JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:30 o'clock a.m., Representative Ryan of the 139th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Katherine S. Murray of Tolland, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, help us to be attentive to the matters that come before us. Let us understand the needs of our people and keep them foremost in our minds. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by David C. Desjardins of Wallingford, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communication was received from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

February 3, 2016

Mr. Martin Dunleavy

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol, Room 109

Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Dear Mr. Dunleavy,

This letter is to inform you of the following changes to committee assignments:

Representative Joe Gresko is appointed to the Energy & Technology Committee, Environment Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Please contact my office if you have any questions.

J. Brendan Sharkey

Speaker of the House of Representatives

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

February 3, 2015

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 9-7a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I am renominating SAL BRAMANTE of Hartford to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, with the advice and consent of the Connecticut General Assembly. His appointment will be effective immediately as an interim appointment but will require the advice and consent of both chambers of the General Assembly and will terminate on June 30, 2018.

Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Public Act 15-5, I am nominating DAVID POHORYLO, from Milford to be a member of the Port Authority Board of Directors. His term is effective immediately and is for a period of 4 years, expiring June 30, 2019. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of both chambers of the General Assembly after the next regular session begins in February 2016.

Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader

COMMUNICATION FROM THE RANKING MEMBERS

OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

The following communication was received from the Ranking Members of the Transportation Committee, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

December 12, 2015

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Public Act 13-299 section 14, amending CGS 13b-212b, it is our pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint Mr. ROBERT LOCKWOOD, of Bethel, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, for a term beginning immediately and ending July 31, 2017. His term shall succeed that of Mr. Timothy Beeble, who has resigned.

Senator Toni Boucher

Representative Tom O'Dea

Ranking Member

Ranking Member

Transportation Committee

Transportation Committee

Date Received: February 3, 2016

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

February 4, 2016

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a, 4-9b and 54-124a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 15-2 of the 2015 June Special Session, I have the honor to nominate and with your advice and consent, appoint PATRICIA CAMP of Bloomfield as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time parole member, to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a, 4-9b and 54-124a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 15-2 of the 2015 June Special Session, I have the honor to nominate and with your advice and consent, appoint JEFF L. HOFFMAN of Madison as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time parole member, to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a, 4-9b and 54-124a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 15-2 of the 2015 June Special Session, I have the honor to nominate and with your advice and consent, appoint CHRISTOPHER B. LYDDY of New Haven as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time parole member, to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a, 4-9b and 54-124a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 15-2 of the 2015 June Special Session, I have the honor to nominate and with your advice and consent, appoint CARMEN D. SIERRA of New Britain as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time parole member, to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Zoni of the 81st District, 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.

AGING

Proposed H.B. No. 5042 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING STATE ASSISTANCE FOR MEDICARE PART D BENEFICIARIES', to restore state payments for Medicare Part D drug copayments that exceed fifteen dollars a month for dually eligible beneficiaries.

APPROPRIATIONS

H.B. No. 5043 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2016', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H.B. No. 5044 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO STATE EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

COMMERCE

H.B. No. 5045 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPRESS PROGRAM', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

H.B. No. 5046 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H.B. No. 5047 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE PROPERTY TAX', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5048 REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR URBAN ACT GRANT FUNDS FOR THE TOWN OF GREENWICH', to provide Urban Act grant funds to the town of Greenwich for the Greenwich Historical Society.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.B. No. 5049 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GENERAL GOVERNMENT', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H.B. No. 5050 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT MODERNIZING THE SYMBOL OF ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H.B. No. 5051 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS' INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 5052 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 5053 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING ACCESS TO OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUGS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H.B. No. 5054 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 5055 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING WAIT TIMES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

H.J. No. 1 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE RESOURCES OF THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND'

APPROPRIATIONS

S.B. No. 9 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC SPENDING', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S.B. No. 10 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING ACCESS TO CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE HOMELESS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

S.B. No. 11 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S.B. No. 12 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING A RECOMMENDATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION FINANCE GROUP', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S.B. No. 13 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING CERTAIN PROBATE COURT FEES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

GENERAL LAW

S.B. No. 14 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ENSURING THE REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS OF CONNECTICUT'S LIQUOR PRICES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S.B. No. 15 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF NORTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS V. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND MAKING MINOR REVISIONS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS STATUTES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S.B. No. 16 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING AGENCY EFFICIENCY IN THE REGULATION PROCESS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

HUMAN SERVICES

S.B. No. 17 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HUMAN SERVICES', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 18 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SECOND CHANCE SOCIETY', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 19 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE TRANSIT CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S.B. No. 20 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CARRYING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

S.B. No. 21 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT'S NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Zoni of the 81st District, the House adjourned at 11:32 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.