Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 350

   
 

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Offered by:

 

SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th Dist.

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

SEN. RORABACK, 30th Dist.

 

To: Senate Joint Resolution No. 1

File No.

Cal. No.

Strike Joint Rule 3 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"3. (a) Designation of Committees. There shall be fourteen joint standing committees, which shall consist of not more than nine senators and not more than thirty-five representatives, except that the joint standing committee on the Budget shall consist of not more than eleven senators and not more than forty-five representatives; and a joint committee on Legislative Management, a joint committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations and a joint committee on Program Review and Investigations, constituted in accordance with and subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this rule. Committees shall consider all matters referred to them and report as required by these rules.

(b) Standing Committees. The joint standing committees shall be divided into Group A and Group B as follows:

GROUP A

(1) A committee on the BUDGET which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the state budget. Such committee may appoint an Appropriations subcommittee and a Finance, Revenue and Bonding subcommittee, each of which shall consist of not more than six senators and not more than twenty-three representatives.

(A) The Budget committee shall have cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the operating budgets and all matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement and veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for all state employees. In addition, any bills or resolutions carrying or requiring appropriations, or creating or enlarging a state mandate to local governments, as defined in subsection (a)(2) of section 2-32b of the general statutes, and favorably reported by any other committee, except the payment of claims by the state, shall be referred to the committee, unless such reference is dispensed with by at least a two-thirds vote of each chamber, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to their fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purpose, except to the extent that such other provisions or purpose relate to the fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(B) The Budget committee shall also have cognizance of all matters relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding and taxation, and all bills or resolutions on such matters favorably reported by any other committee, including bills on employer contributions for unemployment compensation purposes. All matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Division of Special Revenue shall be referred to the Budget committee. The committee's consideration shall be limited to the financial provisions of such bills or resolutions, such as finance, revenue, bonding, taxation and fees, and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purposes, except to the extent that such other provisions or purposes relate to the financial provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(C) A budget document shall not be approved by the Budget committee unless such budget is balanced.

(2) A committee on EDUCATION which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Education; local and regional boards of education and the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards; vocational rehabilitation; libraries, including the State Library, museums, historical and cultural associations; and public and independent colleges and universities, the Department of Higher Education including private occupational schools, the Board of Governors of Higher Education, post-secondary education and job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs, adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state, and the Office of Workforce Competitiveness.

(3) A committee on the ENVIRONMENT which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Environmental Protection, including conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control; and all matters relating to the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals.

(4) A committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Administrative Services, including purchasing and central collections, but excluding personnel and labor relations; all matters relating to the Department of Public Works and the Department of Information Technology; all matters relating to state government organization and reorganization, structures and procedures; all matters relating to leasing, construction, maintenance, purchase and sale of state property and facilities and all bills authorizing the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state shall be referred to said committee; the Freedom of Information Commission, the Office of State Ethics and the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board; state and federal relations; interstate compacts; compacts between the state and Indian tribes; constitutional amendments, including any proposed constitutional amendments favorably reported by any other committee, which proposed amendments shall be referred to said committee; and all matters relating to elections and election laws.

(5) A committee on JUDICIARY which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, uniform laws, validations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, all judicial nominations, all nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, and all matters relating to the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and to the commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; all bills carrying civil penalties which exceed the sum of, or which may exceed in the aggregate, five thousand dollars; and all bills carrying criminal penalties, other than infractions, favorably reported by any other committee shall be referred to said committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the criminal penalties established in such bills and shall not extend to their substantive provisions or purpose.

(6) A committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule and planning and zoning; regional planning and development activities and the state plan of conservation and development, and economic development programs impacting local governments; and the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

(7) A committee on PUBLIC HEALTH which shall have cognizance of all programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Mental Retardation; the commission on Hospitals and Health Care; the office of Health Care Access; and all other matters relating to health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure foods and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

(8) A committee on TRANSPORTATION which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads; and to the Department of Transportation, the State Traffic Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

GROUP B

(9) A committee on ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Public Utility Control, energy, telecommunications and information systems.

(10) A committee on FINANCIAL SERVICES which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Banking Department, banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and all legislation dealing with secured and unsecured lending; and the Insurance Department, insurance law and real estate law.

(11) A committee on GENERAL LAW which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Consumer Protection, fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes and occupational licensing, except licensing by the Department of Public Health; and all matters relating to alcoholic beverages.

(12) A committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes; all matters relating to the Labor Department; and all matters relating to conditions of employment of state and municipal employees and the substantive law of state and municipal employees' collective bargaining.

(13) A committee on HUMAN SERVICES which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Social Services, the Department of Children and Families and the Department on Aging, including institutions under their jurisdiction; the office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; the commission on the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired; and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind.

(14) A committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY which shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, including civil preparedness and homeland security, the Department of Public Safety, including state police, state organized task force on crime, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code and the state building code, legalized gambling, and military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

(c) Statutory Committees. In addition, there shall be:

(1) A committee on LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT which shall conduct the business affairs of the General Assembly. Said committee shall consist of twenty members of the House who shall be the Speaker, the deputy speakers, the majority leader, three members appointed by the majority leader, four members appointed by the Speaker, the minority leader and two deputy minority leaders designated by the minority leader of the House and five members designated by the minority leader of the House, thirteen members of the Senate who shall be the President Pro Tempore, the majority leader, a deputy majority leader designated by the majority leader, and five members of the Senate designated by the President Pro Tempore, the minority leader, an assistant minority leader designated by the minority leader and three members of the Senate designated by the minority leader. In matters of legislative operations, the committee shall include the legislative commissioners and the clerks of each chamber ex officio. The committee shall be chaired by the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum and all actions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority. At any meeting, if a committee member present of either chamber requests, a vote of the majority of the members present of each chamber shall be required for approval of a question. The committee shall be responsible for the operation of the General Assembly, coordination and supervision of committee work, improvement of legislative operations and deciding on matters of organization, procedures, facilities and working conditions of the General Assembly and compensation of employees of the legislative branch. All bills and resolutions relating to such matters shall be referred to said committee. The committee shall also have cognizance of legislative task forces and studies and shall be responsible for the facilitation of positive relationships with the federal government and other state governments.

(2) A committee on EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS, the members of which shall be the majority leader of the Senate or said leader's designee, the minority leader of the Senate or said leader's designee, four members of the Senate three of whom shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore and one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader, the majority leader of the House or said leader's designee, the minority leader of the House or said leader's designee, and fifteen members of the House, nine of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker and six of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader. In addition, the cochairpersons and ranking members of the committee having cognizance of matters relating to the duties of a nominee for the position of a department head, as defined in section 4-5 of the general statutes, shall be nonvoting, ex-officio members of the committee on executive and legislative nominations for the consideration of such nomination. All executive and legislative nominations requiring action of either or both chambers, except judicial nominations and nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, shall be referred to the committee on executive and legislative nominations.

(3) A committee on LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS, the members of which shall be appointed as provided in section 2-53e of the general statutes, except that any member may be appointed to the committee, which may originate and report any bill it deems necessary concerning a program, department or other matter under review or investigation by the committee, in the manner prescribed in these rules.

(d) Committee Appointments. Appointments of committee members, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity or by resignation from the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly, shall be made on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term and, except as otherwise provided in the rules of each chamber, shall be for the entire term for which the members were elected. Committee appointments of a member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term shall be made within five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office, and may be made, at the discretion of the appointing authority, to any committee. Senate and House Committees shall be appointed and organized in accordance with the rules of each chamber and members of the minority party shall be appointed on nomination of the minority leader of each chamber. "

Strike subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Joint Rule 5 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(1) The Budget committee may meet on any day. The committee on Judiciary may meet on any day after March 13 in 2009 and after March 12 in 2010. "

Strike subdivision (4) of subsection (c) of Joint Rule 6 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(4) Notifying Other Committees. Each bill or resolution referred by one committee to another with a favorable report shall be accompanied by a notation of the date or dates on which public hearings were held by the first committee. The chairpersons of any committee other than the Budget to which any bill or resolution calling for an appropriation or a bond issue is referred shall notify the chairpersons of the committee on the Budget of the time and place of the hearing thereon. "

Strike subsection (e) of Joint Rule 9 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(e) Committee Bill Deadline. The time limit for committees to submit to the Legislative Commissioners' Office requests for drafting committee bills and resolutions, except those based on proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions on which subject matter hearings are held, shall be at 5 p. m. on the following dates in 2009.

T1

February 5

Energy and Technology

Financial Services

General Law

Public Safety and Security
 

T2

February 10

Labor

Legislative Management

Human Services
 

T3

February 13

Education

Environment

Planning and Development

Public Health

Transportation
 

T4

February 18

Government Administration & Elections

Judiciary

Budget

In 2010, the time limit shall be 5 p. m. on February 18 for the committees in Group A and on February 19 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee. "

Strike subsection (a) of Joint Rule 15 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"15. (a) Deadline for Favorable Reports. The time limit for committees to vote to report favorably and submit bills and resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions to the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall be not later than 5 p. m. on the dates designated in the following schedule:

T5

Committee

2009

2010

T6

Public Safety and Security

February 26

February 25

T7

Program Review and

Investigations

March 2

March 1

T8

Energy & Technology

March 3

March 2

T9

General Law

March 3

March 2

T10

Legislative Management

March 4

March 3

T11

Labor

March 5

March 4

T12

Financial Services

March 5

March 4

T13

Transportation

March 9

March 8

T14

Human Services

March 12

March 11

T15

Planning and Development

March 13

March 12

T16

Environment

March 13

March 12

T17

Public Health

March 18

March 15

T18

Government Administration

and Elections

March 20

March 19

T19

Education

March 20

March 19

T20

Judiciary

March 27

March 26

T21

Budget

April 1

April 1"

Strike Joint Rule 19 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"19. Upon presentation to the clerk of either chamber of a petition signed in the original by not less than a majority of the members of either chamber requesting a joint standing committee to report a bill or resolution in its possession, the clerk shall immediately give notice to the committee of the filing of the petition. The petition may not be presented sooner than the day following the committee's deadline, designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, to report the bill or resolution out of committee and not later than 5 p. m. on the seventh calendar day after that deadline. Within two regular session days thereafter the committee shall report the bill or resolution with or without its recommendations to the chamber from which the petition was received. If no recommendation is made, the bill or resolution shall be considered as having received an unfavorable report and the procedures in Rule 20 shall be followed. Each petition or page of the petition shall contain a statement of its purpose and may be circulated only by a member of the chamber whose clerk will receive the petition. If the committee members of one chamber vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the petition so circulated and presented to the clerk may be signed only by the members of the other chamber.

Any bill or resolution so petitioned, except those carrying or requiring appropriations, shall not be referred to any other committee without first having been voted upon by the House or Senate. Those carrying or requiring appropriations shall be referred first to the joint standing committee on the Budget. The Budget committee shall, within two session days after such reference, report such bill or resolution back to the chamber in which the petition originated with either a favorable or unfavorable report thereon and the bill or resolution shall then be voted upon. In the event of a conflict between the report of the original committee and that of the Budget committee, the vote shall be on the report of the Budget committee. "

Strike subdivision (2)(A) of Joint Rule 31 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be stamped by the clerks with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, the speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or supplemental understanding or, in the case of an award, separate House and Senate resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. Resolutions proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding, together with a copy of the agreement or supplemental understanding, and resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award, together with a copy of the award, shall be referred to the Budget committee. With respect to each resolution referred to the committee on or before the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall hold a public hearing on each such resolution, and within fifteen days after the referral, shall report the appropriate resolutions approving or disapproving the agreement or supplemental understanding or concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award to the House and the Senate, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If the Budget committee fails to take action within the time period set forth in this rule, the agreement or supplemental understanding shall nevertheless be deemed approved or, in the case of an award, the sufficiency of funds affirmed and the resolutions shall be reported to the House and the Senate as favorable reports. "

Strike subsection (d) of Joint Rule 5 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(d) Final Action. Except as otherwise provided, at each legislative committee meeting, the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution shall be recorded to show the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay. No motion to dispense with the recording of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay shall be entertained and no bill or resolution shall be reported to either chamber of the legislature unless the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay have been recorded and a record of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay has been attached to the bill or resolution submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as provided in Rule 13. A copy of the voting record shall be sent to the clerk of the appropriate chamber, by the Legislative Commissioners' Office, with the favorably or unfavorably reported bill or resolution and retained by the clerks. No vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution shall be held open unless two-thirds of the members of the committee vote to hold such vote open. "

Strike subsection (c)(2) of Joint Rule 6 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(2) Testimony by Public Officials. Members of the public wishing to speak shall be heard first. The public portion of the hearing shall be uninterrupted by testimony from a legislator, a representative of a state agency or a municipal chief elected official. If any legislators, representatives of state agencies or municipal chief elected officials wish to testify, they may do so at the end of the hearing after all members of the public wishing to speak have been heard. A committee may schedule a separate meeting at which only legislators who are not members of the committee, representatives of state agencies and municipal chief elected officials testifying in their official capacity may be invited by the committee to testify. Any such meeting shall comply with the scheduling and notice requirements set forth in this Rule. "

After Joint Rule 12, insert the following and renumber the remaining rules accordingly:

"13. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules or section 2-26 of the general statutes, no amendment that strikes all of the underlying bill shall be acted upon by the General Assembly unless such amendment has been available to members of the General Assembly and to the public in printed format and on the Connecticut General Assembly web site for at least forty-eight hours prior to such action.

14. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules or section 2-26 of the general statutes, no amendment that creates an exception to an existing statute shall be acted upon by the General Assembly unless such exception has had a public hearing as provided in Rule 6. "

Strike subdivision (7) of Joint Rule 31 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-278 of the general statutes, if the General Assembly is in regular session when an award, agreement or supplemental understanding is filed with the clerks, it shall vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within thirty days after the date of filing. If the regular session adjourns prior to such thirtieth day and the award, agreement or supplemental understanding has not been acted upon, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed to be filed on the first day of the next regular session. "

Strike subdivision (5) of Joint Rule 32 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(5) The resolution shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. Notwithstanding the provision of subsection (a) of section 3-125a of the general statutes that deems a provision in an agreement or stipulation approved if the General Assembly fails to vote to approve or reject such provision within thirty days of the date of submittal, the House and the Senate shall vote to approve or reject each resolution within thirty days of the date of submittal of the agreement or stipulation. "