JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:35 o'clock a.m., Representative Arconti of the 109th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Bella Lefante of West Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, help us to sort out the needs of our State and her people. You have placed a great responsibility upon us. We seek Your guidance in resolving these issues. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bella Lefante of West Hartford, Connecticut.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Hennessy of the 127th 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.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5195 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES INSTRUCTION TO YOUNG STUDENTS BY CERTAIN INSTRUCTORS', to expand the teaching of foreign languages in schools by permitting school districts to offer such courses in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school using individuals who are proficient in foreign languages but who are not certified teachers.

Proposed H.B. No. 5196 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE REQUIREMENT FOR EDUCATORS AT CERTAIN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to delay the staff qualifications requirement for educators at certain early childhood education programs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5197 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO DEVELOP A PROPOSED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR COMPENSATION SCHEDULE', to establish an early childhood educator compensation schedule for early childhood educators that ensures the retention and recruitment of qualified educators, secures a standard of living that meets such educators' needs and reflects the true costs associated with quality standards for early childhood care and education programs.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5198 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PROPERTY TAX ON MOTOR VEHICLES', to eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 5199 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5200 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING A TRANSACTION AND FORWARDING FEE ON STATE PENSION BENEFIT INCOME OF NONRESIDENTS', to incentivize individuals receiving a state pension to remain in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5201 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON NEW BOND AUTHORIZATIONS', to place a two-year moratorium, beginning July 1, 2017, on new bond authorizations, except for purposes related to emergency spending.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H.B. No. 5202 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST.; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PHARMACISTS FROM MAKING CHANGES TO PRESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT PRESCRIBER CONSENT', to require prescriber consent prior to a pharmacist making any changes to a drug prescription.

Proposed H.B. No. 5203 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANNUAL LICENSES', to mitigate the administrative burden of annual licensing and reduce license fee costs.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5204 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to eliminate the consumer price index adjustment in the amount of the grants awarded under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5205 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN AGREEMENT AMONG THE STATES TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE', to proceed toward implementing the interstate compact to determine the election of the President by national popular vote.

Proposed H.B. No. 5206 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT HALVING GRANTS FROM THE CITIZENS' ELECTION FUND', to reduce by half the amount of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H.B. No. 5207 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST.; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST.; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST.; REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST.; REP. BARAM, 15th DIST.; REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST.; REP. SERRA, 33rd DIST.; REP. ARCE, 4th DIST.; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST.; REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS' OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS', to impose a surcharge on the net direct premiums of homeowners and renters insurance policies written on property or risks located or resident in this state, to fund the operating budgets of regional fire schools, certain training costs and fees and purchases of fire equipment.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 5208 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR A PERSON WHO ENTERS AN AUTOMOBILE TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO A CHILD', to provide legal protections to a person who enters the automobile of another, including an entry by force, to render emergency assistance to a child.

Proposed H.B. No. 5209 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED DRUG DOCKET IN NEW LONDON COUNTY', to establish a dedicated drug docket in New London County.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 5210 REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS MATTERS', to strengthen provisions of the law concerning pay equity and fairness.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5211 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THAT CONCRETE BE TESTED FOR PYRRHOTITE', to prevent crumbling foundations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5212 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED TOWN ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND', to establish a dedicated town road and bridge fund, to be used by towns for the exclusive purpose of maintaining town roads and bridges in good repair.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5213 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF RESIDENT POLICE OFFICERS', to reimburse towns for the costs incurred when the resident state police officer provides services on state highways or outside the boundaries of such towns.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5214 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CAP ON TRANSPORTATION SPENDING', to limit state spending on transportation.

Proposed H.B. No. 5215 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "MOVE OVER" LAW', to enact "Ashley Ferguson's law" to protect drivers by requiring an operator move over one lane if traveling in the lane adjacent to where a stationary vehicle is located on the highway.

Proposed H.B. No. 5216 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF A NUMBER PLATE TO COMMEMORATE STATE PARKS', to establish a commemorative number plate recognizing state parks and to provide for the operation and maintenance of state parks.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Hennessy of the 127th District, the House adjourned at 11:36 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.