JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:34 o'clock a.m., Representative DiMassa of the 116th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Mary Alice Hughes of Haddam, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we seek Your guidance today. Let the best of all proposals yield forth legislation that will benefit all our citizens. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Alice Hughes of Haddam, Connecticut.

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY SPEAKER PRO-TEMPORE

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Bob Godfrey of the 110th as Deputy Speaker Pro-Tempore of the House of Representatives.

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Jeffrey J. Berger of the 73rd, Juan Candelaria of the 95th, Linda M. Gentile of the 104th, Douglas McCrory of the 7th, Russell A. Morin of the 28th, Bruce V. Morris of the 140th, Linda A Orange of the 48th and Kevin Ryan of the 139th as Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives.

APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Emil "Buddy" Altobello of the 82nd, Mary M. Mushinsky of the 85th and Peter A. Tercyak of the 26th as Assistant Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of James M. Albis of the 99th, David Arconti, Jr. of the 109th, Michelle L. Cook of the 65th, Jeff Currey of the 11th, Minnie Gonzalez of the 3rd, Emmett D. Riley of the 46th, Hilda E. Santiago of the 84th and Charlie Stallworth of the 126th as Deputy Majority Leaders.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey of the 133rd as Majority Caucus Chair.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHIEF MAJORITY WHIP

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Christopher Rosario of the 128th as Chief Majority Whip.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY WHIP-AT-LARGE

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Daniel Rovero of the 51st as Majority Whip-at-Large.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY WHIP-AT-LARGE

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Patricia Dillon of the 92nd as Majority Whip-at-Large.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT MAJORITY WHIP

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Michael D'Agostino of the 91st, Kelly J.S. Luxenberg of the 12th, Brandon McGee of the 5th, Kim Rose of the 118th, Robert (Bobby) Sanchez of the 25th and Ezequiel Santiago of the 130th as Assistant Majority Whips.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of the following Representatives as Assistant Majority Leaders:

Representative Terry B. Adams of the 146th

Representative Angel Arce of the 4th

Representative Andre F. Baker, Jr. of the 124th

Representative Henry Genga of the 10th

Representative Joseph P. Gresko of the 121st

Representative John K. Hampton of the 16th

Representative Susan Johnson of the 49th

Representative Rick Lopes of the 24th

Representative Patricia Billie Miller of the 145th

Representative Chris Perone of the 137th

Representative Geraldo Reyes, Jr. of the 75th

Representative Steven Stafstrom of the 129th

MINORITY LEADER APPOINTMENTS

Representative Klarides of the 114th announced the following appointments:

DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER

Representative Vincent J. Candelora of the 86th

DEPUTY MINORITY LEADERS AT LARGE

Representative Laura R. Hoydick of the 120th

Representative Tom O'Dea of the 125th

Representative Arthur O'Neill of the 69th

HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS CHAIRMAN

Representative Noreen S. Kokoruda of the 101st

Representative Lezlye Zupkus of the 89th - Deputy

HOUSE MINORITY WHIPS

Representative John Piscopo of the 76th - Chief Whip

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio of the 71st - Senior Whip

Representative John H. Frey of the 111th - Senior Whip

Representative Whit Betts of the 78th

Representative Brenda Kupchick of the 132nd

Representative David K. Labriola of the 131st

Representative Jason Perillo of the 113th

Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas of the 70th

Representative David Rutigliano of the 123rd

Representative Terrie E. Wood of the 141st

ASSISTANT HOUSE MINORITY LEADERS

Representative Mitch Bolinsky of the 106th

Representative Fred Camillo of the 151st

Representative Christie M Carpino of the 32nd

Representative Christopher Davis of the 57th

Representative Livvy Floren of the 149th

Representative Timothy B. LeGeyt of the 17th

Representative Gail Lavielle of the 143rd

Representative Bill Simanski of the 62nd

Representative Richard A. Smith of the 108th

Representative Prasad Srinivasan of the 31st

Representative David Yaccarino of the 87th

Representative Melissa Ziobron of the 34th

CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2017-2018 SESSION

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS - DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

AGING

CHAIRMAN - Joseph C. Serra

VICE CHAIRMAN - Daniel Rovero

John K. Hampton Kelly J.S. Luxenberg

Michael Winkler

APPROPRIATIONS

CHAIRMAN/SUB-CHAIR RESULTS-BASED ACCOUNTABILITY - Toni E. Walker

VICE CHAIRMAN/SUB-CHAIR GENERAL GOVERNMENT B - Henry Genga

VICE CHAIRMAN/SUB-CHAIR CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT - Ezequiel Santiago

VICE CHAIRMAN - Chris Soto

SUB-CHAIR LEGISLATIVE SUBCOMMITTEE - Peter A. Tercyak

SUB-CHAIR GENERAL GOVERNMENT A - Kevin Ryan

SUB-CHAIR REGULATION AND PROTECTION - Geraldo Reyes, Jr.

VICE-CHAIR/SUB-CHAIR HEALTH & HOSPITALS - Patricia Dillon

SUB-CHAIR TRANSPORTATION - Chris Perone

SUB-CHAIR HUMAN SERVICES - Catherine Abercrombie

SUB-CHAIR HIGHER EDUCATION - Gregg Haddad

SUB-CHAIR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION - Christopher Rosario

SUB-CHAIR JUDICIAL AND CORRECTIONS - Douglas McCrory

SUB-CHAIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING - Robyn A. Porter

Andre F. Baker, Jr. Juan Candelaria

Jeff Currey Michael A. Di Massa

Andrew M. Fleischmann Minnie Gonzalez

Susan Johnson

BANKS

CHAIRMAN - Matt Lesser

VICE CHAIRMAN - Charlie Stallworth

Terry B. Adams Andre F. Baker, Jr.

David Baram Michael A. DiMassa

Antonio "Tony" Guerrera Diana S. Urban

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

CHAIRMAN - Diana S. Urban

VICE CHAIRMAN - Pat Boyd

Joshua Elliott Liz Linehan

Kelly J.S. Luxenberg

COMMERCE

CHAIRMAN - Caroline Simmons

VICE CHAIRMAN - Geraldo Reyes, Jr.

Linda M. Gentile John K. Hampton

Liz Linehan Douglas McCrory

Russell A. Morin Christopher Ziogas

EDUCATION

CHAIRMAN - Andrew M. Fleischmann

VICE CHAIRMAN - Robert (Bobby) Sanchez

Andre F. Baker, Jr. Juan Candelaria

Michelle L. Cook Jeff Currey

Henry Genga Susan Johnson

Roland J. Lemar Rick Lopes

Cristin McCarthy Vahey Douglas McCrory

Brandon McGee Patricia Billie Miller

Christopher Rosario

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

CHAIRMAN - Lonnie Reed

VICE CHAIRMAN - Derek Slap

Catherine Abercrombie David Arconti, Jr.

Mike Demicco Joshua Elliott

Joseph P. Gresko Chris Perone

Jonathan Steinberg Peter A. Tercyak

Joe Verrengia

ENVIRONMENT

CHAIRMAN - Mike Demicco

VICE CHAIRMAN - Joseph P. Gresko

David Arconti, Jr. Patricia Dillon

Liz Linehan Mary M. Mushinsky

Geraldo Reyes, Jr. Kevin Ryan

Ezequiel Santiago Derek Slap

William Tong Edwin Vargas

Michael Winkler Christopher Ziogas

EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS

CHAIRMAN - Edwin Vargas

VICE CHAIRMAN - Michael A. DiMassa

Jeffrey J. Berger Mike D'Agostino

Bob Godfrey Chris Soto

FINANCE REVENUE AND BONDING

CHAIRMAN - Jason Rojas

VICE CHAIRMAN - Joshua Elliott

VICE CHAIRMAN - Brandon McGee

GENERAL BONDING CHAIRMAN - Patricia Billie Miller

TRANSPORTATION BONDING CHAIRMAN - Chris Perone

James M. Albis Emil "Buddy" Altobello

Angel Arce Larry B. Butler

Joseph P. Gresko John F. Hennessy

Roland J. Lemar Rick Lopes

Russell A. Morin Bruce V. Morris

Mary Mushinsky Lonnie Reed

Robert (Bobby) Sanchez Hilda E. Santiago

Steven Stafstrom

GENERAL LAW

CHAIRMAN - David Baram

VICE CHAIRMAN - Michael D'Agostino

Emil "Buddy" Altobello David Arconti, Jr.

Daniel J. Fox Linda A. Orange

Daniel Rovero

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION & ELECTIONS

CHAIRMAN - Daniel J. Fox

VICE CHAIRMAN - Michael Winkler

Gregg Haddad Matt Lesser

Cristin McCarthy Vahey Patricia Billie Miller

Hilda E. Santiago

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

CHAIRMAN - Greg Haddad

VICE CHAIRMAN - Christopher Ziogas

Joshua Elliott Linda M. Gentile

Mary M. Mushinsky Robert (Bobby) Sanchez

Caroline Simmons Chris Soto

Charlie Stallworth

HOUSING

CHAIRMAN - Larry B. Butler

VICE CHAIRMAN - Kim Rose

Angel Arce Joe de la Cruz

Chris Soto

HUMAN SERVICES

CHAIRMAN - Catherine Abercrombie

VICE CHAIRMAN - Terry B. Adams

Larry B. Butler Michelle L. Cook

Brandon McGee Bruce V. Morris

Hilda E. Santiago Charlie Stallworth

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

CHAIRMAN - Sean Scanlon

VICE CHAIRMAN - Joe de la Cruz

James M. Albis Susan Johnson

Matt Lesser Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.

Emmett D. Riley Jonathan Steinberg

Christopher Ziogas

INTERNSHIP

RANKING MEMBER- John K. Hampton

Andrew M. Fleischmann Kim Rose

William Tong

JUDICIARY

CHAIRMAN - William Tong

VICE CHAIRMAN - Steve Stafstrom

David Baram Jeffrey J. Berger

Christine Conley Jeff Currey

Patricia Dillon Daniel J. Fox

Bob Godfrey Minnie Gonzalez

Bruce V. Morris Robyn A. Porter

Emmett D. Riley Joseph C. Serra

Toni E. Walker

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

CHAIRMAN - Robyn A. Porter

VICE CHAIRMAN - Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.

Christopher Rosario Robert (Bobby) Sanchez

Edwin Vargas

JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

CHAIRMAN - Joe Aresimowicz

VICE CHAIRMAN - Matthew Ritter

Michelle L. Cook Linda M. Gentile

Bob Godfrey Minnie Gonzalez

Russell A. Morin Bruce V. Morris

Linda A. Orange Emmett D. Riley

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

CHAIRMAN - Roland J. Lemar

VICE CHAIRMAN - Christine Conley

Mike D'Agostino Linda M. Gentile

Lonnie Reed Jason Rojas

Derek Slap Ezequiel Santiago

Steven Stafstrom

PUBLIC HEALTH

CHAIRMAN - Jonathan Steinberg

VICE CHAIRMAN - Kelly J.S. Luxenberg

Michelle L. Cook Joe de la Cruz

Mike Demicco Henry Genga

Emmett D. Riley Kevin Ryan

Sean Scanlon Peter A. Tercyak

Michael Winkler

PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY

CHAIRMAN - Joe Verrengia

VICE CHAIRMAN - Linda A. Orange

Terry B. Adams David Arconti, Jr.

Pat Boyd Michael A. DiMassa

Minnie Gonzalez Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.

Daniel Rovero Caroline Simmons

REGULATION REVIEW

RANKING MEMBER - Susan Johnson

Bob Godfrey Geraldo Reyes, Jr.

Diana S. Urban

TRANSPORTATION

CHAIRMAN - Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

VICE CHAIRMAN - Angel Arce

James M. Albis Emil "Buddy" Altobello

Jeffrey J. Berger Christine Conley

John F. Hennessy Rick Lopes

Cristin McCarthy Vahey Russell A. Morin

Christopher Rosario Sean Scanlon

Joseph C. Serra Joe Verrengia

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

CHAIRMAN - John F. Hennessy

VICE CHAIRMAN - Liz Linehan

Pat Boyd Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

Kim Rose

CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2017-2018 SESSION

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS - REPUBLICAN MEMBERS

AGING

RANKING MEMBER - Gary Byron

Mitch Bolinsky Anthony J. D'Amelio

John Fusco

APPROPRIATIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Melissa Ziobron

Sam Belsito Whit Betts

Mitch Bolinsky Jay M. Case

Mike France Carol Hall

Noreen S. Kokoruda Timothy B. LeGeyt

Kathleen M. McCarty Brian M. Ohler

Arthur O'Neill William A. Petit, Jr.

J. P. Sredzinski Pam Staneski

Greg Stokes Scott A. Storms

Fred Wilms Tami Zawistowski

BANKS

RANKING MEMBER - Bill Simanski

Eric C. Berthel Tom Delnicki

William Duff John H. Frey

Jesse MacLachlan David T. Wilson

COMMERCE

RANKING MEMBER - David Yaccarino

Tim Ackert William Buckbee

Fred Camillo Craig Fishbein

William A. Petit, Jr. Kevin Skulczyck

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

RANKING MEMBER - Lezlye Zupkus

William Buckbee Anne Dubay Dauphinais

Noreen S. Kokoruda

EDUCATION

RANKING MEMBER - Gail Lavielle

Sam Belsito Mitch Bolinsky

Adam Dunsby Michael S. Ferguson

Robin Green Carol Hall

Noreen S. Kokoruda Kathleen M. McCarty

Cara Pavalock-D'Amato Bill Simanski

Greg Stokes

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

RANKING MEMBER - Laura R. Hoydick

Mike Bocchino Holly H. Cheeseman

Christopher Davis William Duff

Charles Ferraro Craig Fishbein

John Piscopo J. P. Sredzinski

Mark Tweedie

ENVIRONMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Stephen G. Harding

Gary Byron Devin R. Carney

Doug Dubitsky Adam Dunsby

Ben McGorty Cara Pavalock-D'Amato

John Piscopo Prasad Srinivasan

Mark Tweedie David T. Wilson

Melissa Ziobron

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Terrie E. Wood

Fred Camillo Jesse MacLachlan

Jason Perillo David Yaccarino

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

RANKING MEMBER - Christopher Davis

RANKING MEMBER - GENERAL BONDING SUB-COMMITTEE - Livvy Floren

RANKING MEMBER - TRANSPORTATION BONDING SUB-COMMITTEE - John H. Frey

Eric C. Berthel Vincent J. Candelora

Devin R. Carney Holly H. Cheeseman

Laura M. Devlin Adam Dunsby

Livvy Floren John H. Frey

Robin Green Stephen G. Harding

Laura R. Hoydick Nicole Klarides-Ditria

Gail Lavielle Jason Perillo

John Piscopo David T. Wilson

Terrie E. Wood David Yaccarino

GENERAL LAW

RANKING MEMBER - Richard A. Smith

Anthony J. D'Amelio Laura R. Hoydick

Brenda Kupchick David Rutigliano

Melissa H. Ziobron

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Laura M. Devlin

Stephanie E. Cummings Mike France

David K. Labriola Rosa C. Rebimbas

Rob Sampson

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Pam Staneski

Tim Ackert Whit Betts

Fred Camillo Holly H. Cheeseman

William Duff Timothy B. LeGeyt

Mark Tweedie

HOUSING

RANKING MEMBER - Cara Pavalock-D'Amato

Christopher Davis Brenda Kupchick

Mike Bocchino

HUMAN SERVICES

RANKING MEMBER -Jay M. Case

Gary Byron Anne Dubay Dauphinais

Charles Ferraro John Fusco

Brian M. Ohler Terrie E. Wood

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

RANKING MEMBER - Eric C. Berthel

Tim Ackert Rob Sampson

Tom Delnicki Livvy Floren

Brenda Kupchick Robert W. Siegrist, III

Kurt Vail

INTERNSHIP

CHAIRMAN - Kathleen M. McCarty

William Buckbee Jay M. Case

Michael S. Ferguson

JUDICIARY

RANKING MEMBER - Rosa C. Rebimbas

Vincent J. Candelora Christie M. Carpino

Stephanie E. Cummings Doug Dubitsky

Stephen G. Harding David K. Labriola

Ben McGorty Tom O'Dea

Arthur O'Neill Rob Sampson

Richard A. Smith Prasad Srinivasan

Scott A. Storms

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

RANKING MEMBER - Mike Bocchino

David Rutigliano Richard A. Smith

Kurt Vail

LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Themis Klarides

Vincent J. Candelora Livvy Floren

John H. Frey Laura R. Hoydick

Noreen S. Kokoruda Tom O'Dea

Arthur O'Neill John Piscopo

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Tami Zawistowski

Sam Belsito Tom Delnicki

Doug Dubitsky Mike France

Carol Hall Bill Simanski

Fred Wilms

PUBLIC HEALTH

RANKING MEMBER - Prasad Srinivasan

Whit Betts Vincent J. Candelora

Christie M. Carpino Stephanie E. Cummings

Nicole Klarides-Ditria Timothy B. LeGeyt

Jason Perillo William A. Petit, Jr.

Pam Staneski

PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY

RANKING MEMBER - J. P. Sredzinski

Anne Dubay Dauphinais Craig Fishbein

John Fusco Brian M. Ohler

Robert W. Siegrist, III Kevin Skulczyck

Kurt Vail Lezlye Zupkus

REGULATIONS REVIEW

CHAIRMAN - Christie M. Carpino

Nicole Klarides-Ditria Arthur O'Neill

David Rutigliano

TRANSPORTATION

RANKING MEMBER - Devin R. Carney

Laura M. Devlin Michael S. Ferguson

Robin Green David K. Labriola

Gail Lavielle Jesse MacLachlan

Ben McGorty Tom O'Dea

Scott A. Storms Fred Wilms

Tami Zawistowski

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

RANKING MEMBER - Charles Ferraro

Robert W. Siegrist, III Kevin Skulczyck

Greg Stokes

COMMUNICATION FROM THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER

AND THE SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The following communication was received from the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and the Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

January 4, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 2-89, it is our pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint MR. ROBERT J. KANE of Watertown, Connecticut, to be an Auditor of Public Accounts, fulfilling the unexpired portion of the term of Robert Ward, who has resigned. Mr. Kane will serve a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2019.

Themis Klarides Leonard A. Fasano

House Republican Leader Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

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 Executive and Legislative Nominations.

January 10, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 4-7, 4-9c and 10a-103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint MARK L. BOXER of Glastonbury to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve a term ending June 30, 2022 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 4-1 and 15-120bb of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint BRETT C. BROWCHUK from Avon, to be a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending June 30, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to sections 4-1 and 38a-1042 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint THEODORE M. DOOLITTLE of West Hartford to be the Healthcare Advocate to serve for a term ending January 9, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to sections 4-1, 4-7 and 16-2 of the 2016 Supplement to the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint KATHERINE SCHARF DYKES from West Hartford, to be a utility commissioner of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, to serve a term ending October 24, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 4-1 and 15-120bb of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint MARY ELLEN S. JONES from Glastonbury, to be a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending June 30, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 4-1 and 10a-179 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint PETER W. LISI from West Hartford, to be the Chairperson of the Connecticut Health And Educational Facilities Authority, to serve a term coterminous with Governor or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Lopes of the 24th 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. 5328 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICES BY STATE AGENCIES TO ACHIEVE COST SAVINGS', to review ways in which state agencies may implement best practices and cost savings.

Proposed H.B. No. 5329 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF LEGISLATORS, COMMISSIONERS OF STATE AGENCIES AND THE GOVERNOR', to reduce the pay of legislators, commissioners and the Governor.

Proposed H.B. No. 5330 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS TO BE APPROVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to require the legislature to vote on all union contracts.

Proposed H.B. No. 5331 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT STUDYING A FORTY-HOUR WORK WEEK FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to study the feasibility of a forty-hour work week for state employees.

Proposed H.B. No. 5332 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING IN ZERO-BASED BUDGETING FOR STATE AGENCIES', to phase in zero-based budgeting for state agencies.

Proposed H.B. No. 5333 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to remove overtime pay from pension calculations for retiring state employees.

Proposed H.B. No. 5334 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON ALL STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require state employee collective bargaining agreements to be voted on by the legislature.

Proposed H.B. No. 5335 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING COST-OF-LIVING INCREASES TO STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PAYMENTS', to require cost-of-living increases to state employee pension payments to mirror those of Social Security.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5336 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES BY BOARDS OF EDUCATION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES', to allow school districts to choose which school transportation services it will provide when the state does not provide funding for school transportation services.

Proposed H.B. No. 5337 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO ANALYZE STATE EDUCATION FUNDING', to analyze and propose changes to state education funding formulas and grant programs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5338 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ON EDUCATORS', to reduce the amount of training required for certain teachers and school personnel.

Proposed H.B. No. 5339 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ALIGNING STATE AND FEDERAL EDUCATION MANDATES', to streamline and reduce state education mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 5340 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION', to establish qualifications for the position of Commissioner of Education.

Proposed H.B. No. 5341 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING VETERANS TO SERVE AS MENTORS TO STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to provide veterans the opportunity to mentor students.

Proposed H.B. No. 5342 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TAX CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATING IN SUCH PARTNERSHIPS', to foster partnerships between technical high schools and the business community.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H.B. No. 5343 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS', to implement clean energy solutions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5344 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SITING COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS', to keep the public updated on the status of projects.

Proposed H.B. No. 5345 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE PROVIDED BY THE SITING COUNCIL', to require the Siting Council to provide notice when projects have not been completed within three years.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5346 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

Proposed H.B. No. 5347 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING NEW TAXES ON BUSINESSES FOR FIVE YEARS', to prohibit new taxes on businesses.

Proposed H.B. No. 5348 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5349 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT COMPENSATING BUSINESSES IN THE STATE FOR COSTS INCURRED TO COLLECT SALES TAX', to compensate businesses in the state for the cost such businesses incur to collect sales tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5350 REP. FUSCO, 81st 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. 5351 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to phase out the ambulatory surgical center tax over a period of five years.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5352 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT BANNING CERTAIN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS', to prohibit political contributions by certain individuals and increase transparency in the financing of election campaigns in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 5353 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR FRAUDULENT VOTING, ABSENTEE BALLOT FRAUD AND VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD', to maintain the integrity of elections by increasing the penalties for fraudulent voting, absentee ballot fraud and voter registration fraud.

Proposed H.B. No. 5354 REP. DUNSBY, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT APPEALS', to reduce frivolous complaints under the Freedom of Information Act.

Proposed H.B. No. 5355 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM DEBATING OR VOTING ON LEGISLATION AFTER MIDNIGHT', to prevent the General Assembly from acting on legislation after midnight.

Proposed H.B. No. 5356 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THAT LEGISLATION BE MADE AVAILABLE PRIOR TO ITS PASSAGE', to give legislators time to review legislation prior to voting on it.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5357 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF TUITION INCREASES', to ensure proper funding of students at institutions of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 5358 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT', to modernize the number of elected members of the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut and the processes for electing them.

HOUSING

Proposed H.B. No. 5359 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND USE APPEALS PROCESS', to amend the affordable housing land use appeals process.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 5360 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING MEDICAID AUDIT TRANSPARENCY', to require greater accountability for Medicaid audits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5361 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID AND MEDICARE FRAUD', to require that available information on Medicare fraud in the state be included in a joint annual report on Medicaid fraud.

Proposed H.B. No. 5362 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT INSTITUTING A FIVE-YEAR BAN ON STATE-ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE FOR DRUG FELONS', to ban drug felons from receiving state-administered general assistance for five years after their convictions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5363 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERPRETERS FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PERSONS', to ensure that persons who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to adequate and effective interpreting services.

Proposed H.B. No. 5364 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS ABSENT FROM THE STATE FOR MORE THAN 30 DAYS', to prohibit public assistance for persons who leave the state for more than thirty days.

Proposed H.B. No. 5365 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARDS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES', to prohibit improper use of electronic benefit transfer cards outside the United States.

Proposed H.B. No. 5366 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT INSTITUTING A FIVE-YEAR BAN ON SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS FOR PERSONS CONVICTED OF DRUG FELONIES', to prevent drug felons from receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for a period of five years after their convictions.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 5367 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HOMICIDE IN THE CASE OF A DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH', to establish a new crime for homicide in the case of a drug overdose.

Proposed H.B. No. 5368 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING BUSINESSES THREE ATTEMPTS TO COMPLY WITH STATE REGULATIONS', to promote businesses by providing "three strikes" to comply with state regulations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5369 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING POSSESSION OF HEROIN', to reclassify heroin possession as a felony.

Proposed H.B. No. 5370 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEATH PENALTY', to reinstate the death penalty.

Proposed H.B. No. 5371 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE STATE'S MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWS', to establish a task force that shall review and evaluate the state's medical malpractice laws.

Proposed H.B. No. 5372 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE TO STREAMLINE ONLINE FILINGS FOR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS', to enable independent contractors to work more efficiently in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 5373 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING SMALL BUSINESSES THREE ATTEMPTS TO COMPLY WITH FINANCIAL REGULATIONS', to promote small businesses by providing "three strikes" to comply with financial statutes and regulations.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 5374 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WAGE PARITY UNDER MUNICIPAL BINDING ARBITRATION AWARDS', to create wage parity between comparable public and private sector jobs under municipal binding arbitration awards.

Proposed H.B. No. 5375 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS PROVIDED TO STATE EMPLOYEES', to require that state employee benefits be in line with those provided in private industry.

Proposed H.B. No. 5376 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REEVALUATION OF THE AMOUNT OF MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG COPAYS PAID BY STATE EMPLOYEES', to review current copayment amounts paid by state employees under state employee health care plans.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5377 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION', to increase citizen participation in neighborhood revitalization planning committees and ensure the success of strategic plans.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 5378 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOUTHBURY TRAINING SCHOOL', to close Southbury Training School and provide appropriate transfer and care to its residents.

Proposed H.B. No. 5379 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN', to strengthen the provision of mental, emotional and behavioral health services to children.

Proposed H.B. No. 5380 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF EPINEPHRINE IN PUBLIC VENUES', to make emergency epinephrine in cartridge injectors more widely available to people who suffer anaphylactic symptoms in public venues.

Proposed H.B. No. 5381 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PAIN CONTRACTS PRIOR TO PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS', to require the establishment of pain contracts.

Proposed H.B. No. 5382 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A REVIEW OF THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED PROCESS', to review the current certificate of need process for the purchase of hospital machinery and equipment.

Proposed H.B. No. 5383 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REPORTING BY PROVIDERS OF MEDICAL CARE TO SENIOR CITIZENS ON INCIDENTS AND COMPLAINTS CONCERNING FRAUD AND ABUSE', to prevent senior citizens from becoming victims of fraud and abuse while receiving medical care.

Proposed H.B. No. 5384 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT RAISING THE LEGAL AGE FOR PURCHASE AND USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS', to raise the legal age for purchase and use of tobacco products.

Proposed H.B. No. 5385 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TOBACCO USE CESSATION PROGRAMS', to help promote tobacco use cessation programs.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5386 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING INSURANCE FOR COMPETITORS IN A BOXING OR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MATCH', to require any person, firm or corporation that employs a person to be a boxer or competitor to provide insurance to such person for injuries sustained in a boxing, sparring or mixed martial arts match.

Proposed H.B. No. 5387 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING MULTI-LINE TELEPHONES TO PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS TO 9-1-1', to require business firms, state agencies and municipalities to configure their multi-line telephone systems so that a user may directly access the enhanced 9-1-1 service by dialing the digits "9-1-1" without an additional code or digit.

Proposed H.B. No. 5388 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NONDISCLOSURE OF THE RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES OF POLICE OFFICERS ON MUNICIPAL LAND RECORDS', to protect the privacy of police officers from disclosure of their home addresses on municipal land records.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5389 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE "HARTFORD WHALERS" COMMEMORATIVE NUMBER PLATE', to commemorate the Hartford Whalers and support charitable organizations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5390 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AT A CROSSWALK', to promote the safety of pedestrians by requiring motor vehicle operators to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who step to the curb at a crosswalk.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H.B. No. 5391 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VETERAN HOMEOWNERS AND REAL PROPERTY TAXES', to permit municipalities to offer real property tax relief to certain veteran homeowners.

Proposed H.B. No. 5392 REP. FUSCO, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING 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. 5393 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF VETERANS SERVICES', to study the expansion of the OASIS center programming and services to all veterans regardless of enrollment at a public institution of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 5394 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNUSED TUITION WAIVERS AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND CHILDREN OF VETERANS', to provide a tuition waiver at public institutions of higher education for any child of a veteran who did not utilize any tuition waiver to which such veteran was entitled.

Proposed H.B. No. 5395 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR VETERANS', to allow all veterans to claim certain property tax exemptions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5396 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICE BONUSES FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE CONNECTICUT NATIONAL GUARD', to increase the maximum payment to certain members of the Connecticut National Guard who serve or have served in combat zones.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.J. No. 8 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT THE IMPOSITION OF RETROACTIVE TAXES ON BUSINESSES', to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the imposition of retroactive taxes on businesses.

APPROPRIATIONS

H.R. No. 8 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND THE STATE EMPLOYEES BARGAINING AGENT COALITION'

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 33 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME', to provide for year-round daylight saving time in Connecticut.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 34 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOGNITION OF STROKE CENTERS', to recognize stroke centers in the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 35 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BEVERAGES WITH ADDED SUGARS, SWEETENERS AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND OBESITY', to change consumer behavior and support evidence-based health programs addressing obesity.

Proposed S.B. No. 36 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER', to preserve the national accreditation of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Proposed S.B. No. 37 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS', to establish conditions and protocols upon the imposition of public health orders regarding quarantine, isolation or other public health restrictions.

Proposed S.B. No. 38 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO PERSONS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY', to prevent disruption of services to persons with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Proposed S.B. No. 39 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE QUALITY SUPPORTS AND SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES', to provide continuum of care options, improve jobs and reduce the waiting list for services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Proposed S.B. No. 40 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CERTIFICATION OF DENTAL THERAPISTS', to increase access to dental care by dental therapists.

Proposed S.B. No. 41 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CERTIFICATION OF PHLEBOTOMISTS', to establish minimum standards for persons engaged in the profession of phlebotomy.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.B. No. 42 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE FOR CERTAIN SPEEDING', to immediately suspend a motor vehicle operator's license for three days when an operator drives over one hundred miles per hour upon any highway or road in this state.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Lopes of the 24th District, the House adjourned at 11:36 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.