JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Monday, February 22, 2016
The Senate was called to order at 10: 55 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.
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 22, 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.
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:
S. B. No. 213 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INHERITANCE RIGHTS OF A BENEFICIARY OR SURVIVOR WHO IS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER OR MANSLAUGHTER BY REASON OF MENTAL DISEASE OR DEFECT', to: (1) Prohibit a person found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of causing the death of the deceased from benefiting from the estate of the deceased or from the deceased's life insurance policy or annuity, and (2) add the crimes of manslaughter in the second degree and manslaughter in the second degree with a firearm to the list of crimes for which the conviction of a beneficiary for such crime committed against the deceased disqualifies the beneficiary from benefiting from the estate of the deceased or from the deceased's life insurance policy or annuity.
S. B. No. 214 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS WITH RESPECT TO PROBATE COURTS', to implement the recommendations of the Auditors of Public Accounts concerning the application of the state's whistle-blower statute to Probate Courts.
PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS
S. B. No. 215 (RAISED) PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPRENTICESHIP EXPANSION BASED ON A PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE STUDY', to expand the Labor Department's oversight of apprenticeship programs and to implement various federal models of apprenticeship in order to provide more opportunities for individuals to satisfy apprenticeship requirements, as recommended by the Program Review and Investigations Committee.
S. B. No. 216 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE SALES TAX EXEMPTION TO INCLUDE FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND DISPOSABLE OR REUSABLE DIAPERS', to provide an exemption from the sales tax for feminine hygiene products and disposable and reusable diapers.
S. B. No. 217 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STUDY OF THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE SERVICES', to require the study of the effectiveness of providing community-based health care services to include cost savings to Medicaid and payment models for expanded services by emergency medical services personnel.
S. B. No. 218 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES REGARDING HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS', to implement the Department of Public Health's recommendations for revisions to the statutes regarding human immunodeficiency virus.
S. B. No. 219 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT OPERATIONS', to: (1) Provide a Probate Court with the ability to transfer a file when another Probate Court has jurisdiction over the file, (2) eliminate the requirement that the Probate Court provide notice of certain proceedings to the Commissioner of Revenue Services, (3) require a hearing for a person under voluntary representation who is without an attorney before a change of residence for such person occurs, (4) set forth additional activities that require a filing fee, (5) clarify who may be granted rights of visitation with a minor, (6) expand jurisdictional venue in certain Probate Court proceedings involving removal of guardian or termination of parental rights, and (7) expand the types of entities that may be appointed as a conservator.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
S. B. No. 220 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPEALS AND HEARINGS AND MINOR AND TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE GENERAL STATUTES RELATING TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT', to make procedural changes to the unemployment compensation appeals and hearings process and to make minor and technical revisions to the general statutes affecting the Labor Department.
S. B. No. 221 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to implement a system of paid family and medical leave in the state.
S. B. No. 222 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF OBSOLETE REPORTS AND PROGRAMS INVOLVING THE LABOR DEPARTMENT', to remove obsolete, unnecessary and duplicative reports and programs contained in the general statutes that affect the Labor Department.
S. B. No. 223 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE WAGES AND DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSIONS FOR HARASSMENT OR WORKPLACE VIOLENCE', to allow businesses to pay employees once every two weeks without applying to the Labor Department for a waiver and to allow employers to deduct wages from a salaried employee who is suspended for workplace harassment or violence.
H. B. No. 5364 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FILING OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS WHEN A MUNICIPALITY IS THE EMPLOYER', to streamline the filing of municipal workers' compensation claims.
H. B. No. 5365 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR PERSONS ENTERING CARS TO RENDER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN', to provide legal protections to a person who enters the vehicle of another to rescue a child who is reasonably believed to be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.
H. B. No. 5366 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS', to: (1) Conform internal statutory references to the appropriate governing federal act; (2) amend sections 46b-15 and 46b-16a of the general statutes to permit minors to apply for certain orders of protection; (3) exclude cap plea agreements from review by the Sentence Review Division; (4) specify that a party to a deposition or the deponent may obtain a copy of the deposition transcript and permanent electronic record of such deposition as his or her own expense; (5) delete the requirement that a two dollar fee be paid to a court clerk for receiving and filing an assessment of damages by appraisers of land taken for public use; and (6) amend the 2013 bond act to allow the Judicial Branch to purchase the Waterford Juvenile Facility.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
H. B. No. 5367 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TOTAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RATE AND AN ONLINE EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE', to calculate an individual's unemployment benefit rate using four quarters of earnings, to put a three-year freeze on the maximum unemployment benefit rate and to require certain recipients of unemployment benefits to post their resume online in order to continue to receive such benefits.
H. B. No. 5368 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HOMEMAKER SERVICES AND HOMEMAKER COMPANION AGENCIES', to designate a homemaker-companion agency, registry or homemaker-home health agency as the employer of an individual providing certain services to consumers for the purposes of unemployment compensation, wages and workers' compensation and to remove liability for such individual's personal injuries arising out of and in the course of employment from the consumer.
H. B. No. 5369 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE MAXIMUM WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RATE', to calculate the maximum weekly unemployment benefit rate by using a method of computation that more accurately reflects the average wages paid to workers in the state.
H. B. No. 5370 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE', to raise the minimum wage, incrementally, to fifteen dollars per hour.
H. B. No. 5371 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MINIMUM WORKWEEK FOR PERSONS PERFORMING BUILDING MAINTENANCE SERVICES', to institute a minimum workweek of thirty hours for certain individuals who perform building maintenance service.
H. B. No. 5372 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FIREFIGHTERS AND DISABILITY INSURANCE POLICIES', to study the feasibility of establishing a program to provide uniformed members of paid and volunteer fire departments in the state with disability insurance policies.
PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS
H. B. No. 5373 (RAISED) PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF A CONFIDENTIAL STATE AGENCY PERSONAL DATA SYSTEMS INVENTORY BASED ON A PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE STUDY', to implement the recommendations of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee concerning the creation of a confidential state agency personal data systems inventory.
H. B. No. 5374 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE', to allow children to retain dental insurance coverage under their parents' insurance policies until they attain the age of twenty-six.
The Senate at 11: 00 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.