Judiciary Committee

MEETING AGENDA

Monday, April 20, 2015

10:30 AM IN ROOM 2C OF THE LOB

I. CONVENE MEETING

II. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS

III. BILLS REFERRED BY THE SENATE FOR REVIEW

1. Substitute for S.B. No. 99 (COMM) (File No. 346) AN ACT CONCERNING NEW CAR DEALERS AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT, THE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OF COMPUTER DATA, WRITTEN NOTICE FOR HOMEMAKER OR COMPANION SERVICE REGISTRIES AND BUSINESSES THAT MAKE CERTAIN UNSOLICITED AND INTENTIONALLY MISLEADING TELEPHONE CALLS TO CONSUMERS. To provide consumers with written information explaining that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for new motor vehicle manufacturers or dealers to void motor vehicle warranties or deny coverage under such warranties simply because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or used on the vehicle or simply because someone other than the dealer performed service on the vehicle. (GL,GL,JUD)

2. S.B. No. 186 (COMM) (File No. 485) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OR USE OF A DIRT BIKE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE. To eliminate the requirement that a first violation of a local ordinance governing dirt bike or ATV use must be a warning. (PD,PD,JUD)

3. Substitute for S.B. No. 348 (RAISED) (File No. 87) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS AS "CONNECTICUT-GROWN". To facilitate the enforcement of restrictions concerning farm products that can be sold as "Connecticut-Grown" and to better enable markets in the state to be certified as "Connecticut-Grown Markets". (ENV,JUD)

4. Substitute for S.B. No. 428 (COMM) (File No. 250) AN ACT PROTECTING INTERNS FROM WORKPLACE HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A"). To protect unpaid interns from workplace harassment and discrimination. (LAB,JUD)

5. Substitute for S.B. No. 593 (RAISED) (File No. 293) AN ACT CONCERNING SEVERE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENT AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE. To expand workers' compensation coverage to individuals suffering from a severe mental or emotional impairment as a direct result of witnessing the death or maiming of another human being whose death or maiming was caused by an act of violence of another human being. (LAB,JUD)

6. Substitute for S.B. No. 699 (COMM) (File No. 552) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM AGE FOR TOWING ANY PERSON BY VESSEL AND REQUIRING THE COMPLETION OF SAFE TOWING INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF A SAFE BOATING CERTIFICATE. To establish "Emily's law" by creating safe towing by boat laws in Connecticut that will apply to the use of a vessel to tow any person, by line, on any apparatus. (ENV,JUD)

7. S.B. No. 802 (COMM) (File No. 337) AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A POLICE DOG. o create a rebuttable presumption that a household member of a police officer who is assigned a police service dog is not the keeper of such police service dog under the dog bite statute. (PS,PS,JUD)

8. Substitute for S.B. No. 896 (RAISED) (File No. 294) AN ACT CONCERNING PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR SUSPECTED ELDERLY ABUSE VICTIMS. To allow for quicker provision of protective services for suspected elderly abuse victims. (HS,JUD)

9. Substitute for S.B. No. 912 (RAISED) (File No. 295) AN ACT INCREASING THE CIVIL PENALTY FOR VIOLATING A STOP WORK ORDER. To increase the civil penalty for violating a stop work order issued by the Labor Department from one thousand dollars per day to ten thousand dollars per day. (LAB,JUD)

10. S.B. No. 914 (RAISED) (File No. 261) AN ACT CONCERNING AN EMPLOYER'S FAILURE TO PAY WAGES. To allow employees or labor organizations to recover twice the full amount of damages associated with an employer's failure to pay wages unless the employer can demonstrate a good faith belief that it was complying with the law. (LAB,JUD)

11. Substitute for S.B. No. 975 (RAISED) (File No. 340) AN ACT MAKING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION STATUTES. To amend Department of Consumer Protection statutes to: (1) Remove a requirement that distributors of sealed tickets have a physical office in this state, (2) require charitable organizations to submit only one application to conduct bazaars and raffles and to ensure municipalities promptly receive such application fees, (3) promote safer conduct of golf ball-drop raffles, (4) clarify who is eligible to obtain a fire system layout technician's license without first having to obtain specific certification, (5) remove Home Improvement and New Home Guaranty Fund requirements requiring consumers to submit certified copies of court judgments and add clarifying language concerning court orders and decrees, (6) remove reciprocity language concerning real estate appraisers that does not comply with federal guidelines, and (7) increase the amount of restitution consumers may receive under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act from five thousand to ten thousand dollars. (GL,JUD)

12. S.B. No. 987 (RAISED) (File No. 300) AN ACT CONCERNING OVERTIME PAY AND CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS. To include overtime income in the calculation used to determine child support payments. (LAB,JUD)

13. Substitute for S.B. No. 1039 (RAISED) (File No. 354) AN ACT CONCERNING GENERAL CONTRACTOR LIABILITY FOR WAGES AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION. To protect workers in the state by making general contractors liable for their subcontractors' failure to pay wages or workers' compensation benefits. (LAB,JUD)

IV. BILLS REFERRED BY THE HOUSE FOR REVIEW

1. Substitute for H.B. No. 5379 (COMM) (File No. 306) Public Safety and Security. AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT OF AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER. To provide an enhanced penalty for the assault of a reasonably identifiable off-duty police officer who is in the performance of his or her duties. (PS,PS,JUD)

2. Substitute for H.B. No. 5436 (COMM) (File No. 399) Insurance and Real Estate. AN ACT CONCERNING ADVERSE POSSESSION. To provide that payment in full of real property taxes by an owner of such property shall prevent the fifteen-year period for adverse possession from beginning to run and interrupt the use and possession of land by another, preventing the acquiring of a right thereto. (INS,JUD)

3. Substitute for H.B. No. 5710 (COMM) (File No. 219) Environment. AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO SEEK ENFORCEMENT OF PROHIBITIONS AGAINST PERSONS ENCROACHING ON STATE-OWNED OPEN SPACE. To authorize the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in addition to the Attorney General, to bring an action in court against any person who encroaches on open space land that is owned by the state, a political subdivision of the state or a nonprofit land conservation organization. (ENV,JUD)

4. Substitute for H.B. No. 6709 (RAISED) (File No. 170) Public Health. AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS. To allow eligible patients to try investigational drugs, biological products or devices. (PH,JUD)

5. Substitute for H.B. No. 6743 (RAISED) (File No. 318) General Law. AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON CADMIUM IN CHILDREN'S JEWELRY. To implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Cadmium in Children's Jewelry. (GL,JUD)

6. Substitute for H.B. No. 6801 (RAISED) (File No. 178) Banking. AN ACT CONCERNING CROWDFUNDING, PROHIBITED ACTS OF MORTGAGE SERVICERS, SMALL BUSINESS LENDING, ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION FOR OPENING BANK ACCOUNTS, REVERSE MORTGAGES AND DISCLOSURES FOR PREPAID CARDS. To conduct a study of small business lending in the state. (BA,JUD)

7. Substitute for H.B. No. 6875 (RAISED) (File No. 379) Labor and Public Employees. AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL RECORDS AND EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS. To prevent employers from requiring individuals to disclose on an employment application any convictions for a nonviolent misdemeanor that have occurred more than five years prior, to prevent employers from requiring individuals to disclose any criminal history until the employer has determined whether the individual is otherwise qualified for the position and to give aggrieved individuals a cause of action in Superior Court. (LAB,JUD)

8. Substitute for H.B. No. 6894 (RAISED) (File No. 183) Aging. AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFEGUARDING OF FUNDS FOR RESIDENTS OF CERTAIN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. To study whether long-term care programs and planning are sufficient to meet the need for such services. (AGE,JUD)

9. Substitute for H.B. No. 6899 (RAISED) (File No. 160) Children. AN ACT EXPANDING GUARDIANSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AND IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL PREVENTING SEX TRAFFICKING AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES ACT. To expand guardianship opportunities for children in foster care by permitting subsidized guardianship for fictive kin and to make conforming changes to comply with the requirements of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. (KID,JUD)

10. H.B. No. 6971 (RAISED) (File No. 326) Public Safety and Security. AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF A GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM. To provide that stalking in the third degree can include repeatedly following another person by means of an electronic device. (PS,JUD)

V. ANNOUNCEMENT OF TIME AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING

VI. ADJOURNMENT