JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Senate was called to order at 10: 20 a. m. in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.
The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Frank A. Forzano of South Windsor, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
Dear Lord, for each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night for health and food for love and friends for everything thy goodness sends. Amen
Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(b) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.
It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated January 29, 2013, is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.
The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated.
State of Connecticut Department State Board of Education. Biennial Report 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, as required by section 10-95K of the Connecticut General Statutes. Report received January 29, 2013.
The report was referred to the committees on Finance Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the Committees as indicated thereon in concurrence:
Proposed H. B. No. 6262 REP. MIKUTEL, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE HIRING OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS', to promote a safe learning environment in schools by establishing a matching grant program to provide financial incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Proposed H. B. No. 6263 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FORECLOSURE MEDIATION', to assist people facing foreclosure or mortgage loan modification.
Proposed H. B. No. 6264 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF ENTERPRISE ZONE BENEFITS', to study the feasibility of extending enterprise zone benefits to projects concerning the redevelopment of abandoned or unused properties in the state.
Proposed H. B. No. 6265 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE NEW HAVEN ENTERPRISE ZONE', to provide for the inclusion of the area surrounding the streets of Howard Avenue and Kimberly Avenue, as well as the area surrounding Whalley Avenue, in the New Haven enterprise zone.
Proposed H. B. No. 6266 REP. MARONEY, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN EB-5 VISA REGIONAL CENTER', to establish an EB-5 visa regional center that shall connect foreign investors with businesses or individuals seeking capital.
Proposed H. B. No. 6267 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NORWICH STATE HOSPITAL PROPERTY', to aid in the redevelopment of the Norwich State Hospital property and strengthen the local economy surrounding the property.
Proposed H. B. No. 6268 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS TO TOWNS AND TO SHIFT THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS', to provide financial assistance to towns for the provision of special education and related services.
Proposed H. B. No. 6269 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR BACON ACADEMY IN THE TOWN OF COLCHESTER', to provide funding for the purchase and construction of athletic field lights for Bacon Academy in Colchester.
Proposed H. B. No. 6270 REP. WILLIAMS, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SURVEY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REGARDING STANDARDIZED TESTING', to conduct a survey to determine the opinions of high school students regarding standardized testing as it relates to their education.
Proposed H. B. No. 6271 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REDUCTIONS TO THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT FOR TOWNS THAT ACHIEVE EFFICIENCIES AND LOWER COSTS', to authorize towns to reduce their minimum budget requirement to reflect cost efficiencies found in school district budgets.
Proposed H. B. No. 6272 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. ; REP. MILLER, 145th DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE LITERACY COMPONENTS OF THE EDUCATION REFORM ACT OF 2012', to make revisions to the literacy components of the education reform act of 2012 to delay the implementation of certain provisions and to clarify the reading test requirements under the law.
Proposed H. B. No. 6273 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ; SEN. MAYNARD, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE WHEELER LIBRARY IN NORTH STONINGTON', to change the length of the terms of the board of directors for the Wheeler Library in North Stonington.
Proposed H. B. No. 6274 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CLAIMS OF SCHOOL BULLYING', to provide training for those persons responsible for investigating and managing claims of school bullying.
Proposed H. B. No. 6275 REP. MOLGANO, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF MONTHS BEFORE CERTAIN TEACHERS MAY ATTAIN TENURE', to increase the number of months before certain teachers or administrators may attain tenure.
Proposed H. B. No. 6276 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE-FUNDED CHILD DAY CARE CENTERS', to ensure that state-funded child day care centers are considered part of the child day care system in an effort to consolidate child day care center programs with school readiness programs.
Proposed H. B. No. 6277 REP. MOUKAWSHER, 40th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS ON DISTRICTS', to modify the requirement that each school district needs to provide a seat on the school bus for every student.
Proposed H. B. No. 6278 REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUBSTITUTION OF FIRE DRILLS WITH CRISIS RESPONSE DRILLS', to allow school districts to substitute fire drills with crisis response drills.
Proposed H. B. No. 6279 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD TASK FORCE', to establish a task force to make recommendations regarding the creation, design and implementation of an educator professional standards board.
Proposed H. B. No. 6280 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING PRIVATE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROVIDERS', to increase transparency in the costs of providing special education by private special education providers and to assist boards of education in negotiating such services with such providers.
Proposed H. B. No. 6281 REP. WILLIS, 64th DIST. ; REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. ; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE REQUIREMENT THAT BOARDS OF EDUCATION BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM TUITION AT MAGNET SCHOOLS', to relieve cities and towns of the financial burden of paying for preschool program tuition at magnet schools.
Proposed H. B. No. 6282 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OR WAIVER OF THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN TEACHERS PASS A CERTAIN READING INSTRUCTION EXAMINATION', to eliminate or waive the requirement that certain teachers be required to pass a certain reading instruction examination.
Proposed H. B. No. 6283 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. ; SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT OSBORN HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN FAIRFIELD', to reimburse the town of Fairfield for the removal of PCBs at the Osborn Hill Elementary School.
Proposed H. B. No. 6284 REP. MINER, 66th DIST. 'AN ACT SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS', to shift the burden of proof to parents in special education hearings.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
Proposed H. B. No. 6285 REP. BOWLES, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR MUNICIPAL INSTALLATION OF CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES', to promote the installation of Class I renewable energy sources by municipalities.
Proposed H. B. No. 6286 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NATURAL GAS EXPANSION', to enact certain recommendations of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's proposed Comprehensive Energy Strategy that would expand the current use of natural gas in the state.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
Proposed H. B. No. 6287 REP. LEGEYT, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COLLECTION OF SALES TAX OWED ON AUCTIONED ITEMS', to require the owner of auctioned property to be responsible for the collection of sales tax, rather than requiring the auctioneer to collect it.
Proposed H. B. No. 6288 REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ALLOCATION OF A PORTION OF THE SALES TAX TO MUNICIPALITIES', to provide resources to towns that are regional destination points.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
Proposed H. B. No. 6289 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WEEKLY CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL STATEMENTS', to eliminate requirements for weekly campaign financial filings by treasurers for candidate committees during the month prior to an election.
Proposed H. B. No. 6290 REP. SAWYER, 55th DIST. ; REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. ; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. ; REP. CUEVAS, 75th DIST. ; REP. BACCHIOCHI, 52nd DIST. ; REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. ; REP. CASE, 63rd DIST. ; REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. ; REP. LEGEYT, 17th DIST. ; REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. ; REP. ALBERTS, 50th DIST. ; REP. ROVERO, 51st DIST. ; REP. GIULIANO, 23rd DIST. ; REP. GENGA, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DONATIONS MADE FROM JOINT CHECKING ACCOUNTS', to simplify the accounting of campaign donations from joint checking accounts.
Proposed H. B. No. 6291 REP. MOLGANO, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ABSENTEE VOTING BY CERTAIN TOWN OFFICIALS', to permit certain election officials and their staff to vote by absentee ballot.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
Proposed H. B. No. 6292 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to ensure that teachers receive a comprehensive education that includes the social and emotional development and learning of children.
Proposed H. B. No. 6293 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COURT FEES IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPEALS', to discourage frivolous appeals by developers of affordable housing.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Proposed H. B. No. 6294 REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION OF NONPAYMENT OF PREMIUM FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE POLICIES', to specify, for long-term care insurance policies, the time period for and notification to be provided to insureds and allow beneficiaries to be notified, prior to the cancellation of such policies for nonpayment of premium.
Proposed H. B. No. 6295 REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENHANCED PENALTY FOR THE SALE OR POSSESSION OF DRUGS NEAR SCHOOLS, DAY CARE CENTERS AND PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS', to adopt the recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission to reduce the distance from a school, day care center or public housing project in which an enhanced penalty is imposed for the sale or possession of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
Proposed H. B. No. 6296 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERNET SERVICES WORK-RELEASE PROGRAMS FOR INMATES', to establish Internet services work-release programs for inmates.
Proposed H. B. No. 6297 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. ; REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REDEFINING "PHYSICALLY HELPLESS" WITH RESPECT TO THE VICTIM OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT', to redefine the term "physically helpless" with respect to sexual assault offenses.
Proposed H. B. No. 6298 REP. WILLIAMS, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF A PERSON', to eliminate the statute of limitations on the prosecution of the crimes of manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle and misconduct with a motor vehicle.
Proposed H. B. No. 6299 REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MISREPRESENTATION OF TOWN OF RESIDENCY WITH RESPECT TO SCHOOL ACCOMMODATIONS', to make misrepresentation of residency with the intent to fraudulently obtain school accommodations from a school district a misdemeanor offense.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
Proposed H. B. No. 6300 REP. ALEXANDER, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING CHARITABLE AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO USE "MONEY-WHEELS" AT BAZAARS', to allow charitable and nonprofit organizations to utilize "money-wheel" games during fundraising bazaars.
Proposed H. B. No. 6301 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE STATE BUILDING CODE', to require prompt revision of the State Building Code with respect to updates to nationally recognized electrical standards.
Proposed H. B. No. 6302 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN VETERANS WHO SERVED IN A COMBAT ZONE', to increase the maximum payment available to Connecticut National Guard members who serve in a combat zone.
Proposed H. B. No. 6303 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. ; REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING EACH BRANCH OF THE ARMED FORCES TO PETITION THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES', to allow each branch of the armed forces to petition the Department of Motor Vehicles for the creation of special number plates.
The Senate at 11: 25 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following report on a Senate Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Committee indicated, the report of the Committee was accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:
PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed S. B. No. 101 AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSURE RENEWAL FEES FOR INACTIVE PHYSICIANS.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.
BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following report on a House Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Committee indicated, the report of the Committee was accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:
PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5106 AN ACT CONCERNING CHARGES FOR PATIENT CARE BY NURSING HOMES.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Human Services.
PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5109 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REFILL OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WHEN THERE IS SEVERE WEATHER.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Insurance and Real Estate.
PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5175 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S PURCHASE OF GROUP HOMES.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.