JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Senate was called to order at 10: 40 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, Kathy Zabel of Burlington, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
Help us to guard with care the things we say. Let us remember that our words have the power to build up or tear down.
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 16, 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.
FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS
The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 26 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SCOTT D. BATES, ESQ. OF STONINGTON TO BE APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY.
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 27 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF LISA B. GILIBERTO OF SOUTH GLASTONBURY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 28 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF CHERRON PAYNE OF FARMINGTON TO BE A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:
Report – Department of Children and Families – Connecticut Juvenile Training School Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17a-6b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 16, 2016
Referred to Committees on Children and Judiciary
Report – Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Protection – Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 28-29b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 16, 2016
Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Public Safety and Security
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:
Proposed S. B. No. 96 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MAGNET SCHOOL FUNDING FOR NEW LONDON AND WATERFORD', to restore magnet school funding levels to New London and Waterford.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
S. B. No. 97 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOL STUDENT PROTECTION ACCOUNT', to make minor changes to the student protection account statutes and to update the obligation of private occupational schools paying into the student protection account.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
S. B. No. 98 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY ACUPUNCTURISTS', to require health insurance coverage for services rendered by an acupuncturist to the same extent coverage is provided for services rendered by a physician.
S. B. No. 99 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS PAYABLE FOR ASSESSMENTS TO DETERMINE A DIAGNOSIS OF A CONDITION AND RELATED CONSULTATIONS', to prohibit limits on the number of visits to assess an insured for a diagnosis of a condition and to require health insurance coverage for consultations with certain health care providers during the assessment for a diagnosis of a condition and after a diagnosis of a mental or nervous condition.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
S. B. No. 100 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS, 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS', to change the minimum eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits from five hundred dollars or less to two thousand dollars or less earned during the claimant's base period.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
S. B. No. 101 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE AND SOLE PROPRIETORS', to enable certain sole proprietors who do not carry workers' compensation insurance to perform on public works projects.
S. B. No. 102 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION AWARDS AND ATTORNEY FEES', to require a health insurer who files suit against an employer that contested an employee's claim for workers' compensation to transfer twenty per cent of any amount recovered to the claimant.
Proposed H. B. No. 5216 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING SUBSIDIZED FARMERS' MARKET COUPONS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS', to enable senior citizens to have greater access to nutritional foods.
Proposed H. B. No. 5217 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FULL FUNDING FOR THE ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH CT PROGRAM', to provide full state funding for the Access Mental Health CT program.
Proposed H. B. No. 5218 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE SCHOOL SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM TO FISCAL YEAR 2017', to extend the school security infrastructure grant program.
Proposed H. B. No. 5219 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS IN NEW LONDON', to reimburse the town of New London the balance of costs as eligible project costs for certain school building projects in New London.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
Proposed H. B. No. 5220 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING BOATS AND BOATING-RELATED SERVICES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX', to address the competitive disadvantage of the state's marine industry due to the absence of sales tax on marine-related commerce in Rhode Island and to encourage boat registration and boating-related services to be conducted in state by exempting boats and boating-related services from the sales and use tax.
Proposed H. B. No. 5221 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL LANDS FROM THE ESTATE TAX', to preserve farm land by exempting it from the estate tax provided such land remains farm land for eight or more years.
Proposed H. B. No. 5222 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE SALES TAX ON PARKING FEES AT STATE AND MUNICIPAL PARKS', to eliminate the sales tax on motor vehicle parking at state and municipal parks.
Proposed H. B. No. 5223 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING BABY DIAPERS FROM THE SALES TAX', to provide an exemption from the sales tax for baby diapers.
Proposed H. B. No. 5224 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR DEPENDENT CHILD CARE COSTS', to lower the cost of child care by providing a credit against the personal income tax for dependent child care costs.
Proposed H. B. No. 5225 REP. BUCK-TAYLOR, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL SHARE OF THE SALES TAX', to direct one-tenth of one per cent of the sales tax to the municipality where such sales tax was collected.
Proposed H. B. No. 5226 REP. BUCK-TAYLOR, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF THE REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX', to reduce the state portion of the real estate conveyance tax and increase the municipal portion of such tax.
Proposed H. B. No. 5227 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF SWIMMING POOL ASSEMBLER'S LICENSING FEES BY SWIMMING POOL BUILDERS', to relieve the holder of a swimming pool builder's license from also paying licensing and renewal fees for a swimming pool assembler's license.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
H. B. No. 5228 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS, 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NOTIFICATION OF DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE PROJECTS, THE DEFINITION OF "PROJECT" AND REPEALING A PROVISION CONCERNING STATE AGENCY REPORTING OF CERTAIN CONTRACTOR INFORMATION', to require the Commissioner of Administrative Services to post notice of projects on the State Contracting Portal rather than in a newspaper advertisement, to raise the threshold for projects from those exceeding three hundred thousand dollars to those exceeding five hundred thousand dollars, to repeal a provision requiring notification to the Department of Revenue Services regarding certain contractor information for contracts purchasing goods or services or leases with the state and to make technical and conforming changes.
H. B. No. 5229 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS, 'AN ACT CHANGING CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE CODES OF ETHICS', to change the exemption from reporting requirements from any public official, Governor's spouse or state employee who is a principal speaker at an event to any such official, spouse or employee who is an active participant at an event and to require lobbyists to report necessary expenses paid to a public official or state employee in their next financial report rather than as a separate report within thirty days.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
H. B. No. 5230 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION FOR INSUREDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER', to require health insurance coverage for fertility preservation for insureds diagnosed with cancer.
H. B. No. 5231 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY CONDITION DISCLOSURE REPORT', to eliminate the requirement that the form of the residential property condition disclosure report be prescribed by regulation, and to require material changes to the form to be enacted by the General Assembly.
H. B. No. 5232 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INSURERS REHABILITATION AND LIQUIDATION ACT', to (1) update the Insurers Rehabilitation and Liquidation Act to reflect provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, (2) provide that a transfer pursuant to a commutation of a reinsurance agreement shall not be voidable as a preference, (3) specify limits on when a party to a netting agreement or qualified financial contract with an insolvent insurer may exercise such party's right to terminate, liquidate, accelerate or close out obligations with respect to such agreement or contract, and (4) delete an obsolete provision concerning insurer receivership and make a conforming change.
H. B. No. 5233 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TOMOSYNTHESIS FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS', to require health insurance coverage for mammograms provided by breast tomosynthesis.
H. B. No. 5234 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE TO REPORT ADDITIONAL DATA', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange board of directors to report additional data in its quarterly reports to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, human services and insurance.
H. B. No. 5235 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE, 'AN ACT CONCERNING SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS', to (1) impose an automatic cancellation of a surety bail bond agent's license if such agent has not paid the annual examination fee by January thirty-first, (2) change the time of transfer of funds in the surety bail bond agent examination account from the close of the fiscal year to the end of the calendar year, and (3) authorize the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations establishing continuing education requirements for surety bail bond agents.
Proposed H. B. No. 5236 REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. ; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. ; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. ; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. ; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGALIZATION, TAXATION AND REGULATION OF THE RETAIL SALE AND USE OF MARIJUANA', to legalize and regulate the retail sale of marijuana in order to raise revenue for the General Fund.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
H. B. No. 5237 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, 'AN ACT CONCERNING FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT', to prevent employers from requiring certain employees or prospective employees to disclose any criminal history until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment to such employee or prospective employee.
H. B. No. 5238 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF CERTAIN POSITIONS FROM THE ENUMERATED LIST OF POSITIONS THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE', to remove certain positions from the enumerated list of positions that are exempt from classified service.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Proposed H. B. No. 5239 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDS REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF MOVING VIOLATIONS', to increase the reimbursement to municipalities for the costs incurred enforcing moving violations laws.
Proposed H. B. No. 5240 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE REGISTRATION RENEWAL FEE FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA', to waive the annual registration renewal fee for veterans currently registered as qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana.
The Senate at 10: 45 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.