JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Monday, February 8, 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:

Please bless us with an inner strength so that our lives and our work may be a blessing on others. 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 8, 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 17, 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 John J. Ronan of Milford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from May 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

Corrected Letters

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 12, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 5, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 14, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 14, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 1, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 5, 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 State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 20, 2016.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 8, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

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

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

REPORTS

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

Report – Connecticut 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 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Revenue Services – Corporation Business Tax Apportionment and Receipts Sourcing Report. (Pursuant to Section 219 of Public Act 15-244 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 5, 2016

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

Report – Health Assistance InterVention Education Network for Connecticut Health Professionals, Inc. (HAVEN) – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 19a-12a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services and Public Health

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:

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 43 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt Social Security income from the personal income tax.

AGING

Proposed H. B. No. 5076 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS', to provide sufficient funds for long-term care facility residents to tend to their personal needs.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5077 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FULL STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS', to reduce towns' property tax burden by providing for one hundred per cent state funding of special education costs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5078 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING ECS AID TO TOWNS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE MAGNET SCHOOL TUITION REQUIREMENT', to compensate towns for the increased local costs in meeting the state requirement that towns pay the tuition for students attending interdistrict magnet schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5079 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT LOWERING THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS', to reduce the local tax burden by requiring the state to pay more for special education by lowering the excess cost threshold.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5080 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT UNDER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to (1) restore the property tax credit against the personal income tax to three hundred dollars, and (2) restore the income caps used for determining eligibility for such property tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5081 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. ; REP. BOUKUS, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME UNDER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to provide more senior citizens with the ability to deduct Social Security benefits from their Connecticut income tax. A Connecticut taxpayer currently can deduct up to one hundred per cent of the federally taxable Social Security benefits if the taxpayer has income less than fifty thousand dollars for a single filer, or sixty thousand dollars if the taxpayer files jointly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5082 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING THE EXEMPTION ON WATER COMPANIES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX', to equalize the burden placed on businesses and residents of municipalities served by private water companies by restoring the exemption from the sales and use tax on water companies.

Proposed H. B. No. 5083 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAXIMUM PROPERTY TAX CREDIT UNDER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to restore the maximum property tax credit for a primary residence or motor vehicle under the personal income tax to the amount of five hundred dollars.

Proposed H. B. No. 5084 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. ; REP. BOUKUS, 22nd DIST. ; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. ; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. ; REP. SERRA, 33rd DIST. ; REP. WILLIS, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM THE SALES TAX DURING THE SALES TAX-FREE WEEK IN AUGUST', to provide some tax relief to parents and teachers who make personal classroom purchases of back-to-school supplies to benefit individual students.

ADJOURNMENT

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