JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

On Wednesday after the first Monday of January, A.D., 2017, the date prescribed by the Constitution of the State of Connecticut for the meeting of the General Assembly, the House of Representatives convened in the Representatives' Hall in the Capitol at Hartford, Connecticut, at the hour 10:13 o'clock in the forenoon.

Representative Brendan Sharkey of the 88th District, Speaker of the preceding House, called the House of Representatives to order.

Prayer was offered by Deputy Chaplain, Imam Refai Arefin of Berlin, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Eternal God, we give You thanks for giving us a new year to tackle the difficult issues facing our communities. We thank You for the contributions of all the outgoing members, who debated vigorously and worked tirelessly. We stand on the shoulders of them as we welcome new faces to these chambers. May all their efforts issue forth to the benefit of our State and its people, both now and long into the future. Inspire them and bless them with compromise in the moments of acrimony and may all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Representatives Ritter of the 1st District and Klarides of the 114th District.

The National Anthem was performed by the Berlin High School Chorus.

Speaker Sharkey then appointed Ann M. Clark, of Bloomfield, as the Temporary Clerk.

The Roll of the House was called by Ann M. Clark, Permanent Assistant Clerk of the House, acting as Clerk.

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

1

Representative Matthew Ritter

2

Representative William Duff

3

 

4

Representative Angel Arce

5

Representative Brandon McGee

6

Representative Edwin Vargas

7

Representative Douglas McCrory

8

Representative Tim Ackert

9

Representative Jason Rojas

10

Representative Henry Genga

11

Representative Jeff Currey

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

12

Representative Kelly J. S. Luxenberg

13

Representative Mark Tweedie

14

Representative Tom Delnicki

15

Representative David Baram

16

Representative John K. Hampton

17

Representative Timothy B. LeGeyt

18

Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann

19

Representative Derek Slap

20

Representative Joe Verrengia

21

Representative Mike Demicco

22

Representative William A. Petit, Jr.

23

Representative Devin R. Carney

24

Representative Rick Lopes

25

Representative Robert (Bobby) Sanchez

26

Representative Peter A. Tercyak

27

Representative Gary Byron

28

Representative Russell A. Morin

29

Representative Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

30

Representative Joe Aresimowicz

31

Representative Prasad Srinivasan

32

Representative Christie M. Carpino

33

Representative Joseph C. Serra

34

Representative Melissa Ziobron

35

Representative Jesse MacLachlan

36

Representative Robert W. Siegrist III

37

Representative Holly H. Cheeseman

38

Representative Kathleen M. McCarty

39

Representative Chris Soto

40

Representative Christine Conley

41

Representative Joe de la Cruz

42

Representative Mike France

43

Representative Diana S. Urban

44

Representative Anne Dubay Dauphinais

45

Representative Kevin Skulczyck

46

Representative Emmett D. Riley

47

Representative Doug Dubitsky

48

Representative Linda A. Orange

49

Representative Susan Johnson

50

Representative Pat Boyd

51

Representative Daniel Rovero

52

Representative Kurt Vail

53

Representative Sam Belsito

54

Representative Gregg Haddad

55

Representative Robin Green

56

Representative Michael Winkler

57

Representative Christopher Davis

58

Representative Greg Stokes

59

Representative Carol Hall

60

Representative Scott A. Storms

61

Representative Tami Zawistowski

62

Representative Bill Simanski

63

Representative Jay M. Case

64

Representative Brian M. Ohler

65

Representative Michelle L. Cook

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

66

Representative David T. Wilson

67

Representative William Buckbee

68

Representative Eric C. Berthel

69

 

70

Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

71

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio

72

Representative Larry B. Butler

73

Representative Jeffrey J. Berger

74

Representative Stephanie E. Cummings

75

Representative Geraldo Reyes, Jr.

76

Representative John Piscopo

77

Representative Cara Christine Pavalock

78

Representative Whitt Betts

79

Representative Christopher Ziogas

80

Representative Rob Sampson

81

Representative John Fusco

82

Representative Emil "Buddy" Altobello

83

Representative Catherine Abercrombie

84

Representative Hilda E. Santiago

85

Representative Mary M. Mushinsky

86

Representative Vincent J. Candelora

87

Representative David Yaccarino

88

Representative Joshua Elliott

89

Representative Lezlye Zupkus

90

Representative Craig Fishbein

91

Representative Michael D'Agostino

92

Representative Patricia Dillon

93

Representative Toni E.Walker

94

Representative Robyn A. Porter

95

Representative Juan Candelaria

96

Representative Roland J. Lemar

97

Representative Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.

98

Representative Sean Scanlon

99

Representative James M. Albis

100

Representative Matt Lesser

101

Representative Noreen S. Kokoruda

102

Representative Lonnie Reed

103

Representative Liz Linehan

104

Representative Linda M. Gentile

105

Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria

106

Representative Mitch Bolinsky

107

Representative Stephen G. Harding

108

Representative Richard A. Smith

109

Representative David Arconti, Jr.

110

Representative Robert D. Godfrey

111

Representative John H. Frey

112

Representative J. P. Sredzinski

113

Representative Jason Perillo

114

Representative Themis Klarides

115

VACANT

116

Representative Michael A. DiMassa

117

Representative Charles Ferraro

118

Representative Kim Rose

119

Representative Pam Staneski

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

120

Representative Laura R. Hoydick

121

Representative Joseph P. Gresko

122

Representative Ben McGorty

123

Representative David Rutigliano

124

Representative Andre F. Baker, Jr.

125

Representative Tom O'Dea

126

Representative Charlie Stallworth

127

 

128

Representative Christopher Rosario

129

Representative Steven Stafstrom

130

Representative Ezequiel Santiago

131

Representative David K. Labriola

132

Representative Brenda Kupchick

133

Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey

134

Representative Laura M. Devlin

135

Representative Adam Dunsby

136

Representative Jonathan Steinberg

137

Representative Chris Perone

138

Representative Michael S. Ferguson

139

Representative Kevin Ryan

140

Representative Bruce V. Morris

141

Representative Terrie E. Wood

142

Representative Fred Wilms

143

Representative Gail Lavielle

144

Representative Caroline Simmons

145

Representative Patricia Billie Miller

146

Representative Terry B. Adams

147

Representative William Tong

148

Representative Daniel J. Fox

149

Representative Livvy Floren

150

Representative Mike Bocchino

151

Representative Fred Camillo

The Oath of Office was administered by Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State, to those who answered to the calling of the roll.

The following Representatives-elect did not answer the roll:

Representative Minnie Gonzalez of the 3rd - out of state - legislative business

Representative Arthur O'Neill of the 69th

Representative John F. Hennessy of the 127th

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of Office was administered to Representative Arthur O'Neill of the 69th District and Representative John F. Hennessy of the 127th District by Denise W. Merrill, Secretary of the State.

ELECTION OF SPEAKER

The House then proceeded to the election by ballot of a Speaker for the 2017-2018 sessions. Representative Ritter of the 1st District nominated Joe Aresimowicz of the 30th District for the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Representative Miller of the 145th District seconded the nomination.

Representative Klarides of the 114th remarked on the nomination.

There being no further nominations, Speaker Sharkey declared that nominations were closed and that the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Speaker. The motion carried and the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Speaker.

Speaker Sharkey thereupon appointed a committee consisting of Representatives Ritter of the 1st District, Klarides of the 114th District, Mushinsky of the 85th District and O'Neill of the 69th District to wait upon the Speaker-elect and conduct him to the Chair.

Speaker-elect Aresimowicz shortly thereafter appeared in the Hall of the House.

Marion Sgroi-Varano administered the Oath of Office to the Speaker-elect as a Representative and as Speaker, pursuant to Section 1-24 of the Connecticut General Statues, in her capacity as a Notary Public.

Speaker Aresimowicz then addressed the members of the House.

OPENING DAY ADDRESS

OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JOE ARESIMOWICZ

Thank you so much, really thank you. I am truly humbled and honored that you all have trusted me to serve as your Speaker. Welcome everyone to Opening day of the 2017 Legislative Session.

Before I go on, I want to take a moment to remember a dear friend we recently lost, Representative Betty Boukus. Betty was a great friend, an incredible person and a dedicated legislator. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Betty knew that her personality could fill an entire room. She brought an unrivalled level of passion to the issues that she and her constituents cared about and worked hard to fight for what her district needed. She did all of this with a smile on her face and a clever comment up her sleeve. There will never be another Betty Boukus. The Connecticut General Assembly has lost one of its very best and she will truly be missed. I'd like to pause for a moment of silence in honor of Betty.

Welcome again, to Opening Day. I'd like to give a big thank you to Katherine Scherer and the members of the Berlin High School Choir (Anna Woodin, Jessica Jha, Mark Bosse, Dawson Trotman) for that beautiful performance. It's great to have my hometown represented here today.

I also want to recognize and introduce my family members and loved ones who are here with me today, because without their love and support, I would not be able to do this job. We all know, they are the ones who are making the real sacrifices so we can do the work we need to do. Most importantly they keep me grounded. It doesn't matter how late I'm here working during a session day, I'm still expected at breakfast with my kids before they go off to school.

So behind me I have my oldest son Michael and his girlfriend Carrie. Also, my youngest, Katie, who is in 5th grade, and my other son Ryan, unfortunately, he had to be in school today so he couldn't be here.

Sitting with them is Marion and Donald Sgroi. I like to refer to Marion as my “backup mom.” She was my mother's long time business partner and best friend. You saw her swear me in just a few minutes ago, which meant the world to me. As some of you know, I proudly admit that I am a mama's boy and my mother was my life compass. She passed a couple of years ago, and while she's not here in person, I know she is here with us in spirit. When my mother passed, Marion stepped in as that life compass for me. So I can't thank her and Donald enough for being here and sharing this day.

Sitting down in the well is my father, my sister Sherry, her husband Sam, my nephews - Adam and Eli, my sister Shelly, with her husband Tim, my niece Jamie and my brother Jim. Thank you all for being here.

I also want to acknowledge all of the former speakers who are here, Speaker Chris Donovan, Speaker Jim Amann, Speaker Moira Lyons, Speaker Tom Ritter, Speaker Richard Balducci, and Speaker Ernest Abate. I am honored to follow in your footsteps and hope to lead as gracefully as you all did.

I want to give a personal thank you to our outgoing Speaker, Brendan Sharkey, who I consider both a mentor and friend. His tenure as our leader coincided with some extremely tough times, yet he always met every challenge with steady perseverance and dignity. Thank you for your friendship and guidance; it has been an honor and pleasure working with you, Mr. Speaker.

I also want to thank our new Majority Leader Matt Ritter and Representative Patricia Billie Miller for their nominating speeches. I am humbled by your kind words and am looking forward to working with you over the next two years.

To my good friend, and our new Majority Leader, Matt Ritter, I want to first and foremost say congratulations! I know you will be a tremendous leader for our caucus. Throughout your time as a legislator, and particularly as the Chair of the Public Health Committee, you have demonstrated the qualities that are necessary to be a leader. Your ability to solve an issue by getting everyone, including those with opposing views, into a room and facilitating a productive meeting that ends with a solution that works for everyone is something that not many people can do, and you do it with ease. That is a skill that will be crucial in your new role. I have the utmost confidence that you will do great things for our caucus.

And to our Minority Leader, Themis Klarides, I am looking forward to another two years of working with you. Throughout our countless meetings, negotiations, and long debates we have become great friends, and I look forward to continuing that relationship.

And finally, congratulations to all the new and returning members in the Chamber.

To the new members, remember this day, this feeling of excitement and the awe of this incredible building. They are things that never get old or go away. We have 30 new faces this year. That is almost 20 percent of the Chamber, which means we have a wealth of new ideas and perspectives from all across the state. Those new ideas combined with the experience of our re-elected members, gives us great potential for this upcoming session.

This Chamber has led the nation in thinking outside the box and passing landmark legislation to improve the lives of the people of Connecticut. We know at times there are “difficult votes,” but we are not here to do what is always politically popular. We are here to govern.

And there is work ahead of us. I know that each and every one of us who raised their right hand today and took that solemn oath, comes here focused on how we can improve the lives of the hard-working men and women we represent.

I think about the kindergartener who has reading difficulties and is struggling to keep up; and the high school student that is trying to figure out how they can afford to go to college; the business owner that is struggling to find trained workers; the new parents that are balancing paying for child care and saving for retirement; and the senior citizen who wants to stay in their home, but needs assistance to do so.

This session we will be focused on improving our job market, supporting working families, and improving educational outcomes. That is the marker by which every proposed idea, from the bills being filed today to the budget we will adopt later in the session, will be judged.

Here is what I want to accomplish as a Chamber. I want our students, whether they are learning a trade or attending college, to know that their job prospects are bright here in the State. I want our business owners, and those looking to start a business here in Connecticut, to know that their government is here to support them, and help them grow. I want our hard-working citizens, with full time jobs, to not have to live in poverty. I want our major corporations to know that being in Connecticut means predictability, stability and sound budgeting.

There are no Democratic solutions or Republican solutions here. An overwhelming amount of the work we do already is done on a bipartisan basis. And as your Speaker, I pledge to you all today - as I have done in my role as Majority Leader - that I will continue to make bipartisanship the rule of our House and not the exception.

I am here to serve every single member in this Chamber, and I am excited and ready to work with all of you. So enjoy today. Opening Day is a great time to get acquainted or reacquainted with friends and colleagues, and to celebrate all the hard work you did to get here. But make no mistake, our real work begins tomorrow, and we've got a lot to do together in the coming months.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY LEADER

Speaker Aresimowicz announced the results of the Democratic Caucus and recognized Representative Matthew Ritter of the 1st District as Majority Leader.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MINORITY LEADER

Speaker Aresimowicz announced the results of the Republican Caucus and recognized Representative Themis Klarides of the 114th District as the House Minority Leader

ELECTION OF CLERK

The House then proceeded to the election of a Clerk for the 2017-2018 sessions.

Representative Ritter of the 1st District nominated Frederick Jortner of Berlin as Clerk of the House.

Representative Klarides of the 114th District seconded the nomination.

There being no further nominations, Speaker Aresimowicz declared that the nominations were closed and that the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Clerk of the House.

The motion carried and the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Clerk of the House.

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of Office was administered to the Clerk by Speaker Joe Aresimowicz.

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H.R. No. 1 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION APPOINTING CHARLES AUGUR OF MIDDLEFIELD AS ASSISTANT CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Klarides of the 114th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Charles Augur of Middlefield be and he is hereby appointed assistant clerk of the House of Representatives for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of office was administered to the Assistant Clerk by Speaker Joe Aresimowicz .

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following House Resolutions were introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H.R. No. 3 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO CANVASS THE VOTES FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That a committee consisting of three members of the House of Representatives be appointed by the Speaker to canvass the votes for State Representatives.

Speaker Aresimowicz appointed the following members as the Committee:

Representative Morris of the 140th

Representative Gentile of the 104th

Representative Candelora of the 86th

H.R. No. 4 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE JOURNAL.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 4 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That the Clerk of the House is authorized and directed to cause to be printed and distributed daily such number of copies of the Journal of the House of Representatives, as the clerk deems necessary, and such number of copies at the close of the session as may be provided by law.

H.R. No. 5 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RABBI ALAN LEFKOWITZ OF WINDSOR AS CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Klarides of the 114th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 5 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz of Windsor be and he is hereby appointed as Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.

H.R. No. 6 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATIONS OF REVEREND CHARLES E. JACOBS OF HARTFORD AS A DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IMAM REFAI AREFIN OF BERLIN AS A DEPUTY CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Klarides of the 114th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 6 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Reverend Charles E. Jacobs of Hartford be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2017 and 2018 sessions and that Imam Refai Arefin of Berlin be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

SENATE JONT RESOLUTION ADOPTED

S.J. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST.; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST.; REP. RITTER, 1st DIST.; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

On a voice vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the following shall be the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives for the regular sessions of the General Assembly and for interim periods during the 2017-2018 legislative term.

MESSAGES BETWEEN CHAMBERS

1. Messages from one chamber to the other shall be delivered to the presiding officer.

JOINT CONVENTIONS

2. Joint conventions shall be held in the Hall of the House. Either chamber may request a convention stating the purposes thereof in its message. The President of the Senate shall preside. The President and the Speaker shall make reports to their respective chambers of the proceedings of the convention which shall be printed in the respective journals.

JOINT COMMITTEES

3. (a) Designation of Committees. There shall be twenty-two joint standing committees as provided in subsection (b) of this rule. There shall be three statutory committees as provided in subsection (c) of this rule. Committees shall consider all matters referred to them and report as required by these rules.

(b) Standing Committees. Each joint standing committee shall consist of not more than nine senators and not more than thirty-five representatives, except that the joint standing committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding shall consist of not more than thirteen senators and not more than forty-five representatives, and the joint standing committee on judiciary shall consist of not more than eleven senators and not more than thirty-five representatives. The joint standing committees shall be divided into Group A and Group B as follows:

GROUP A

(1) A committee on APPROPRIATIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the operating budgets and all matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement, veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for state employees. In addition, any bills or resolutions carrying or requiring appropriations, or creating or enlarging a state mandate to local governments, defined in subsection (a)(2) of section 2-32b of the general statutes, and favorably reported by any other committee, except the payment of claims by the state, shall be referred to the committee, unless such reference is dispensed with by at least a two-thirds vote of each chamber, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to their fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purpose, except to the extent that such other provisions or purpose relate to the fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(2) A committee on EDUCATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood, and (B) school building projects, local and regional boards of education, the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards, vocational rehabilitation, and libraries, including the State Library, museums and historical and cultural associations.

(3) A committee on ENVIRONMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection concerning the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state and the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals, and (B) conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control, and the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state.

(4) A committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Revenue Services, and (B) finance, revenue, capital bonding and taxation. Any bill or resolution favorably reported by another committee relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, taxation, employer contributions for unemployment compensation purposes, all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Gaming Division within the Department of Consumer Protection shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the financial provisions and purposes of such bill or resolution, such as finance, revenue, bonding, taxation and fees, and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes, except to the extent that such other provisions or purposes relate to the financial provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(5) A committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) (i) the Department of Administrative Services, including purchasing and central collections, but excluding personnel and labor relations, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code and school building projects, (ii) the administrative functions of the Office of Governmental Accountability, including the office's personnel and employment policies and information technology, and (iii) the Freedom of Information Commission, the Office of State Ethics, the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, (B) state government organization and reorganization, structures and procedures, (C) leasing, construction, maintenance, purchase and sale of state property and facilities, (D) state and federal relations, (E) interstate compacts, (F) compacts between the state and Indian tribes, (G) constitutional amendments, and (H) all matters relating to elections and election laws. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that authorizes the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state, or any resolution favorably reported by another committee that proposes a constitutional amendment shall be referred to the committee on Government Administration and Elections.

(6) A committee on JUDICIARY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, (B) courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, uniform laws, validations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, (C) all (i) judicial nominations, (ii) nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, and (iii) nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and (D) all bills carrying civil penalties that exceed the sum of, or that may exceed in the aggregate, five thousand dollars. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that carries a criminal penalty, other than an infraction, shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the criminal penalties established in such bill and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes of such bill.

(7) A committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule, planning and zoning, regional planning and development activities, the state plan of conservation and development and economic development programs impacting local governments.

(8) A committee on PUBLIC HEALTH that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service and the Department of Developmental Services, and (B) health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure foods and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

(9) A committee on TRANSPORTATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Transportation, the Office of the State Traffic Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles, and (B) transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads.

GROUP B

(10) A committee on BANKING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Banking, and (B) banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.

(11) A committee on ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A)(i) the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and (ii) the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection concerning energy, energy policy planning and regulation, telecommunications, information systems and related technology, and (B) energy, energy policy planning and regulation, telecommunications, information systems and related technology.

(12) A committee on GENERAL LAW that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Consumer Protection, except legalized gambling, and (B) alcoholic beverages, fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes and occupational licensing, except licensing by the Department of Public Health.

(13) A committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Insurance Department, and (B) insurance law and real estate law.

(14) A committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Labor Department, (B) workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes, and (C) conditions of employment of state and municipal employees and the substantive law of state and municipal employees' collective bargaining.

(15) A committee on HUMAN SERVICES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Social Services, including institutions under its jurisdiction, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

(16) A committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and (B) civil preparedness and homeland security, state police, the state-wide organized crime investigative task force, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code, and legalized gambling.

(17) A committee on COMMERCE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

(18) A committee on HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education, and (B) public and independent institutions of higher education, private occupational schools, post-secondary education, job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs and adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state.

(19) A committee on HOUSING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to housing.

(20) A committee on AGING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to senior citizens.

(21) A committee on CHILDREN that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under its jurisdiction, and (B) children.

(22) A committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

(c) Statutory Committees. In addition, there shall be:

(1) The committee on LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT that shall conduct the business affairs of the General Assembly. The committee shall be responsible for the operation of the General Assembly, coordination and supervision of committee work, improvement of legislative operations, deciding on matters of organization, procedures, facilities and working conditions of the General Assembly, compensation of employees of the legislative branch, and the facilitation of positive relationships with the federal government and other state governments. All bills and resolutions relating to such matters may be referred to the committee. The committee shall consist of (A) twenty members of the House who shall be (i) the Speaker, (ii) the deputy speakers, (iii) the majority leader, (iv) four members appointed by the Speaker, (v) three members appointed by the majority leader, (vi) the minority leader, (vii) two deputy minority leaders appointed by the minority leader, and (viii) five members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) fourteen members of the Senate who shall be (i) the President Pro Tempore, (ii) the Senate Majority Leader, (iii) five members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, (iv) the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, (v) the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, and (vi) Five members appointed by the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. In matters of legislative operations, the legislative commissioners and the clerks of each chamber shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee. The committee shall be chaired by the President Pro Tempore, the Speaker and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum and all actions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority. At any meeting, if a committee member present of either chamber requests, a vote of the majority of the members present of each chamber shall be required for approval of a question.

(2) The committee on EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS shall consist of (A) nineteen members of the House who shall be (i) the majority leader, or the majority leader's designee, (ii) the minority leader, or the minority leader's designee, (iii) ten members appointed by the Speaker, and (iv) seven members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) eight members of the Senate who shall be (i) the Senate Majority Leader, or the Senate Majority Leader's designee, (ii) the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, or the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore's designee, (iii) three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, and (iv) three members appointed by the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. The chairpersons and ranking members of the committee or committees having cognizance of matters relating to the duties of a nominee for the position of a department head, as defined in section 4-5 of the general statutes, shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee on executive and legislative nominations for the consideration of such nomination. All executive and legislative nominations requiring action of either or both chambers, except judicial nominations, nominations of workers' compensation commissioners and nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, shall be referred to the committee on executive and legislative nominations.

(d) Committee Appointments. Appointments of committee members, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity or by resignation from the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly, shall be made on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term and, except as otherwise provided in the rules of each chamber, shall be for the entire term for which the members were elected. Committee appointments of a member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term shall be made not later than five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office, and may be made, at the discretion of the appointing authority, to any committee.

Senate and House committees shall be appointed and organized in accordance with the rules of each chamber.

LEADERS ON COMMITTEES

4. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, the Senate Majority Leader, the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore and the majority and minority leaders of the House shall be ex-officio members of all committees, with the right to be present at all meetings and to take part in deliberations but without the right to vote, except as to those committees to which they are appointed members.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES

5. (a) Scheduling. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this rule and in Rule 15, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee shall jointly schedule meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session as follows:

(1) Committees may meet on any day from January 4 through January 13 in 2017 and from February 7 through February 9 in 2018. The House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee shall jointly call a meeting during said period in 2017 for the purpose of organization and to consider such other business as is deemed necessary.

(2) Beginning on January 16 in 2017 and on February 13 in 2018, and ending on the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15, Group A committees shall meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only and Group B committees shall meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

(3) Statutory committees, as described in subsection (c) of Rule 3, may meet on any day.

(4) Committees, except conference committees, may not meet during a session of either chamber without the consent of each chamber which is in session.

(b) Exceptions to Scheduling Requirements.

(1) The committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding may meet on any day. The committee on Judiciary may meet on any day after March 24 in 2017 and after March 21 in 2018.

(2) Any committee may meet at the State Capitol or in the Legislative Office Building on any day, provided certification of a significant need for the meeting is made in writing by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or their designees.

(3) If, in any week, the designated meeting day of a committee falls on a holiday or on a day when the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building is officially closed, the committee may meet on another day, not so designated, within seven calendar days before or after such day, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(c) Conduct of Meetings. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all meetings. If a meeting, other than a meeting on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions, as provided in Rule 15, is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, the meeting shall be deemed cancelled. In all meetings of joint committees, and at all public hearings held by such committees, the Senate and House chairpersons shall mutually agree as to who shall preside, and in the absence of such agreement (1) a Senate chairperson and the House chairperson shall alternately preside, and (2) the Senate chairpersons shall alternately preside whenever a Senate chairperson presides. A chairperson shall recognize each member wishing to be heard prior to ordering the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution. All questions of order, hearings and other proceedings including the raising of bills or resolutions and questions relating to evidence shall be determined by a majority of votes but, (A) if the majority of the committee members present of either chamber so request, the committee members of each chamber shall separately determine all questions, or (B) immediately upon a request by either Senate chairperson, the committee members of the Senate shall separately determine any question related to a Senate bill or resolution, other than a motion to raise, draft or hear such Senate bill or resolution. A vote of a committee may be reconsidered only at the next regular meeting of the committee, except that any vote on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions as provided in Rule 15, may be reconsidered at the same meeting not later than 5:00 p.m.

(d) Final Action. Except as otherwise provided, at each committee meeting, the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution shall be recorded to show the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay. No motion to dispense with the recording of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay shall be entertained and no bill or resolution shall be reported to either chamber unless the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay have been recorded and a record of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay has been attached to the bill or resolution submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as provided in Rule 13. A copy of the voting record shall be sent to the clerk of the appropriate chamber, by the Legislative Commissioners' Office, with the favorably or unfavorably reported bill or resolution and retained by the clerks.

(e) Proxies. No member may vote by proxy and no committee shall record a vote cast by any member as a proxy for any other member.

(f) Notice Requirements. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session shall be (1) given to the clerk of each chamber at least one day in advance of the meeting, and (2) when practicable, (A) given to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and (B) posted on the General Assembly's web site. The committee clerks shall post notice of the meetings in a conspicuous place in or near their respective committee offices.

(g) Exception to Notice Requirements. A meeting may be held on less than one calendar day's notice, provided announcement of the meeting is made from the floor of the Senate or House during a session and the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson have approved the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. If the announcement cannot be made in one or both chambers because no regular session is being held on that day, an emergency meeting may still be held, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House, and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(h) Agendas. An agenda, approved by the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson, shall be prepared for each meeting and made available at least one day before the meeting, except that for a meeting held under subsection (g) of this rule, the agenda shall be prepared and made available prior to the meeting. Items not on the agenda may be considered upon a majority vote of the committee members present.

(i) Substitute Language. A committee clerk shall, as soon as practicable, post on the committee's web site any written substitute language offered at a committee meeting by a committee member that has been prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office and assigned an LCO number by that office and reported favorably without any changes at such committee meeting.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

6. (a) Scheduling.

(1) A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions, during sessions, except that subject matter public hearings on proposed bills and proposed resolutions shall be held not later than twenty-one calendar days in 2017 and fourteen calendar days in 2018 before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15.

(2) Public hearings shall be scheduled for the convenience of the public and in accordance with the schedule for committee meetings of that committee as provided in Rule 5.

(3) In the event of inclement weather on the day on which a committee has scheduled a public hearing:

(A) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have been officially closed due to inclement weather:

(i) If the hearing has been convened prior to the official closing, the committee may continue the hearing or may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not been convened prior to the official closing, the hearing shall be deemed cancelled and shall be rescheduled pursuant to subsection (a)(3)(D) of this rule.

(B) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed:

(i) If the hearing has been convened, the committee may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not yet been convened, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of the committee may cancel the hearing if, in their opinion, the seriousness of the weather conditions is likely to reduce substantially the attendance at the hearing by members of the public or members of the committee.

(C) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed, the committee clerk shall give notice of cancellation to the clerk of each chamber and shall post notice of the cancellation in a conspicuous place in or near the committee office, at the location of the scheduled hearing and on the General Assembly web site.

(D) The House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of the committee shall reschedule a cancelled hearing on the earliest feasible date that is on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of the rescheduled hearing to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin and shall post notice of the rescheduled hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office and on the General Assembly web site. The notice of the rescheduled hearing shall include the date, time, place and subject matter of the rescheduled hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered, which subject matter and list shall be identical to the subject matter and list in the notice of the original hearing. The notice of the rescheduled hearing is not subject to subsection (b) of this rule if the notice of the original hearing complied with said subsection (b).

(4) Committees may group bills and resolutions by subject matter and schedule hearings so that similar bills and resolutions are heard at the same time.

(b) Notice Requirements. During the periods when the General Assembly is in session, notice of the date, time, place and subject matter of each hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered shall be published in the Legislative Bulletin at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a hearing unless copies of the bill or resolution have been made in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes, and the original bill or resolution has been returned from the printer and is in the possession of the committee.

For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication in the Legislative Bulletin during the time the General Assembly is in session and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Conduct of Hearings.

(1) Convening and Procedures. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all hearings. If a hearing is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, any member of the committee may convene that hearing. The time of commencement of the public hearing shall be designated in the published notice. The order of testimony of the witnesses and the length of time that each witness may testify shall be determined by the presiding chairperson who shall give due regard for the convenience of the public. Members of the public who wish to testify at a public hearing may place their names on a list, which shall be made available at a time and place to be determined by the House chairperson and at least one of the Senate chairpersons. Members of the public shall either (A) place their own name on the list, if they wish to testify, or (B) place the name of one other person on the list who will testify. Members of the public placing the name of another person on the list shall also place their own name on the list next to the name of the person who will testify. The placement of another person's name on the list by a person who receives a fee solely for that service shall be ineffective and the person so named shall not be permitted to testify.

(2) Testimony by Public Officials. A committee may permit legislators who are not members of the committee, representatives of state agencies, and municipal chief elected officials testifying in their official capacity to testify during but not beyond the first hour of a public hearing. The public portion of the hearing shall be uninterrupted by testimony from a legislator, a representative of a state agency or a municipal chief elected official. If any legislators, representatives of state agencies or municipal chief elected officials are unable to testify during the first hour, they may testify at the end of the hearing after all members of the public wishing to testify have been heard.

(3) Written Testimony. Legislators, representatives of state agencies, municipal chief elected officials and members of the public may submit to the committee written testimony on a bill or resolution or subject matter in person, by mail or facsimile transmission, or electronically at any time and the written testimony may be included by the committee in the transcript of the hearing. If the written testimony is not included in the transcript, it shall be attached to the transcript. Committee chairpersons should encourage a witness to submit a written statement and confine oral testimony to a summary of that statement, but the full written statement shall be included in or attached to the transcript of the hearing.

(4) Notifying Other Committees. Each bill or resolution referred by one committee to another with a favorable report shall be accompanied by a notation of the date or dates on which public hearings were held by the first committee. The chairpersons of any committee other than Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding to which any bill or resolution calling for an appropriation or a bond issue is referred shall notify the chairpersons of the committee on Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding of the date, time and place of the hearing thereon.

(5) Recessing. The committee may recess any public hearing to a date, time and place specified at the time of the recess, which shall be on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of any hearing recessed to another date to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and shall post notice of the recessed hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS GENERALLY

7. (a) Definitions. As used in these rules:

(1) "Proposed bill" means a bill drafted in informal, non-statutory language setting forth the substance of a proposal;

(2) "Proposed resolution" means a resolution drafted in informal, non-statutory language setting forth the substance of a proposal;

(3) "Committee bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that incorporates the principles expressed in a proposed bill or proposed bills;

(4) "Committee resolution" means a resolution drafted in formal statutory language that incorporates the principles expressed in a proposed resolution or proposed resolutions;

(5) "Raised bill" means an original bill drafted in formal statutory language raised by a committee without reference to a proposed bill or proposed bills;

(6) "Raised resolution" means an original resolution drafted in formal statutory language raised by a committee without reference to a proposed resolution or proposed resolutions;

(7) "Emergency certified bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that is certified by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature, pursuant to subsection (c) of Rule 9; and

(8) "Governor's bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that accompanies the Governor's budget or other message.

(b) Numbering. Senate bills shall be numbered from 1 to 5000, House bills shall be numbered from 5001 to 9999 and resolutions shall be numbered starting with 1 in each chamber.

(c) Preparation and Alteration. Each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, raised bill, committee resolution, raised resolution, emergency certified bill and Governor's bill shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. No such bill or resolution shall be altered after such bill or resolution has been filed, except by the legislative commissioners, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13.

(d) Form and Format. (1) Each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill and Governor's bill shall be printed without interlineation or erasure. All such bills and resolutions shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber of the introducer in the form required by these rules. Each copy of such bill or resolution shall include the number of such bill or resolution, the session of introduction, the introducer or introducers of such bill or resolution, and, if applicable, the committee to which it was referred. In the case of a committee bill or committee resolution, each copy of such committee bill or committee resolution shall also include the names of any co-sponsors.

(2) Each committee bill, raised bill, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill amending a statute or special act shall set forth in full the section or subsection of the statute or the special act to be amended. Text to be deleted or repealed shall be surrounded by brackets or overstricken so that the deleted or repealed text remains readable, and new text shall be indicated by capitalization, underlining or italics. In the case of a section or subsection not amending an existing section of the general statutes but intended to be part of the general statutes, the section or subsection shall be preceded by the word (NEW).

(e) Statement of Purpose. At the conclusion of each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill and raised bill there shall be a statement of its purpose in not more than one hundred fifty words, to be printed under the caption "STATEMENT OF PURPOSE". The statement of purpose shall not be a part of such bill or resolution for consideration and enactment into law.

(f) Sponsors. (1) Any member of the General Assembly may co-sponsor (A) a proposed bill or proposed resolution by requesting the Legislative Commissioners' Office, in writing, to add such member's name to such proposed bill or proposed resolution in its possession, or (B) a proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill by requesting the clerk of the chamber in which such bill or resolution has been filed, in writing, to add such member's name as a co-sponsor of such bill or resolution, provided such request is made not later than the date of the signing of such bill, or the deadline for the signing of such bill, by the Governor, whichever is earlier, or the date of the adoption of such resolution.

(2) A member of the General Assembly may request the clerk of the chamber in which a proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill was filed, in writing, to remove such member's name as an introducer or a co-sponsor of such bill or resolution, provided such request is made not later than the time specified in subsection (f)(1)(B) of this rule. The clerk shall notify the Legislative Commissioners' Office of such removal and the member's name shall be removed from the legislative database for such bill or resolution.

(g) Clerks' Certified Copies. The clerk of each chamber shall certify and keep on file in the clerk's office at all times a duplicate copy of each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution. The certified duplicate copy shall be made on yellow-colored paper of the same size and format as the original. If the original proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified duplicate copy of such bill or resolution shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of such original. The clerk shall make a notation on the original of the certified duplicate copy of all action taken on the original proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution.

(h) Copies. Sufficient copies of proposed bills, proposed resolutions, committee bills, committee resolutions, raised bills, raised resolutions and Governor's bills shall be prepared, in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes, for use by the General Assembly and the public and shall be available in the legislative bill room.

(i) Types of Bills and Resolutions in 2018 Session. In the 2018 session, only the following bills and resolutions may be introduced: Those (1) relating to budgetary, revenue and financial matters, (2) raised by committees of the General Assembly, and (3) relating to matters certified in writing by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature.

PROPOSED BILLS AND PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS

8. (a) Introduction by Members. Deadline. Members of the General Assembly may introduce proposed bills or proposed resolutions for consideration by the joint standing committees and the Legislative Management committee. The deadline for members of the General Assembly to submit a request to the Legislative Commissioners' Office to draft a proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be January 13, 2017, for the 2017 session and on February 9, 2018, for the 2018 session, in each session at 5:00 p.m. or at an hour the presiding officer of each chamber designates. The chamber of origin for a proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be the chamber of the first introducer of such proposed bill or proposed resolution.

(b) Preparation. At the request of any member of the General Assembly, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare a proposed bill or proposed resolution and return the proposed bill or proposed resolution to the member who submitted the request or file the proposed bill or proposed resolution with the clerk of the appropriate chamber not later than twelve days after the receipt of the request in 2017, and not later than ten days after the receipt of the request in 2018, unless the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time.

(c) Suggested Committee Referral. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall make a notation as to the suggested committee reference for each proposed bill and proposed resolution based on its subject matter. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall, on introduction of each such proposed bill or proposed resolution, make a tentative reference for the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House.

(d) Receipt by Clerk; Initial Reference to Committee. The clerk of the Senate or House shall receive each proposed bill and proposed resolution and shall cause copies to be prepared in accordance with subsection (h) of Rule 7. After copies of the proposed bill or proposed resolution have been made, the proposed bill or proposed resolution shall receive its first reading as set forth in Rule 16. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House, shall refer the proposed bill or proposed resolution to the appropriate joint standing committee or the Legislative Management committee and then send such proposed bill or proposed resolution to the other chamber for concurring reference. The original of the proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be delivered forthwith to the clerk of the appropriate committee.

COMMITTEE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, RAISED BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, EMERGENCY CERTIFIED BILLS AND GOVERNOR'S BILLS

9. (a) Committee Bills and Committee Resolutions.

(1) Introduction. Committee bills and committee resolutions may be introduced only by committees. A committee, upon receiving the proposed bills or proposed resolutions referred to it pursuant to Rule 8, may separate them into subject categories and may vote to have committee bills or resolutions on the subjects prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. Each committee bill and committee resolution shall be (A) identified as a committee bill or committee resolution, (B) endorsed with the signature of the House chairperson and at least one signature from a Senate chairperson of the committee, except such chairperson may permit the vice chairperson of the same chamber to sign any such bill or resolution, (C) filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and (D) assigned a number in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(2) Deadlines.

(A) Initial Committee Action. The deadline for committees to vote (i) to reserve proposed bills and proposed resolutions for subject matter public hearings under Rule 6, or (ii) to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare committee bills and committee resolutions shall be 5:00 p.m. on the following dates in 2017:

 

January 31

Aging

   

Banking

   

Housing

   

Children

   

Veterans' Affairs

 

February 2

Energy and Technology

   

Higher Education and Employment Advancement

   

Insurance and Real Estate

   

General Law

   

Public Safety and Security

 

February 7

Labor and Public Employees

   

Legislative Management

   

Commerce

   

Human Services

 

February 8

Education

   

Environment

   

Planning and Development

   

Public Health

   

Transportation

 

February 15

Government Administration and Elections

   

Judiciary

   

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

   

Appropriations

In 2018, such deadline shall be 5:00 p.m. on February 21 for the committees in Group A and on February 22 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(B) Committee Action on Bills and Resolutions Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearings. The deadline for committees to vote to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare committee bills and committee resolutions based on proposed bills or proposed resolutions that have been reserved for subject matter public hearings under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision and on which subject matter public hearings have been held under Rule 6 shall be 5:00 p.m. on the seventeenth calendar day in 2017 and the tenth calendar day in 2018 prior to the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15.

(3) Numbering. Each committee bill and committee resolution shall have the same number and chamber of origin as the proposed bill or proposed resolution on which it is based. Such number and chamber of origin shall be used in any reference to such proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill or committee resolution. When a committee bill is based on two or more proposed bills, or a committee resolution is based on two or more proposed resolutions, the members of the committee shall designate the proposed bill or proposed resolution number to be used on the committee bill or committee resolution. The numbers of any other proposed bills or proposed resolutions that the committee bill or committee resolution is based on shall be listed at the end of the committee bill or committee resolution with the names of the introducers and co-sponsors. The number of any committee bill or committee resolution based on proposed bills or proposed resolutions on which subject matter public hearings have been held under Rule 6 shall be determined by the committee in the same manner as provided in this subdivision.

(b) Raised Bills and Raised Resolutions.

(1) Introduction. Raised bills and raised resolutions may be introduced only by committees. A committee may vote to raise bills and resolutions and have such raised bills or raised resolutions prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. Each raised bill and raised resolution shall be (A) identified as a raised bill or raised resolution, (B) endorsed with the signature of the House chairperson and at least one signature from a Senate chairperson of the committee, except such chairperson may permit the vice chairperson of the same chamber to sign any such bill or resolution, (C) filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and (D) assigned a number by such clerk.

(2) Deadline. Exceptions. (A) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, the deadline for committees to vote to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare raised bills and raised resolutions shall be, (i) in 2017, (I) 5:00 p.m. on February 15 for the committees in Group A, and (II) 5:00 p.m. on February 14 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee, and (ii) in 2018, (I) 5:00 p.m. on February 23 for the committees in Group A, and (II) 5:00 p.m. on February 22 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(B) The following may be raised at any time: (i) Bills or resolutions to provide for the current expenses of government, (ii) emergency certified bills or resolutions the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House certify in writing to be, in their opinion, of an emergency nature, (iii) bills or resolutions the Governor requests in a special message addressed to the General Assembly, which message sets forth the emergency or necessity requiring such bills or resolutions, and (iv) the legislative commissioners' revisor's bill.

(c) Emergency Certified Bills. Emergency certified bills may be introduced by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Such bills shall be certified by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature. Each emergency certified bill shall be identified simply as a bill, filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and assigned a number by such clerk.

(d) Governor's Bills.

(1) Introduction. Any fully drafted bill accompanying the Governor's budget or other message may be introduced by the legislative leaders of the Governor's party in the Senate and the House, provided one copy of each bill is supplied by the Governor to the legislative leaders of both parties. Each bill accompanying the Governor's budget or other message shall be identified as a Governor's bill, filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and assigned a number by such clerk.

(2) Suggested Committee Referral; Receipt by Clerk; Initial Reference to Committee. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall make a notation as to the suggested committee reference for each Governor's bill based on its subject matter. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall, on introduction of each such Governor's bill, make a tentative reference for the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House. The clerk of the Senate or House shall receive each Governor's bill.

SUBSTITUTE BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

10. A bill or resolution redrafted with a favorable report by a committee shall be reported as a substitute bill or resolution.

Any substitute bill or resolution reported favorably shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber where the bill or resolution originated. The yellow-colored copy shall be certified by the clerk and shall be kept at all times in the clerk's office. If the original bill or resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified copy shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of the original. The clerk shall make a notation on the certified copy of all action taken on the original.

PETITION FOR PREPARATION OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

11. Not later than 5:00 p.m. on the seventh calendar day after the deadline of a committee to request the drafting of a committee bill or resolution, set forth in Rule 9, any member of the General Assembly may present to the clerk of the member's chamber, who shall present the same to the Legislative Commissioners' Office, a written petition requesting preparation of a bill or resolution based on a proposed bill or proposed resolution, introduced or co-sponsored by such member and previously referred to such committee, unless the proposed bill or resolution has been scheduled for a subject matter public hearing to be held after the committee's deadline to request a committee bill or resolution, in which case the petition may be presented not later than 5:00 p.m. on the seventh calendar day before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15. The petition shall be signed in the original by at least fifty-one members of the House if a House petition and by at least twelve members of the Senate if a Senate petition. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare the requested bill or resolution and forward it to the clerk of the chamber of origin for processing and referral to the appropriate committee which shall hold a public hearing on the bill or resolution, except that if the committee has already held a subject matter public hearing on the bill or resolution no further public hearing shall be required.

AMENDMENTS

12. All amendments to any bill or resolution in the Senate or House shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. An original of each amendment to be offered and a copy of such amendment shall be printed. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall certify the copy of each amendment and keep such certified copy in such clerk's office at all times.

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS'

PROCESS AFTER COMMITTEE ACTION

13. (a) Receipt. When a committee reports a bill or resolution favorably it shall be submitted forthwith to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall immediately enter the receipt of the bill or resolution in the legislative database and notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the bill or resolution number and the committee's action.

(b) Examination and Correction. The legislative commissioners shall examine the bill or resolution and make any correction therein as may be necessary for the purpose of avoiding repetition and unconstitutional provisions, and of ensuring accuracy in the text and references, clearness and conciseness in the phraseology and consistency with existing statutes. Whenever the legislative commissioners make any changes in a bill or resolution, other than corrections of spelling, grammar, punctuation or typographical errors the correction of which in no way alters the meaning, they shall prepare a statement which describes each change, where it was made, and explicitly why they made the change. This statement shall be entered into the legislative database and printed with the file copy of the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution.

(c) Deadline. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall complete its examination of the bill or resolution within ten calendar days, excluding holidays, after its receipt. If the bill or resolution is approved by a commissioner, the commissioner shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the approval and, if a substitute, furnish each office with a copy of the bill or resolution for preparation of a fiscal note and bill analysis and, when requested pursuant to Rule 15(c)(2), a racial and ethnic impact statement. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by the director of the Office of Fiscal Analysis or the director of the Office of Legislative Research for an extension of time, a legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber in which it originated within five calendar days, excluding holidays, after such notice.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Returned to Committee. If the commissioner finds upon completion of the examination of a bill or resolution that the bill or resolution is unconstitutional or is already law, the commissioner shall return the bill or resolution to the committee and shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of its return. Whenever a bill or resolution has been so returned to the committee, it may nevertheless be reported favorably by the committee and be returned to the Legislative Commissioners' Office for completion of the procedures prescribed above, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If a bill or resolution is returned after the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall take such action before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the bill or resolution is returned by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. The clerk shall enter it on the calendar under a heading "Favorable Report, Matter Not Approved by Legislative Commissioner" unless the committee reports a substitute bill or resolution which the legislative commissioners approve.

(e) Change of Reference. Favorable changes of reference shall be treated as provided in this rule except that no fiscal note or bill analysis shall be required. When a committee votes a straight change of reference, the bill or resolution shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall prepare the change of reference jacket and deliver the bill or resolution to the clerk of the chamber of origin. Reading and referral of straight changes of reference shall be by printing in the House and Senate journals.

REPORTING OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

14. Except as provided in Rules 19 and 20, all bills and joint resolutions reported by any committee shall be first reported to the chamber of origin, but any bill or resolution favorably reported by only one chamber shall first be reported to that chamber regardless of the chamber of origin.

FINAL COMMITTEE ACTION

15. (a) Deadline for Favorable Reports. The deadline for committees to vote to report favorably and submit bills and resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions to the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall be 5:00 p.m. on the dates designated in the following schedule:

 

Committee

2017

2018

 

Aging

March 7

March 15

 

Children

March 7

March 15

 

Veterans' Affairs

March 7

March 15

 

Housing

March 9

March 15

 

Banking

March 9

March 22

 

General Law

March 14

March 20

 

Labor and Public Employees

March 14

March 22

 

Legislative Management

March 15

March 19

 

Public Safety and Security

March 16

March 20

 

Insurance and Real Estate

March 16

March 22

 

Transportation

March 20

March 23

 

Commerce

March 21

March 27

 

Higher Education and Employment

March 21

March 20

 

Advancement

   
 

Energy and Technology

March 23

March 29

 

Human Services

March 23

March 27

 

Environment

March 24

March 23

 

Education

March 27

March 26

 

Planning and Development

March 27

March 26

 

Public Health

March 29

March 28

 

Government Administration and Elections

March 29

March 28

 

Judiciary

April 7

April 4

 

Appropriations

April 27

April 5

 

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

April 28

April 6

(b) Hearing Requirement for Favorable Report. Except as provided in Rule 32 (2)(A), no bill and no resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other substantive resolution shall be reported favorably by a committee unless a public hearing has been held as provided in Rule 6, but no further public hearing shall be required for a favorable report on a substitute for such bill or resolution, provided the substitute is based on or is germane to the subject matter of the original bill or resolution, or for a bill or resolution petitioned under Rule 11 on which a subject matter public hearing has been held.

(c) Fiscal Notes and Bill Analyses; Bills or Resolutions Unfavorably Reported; List of Reported Bills or Resolutions. (1) Any bill or resolution reported favorably by any committee which if passed or adopted, would affect state or municipal revenue or would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds, shall have a fiscal note attached, as required by section 2-24 of the general statutes with respect to bills. The fiscal note for a bill or resolution and the analysis of a bill shall be printed with the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution. Any fiscal note printed with or prepared for a bill or resolution and any analysis of a bill printed with or prepared for a bill, are solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each such fiscal note and bill analysis shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose." When an amendment is offered to a bill or resolution in the House or the Senate, which, if adopted, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue, a fiscal note shall be available at the time the amendment is offered and, in the case of an amendment which is substantially similar to a favorably-reported bill for which a racial and ethnic impact statement has been prepared pursuant to this rule, such fiscal note may include a copy of such impact statement. Any fiscal note prepared for such an amendment shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of this rule and shall bear the disclaimer required under this rule. Each fiscal note prepared under this subdivision shall include a brief statement of the sources of information, in addition to the general knowledge of the fiscal analyst, consulted or relied on to calculate the fiscal impact.

(2) Whenever a committee reports a bill favorably which, if passed, would increase or decrease the pretrial or sentenced population of correctional facilities in this state, a majority of the committee members present may request that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and the Office of Fiscal Analysis, which may, in the preparation of such statement, consult with any person or agency including, but not limited to, the Judicial Branch, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Correction and the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. The statement shall indicate: (A) Whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population and an explanation of that impact, (B) that it cannot be determined whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population, or (C) that the offices cannot determine within the time limitation specified in Rule 13(c) whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be attached to and printed with the bill and shall bear the same file number as the bill. Any racial and ethnic impact statement printed with or prepared for a bill is solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each racial and ethnic impact statement shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose."

(3) All bills or resolutions unfavorably reported by a committee shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office not later than 5:00 p.m. on the final reporting out date for favorable reports for that committee, designated in the schedule shown in this rule.

(4) The legislative commissioners shall prepare a list of the bills or resolutions submitted to them which at the deadline time for each committee are not printed and in the files and the clerks shall print the same in the House and Senate journals.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Not Acted on by Committee; Bills or Resolutions Not Printed and in Files. All bills or resolutions not acted on by the committees within the time limits established by this section shall be deemed to have failed in committee, except that (1) a bill or resolution shall be reported to the chamber in which it originated if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or in the case of a Senate bill or resolution, the Speaker of the House and both the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate it being acted on by the General Assembly or (2) if a majority of the members of either chamber present to the clerk of such chamber a written petition as provided by Rule 19, requesting that a bill or resolution be reported, it shall be reported to the chamber in which the petition originated. Any bill or resolution not printed and in the files of the members of the General Assembly may be acted upon by the General Assembly if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or in the case of a Senate bill or resolution, the Speaker of the House and both the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate an immediate vote on the bill or resolution, in which case a copy of the bill or resolution, accompanied by a fiscal note, shall nevertheless be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed, before the bill or resolution is acted upon.

(e) Bills Authorizing Conveyance of Real Property by State. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules to the contrary (1) no bill authorizing the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be printed or placed on the calendar or in the files for action unless the bill has received a favorable or unfavorable report from the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and (2) no bill which has been amended to authorize the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be passed by either chamber unless such bill, as amended, has been referred to the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and that committee has reported favorably or unfavorably on such amended bill to the chamber from which it was referred at any time thereafter but before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, but no later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption.

(f) Referral of Bill or Resolution by Chamber to Committee After Deadline. (1) Whenever a bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably reported by one committee is referred by the House or the Senate to another committee after its deadline under subsection (a) of this rule has passed, the committee receiving such referred bill or resolution shall meet to consider such bill or resolution on any day of the week and at any time (A) before the start of the session of the third regular session day of the referring chamber after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, or (B) not later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption, whichever occurs first. Such committee may take the following action on such referred bill or resolution: (i) report it favorably or unfavorably in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (2) and (3) of this rule, (ii) box it, or (iii) take no action. Under no circumstances shall such committee refer such bill or resolution to another committee.

(2) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has not been amended in either chamber, the committee may report a substitute bill or resolution, in which case, there shall be a reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions of the committee.

(3) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has been amended in either chamber, the committee shall include in its report its recommendation on the adoption or rejection of each amendment, and may submit additional amendments to be offered on the floor. In such a case there shall be no reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions and recommendations of the committee.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS - READINGS

16. First reading of all bills and resolutions shall be (1) by the acceptance by each chamber of a printed list of bills and resolutions, prepared by the clerks of the House and Senate, setting forth numbers, introducers, titles and committees to which referred, or (2) by title, number and reference to a committee.

Second reading shall be the report of a committee.

Third reading shall be passage or rejection of a bill or adoption or rejection of a resolution on the calendar. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall receive three readings in each chamber prior to passage or adoption, and no bill or resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall be read twice on the same day.

FAVORABLE REPORTS

17. (a) Committee Clerk's Signature. When the House and Senate members of any committee jointly vote to report a committee or raised bill or resolution favorably, the committee clerk shall sign the committee report form.

(b) Resolutions on Appointments and Nominations. A favorable report by a joint standing committee of a resolution concerning a General Assembly appointment or a nomination requiring joint confirmation and a favorable report of any committee to which executive and legislative nominations are referred shall be tabled for the calendar and printed by number and title only. The report may be accepted and the resolution adopted after it has appeared on the calendar for two days.

(c) File Copies Available to Members. All bills and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions reported favorably by the committees to which they have been referred, or by a majority of the members of the Senate or House committee making the report, before third reading, shall be laid upon the table, and sufficient copies of each bill or resolution together with the number of committee members voting yea and the number voting nay shall be printed under the supervision of the Legislative Commissioners' Office for the use of the General Assembly.

(d) Timing of Action by Chambers. Each bill and each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution so printed shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that: (1) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the Senate with the consent of the Speaker; and if filed in the Senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the President Pro Tempore, (2) any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes may be acted upon immediately and may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be acted upon immediately when received by the second chamber, (3) if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber, (4) during the last five calendar days of the session, if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber or adopts an amendment to a bill or resolution received from the other chamber, or takes any action on such bill or resolution requiring further action by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately in the second chamber, or (5) during the last five calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution, after final action in one chamber, may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber.

(e) Action on Calendar. All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when reached and any bill or resolution not acted upon shall retain its place on the calendar, unless it is put at the foot of the calendar or unless its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time.

(f) Other Provisions. When the House or Senate members only of a committee vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the House chairperson of the committee or at least one Senate chairperson of the committee, as the case may be, shall sign the bill or resolution. When the House members and Senate members of a committee vote to report separate versions of a bill or resolution and each chamber adopts its own version, both bills or resolutions may be referred by a joint resolution to a committee of conference, appointed as provided in Rule 22, with instructions to report a bill or resolution, as the case may be. If no bill or resolution is reported within three session days following the committee's appointment, the committee shall submit an interim report to both chambers and shall continue to report every second session day thereafter until a final decision is reached. If a bill or resolution is agreed upon by the committee it shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as a favorable report for processing as provided in Rule 13. A legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber which initiated the joint resolution for a committee of conference and the bill or resolution shall thereupon be tabled for the calendar and printing. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but the bill or resolution may not be amended.

No bill or resolution shall appear on the calendar of either chamber unless it has received a joint favorable report or a favorable report of the members of the committee of that chamber, except as provided in this rule or in Rule 19 or 20.

(g) Roll Call Requirement. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution appearing on the regular calendar shall be voted upon by a roll call vote.

REPRINTING AFTER AMENDMENT

18. Whenever a bill or resolution is substantively amended there shall be no action on passage of the bill or resolution until it has been re-examined by the legislative commissioners for the purposes set forth in Rule 13 and it has been reprinted as amended. The chamber in which the bill or resolution is pending shall not take final action thereon until the reprinted bill or resolution has been made available to the members. This rule shall not apply to amendments offered solely for the purposes of correcting clerical defects or imperfections, such as but not limited to, grammatical or spelling errors or mistakes as to form or dates, or to make other changes which do not alter the substance of a bill or resolution. Reprinting of amended bills or resolutions shall not be required for bills or resolutions passed after June 3, 2017, for the 2017 session and May 5, 2018, for the 2018 session.

PETITION FOR COMMITTEE REPORT

19. Upon presentation to the clerk of either chamber of a petition signed in the original by not less than a majority of the members of either chamber requesting a joint standing committee to report a bill or resolution in its possession, the clerk shall immediately give notice to the committee of the filing of the petition. The petition may not be presented sooner than the day following the committee's deadline, designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, to report the bill or resolution out of committee and not later than 5:00 p.m. on the seventh calendar day after that deadline. Within two regular session days thereafter the committee shall report the bill or resolution with or without its recommendations to the chamber from which the petition was received. If no recommendation is made, the bill or resolution shall be considered as having received an unfavorable report and the procedures in Rule 20 shall be followed. Each petition or page of the petition shall contain a statement of its purpose and may be circulated only by a member of the chamber whose clerk will receive the petition. If the committee members of one chamber vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the petition so circulated and presented to the clerk may be signed only by the members of the other chamber.

Any bill or resolution so petitioned, except those carrying or requiring appropriations, shall not be referred to any other committee without first having been voted upon by the House or Senate. Those carrying or requiring appropriations shall be referred first to the joint standing committee on Appropriations. The Appropriations committee shall, within two session days after such reference, report such bill or resolution back to the chamber in which the petition originated with either a favorable or unfavorable report thereon and the bill or resolution shall then be voted upon. In the event of a conflict between the report of the original committee and that of the Appropriations committee, the vote shall be on the report of the Appropriations committee.

UNFAVORABLE REPORTS

20. All bills and resolutions reported unfavorably shall first be printed under the supervision of the legislative commissioners, without correction and without their approval, and shall be in the files and on the calendar as if favorably reported but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports." If the unfavorable report is rejected by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the legislative commissioners for their approval and reprinting in final form, except that in the case of an unfavorable report of the committee on executive and legislative nominations, or an unfavorable report of the committee on judiciary of a judicial nomination, a nomination of a workers' compensation commissioner or a nomination of a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the resolution shall not be returned to the legislative commissioners and may be acted upon immediately. If the bill or resolution is returned to the legislative commissioners after May 24, 2017, in the 2017 session or April 25, 2018, in the 2018 session, the legislative commissioners shall transmit the bill or resolution, with or without approval, to the clerk of the chamber from which it was received, not later than five calendar days after it is received. It shall then be in the files, with special marking on the calendar, as if favorably reported with a file number for two session days and starred for action on the session day next succeeding in the chamber of origin. If the unfavorable report is accepted by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be lost.

When an unfavorable report is rejected by the first chamber and the bill is passed or the resolution adopted by that chamber, it shall then be in the files and on the calendar of the other chamber, but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports".

RECALL FROM OTHER CHAMBER FOR RECONSIDERATION

21. No resolution or motion to recall a bill, resolution or other matter from the other chamber shall be allowed for the purpose of reconsideration or amendment after the time has elapsed for the reconsideration of any vote thereon except when there has clearly been a mistake in such vote or an error in the language of the bill, resolution or other matter.

COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

22. (a) Appointment of Committee. When one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the other chamber for further action. If that chamber readopts the rejected amendment, the readoption constitutes a matter for a committee of conference, and a committee of conference shall be appointed by the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore. The committee of conference shall be comprised of three members from each chamber. If the vote has not been unanimous there shall be at least one member of the committee who was not on the prevailing side in such member's chamber, except that in all cases, at least one member of each party from each chamber shall be a member of the committee.

(b) Committee Reports. The committee may propose any changes within the scope of the bill or resolution, but any action, including changes, taken by the committee shall be by a majority vote of the members of each chamber on the committee. The committee report shall be made to both chambers at the same time. The committee report shall contain the following information: The bill or resolution number and title, the members of the committee, the action of the committee, indicating the adoption or rejection of each House or Senate amendment previously adopted, identified by schedule letter, which accompanied the bill or resolution, the adoption of a new amendment, if any, and the signature of the members of the committee accepting or rejecting the report. A member's refusal to sign shall be deemed a rejection. Any new amendment shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office and shall be attached to and made a part of the report and shall be identified by a schedule letter of the chamber which created the disagreeing action.

(c) Action by Chambers. Each chamber shall vote to accept or reject the report. A vote by either chamber to accept the report of the committee shall be final action by that chamber on the bill or resolution. If both chambers vote to accept the report of the committee, the bill is passed or the resolution is adopted as of the time the last chamber votes to accept the report. If either chamber rejects the report of the committee, the bill or resolution is defeated and the second chamber shall not be required to consider the committee report. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but it may not be amended.

RETURN OF BILL FROM GOVERNOR OR LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS

23. Whenever a bill has passed both chambers and has been transmitted to the Governor for approval, or to the legislative commissioners for engrossing, if either chamber desires its return for further consideration, the General Assembly may, by resolution adopted by both chambers, appoint a joint committee of one senator and two representatives to be sent to the Governor or the commissioners to request the return of the bill. In the case of a bill transmitted to the Governor, if the Governor consents, and in the case of a bill transmitted to the legislative commissioners, the bill shall be returned first to that chamber in which the motion for its return originated, and the bill may then be altered or totally rejected by a concurrent vote of the two chambers; but, if not altered or rejected by concurrent vote, it shall be again transmitted to the Governor or the legislative commissioners, as the case may be, in the same form in which it was first presented to the Governor or the legislative commissioners.

EXAMINATION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

24. (a) Examination and Correction. All bills, and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution, when finally passed or adopted, shall be examined immediately by the legislative commissioners. If the legislative commissioners find that any correction should be made in the text, they shall report it to the committee on legislative management. If the committee believes that no correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners. If the committee believes a correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners who shall report the bill or resolution to the chamber which last took action upon it, with the proposed correction in the form of an amendment, within five calendar days, Sundays and holidays excepted, after its passage or adoption.

(b) Consideration of Proposed Correction. The report shall be placed at the head of the calendar, and shall take precedence of all other business on the calendar; and the only question on the report shall be, "Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?" If the proposed amendment is adopted by both chambers, the bill or resolution shall stand as amended. If the proposed amendment is rejected by either chamber, the bill or resolution shall not be transmitted to the other chamber, but shall stand as originally passed or adopted. If, in the consequence of the adjournment of the General Assembly subject to reconvening for the consideration of vetoed bills or for any other reason, any bill or resolution which has been passed or adopted by both chambers fails to be amended as recommended by the commissioners, the bill or resolution shall stand as originally passed or adopted.

ENGROSSING OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

25. All bills, all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and all resolutions memorializing Congress when finally passed or adopted shall be engrossed under the direction of the legislative commissioners, and immediately thereafter shall be transmitted to the clerks. The legislative commissioners shall carefully compare all engrossed bills and resolutions with the bills and resolutions as finally passed or adopted, and a commissioner shall certify by his or her signature to the correctness of the engrossed copies. As soon as engrossed and certified, as herein provided, the bill or resolution and amendment shall be presented to the House and Senate clerks, who shall sign the engrossed and certified copies.

TRANSMITTAL TO GOVERNOR

26. (a) Transmittal of Copy. On the passage of a bill by both chambers, the clerk of the chamber last taking action thereon shall forthwith cause a copy to be sent to the Governor.

(b) Engrossed Bills and Resolutions. Each bill and resolution, with the engrossed copy, shall be transmitted by the clerks of the House and Senate to the Secretary of the State as soon as it has been signed, as herein provided, and not later than the twelfth day after the expiration of the time allowed for reconsideration under the rules of the General Assembly, Sundays and legal holidays excepted; and the Secretary of the State shall forthwith present the engrossed copy of each bill to the Governor for approval.

(c) Records of Transmittal. The Secretary of the State shall give the clerks a receipt for each bill or resolution, and shall notify them of the date and time at which each bill was presented to the Governor. The Secretary of the State shall give the Governor a receipt showing the date and time at which the Governor approved it or returned it to the Secretary of the State with a statement of his or her objections and shall notify the clerks of the dates and times. The clerks shall record the dates and times of presentation and approval or return in the journals of the House and Senate.

(d) Immediate Transmittal. The chamber last taking action on a bill, before engrossing, may order immediate transmittal of the bill to the Governor, in which case the clerk of that chamber shall forthwith present the bill to the Governor, taking a duplicate receipt therefor showing the date and time at which the bill was deposited in the executive office, one of which receipts the clerk shall deliver to the Secretary of the State. Except as provided in this subsection, a bill shall be transmitted to the Governor only after engrossing.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS NOT REPORTED

27. The official copies of all bills and joint resolutions not reported by committees shall be delivered to the Secretary of the State by the clerk of the committee.

DISTURBANCES

28. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the State Capitol or the Legislative Office Building or the grounds thereof which, in the opinion of the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the General Assembly or any of its committees, they may take whatever action they deem necessary to preserve and restore order.

AMENDMENT AND SUSPENSION OF RULES

29. These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present in each chamber.

Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day.

Suspension of the rules shall be for a specified purpose. Upon accomplishment of that purpose, any rule suspended shall be again in force.

RESTRICTIONS

30. (a) Smoking. No person shall smoke in the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building.

(b) Nonpartisan Offices. Lobbyists shall be prohibited from the Legislative Commissioners' Office, the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research but not from the legislative library.

(c) Wireless Telephones. No person shall operate a wireless telephone or similar device in the senate chamber while the senate is meeting, in the house chamber while the house is meeting, or in any room while a committee is meeting or holding a public hearing in that room.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

31. When a collective bargaining agreement, negotiated under the provisions of chapter 68 of the general statutes, or a supplemental understanding reached between the parties to such agreement, or an arbitration award resulting from an arbitration proceeding under that chapter, is submitted to the General Assembly for approval as provided in section 5-278 of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) In the case of a collective bargaining agreement or supplemental understanding, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file one executed original and five photocopies of the agreement, or of the master agreement and individual working agreements or the supplemental understanding, to the clerk of the House, and one executed original and five photocopies to the clerk of the Senate. In the case of an arbitration award, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file five photocopies of the original arbitration award, showing that the original award was signed by the arbitrator, and a statement setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the award, to the clerk of the House and to the clerk of the Senate. The bargaining representative of the employer shall file with such agreement, supplemental understanding or award: (A) A list of the sections of the general statutes or state agency regulations, if any, proposed to be superseded, and (B) the effective date and expiration date of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award. An agreement shall be deemed executed only when it has been approved, in the case of an executive branch employer, including the division of criminal justice, by the Governor's designee, in the case of a judicial branch employer, by the chief administrative officer or such officer's designee, and in the case of a segment of the system of higher education, the chairperson of the appropriate board of trustees, and by the executive committee or officers of the respective bargaining unit or units and has been ratified by the membership of such bargaining unit or units.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be filed with the clerks, and the clerks shall stamp such agreement or supplemental understanding or award with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or supplemental understanding or, in the case of an award, separate House and Senate resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award. The agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be submitted to the General Assembly on the date that both such resolutions are filed with the clerks. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. Resolutions proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding, together with a copy of the agreement or supplemental understanding, and resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award, together with a copy of the award, shall be referred to the committee on Appropriations. With respect to each resolution referred to the committee on or before the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall hold a public hearing on each such resolution, and within fifteen days after the referral, shall report the appropriate resolutions approving or disapproving the agreement or supplemental understanding or concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award to the House and the Senate, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If the Appropriations committee fails to take action within the time period set forth in this rule, the agreement or supplemental understanding shall nevertheless be deemed approved or, in the case of an award, the sufficiency of funds affirmed and the resolutions shall be reported to the House and the Senate as favorable reports.

(B) If an agreement or supplemental understanding is reached or an arbitration award is made during the interim between sessions, the provisions of subsection (b) of section 5-278 of the general statutes, as amended, shall apply.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber. Copies of the master agreement and individual working agreements, identified by the resolution numbers, copies of the salary schedules and appendices, and copies of the arbitration awards, identified by the resolution numbers, and the statements setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the awards, shall be made available in the clerks' offices.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement, supplemental understanding and award and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The respective resolutions shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate shall vote to approve or reject each resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding and each resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award within thirty days after the date of the filing of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award with the clerks of the House and Senate.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when a resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding or a resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award is referred to the committee on Appropriations after the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but was filed more than thirty days before the end of a regular session, the committee may act on such resolutions provided it reports such resolutions to the House and Senate not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) If the General Assembly is in regular session when an award, agreement or supplemental understanding is filed with the clerks, it may vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within thirty days after the date of filing. If the General Assembly does not vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within such thirty days, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed approved. If the regular session adjourns prior to such thirtieth day and the award, agreement or supplemental understanding has not been acted upon, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed to be filed on the first day of the next regular session.

AGREEMENTS OR STIPULATIONS UNDER SECTION 3-125a

32. When an agreement or stipulation is submitted to the General Assembly as provided in section 3-125a of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) Six copies of the agreement or stipulation shall be submitted to the clerk of the House, and six copies to the clerk of the Senate.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or stipulation shall be stamped by the clerks with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays excepted, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or stipulation. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. The President Pro Tempore and the Speaker shall designate the committees of cognizance and the committees, if any, that will hold a public hearing on each agreement or stipulation. Each resolution, accompanied by the agreement or stipulation, shall be referred to the committees of cognizance, which shall report thereon.

(B) If an agreement or stipulation is submitted during the interim between regular sessions, it shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement or stipulation and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The resolution shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate may vote to approve or reject each resolution within thirty days of the date of submittal of the agreement or stipulation.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when an agreement or stipulation is referred to a committee of cognizance, regardless of the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but not later than the time of submission specified in subdivision (7) of this rule, the committee may act on such resolution provided it reports such resolution not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) Any agreement or stipulation submitted to the clerks within thirty days before the end of a regular session and not acted upon dispositively before the end of such session shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

SPECIAL SESSIONS

33. A majority of the total membership of each chamber shall be required for the calling of a special session by the General Assembly.

INTERIM

34. (a) Meetings. During the interim between sessions, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee may schedule meetings on any day. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings shall be given to the Office of Legislative Management.

(b) Public Hearings. A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions. Notice of any public hearing shall be given, not later than ten calendar days before the hearing, to the Office of Legislative Management for appropriate publication by that office at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. The notice shall contain the date, time, place and general subject matter of the hearing and the title of the bills or resolutions, if any, to be considered. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a public hearing unless the committee holding the public hearing has copies available for the public. For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication by the Office of Legislative Management and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Raised Bills - Hearing During Session Required. During the interim between the 2017 and 2018 sessions, a committee may, on or after October 1, 2017, raise bills and resolutions for public hearing and consideration during such interim, but no such bill or resolution shall be reported by any committee unless a public hearing has been held during the 2018 session, as provided in Rule 6.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

35. The sexual harassment policy set forth in section 2.2 of the Connecticut General Assembly Employee Handbook, as amended from time to time, is incorporated by reference in these rules.

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H.R. No. 7 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE SENATE THAT THE HOUSE IS ORGANIZED AND READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 7 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That a committee consisting of three representatives be appointed to inform the Senate that the House is organized and is ready to meet the Senate in Joint Convention.

Representative Rovero of the 51st

Representative Orange of the 48th

Representative Piscopo of the 76th

RECESS

On motion of Representative Ritter of the 1st District, the House recessed at 11:50 o'clock a.m., to reconvene at the Call of the Chair.

REPORT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

The Committee appointed by the House to inform the Senate the House was ready to meet in Joint Convention reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forthwith.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

COMMITTEE FOR THE SENATE

The committee appointed by the Senate appeared in the Hall of the House and informed the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communication the Governor might be pleased to make.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: It is my duty to report to you the proceedings of the Joint Convention.

Upon the invitation of the House, the Senate met the House in convention for the purpose of receiving the message of His Excellency, the Governor.

Her Honor, the Lieutenant-Governor, presided over the Joint Convention and the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House were Secretaries of the Convention.

The prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Almighty Father, we ask Your blessing on this Joint Convention, as we come together this afternoon to begin our new legislative session for 2017. This will be another difficult session for us this year, demanding much creativity and innovation. But we have been here before, and can do it again. For this is the land of the Charter Oak, and with Your wisdom, and with the intelligence, experience and creativity in this room, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, as long as we accomplish it together. And we ask this of You, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Joe Aresimowicz, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senator Duff of the 25th District offered a resolution raising a Committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were in convention for the purpose of receiving any communication the Governor might be pleased to make.

The resolution was adopted and Senator Duff of the 25th District, Senator Fasano of the 34th District, Representative Ritter of the 1st District and Representative Klarides of the 114th District were appointed as the Committee.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were met in Joint Convention reported that it had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention. The Committee was discharged with the thanks of the Joint Convention.

His Excellency, the Governor, thereupon appeared in the Hall of the House with the other Executive Officers.

Upon motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, it was voted that the message of the Governor be printed in the Journals of the Senate and House and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

Deputy Chaplain Imam Refai Arefin of Berlin offered the following benediction:

Let us pray. Let us go forth into the world in peace and dedicated to Your service, O Lord. Let us hold fast to that which is good, render to no person evil for evil, strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the needy and the afflicted, and honor ALL people. Let us work not for our own vainglorious ends, but for a higher purpose, rejoicing in the power of mutual respect and love. May God's many blessings be upon us and remain with us always. Amen.

Upon motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, it was voted that the Convention be dissolved.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

Joe Aresimowicz, Speaker

AFTER RECESS

The House reconvened at 2:16 o'clock p.m., Speaker Aresimowicz in the Chair.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

SENATE JONT RESOLUTION ADOPTED

S.J. No. 2 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST.; SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLICATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN, PRINTING OF BILLS AND EXPENSES OF THE 2017 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st who moved that when the vote be taken it be taken by roll call.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 2:24 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Adoption 75

Those voting Yea 148

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 1

On a roll call vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

LEGEYT

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

BERTHEL

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

RITTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

RYAN

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILSON

   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

JOHNSON

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

HALL

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

LEMAR

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

HARDING

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

HOYDICK

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

LUXENBERG

     

VACANT

Y

   

KOKORUDA

       

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

       

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

MCCRORY

       

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

MCGEE

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

       

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate shall cause to be published, from time to time, as they find suitable, notices of caucuses, committee hearings, meetings and announcements of interest to members of the General Assembly, following the plan of the Legislative Bulletin published at previous sessions; and

That the joint standing committee on legislative management is authorized to pay the cost of printing of bills for the 2017 session of the General Assembly; and other necessary expenses of the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H.R. No. 2 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE HOUSE RULES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Ritter of the 1st.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Candelora of the 86th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 892) moved its adoption and further moved that when the vote be taken it be taken by roll call.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 2:31 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Adoption 75

Those voting Yea 72

Those voting Nay 76

Those absent and not voting 1

On a roll call vote the amendment was rejected.

The following is the roll call vote:

 

N

 

ABERCROMBIE

 

N

 

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

LEGEYT

 

N

 

ADAMS

 

N

 

MORIN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

 

N

 

ALBIS

 

N

 

MORRIS

Y

   

BERTHEL

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

 

N

 

ALTOBELLO

 

N

 

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

 

N

 

ARCE

 

N

 

ORANGE

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

 

N

 

ARCONTI

 

N

 

PAOLILLO

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

 

N

 

BAKER

 

N

 

PERONE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

 

N

 

BARAM

 

N

 

PORTER

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

 

N

 

BERGER

 

N

 

REED

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

 

N

 

BOYD

 

N

 

REYES

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

 

N

 

BUTLER

 

N

 

RILEY

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

 

N

 

CANDELARIA, J.

 

N

 

RITTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

REBIMBAS

 

N

 

CONLEY

 

N

 

ROJAS

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

 

N

 

COOK

 

N

 

ROSARIO

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

SAMPSON

 

N

 

CURREY

 

N

 

ROSE

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SIEGRIST

 

N

 

D'AGOSTINO

 

N

 

ROVERO

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIMANSKI

 

N

 

DE LA CRUZ

 

N

 

RYAN

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

 

N

 

DEMICCO

 

N

 

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SMITH

 

N

 

DILLON

 

N

 

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

 

N

 

DIMASSA

 

N

 

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

 

N

 

ELLIOTT

 

N

 

SCANLON

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

STANESKI

 

N

 

FLEISCHMANN

 

N

 

SERRA

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STOKES

 

N

 

FOX

 

N

 

SIMMONS

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STORMS

 

N

 

GENGA

 

N

 

SLAP

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

TWEEDIE

 

N

 

GENTILE

 

N

 

SOTO

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

VAIL

 

N

 

GODFREY

 

N

 

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

WILMS

 

N

 

GRESKO

 

N

 

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILSON

   

X

GUERRERA

 

N

 

STEINBERG

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WOOD

 

N

 

HADDAD

 

N

 

TERCYAK

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

YACCARINO

 

N

 

HAMPTON

 

N

 

TONG

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

 

N

 

HENNESSY

 

N

 

URBAN

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZIOBRON

 

N

 

JOHNSON

 

N

 

VARGAS

Y

   

HALL

Y

   

ZUPKUS

 

N

 

LEMAR

 

N

 

VERRENGIA

Y

   

HARDING

       
 

N

 

LESSER

 

N

 

WALKER

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
 

N

 

LINEHAN

 

N

 

WINKLER

Y

   

KLARIDES

       
 

N

 

LOPES

 

N

 

ZIOGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

 

N

 

ARESIMOWICZ

 

N

 

LUXENBERG

     

VACANT

Y

   

KOKORUDA

       
 

N

 

MCCARTHY VAHEY

       

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       
 

N

 

MCCRORY

       

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       
 

N

 

MCGEE

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

       

The resolution was further discussed by Representative Smith of the 108th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That the following shall be the rules to regulate the proceedings of the House of Representatives for the 2017 and 2018 sessions:

THE SPEAKER

1. The speaker shall take the chair every day at the hour to which the House has adjourned and shall immediately call the House to order and, after prayer and recitation of the pledge of allegiance, proceed to business if a quorum is present.

2. In the absence of a quorum, the speaker may adjourn the House to a later time or to the next session day. At all other times an adjournment shall be pronounced by the speaker on motion.

3. The speaker shall preserve order and decorum and shall decide all questions of order and discipline, upon which no debate shall be allowed except at the speaker's request, but the decision shall be subject to an appeal to the House, which must be seconded and on which no member shall speak more than once. No other business shall be in order until the disposition of such appeal.

4. The speaker shall rise to put a question or to address the House.

5. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the House chamber which, in the opinion of the speaker, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the House of representatives, the speaker may take such action as the speaker deems necessary to preserve and restore order.

6. If the speaker wishes to leave the chair, a deputy speaker or a member may be designated by the speaker to perform the duties of the chair.

7. If the speaker or a deputy speaker or the member named by the speaker in accordance with the preceding rule, is absent at the hour to which the House has adjourned, the clerk shall call the House to order and first business shall be the election of an acting speaker, which shall be done immediately without debate, by ballot or otherwise, as the House shall determine, also without debate; and the person thus elected shall preside in the House and discharge all the duties of the speaker until the speaker's return. In the case of the death, resignation or permanent disability of the speaker, a deputy speaker shall then call the House to order and the first business shall be the election of a speaker, which the House shall immediately proceed to do without debate. The person thus elected shall immediately assume the duties of speaker during the continuance of the General Assembly.

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

8. There shall be such deputy speakers as determined and appointed by the speaker of the House. The speaker shall designate a deputy speaker to assume the duties of the speaker in the speaker's absence.

CHAPLAIN AND DEPUTY CHAPLAINS

9. Within one week after the appointment of the speaker, the speaker shall nominate a chaplain and up to three deputy chaplains, and if such nominations are confirmed by the House by a majority vote, the candidates so nominated and confirmed shall serve for the regular sessions and any special sessions during the 2017-2018 legislative term.

CLERK

10. The clerk shall keep a journal of the House, and shall enter therein a record of each day's proceedings, record any amendment that may be offered to any bill or resolution and record the date of filing of an agreement, award or stipulation that is filed in accordance with Joint Rule 31 or 32.

11. The clerk shall keep a calendar and shall enter daily on such calendar (1) all bills and joint resolutions received from the senate except (a) bills and resolutions which do not have the favorable report of a joint committee which shall, upon being read by the clerk, be referred without further action to the appropriate committee and (b) all bills and joint resolutions received from the senate which have not been referred by the House to any committee; and (2) all bills and resolutions favorably reported to the House from any committee and these shall be entered on the calendar in the order in which they are received. Each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each bill so entered shall be printed and in the files and on the calendar for two session days with a file number and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that:

(A) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the senate with the consent of the speaker; and if filed in the senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the president pro tempore,

(B) Any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes may be acted upon in the House (i) on the same session day that electronic notice of the filing and number of the bill or resolution is provided to the majority leader and the minority leader, who shall be responsible for forwarding such notice to the members of their respective caucuses, except the bill or resolution may not be acted upon less than six hours after the House is called to order or less than six hours after such notice is provided to said leaders, whichever is later, (ii) at any time on the next session day following the day that such notice is provided to said leaders, or (iii) during the last five calendar days of the session, immediately, and in any such case may be transmitted immediately to the senate,

(C) If the House refers a bill or resolution to another committee and that committee favorably reports the bill or resolution not as a substitute on the same session day as the House referral, the clerk shall immediately enter the bill or resolution on the calendar and the House may act upon it on the same session day,

(D) If the House rejects an amendment adopted by the senate, the bill or resolution after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the senate, or if the senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House, the bill or resolution when received from the senate may be placed immediately on the calendar,

(E) During the last ten calendar days of the session, if the House rejects an amendment adopted by the senate, or adopts a House amendment to a bill or resolution received from the senate, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the senate, the bill or resolution after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the senate, or if the senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House or adopts a senate amendment to a bill or resolution received from the House, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the House, the bill or resolution when received from the senate may be placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately,

(F) During the last ten calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution, after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the Senate,

(G) During the last five days of the session, any bill or resolution received by the House after final action by the senate may be placed on the calendar immediately and the bill or resolution may be acted upon after it has appeared on the calendar for two session days, or

(H) A report by a joint standing committee of a resolution concerning a judicial or workers' compensation commissioner nomination may be acted upon after it has appeared on the calendar for two days.

All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when called and any bill or resolution not acted upon shall retain its place on the calendar unless it is moved to the foot of the calendar or unless its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time. When a bill or resolution is removed from the foot of the calendar, it shall not be acted upon before the next regular succeeding session day.

Prior to the convening of the House on each session day, the speaker shall make available on the floor of the House a list of bills and resolutions intended to be acted upon during that session day. Such list shall set forth the action intended to be taken on each bill or resolution so listed. The list shall be for informational purposes only.

12. The clerk shall retain all bills, resolutions and other papers, in reference to which any member has a right to move a reconsideration, until the right of reconsideration has expired, and no longer.

13. The clerk shall keep a record of all petitions, resolutions, joint resolutions and bills for all acts presented for consideration of the House, and said record shall be so kept as to show by one and a single reference thereto the action of the House on any specified petition, resolution, joint resolution or bill up to the time of such reference.

14. The clerk shall supervise all clerical work to be done for the House and shall supervise all employees subject to the direction of the speaker. The assistant clerk shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as the clerk, subject to the direction of the clerk. The bill clerk, the journal clerk and the calendar clerk shall perform such duties as are assigned to them by the clerk.

15. Upon the request of any member, the clerk shall provide a calendar to such member on each session day.

MEMBERS

16. When any member is about to speak in debate or deliver any matter to the House, the member shall rise and address the chair as "Mr. Speaker" or "Madam Speaker," as the case may be.

If two or more rise at the same time, the speaker shall name the member entitled to the floor, preferring one who rises in place to one who does not.

17. No member shall speak on the same question more than twice without unanimous consent of the members of the House present.

18. The speaker shall, or any member may, call to order any member who in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules and orders of the House. If speaking, the member shall sit down, unless permitted to explain; and if a member is guilty of a breach of any of the rules and orders, the member may be required by the House, on motion, to make satisfaction therefor, and shall not be allowed to vote or speak except by way of excuse until such satisfaction is made.

COMMITTEES AND LEADERS

19. At the opening of each session a committee on contested elections, consisting of four members, at least two of whom shall be members of the minority party in the House, shall be appointed by the speaker to take into consideration all contested elections of the members of the House and to report the facts, with their opinion thereon in a manner that may be directed by House resolution.

20. (a) Majority Election and Appointments. The majority leader shall be elected by the members of the majority party in the House and the deputy majority leaders shall be appointed by the majority leader and shall serve at the pleasure of the majority leader. The assistant deputy speaker, majority caucus chairperson, deputy majority caucus chairperson, assistant majority leaders and majority whips shall be appointed by the speaker in consultation with the majority leader, and shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker.

The chairpersons, and where appropriate, vice-chairpersons, of the standing committees shall be appointed by the speaker of the House and shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker, except when a chairperson is designated or appointed by the minority leader pursuant to these rules or the joint rules, in which case, the person so designated or appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the minority leader. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, during the 2017-2018 biennium, the chairperson of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee shall be appointed by the minority leader.

(b) Minority Election and Appointments. The minority leader shall be elected by the members of the minority party in the House and the deputy minority leaders, the minority caucus chairperson, the assistant minority leaders, the minority whips and the ranking members of each joint standing committee shall be appointed by the minority leader and shall serve at the pleasure of the minority leader except when a ranking member is designated or appointed by the speaker pursuant to these rules or the joint rules, in which case, the person so designated or appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, during the 2017-2018 biennium, the ranking member of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee shall be appointed by the speaker of the House.

(c) Number of Leaders. The number of members appointed to the positions of assistant majority leader and majority whip shall not exceed thirty-three per cent of the total membership of the majority party in the House. The number of members appointed to the positions of assistant minority leader shall not exceed thirty-three per cent of the total membership of the minority party in the House. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the chairpersons of the bonding subcommittees of the joint standing committee on finance, revenue and bonding may be assistant majority leaders and the ranking members of said subcommittees may be assistant minority leaders.

(d) Committees. The staff clerks of the standing committees shall be appointed by the speaker of the House. Chairpersons of sub-committees may be appointed by the chairpersons of the respective standing committees with the approval of the speaker of the House.

All standing committee members shall be appointed by the speaker on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity, or resignation or removal from the House or from a committee, and except that the speaker may appoint any member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term to any committee, within five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office. The member first named shall be chairperson. All members of standing committees shall serve for both sessions of the term, except that: (i) The speaker may accept the resignation, for good cause, of a member of a standing committee prior to the expiration of the term, and (ii) the speaker may remove a member, provided the speaker's removal of a member of the minority party shall require the concurrence of the minority leader. Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and sub-committee chairpersons shall serve for both sessions of the term unless removed by the speaker.

(e) Referrals to Committees. (1) The House may refer any matter to a committee either before or after the deadline of that committee (i) at any regular session of the House or (ii) at a technical session of the House provided the majority leader has notified the minority leader or the minority leader's designee in writing, not later than 5 p.m. the day before the technical session, of the majority leader's intent to move for the referral, and received the approval of the minority leader or the minority leader's designee for the referral, and provided further that no matter may be recommitted at a technical session.

(2) The House may but need not refer to a committee before or after its deadline a bill or resolution that was favorably or unfavorably reported by another committee, except that every bill and resolution shall be referred to the committees on Legislative Management, Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, or Judiciary if such referral is specifically required under Joint Rule 3 or subsection (e) of Joint Rule 15.

(f) Meetings in Representatives' Chamber. Committee meetings shall not be held in the representatives' chamber on session days.

REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS

21. The order of business shall be as follows:

1. Reception of petitions.

2. Reception of communications from the Governor, secretary of the state, annual and biennial reports, interim committee reports and special reports.

3. Introduction of bills and resolutions.

4. Reports of committees.

5. Reception of business from the senate.

6. Business on the calendar.

7. Miscellaneous.

RULES AND MOTIONS

22. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in the 2000 edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the House whenever applicable and whenever they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the House or the joint rules of the senate and the House of Representatives.

23. The rules of the House shall take precedence over the joint rules of the House and senate or Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure in the event of conflict.

24. When a motion is made, it shall be stated to the House by the speaker before any debate is had thereon.

25. When a motion is stated by the speaker, or read by the clerk, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the House.

It may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before decision or amendment, but not after amendment, unless the House approves by a majority vote.

26. The question first moved shall be first put, except as modified in Rule 28.

27. If the question under debate consists of two or more independent propositions any member may move to have the question divided. If the House adopts the motion to divide, the speaker shall rule on the order of voting on the divisions of a question.

28. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received except:

1. To adjourn, which is not debatable.

2. To recess.

3. To postpone temporarily retaining position on the calendar.

4. To pass until next session day retaining position on calendar.

5. To close the debate at a specified time.

6. To postpone to a certain time.

7. To refer or recommit to a committee.

8. To amend.

9. To place at foot of calendar.

These motions shall have precedence in the order listed in this rule, except that a point of order may be raised at any time.

29. When the consideration of a question regularly on the calendar is interrupted by adjournment, the question comes up in its proper place on the next session day's calendar.

30. A vote can be reconsidered only on the next regular succeeding session day, provided there shall be no reconsideration of the vote upon the following motions: To adjourn, or to reconsider, and no question shall be twice reconsidered.

AMENDMENTS

31. (a) Amendments shall be filed with the clerk of the House before 10 a.m. on the day on which the bill or resolution is to be acted upon, except that (1) the following may each sponsor or authorize amendments at any time: The presiding officer, the majority leader or, in the majority leader's absence, the majority leader's designated deputy majority leader, the minority leader or in the minority leader's absence, the minority leader's designated deputy minority leader; (2) the presiding officer may waive the filing requirement upon the request of the majority leader or the minority leader; (3) after any amendment or amendments have been adopted, any member may offer a further amendment only if it is directly related to the amendment or amendments adopted.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this rule, if a bill or resolution has been scheduled for consideration on a date certain pursuant to a special order, all amendments relating to that bill or resolution must be filed with the clerk of the House before 5 p.m. on the last day the clerk's office is open preceding the day on which the bill or resolution has been scheduled for consideration. The only exceptions to this filing requirement shall be: (1) The persons named in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this rule may each sponsor an amendment at any time; (2) after any amendment or amendments have been adopted, any member may offer a further amendment only if it is directly related to the amendment or amendments adopted.

(c) Members may co-sponsor an amendment that is in the possession of the clerk of the House, or remove their names as co-sponsors, by submitting a written request to the clerk not later than 10 a.m. on the day following adoption or rejection of the amendment, excluding weekends and holidays. Co-sponsorship of an amendment does not constitute co-sponsorship of the bill it would amend unless the member so specifies pursuant to Joint Rule 7(c).

(d) After a motion for passage of a bill or resolution has been made, a motion to amend the bill or resolution is in order.

A pending amendment may not be amended. No substitute amendment may be offered for a pending amendment.

(e) No independent new question may be introduced as an amendment.

(f) Whenever a bill is amended, the speaker may order that it be returned to the legislative commissioners for the purposes of re-examination pursuant to Joint Rule 13 and for reprinting as amended.

SEATS

32. Immediately after the adoption of these rules the speaker shall appoint a committee of four, who shall assign seats to all members of the House.

33. The seats assigned to members shall be their seats for their term of office.

REPRESENTATIVES' CHAMBER

34. Use of the representatives' chamber shall not be granted for non-legislative use during a General Assembly session except by a vote of the House, or by a vote of the legislative management committee or with the permission of the speaker. The speaker shall grant use of the chamber for legislative use and between General Assembly sessions.

PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

35. No debate shall be allowed after a question is put and while it remains undecided.

36. In all cases when a voice vote is taken without a division, the speaker shall determine whether it is or is not a vote; and in all doubtful cases the speaker shall state "The chair is in doubt." Whereupon, the speaker shall try the question again by a voice vote or roll call, as the speaker may so order.

After the speaker has declared a vote, it shall not be taken again unless by a regular motion for reconsideration, made by a member in the prevailing vote of the House.

37. If a division is called for, the House shall divide, those in the affirmative first rising from their seats and standing until counted, and afterwards those in the negative. For the purpose of more conveniently counting upon the division of the House, the floor thereof shall be divided by aisles into four divisions, to be numbered first, second, third and fourth sections, commencing on the right of the chair; for each of which divisions the speaker shall appoint a member whose seat is in said division to be a teller and to count and report to the chair.

38. In case of a tie vote or an equal division, the question shall not be passed.

39. The yeas and nays shall be taken on the roll call machine on all final action on all bills, resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and all other substantive resolutions, except bills and resolutions on the consent calendar. On all other questions, a roll call vote shall be taken at the request of one-fifth of the members present, expressed at any time before a declaration of the vote. In the event the roll call machine is not functioning properly, the roll may be called by the clerk.

40. Every member present in the House chamber, when a question is put by the speaker, shall vote, unless excused by the speaker and no member shall absent herself or himself from the House chamber without leave, unless there is a quorum without such member's presence.

Whenever any vote is to be taken, the speaker may order the doors closed and thereupon no member shall leave the House unless by permission of the speaker, or the House, until the vote is declared, but members shall be admitted at any time.

When a vote has been taken, if any member raises a question of an excess of votes cast over the number of members present, a count of the House shall be had, and if it appears that such excess of votes exists, the speaker shall order the vote to be again taken.

41. No representative may vote or change his or her vote on a roll call after the speaker has requested that the clerk announce the tally.

42. While the House is in session, admission to the floor of the House shall be limited to members of the General Assembly, authorized members of the press, authorized staff of the General Assembly, and such other persons as may be authorized by the presiding officer. On any day during which the House is in session, lobbyists shall be prohibited from the floor of the House except during a public hearing on the floor of the House or as may be authorized by the presiding officer for purposes of recognition or ceremony.

Electronic media equipment and media personnel shall occupy only those areas designated by the presiding officer.

Proper facilities for transmitting messages to members of the House shall be provided by the clerk and administered by the messengers.

The sergeant at arms, doorkeepers and messengers shall enforce this rule and shall see that the aisles and the seats of the members are not occupied by persons other than members of the General Assembly, while the House is in session.

43. There shall be a consent calendar on which shall be entered such bills and resolutions as the majority leader and the minority leader or their designees shall agree, and shall be proposed to the House by the majority leader or the designee of the majority leader in the form of a motion to move to the consent calendar. The consent calendar may be acted upon on the day of such motion or on a subsequent day. At the request of a member made from the floor any bill or resolution shall be removed from those included in the motion. All bills and resolutions starred for action on the consent calendar shall be passed on motion without discussion unless, at any time prior to the motion for passage, a member requests from the floor removal of a bill or resolution from the consent calendar in which case such bill or resolution shall be so removed and placed on the regular calendar. Any bill or resolution so removed shall be considered as having appeared on the regular calendar for a period of time equivalent to that during which it appeared on the consent calendar.

44. Upon motion made and adopted, the House may schedule consideration of any matter appearing on the calendar for a date certain by special order, but no sooner than the later of (i) the second day, excluding weekends and holidays, after the adoption of the special order or (ii) the day after the matter first appears on the calendar double starred.

RESTRICTIONS

45. No person shall smoke in the House chamber or the gallery. No person shall conduct a conversation on a wireless telephone or similar device in the House chamber while the House is meeting. No person shall take or possess a sign, banner, placard or other display material in the gallery. The presiding officer and the sergeant at arms shall enforce this rule.

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

46. These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present.

47. Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day. Suspension of the rules shall be for a specified purpose. Upon accomplishment of that purpose, any rule suspended shall be again in force.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO CANVASS

The Committee to Canvass the Votes for State Representatives made the following report:

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The Committee to Canvass the Votes for State Representative beg leave to report that they have canvassed the votes for State Representative and find them correct and recommend that they be accepted.

The House accepted the report of the committee, there being no objection by any member to said report.

COMMITTEE ON SEATING

Speaker Aresimowicz appointed the following members to the Committee on Seating:

Representative Lemar of the 96th

Representative Santiago of the 84th

Representative O'Dea of the 125st

Representative Hoydick of the 120th

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON SEATING

The Committee on Seating made the following Report:

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The Committee on Seating beg leave to report that the seating assignments are correct and recommend that they be accepted.

The House accepted the report of the committee, there being no objection by any member to said report.

ALPHABETICAL ROLL AND SEAT ASSIGNMENTS

FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEAT

NUMBER

NAME

DISTRICT

114

Representative Catherine F. Abercrombie

83

19

Representative Timothy J. Ackert

8

46

Representative Terry Adams

146

98

Representative James Albis

99

62

Representative Emil "Buddy" Altobello

82

92

Representative Angel Arce

4

100

Representative David Arconti, Jr.

109

153

Representative Joe Aresimowicz

30

68

Representative Andre F. Baker, Jr

124

64

Representative David Baram .

15

101

Representative Sam Belsito

53

142

Representative Jeffrey Berger

73

109

Representative Eric C. Berthel

68

95

Representative Whit Betts

78

121

Representative Mike Bocchino

150

133

Representative Mitch Bolinsky

106

112

Representative Pat Boyd

50

9

Representative William Buckbee

67

124

Representative Larry B. Butler

72

23

Representative Gary Byron

27

123

Representative Fred Camillo

151

32

Representative Juan Candelaria

95

53

Representative Vincent J. Candelora

86

87

Representative Devin R. Carney

23

37

Representative Christie Carpino

32

129

Representative Jay M. Case

63

117

Representative Holly H. Cheeseman

37

66

Representative Christine Conley

40

30

Representative Michelle L. Cook

65

15

Representative Stephanie E. Cummings

74

106

Representative Jeffrey A. Currey

11

48

Representative Michael C. D'Agostino

91

141

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio

71

69

Representative Anne Dubay Dauphinais

44

85

Representative Christopher Davis

57

82

Representative Joe de la Cruz

41

21

Representative Tom Delnicki

14

74

Representative Mike Demicco

21

29

Representative Laura Devlin

134

97

Representative Patricia A. Dillon

92

38

Representative Michael A. DiMassa

116

99

Representative Doug Dubitsky

47

147

Representative William Duff

2

91

Representative Adam Dunsby

135

102

Representative Joshua Elliott

88

145

Representative Michael S. Ferguson

138

63

Representative Charles J. Ferraro

117

5

Representative Craig Fishbein

90

2

Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann

18

27

Representative Livvy R. Floren

149

6

Representative Daniel J. Fox

148

65

Representative Mike France

42

143

Representative John H. Frey

111

41

Representative John Fusco

81

148

Representative Henry J. Genga

10

16

Representative Linda M. Gentile

104

10

Representative Bob Godfrey

110

96

Representative Minnie Gonzalez

3

43

Representative Robin Green

55

22

Representative Joseph P. Gresko

121

94

Representative Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

29

80

Representative Gregory Haddad

54

103

Representative Carol Hall

59

20

Representative John K. Hampton

16

59

Representative Stephen G. Harding

107

125

Representative John (Jack) Hennessy

127

79

Representative Laura R. Hoydick

120

120

Representative Susan Johnson

49

51

Representative Themis Klarides

114

139

Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria

105

115

Representative Noreen S. Kokoruda

101

93

Representative Brenda L. Kupchick

132

111

Representative David K. Labriola

131

89

Representative Gail Lavielle

143

11

Representative Timothy B. LeGeyt

17

108

Representative Roland J. Lemar

96

126

Representative Matthew Lesser

100

12

Representative Liz Linehan

103

42

Representative Rick Lopes

24

70

Representative Kelly J. S. Luxenberg

12

67

Representative Jesse MacLachlan

35

34

Representative Cristin McCarty Vahey

133

119

Representative Kathleen M. McCarty

38

56

Representative Douglas McCrory

7

116

Representative Brandon McGee

5

35

Representative Ben McGorty

122

150

Representative Patricia Billie Miller

145

78

Representative Russell A. Morin

28

14

Representative Bruce V. Morris

140

130

Representative Mary M. Mushinsky

85

55

Representative Tom O'Dea

125

131

Representative Brian M. Ohler

64

77

Representative Arthur J. O'Neill

69

90

Representative Linda A. Orange

48

132

Representative Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.

97

71

Representative Cara Christine Pavalock

77

75

Representative Jason Perillo

113

40

Representative Chris Perone

137

73

Representative William A. Petit, Jr.

22

49

Representative John Piscopo

76

146

Representative Robyn A. Porter

94

7

Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

70

76

Representative Lonnie Reed

102

24

Representative Geraldo Reyes, Jr.

75

60

Representative Emmett D. Riley

46

52

Representative Matthew Ritter

1

54

Representative Jason Rojas

9

58

Representative Christopher Rosario

128

122

Representative Christine Rosati

9

122

Representative Kim Rose

118

134

Representative Daniel S. Rovero

51

137

Representative David Rutigliano

123

28

Representative Kevin Ryan

139

39

Representative Robert C. Sampson

80

50

Representative Robert "Bobby" Sanchez

25

110

Representative Ezequiel Santiago

130

140

Representative Hilda E. Santiago

84

118

Representative Sean Scanlon

98

136

Representative Joseph C. Serra

33

81

Representative Robert W. Siegrist III

36

1

Representative Bill Simanski

62

84

Representative Caroline Simmons

144

57

Representative Kevin Skulczyck

45

4

Representative Derek Slap

19

149

Representative Richard A. Smith

108

44

Representative Chris Soto

39

135

Representative J. P. Sredzinski

112

17

Representative Prasad Srinivasan

31

104

Representative Steven Stafstrom

129

128

Representative Charlie L. Stallworth

126

31

Representative Pam Staneski

119

72

Representative Jonathan P. Steinberg

136

107

Representative Greg Stokes

58

3

Representative Scott A. Storms

60

26

Representative Peter A. Tercyak

26

8

Representative William Tong

147

45

Representative Mark Tweedie

13

18

Representative Diana S. Urban

43

33

Representative Kurt Vail

52

36

Representative Edwin Vargas

6

86

Representative Joe Verrengia

20

144

Representative Toni E. Walker

93

13

Representative Fred Wilms

142

47

Representative David T. Wilson

66

138

Representative Michael Winkler

56

25

Representative Terrie E. Wood

141

61

Representative David W. Yaccarino

87

105

Representative Tami Zawistowski

61

83

Representative Melissa H. Ziobron

34

127

Representative Christopher Ziogas

79

113

Representative Lezlye Zupkus

89

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER

The following communication was received from the Senate Minority Leader, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

July 14, 2016

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 15-120bb, it is my pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, reappoint MR. ROBERT J. AARONSON of Greenwich, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, for a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.

Len Fasano

Senate Minority Leader

Date Received: July 19, 2016

COMMUNICATION FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communication was received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

January 4, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

I have the honor to inform you of the following Interim Appointments made by the Governor since the adjournment of the 2016 General Assembly:

MARK L. BOXER - of Glastonbury, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

BRETT C. BROWCHUK - of Avon, as a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

KATHERINE SCHARF DYKES - of West Hartford, as a member of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor, until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

MARY ELLEN S. JONES - of Glastonbury, as a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

AMINA S. LAMPKIN - of West Hartford, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Susannah Beyl.

PETER W. LISI - of West Hartford, as the Chairperson of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

CORAL ORTIZ - of New Haven, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to T.J. Noel-Sullivan.

ANDREW YUAN - of Fairfield, as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

January 4, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE SALVATORE C. AGATI of Watertown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE ELIZABETH A. BOZZUTO of Watertown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE MARY-MARGARET D. BURGDORFF of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE ROBERT J. DEVLIN, JR. of Shelton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE KEVIN G. DUBAY of Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE STANLEY T. FUGER, JR. of Andover to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE SUSAN B. HANDY of Old Lyme to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE BRUCE P. HUDOCK of Old Greenwich to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE CORINNE L. KLATT of Meriden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE KEVIN P. MCMAHON of Black Point to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE DOUGLAS C. MINTZ of Redding to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 27, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE VERNON D. OLIVER of Portland to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE SHEILA A. OZALIS of Newtown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE PATTY JENKINS PITTMAN of Hamden to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 17, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE PHILIP A. SCARPELLINO of North Branford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE JANE S. SCHOLL of Farmington to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE JOSÉ A. SUAREZ of Chester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE PATRICIA A. SWORDS of Storrs to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE WILLIAM J. WENZEL of Southport to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE DAWNE G. WESTBROOK of Glastonbury to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the HONORABLE GLENN A. WOODS of Middletown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 GERARD I. ADELMAN of Meriden to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 P. FLYNN of Derby to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 RICHARD P. GILARDI of Stratford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 FLEMMING L. NORCOTT, JR. of New Haven to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 17, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 WILLIAM J. SULLIVAN of Waterbury to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from January 22, 2017.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE

The following communication was received from the Secretary of the State, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

November 16, 2016

Martin J. Dunleavy

Clerk of the House

State Capitol - Room #109

Hartford, CT

Dear Mr. Dunleavy:

This is to advise you that the return of votes cast at the special election held in the 90th Assembly District (part of the towns of Cheshire and Wallingford) on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of filling a vacancy in the office of State Representative for said district, states the following candidates received the number of votes annexed to their names:

Patrick Reynolds (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,752

Craig Fishbein (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,570

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stats, 9-215, Craig Fishbein will appear before me on November 18, 2016 to be administered the oath of office.

A copy of the official Statement of Vote signed by the State Board of Canvassers is enclosed.

Denise W. Merrill

Secretary of the State

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS

The following communications and reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a/ Access Health CT - Quarterly Data Report for Calendar Year 2016, For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: May 5, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of April 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: May 9, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated May 6, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: May 10, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Department of Social Services - Connecticut Judicial Branch - Annual Federal Self-Assessment Report for the Department of Social Services, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement for the Period of October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: May 12, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Human Services and Judiciary.

Report - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. - Bioscience Collaborative Program Budget - Jackson Labs Budget for Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 31-41y(d)(3) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: May 13, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Public Health.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Lottery Corporation for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 1-122, 2-90 and 12-800 through 12-834 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 2, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Labor - Commissioner's Report Regarding the Subsidized Training and Employment (Step Up) Program - May 2016. (Pursuant to Public Act 12-1.) Date Received: June 7, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Commerce and Labor and Public Employees.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of May 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 8, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Office of Military Affairs - Annual Report 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-58b and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 10, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Commerce, Public Safety and Security and Veterans' Affairs.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated June 8, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: June 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Office of the State Comptroller - Payroll Deduction Slot Report for the Period Ending May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 3-123g(e) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Labor and Public Employees, Appropriations and Insurance and Real Estate.

Communication - Public Utilities Regulatory Authority - Docket No. 16-04-13 - PURA Report to the General Assembly Concerning Lost and Unaccounted for Gas. (Pursuant to Section 16-34a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 29, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Report - Connecticut Insurance Department - Connecticut Medical Malpractice Report - July 1, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-395 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 30, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Insurance and Real Estate.

Report - Connecticut State Colleges and Universities - Board of Regents - Thirteenth Semi-Annual Report on the Status and Progress of CSUS 2020 as of May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91f of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 30, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - 2015 Leased Personal Property Per Section 4a-6 of the General Statutes of Connecticut. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a and Section 4a-6 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: June 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board - Report on the Status of the Design and Implementation of the Connecticut Information Sharing System (CISS) to the Connecticut Legislature. (Pursuant to Section 40 (h) of Public Act 08-01 of the 2008 January Special Session.) Date Received: July 1, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary, Public Safety and Security and Appropriations.

Report - Connecticut Department of Public Health - Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Originating from Public Eating Places. (Pursuant to Section 33 of Public Act 15-242.) Date Received: July 1, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Department of Children and Families - Family Assessment Response Program Annual Data Report. (Pursuant to Sections 11-4a and 17a-101g(g)(11) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 16-190.) Date Received: July 1, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Workers' Compensation Commission for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 7, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated July 6, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: July 7, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 8, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Small Business Express Program Report - Fiscal Year Ended 6/30/16. (Pursuant to Section 32-7(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 11, 2016

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

Revised Report - Connecticut Department of Public Health - Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Originating from Public Eating Places. (Pursuant to Section 33 of Public Act 15-242.) Date Received: July 11, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Southern Connecticut State University - National Collegiate Athletic Association for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 13, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Department of Administrative Services - Division of Construction Services for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010, 2011 and 2012. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 14, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - State Board of Education - Report on the Establishment and Operation of School Governance Councils in Connecticut. (Pursuant to Sections 10-4s and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 22, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - 2016 Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy - The Connecticut Solid Waste Management Plan. (Pursuant to Sections 22a-241a and 22a-228 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 22, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut State Library for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 25, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Town of Manchester - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Public Defender Services Commission for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 27, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Human Services.

Report - State Board of Education - State Education Resource Center - 2014-2015 Fiscal Report, Yearly Projected Budget and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Connecticut State Single Audit Report. (Pursuant to Sections 10-357d and 4-230 through 4-236 of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: July 28, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. - Connecticut BioScience Collaboration Program - Quarterly Status Report The Jackson Laboratory Project Schedule of Disbursements by Facility Cumulative Fundings. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y (d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: July 29, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Public Health.

Report - Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut - Independent Accountant's Report - University of Connecticut - Audit of Construction Expenditures of UCONN 2000 Projects Substantially Completed - June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Chapter 185b Section 10a-109z of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 2, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.

Report - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Triennial State Substance Abuse Plan - 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17a-451 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 3, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of July 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 5, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - State Insurance and Risk Management Board - 52nd Annual Report to the Governor - 2015/2016. (Pursuant to Section 4a-19, 20 and 21 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 8, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Insurance and Real Estate.

Report - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a/ Access Health CT - Quarterly Data Report for Calendar Year 2016, For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 9, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.

Report - Adjutant General's Office - Military Department - Military Facility Usage Report for Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a and Section 27-39(f) of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: August 10, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Safety and Security and Veterans' Affairs.

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut State Board of Education's Five-year Comprehensive Plan (2016-21) Ensuring Equity and Excellence For All Connecticut Students. (Pursuant to Section 10-4(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 12, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Office of Early Childhood - Annual Report of the Children's Trust Fund - Report on the Nurturing Families Network. (Pursuant to Section 17b-751 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 16, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Human Services, Public Health and Education.

Report - The Board of Regents for Higher Education and University of Connecticut - Open Source Textbook Report. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-18.) Date Received: August 17, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Stratford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 22, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. - Economic Cluster Bond Funds Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-4h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 22, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Report - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a Access Health CT - Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Reports for the Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 24, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.

Report - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a Access Health CT - Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Reports for the Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 24, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.

Report - Town of Stonington - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 29, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Auditors' Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated August 19, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: August 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Animal Population Control Program - 2015 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 22-380k, Sections 22-380e to 22-380m, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 30, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - First Five Plus Program. (Pursuant to Section 32-4l (d) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors' Report - Department of Administrative Services - elicense System Information Technology Security Audit for the Period Ended January 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: August 31, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Government Administration and Elections and Energy and Technology.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Central Connecticut State University - National Collegiate Athletic Association for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 1, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Farmington - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 1, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - State Board of Education - Status Report on Educator Preparation Data Dashboard. (Pursuant to Section 1 of Public Act 15-243.) Date Received: September 2, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Wethersfield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 8, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Berlin - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 9, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of August 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 9, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Eastern Connecticut State University - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 9, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Judicial Branch - Annual Report - Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Article V Compact Statute.) Date Received: September 13, 2016

Referred to the Committee Judiciary.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - University of Connecticut for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 13, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Wallingford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 13, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - University of Connecticut - Rebuilding, Reviewing and Enhancing the University of Connecticut - Forty-Second in a Series of Semi-Annual Reports regarding UConn 2000. (Pursuant to Section 10a-109 through 10a-109y of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 13, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Finance Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Joint Committee on Legislative Management for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 14, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Legislative Management.

Report - Town of Waterford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Rocky Hill - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Capital Region Development Authority for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 as amended, Section 1-122 and Section 32-605, subsection (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 15, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Report - Town of Norwalk - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Department of Children and Families - Connecticut Children's Behavioral Health Plan: Progress Report. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-27 and Public Act 13-178.) Date Received: September 16, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Children.

Report - Town of South Windsor - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 16, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Auditors' Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated September 8, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: September 16, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Town of Branford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 16, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (Predecessor Entity to the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122 and 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 19, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Environment and Energy and Technology.

Report - Town of Vernon - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Office of the State Comptroller - Departmental Operations for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 20, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Town of New London - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 20, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of East Haven - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 21, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Shelton - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 21, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - City of Groton - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 22, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Department of Revenue Services for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 22, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Department of Public Health - Office of Health Care Access - September 2016 - Annual Report on the Financial Status of Connecticut's Short Term Acute Care Hospitals For Fiscal Year 2015. (Pursuant to Section19a-670 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 22, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Bradley Enterprise Fund - Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Connecticut Airport Authority (Formerly within the Department of Transportation) for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90b of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 23, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Safety and Security and Transportation.

Report - Town of Coventry - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Ansonia - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Trumbull - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of East Hartford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Groton - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Greenwich - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Granby - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Ledyard - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 26, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Albertus Magnus College - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 27, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority - Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-240 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 28, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority - Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 3016. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122, 1-123 and 10a-194 the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 28, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Consumer Counsel and Connecticut Siting Council for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 28, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Report - Connecticut Student Loan Foundation - Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Public Act. No. 10-143.) Date Received: September 28, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Canton - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 28, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Plainfield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 29, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Cromwell - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Watertown - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Yale University - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - University of Connecticut - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Asnuntuck Community College - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Central Connecticut State University - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Capital Community College - 2016 Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Town of West Hartford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Fairfield University - Department of Public Safety - 2016 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - University of Saint Joseph - West Hartford Campus - 2016 Uniform Campus Crime Report. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - University of Saint Joseph - School of Pharmacy Campus - 2016 Uniform Campus Crime Report. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Town of Plymouth - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Goodwin College - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus, Dated September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Sacred Heart University - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for the 2015 Calendar Year. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Town of Avon - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Wesleyan University - 2016 Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - University of Bridgeport - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - University of New Haven - 2016 Annual Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Connecticut College - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: September 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Correction - Program Inventory of Correctional Programs. (Pursuant to Section 4-68s (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 3, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - State of Connecticut - Results First Policy Oversight Committee's 2016 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 2-111(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 3, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary, Public Health and Children.

Report - Quinnipiac University - Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 3, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-416c (j) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 4, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Judicial Branch - Court Support Services Division - Program Inventory for Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 487 of Public Act 15-5 of the June Special Session.) Date Received: October 4, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Judiciary.

Report - Town of Wilton - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 5, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Department of Public Health - Adverse Event Reporting - Quality in Health Care Program - October 2016. (Pursuant to Section 19a-1271-n of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 6, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - City of New Britain - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 6, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 6, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Leading by Example: Reducing Energy Use in State Facilities Report for the Years 2012 through 2015. (Pursuant to Section 16a-37u of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 7, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated October 7, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: October 7, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - City of Waterbury - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a/ Access Health CT - Quarterly Data Report for Calendar Year 2016, For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 25, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Heritage Foundation, Inc. for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 4-37f(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 25, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 2-90 and 4-37e - 4-37k of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: October 26, 2016

Referred to the Committee Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. - Financial Assistance Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-47a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date Received: October 28, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Commerce, Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Housing Finance Authority For The Calendar Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122, 2-90, and 8-260 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 1, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Housing.

Report - City of Milford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 1, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - State of Connecticut - Results First Benefit-Cost Analyses of Adult Criminal and Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Programs, November 2016. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-5, June Special Session, Sections 4-68r and 4-68s of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 2, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated November 2, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: November 3, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of October 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 7, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Department of Education - Working Together, Sharing Success - Connecticut Technical High School System - Strategic Plan Annual Report, 2015-2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h(b)(2) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 7, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education, Labor and Public Employees and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Town of Guilford - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 9, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Seymour - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 9, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Willimantic - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 12, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Naugatuck - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Wolcott - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Fairfield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) - DECD's Relationship With the Connecticut Technical High School System. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees.

Report - Town of Bloomfield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Orange - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 14, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Suffield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Norwalk - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Southington - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Darien - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Monroe - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Whistleblower Matters Received - July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 16, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Government Administration and Elections, Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Teacher's Retirement Board for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 17, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Town of Danbury - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 17, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) - Report of Replacement of School Buses. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b(b) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 17, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - State Board of Education - Implementation of Early Reading Legislation in Connecticut for School Year 2015 - 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-14u of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 17, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Town of Ridgefield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 18, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Windsor Locks - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 18, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Derby - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 21, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - City of Bristol - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 21, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Town of Bethel - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 22, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Office of Early Childhood - Report on School Readiness and Child Day Care Spaces for First Quarter SFY 2016 (July - September 2016). (Pursuant to Section 94 of Public Act 16-3.) Date Received: November 22, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education and Appropriations.

Report - Town of Enfield - Chief of Police - Human Trafficking Report. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Children.

Report - Connecticut Airport Authority - Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 15-120kk of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: November 30, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Transportation and Commerce.

Report - Office of the Claims Commissioner - Claims Commissioner's Report. (Pursuant to Section 1 of Public Act 16-127.) Date Received: December 1, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Connecticut Innovations: Compensation Benchmarking and Performance Audit - December 1, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 14 of Public Act 16-3.) Date Received: December 1, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Appropriations.

Report - Teachers' Retirement Board - State's Contributions to the Teachers' Retirement Fund for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018. (Pursuant to Section 10-183z of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 5, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Education and Appropriations.

Auditors Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a - Dated December 5, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: December 5, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Department of Insurance and Office of the Healthcare Advocate for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 8, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of November 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 9, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Annual Report - Connecticut Student Loan Foundation - 2015 - 2016 Annual Report accompanied by The Audited Financial Report of CHEFA as of June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Chapter 187a Section 10a-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 12, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - State Department on Aging for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 14, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Aging.

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) - Report of School Budgets for the 2016-2017 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-99g (b) and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 14, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) - Report of School Expenditures. (Pursuant to Sections 10-99g (b) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: December 14, 2016

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Connecticut Port Authority - Connecticut Port Authority Annual Report - December 2016. (Pursuant to Public Act 15-5 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 15, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Transportation, Commerce and Environment.

Report - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Inventory of Criminal Justice Programs. (Pursuant to Section 4-68s of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 19, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Connecticut State Colleges and Universities - Fourteenth Semi-Annual Report on the Status and Progress of CSCU 2020 as of November 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91f of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: December 21, 2016

Referred to the Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Ritter of the 1st District, 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

Proposed H.B. No. 5001 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to help prevent the over-inflation of state employee pension obligations to the State of Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 5002 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR BALLPARKS FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS', to prevent the misuse of state funds.

Proposed H.B. No. 5003 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUDGETING FOR MEDICAID EXPENDITURES', to accurately reflect Medicaid expenditures in the state budget.

Proposed H.B. No. 5004 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING TERMS PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to define terms pertaining to the constitutional spending cap.

Proposed H.B. No. 5005 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

Proposed H.B. No. 5006 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE AND DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLANS', to help reduce the overall cost of the state employee workforce in Connecticut by shifting certain state employees to a defined contribution retirement plan.

Proposed H.B. No. 5007 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES', to provide municipalities relief from unfunded mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5008 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADOPTION OF THE STATE BUDGET BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to provide municipalities with information about state aid in sufficient time to prepare their budgets.

Proposed H.B. No. 5009 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXCLUSIONS FROM THE CALCULATION OF STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME', to prevent state pensions from being artificially inflated.

Proposed H.B. No. 5010 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED STATE OFFICIALS BY TEN PER CENT', to save money by reducing the salaries of state elected and appointed officials.

Proposed H.B. No. 5011 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING LEGISLATIVE POSTAL COSTS', to decrease the amount of state funds used for legislators to send mail.

Proposed H.B. No. 5012 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENSION AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIALS EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE', to help reduce the overall cost of the state employee workforce in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 5013 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON ALL STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND STIPULATIONS', to require full disclosure of collective bargaining agreements and stipulations between the state and state employee organizations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5014 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COORDINATION OF FISCAL YEARS FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE STATE AND MUNICIPAL BUDGETS', to coordinate state and municipal budget calendars so that towns have more timely information from the state before finalizing their budgets.

Proposed H.B. No. 5015 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RETIREMENT HEALTH CARE AND PENSION PAYMENTS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES INCLUDED IN CERTAIN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to address skyrocketing costs by limiting the payment of retirement benefits to retired state employees who have reached the age of sixty-five.

Proposed H.B. No. 5016 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS AND STIPULATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH A LAWSUIT', to require the General Assembly to vote on all collective bargaining agreements and agreements and stipulated agreements in connection with a lawsuit.

Proposed H.B. No. 5017 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to prohibit the calculation of a state employee's pension from including overtime pay.

Proposed H.B. No. 5018 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED PUBLIC SAFETY MANDATES ON MUNICIPALITIES', to provide municipalities relief from public safety mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5019 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE THRESHOLD AMOUNT THE GOVERNOR MAY TRANSFER BETWEEN SPECIFIC APPROPRIATIONS TO A BUDGETED AGENCY', to reduce the threshold amount that the Governor may transfer between specific appropriations made to a budgeted agency.

Proposed H.B. No. 5020 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF FUNDS FROM THE DRUG ASSETS FORFEITURE REVOLVING ACCOUNT FOR DRUG TREATMENT BEDS', to provide funding from the drug assets forfeiture revolving account for drug treatment beds.

Proposed H.B. No. 5021 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING STATE FUNDS FOR SERVICES TO UNDOCUMENTED INMATES AT STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES', to limit the amount of taxpayer funds used for certain services provided to undocumented inmates.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 5022 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND IN THOMASTON', to provide funding to the Railroad Museum of New England in the town of Thomaston for construction and renovations to the facility.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5023 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to allow school districts to delay the implementation of the provisions of public act 16-189 relating to student data privacy.

Proposed H.B. No. 5024 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A LEARNING INSTITUTE TO ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS', to establish a learning and support institute to address the emotional, physical and academic needs of special education students.

Proposed H.B. No. 5025 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMPUTER KEYBOARDING INSTRUCTION IN KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL', to introduce students to computer keyboarding at an early age by permitting districts to offer such a course in kindergarten and elementary school.

Proposed H.B. No. 5026 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT PERIODIC TESTING OF SCHOOL WATER SUPPLIES', to require school districts to monitor and maintain safe drinking water in school buildings.

Proposed H.B. No. 5027 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ATHLETIC FACILITY AT BULLARD-HAVENS TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL', to provide capital improvement funds for the athletic facility at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport.

Proposed H.B. No. 5028 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR FORMER MAGNET SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER OCTOBER FIRST', to provide reimbursement on a pro rata basis to school districts for former magnet school students who enroll in a public school after October first.

Proposed H.B. No. 5029 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A HEARING WHEN A TOWN APPLIES FOR AN EXCEPTION TO THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to require a hearing when a town applies for an exception to the minimum budget requirement.

Proposed H.B. No. 5030 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXCLUSION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE RESULTS ON THE MASTERY EXAMINATION FROM TEACHER EVALUATIONS', to prohibit the use of students' mastery test results in an individual teacher's performance evaluation.

Proposed H.B. No. 5031 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED MANDATES ON SCHOOLS AND MUNICIPALITIES', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5032 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL', to permit East Hampton to submit a change order for a school construction project later than six months after such change order was issued.

Proposed H.B. No. 5033 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AWARENESS OF MANUFACTURING INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ENROLLED IN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS', to increase awareness of manufacturing internship opportunities for students who are not enrolled in technical high schools.

Proposed H.B. No. 5034 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A BIENNIAL REVIEW OF STATE EDUCATION MANDATES', to review existing state education mandates and to make recommendations regarding which mandates should be repealed.

Proposed H.B. No. 5035 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR A SECURITY BREACH OF STUDENT DATA', to replace the existing requirement that a board of education notify parents and guardians that a security breach of student data has occurred from forty-eight hours after such board receives notice of such security breach to two business days after such board receives such notice.

Proposed H.B. No. 5036 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEADLINE FOR WHEN BOARDS OF EDUCATION MAY APPLY FOR STATE GRANTS FOR ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILDREN AND COSTS', to require the state to cover excess costs for special education for children who move into a new school district after March first.

Proposed H.B. No. 5037 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS', to impose a moratorium on new school building projects until a new funding formula can be developed.

Proposed H.B. No. 5038 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING THE USE OF CHILD CARE SUBSIDY INCREASES FOR UNION DUES', to ensure that child care subsidy increases do not fund union dues.

Proposed H.B. No. 5039 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPLAY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to require local and regional boards of education to display in each school a copy of the Constitution of the United States and a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H.B. No. 5040 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIORITY OF BENEFIT ASSESSMENT LIENS UNDER THE COMMERCIAL SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM', to amend the priority of the benefit assessment lien under the commercial sustainable energy program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5041 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION IN CONNECTICUT', to study Connecticut community access television.

Proposed H.B. No. 5042 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEWER USE CHARGES', to prevent sewer authorities from charging sewer use charges for summer water use.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5043 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX CALCULATION ON PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE SALES BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS', to provide that the documented, notarized purchase price of a private passenger motor vehicle sold by one private individual to another shall be the basis for calculating the sales tax payable on such motor vehicle.

Proposed H.B. No. 5044 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE THOMASTON OPERA HOUSE', to provide a grant of funds to the town of Thomaston for the renovation of the Thomaston Opera House.

Proposed H.B. No. 5045 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE GIFT TAX', to eliminate the gift tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5046 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD FOR IMPOSITION OF THE ESTATE TAX', to increase the threshold for imposition of the estate tax to be consistent with the federal estate tax filing threshold.

Proposed H.B. No. 5047 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5048 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE OCCUPANCY TAX', to promote tourism in the state by reducing the tax on hotel and lodging house occupancy and transfer of occupancy from fifteen per cent to the prior rate of twelve per cent.

Proposed H.B. No. 5049 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to phase out the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5050 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN PRODUCTS PURCHASED BY BUSINESSES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX', to eliminate double taxation of products purchased by businesses when such products are subject to the sales and use tax when resold to consumers or used or included in consumer goods that are subject to such tax when sold to consumers.

Proposed H.B. No. 5051 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to assist Connecticut's senior population by eliminating the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5052 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5053 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

Proposed H.B. No. 5054 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to assist Connecticut's senior population by eliminating the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5055 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE THAMES HISTORICAL PARK INITIATIVE', to continue funding to maintain existing historical projects associated with the Thames River Park initiative.

Proposed H.B. No. 5056 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSION BENEFIT INCOME', to phase out personal income tax on public and private pension benefit income over a five-year period beginning July 1, 2019.

Proposed H.B. No. 5057 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5058 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate income tax on all pensions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5059 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5060 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO GRADUATE FROM INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE STATE', to encourage individuals who attend institutions of higher education in the state to remain in the state after graduation from such institution.

Proposed H.B. No. 5061 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPERTY TAX ASSESSED ON A PRIMARY RESIDENCE OWNED BY THE SAME HOMEOWNER FOR THIRTY-FIVE OR MORE YEARS', to limit the amount of property tax assessed on a primary residence owned by the same homeowner for thirty-five or more consecutive years.

Proposed H.B. No. 5062 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING RESIDENT ESTATES FROM THE ESTATE TAX', to exempt resident estates from the estate tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5063 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5064 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE TAX RATE ON BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to reduce the tax rate on bed and breakfast establishments.

Proposed H.B. No. 5065 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE WHOLESALE TAX ON MOTOR VEHICLE FUELS', to eliminate the wholesale tax on motor vehicle fuels.

Proposed H.B. No. 5066 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GASOLINE TAXES', to combine the two taxes reflected in gasoline prices.

Proposed H.B. No. 5067 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENTS', to encourage individuals to purchase long-term care insurance.

Proposed H.B. No. 5068 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAXATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to exempt Social Security income from the personal income tax and eliminate the earned income tax credit.

Proposed H.B. No. 5069 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING STATE TAXES THAT COST MORE TO ADMINISTER THAN IS GAINED IN REVENUE', to eliminate state taxes costing more for the state to collect in administrative costs than the state gains in revenue received from the imposition of such taxes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5070 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OCCUPANCY TAX ON BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to exempt bed and breakfast establishments with five or fewer guest rooms from the occupancy tax for hotels and lodging houses.

Proposed H.B. No. 5071 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5072 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT DIRECTING THAT A PORTION OF THE SALES TAX BE RETURNED TO THE TOWN WHERE COLLECTED', to provide that a portion of sales tax revenue be directed to the town where it is collected.

Proposed H.B. No. 5073 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

Proposed H.B. No. 5074 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the income requirements for the earned income tax credit and the impact of such income requirements on premature termination of employment by recipients of the tax credit.

Proposed H.B. No. 5075 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXES ON PENSION INCOME EARNED BY TAXPAYERS AGE SIXTY-SEVEN AND OLDER', to eliminate income taxation on pensions of taxpayers age sixty-seven and over.

Proposed H.B. No. 5076 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H.B. No. 5077 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RETURN OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO PHARMACIES', to allow for the proper disposal of unused prescription drugs by pharmacies.

Proposed H.B. No. 5078 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PHARMACIES TO MAINTAIN DROP BOXES FOR THE COLLECTION OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS', to prevent the improper use of medications by providing safe and secure locations to drop off unused medications.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5079 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRARS OF VOTERS TRAINING ON DIFFERENT MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSES', to prevent the impermissible use for voting of certain forms of identification and promote transparency in elections.

Proposed H.B. No. 5080 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION', to provide legislators with information regarding the constitutionality of proposed legislation.

Proposed H.B. No. 5081 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPERATION OF THE PERSONAL SCREENING SYSTEM AT THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING AND THE STATE CAPITOL AND ACCESS BY LEGISLATORS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE CHAMBERS', to prohibit operation of the personal screening system that was instituted in the Legislative Office Building and at the State Capitol unless certain requirements are met, and to allow legislators access to the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate with their identification cards.

Proposed H.B. No. 5082 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING QUALIFYING CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to increase the amount of money candidates must raise in order to qualify for a grant under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5083 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM TO ELIMINATE GRANTS FOR UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to prevent grants from the Citizens' Election Fund from being used by candidates who are unopposed.

Proposed H.B. No. 5084 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to support Connecticut businesses.

Proposed H.B. No. 5085 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT SUBJECTING LEGISLATIVE LIAISONS TO THE STATE CODES OF ETHICS', to treat the legislative liaisons of executive branch state agencies as lobbyists for purposes of the state codes of ethics.

Proposed H.B. No. 5086 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING "PJ DAY"', to raise awareness of children being treated and cared for in Connecticut hospitals.

Proposed H.B. No. 5087 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE SUSPENSION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES IMPOSED ON CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES', to permit the suspension of administrative penalties imposed on certain business entities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5088 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING LEGISLATIVE LOBBYING BY FORMER STATE EMPLOYEES', to impose a one-year moratorium on legislative lobbying by former state employees.

Proposed H.B. No. 5089 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO STATE AND REGIONAL FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS', to provide state funding to state and regional fire training schools by eliminating the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5090 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING THE STATE FROM OBSERVATION OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME', to allow Connecticut to maximize additional daylight in the evening in order for residents, employers, and businesses to get the most beneficial use of their time as a way to increase productivity and create additional consumer opportunities for Connecticut residents.

Proposed H.B. No. 5091 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to reduce by half the amounts of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5092 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING CERTAIN LOBBYING BY STATE EMPLOYEE UNIONS', to prohibit certain lobbying by state employee unions in order to prevent a conflict of interest.

Proposed H.B. No. 5093 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE DEPARTMENT ON AGING', to eliminate overlapping state services and promote efficiency in government by undoing the prior transfer of functions from the Department of Social Services to the Department on Aging and by eliminating the Department on Aging.

Proposed H.B. No. 5094 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING "PATRIOTS' DAY"', to establish Patriots' Day to commemorate the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Proposed H.B. No. 5095 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION', to require the audit of election day registrations and subsequent confirmation notices of such registrations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5096 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SIGNED STATEMENTS OF ELECTORS PRIOR TO VOTING', to require that statements signed by electors, in lieu of presentment of certain identification at the polls, be audited for accuracy.

Proposed H.B. No. 5097 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION', to prohibit the grant of Citizens' Election Program moneys to unopposed candidates and eliminate certain State Elections Enforcement Commission audits for candidate committees that raise or spend five thousand or fewer dollars.

Proposed H.B. No. 5098 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT MODIFYING LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES', to make the legislative process more transparent and efficient.

Proposed H.B. No. 5099 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to limit the grant of funds under the Citizens' Election Program to only those candidate committees of candidates who have opponents.

Proposed H.B. No. 5100 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM FOR UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to eliminate grants for unopposed candidates under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5101 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to prohibit any increase in the amount of the grants awarded under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5102 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING MAY AS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH', to designate May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Proposed H.B. No. 5103 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GRANTS AWARDED FROM THE CITIZENS' ELECTION FUND', to reduce the amount of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5104 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE NUMBER OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS IN STATE AGENCIES', to eliminate duplicative service and provide cost savings to the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5105 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION', to increase the threshold for emergency certification.

Proposed H.B. No. 5106 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUDGETARY BILLS', to give legislators time to review certain budgetary legislation prior to voting on it.

Proposed H.B. No. 5107 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LOCATION OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS', to increase the transparency of legislative committee meetings.

Proposed H.B. No. 5108 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE OF PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE', to provide legislators with notice of substantive changes to bill language prior to their voting on such bill.

Proposed H.B. No. 5109 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUDITS BY THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION', to eliminate certain State Elections Enforcement Commission audits for candidate committees that raise or spend five thousand or fewer dollars.

Proposed H.B. No. 5110 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REGIONAL ELECTION MONITORS', to eliminate a state mandate with regard to election administration.

Proposed H.B. No. 5111 REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION LOCATIONS', to authorize the chief elected official of a municipality to designate an election day registration location when the registrars of voters fail to agree on such a location.

Proposed H.B. No. 5112 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING ENGLISH THE OFFICIAL STATE LANGUAGE', to make English the official state language.

Proposed H.B. No. 5113 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM GRANTS TO CANDIDATES IN CONTESTED CAMPAIGNS', to reserve Citizens' Election Fund moneys only for candidate committees of candidates in contested campaigns.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5114 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING FREE TUITION FOR DEPENDENTS OF EMPLOYEES OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to bring tuition costs under control by reducing the need to raise tuition and spreading such costs across a broader base of students.

Proposed H.B. No. 5115 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING OWNERSHIP IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CREATED AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to protect the rights of intellectual property creators.

Proposed H.B. No. 5116 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO COLLECT DATA REGARDING IN-STATE STUDENTS THAT WILL ENABLE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS REGARDING THEIR INTENDED CAREER PATHS', to help prospective students make informed career choices.

Proposed H.B. No. 5117 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE ELIMINATION OF STATE FUNDING FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT VIOLATE FEDERAL OR STATE LAWS', to require institutions of higher education to comply with federal and state laws.

Proposed H.B. No. 5118 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR SPEECHES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund speeches at public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 5119 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CONNECTICUT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO GIVE PRIORITY TO IN-STATE STUDENTS FOR ADMISSION', to ensure that taxpayer subsidies to Connecticut public institutions of higher education are used first for Connecticut citizens.

Proposed H.B. No. 5120 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPARENCY REGARDING TUITION COSTS', to require transparency regarding funds that are set aside from a public institution of higher education's tuition revenue in documentation regarding the cost of tuition that is sent to students or those paying a student's tuition.

HOUSING

Proposed H.B. No. 5121 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING ADVANCE RENTAL PAYMENTS', to make rental payments more convenient for tenants.

Proposed H.B. No. 5122 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REVOLVING LOAN FUND FOR ANTI-BLIGHT AND HOARDING REMEDIATION INITIATIVES', to establish a revolving loan fund for anti-blight and hoarding remediation initiatives for seniors, veterans and low-income communities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5123 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING A REQUIREMENT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS', to eliminate the requirement that a landlord selling, leasing with an option to buy or exchanging a rental property provide a disclosure form to the prospective purchaser or lessee.

Proposed H.B. No. 5124 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REMOVING A RESTRICTION ON THE AMOUNT CHARGED FOR TENANT SECURITY DEPOSITS', to allow landlords to charge an amount greater than two months' rent for a security deposit.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 5125 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS TO VOLUNTEER', to require public assistance recipients to engage in volunteer service benefiting their communities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5126 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT SETTING LIMITS ON NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR CERTAIN ABLE-BODIED ADULTS', to ensure persons capable of working or volunteering do not indefinitely receive supplemental nutrition assistance.

Proposed H.B. No. 5127 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A FOSTER CARE STIPEND FOR GRANDPARENTS AWARDED CUSTODY OF GRANDCHILDREN', to assist grandparents who have been awarded custody of their grandchildren.

Proposed H.B. No. 5128 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS BARRIERS FACED BY SENIOR CITIZENS', to improve the lives of state residents who are senior citizens by reducing or eliminating administrative and financial burdens on their ability to afford to live in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5129 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS TO VOLUNTEER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES', to require public assistance recipients to engage in volunteer service benefiting their communities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5130 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS FROM ENGAGING IN ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFERS AT CERTAIN ESTABLISHMENTS', to prohibit public assistance recipients from making electronic benefit transfer purchases at certain establishments.

Proposed H.B. No. 5131 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING SAFEGUARDS AGAINST IMPROPER USE OF STATE-ADMINISTERED CASH ASSISTANCE', to prevent recipients of cash assistance from using benefits for illegitimate purposes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5132 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT INCLUDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS IN INCOME ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS', to ensure that aid received from public assistance programs is included in income eligibility determinations for other such programs.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H.B. No. 5133 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF JET INJECTORS FOR INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH INSULIN-DEPENDENT DIABETES', to require health insurance coverage of jet injectors for individuals diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5134 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICIES AND COVERAGE FOR THE PERIL OF COLLAPSE', to require insurance companies to provide coverage for the peril of collapse and any mitigation undertaken to prevent all or part of a covered dwelling from falling down or caving in.

Proposed H.B. No. 5135 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE IDENTIFICATION CARDS', to permit automobile insurance identification cards to be provided electronically for motor vehicle traffic stops and registration of motor vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 5136 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE SUBROGATION PROHIBITION OF UNDERINSURED MOTORIST BENEFIT CLAIMS', to repeal the prohibition on subrogation of underinsured motorist benefit claims.

Proposed H.B. No. 5137 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING CATASTROPHE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICYHOLDERS AND ESTABLISHING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR HOMEOWNERS SUFFERING CERTAIN UNINSURED PROPERTY LOSSES', to authorize the establishment of Catastrophe Savings Accounts and establish an income tax deduction for certain expenses not covered under a homeowners insurance policy.

Proposed H.B. No. 5138 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT', to repeal health care mandates required under and prohibit state participation in the Affordable Care Act.

Proposed H.B. No. 5139 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO REPORT ADDITIONAL DATA', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange board of directors to report additional data to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, human services and insurance.

Proposed H.B. No. 5140 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENTS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR COVERED SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE TREATMENT OF A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER', to require insurance companies, health care companies, fraternal benefit societies and other entities that provide coverage for the treatment of a substance use disorder to reimburse health care providers directly, rather than insureds, for services provided by such provider for the treatment of the substance use disorder.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 5141 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RECORDS FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE', to require the Commercial Recording Division of the office of the Secretary of the State to make enhancements to the state's electronic business portal in order to promote business transparency.

Proposed H.B. No. 5142 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAKING OF LAND BY EMINENT DOMAIN', to create a more vigorous process for the taking of land by eminent domain.

Proposed H.B. No. 5143 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO OBTAIN A WARRANT PRIOR TO CONDUCTING CELLULAR TELEPHONE SURVEILLANCE', to require a law enforcement agency to obtain a proper warrant prior to conducting cellular telephone location surveillance.

Proposed H.B. No. 5144 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING A HARDSHIP EXEMPTION FROM JUROR SERVICE TO THE SOLE PROPRIETOR OF A SMALL BUSINESS', to provide a hardship exemption from juror service to the sole proprietor of a small business.

Proposed H.B. No. 5145 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE RECOVERY OF NONECONOMIC DAMAGES BY UNINSURED MOTORISTS', to impose limitations on the recovery of noneconomic damages by an uninsured motorist who is injured in a motor vehicle accident while retaining the motorist's ability to bring a civil action for certain economic damages.

Proposed H.B. No. 5146 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY RELATED TO THE ALLEGED COMMISSION OF A CRIME', to prohibit the preemptive forfeiture of property related to the alleged commission of a crime until such time as the defendant has been convicted of a crime.

Proposed H.B. No. 5147 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES INCURRED ON STATE PROPERTY FOR WHICH THE STATE IS AT FAULT', to require the state bear responsibility for all costs incurred by an insured motorist who suffers loss or damage, including the cost of increased insurance premiums, when the loss or damage occurred on state property and the state is at fault for the loss or damage.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 5148 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING UNWILLING EMPLOYEES FROM JOINING A UNION OR PAYING UNION DUES', to establish Connecticut as a "Right to Work" state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5149 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN MINIMUM FAIR WAGE PROVISIONS', to amend certain minimum fair wage guidelines.

Proposed H.B. No. 5150 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYERS FROM REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS FILED BY APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES', to prohibit employers from asking applicants for employment or prospective employees certain questions concerning workers' compensation.

Proposed H.B. No. 5151 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TIMETABLES FOR MUNICIPAL BINDING ARBITRATION', to provide rigid timelines for the completion of municipal binding arbitrations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5152 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INFLATION AND THE PREVAILING WAGE', to ensure that the threshold for prevailing wage laws keeps pace with inflation in the future.

Proposed H.B. No. 5153 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN MUNICIPAL PROJECTS FROM PREVAILING WAGE RATE REQUIREMENTS', to exempt municipal projects from the prevailing wage requirements unless the municipality receives at least twenty-five per cent of the funding for the project from the state.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5154 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING LEASED MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FROM TAXATION', to expand the local property tax exemption for municipal property to include real and personal property leased to a municipality that is used for a public purpose and located within the municipality.

Proposed H.B. No. 5155 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER LINE ON JACKSON STREET IN THOMASTON ', to construct a water line on Jackson Street in the town of Thomaston.

Proposed H.B. No. 5156 REP. CASE, 63rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL AND EDUCATION FUND PAYMENTS', to increase municipal budget certainty and reliability by giving towns the ability to budget based on the actual amount of state funds provided.

Proposed H.B. No. 5157 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OR ENLARGEMENT OF STATE MANDATES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS', to require new municipal mandates to be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate.

Proposed H.B. No. 5158 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE THRESHOLD REQUIRED FOR PASSAGE OF UNFUNDED MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds majority vote of both chambers in order to pass any new or expanded unfunded mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5159 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE DOG LICENSE FEE FOR SERVICE ANIMALS', to waive the dog license fee for service animals.

Proposed H.B. No. 5160 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE POSTING OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL WEB SITES', to allow municipalities to post legal notices and meeting minutes on their Internet web site rather than in a newspaper.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 5161 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO RESEARCH AND REVIEW THE BENEFIT OF ESTABLISHING A FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE SYSTEM', to research and review the viability of creating a free market health care system.

Proposed H.B. No. 5162 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO SENIORS BY LICENSED OR CREDENTIALED PROFESSIONALS', to ensure that providers of senior services have a high level of training and experience.

Proposed H.B. No. 5163 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES', to provide supportive housing and easily accessible services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5164 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH TO STUDY THE NEED TO REGULATE INDOOR AIR QUALITY AT ICE HOCKEY RINKS', to evaluate the need to regulate indoor air quality at ice hockey rinks.

Proposed H.B. No. 5165 REP. SIMANSKI, 62nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF FOOD VENDORS', to allow for food vendors to transfer their license from one local health department or district to another and to submit to only one inspection by their local health department or district.

Proposed H.B. No. 5166 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING WELLNESS CHECKS FOR RECIPIENTS OF WELFARE BENEFITS', to require wellness checks of welfare recipients.

Proposed H.B. No. 5167 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS FROM PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS', to help prevent the overprescribing of opioids.

Proposed H.B. No. 5168 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANDATE RELIEF FOR HOSPITALS', to provide relief for hospitals from state mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5169 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FROM CONSOLIDATING THE DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES', to allow for the existing health district structure to be maintained.

Proposed H.B. No. 5170 REP. TWEEDIE, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISPENSING OF OPIOIDS OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL SETTING TO ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN', to combat the abuse of opioids.

Proposed H.B. No. 5171 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF FOOD VENDORS', to require the development of a process for licensure by reciprocity of food vendors licensed by a local health department.

Proposed H.B. No. 5172 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STAFFING AT STATE-OPERATED FACILITIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS', to rationalize patient care at state-operated facilities for the treatment of persons with substance use disorders.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5173 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF BODY-WORN RECORDING EQUIPMENT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT', to exclude the use of body-worn recording equipment from being a subject of collective bargaining.

Proposed H.B. No. 5174 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT OF AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER', to protect off-duty police officers.

Proposed H.B. No. 5175 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSOLIDATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINTS', to provide incentives for public safety answering points to become part of a regional emergency telecommunications center or multitown public safety answering point.

Proposed H.B. No. 5176 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL', to authorize municipalities to increase the property tax exemption for local volunteer emergency service personnel.

Proposed H.B. No. 5177 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT INCORPORATING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE INTO THE STATE BUILDING CODE', to incorporate the International Property Maintenance Code into the State Building Code to establish minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5178 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THREE-POINT SEAT SAFETY BELTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES', to require school buses to be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat safety belts and to require passengers of a school bus to wear seat safety belts.

Proposed H.B. No. 5179 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LENGTH OF REPORTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS', to reduce the workload of police and expenses by shortening the standard motor vehicle accident report form.

Proposed H.B. No. 5180 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE STATUTE ALLOWING MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS' LICENSES FOR DRIVING PURPOSES ONLY', to repeal the statute allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide drivers' licenses to persons who cannot provide proof of legal United States residency or a Social Security number.

Proposed H.B. No. 5181 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS FOR PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to require removable windshield placards to bear the name of the person who is blind or person with disabilities for whom the placard was issued and to establish penalties for the abuse of such placards.

Proposed H.B. No. 5182 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIMITATIONS ON THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE', to require a national criminal background check prior to issuance of a drive-only license, and to prohibit any person convicted of a felony from obtaining such license.

Proposed H.B. No. 5183 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS THAT MAY BE ISSUED TO PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to permit a blind person or person with disabilities to obtain two removable windshield placards if such person owns two motor vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 5184 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF "BREAST CANCER AWARENESS" COMMEMORATIVE NUMBER PLATES', to enhance public awareness of the importance of breast cancer research.

Proposed H.B. No. 5185 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES', to provide for the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state and to encourage Connecticut to keep pace with the advances in autonomous vehicle technology.

Proposed H.B. No. 5186 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAILING OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL APPLICATIONS AND NOTICES OF EMISSIONS INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS', to streamline the process for motor vehicle registration renewal and motor vehicle emissions inspection.

Proposed H.B. No. 5187 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT NAMING ROUTE 322 IN WOLCOTT IN HONOR OF EUGENE A. MIGLIARO, JR', to name Route 322 in Wolcott in honor of Eugene A. Migliaro, Jr.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H.B. No. 5188 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM INCORPORATION FEES SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to waive fees associated with incorporation for service organizations that support veterans and members of the armed forces.

Proposed H.B. No. 5189 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING REGISTRATION FEES FOR VETERANS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS', to exempt veterans charitable organizations from paying an annual registration fee.

Proposed H.B. No. 5190 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS FOR TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS', to expand benefits for certain veterans with a one hundred per cent service-connected total and permanent disability rating.

Proposed H.B. No. 5191 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to assist soldiers and veterans by creating a safety net of services to help with their transition from the military to civilian life.

Proposed H.B. No. 5192 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCOME TAX EXEMPTION TO CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS', to provide an income tax exemption to certain members of the armed forces and veterans.

Proposed H.B. No. 5193 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLE NUMBER PLATES FOR VETERANS', to provide certain veterans with commemorative number plates at no additional cost beyond registration of a motor vehicle.

Proposed H.B. No. 5194 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE REGISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION FEES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA', to waive the registration and administration fees for veterans who are qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana.

APPROPRIATIONS

H.J. No. 1 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO ENACT NEW UNFUNDED MANDATES', to require the vote of two-thirds of each chamber of the General Assembly to enact a new unfunded state mandate.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.J. No. 2 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT THE IMPOSITION OF RETROACTIVE TAXES', to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the imposition of retroactive taxes.

H.J. No. 3 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT THE PROVISION OF MONETARY OR TAX INCENTIVES TO A SPECIFIC BUSINESS, FIRM OR CORPORATION', to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the provision of monetary or tax incentives to a specific business, firm or corporation.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.J. No. 4 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING TERM LIMITS FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR', to impose term limits on the office of Governor.

H.J. No. 5 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING', to make voting easier by providing expanded opportunity to cast a ballot prior to election day, thereby increasing participation in the electoral process and reducing waiting times at polling places.

H.J. No. 6 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN LOBBYING IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE CHAMBERS', to subject agency liaisons to the same rules as lobbyists regarding their presence on the House and Senate floor.

TRANSPORTATION

H.J. No. 7 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to propose a constitutional amendment to prevent the misuse of state transportation funds.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SYSTEM IN THE STATE', to establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

EDUCATION

Proposed S.B. No. 2 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE EQUITABLE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to develop a more equitable education cost sharing grant formula.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 3 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DONATION OF ORGANS AND BONE MARROW', to promote and facilitate the donation of life-saving organs and bone marrow.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 4 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST.; REP. RILEY, 46th DIST.; SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ENERGY COOPERATIVES', to increase public awareness and provide transparency regarding municipal electric utilities and municipal electric energy cooperatives.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 5 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION', to provide tax equity by increasing the Connecticut estate tax exemption to match the federal estate tax exemption.

Proposed S.B. No. 6 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to provide tax equity and more income to Connecticut Social Security recipients.

Proposed S.B. No. 7 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES', to provide direct property tax relief to businesses in the state and reduce costly and time-consuming administrative tax requirements for small businesses.

Proposed S.B. No. 8 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO LEVY A LOCAL SALES TAX', to authorize an alternative means other than the property tax for municipalities to fund critical public services.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 9 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ENTERING CONNECTICUT INTO THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote and join other states that have adopted the agreement.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 10 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STRENGTHENING OF LAWS AGAINST HATE CRIMES', to strengthen laws against hate crimes.

Proposed S.B. No. 11 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGALIZATION AND TAXATION OF THE RETAIL SALE OF MARIJUANA', to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana.

Proposed S.B. No. 12 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING BENEFIT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES', to allow for the formation of benefit limited liability companies in the state.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 13 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE', to provide more economic security to Connecticut families by increasing the minimum fair wage.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.J. No. 5 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to propose a constitutional amendment to protect the state's Special Transportation Fund.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S.J. No. 6 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT REAL PROPERTY HELD OR CONTROLLED BY THE STATE', to resubmit resolution act 16-1 concerning the protection of real property held or controlled by the state for approval by the General Assembly.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Ritter of the 1st District, the House adjourned at 2:45 o'clock p.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS BY

GOVERNOR DANNEL P. MALLOY

JOINT SESSION OF THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HALL OF THE HOUSE, STATE CAPITOL

JANUARY 4, 2017

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Wyman, and my fellow state officials, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, honored members of the judiciary, members of the clergy, and all the citizens of our great state: thank you for the honor of inviting me once again into the people's House.

Let me offer my sincere congratulations to those of you taking on new and important leadership roles, as well as those who have been reelected into leadership positions. I also want to congratulate the new members sworn in earlier today. I look forward to working with all of you.

Let me note, since we were here last together, we have lost some dear friends, including Mary Fritz and Betty Boukus, both of whom served in this house. Our hearts are heavy as we continue to mourn their passing.

As always, let us thank Connecticut's brave men and women serving our nation around the globe. Thank you, as well, to my dear friend and the best Lt. Governor in the country, Nancy Wyman. And finally thank you to my wife Cathy and our three sons for their love and support.

This past September, the Connecticut General Assembly met in a special session. You met to take historic action in support of our state's economy and our incredible workforce. The legislation you voted to support – and that I signed into law – protected 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft. Equally importantly, it shored up thousands more jobs up and down Sikorsky's supply chain, and across every corner of our great state. It nearly doubled their spending with local suppliers to almost $700 million per year over the next decade and beyond. Thank you for that work.

In recent years we've secured similar investments from United Technologies and Electric Boat. Taken together, these agreements cement our leadership in advanced manufacturing around the globe.

A decade ago, if any of us had told our constituents that in 2017 not only would Electric Boat would be ramping-up their production rather than winding it down, not only would Pratt and Whitney be planning to put thousands more people to work, but that Sikorsky would be committed to Connecticut for another generation to come…well, they wouldn't have believed us. They would have told us that we were overly optimistic at best, and naive at worst. And yet, here we are today. Working together, we have turned what many once considered impossible, into a reality.

Together we've protected Connecticut's aerospace and defense industries for a generation and likely beyond. More importantly, we've given these employers, and the tens of thousands of employees who work for them, something that is vital in today's world. We've given them predictability. We know that predictability creates confidence. And we know that confidence creates growth. When we give people reason to believe that their job is here to stay, we're giving them the confidence to purchase a home, to buy a new family car, or to start a college fund. In other words, we're giving them confidence to take part in our State economy. And it's equally true for their employers. Predictability allows businesses to expand, to make new hires, to put down new roots right here in Connecticut. This is what companies and their workers are looking for. They deserve it, and it's on us to provide it.

That's what I want to talk to you about today - about what we've done in recent years to make our budget more predictable, and our economy more sustainable. And about how we can continue that important work this legislative session.

I'm going to discuss three key areas that I believe we should focus on this year in order to balance our current budget, and also continue our progress towards long-term prosperity. The good news is that, for each of these three areas, positive change has already begun. To start, we need to continue making state government leaner and more cost-effective. The responsible way to do that is by setting priorities, and allocating our resources where they are needed most. Because the truth is, we simply can't afford to continue doing everything we've done in the past.

In recent years, commissioners and state employees have been hard at work finding creative ways to continue providing essential services while also saving money. These cuts were not painless. Important work had to be phased out so that other vital services could continue. But the results are plain to see. Last year we cut nearly $850 million to bring our current fiscal year in balance. In so doing, we spent less in the General Fund than we had in the previous year for the first time since 2002. We've reduced the number of state agencies by 28 percent since 2011 - shrinking from 81 agencies down to 58.

During that same time period, we reduced the size of our executive branch workforce by nine and a half percent. We now employ 5,000 fewer full-time employees than we did in 2008. And don't let anyone tell you that these reductions are only in front-line employees. We've reduced the number of state management positions by 28 percent. While we had to go through the unfortunate, but necessary, process of layoffs last year, the vast majority of these reductions have come through attrition. We're also spending less on overtime. With your strong partnership and encouragement, overtime costs dropped 14.5 percent last year, saving the state $37 million. All told, excluding higher education, the executive branch workforce is at the smallest it has been since Ronald Reagan was president.

And now, in this biennium, we need to continue that work, ensuring we reduce spending responsibly and with great care. Commissioners will need to once again work with their staff - and with you, our legislative partners - to find additional savings. Like families across Connecticut, just because we responsibly managed our budget in recent years doesn't mean we can take this year off. We must continue to live within our means, spending only as much revenue as we have, and no more.

In September, my administration asked agencies to begin thinking about what additional cuts would mean. Having further explored these options, many of their recommendations will be included in the budget I present to you next month. Cuts in specific areas, or outright eliminations, should not be taken to mean that certain work is not valued. It simply means that we can no longer afford to do it all, and that our spending must be focused on the very core, essential services for our residents. And to be clear, saving money isn't just about cutting line-items, or reducing headcount. Agencies will continue to modernize systems, reduce waste, and increase productivity in order to cut costs as much as possible before impacting services, or the valuable employees who provide them. Together, we can continue to make state government more efficient, more sustainable, and more reflective of our economic reality.

The second area I'd like to talk about are the obligations we have to Connecticut's state workers, educators, and retirees. Connecticut's state pension systems were created 80 years ago, but not a single dime was deposited into the account during the first 30 years of its existence. It was a pay-as-you-go system. Over many decades, legacy costs, insufficient contributions, lower-than-assumed returns, and early retirement packages left us with a significant unfunded liability in the state's employee and teacher retirement systems. The stark reality is that, after 80 years, the state has set aside only one-third of the money necessary to responsibly fund its obligations.

Let me put it in context. Of the $1.65 billion that we will pay next year into the state retirement systems, 78 percent of that - or nearly $1.3 billion - is what we're paying to make-up for what past administrations and past legislatures failed to do. Simply put, our generation is paying for Connecticut's past mistakes. Is it frustrating to do that? Of course. Is it necessary? Absolutely. It's also the right thing to do. Our State retirees dedicated their lives and careers to public service. We need to pay them the pensions they were promised.

Let's also acknowledge and thank today's state workers for their efforts in support of Connecticut residents and businesses. In 2011, we worked at the bargaining table to help put Connecticut on a more sustainable fiscal path. Together we changed benefits, reduced longevity pay-outs, restructured state pensions, raised the retirement age, and required all employees to pay for a portion of their post-employment benefits.

We saved the state $1.6 billion on our unfunded liability in the immediate two years following that agreement - and a total of $21.5 billion over the following 20 years. Had we not realized that level of savings, our current $1.5 billion projected deficit would be much, much worse. Since making this agreement in 2011, the state has honored its commitment to fully fund the pension obligations each and every year - finally doing together what should have been done for the prior 80 years. Building upon these years of work, my administration recently came to a crucial agreement with our state employees and our retirement commission, an agreement which will make our pension payments more affordable, and yes, more predictable.

Independent analysts are taking note. Moody's Investors Services, a national credit rating agency, deemed this to be 'a credit positive' step for our state. And the plan's actuaries say these changes will 'enhance the stability' of our pension system. I urge you to support these important reforms.

Today, despite all this hard work and real progress, it's clear we have more work to do to make our short and long-term labor obligations more affordable. Fixed costs continue to increase every year, hampering our ability to maintain vital public services. Pension obligations for both state employees and teachers are on track to cost the state an additional $360 million in the next fiscal year compared to this current year. Clearly, the fiscal challenges we face during the next biennium are very real.

In the weeks ahead, my administration will continue working with labor leaders to find solutions for bringing employee costs in line with our economic reality. These talks have been frank and direct so far, and I'm appreciative that state workers are taking part in them. It's very hard, but we must reach an agreement on how to make our pensions and benefits more affordable, as we face these fiscal challenges together. We must recognize that a responsible and balanced solution to our budget problem is one that includes state employee concessions. These changes can and should be reached respectfully, and at the bargaining table. Our state must honor its legal obligation to our public servants and state retirees, while at the same time keeping our promises to Connecticut taxpayers.

Here's another promise: We will not remake the poor decisions of the past. We will not saddle future generations with fiscal cliffs and unpayable fixed costs. Responsible changes must be made - and they must be made this year.

As our past record demonstrates, when we come together, hold realistic expectations, and seek common ground, we can deliver results.

The third and final area I'd like to focus on with you today is how we go about distributing aid to our towns and cities - primarily how we fund public education.

The State provides a total of $5.1 billion in municipal assistance. That's more than one fifth of our overall budget this year, making it our biggest single expense - not state employee pensions, not Medicaid, not debt service, not salary and benefits of our employees; town aid accounts for the largest portion of our state budget. It simply would not be fair for us to talk about continued state agency reductions, or talk about the need for labor concessions, without talking about new ways to provide town aid. Of the $5.1 billion distributed to municipalities, 81 percent of that - or $4.1 billion – is educational funding. That doesn't include school construction financing, which accounts for approximately one quarter of Connecticut's bonded debt.

Now that I've put what we spend into context, let me say this - of course Connecticut should be spending lots of money on local education. We all believe that investments in education are a down payment on our State's future. Our budget must reflect those values.

The question is, in a time of scarce state resources, are we spending this money in the best way possible? Are we ensuring that all students, regardless of the life circumstances into which they are born, regardless of what town or city they live in - can receive a quality public education?

I don't believe we are meeting that standard. And I will point out that a recent court decision says that, as well. It's why I have long-advocated that we direct our support to those municipalities that are struggling the most - so that we can level the playing field for our students and our taxpayers.

While we have made progress on this front in recent years I still believe we have not gone far enough. Connecticut needs a new way to calculate educational aid - one that guarantees equal access to a quality education regardless of zip code. Our state constitution guarantees it, and our moral compass demands it.

We need a formula that appropriately measures a given community's burden. A formula that recognizes specific challenges faced by local property taxpayers. And a formula that takes into account the impact those challenges have on the education provided to our children. The budget that I will present to you next month will outline a more equitable system for providing town aid. It will be based on the local property tax burden, student need, and current enrollment. The system will be designed to be more fair, transparent, accountable, and adaptable - meaning that it will provide flexibility to fit the needs of a given community. The result will be a fairer distribution of our state's limited funds. And if we are successful in this effort, there will be an important ancillary benefit - we can help ensure that no Connecticut city or town will need to explore the avoidable path of bankruptcy.

To be clear, that kind of help shouldn't come without strings attached. If the state is going to play a more active role in helping less-affluent communities - in helping higher-taxed communities - part of that role will be holding local political leadership and stakeholders to substantially higher standards and greater accountability than they've been held to in the past. We should do it so that increased aid doesn't simply mean more spending on local government. Those are the steps I believe we need to take on town aid funding. The budget I propose next month will lay out a detailed path for getting there. Now, based on prior experience, I can assume that the proposal I put before you will not be exactly what arrives on my desk a few months later. I understand that. That's how it works. And I'm ready to partner with you. But understand this - we need real change. Change that leads to a better, more equitable system for town aid. For the sake of our collective future, there is no reason to wait. So let's get to work.

I began today by talking about our recent historic partnership with Sikorsky. But of course, it's not just about the aerospace industry. Regardless of region, employment, or income, people in every industry and at every income level are counting on us to get it right. A family in Farmington where both parents work in the insurance industry deserves the reassurance of a more stable business climate - one that keeps their jobs here in Connecticut. A math teacher in Norwalk should have the peace of mind that her pension and benefits will be intact when she retires after decades of hard work. A New London High School graduate, following in his father's footsteps building submarines here in Connecticut, is owed a stable job with livable wages - enough to buy a home and raise a family.

If you don't think we can do it for these people, and for all people in our State, if you don't think we can help our constituents and make their lives and their careers more positive and more predictable, I ask that you look no further than the progress we've made in recent years to see exactly what is possible when Connecticut works together.

Years of good economic development are helping to grow jobs. In fact, since the end of the Great Recession, we have recovered 85,000 jobs. Through the Small Business Express program, more than 1,600 companies have retained 18,000 good jobs and are now creating even more. The Manufacturing Assistance Act has helped 150 companies since 2011, retaining 34,500 jobs and growing 8,500 more jobs. All told, unemployment is now at 4.7 percent - its lowest level since 2007.

In 2012, we worked across party lines and passed comprehensive education reforms. Today, thanks to great teachers and principals, our students are some of the best readers in the country. And after years of decline, our graduation rates have risen for five years in a row and are now at their highest point in Connecticut's history. We've made monumental advancements for our most vulnerable children in Connecticut, as well.

Many people have doubted that we would finally be in a position to resolve the 25-year-old Juan F. case, which has kept DCF under federal oversight. For too long, this has been an embarrassment for our state, and an unacceptable situation for our children. But today, the end of that federal oversight is within reach. We are finally ready for Connecticut state government to reclaim its responsibility for Connecticut kids. Please join me in support of this progress.

We are also improving our transportation system as we speak, thanks to the investments we've made together. The on-time and on-budget completion of the Q Bridge project means that, on a daily basis, 140,000 motorists are getting to where they need to go with greater ease. And with CTfastrak, more people are riding Connecticut transit buses to work. Exceeding all initial projections, average ridership on CTfastrak is as high as 19,000 people per weekday.

And finally on the criminal justice front, Connecticut is leading the nation, and is now safer than it has been in fifty years. Our prison population has dropped significantly, and high-risk, violent offenders are serving more of their sentence than ever before. Recidivism has declined substantially. This progress has allowed us to save taxpayers $70 million in the current fiscal year.

All of this work - all of it - is making Connecticut a better, more desirable place to work and live.

I need to do one other thing. I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to stress the importance of predictability and stability in the wake of November's presidential election.

I have no desire to rehash or re-analyze the results - we all get plenty of that from cable news. But I do want to offer two brief thoughts on what we can learn from November, and how it might impact our work here at home this session.

First, it is now more clear than ever that too many Americans feel disconnected from their government. They feel the system isn't working for them - that they aren't able to take part in the American Dream. While we might disagree on the role of government in that effort, on whether it should be more active or less, I offer to you that a greater degree of predictability in government – in all government, at all levels - will help reengage and reinvigorate our democracy.

Second, regardless of your party or who you voted for, most of us can agree that this presidential transition has been nothing if not unpredictable. It has left some people and some communities feeling anxious and uncertain. But let me remind you of this - our State has a long legacy of acceptance, compassion, and fairness. Regardless of whether your family settled in Connecticut 300 years ago or three days ago, you are welcome here.

As the people of Connecticut navigate a changing national landscape, we will continue to ensure that every state resident is treated with dignity and respect. That will not change. Not now. Not ever.

This year, here in Connecticut, we must focus on these historic strengths as we also work to make our budget and our economy more vibrant. We must continue our progress together.

I'm asking for your partnership. I'm asking that we approach this session and this budget in a spirit of authentic, bipartisan collaboration.

Next month, I am going to come back to you with more details on the topics I laid out today: about how government should continue to become smaller and more effective; about how we can continue working with our partners in labor to create a sustainable benefit system that we can afford not just now, but into the years ahead; and about why we should find a fairer way to fund public education, so that we can ensure dollars are going to where they are needed most. All of it will be geared toward building a more predictable budget and a more sustainable Connecticut economy.

We are in this together, and together we shall prevail.

Thank you. God bless you, and may God bless the great State of Connecticut.