and authorizes the DEP commissioner to contract with, and serve on the board of, a regional nonprofit organization to help the state implement a multi-state air pollution control program

5155

08-178

Requires insurers to pay claims from emergency services personnel in accordance with the claim payment requirements of the Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act

5507 and 333

08-3 (JSS)

n Generally permits state courts to revoke or reduce any retirement or other benefits of public officials or employees who commit crimes related to their employment

n Makes failure to report a bribe a crime for public servants

n Expands illegal campaign finance practices to cover certain solicitations by chiefs of staff

n Requires the Office of State Ethics to provide mandatory training to legislators on the Code of Ethics

5517

08-176 81 and 82

Prohibits mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, and real estate salespersons from influencing residential real estate appraisals

5543

08-150 31

Allows use of motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerants that may be toxic or flammable as long as they are designated as safe alternatives under federal regulations

5586

08-179 3 (VETOED)

Authorizes the state's three economic development agencies to provide up to $30 million in financial assistance from their existing programs for projects in downtown Naugatuck

5589

08-174

Reorganizes the existing brownfield redevelopment program, expands the circumstances in which municipalities can investigate and assess brownfields, and extends the brownfields task force until January 1, 2009

5590

08-169

Requires study of ways to teach children with autism and other developmental disabilities (also passed as original bill sHB 5590 (PA 08-5))

5592

08-153

Allows SDE to issue a temporary 90-day teaching certificate with an early childhood education endorsement

5601

08-106

Establishes limits for lead in children's products and authorizes the DEP commissioner to participate in an interstate clearinghouse to, among other things, classify certain chemicals according to their risk and produce information on safer alternatives

5606

08-94

Restricts where people and government agencies may place, deposit, dispose of, or store certain asbestos-containing material

5617

08-184 43

Specifies that the law requiring preferred provider networks to have minimum net worth and maintain amounts due to providers does not apply to a state-funded federally qualified health center consortium that provides services only to recipients of programs DSS administers

5631

08-184 52

Expands use of “organ transplant account” to help with donors' costs

5668

08-184 32

Increases allowable charges for supplying patient health care records

5670 1

08-101 5-6

Expands exemptions from certain state laws for tow trucks that are towing disabled trucks from the highway

5689

08-181

Permits the sale of specified disease insurance policies in Connecticut

5703

08-184 53

Prohibits the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from assessing any fees or costs concerning the cremation of a stillborn fetus

5710

08-183 (VETOED)

Allows municipalities to join together as a single entity to purchase health insurance for their employees

5732

08-150 24

Creates a new special “Support Our Troops!” license plate

5733

08-150 25

Creates a new special license plate for funding nursing education and training programs

5737

08-150 28

Requires anyone applying for a Connecticut driver's license who has not previously been licensed in Connecticut or elsewhere to take an eight-hour course on safe driving practices as a prerequisite to licensure

5743

08-150 56

Eliminates a requirement that an antique, rare, or special interest motor vehicle must be registered in order for it to come under the requirement for a maximum assessment of $500 for property tax purposes

5745

08-101 7

Allows DOT to issue vehicle over-dimension permits electronically

5749

08-150 26-27

Authorizes a new registration classification for “special mobile agriculture equipment,” sets a registration fee, establishes requirements for their operation, and exempts them from certain laws

5814

08-159

Imposes requirements on the nonprofit organization that administers public access cable television in the Bridgeport area and provides funding for town-specific governmental and educational access programming in this area

5824

08-170

Extends the deadline for school readiness program accreditation (also passed as original bill, HB 5824 (PA 08-85))

5826

08-169

Imposes a six-month deadline on submitting school construction project change orders for SDE approval; requires a building that is 95% funded by a state school construction grant to revert to the state if its use is changed within 20 years of the legislative grant approval

5860

08-67

Requires that for every motor vehicle fatality the police must use reasonable efforts to identify and notify a member of the person's family or household as soon as practicable after the accident; requires the Police Officer Standards and Training Post Council and each police agency to adopt a policy for doing so

5869

08-170

Expands enrollment opportunities districts not operating vocational agriculture centers must offer students and changes the vo-ag program name to agricultural science and technology education (also passed as original bill, sHB 5869 (PA 08-152))

5880

08-179 1 (VETOED)

Authorizes voters and nonresident property owners to form the Greenway Commons Improvement District in Southington

5822 and 5026

08-170

Requires ECS funds transferred to SDE to be spent on behalf of a district failing to make adequate yearly progress for the third year to be carried forward from FY 08 to FY 09 for the same purpose

5885

08-1 (JSS)

Extends the higher basic real estate conveyance tax

5903

08-184 51

Requires DPH to convene a working group on water supply adequacy

5915

08-51

Changes the penalty for persistent dangerous felony offenders

5916

08-143

Requires a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared for certain criminal bills

5940

08-182

Revises the eligibility and grant award criteria for the regional performance incentive grant program

Table 2: Bill Tracking by Committee

Originated As Bill #

Enacted as Public Act #

Brief Explanation of Concept

BANKS

21

08-176

Includes several mortgage lending reform concepts and changes to the national mortgage licensing system

COMMERCE

5586

08-179 3 (VETOED)

Authorizes the state's three economic development agencies to provide up to $30 million in financial assistance from their existing programs for projects in downtown Naugatuck

5589

08-174

Reorganizes the existing brownfield redevelopment program, expands the circumstances in which municipalities can investigate and assess brownfields, and extends the brownfields task force until January 1, 2009

5880

08-179 1 (VETOED)

Authorizes voters and nonresident property owners to form the Greenway Commons Improvement District in Southington

EDUCATION

405

08-170

Expands grants for computer-assisted writing, instruction, and testing

646

08-169

Changes the selection process for architects and construction managers for state-funded school construction projects

649

08-160

n Expands the definition of “bullying” and requires school boards to implement the bullying policies they were required to adopt

n Requires people in a teacher preparation program to be encouraged to complete a school bullying and suicide prevention component

n Requires teachers to receive in-service training in bullying prevention

5026

08-170

n Increases maximum per-child cost of the State Department of Education's (SDE's) school readiness program for FY 09

n Provides preschool program grants and academic support grants for Hartford students participating in the Open Choice Program; eliminates Sheff region's statutory designation

n Limits formula for interdistrict magnet school tuition charged to home districts for students from nonparticipating districts directly enrolling in the magnet school

n Requires magnet school participating districts to provide minimum magnet school enrollment opportunities for their students

n For FYs 08 and 09, exempts a Bloomfield interdistrict magnet school from requirements to enroll a minimum percentage of students from other districts and a maximum percentage of minority students

5026 and 5822

08-170

Requires ECS funds transferred to SDE to be spent on behalf of a district failing to make adequate yearly progress for the third year to be carried forward from FY 08 to FY 09 for the same purpose

5590

08-169

Requires study of ways to teach children with autism and other developmental disabilities (also passed as original bill sHB 5590 (PA 08-5))

5592

08-153

Allows SDE to issue a temporary 90-day teaching certificate with an early childhood education endorsement

5824

08-170

Extends the deadline for school readiness program accreditation (also passed as original bill, HB 5824 (PA 08-85))

5826

08-169

Impose a six-month deadline on submitting school construction project change orders for SDE approval; requires a building that is 95% funded by a state school construction grant to revert to the state if its use is changed within 20 years of the legislative grant approval

5869

08-170

Expands enrollment opportunities districts not operating vocational agriculture centers must offer students and changes the vo-ag program name to agricultural science and technology education (also passed as original bill, sHB 5869 (PA 08-152))

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

118

08-94

Requires applicants seeking a new or expanded permit, certificate, or siting approval for certain facilities (an “affecting facility”) in an environmental justice community from the Department of Environmental

Protection (DEP) or the Connecticut Siting Council to file and receive approval of a meaningful public participation plan

5814

08-159

Imposes requirements on the nonprofit organization that administers public access cable television in the Bridgeport area and provides funding for town-specific governmental and educational access programming in this area

ENVIRONMENT

302

08-101 8-10

Authorizes the Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner to initiate harbor improvement projects, creates a special account to fund the projects, and removes limits on state grants to municipalities for harbor projects

585

08-186

Permits the DEP commissioner to authorize solid waste demonstration projects

5136

08-98

Authorizes the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change to create a subcommittee to study state climate change impacts, and authorizes the DEP commissioner to contract with, and serve on the board of, a regional nonprofit organization to help the state implement a multi-state air pollution control program

5601

08-106

Establishes limits for lead in children's products and authorizes the DEP commissioner to participate in an interstate clearinghouse to, among other things, classify certain chemicals according to their risk and produce information on safer alternatives

5606

08-94

Restricts where people and government agencies may place, deposit, dispose of, or store certain asbestos-containing material

FINANCE, REVENUE, AND BONDING

25

08-169

Increases the FY 09 state bond authorization for school construction projects

655

08-174

Establishes a property tax exemption for property held by a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of preserving open space

5885

08-1 (JSS)

Extends the higher basic real estate conveyance tax

5940

08-182

Revises the eligibility and grant award criteria for the regional performance incentive grant program

GENERAL LAW

271 House “A”

08-2 (JSS)

Modifies (1) receivership and post-judgment remedy laws by increasing the amount that a receiver may pay for certain consumer deposits, including deposits made to a home heating oil or propane gas dealer under a prepaid or capped price per gallon contract, and (2) receivership laws by increasing the amount that a court may pay for wages owed to the limit set by federal bankruptcy law

271 House “A” and 529

08-2 (JSS)

Bans franchisors from prohibiting their franchisees from giving cash discounts

521

08-2 (JSS)

Eliminates the scheduled increase in the petroleum products gross earnings tax

524

08-106

Prohibits placing in the stream of commerce certain products, including those that have been the subject a voluntary recall, and addresses reporting requirements for the final disposition of the recalled products

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

333 and 5507

6502

n Generally permits state courts to revoke or reduce any retirement or other benefits of public officials or employees who commit crimes related to their employment

n Makes failure to report a bribe a crime for public servants

n Expands illegal campaign finance practices to cover certain solicitations by chiefs of staff

n Requires the Office of State Ethics to provide mandatory training to legislators on the Code of Ethics

HUMAN SERVICES

387 2

08-184 38

Increases, from three to eight, the number of hours of Alzheimer's and dementia-specific training that Alzheimer's special care units or programs must annually provide to licensed and registered direct care staff and nurse's aides who provide direct care

413

08-165 (VETOED)

Establishes a Health and Human Services Cabinet to recommend a long-term funding solution for nonprofit community providers under purchase of service agreements with state agencies

660

08-161

Codifies the Department of Social Services' (DSS') food stamp employment and training program and requires DSS to maximize the use of the program's optional 50% federal matching funds component

662 6

08-91 2

Exempts from the current moratorium on additional nursing home beds the relocation of up to 60 new or existing Medicaid-certified beds from a licensed nursing home in a city with a 2004 estimated population of 125,000 to another location within that city

5617

08-184 43

Specifies that the law requiring preferred provider networks to have minimum net worth and maintain amounts due to providers does not apply to a state-funded federally qualified health center consortium that provides services only to recipients of programs DSS administers

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

278

08-125

Eliminates a three-day hospital stay requirement before receiving residential treatment as a prerequisite to insurance coverage for the residential treatment

5155

08-178

Requires insurers to pay claims from emergency services personnel in accordance with the claim payment requirements of the Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act

5517

08-176 81 and 82

Prohibits mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, and real estate salespersons from influencing residential real estate appraisals

5689

08-181

Permits the sale of specified disease insurance policies in Connecticut

5710

08-183 (VETOED)

Allows municipalities to join together as a single entity to purchase health insurance for their employees

JUDICIARY

483

08-109

Requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to collect certain information to create individual public profiles on dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists, naturopaths, dental hygienists, advanced practice registered nurses, and physical therapists

5860

08-67

Requires that for every motor vehicle fatality the police must use reasonable efforts to identify and notify a member of the person's family or household as soon as practicable after the accident; requires the Police Officer Standards and Training Post Council and each police agency to adopt a policy for doing so

5915

08-51

Changes the penalty for persistent dangerous felony offenders

5916

08-143

Requires a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared for certain criminal bills

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

56

08- 105 and 08-156

Establishes a permanent enforcement commission on employers misclassifying employees in order to evade requirements under employment law (PA 08-156 includes an advisory board to the commission)

5110

08-150 43 and

Allows drivers of cars that escort oversized vehicles on CT roadways to be considered independent contractors for unemployment insurance purposes if they meet certain conditions

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

538

08-185

Allows municipalities to annually adjust property tax assessments during the years preceding a scheduled revaluation

PUBLIC HEALTH

40

08-123

Authorizes the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide an additional 500 “Next Steps” supportive housing units for people with mental illness.

420

08-14

Changes several certificate of need (CON) process deadlines concerning the Office of Health Care Access

421

08-184 62

Prohibits minors under 18 from possessing tobacco in public places

463

08-184 55

Requires DPH to make local boards of education aware of meningitis information

578

08-184 50

Requires DPH to develop a biennial license renewal for nurses

5631

08-184 52

Expands use of “organ transplant account” to help with donors' costs

5668

08-184 32

Increases allowable charges for supplying patient health care records

5703

08-184 53

Prohibits the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from assessing any fees or costs concerning the cremation of a stillborn fetus

5903

08-184 51

Requires DPH to convene a working group on water supply adequacy

TRANSPORTATION

290

08-150 55

Expands and revises requirements for scrap metal processors receiving certain loads of scrap metal, imposes requirements on junk dealers and junk yard owners receiving certain types of metal goods, and makes violations of the new and revised requirements misdemeanors

292

08-150 32

Applies the same penalty for failing to grant the right-of-way to a blind person as applies for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk

293

08-150 29

Modifies a requirement for providing title certificates for vehicles sold at motor vehicle auctions

295

08-150 49-54

Includes Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) inspectors designated by the commissioner to enforce motor vehicle laws under several laws covering use of physical force or deadly force when making an arrest, resisting arrest, hindering an arrest, and assault on a public safety officer

299

08-101 13-15

Authorizes use of transportation bonding for bicycle and pedestrian access projects, requires DOT to implement a “Share the Road” public awareness campaign within available appropriations, and specifies that vehicles overtaking and passing a bicyclist maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing

300

08-150 30

Authorizes the DMV commissioner to waive the fee for any applicant for a non-driver photo identification card who is a resident of a homeless shelter or other facility

500

08-114

Establishes two new offenses of endangerment and aggravated endangerment of a highway worker, establishes penalties and relevant definitions, and creates an advisory council on safety improvements in highway work zones

503

08-150

n Makes it a misdemeanor to sell or disclose personal information from motor vehicle records for an unauthorized purpose and clarifies a provision of the law ( 3)

n Requires applicants for auto recycling business licenses to certify that they are in compliance with environmental laws as a prerequisite for licensure and establishes related requirements ( 10)

n Allows DMV to extend the expiration dates of licenses, registrations, and other credentials under certain emergency or other circumstances ( 19)

n Requires anyone applying for a Connecticut driver's license who has not previously been licensed in Connecticut or elsewhere to take an eight-hour course on safe driving practices as a prerequisite to licensure ( 28)

n Requires that the model year specified for a modified antique motor vehicle be the model year that the vehicle's body most closely resembles ( 5)

n Requires DMV to keep an updated copy of the International Registration Plan at its main office to be made available for public inspection ( 6);

n Requires DMV regulations that currently apply only to secondary school driver education programs and require a teaching segment on the purposes and procedures of organ procurement organizations to include commercial driving schools as well ( 8);

n Allows the commissioner to waive the fee for a set of replacement plates to someone who produces a police report indicating that the plates were stolen or mutilated regardless of the reason why they were stolen or mutilated ( 9)

n Modifies requirements for qualification for licensure as a driving instructor to include status with respect to the state child abuse and neglect registry and other factors ( 11)

n Changes requirements regarding video displays in motor vehicles that can be seen by the driver ( 12)

n Makes conduct of exhaust emissions inspections of heavy duty commercial motor vehicles in concert with vehicle weight and safety inspections discretionary rather than mandatory and makes other minor changes ( 13)

n Explicitly allows DMV to accept certificates of title issued by Indian tribes that are officially recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ( 14)

n Exempts municipally owned motor vehicles from DMV motor vehicle title and title-related fees ( 15)

n Specifies that (a) someone learning to drive a commercial motor vehicle under a learner's permit may not drive under instruction if he has been suspended (usually for medical reasons) and (b) the person providing the instruction must have a commercial driver's license of the proper class and with the endorsements necessary for the type of vehicle being driven ( 7)

n Authorizes DMV to establish a system to verify commercial motor vehicle insurance coverage electronically ( 19)

n Makes it clear that someone who holds a commercial driver's license can also operate any other vehicles that can be operated with a lower classification non-commercial license ( 20)

n Authorizes the commissioner to allow marine dealers to issue boat trailer registrations through DMV's online registration system, if the dealers are registered with the DEP commissioner ( 21)

n Establishes a procedure for lienholders to release a security interest in a motor vehicle electronically, in addition to written form ( 22)

n Incorporates federal standards regarding drug testing procedures for tests required of drivers of school buses and student transportation vehicles (STV) to make it clear what standards must be applied to STV drivers since many of them do not hold commercial driver's licenses ( 23);

n Revises laws on mopeds and motor-driven cycles ( 16-17)

n Adds several new definitions to the motor vehicle laws, including one defining an unregistered motor vehicle, and modifies others ( 1-2)

5543

08-150 31

Allows use of motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerants that may be toxic or flammable as long as they are designated as safe alternatives under federal regulations

5670 1

08-101 5-6

Expands exemptions from certain state laws for tow trucks that are towing disabled trucks from the highway

5732

08-150 24

Creates a new special “Support Our Troops!” license plate

5733

08-150 25

Creates a new special license plate for funding nursing education and training programs

5737

08-150 28

Requires anyone applying for a Connecticut driver's license who has not previously been licensed in Connecticut or elsewhere to take an eight-hour course on safe driving practices as a prerequisite to licensure

5743

08-150 56

Eliminates a requirement that an antique, rare, or special interest motor vehicle must be registered in order for it to come under the requirement for a maximum assessment of $500 for property tax purposes

5745

08-101 7

Allows DOT to issue vehicle over-dimension permits electronically

5749

08-150 26-27

Authorizes a new registration classification for “special mobile agriculture equipment, sets a registration fee, establishes requirements for their operation, and exempts them from certain laws

Table 3: Bill Tracking for June Special Session

Originated As Bill #

Enacted as Public Act #

Brief Explanation of Concept

271 House “A”

08-2 (JSS)

Modifies (1) receivership and post-judgment remedy laws by increasing the amount that a receiver may pay for certain consumer deposits, including deposits made to a home heating oil or propane gas dealer under a prepaid or capped price per gallon contract, and (2) receivership laws by increasing the amount that a court may pay for wages owed to the limit set by federal bankruptcy law

271 House “A” and 529

08-2 (JSS)

Bans franchisors from prohibiting their franchisees from giving cash discounts

333 and 5507

08-3 (JSS)

n Generally permits state courts to revoke or reduce any retirement or other benefits of public officials or employees who commit crimes related to their employment

n Makes failure to report a bribe a crime for public servants

n Expands illegal campaign finance practices to cover certain solicitations by chiefs of staff

n Requires the Office of State Ethics to provide mandatory training to legislators on the Code of Ethics

521

08-2 (JSS)

Eliminates the scheduled increase in the petroleum products gross earnings tax

5885

08-1 (JSS)

Extends the higher basic real estate conveyance tax

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