JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On Wednesday after the first Monday of February, A. D. , 2016 the date by the Constitution of the State of Connecticut for the meeting of the General Assembly, the Senate convened in the Senate Chamber in the Capitol in Hartford at 10: 26 a. m. The Senate was called to order by the President.

The prayer was offered by the Deputy Chaplain, Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Our thought for today is from Genesis 1: 3, “And God said, “Let there be light!” Let us pray.

Blessed Creator, shine your light among us. Fill us with the spirit of Knowledge, understanding and cooperation. Help us make good decisions for the good of all.

Grant us the vision and courage to do the right thing for the right reason. Be our guide and our help in this important work.

Bless our Governor, our Lieutenant Governor, all Senators and their staff members and keep them in your care. Bless our defenders and first responders and keep them safe in your hands.

Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, Ruler of the Universe, for keeping us alive, sustaining us to this day, a new beginning of our State's 2016 Legislative session.

Hear our prayer, as we pray. And let us all say, Amen.

PLEDGE

Senators Looney of the 11th and Fasano of the 34th led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

To the Honorable General Assembly:

I have the honor to inform you of the following Interim Appointments made by the Governor since the adjournment of the 2015 General Assembly:

Genea Odessa Bell – of Colchester, as a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an attorney-at-law liscensed to practice in the state, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Martin B. Burke, whose term expired.

Susannah M. Beyl – of West Haven, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Alice A. Bruno – of New Britain, as a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable Wilson J. Trombley, who reached the age of mandatory retirement.

Erik M. Clemons – of New Haven, as a member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

William P. Davenport – of Litchfield, as to be a member of the State Board of Education, as a person experienced in manufacturing or a trade offered at the regional vocational-technical schools, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Nancy J. DiNardo – of Trumbull, as a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Carol Ekonomides – of Danbury, as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician's assistant, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Pamela K. Elkow – of Redding, as a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

John B. Farley – of West Hartford, as a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable Richard F. Comerford, Jr. , who elected senior judge status.

Lisa B. Giliberto – of South Glastonbury, as a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Gerald L. Harmon – of Southington, as a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable James J. Devine, who elected senior judge status.

John S. Johnson – of Old Lyme, as a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Honorable Maureen M. Keegan – of Cheshire, as a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an alternate Superior Court Judge, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable Kevin G. Dubay, whose term expired.

Edward T. Krumeich – of Greenwich, as a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable Edward J. Dolan, who reached the age of mandatory retirement.

Mark D. Leighton – of Vernon, as an alternate member of the Judicial Review Council, as an attorney-at-law liscensed to practice in the state, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Carl M. Porto, whose term expired.

Timothy J. Noel-Sullivan – of Hartford, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Mark E. Ojakian – of West Harford, as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Douglas Olson – of Cheshire, as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician who specializes in internal medicine, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Cherron Payne – of Farmington, as a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Gary Collins, who resigned.

Richard U. Sherman – of Broad Brook, as a member of the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission, until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Barbara Ruhe, whose term expired.

Malia K. Sieve – of Norwich, as a member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Ashley C. Stewart – of East Hartford, to be a member of the Thames River Valley Flood Control Commission, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Denise Ruzicka, who resigned.

Honorable Hillary B. Strackbein – of Guilford, as a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a Superior Court Judge, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable Joan K. Alexander, whose term expired.

Honorable Jose A. Suarez – of Chester, as a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an alternate Superior Court Judge, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to the Honorable John J. Nazzaro, whose term expired.

Parker S. Wise – of Branford, as a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read and referred to the Joint Committee on Judiciary.

February 3, 2016

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, to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Francis M. McDonald, Jr. of Middlebury to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Socrates H. Mihalakos of Southbury to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Michael E. Shay of Wilton to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Barry R. Schaller of Guilford to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Joan K. Alexander of Cromwell to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 William T. Cremins of Middlebury to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Michael R. Dannehy of Manchester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Edward S. Domnarski of Essex to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Matthew E. Frechette of Branford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 David P. Gold of Middlefield to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Barbara Bailey Jongbloed of Madison to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Paul Matasavage of Oakville to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 John J. Nazzaro of Pawcatuck to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 John W. Pickard of Harwinton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Linda Pearce Prestley of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a (h), 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 Justice of the Supreme Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 appointment by you Alice A. Bruno of New Britain to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Wilson J. Trombley, who reached the age of mandatory retirement.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 appointment by you Gerald L. Harmon of Southington to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable James J. Devine, who elected senior judge status.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 appointment by you Edward T. Krumeich of Greenwich to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Edward J. Dolan, who reached the age of mandatory retirement.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 appointment by you John B. Farley of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Richard F. Comerford, Jr. , who elected senior judge status.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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. Young of South Glastonbury to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 5, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Eddie Rodriguez, Jr. of Easton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 4, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Linda K. Lager of New Haven to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 4, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 Cara F. Eschuk of Naugatuck to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 5, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

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 William H. Bright, Jr. of Columbia to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 5, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Joseph H. Pellegrino of Hamden to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 12, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Robert J. Malone of Milford to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 5, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Joseph A. Licari, Jr. of North Haven to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 14, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Charles D. Gill of Litchfield to be a Judge Trial Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 14, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 31-276 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent reappoint John A. Mastropietro of Watertown to be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner to serve for a term of five years from April 1, 2015.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 31-276 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent reappoint Scott A. Barton of Seymour to be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner to serve for a term of five years from January 26, 2015.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read and referred to the Joint Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 46a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Cherron Payne from Farmington, to be a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to serve the remainder of the term of Gary Collins, who resigned, ending July 14, 2018 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 46a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Lisa B. Giliberto from South Glastonbury, to be a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to serve a term ending July 14, 2020, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 4-19 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 1 of Public Act 15-5 of the June 2015 Special Session of the Connecticut General Assembly, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Nancy J. Dinardo from Trumbull, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending December 17, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 4-19 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 1 of Public Act 15-5 of the June 2015 Special Session of the Connecticut General Assembly, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Pamela K. Elkow from Redding, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending December 17, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 4-19 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 1 of Public Act 15-5 of the June 2015 Special Session of the Connecticut General Assembly, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Parker S. Wise from Branford, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending December 17, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read and referred to the Senate Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable Senate:

Pursuant to Section 4-19, 25-101 and 25-102 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Ashley C. Stewart from East Hartford, to be a member of the Thames River Valley Flood Control Commission to serve the remaining term of Denise Ruzicka, who resigned, ending June 30, 2018 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable Senate:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a and 20-8a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Douglas Olson from Cheshire, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician who specializes in internal medicine, to serve a term coterminous with my term or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable Senate:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 25-99 and 25-100 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Richard U. Sherman from Broad Brook, to be a member of the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission, to serve a term ending June 30, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Barbara Ruhe, whose term expired.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The following communications were received from the President Pro Tempore, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 1, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 of June Special Session Public Act 15-5, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Terry Gilbertson of New Haven, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2019.

Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the Senate Majority Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

August 3, 2015

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 of Public Act 15-5 (JSS) it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Attorney Scott D. Bates of Stonington, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2017.

Sincerely,

Bob Duff

Senate Majority Leader

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER

The following communications were received from the Senate Republican Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

June 16, 2015

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes 9-7a, it is my pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, reappoint Attorney Michael J. Ajello of North Haven, Connecticut, to be a member of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, for a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2018.

Len Fasano

Senate Minority Leader

July 2, 2015

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of 2015 Senate Bill 1502 section 1, it is my pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint Mr. Henry W. Juan III of Greenwich, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, for a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2019.

Len Fasano

Senate Minority Leader

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the House Majority Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

January 6, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 of June Special Session Public Act 5-5 and Section 4-1 of the General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Bonnie Reemsnyder of Old Lyme, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2017.

Joe Aresimowicz

House Majority Leader

COMMUNICATION FROM

THE RANKING MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

The following communication was received from Senator Boucher of the 26th and Representative O'Dea of the 125th, read and referred to the Joint Standing 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, Transportation Committee Ranking Member, Transportation Committee

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS

The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Communication – Public Safety and Security Committee – Regarding the Status of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Police Officer Standards and Training Council. (Pursuant to Sections 2c-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 3, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Docket No. 14-07-16, Report to the General Assembly Concerning Lost and Unaccounted-for Gas for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 16-34a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2011 and June, 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 4, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Human Services

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of May 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 5, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and the Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for May 1 through May 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 9, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – State Board of Education – Connecticut Technical High School System Rolling Capital Improvement and Capital Equipment Plan for Fiscal Years 2016 – 2020. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 10, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Office of Military Affairs Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-58b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 11, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014, July 1 through September 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014, October 1 through December 31, 2013. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014, January 1 through March 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014, April 1 through June 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, July 1 through September 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, October 1 through December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Report for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015, January 1 through March 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the First Quarter of Calendar Year 2014, January 1 through March 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the Second Quarter of Calendar Year 2014, January 1 through June 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the Third Quarter of Calendar Year 2014, January 1 through September 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the Fourth Quarter of Calendar Year 2014, January 1 through December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the First Quarter of Calendar Year 2015, January 1 through March 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Whistleblower Matter Reported to the Governor Concerning Office of State Comptroller's Retirement Services Division. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 and 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 17, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Labor and Public Employees and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 23, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the Attorney General for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 24, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Public Utility Regulatory Authority Docket No. 14 07 18, Report to the General Assembly Concerning its Review of Each Electric Distribution Company's Vegetation Management Practices. (Pursuant to Section 16-32k of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 25, 2015

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 25, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSUS) – Board of Regents for Higher Education Semi-Annual Report on CSUS 2020 for December 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91f of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 29, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of Early Childhood – Children's Trust Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section17b-751 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2015

Referred to Committees on Education, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Office of Early Childhood – Report on Changing the Kindergarten Entry Date. (Pursuant to Section 9 of Public Act 14-39 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – State Board of Education – Report of Standardized Testing Study for School Year 2013-14 with Update Notes for 2014-15. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 13-207) Date received: June 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Office of the Treasurer – Annual Report of the Financial Condition of the Second Injury Fund for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 31-349f of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Soldiers', Sailors', and Marines' Fund for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 2, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Judicial Branch – Office of Victim Services – Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Program and Fund Quarterly Report as of June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 2 of Special Act 13-1) Date received: July 6, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for June 1 through June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – State Employee Spousal Health Insurance Eligibility. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 9, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Labor and Public Employees and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the Calendar Year 2015 Quarter ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 9, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 5, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Communication – Public Safety and Security Committee – Regarding the Status of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's Police Officers Standards and Training Council. (Pursuant to Sections 2c-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 27, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Judicial Branch – Court Services Support Division – Juvenile Family Violence Mediation Pilot Program. (Pursuant to Section 85 of Public Act 14-217) Date received: July 14, 2015

Referred to Judiciary Committee

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for March 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 14, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Board of Regents for Higher Education – Charter Oak State College for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 15, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Leased Personal Property by State Agencies 2014 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 4a-6 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 17, 2015

Referred to Appropriations Committee and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Board of Regents for Higher Education – Connecticut Community College System for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 22, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – University of Connecticut for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 29, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Children and Families for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2011, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 29, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Children and Human Services

Report – Department of Correction – Inmate Disciplinary Report, Inmate Assaults on Custodial Staff, Inmate Assaults on Other Inmates and Worker's Compensation Claims filed by Custodial Staff for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014-2015. (Pursuant to Section 18-81t of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 31, 2015

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees

Communication − Auditors of Public Accounts − Letter to the Governor regarding the TransparencyCT. gov website maintained by the Connecticut General Assembly's Office of Fiscal Analysis pursuant to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 31, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Military Department – Military Facility Usage Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 11-4a and 27-239(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 5, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for July 1 through July 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 6, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of July 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 19, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Whistleblower Matters Received for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 20, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Economic Cluster Bond Funds Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-4h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 26, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Judicial Branch – Office of Victims Services – Final Report of Sandy Hook Workers' Assistance Fund Final Monthly Report for period ended August 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2(d) of Special Act 13-1) Date received: September 4, 2015

Referred to Judiciary Committee

Report – State Board of Education – School Paraprofessional Advisory Council Annual Report to the Commissioner of Education for the 2014-15 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-155k of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 4, 2015

Referred to Education Committee

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of May 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 8, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Office of Policy and Management – 2015 Annual Report on the Regional Performance Incentive (RPI) Grant Program for Fiscal Years 2008, 2012 and 2014; and, Summary of Proposals Submitted for Consideration as of December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 4-124s (e) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 8, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for August 1 through August 31, 2015, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of Policy and Management for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 15, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Motor Vehicles for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2011 and 2012. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 17, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – State Board of Education – 2015 Report on School Climate and Bullying in Connecticut Schools. (Pursuant to Section 10-222h(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 17, 2015

Referred to Committees on Children and Education

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Revenue Services Integrated Tax Administration System – Information Technology Security through May 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 46a-68(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 46a-68(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 46a-68(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 46a-68(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 46a-68(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Annual Report to the State Properties Review Board for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4b-2(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 24, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – University of Connecticut – Collaboration and Utilization at the Higher Education Center between the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-144 (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Consumer Protection for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and General Law

Report – Yale University – Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Quinnipiac University – Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Quinnipiac University – 2015 Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) and (m) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Marinello Schools of Beauty – Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Mitchell College – Annual Uniform Campus Crime Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Fairfield University – 2015 Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of New Haven – 2015 Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy as of October 1, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of New Haven – Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Goodwin College – 2015 Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct and Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) and (m) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Trinity College – 2015 Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct and Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) and (m) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Banking for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Banking

Report – Office of State Comptroller – Annual Report for CORE-CT System for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 3-115e of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Office of Policy and Management – State of Connecticut Information and Telecommunications Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4d-7(e) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Government Administration and Elections, Energy and Technology and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-416c (j) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 2, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – First Five Plus Program as of September 1, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-4l (d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 2, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 6, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Communication – State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition – Letter of consent to incorporate terms of PA 15-93, Sections 1 – 4, into the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition's collective bargaining agreement with the State of Connecticut. (Pursuant to PA 15-93, Section 5) Date received: October 6, 2015

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Comptroller – Departmental Operations for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2011, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 8, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – St. Vincent's College – 2015 Campus Security Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) and (m) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 13, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 14, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – University of Connecticut Health Center – Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 14, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Transportation – Final Report, Connecticut Winter Highway Maintenance Operations, Corrosive Effects of Chemical Road Treatments (Pursuant to Section 6 of Public Act 14-199) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for September 1 through September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Asnuntuck Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Capital Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Central Connecticut State University Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Eastern Connecticut State College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Gateway Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Housatonic Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Manchester Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Middlesex Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Naugatuck Valley Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Northwestern Connecticut Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Quinebaug Valley Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Southern Connecticut State University Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Three Rivers Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Tunxis Community College Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut State Universities and Colleges – Western Connecticut State University Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Bridgeport – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Saint Joseph West Hartford – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 15, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Judicial Branch – Annual Report for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Article VI of Section 54-133 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date Received: October 19, 2015

Referred to Judiciary Committee

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Connecticut Paint Stewardship Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 22a-904a(h) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 20, 2015

Referred to Committee on Environment

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2011, 20012, and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 22, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Environment

Report – Department of Labor – An Analysis of Connecticut's Cybersecurity Sector. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-21) Date received: October 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Calendar Year 2015, Quarter ended September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 29, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Rehabilitation Services for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 29, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Human Services

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – 2015 Active Financial Assistance Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-47a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 3, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Program Review and Investigations

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Central Connecticut State University National

Collegiate Athletic Association for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 5, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Technical High School Systems – School Budgets for 2015-16 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-99g(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 5, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Education

Report – Connecticut Technical High School Systems – School Expenditures for 2014-15 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-99g(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 5, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Education

Report – Connecticut Technical High School Systems – School Bus Replacement for 2015-16 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 5, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education and Transportation

Report – Connecticut Technical High School Systems – Assuring Connecticut's Success: Tomorrow's Framework, Connecticut Technical High School Systems Strategic Action Plan for 2014-2017. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h(b)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 6, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Connecticut Technical High School Systems –Connecticut Technical High School Systems Strategic Plan Annual Report for 2014-2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h(b)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 6, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for October 1 through October 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 6, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Department of Children and Families – Screening for Developmental and Social-Emotional Delays Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 17a-106e of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 9, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Children and Human Services

Report – University of Connecticut – Institutional Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students for 2014-2015 Academic Year. (Pursuant to Section 10a-161c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 9, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of October 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 9, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Developmental Services – Annual Mortality Report for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Executive Order No. 42) Date received: November 10, 2015

Referred to Committees on Human Services and Public Health

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) – Annual Report on DECD's relationship to the Connecticut Technical High School System. ( Pursuant to Section 10-95h (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 13, 2015

Referred to Committees on Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Correction – Inmate Disciplinary Report, Inmate Assaults on Custodial Staff, Inmate Assaults on Other Inmates and Worker's Compensation Claims filed by Custodial Staff for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015-2016, July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 18-81t of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 31, 2015

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Connecticut BioScience Collaboration Program Quarterly Status Report – Funding and Operations for the period of 7/1/2015 – 9/30/2015, including the Jackson Laboratory Project Schedule of Disbursements by Facility – Cumulative Findings. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 17, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Public Health

Report – State Board of Education – Model Components of the School Intervention Reading Strategy for 2014 – 2015 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-14u of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 19, 2015

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 20, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Energy and Technology and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 23, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Comptroller – State Retirement Funds and State Employee and Retiree Benefits for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2009, 2010, and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 24, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Agriculture for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 2, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Environment and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Board of Regents for Higher Education System Office for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 3, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 4, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Energy and Technology

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for November 1 through November 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 7, 2015

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of November 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 8, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and the Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Concessions at Connecticut State Parks. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 15-106 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 8, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Environment and Human Services

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013, and Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 10, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) – CSLF Annual Report, including Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2014; CHEFA Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015; and, Federal Family Education Loan Program Compliance Report for October 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: December 10, 2015

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Airport Authority – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 15-120kk of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 15, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Transportation

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Transportation Initiatives for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2006; June 30, 2007; and, June 30, 2008. (Pursuant to Section 13b-79z of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 16, 2015

Referred to Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Treasurer for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. . (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 17, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Annual Report, Pilot Program for Alternative Method of Assessment for Commercial Properties for Assessment Year ending September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 12-63i(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 21, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Planning and Development

Report – Judicial Branch – Response to the Report and Recommendations Made by the Office of the Child Advocate in a Fatality Investigation. (Pursuant to Section 46a-13l(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 22, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Office of the Attorney General – False Claims Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-289 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 24, 2015

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – State Education Resources Center – Assistive Technology Sharing Programs. (Pursuant to Section 271 of Public Act No. 15-5) Date received: December 28, 2015

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-120(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2015

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – University of Connecticut Health Center for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Health

Report – State Education Resources Center – Feasibility of Expanding the Preschool Through 20 Workforce Information Network and Reporting on Employment Outcomes for Students With Disabilities. (Pursuant to Section 283 of Public Act No. 15-5) Date received: December 30, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Children, Commerce, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Human Services

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Long-Term Care Planning Committee – Long-Term Services and Supports Plan. (Pursuant to Section 17b-337 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2015

Referred to Committees on Aging, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority – Annual Report on Fair Housing Choice and Racial and Economic Integration for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 8-37bb of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Committee on Housing

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of State Treasurer, Independent Auditors' Report on State Financial Operations for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Police Officer Standards and Training Council – Policy on Use of Body-Worn Cameras. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-4, section 7 (j) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Manufacturing Innovation Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-7o of the Connecticut General Statutes) date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – State Tax Panel – Final Report as of December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 237 of Public Act 14-217) Date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Children and Families and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse – Substance Abuse Recovery Support Plan to Provide Services to Adolescents and Young Adults. (Pursuant to Section 3 of Special Act 14-7) Date received: December 31, 2015

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Commission on Aging –Results-Based Accountability Report and Performance Report Card for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17b-420(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Aging and Appropriations

Report – Commission on Aging –Elder Abuse Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-236) Date received: January 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Aging and Appropriations

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Office of Film, Digital Media and Motion Pictures Tax Credit Activity for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-1p of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 4, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Connecticut General Assembly – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Agency Overtime Report for the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2015-2106 ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 21 of Public Act 15-1) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17b-254 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Committees on Aging, Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Small Business Express Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-7(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Governor's First Five Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-41(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Statewide Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 28-li of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2016

Referred to Committee on Public Safety and Security

Report – Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-122 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Summary of the Composition and Fuel Usage of the State Fleet and Updating the Status of Plans of Development. (Pursuant to Sections 4a-67d(f) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology, Environment and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Military Occupational Specialty Task Force Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-61bb of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Report – Office of the Probate Court Administrator – Truancy Clinic Pilot Programs administered by the Waterbury and New Haven Regional Children's Probate Courts for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 45a-8c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Education and Judiciary

Report – Permanent Commission on the Status of Women – Trafficking in Persons Council Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 46a-170 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services, Judiciary, Labor and Public Employees, Public Health and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4d-80(c)(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Education and Energy and Technology

Report – Permanent Commission on the Status of Women – Annual and Results-Based Accountability Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 46a-4(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 6, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Human Services

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 6, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Public Health for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 7, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections and Public Health

Report – University of Connecticut – Administrative Compensation Competitive Assessment Results as of October 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-158 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 8, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Homeland Preparedness and Emergency Response Planning: Planning and Activities for Children and Youth for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 28-1l of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 11, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Coordinating Advisory Board for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 28-1l of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 11, 2016

Referred to Committee Public Safety and Security

Report – University of Connecticut – Services Available to Veterans Enrolled at the University of Connecticut. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-1) Date received: January 12, 2016

Referred to Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Veterans' Affairs

Report – University of Connecticut – UConn 2000 Report #41 for Period Ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 13, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – School Security and Safety Plan Standards for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-222n(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 13, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children, Education, Planning and Development and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for December 1 through December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 13, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – State Board of Education – Connecticut Youth Service Bureau Report “Positive Youth Development, Diversion from the Justice System and Youth Development Services” for Calendar Years 2013 – 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-19m(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children, Education and Judiciary

Report – Connecticut General Assembly – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Status Report for Transparency CT for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-53l of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 14, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Report – Judicial Branch – Court Support Services – Electric Monitoring and Supervision of Sex Offenders for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 54-260a of the Connecticut General Statutes) date received: January 14, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Department of Children and Families – Actual or Suspected Instances of Animal Neglect or Cruelty for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17a-100c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children and Judiciary

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-28f(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Public Health

Report – Connecticut Sentencing Commission – Annual Report of Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 11-4a and 54-300 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council – Biannual Report for Quarters 1 – 4 for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17b-28 of the Connecticut General Statutes) date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Department of Insurance – Property Casualty Insurance Rate Reviews for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 38a-9(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Report – Office of the Chief State's Attorney – Task Force to Examine the Methods to Reduce the Costs to Extradite. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 15-211) Date received: January 15, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Task Force on Domestic Workers – Recommendations for Legislative Initiatives to Provide Outreach and Education Services to Domestic Workers and Their Employers. (Pursuant to Section 1 of Public Act 14-17 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: January 19, 2016

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

Report – Office of the State Treasurer – Annual Report of the State Treasurer for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 3-37(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 15-120o(c) and 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Transportation

Report – Program Review and Investigations Committee – Dealer Conveyance Fees Charged by New and Used Car Dealers in Connecticut and Related Information Report. (Pursuant to Section 428 of Public Act 15-5 of the Connecticut General Statutes)

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – University of Hartford – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2014. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 21, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Annual Report to the General Assembly for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Office of the Chief State's Attorney – Chief State's Attorney's Annual Wiretap Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes)

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Office of the State Comptroller – Healthcare Facility Fee Report. (Pursuant to 77 of Public Act 14-217 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: January 28, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Comptroller, State of Connecticut Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Internal Control over Financial Reporting and on Compliance and Other Matters for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Program Review and Investigation and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for the Fourth Quarter of Calendar Year 2015 ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-38a – 1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority – Legislative Report (Pursuant to Public Act 15-200 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: January 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Banking and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of the Chief State's Attorney – Annual Report of the Summary of Ex Parte Orders for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 29, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority – Capital Financing Alternatives for Community Hospitals. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-146 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Banking, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Planning and Development and Public Health

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Sacred Heart University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55a(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Communication – Teachers' Retirement Board – Changes to Actuarial Assumptions and Methods Utilized for Actuarial Valuation of the Connecticut Teachers' Retirement System as adopted on November 4, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-183nn of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Plan for the Growth of Connecticut's Cybersecurity Sector. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-21 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Low-Income Energy Advisory Board – Recommendations to Improve the Implementation of Heating Assistance Programs in Connecticut. (Pursuant to Section 16a-41b of the Connecticut General Statutes) date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Energy and Technology and Human Services

Report – Department of Developmental Services – Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17a-215e of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Human Services and Program Review and Investigation

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations – State Mandates on Municipalities: Actions in 2015, for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-32c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2015

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Aging, Banking, Children, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Energy and Technology, Environment, Government Administration and Elections, Judiciary, Insurance and Real Estate, Planning and Development, Program Review and Investigations, Public Health, Public Safety and Security and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations – Compendium of Statutory and Regulatory Mandates on Municipalities in Connecticut: 2016 Supplement, for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-79a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Children, Commerce, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Energy and Technology, Environment, Government Administration and Elections, Human Services, Planning and Development, Program Review and Investigations, Public Health, Public Safety and Security, Transportation and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations – Connecticut Municipal Budget Adoption Experiences for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-79a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections and Planning and Development

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-79a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, Planning and Development and Program Review and Investigations

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations – Connecticut Municipal Budget Adoption Experiences for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-79a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, Planning and Development and Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Department of Economic and Community Development – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-1m of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Correction – Mental Health Services Provided to the Incarcerated Population for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 18-96a(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services, Public Health and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Office of Long Island Sound Programs – Pilot Study Results for Notices of Non-Compliance for Residential Property Owners for Calendar Period October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 22a-111b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Environment and Planning and Development

Report – Commission on Children – Results-Based Accountability Report Card and Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 46a-129 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Children

Report – Department of Correction – Inmate Disciplinary Report, Inmate Assaults on Custodial Staff, Inmate Assaults on Other Inmates and Worker's Compensation Claims filed by Custodial Staff for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015-2016, October 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 18-81t of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Water Planning Council – Status of the Development and Implementation of the State Water Plan for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 22a-352(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 3, 2016

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology, Environment, Planning and Development and Public Health

INTRODUCTION OF BILL

SENATE AND HOUSE BILL AND RESOLUTION

On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the first reading of the following bill and was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bill and referred to the Committee as indicated thereon in concurrence:

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. ; SEN. FONFARA, 1st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CONNECTICUT'S ECONOMIC FUTURE', to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Connecticut and enhance Connecticut's economic future.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S. B. No. 2 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. ; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. ; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. ; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. ; SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. ; SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. ; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. ; SEN. BARTOLOMEO, 13th DIST. ; SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. ; SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. ; SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT SUPPORTING VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES', to support veteran-owned small businesses.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 3 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF NEW AND USED CAR DEALERS', to increase revenue gain to the state by expanding the car dealer license eligibility to additional manufacturers.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 4 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDUCTION FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR UNPAID FAMILY CAREGIVERS', to provide personal income tax relief to family caregivers for unpaid services provided in order to allow the elderly to remain at home.

Proposed S. B. No. 5 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FEE ON THE MANUFACTURE, DISTRIBUTION, PRESCRIPTION AND DISPENSATION OF OPIOIDS', to control the opioid epidemic by imposing a fee on the manufacture, distribution, prescription and dispensation thereof.

Proposed S. B. No. 6 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE THRESHOLDS FOR THE ESTATE TAX AND THE GIFT TAX', that the estate and gift tax thresholds be increased in order to help retain the state's retirees.

Proposed S. B. No. 7 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSION AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to provide tax relief to retirees and seniors by exempting pension and Social Security benefits from the personal income tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 8 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to provide tax relief to state businesses by repealing the business entity tax.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5001 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS NECESSARY TO RESTORE THE CAP ON CERTAIN PROBATE COURT FEES', to appropriate funds to the Probate Court and restore the cap on Probate Court fees for the settlement of an estate.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Proposed H. B. No. 5002 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, MUNICIPALITIES AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF EDUCATING NONRESIDENT STUDENTS', to require the Department of Children and Families to reimburse towns for the costs of educating nonresident children that are placed in such towns.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 5003 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND IN THOMASTON', to provide funding to the Railroad Museum of New England in the town of Thomaston for construction and renovations to the facility.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5004 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DOUBLE TAXATION OF CONSUMER GOODS', to eliminate double taxation on consumer goods when businesses purchase products at wholesale prices and pay sales tax on such products which products are then subject to sales tax when resold to the consumer or otherwise included in a taxable consumer good.

Proposed H. B. No. 5005 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAXATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to exempt Social Security income from the personal income tax and eliminate the earned income tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5006 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5007 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING STATE TAXES THAT COST MORE TO ADMINISTER THAN IS GAINED IN REVENUE', to eliminate state taxes costing more for the state to collect in administrative costs than the state gains in revenue received from the imposition of said tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5008 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5009 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS FOR PERSONS SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions for persons sixty-seven years of age or older.

Proposed H. B. No. 5010 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE IMPOSITION OF PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSION BENEFIT INCOME', to eliminate the imposition of personal income taxation on pension benefit income.

Proposed H. B. No. 5011 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL AND AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAXES', to phase out the hospital tax and the ambulatory surgical center tax over a five-year period beginning July 1, 2016.

Proposed H. B. No. 5012 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT HIRE RECENT HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GRADUATES', to provide a tax credit to businesses that hire a recent high school or college graduate.

Proposed H. B. No. 5013 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT HIRE UNEMPLOYED OR SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS', to provide a tax credit to businesses hiring unemployed or self-employed persons.

Proposed H. B. No. 5014 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO AN ABLE ACCOUNT', to allow a deduction from the personal income tax for contributions made to an ABLE account.

Proposed H. B. No. 5015 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE TAX RATE APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN JEWELRY AND CLOTHING SALES', to revitalize consumer buying by reducing the sales tax on certain jewelry and clothing sales.

Proposed H. B. No. 5016 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE UNITARY TAX', to repeal the unitary tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5017 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR INTEREST AND PRINCIPAL PAID ON STUDENT LOANS', to provide a credit against the personal income tax for interest and principal paid on student loans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5018 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt Social Security income from the personal income tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5019 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN PENSION INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt certain pension income from the personal income tax in order to stop the loss of retired individuals from Connecticut to states that do not tax pension income.

Proposed H. B. No. 5020 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE IMPOSITION OF PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the imposition of personal income taxation on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5021 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5022 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE TAX PAYABLE ON CASUAL CAR SALES', to provide that the documented purchase price of a private passenger motor vehicle that is sold by one private individual to another be the basis for calculating the sales tax payable on the motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5023 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE THOMASTON OPERA HOUSE', to provide funds to the town of Thomaston for the renovation of the Thomaston Opera House.

Proposed H. B. No. 5024 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5025 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5026 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. ; REP. SERRA, 33rd DIST. ; REP. BOUKUS, 22nd DIST. ; REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. ; REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST. ; REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. ; REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARITY FOR SINGLE-FILERS UNDER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to establish a ten-year plan to phase in an increase in the personal exemption for single-filers under the personal income tax in order to reduce the higher tax liability that is imposed on single-filers, including students, recent graduates, young people entering the workforce, widows, widowers and senior citizens, who pay up to five times more income tax than individuals filing jointly, in order to reduce the brain drain of youth leaving Connecticut for more favorable tax climates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5027 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax and remove certain tax consequences of dying.

Proposed H. B. No. 5028 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE POLICY COSTS', to encourage individuals to purchase long-term care insurance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5029 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5030 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5031 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5032 REP. MULLIGAN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5033 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE SALES TAX ON PARKING FEES AT STATE PARKS', to eliminate the sales tax on motor vehicle parking at state parks.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5034 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONSOLIDATING THE ANNUAL INFORMATIONAL MAILING OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS', to reduce the cost of the annual informational mailing by General Assembly members by consolidating it to one per senatorial district.

Proposed H. B. No. 5035 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to repeal the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5036 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING LEGISLATOR FRANKING PRIVILEGES', to eliminate the costly franking privileges of members of the General Assembly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5037 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE NUMBER OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS IN STATE AGENCIES', to eliminate duplicative service and provide cost savings to the state.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5038 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REPAYMENT OF LOANS EXTENDED UNDER THE FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT TAX ACT', to relieve businesses of the obligations created by the loans extended to the state through the Federal Unemployment Tax Act.

Proposed H. B. No. 5039 REP. MULLIGAN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REPAYMENT OF LOANS EXTENDED UNDER THE FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT TAX ACT', to relieve businesses of the obligations created by the loans extended to the state through the Federal Unemployment Tax Act.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5040 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF RESIDENT POLICE OFFICERS', to reimburse towns for the costs incurred when the resident state police officer provides services on state highways or outside the boundaries of such towns.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5041 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES', to privatize the Department of Motor Vehicles.

INTRODUCTION OF

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following resolution was introduced, read and adopted.

S. J. No. 3 RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN, PRINTING OF BILLS AND EXPENSES.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate shall cause to be published, from time to time, as they find suitable, notices of caucuses, committee hearings, meetings and announcements of interest to members of the General Assembly, following the plan of the Legislative Bulletin published at previous sessions; and,

That the joint committee on legislative management is authorized to pay the cost of printing of bills for the 2016 session of the General Assembly; and other necessary expenses of the 2016 session of the General Assembly.

IMMEDIATE TRANSMITTAL TO THE HOUSE

Senator Duff of the 25th moved immediate transmittal of Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 to the House.

INTRODUCTION OF

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were introduced, read and adopted.

S. R. No. 2 RESOLUTION CONCERNING ROLL CALL AND READING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by the Senate:

That the daily roll call and reading of the Journal be dispensed with during the February 2016 session.

S. R. No. 1 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Clerk of the Senate is authorized and directed to cause to be printed and distributed daily such number of copies of the Journal of the Senate, as the clerk deems necessary, and such number of copies at the close of the session as may be provided by law.

S. R. No. 3 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE IS READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by the Senate:

That a committee of three Senators be appointed to wait upon the House of Representatives and inform that body that the Senate is ready to meet with the House in joint convention.

The President appointed Senator Gerratana of the 6th, Senator Cassano of the 4th and Senator Martin of the 31st.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee appointed by the President to inform the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of the final adjournment reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forth with.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

ADJOURNMENT

On the motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 11: 05 a. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair.

JOINT CONVENTION

The Honorable Senate, preceded by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor and the Clerks of the Senate, entered the House of Representatives and met the House in Joint Convention.

The President called the Joint Convention to order at 12: 04 p. m.

The prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Almighty Father,

We ask your blessing on this Joint Convention, as we come together this afternoon, to begin a new Legislative session for 2016.

This will be a difficult session, for our economy has not rebounded as we hoped it would. It will be a real challenge.

But we have been here before and we have learned that, with your guidance and the talents, abilities, experience and cooperation of everyone here, there is no limit to what we can achieve, so long as we do it together.

We ask this of you, who live and reign forever and ever, Amen.

PLEDGE

Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey of the 88th District led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

J. C. No. 1 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE GOVERNOR THAT THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE MET IN JOINT CONVENTION TO RECEIVE HIS BUDGET MESSAGE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Joint Convention Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by this Assembly:

That a committee of two Senators and two Representatives be appointed to inform His Excellency, the Governor, that the Senate and the House of Representatives are met in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving his message concerning the budget.

The President appointed Senator Duff of the 25th, Fasano of the 34th, Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th and Representative Klarides of the 114th.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the House of Representatives and delivered his message.

JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following Joint Convention Resolutions were introduced, read and adopted.

J. C. No. 2 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET MESSAGE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Joint Convention Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution.

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the message of the Governor be printed in the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

BENEDICTION

The Benediction was offered by House Chaplain Rabbi Craig Marantz of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Thank you Madame Lieutenant Governor. Let us pray.

Dear God,

Thank you for the leadership of our dear Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Legislators and all other public servants, here and elsewhere.

In the spirit of our state motto, Qui Transtulit Sustinet, translated, “He who is transplanted still sustains,” please support our leaders as you did the founders of our great State. Focus their virtue and lift them to high purpose. To make life and people matter. To lead passionately and sensibly. To create effective policy and fresh approaches to change. To listen and collaborate respectfully. To be flexible and accountable. Help them do everything possible to nurture the roots of democracy, to shape fiscal discipline, and sustain and ennoble the lives of Connecticut's citizenry.

May it be Your will, O Holy One of Blessing. Amen.

After the Governor read his message, Senator Duff of the 25th moved for dissolution of the Joint Convention.

The President thereupon dissolved the Joint convention at 12: 50 p. m. , and the Senate withdrew.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate:

It is my duty to report to you the proceedings of the Joint Convention.

Upon the invitation of the House, the Senate met the House in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communications that the Governor might choose to make.

Her Honor, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, presided over the Joint Convention.

Prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The Speaker of the House led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution raising a committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and House of Representatives were in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communications the Governor might choose to make.

The Resolution was adopted and Senators Duff of the 25th and Fasano of the 34th, Representatives Aresimowicz of the 30th and Klarides of the 114th were appointed as such Committee.

The Committee soon reported that they had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the House of Representatives and addressed the Joint Convention.

His Excellency read to the Convention his message, a copy of which he left in my hands for the use of the General Assembly.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution concerning the printing of the Governor's message.

The resolution was adopted.

The benediction was offered by the House Chaplain Rabbi Craig Marantz.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin M. Looney

President Pro Tempore

2016 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY

FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Wyman, Senator Fasano, Representative Klarides, my fellow state officials, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, members of the clergy, and all the citizens of our great state: thank you for the honor of inviting me once again into the people's House.

As always, let us thank and honor the brave men and women of Connecticut serving in our Armed Forces around the globe.

I'd like to recognize my wife Cathy and my son, Dannel, who are here with me, and thank them for their tremendous love and support.

And of course, the State of Connecticut could not have a better Lt. Governor, and I could not have a better friend than Nancy Wyman.

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We live in changing times.

You don't have to take my word for it. You hear it from your constituents every day – a visceral feeling that our country and our state are not going back to how things were before the Great Recession.

Families are budgeting differently. Their expectations are changing. They know they can't rely on the same economy their parents and grandparents did, where wages and home values steadily increased.

They know it's tougher to save – for retirement, for a college education, or just for the inevitable repairs to their car or their home.

Businesses feel it too, both large and small. They're making different decisions about how they hire, and the benefits they offer. They're looking at new technologies to fundamentally change how they operate, because if they don't, they won't survive.

In short, Connecticut families and businesses alike are adapting to a new economic reality.

We in Connecticut are not alone. Our neighbor to the north, Massachusetts, is facing a $635 million shortfall. Pennsylvania is facing a $2. 4 billion deficit, but still unable to overcome partisan gridlock to reach a deal. And Louisiana faces nearly a $2 billion deficit next year. Twenty-six other states have not fully recovered peak revenue from the Great Recession.

Our national economy, while making progress from the Great Recession, was fundamentally changed. A shifting workforce, the rapid rise of technology, and stagnant wage growth has made this recovery tougher for everyone, everywhere.

But here at home, the problems were compounded by our inability over prior decades to make the necessary changes and investments that would've moved our economy forward more quickly.

And now, while we have made year-after-year progress chipping away at our structural imbalance, it's clear that our work is not done. It's clear we have not gone far enough.

You don't need to look any further than our revenue projections, which continue to come in lower than expected. It's a frustration that goes beyond party affiliation. Projections used by Democrats, Republicans, and nonpartisan staff have all come up short.

In response, we have to adapt even more. Connecticut state government must reset our expectations of what we can afford, how we provide services, and how we save for our priorities. It won't be easy, and it often won't be politically popular. However, it is absolutely necessary if we want to create a more sustainable and enduring economy.

Friends, as we embark on another legislative session, my message to you is this: Connecticut is not going back to that pre-recession reality. It just doesn't exist anymore.

The people of Connecticut know it. They've accepted it.

And so must their government.

That's what I want to talk with you about today – how we adjust to this new economic reality.

There are many ways we can do it, many ways we need to change, but I want to spend my time on just one topic: I want to talk about how we budget.

There's a simple reality that, while our economy was evolving, the state budget did not change.

Together, this year we need to reshape the way Connecticut budgets. We need to make our budget more predictable, more sustainable, and more transparent.

A more sustainable budget will help us build an economy that can be one of the strongest in the region and competitive nationally.

With that said, I'm going to lay out five budget principles.

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The first principle is in many ways the simplest: Going forward, we need to limit our spending to available resources. We can do it by changing our “current services” budget approach.

“Current services” is a term readily understood inside this hall, but it's a foreign concept to our constituents. Essentially, it means that we wrongly assume government can do everything it does now, regardless of ever-growing costs.

It just isn't sustainable.

Families and businesses do not set their budget based on the amount of money they want to have next year. Neither can the State of Connecticut.

Managing our finances this way assumes we will face cuts if we don't achieve double digit growth in revenue every single year. It puts spending increases on autopilot. This must end, and this must end this year.

The budget adjustments I submit to you today are not based on current services spending. Similar to a zero-based budgeting approach, my budget limits spending in the upcoming fiscal year and beyond to actual revenue projections.

In other words, this budget is based not on how much we want to spend, but how much money we actually have to spend.

This new method will require different decisions to keep government living within its means. It won't come without sacrifice – it will require the reduction of the state workforce by more than a thousand employees through attrition and other means.

I don't take that lightly, but I do think it's necessary. I will continue to work with our state employees to make sure those reductions are done fairly and with great care.

And, if we're going to limit ourselves to available resources, there's another way we can do it. Twenty-four years ago the people of Connecticut voted for a constitutional spending cap to ensure that the state could live within its means.

It's time we give them what they asked for. The wisdom of the voters was correct in 1992, and it is correct now. Connecticut needs to enact a spending cap to keep spending in check.

An enforceable spending cap goes hand in hand with eliminating the current services model. We cannot both constrain spending with a cap and assume government will continue to grow unchecked every year.

I have previously offered this as a proposal to the General Assembly. But this year, we have to act. Otherwise, we will be forced year after year to either cut spending or look for additional revenue.

Pass an enforceable spending cap, and I again will support it.

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Here's the second principle: We cannot structurally balance our budget for the long run until we have addressed the primary driver of our long-term unfunded obligations.

I'm talking about Connecticut's unsustainable pension and post-employment costs.

In point of fact, we have made substantial progress addressing these costs. Reforms made in 2011 have saved us billions upon billions of dollars.

But our work addressing this debt remains unfinished. We have to do more.

Much of our liability is due to decisions made before most of us went into public service. The problem was made worse over the years as the state offered early retirement incentives that added billions to our long term costs.

Now, it has fallen upon us to fix it.

After decades of neglect, we are finally paying our pension obligations every year.

I think we all know that must continue. And yet, we still face a fiscal cliff in 2032 that will be impossible to meet. The instability created by this cliff is shaking the confidence of the business community and looming over the next generation of Connecticut taxpayers.

This past November, my administration released a study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College on how we could best stabilize our pension system. It offered ideas for ensuring that we can meet our obligations to our employees, pay down our unfunded liabilities, and do so without falling off that fiscal cliff 15 years from now.

Building on that work, I've proposed ways to refinance our debt, adjust our assumed rate of return, and change our most expensive Tier One pension plan to a pay-as-you-go system.

Others have put forward their proposals to address this cliff, and I appreciate those ideas. Now is the time for a frank discussion and an honest assessment of our options.

To that end, I have directed Secretary Barnes to pull together all stakeholders – including the Treasurer and the Comptroller, SEBAC and the state employees it represents, as well as the Connecticut teachers – to work on this issue together.

Using the work we've already begun, this group should develop a consensus on how to best make our pension system more affordable and more sustainable.

We should find the best combination of our ideas to help us support current pensions, pay off old liabilities, and strengthen our entire system for generations to come.

We should complete this work as soon as possible, so that the changes can be made this year and have an immediate impact on our long-term liabilities.

While this group is meeting, my administration will continue to negotiate with 13 state employee bargaining units, discussing salaries and other important issues.

As this process is ongoing, know this: I will not negotiate with our partners in labor from this podium or through the press. Instead, I will simply say that our expectations for these negotiations should be based on what we can afford, not what we previously spent.

And finally, there's one more area to discuss. Our work in the months and years ahead should include a larger, ongoing effort to align state employment benefits with our present economic reality.

Let me be clear – I strongly believe that working people who serve the public for decades deserve good benefits and a secure retirement that is offered by a defined benefit plan. But friends must be honest with each other.

The obligation of maintaining this system cannot be solely supported by our taxpayers under our current budget practices. If we want to support our pension and benefits system, we have to make changes. We should be willing to have the tough but necessary conversations about what those changes might look like.

Let's acknowledge that we should not wait until 2022 to have necessary discussions between labor and management.

Together, with our partners in labor, we can address how we pay for our long-term obligations and keep the pension and benefit system aligned with our economic reality.

To be sure, Connecticut state employees are not at fault for our current budget shortfall. But it has fallen to all of us – collectively – to address the challenges before us.

Let's give our citizens and businesses the confidence that will come from having addressed that which we know needs to be done.

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The third principle is this: We need to prioritize funding for core services.

Simply put, every existing line item cannot be considered a core service to be funded in perpetuity.

Together, we must concentrate on the core functions of state government, namely: protecting the public, ensuring a social safety net, building a strong economy, safeguarding our environment, providing a public education, and administering justice.

To that end, functions that fall outside of those core services must be considered on merit alone. We must transition toward making recipients of state funding compete for available dollars based on proven results.

In other words, we have to reform our earmark process.

That includes state funding to outside agencies, community organizations, and special events. Funding for these items should be time-limited, and we should re-examine these expenditures regularly.

Let's reform this process and do it this year.

My budget cuts existing earmarks by more than 20 percent in order to live within our means. And, it creates new pools so that entities receiving line item earmarks and, importantly, those entities that have not had the political clout to receive them will compete on equal footing for funds.

Any state funding that falls outside our core government services must be based on merit and merit alone.

Let's make this change together.

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The fourth principle is this: State agencies must be held accountable to the public and the legislature for their results.

The bill I submit to you today will require agencies to post online detailed, meaningful, timely information about how they are spending the people's money, and precisely what that money is accomplishing.

And, at the same time we're making agency budgets more transparent, we also need to push commissioners to find more cost-effective ways of accomplishing their respective missions.

I recognize that many in this chamber will have concerns with this change. Let me be clear: I have no desire to diminish the General Assembly's right to set policy or to mandate certain programs or services.

But as we shrink our budget – as we ask state employees to do more with less – giving commissioners more latitude will allow them to preserve those very programs and services.

In other words, by simplifying line items in the budget, we can give our top executives the ability to manage their agencies while providing quality services to taxpayers in the most efficient way possible.

Just as in business, our managers need the ability to lead their agency, adjust to shifting circumstances, and set priorities in the face of limited resources.

Together this year we can let managers manage, and we can hold them accountable for results.

Accountable to you, accountable to me, and accountable to the public.

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Here's the fifth and final principle: We've talked about limiting our spending, we've talked about our pension and post-employment cost, we've talked about setting priorities, and we've talked about focusing on results.

This final principle is one that can't be reflected in a budget book. It's about our process. It's about how we work together to deliver the best product possible to the people of Connecticut.

No budget will be perfect, but I firmly believe that by changing how we come to a budget bill, we can improve the final result.

So this is my challenge to you and to me: Let's not pass a budget on the final day of this session this year. Let's get it done early. Let's do it so that we can spend those final days working on other proposals – both yours and mine.

And that goes for budget implementers as well. No longer should implementers be a place to pass things that we didn't have time for during the session. If an idea didn't get a fair hearing during the legislative process, then it shouldn't be brought to the table at the eleventh hour. This is true of both Democrat and Republican ideas.

While I want to get a budget done early, I also understand and respect the committee process. I have no intention of circumventing it. While committees do their work, legislative leaders and committee leadership can meet regularly with me and my staff to understand each other's goals.

I welcome anyone to that table – Democrat or Republican.

No one party, no one leader, and no one individual holds a monopoly on good ideas. Now is the time for everyone to put those ideas on the table – for us to have a bipartisan discussion throughout this session.

Of course, it needs to be a real effort, one that is seen through to a responsible conclusion. To that end, I have only two conditions for our talks.

First, everyone must be willing to compromise. I know some consider compromise a dirty word, but just last November and December, Democrats and Republicans in Washington compromised on a transportation bill and passed a federal budget together. Compromise is necessary if we are going to address our challenges here in Connecticut.

Second, there comes a point where it isn't enough to bring your ideas, you also need to bring your votes. While every good idea should and will be heard, anyone who expects their ideas to be made reality must be ready to support a final budget bill. That's the price of leadership and the price of being part of the solution.

I know this is an election year. Too often, it's easier for all of us to point fingers at one another. But I assure you, there will be time for campaign politics this fall.

During this session, we can either be part of the solution or stand on the sidelines throwing stones. We cannot do both.

We can't be opposed to tax increases, but unwilling to cut the spending those taxes support.

We can't be for reigning in spending, but oppose cuts in any one line item.

We must be honest about the challenges we face, and work on them together.

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That's it – those are my five principles for making our budget more predictable and our economy more sustainable. For giving confidence to our residents and our businesses that government is adjusting to a new economic reality.

Budgeting more prudently can help us protect the services we value most. I believe strongly that government can and should play a positive role in the lives our citizens.

The measures I've laid out today aren't about cutting spending just to cut spending. This isn't a call for overzealous austerity, or a departure from Connecticut's core values.

Rather, they're about changing how we budget in order to preserve that which we hold dear. In order to preserve what makes Connecticut so special.

These are my ideas. I am sure there will be other ideas from those in this chamber, from leaders across the state, and citizens' concerned about our future. All of those ideas should be heard as we take on this challenge together.

I want to hear those ideas, so I plan on holding a series of town hall meetings across Connecticut. Anyone and everyone can be part of the discussion.

For myself, in addition to what I laid out today, I look forward to continuing our work together to fix our broken transportation system – work that must begin with a constitutional transportation lockbox. I want to thank each of your leaders, Democrat and Republican, for their votes in support of a lockbox this past fall.

Together, let's get this resolution on the 2016 ballot. Let's get this done and let's get this done early this session.

I also look forward to continuing a discussion from last year about making our criminal justice system more fair and equitable. Together, we can be the first in the nation to acknowledge that young adults in our juvenile or adult systems need a different approach.

We can give more young people a better chance to reform and become contributing members of our economy. And we can do it while saving taxpayers money.

These will be just some of my priorities this year. I know that you will have yours as well. I look forward to hearing them, and to continuing our progress together.

I say “continuing” because, despite my calls for change, we should also recognize that progress is happening. We're moving forward already.

Consider what we've accomplished.

Thanks to our concerted efforts to grow our economy, Connecticut's private sector has grown more than 80,000 jobs in the last five years.

In just the last six months, we've secured employers like Synchrony Financial, and we welcomed new employers like Serta Simmons from Massachusetts and MC Credit Partners from New York.

These employers alone will create and retain more than 700 jobs in Connecticut.

Last week, Electric Boat announced they will add 800 new jobs to their workforce this year and 4,000 in the years to come.

We've held onto major employers like United Technologies and Sikorsky along with their 24,000 employees.

And we've done it at the same time we're supporting more small businesses than ever before. In 2015, our Small Business Express Program worked with more than 230 businesses to create or retain more than 4,400 jobs.

Together in a special session last fall, we made changes to our tax code that both parties agreed were necessary to help our business community. Because of our work, employers can continue their strong pace of hiring and invest in the new innovative economy that will drive us into the future.

Our community colleges and regents system have answered the challenge for precision manufacturing training. The University of Connecticut has increased engineering capacity by 50 percent, helping meet the demand for technology and manufacturing job openings across Connecticut.

The Manufacturing Innovation Fund has launched two new programs geared specifically at training. One of those programs has already assisted 88 companies in training their workforce.

Our teachers and public schools are working hard as well. Test scores are up. Graduation rates have increased, and we're closing the achievement gap every year.

We're making housing more affordable. Last year alone we created or funded more than 11,000 units of housing.

Together, we ended chronic veterans' homelessness – the first state in the nation to do it. This year, we will end chronic homelessness for everyone.

And finally crime is at a 48-year low. Violent crime is down again from the previous year, our prison population has reached new lows, and this year we closed our fourth prison. These efforts have saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and made us safer.

This is progress we all can be proud of.

But if we want to sustain it, if we want to build on it, we have to fix how we budget. I know it will be a challenge.

So, as we begin this new session of the General Assembly, let us resolve together that we will use fresh eyes to look for answers to old problems.

Let us take new approaches to our challenges and find innovative ways to meet them.

Let us accept that we can't wish away our problems.

Let us seize this moment together to address the unfinished work before us.

Let us collectively believe that we can change the way our state budgets while we hold true to our Connecticut values.

We can adjust to a new economic reality while we protect our quality of life.

We can support our business community and train a 21st century workforce.

We can ensure that our progress leaves no one behind.

We can look to the years ahead with optimism for the future, pride in the state we all love, and hope that we can achieve what is right… and do it together.

Thank you and God bless you. May God bless the United States of America. And may God bless the great State of Connecticut.