JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The House of Representatives was called to order at 12:56 o'clock p.m., Representative Godfrey of the 110th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Dale S. Thompson of Brooklyn, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, we have many challenges and expectations before us. Guide us to make decisions that will benefit all of our faithful constituents. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dale S. Thompson of Brooklyn, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communication was received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the House Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 11, 2016

TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Pursuant to Sections 19a-1a and 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint, RAUL PINO, of Hartford, to be Commissioner of Public Health, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor, but no longer than March 1, 2019.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 11, 2016

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint GENEA ODESSA BELL from Colchester, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an attorney-at-law licensed to practice in the state, to serve a term ending November 30, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Martin B. Burke, whose term expired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint MARK D. LEIGHTON from Vernon, to be an alternate member of the Judicial Review Council, as an attorney-at-law licensed to practice in the state, to serve a term ending November 30, 2018 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Carl M. Porto, whose term expired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the HONORABLE MAUREEN M. KEEGAN from Cheshire, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an Alternate Superior Court Judge, to serve a term ending November 30, 2018 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Honorable Kevin G. Dubay, whose term expired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the HONORABLE HILLARY B. STRACKBEIN from Guilford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a Superior Court Judge, to serve a term ending November 30, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to the Honorable Joan K. Alexander, whose term expired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the HONORABLE JOSE A. SUAREZ from Chester, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an alternate Superior Court Judge, to serve a term ending November 30, 2018 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to the Honorable John J. Nazzaro, whose term expired.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 11, 2016

Corrected Letters

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-50i, 51-165, and 51-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE CHRISTINE S. VERTEFEUILLE of East Haven to be a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court and a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE ROBERT E. BEACH, JR. of Storrs to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

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 PATRICIA CAMP of Bloomfield as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a full-time 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 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 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 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

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following House Joint Resolutions were received from the committees indicated, the resolutions read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.J. No. 2 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SAL BRAMANTE OF HARTFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.J. No. 3 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF DAVID POHORYLO OF MILFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 4 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOAN K. ALEXANDER OF CROMWELL TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 5 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SCOTT A. BARTON OF SEYMOUR TO BE A WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 6 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE ROBERT E. BEACH, JR. OF STORRS TO BE A JUDGE OF THE APPELLATE COURT AND A JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 7 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE WILLIAM H. BRIGHT, JR. OF COLUMBIA TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 8 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE MICHAEL R. DANNEHY OF MANCHESTER TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 9 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE EDWARD S. DOMNARSKI OF ESSEX TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 10 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CARA F. ESCHUK OF NAUGATUCK TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 11 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOHN B. FARLEY OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 12 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE BARBARA BAILEY JONGBLOED OF MADISON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 13 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE EDWARD T. KRUMEICH OF GREENWICH TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 14 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE LINDA K. LAGER OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 15 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOSEPH A. LICARI, JR. OF NORTH HAVEN TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 16 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF CHRISTOPHER B. LYDDY OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 17 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PAUL MATASAVAGE OF OAKVILLE TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 18 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SOCRATES H. MIHALAKOS OF SOUTHBURY TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 19 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOHN J. NAZZARO OF PAWCATUCK TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 20 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOSEPH H. PELLEGRINO OF HAMDEN TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 21 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF CARMEN D. SIERRA OF NEW BRITAIN TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Johnson of the 49th 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.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5186 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING LEGISLATIVE POSTAL COSTS', to decrease the amount of state funds used for legislators to send mail. .

Proposed H.B. No. 5187 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED STATE OFFICIALS BY TEN PER CENT', to save money by reducing the salaries of state elected and appointed officials.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 5188 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXPANSION OF THE HISTORIC HOMES TAX CREDIT PROGRAM', to increase the amount of tax credits available under the historic homes tax credit program.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5189 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST.; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE FINES FOR LITTERING AND ILLEGAL DUMPING', to improve the deterrent effect of fines with regard to persons who engage in littering and illegal dumping.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5190 REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST.; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. REED, 102nd DIST.; REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST.; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE WOMEN AND FAMILY LIFE CENTER IN GUILFORD', to provide funds for the renovation of the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford.

Proposed H.B. No. 5191 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE TAX ON HEALTH AND ATHLETIC CLUB DUES AND INITIATION FEES', to eliminate the sales tax on health and athletic club dues and initiation fees.

Proposed H.B. No. 5192 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE OCCUPANCY TAX', to promote tourism in this state by reducing the tax on hotel and lodging house occupancy and transfer of occupancy from fifteen per cent to the prior rate of twelve per cent.

Proposed H.B. No. 5193 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to increase employment opportunities for small businesses by repealing the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5194 REP. BUMGARDNER, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON TEACHERS' PENSION INCOME, VETERANS' PENSION INCOME AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on teachers' pension income, veterans' pension income and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5195 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXEMPTION FROM THE ESTATE TAX FOR PROPERTY CLASSIFIED AS FARMLAND', to provide an exemption from the estate tax in an amount up to the federal estate tax exemption level for farm land classified under the state's 490 program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5196 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST.; REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST.; SEN. CHAPIN, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE SALES TAX ON PARKING FEES AT STATE PARKS', to eliminate the six and thirty-five-hundredths per cent sales tax on motor vehicle parking at state parks.

Proposed H.B. No. 5197 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE SALES TAX ON CAR WASH SERVICES', to repeal the sales tax on car wash services in order to support locally owned small businesses and save jobs in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5198 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5199 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to reduce the amount of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5200 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to prohibit any increase in the amount of the grants awarded under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5201 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM FOR UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to eliminate grants for unopposed candidates under the Citizens' Election Program.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 5202 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT COMPENSATING HOSPITALS FOR FREE CARE', to provide adequate compensation to hospitals providing care at no cost to indigent persons who have not enrolled for health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Proposed H.B. No. 5203 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT COMPENSATING HOSPITALS FOR FREE CARE', to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care provided to uninsured people.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 5204 REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST.; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A HALFWAY HOUSE FOR WOMEN IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY', to address the needs of female ex-offenders at their point of re-entry in New Haven County.

Proposed H.B. No. 5205 REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE', to provide funding to implement the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice and Policy Oversight Committee.

Proposed H.B. No. 5206 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTORATION OF A CAP ON PROBATE COURT FEES', to cap the amount of fees that be assessed on estates administered through the Probate Court system.

Proposed H.B. No. 5207 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENHANCED USE OF ELECTRONIC NOTICE BY THE JUDICIAL BRANCH', to produce savings in the operational budget of the Judicial Branch by reducing postage costs and by reducing the occurrence of multiple, untimely notices sent by said branch.

Proposed H.B. No. 5208 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING A LIMITATION ON THE ASSESSMENT OF PROBATE COURT FEES', to limit the amount of fees that may be assessed by the Probate Court in connection with the administration of estates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5209 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION AND TAXATION OF THE PRODUCTION, SALE AND USE OF MARIJUANA', to make the possession, sale, transport, growth and use of set amounts of marijuana legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older, subject to certain restrictions.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 5210 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE REHABILITATION OF CHAPEL HAVEN IN NEW HAVEN', to authorize bonds of the state for the rehabilitation of Chapel Haven in New Haven.

H.B. No. 5211 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH . 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATES OF NEED', to change the requirements for certificates of need.

H.B. No. 5212 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH . 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF FOOD VENDORS', to require the development of a process for licensure by reciprocity of food vendors licensed by a local health department.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5213 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS' LICENSES ISSUED FOR DRIVING PURPOSES ONLY', to reduce the costs associated with the administration of the drive-only license.

Proposed H.B. No. 5214 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN FUEL-EFFICIENT VEHICLES FROM THE MINIMUM VEHICLE OCCUPANCY REQUIREMENTS OF HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANES', to increase funding for maintenance of the state's transportation infrastructure.

Proposed H.B. No. 5215 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT AND THE PROCESSING OF A SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE', to reduce the costs associated with the drive-only license by increasing the residency requirement.

APPROPRIATIONS

H.R. No. 3 REP. SHARKEY, 88th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (UCPEA)'

Proposed S.B. No. 92 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTORATION OF FUNDING FOR THE PROBATE COURT SYSTEM', to restore state funding for Probate Court system.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 93 SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ANNUAL CAP ON BOND ALLOCATIONS', to reduce the state's debt service by establishing an annual cap for State Bond Commission allocations.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 94 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT CAPPING PROBATE COURT FEES', to reinstate the $12,500.00 cap on the assessment of Probate Court fees.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 95 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDS FOR THE STATE TO PAY DOWN THE INTEREST ON THE FEDERAL LOANS EXTENDED TO THE STATE THROUGH THE FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TAX ACT', to ease the burden on state businesses by requiring the state to pay down the interest on the federal loans extended to the state through the Federal Unemployment Compensation Tax Act.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Johnson of the 49th District, the House adjourned at 12:58 o'clock p.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.