Judiciary Committee

MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10:00 AM in Room 2E of the LOB

The meeting was called to order at 1:45 PM by Chairman, Sen. Coleman E. S02.

The following committee members were present:

Senators:

Bye B. S05; Coleman E. S02; Doyle P. S09; Flexer M. S29; Gerratana T. S06; Kissel J. S07; Linares A. S33; McLachlan M. S24; Winfield G. S10; Witkos K. S08

   

Representatives:

Adinolfi A. 103; Aman W. 014; Baram D. 015; Berger J. 073; Candelora V. 086; Carpino C. 032; Dillon P. 092; Dubitsky D. 047; Fox D. 148; Godfrey B. 110; Gonzalez M. 003; Gresko J. 121; Harding S. 107; Hewett E. 039; Labriola D. 131; Lemar R. 096; McGorty B. 122; Morris B. 140; O'Neill A. 069; Porter R. 094; Rebimbas R. 070; Riley E. 046; Sampson R. 080; Serra J. 033; Shaban J. 135; Simmons C. 144; Smith R. 108; Stafstrom S. 129; Tong W. 147; Verrengia J. 020; Walker T. 093

   

Absent were:

 
   

Senators:

   

Representatives:

Buck-Taylor C. 067; Currey J. 011; Fritz M. 090; O'Dea T. 125

II. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS

Senator Coleman opened the meeting with announcements:

Representative Buck-Taylor and Representative O'Dea would not be in attendance due to medical reasons. Advised committee members to update their contact information sheet as need be and opened the floor for comments by Committee Members.

Committee Member Comments:

Representative Rebimbas wanted to thank the Co-Chairs on the concepts raised and for the cooperative and inclusive process.

Senator Kissel also wanted to commend the Co-Chairs and let the Committee know that the screening process has been and very productive and an even handed process.

Chairman Tong wanted to thank the Ranking Members and Chairman Coleman, advised the Committee that the process has been very cooperative, addressing everyone's concern, stating that the screening team is attempting to keep as tight an agenda as can be.

Chairman Coleman moved to the agenda items. Meeting was in recess at 3:15 PM and Votes held open until 5:00 PM

III. NOMINATIONS FOR REVIEW

To be a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court

1. The Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille of East Haven

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Representative Rebimbas

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

To be a Judge of the Appellate Court:

1. The Honorable Robert E. Beach, Jr. of Storrs

Motion: Senator Doyle Second: Senator Kissel

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

To be a Judge of the Superior Court

1. The Honorable Joan K. Alexander of Cromwell

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

2. The Honorable William H. Bright, Jr. of Columbia

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

3. The Honorable Alice A. Bruno of New Britain

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

4. The Honorable William T. Cremins of Middlebury

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

5. The Honorable Michael R. Dannehy of Manchester

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

6. The Honorable Edward S. Domnarski of Essex

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

7. The Honorable Cara F. Eschuk of Naugatuck

Motion: Representative Rebimbas Second: Senator Kissel

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

8. The Honorable John B. Farley of West Hartford

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

9. The Honorable Matthew E. Frechette of Branford

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

10. The Honorable David P. Gold of Middlefield

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

11. The Honorable Gerald L. Harmon of Southington

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

12. The Honorable Barbara Bailey Jongbloed of Madison

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

13. The Honorable Edward T. Krumeich of Greenwich

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4 Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

14. The Honorable Linda K. Lager of New Haven

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

15. The Honorable Paul M. Matasavage of Oakville

Motion: Representative Berger Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

16. The Honorable John J. Nazzaro of Pawcatuck

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

17. The Honorable John J. Pickard of Harwinton

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 40 Yea 39 Nay 1 Abstain 1 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

18. The Honorable Linda Pearce Prestley of West Hartford

Motion: Senator Doyle Second: Representative Berger

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

19. The Honorable Eddie Rodriguez, Jr. of Easton

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

20. The Honorable Robert E. Young of South Glastonbury

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

To be a State Referee:

1. The Honorable Charles Gill of Litchfield

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

2. The Honorable Joseph Licari of North Haven

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

3. The Honorable Robert J. Malone of Milford

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 40 Nay 1 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

4. The Honorable Francis M. McDonald, Jr. of Middlebury

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

5. The Honorable Socrates Mihalokos of Southbury

Motion: Representative Berger Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

6. The Honorable Joseph Pellegino of Hamden

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

7. The Honorable Barry Schaller of Guilford

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

8. The Honorable Michael E. Shay of Wilton

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

To be a Workers' Compensation Commissioner:

1. Scott A. Barton of Seymour

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

2. John A. Mastropietro of Watertown

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 40 Yea 40 Nay 0 Abstain 1 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

To be a Boards of Pardons & Paroles Member:

1. Patricia Camp of Bloomfield

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

2. Jeff L. Hoffman of Madison

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

3. Christopher B. Lyddy of New Haven

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

4. Carmen D. Sierra of New Britain

Motion: Senator Kissel Second: Senator Doyle

Voting 41 Yea 41 Nay 0 Abstain 0 Absent / Not Voting 4

Motion Passed

Action: Joint Favorable

IV. CONCEPTS TO BE RAISED

Motion made by Senator Kissel and seconded by Representative Berger to raise concepts.

Motion favorably approved by a voice vote.

1. AAC the Revisor's Technical Corrections to the General Statutes.

2. AA Strengthening the Sex Offender Registry.

3. AAC Diversion Programs for Underage Drinkers.

4. AAC the Zero-Tolerance Safe School Environment Act.

5. AAC a Property Owner's Liability for the Expenses for Removing a Fallen Tree or Limb.

6. AAC the Safety of Children in Cars.

7. AAC Medical Evaluations Ordered in Probate Court Proceedings.

8. AAC Drones.

9. AAC the Auditors of Public Accounts & the Probate Courts.

10. AAC Compliance with Probate Court Orders.

11. AAC Nonviolent Misdemeanor Drug Convictions.

12. AA Establishing an Expedited Procedure for Tax Foreclosures on Small Parcels of Land.

13. AAC Enhanced Penalties for Threatening the Life of a Judge.

14. AAC Juvenile Justice.

15. AAC Domestic Violence.

16. AAC Violence Against Women.

17. AAC Human Trafficking.

18. AAC CT's Leadership in Corporation & Business Law.

19. AAC Legislative Approval of Family Support Magistrates.

20. AAC Neighborhood Security Programs.

21. AAC Jury Duty.

22. AA Protecting the Privacy of a Minor.

23. AAC Access to Justice.

24. AAC Municipal Implementation of Criminal Justice Reforms.

25. AAC the Office of the Claims Commissioner.

26. AAC Compensation for the Wrongfully Incarcerated.

27. AAC Temporary Holds for Family Violence Arrestees.

28. AA Preventing a Beneficiary From Inheriting from Murdering the Deceased.

29. AAC the Protection of Animals that are the Subject of Criminal Court Proceedings.

30. AAC Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records.

31. AA Adopting the CT Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.

32. AAC Power of Attorney.

33. AA Adopting the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

34. AA Concerning the Application of Adverse Possession.

35. AAC the Recommendations of the Task Force to Examine Methods to Reduce the Costs to Extradite.

36. AA Adopting the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.

37. AAC Probate Fee Liens.

38. AAC Children in CT's Courts.

39. AA Increasing Fines for Hitting a Pedestrian in the Sidewalk.

40. AAC Children's Advocates in the Judicial System.

41. AA Adding a Debilitating Condition to the Medical Marijuana Statutes.

42. AAC Marriage Licenses on Tribal Lands.

43. AAC Victim's Rights.

44. AAC the Collection of DNA Upon Arrest.

45. AAC Attorneys Who Commit Misconduct.

46. AAC Probate Court Operations.

47. AAC the Extension of Whistle-Blower Protections to an Employee Who Reports a Suspected Violation of Law to the Employee's Supervisor or Manager.

48. AAC Loss of Parental Consortium.

49. AAC State Marshals.

50. AAC Compelled Disclosure of Cellular Telephone & Internet Records.

51. AAC the Investigation of Fraud & Corruption.

52. AAC Notification to the State's Attorney of the Death of a Person in State Custody.

53. AAC Crimes Committed While on Pretrial Release.

54. AAC Administrative Warrants.

55. AAC Revisions to Various Statutes Concerning the Criminal Justice System.

56. AAC Child Endangerment While Driving While Intoxicated.

57. AAC an Accident Report for a Motor Vehicle Accident in Which a Person Was Killed.

58. AAC Funding of Legal Services for the Poor.

59. AA Establishing a Task Force to Study Access to Legal Representation.

60. AAC a Workers' Compensation Filing Change.

61. AAC Mandatory Reporting of Stab Wounds.

62. AAC the Indemnification of Law Enforcement Professionals.

63. AAC Court Operations.

64. AAC Title Insurance.

65. AAC Erasure/Expungement of Records for Those Exonerated.

66. AAC the Sex Offender Registry.

67. AAC Tax Lien Foreclosures.

A motion was duly made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.

Deborah Blanchard

Rhonda Carroll

Administrator

Committee Assistant Clerk