JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:37 o'clock a.m., Representative Perone of the 137th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Kerri E. Malloy of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we thank You for watching over us and keeping us from harm. We appreciate the good people You send into our lives to assist us. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kerri E. Malloy of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st 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.

AGING

Proposed H.B. No. 5688 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ELDERLY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF', to allow towns to provide property tax relief to more of its senior citizens.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5689 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLAN FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to replace state employee pensions with a defined contribution retirement plan.

Proposed H.B. No. 5690 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING REIMBURSEMENTS FOR MILEAGE AND PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME TO STATE EMPLOYEES AND LEGISLATORS FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to exclude overtime payments and mileage allowances from state pension calculations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5691 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REIMBURSEMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MILEAGE FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to exclude mileage reimbursements from state employee pension calculations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5692 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING REIMBURSEMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MILEAGE AND PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to reduce state employee pension costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5693 REP. WILMS, 142nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require a vote by each chamber of the General Assembly on all state employee collective bargaining agreements and to prohibit such agreements from becoming effective until the General Assembly acts on them.

Proposed H.B. No. 5694 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING FUNDING FOR REGIONAL TOURISM DISTRICTS', to maximize revenue from tourism in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 5695 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME FOR NEWLY HIRED STATE EMPLOYEES', to reduce state employee pension costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5696 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLANS FOR NEWLY HIRED STATE EMPLOYEES', to reform state pensions and reduce costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5697 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. 5698 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING REIMBURSEMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MILEAGE AND PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to prohibit mileage reimbursement and overtime pay from being included in pension calculations for state employees.

Proposed H.B. No. 5699 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. 5700 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TERMS PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement a real and working spending cap.

Proposed H.B. No. 5701 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF THE ADOPTION OF THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT AND MUNICIPAL AID FUNDING BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to require the education cost-sharing grant and municipal aid portions of the state budget be adopted by April first of each year.

Proposed H.B. No. 5702 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 5703 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN AGREEMENT AMONG THE STATES TO PREVENT THE POACHING OF BUSINESSES', to prevent the poaching of businesses through the use of large economic incentives.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5704 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A DEFINITION OF "SCHOOL CHOICE"', to create a definition of "school choice".

Proposed H.B. No. 5705 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT STREAMLINING THE PROCESS FOR OUT-OF-STATE EDUCATORS TO OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION', to create more opportunities for boards of education to hire teachers and administrators from other states.

Proposed H.B. No. 5706 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DUAL LANGUAGE MAGNET SCHOOL', to expand and enhance educational opportunities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5707 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TEACHER CERTIFICATION RECIPROCITY PROGRAM WITH NEIGHBORING STATES', to create more opportunities for boards of education to hire teachers and administrators from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.

Proposed H.B. No. 5708 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LOWERING OF THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS', to reduce the local tax burden by requiring the state to pay more for special education by lowering the excess cost threshold.

Proposed H.B. No. 5709 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE HIRING OF ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS BY BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to require the state to provide matching funds to school districts for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals.

Proposed H.B. No. 5710 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING PROCESS', to make revisions to the special education hearing process.

Proposed H.B. No. 5711 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST.; REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST.; REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST.; SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST.; REP. GRESKO, 121st DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING CERTAIN MAGNET SCHOOL OPERATORS FROM CHARGING TUITION TO BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to prohibit certain boards of education from charging magnet school tuition to other boards of education.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H.B. No. 5712 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BLOCKING TELEPHONE CALLS', to allow consumers to block calls for an unlimited amount of telephone numbers.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5713 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FARM DISTILLERY PERMIT', to allow farms to operate on-site distilleries under certain conditions.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 5714 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX AND REPEALING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a six-year period and to repeal the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5715 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions.

Proposed H.B. No. 5716 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX', to attract and retain residents and small businesses by repealing the estate tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5717 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR STUDENT LOAN INTEREST PAID', to provide relief to residents from student loan debt by establishing a tax deduction against the personal income tax for student loan interest paid.

Proposed H.B. No. 5718 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to repeal the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5719 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS', to make the state more economically competitive by implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Economic Competitiveness.

Proposed H.B. No. 5720 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5721 REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5722 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE HOSPITAL TAX', to repeal the hospital tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5723 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX SURCHARGE', to repeal the twenty per cent corporate income tax surcharge.

Proposed H.B. No. 5724 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5725 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 5726 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to reduce the tax burden on businesses by repealing the business entity tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5727 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING STIPENDS PAID TO VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt stipends paid to volunteer firefighters from the personal income tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 5728 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H.B. No. 5729 REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOID PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELS', to require language concerning the safe disposal of prescription drugs and nearby locations of prescription drug collection boxes be dispensed with every opioid prescription.

Proposed H.B. No. 5730 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SELF-SERVE ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR MACHINES', to allow the use of self-serve alcoholic liquor machines.

Proposed H.B. No. 5731 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER AS MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK', to designate the third week in October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

Proposed H.B. No. 5732 REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABELING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG CONTAINERS CONTAINING OPIATES', to inform patients regarding the potency and possible negative consequences of taking prescription opiate drugs.

Proposed H.B. No. 5733 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES TO PACKAGE OPIOIDS DISPENSED IN THE STATE IN BLISTER PACKS', to change the packaging of prescription opioids.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 5734 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE 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. 5735 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS IN THE STATE ARCHIVES', to improve efficiency within the state archives and executive branch agencies by eliminating the need for agency review of individual restricted files and to provide open access to restricted historic public records and files when a reasonable amount of time has passed after their creation or after a person's death.

Proposed H.B. No. 5736 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT JOINING CONNECTICUT WITH OTHER STATES IN THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT', to join Connecticut with other states in the adoption of the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote.

Proposed H.B. No. 5737 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING MARCH AS CONNECTICUT MAPLE MONTH', to designate the month of March as Connecticut Maple Month.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5738 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TUITION WAIVER FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ATTENDING REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES', to help recruit and retain young people who have demonstrated a dedication to public service through active duty as a first responder by providing a tuition waiver to the regional community-technical colleges.

Proposed H.B. No. 5739 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES TO ALLOW FOR THE TRANSFER OF CREDITS BETWEEN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to allow students to efficiently transfer credits between public institutions of higher education in a cost-effective manner.

HOUSING

Proposed H.B. No. 5740 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST.; REP. ARCE, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO LIVE IN URBAN AREAS', to institute an incentive program to encourage young professionals to live and work in the state's urban areas.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 5741 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES', to provide safeguards for the health and well-being of residents of sober living homes and notice to municipalities and the state of the existence of such properties to ensure proper oversight.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 5742 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THREATENING OF A JUDGE', to increase the penalties for first and second degree threatening in cases where the person making the threat knows that a person being threatened is a judge.

Proposed H.B. No. 5743 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING PENALTIES FOR HATE CRIMES', to deter and prevent hate crimes by increasing the penalties for hate crimes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5744 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINORS AT THE ENTRANCE OR EXIT OF A STATE HIGHWAY', to increase the safety of minors and drivers by prohibiting a person from knowingly permitting a minor to loiter or remain at or near the entrance or exit of a state highway.

Proposed H.B. No. 5745 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS TO BE USED IN THE SELECTION OF COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES', to require the Chief Court Administrator to engage in a competitive bidding process with respect to the selection of any entity that seeks to provide court appointed special advocate services.

Proposed H.B. No. 5746 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE THAT SHALL EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF CREATING A HEALTH COURT', to explore the possibility of creating a health court.

Proposed H.B. No. 5747 REP. PAVALOCK-D'AMATO, 77th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS APPLICABLE TO A CHILD WHO WAS FORMERLY COMMITTED TO THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to extend statutes of limitations for certain civil actions filed by, or on behalf of, a child who was formerly committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 5748 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST.; REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST.; REP. SMITH, 108th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRUG TESTING OF SEASONAL EMPLOYEES', to promote safety in the workplace by allowing seasonal employers to drug test seasonal employees that are rehired each year.

Proposed H.B. No. 5749 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CAP ON STATE EMPLOYEE OVERTIME', to reduce overtime abuse.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 5750 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MILL RATES BY LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to authorize local boards of education to establish separate mill rates to fund local public education.

Proposed H.B. No. 5751 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUILDING PERMITS', to eliminate the need to obtain a "six-year letter" stating that a building permit has been open for more than six years once the building permit has been open for nine years.

Proposed H.B. No. 5752 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PYRRHOTITE IN CONCRETE USED IN FOUNDATIONS', to prevent structural problems in foundations.

Proposed H.B. No. 5753 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING MUNICIPALITIES TO CONSOLIDATE BOARD OF EDUCATION NONEDUCATIONAL-RELATED SERVICES WITH TOWN SERVICES', to allow municipalities the ability to consolidate noneducational-related services.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 5754 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST.; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING FOR THE REGIONALIZATION OF CERTAIN HEALTH SERVICES', to allow for the regionalization of certain health services.

Proposed H.B. No. 5755 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPALITIES' LOCAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PLANS', to clarify the minimum number of service providers required to carry an opioid antagonist pursuant to a municipality's local emergency medical services plan and to align terminology with that in the relevant section of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

Proposed H.B. No. 5756 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE DENTAL COMMISSION', to include a dental hygienist on the State Dental Commission.

Proposed H.B. No. 5757 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FROM REQUIRING THE CONSOLIDATION OF MUNICIPAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES', to allow for the existing health district structure to be maintained.

Proposed H.B. No. 5758 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING CERTAIN ACTIVITIES FROM THE DEFINITION OF MASSAGE THERAPY', to redefine massage therapy to exclude certain activities from those requiring licensure.

Proposed H.B. No. 5759 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CONNECTICUT HEALTH FREEDOM AND ACCESS ACT', to provide the public access to practitioners providing health care services with appropriate consumer protections.

Proposed H.B. No. 5760 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EDUCATION CONCERNING THE RISKS OF OPIOID ADDICTION AND PROPER STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF OPIOID MEDICATION', to enhance awareness of opioid prescription usage and risks.

Proposed H.B. No. 5761 REP. CASE, 63rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER HOMES', to regulate sober homes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5762 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING SMOKING AT REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR ALCOHOL-DEPENDENT OR DRUG-DEPENDENT PERSONS ADMITTED TO SUCH PROGRAMS UPON THEIR RELEASE FROM A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY', to eliminate the possibility of people becoming addicted to cigarettes when they are discharged from a correctional facility and admitted to an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5763 REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE STREAMLINING OF HEALTH DATA COLLECTION', to streamline health data collection across state agencies.

Proposed H.B. No. 5764 REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF BARBERS AND HAIRDRESSERS', to remove criminal history restrictions for licensing of a barber or hairdresser.

Proposed H.B. No. 5765 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST.; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSOLIDATION OF DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES', to allow for the existing health district structure to be maintained.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 5766 REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE VOLUNTEER POLICE AUXILIARY FORCE', to study issues related to the volunteer police auxiliary force and to direct the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to augment the state police force with the volunteer police auxiliary force.

Proposed H.B. No. 5767 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GRILLS IN CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL CONDOMINIUM COMPLEXES', to revise the State Fire Prevention Code with respect to the use of grills in certain condominium complexes.

Proposed H.B. No. 5768 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER', to protect off-duty police officers.

Proposed H.B. No. 5769 REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER', to provide that any applicant for a state or temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver be disqualified from receiving such permit if such applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense in another state or subdivision of the United States, the essential elements of which are the same as a disqualifying criminal offense for such permit under section 29-28 of the general statutes.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 5770 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING', to increase the penalties for texting while driving and using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving.

Proposed H.B. No. 5771 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS FOR CERTAIN VETERANS', to permit veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other qualifying mental impairment to receive a removable windshield placard allowing such veteran to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 5772 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIMITATIONS ON THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE', to prohibit applicants who have been convicted of a felony in any state from obtaining a drive-only license.

Proposed H.B. No. 5773 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO INCREASE RAIL OR BUS FARE OR REDUCE ANY TRANSIT SUBSIDY PROGRAM', to require legislative approval in order to increase rail or bus fare or reduce any transit subsidy program.

Proposed H.B. No. 5774 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT NAMING A BRIDGE IN SOUTHINGTON AFTER DETECTIVE BRUCE BOISLAND', to name a bridge in Southington in honor of Detective Bruce Boisland to recognize his service to Southington as an undercover officer to the State Police Crime Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Task Force and the performance of his duties while undergoing treatment for terminal cancer.

Proposed H.B. No. 5775 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT NAMING ROUTE 322 IN WOLCOTT AFTER EUGENE A. MIGLIARO, JR', to name Route 322 in Wolcott in honor of Eugene A. Migliaro, Jr.

Proposed H.B. No. 5776 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING AUTOMOBILE DEALER CONVEYANCE FEES', to protect consumers by limiting automobile dealer conveyance fees.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.J. No. 13 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT EARLY VOTING', to alleviate obstacles to voting and increase participation in the electoral process by expanding opportunities to cast a ballot prior to election day.

H.J. No. 14 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT INITIATIVES', to provide electors of Connecticut the right to propose and enact laws through direct initiative.

H.J. No. 15 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT REFERENDA', to amend the state Constitution to grant electors the power of direct referendum.

Proposed H.J. No. 16 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING', to eliminate the requirement that an elector satisfy a particular reason, specified by law, in order to cast an absentee ballot.

H.J. No. 17 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING THE POWER TO RECALL ELECTED OFFICIALS', to authorize and establish a procedure for the recall of elected public officials.

COMMERCE

Proposed S.B. No. 128 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING NEW BUSINESSES FROM STATE REGULATIONS', to encourage business development by easing regulatory burden on new companies.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 129 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TAKING OF MUSHROOMS AT STATE PARKS AND ON OTHER STATE PROPERTY', to allow mushroom picking on state lands.

Proposed S.B. No. 130 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SURCHARGE ON ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES TO FUND THE SECOND CHANCE LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE PROGRAM', to help fund the Second Chance Large Animal Rescue Program of the Department of Agriculture.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 131 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE TAX ON AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS', to provide tax relief and lower medical expenses.

Proposed S.B. No. 132 SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE TAX ON AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER GROSS RECEIPTS', to ease the burden of health care costs.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 133 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE ATTRIBUTED TO THE STATE'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT', to award the electoral college vote for the state's second congressional district to the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates who win the popular vote in said congressional district.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S.B. No. 134 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF ALL MEDICAID WAIVER RENEWALS AND EXTENSIONS', to rein in costs by requiring legislative review of all Medicaid waiver renewals and extensions.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 135 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF JOANNE, PETER AND MATTHEW AVOLETTA', to permit Joanne Avoletta, Peter Avoletta and Matthew Avoletta to present their respective claims against the state to the Claims Commissioner.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 136 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FARM VEHICLE NUMBER PLATES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS', to honor state veterans who farm.

EDUCATION

Proposed S.B. No. 137 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION EQUITY', to make reforms to the public education system.

Proposed S.B. No. 138 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REMEDIAL READING PROGRAM FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS', to establish a remedial reading program for elementary school students in Connecticut.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 139 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING TAX EXPENDITURES', to reduce tax expenditures by five per cent.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S.B. No. 140 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS BY HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS TO MOVIE THEATERS', to expand access to movie theaters for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S.J. No. 11 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CURRENT ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM AS THE BEST WAY TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES', to firmly show support for the current system of the Electoral College.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st District, the House adjourned at 11:38 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.