JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Senate was called to order at 10: 30 a. m. in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.

The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Noele R. Kidney of Ellington, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

We ask that we be always mindful of the respect we owe to all beings, in our lives and in our work. Amen.

Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(b) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.

It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated February 4, 2016, is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary:

February 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

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

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

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

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

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

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

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

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER

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

February 3, 2016

To The Honorable General Assembly

Pursuant to the Section 15-31a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I am nominating David Pohorylo, from Milford to be a member of the Port Authority Board of Directors.   His term is effective immediately and is for a period of 2 years, expiring June 30, 2017.   His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of both chambers of the General Assembly after the next regular session begins in February 2016.

Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader

February 3, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly

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

Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader

REPORT

The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:

Report – Albertus Magnus College – 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 3, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the Committees as indicated thereon in concurrence:

APPROPRIATIONS

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

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

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

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

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

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

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

GENERAL LAW

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

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

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

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

HUMAN SERVICES

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

JUDICIARY

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

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

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

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

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

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

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

AGING

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

APPROPRIATIONS

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

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

COMMERCE

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

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

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

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

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

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

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

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

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

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

JUDICIARY

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

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

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

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

TRANSPORTATION

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

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 35 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.