JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, January 20, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:48 o'clock a.m., Representative Stafstrom of the 129th 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. Lord, bless us to do Your will for the good of the people of our State. Be with us in our deliberations so that we may come to consensus to meet the needs of our constituents. Amen.

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

FAVORABLE REPORT OF HOUSE STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE RESOLUTION

The following House Resolution was received from the House committee indicated, the resolution read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.R. No. 11 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MARK L. BOXER OF GLASTONBURY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following House Joint Resolutions were received from the committees indicated, the resolutions read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.J. No. 42 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF BRETT C. BROWCHUK OF AVON TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.J. No. 43 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THEODORE M. DOOLITTLE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.J. No. 44 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MARY ELLEN S. JONES OF GLASTONBURY TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Currey of the 11th 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. 5830 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING LONG-TERM CARE', to produce budget savings by implementing the recommendations of the Program Review and Investigations Committee's December 2016 Report on Long-Term Care.

Proposed H.B. No. 5875 REP. FUSCO, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FAIRNESS IN MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS FOR HOME CARE', to promote fairness in Medicaid eligibility determinations and prevent more costly institutionalizations by allowing persons to receive care longer in their homes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6075 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY BEST PRACTICES TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO SENIOR CITIZENS', to create a more effective, efficient and reliable transportation service for senior citizens who often have mobility limitations at a time when current fixed-route transportation services often run empty.

Proposed H.B. No. 6076 REP. FUSCO, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CONNECTICUT HOME-CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY', to provide more senior citizens with the opportunity to receive care at home rather than an institution.

Proposed H.B. No. 6077 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RETROACTIVE MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR HOME-CARE CLIENTS', to provide Medicaid coverage retroactively for eligible home-care clients in accordance with federal law.

Proposed H.B. No. 6078 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REDUCING PUBLIC TRANSIT FARES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS', to provide senior citizens with reduced fares for public transit.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 6079 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require legislative approval of collective bargaining agreements for state employees.

Proposed H.B. No. 6080 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A LEGISLATIVE VOTE ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require the legislature to vote on state employee contracts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6081 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PORTIONS OF THE STATE BUDGET APPROPRIATING AID TO MUNICIPALITIES', to aid municipalities in their budget-making process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6082 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING "INSUFFICIENT FUNDS" FOR PURPOSES OF LEGISLATIVE REJECTION OF STATE EMPLOYEE ARBITRATION AWARDS', to define "insufficient funds" for purposes of the state collective bargaining process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6083 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE DURATION OF STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to limit the duration of state employee collective bargaining agreements.

Proposed H.B. No. 6084 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REIMBURSEMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MILEAGE FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to remove mileage reimbursement payments from pension benefit calculations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6085 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require the General Assembly to vote on all collective bargaining agreements.

Proposed H.B. No. 6086 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT REMOVING MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENTS FROM THE CALCULATION OF STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME', to remove mileage reimbursements from the calculation of a state employee's pension benefit.

Proposed H.B. No. 6087 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE EMPLOYEE PENSION CALCULATIONS', to ensure that state employee pension calculations are based only on income.

Proposed H.B. No. 6088 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CALCULATION OF STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME', to exclude overtime payments and mileage reimbursements from state employee pension calculations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6089 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLANS FOR NEW STATE EMPLOYEES', to reduce state pension costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6090 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require the General Assembly to vote on all state employee union contracts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6091 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT SUSPENDING FUNDING TO MUNICIPALITIES THAT ADOPT SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES', to prohibit a municipality from violating certain federal or state laws.

Proposed H.B. No. 6092 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO COMBAT DISTRACTED DRIVING', to appropriate funds to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to combat distracted driving.

Proposed H.B. No. 6093 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST.; REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST.; REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST.; SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING RETIREMENT BENEFITS FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BY STATE AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES', to bring state and municipal collective bargaining statutes into line with neighboring states by removing retirement benefits as a subject matter for such bargaining.

Proposed H.B. No. 6094 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to help prevent the overinflation of pension cost obligations to the state of Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6095 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REIMBURSEMENTS TO LEGISLATORS FOR MILEAGE FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to remove mileage reimbursements from being calculated in pension benefits for legislators.

Proposed H.B. No. 6096 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST.; REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST.; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD', to provide reimbursement for Connecticut small businesses that were not paid for goods and services provided to Amistad America, Inc.

Proposed H.B. No. 6097 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FUNDING FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS', to provide funding for the continuation of youth violence prevention programs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6098 REP. WILMS, 142nd DIST.; SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENSION AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIALS EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR STATE RETIREES', to help reduce the overall cost of the state employee workforce in Connecticut.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Proposed H.B. No. 6099 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF GROUP HOMES MAINTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to provide for and promote the health and safety of group home residents and those persons who live in close proximity to the group home.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 6100 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF RETAIL IN CONNECTICUT', to examine and develop a strategic plan for the future of the retail sector in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6101 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND TAX EXPENDITURES FOR BUSINESSES WITH HIGH CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PAY', to deny economic assistance and tax expenditures to any corporation whose chief executive officer earns more than one hundred times the average wage for a worker in Connecticut.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 6102 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS', to permit otherwise qualified individuals to serve as early childhood educators in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6103 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SPACE IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR USE BY START-UP BUSINESSES', to provide space in public libraries for start-up businesses to perform office functions.

Proposed H.B. No. 6104 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST.; REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORMULA USED TO CALCULATE THE REIMBURSEMENT PERCENTAGE FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS', to create a more equitable school construction formula.

Proposed H.B. No. 6105 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE PRESCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL LITERACY COMMISSION', to promote active readership and literacy in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6106 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TOTAL HOURS REQUIREMENT RELATING TO ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPELLED STUDENTS', to eliminate the amount of instructional time that school districts are required to provide to students who have been expelled.

Proposed H.B. No. 6107 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6108 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION AND BIAS IN MASTERY EXAMINATIONS', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6109 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES, LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6110 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST.; REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST.; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL', to ensure that project change orders are reimbursed in accordance with the guidelines that were in effect when the project was initiated.

Proposed H.B. No. 6111 REP. BARAM, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO PRESCRIBE RULES REGARDING INTERNET ACCESS AND CONTENT', to permit a board of trustees of a public library to prescribe rules that prohibit pornography on computers that are available for use by the public at the library.

Proposed H.B. No. 6112 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS AND DISCRIMINATION IN MASTERY EXAMINATIONS', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6113 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIME PERIOD OF CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS FOR PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS', to limit the criminal history records check for prospective teachers in a public school to the previous ten years.

Proposed H.B. No. 6114 REP. MILLER, 145th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINALITY OF DECISIONS IN TEACHER TERMINATION HEARINGS', to make the decisions in teacher termination hearings final and binding.

Proposed H.B. No. 6115 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT OPPORTUNITY, LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6116 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT TRANSFERRING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CHILD DAY CARE SERVICES FROM THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to streamline the funding for child day care services.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H.B. No. 6117 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF MUNICIPAL BROADBAND SERVICES', to allow municipalities to create municipal broadband services to provide low-cost Internet service.

Proposed H.B. No. 6118 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ESTABLISHMENT OF A FEE FROM MULTICHANNEL VIDEO PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTORS TO COMPANIES OR ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS OPERATIONS', to require the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to establish a fee from multichannel video programming distributors to the companies or organizations responsible for community access operations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6119 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COLLECTION OF COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAMMING FEES FROM SUBSCRIBERS OF ANY SERVICES PROVIDED BY MULTICHANNEL VIDEO PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTORS', to allow the collection of community access fees from all subscribers of any services provided by multichannel video programming distributors.

Proposed H.B. No. 6120 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS HAVE AN EQUAL VALUE', to make renewable energy credits have an equal value.

Proposed H.B. No. 6121 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RAISING THE CAP ON VIRTUAL NET METERING', to raise the cap on virtual net metering.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6122 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE VALUATION AND TAXATION OF FARMLAND', to reevaluate the existing valuation and taxation structure for farmland.

Proposed H.B. No. 6123 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST.; SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TREE REMOVAL ALONG LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS', to require the disclosure of certain information prior to the removal of trees along limited access highways.

Proposed H.B. No. 6124 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT RECONCILING THE DEFINITIONS OF "KENNEL" AND "COMMERCIAL KENNEL" FOR PURPOSES OF THE HOME-BASED BOARDING OF PETS', to clarify definitions pertaining to the boarding of pets.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 6125 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN AUTOMATIC TAX RETURN FILING SYSTEM', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to establish an automatic tax return filing system for taxpayers who claim the standard deduction on their personal income tax return.

Proposed H.B. No. 6126 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRUCTURING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to provide tax relief by restructuring the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 6127 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING AN EXCISE TAX ON BEVERAGES THAT CONTAIN ADDED SUGAR', to impose a one cent per ounce excise tax on beverages that contain added sugar.

Proposed H.B. No. 6128 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRUCTURING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL TAX', to provide tax relief by restructuring the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 6129 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING BUSINESSES' PERSONAL PROPERTY MORE THAN TEN YEARS OLD FROM THE PROPERTY TAX', to provide tax relief to businesses.

Proposed H.B. No. 6130 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDUCTION AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENTS', to establish a deduction against the personal income tax for premiums paid for long-term care insurance.

Proposed H.B. No. 6131 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT COMBINING THE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS GROSS EARNINGS TAX AND THE MOTOR VEHICLE FUELS TAX', to combine the petroleum products gross earnings tax and the motor vehicle fuels tax and impose one tax on a per-gallon basis.

Proposed H.B. No. 6132 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SENIORS' SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to make it more affordable for seniors to live in Connecticut by exempting their Social Security benefits from the personal income tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 6133 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR DONATIONS MADE TO GOVERNMENT ENTITIES', to establish a tax deduction against the personal income tax for donations made to government entities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6134 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST.; REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST.; SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST.; REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING COIN-OPERATED CAR WASHES FROM THE SALES TAX', to repeal the sales tax on coin-operated car washes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6135 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. 6136 REP. HALL, 59th DIST.; REP. STOKES, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING SPECIAL TAX OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A RAIL STATION IN ENFIELD', to construct a rail station in Enfield.

Proposed H.B. No. 6137 REP. DUFF, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN PRIVATELY OWNED UNDEVELOPED LAND AS OPEN SPACE LAND', to require the assessor of a municipality to classify certain privately owned undeveloped land as open space land.

Proposed H.B. No. 6138 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. 6139 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORTGAGE RECORDING TAX', to establish a mortgage recording tax to diversify revenue streams to municipalities and provide property tax relief.

Proposed H.B. No. 6140 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING IN A REDUCTION OF THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE FOR CERTAIN FILERS', to phase in a reduction of the personal income tax rate for unmarried individuals with incomes of less than fifty thousand dollars and married individuals filing jointly with incomes of less than one hundred thousand dollars.

Proposed H.B. No. 6141 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR THE COST OF HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES', to encourage aging in place by establishing a deduction against the personal income tax for the cost of medical supplies and home health care services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6142 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX AND REPEALING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a three-year period beginning January 1, 2017, and to repeal the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 6143 REP. STANESKI, 119th 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. 6144 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to provide tax relief to businesses by eliminating the business entity tax.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H.B. No. 6145 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS TO PASS A WRITTEN PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION AND MAINTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE', to require home improvement contractors to pass a written proficiency examination and maintain a minimum of one million dollars in liability insurance coverage.

Proposed H.B. No. 6146 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR SALES REPRESENTATIVES', to prohibit alcoholic liquor sales representatives from paying or reimbursing clients and account holders for costs related to entertainment and dining.

Proposed H.B. No. 6147 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR SAMPLE TASTINGS AT PACKAGE STORES', to allow for additional alcoholic liquor sample tastings at package stores.

Proposed H.B. No. 6148 REP. D'AMELIO, 71st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MICROBREWERY TAP HOUSE PERMIT', to establish a microbrewery tap house beer permit.

Proposed H.B. No. 6149 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CANNABIDIOL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION', to provide a potential treatment for children and adults with epilepsy.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 6150 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE SUSPENSION OF CIVIL PENALTIES FOR FIRST-TIME VIOLATIONS', to permit businesses to remediate first-time regulatory violations without the imposition of a civil penalty if such remediation is done in a timely manner.

Proposed H.B. No. 6151 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BUSINESSES TO SEEK A DECLARATORY RULING REGARDING REGULATIONS', to allow businesses to seek a declaratory ruling from the Attorney General in cases where the enforcement of state agency regulations is controversial.

Proposed H.B. No. 6152 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE SUSPENSION OF CIVIL PENALTIES FOR FIRST-TIME VIOLATIONS', to permit businesses to remediate first-time regulatory violations without the imposition of a civil penalty if such remediation is done in a timely manner.

Proposed H.B. No. 6153 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RANKED-CHOICE VOTING', to establish ranked-choice voting for federal, state and municipal offices.

Proposed H.B. No. 6154 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS', to allow municipalities to hold municipal elections concurrently with state elections.

Proposed H.B. No. 6155 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE AND BURDENSOME LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN NONPROFIT COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS', to reduce costs for nonprofit providers by providing a means for them to forgo duplicative and burdensome state licensing requirements if they can demonstrate accreditation from an accepted national accrediting body that has requirements more stringent than the state's.

Proposed H.B. No. 6156 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING JOINT CAMPAIGNING AND RAISING OF FUNDS BY CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR', to require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to jointly seek their party's nomination and jointly raise funds to qualify for the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H.B. No. 6157 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTIFICATION OF SUBSTANTIVE AMENDMENTS TO BILLS', to require twenty-four-hour notice prior to a vote in a committee or either chamber when substantive amendments are proposed.

Proposed H.B. No. 6158 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTES ON PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE', to require that proposed substitute language be made public prior to a committee vote.

Proposed H.B. No. 6159 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE REPEAL OF BURDENSOME AND OUTDATED REGULATIONS', to repeal burdensome and outdated regulations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6160 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING AN ONLINE LIST OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF LEGISLATIVE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS', to increase transparency in state government and allow the public to access membership information concerning legislative boards and commissions.

Proposed H.B. No. 6161 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DISPUTES WITH STATE AGENCY INTERPRETATIONS OF REGULATIONS', to allow businesses to seek a declaratory ruling from the Attorney General in cases where the enforcement of state agency regulations is controversial.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6162 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A DEBT-FREE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to implement a debt-free program for in-state students attending public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6163 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM CREATING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN CERTAIN FITNESS FACILITIES AND PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE', to establish a pilot program between fitness facilities offering adaptive physical education programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6164 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST.; SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE FEASIBILITY FOR ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGE CREDIT TRANSFER PROGRAM', to explore the feasibility of establishing a regional community-technical college credit transfer program.

Proposed H.B. No. 6165 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT FREEZING TUITION AND ADMINISTRATIVE SALARIES FOR THE CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES', to reduce tuition costs for students attending the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6166 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STREAMLINING OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to streamline program development at public institutions of higher education to increase the number of prospective students and generate revenue from outside of the state while increasing employment and the tax base of the state.

HOUSING

Proposed H.B. No. 6167 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INCENTIVES PROGRAM FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO REMAIN IN THE STATE', to establish an incentives program for young professionals to remain in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6168 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE PERCENTAGE FOR EXEMPTING MUNICIPALITIES FROM THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPEALS PROCEDURE', to reduce the threshold for exempting municipalities from the affordable housing appeals procedure.

Proposed H.B. No. 6169 REP. DUFF, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEVELOPERS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPLICATIONS', to prohibit a developer from filing an affordable housing application with a municipality for a period of one year if the developer has already filed a related application on the same property with such municipality.

Proposed H.B. No. 6170 REP. D'AMELIO, 71st DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING CONDOMINIUM RESIDENTS WITH INCREASED INPUT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX', to allow owners and residents of condominium units to speak out on issues relating to their homes and to place appropriate limitations on condominium developer control.

Proposed H.B. No. 6171 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF CERTAIN NONTENANTS FROM ONE'S HOME', to create an expeditious legal process that effectuates the removal of a nontenant from one's home.

Proposed H.B. No. 6172 REP. REED, 102nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND USE APPEALS PROCEDURE', to reform the affordable housing land use appeals procedure.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 6173 REP. FUSCO, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE CONNECTICUT HOME-CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY', to expand access to home-care services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6174 REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASING OPEN-CAPTIONED FILM SCREENINGS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED', to increase access to movie theaters for hearing-impaired persons.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H.B. No. 6175 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STRATEGIC PLAN TO ENSURE CONTINUED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE', to ensure continued access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage by Connecticut residents following the passage of federal legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 6176 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOME HEALTH CARE', to ensure that Medicaid rates adequately cover the increased costs to provide care to persons with acute medical needs who are leaving institutional settings for care at home or in a community-based setting.

Proposed H.B. No. 6177 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSIDERATION OF COURT-ORDERED CHILD CARE SUPPORT IN ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS FOR STATE-FINANCED ASSISTANCE', to take child care support contributions into consideration in providing state-financed assistance to children.

Proposed H.B. No. 6178 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID-FUNDED HOME HEALTH CARE', to allow home health care agencies to provide critical services to the Medicaid population.

Proposed H.B. No. 6179 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROVIDING MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR HOME TELEMONITORING SERVICES', to provide Medicaid coverage for home telemonitoring services by a home health care agency.

Proposed H.B. No. 6180 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROVISION OF LONG-TERM BIRTH CONTROL TO HUSKY AND MEDICAID RECIPIENTS', to improve outcomes for HUSKY and Medicaid recipients and save Medicaid dollars by offering long-term birth control.

Proposed H.B. No. 6181 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAYMENT TO HOSPITALS THAT PROVIDE UNCOMPENSATED CARE', to provide financial relief to hospitals that provide uncompensated care for indigent persons who do not have health care coverage or are not eligible for such coverage under federal health care law.

Proposed H.B. No. 6182 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARD HOLDERS TO VERIFY STATE RESIDENCE', to prevent fraud in the use of electronic benefit transfer cards.

Proposed H.B. No. 6183 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESTORING OVERSIGHT OF THE CARE 4 KIDS PROGRAM TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to transfer oversight of the Care 4 Kids child-care subsidy program from the Office of Early Childhood to the Department of Social Services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6184 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING SUPPORT TO SPOUSES OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS', to help spouses of nursing home residents to live independently longer in the community.

Proposed H.B. No. 6185 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT PROVIDERS OF HUMAN SERVICES', to encourage innovation and efficiency in the delivery of human services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6186 REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID COVERAGE OF RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING SERVICES', to restore Medicaid funding for radiology and imaging services needed to improve health outcomes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6187 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS', to encourage innovation and efficiency in the delivery of human services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6188 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS', to require certain parameters to be met in order to receive supplemental nutritional assistance or other state financial assistance.

Proposed H.B. No. 6189 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WHEELCHAIR REPAIRS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS', to reduce unnecessary delays in the process by which wheelchairs are repaired for medical assistance recipients.

Proposed H.B. No. 6190 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING BURDENS ON RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES', to ease current and costly administrative burdens placed on residential care homes.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H.B. No. 6191 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING HEALTH INSURERS AND OTHER ENTITIES FROM SETTING THE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR NONCOVERED BENEFITS', to prohibit insurance companies and other entities from setting the amount of any payment for services or procedures that are not covered benefits under certain health insurance policies or health benefit plans.

Proposed H.B. No. 6192 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ASSESSMENTS AND USER FEES CHARGED TO HEALTH CARRIERS BY THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange to gain legislative approval prior to charging any assessment or user fee to health carriers.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6193 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFENSE OF A PERSON'S HOME, MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUSINESS', to establish a rebuttable presumption in a self-defense claim that, when a person believes it necessary to use deadly force to repel an intruder, such belief is a reasonable belief.

Proposed H.B. No. 6194 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION ENACTED IN 2013', to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.

Proposed H.B. No. 6195 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST.; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE', to update state statutes to recognize the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle and to criminalize the weaponization of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Proposed H.B. No. 6196 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to secure the stability of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6197 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED ACCESS TO RECORDS IN COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES', to provide unit owners in a common interest community with improved access to records relating to potential or actual expenses incurred by such community.

Proposed H.B. No. 6198 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA', to mirror Colorado law by establishing a minimum amount of marijuana in blood to obtain a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.

Proposed H.B. No. 6199 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT OF A FORMER OWNER OF REAL PROPERTY TO REPURCHASE THE REAL PROPERTY WHEN THE PROPERTY WAS TAKEN BY THE STATE THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN', to give a former owner of real property taken by the state through eminent domain the opportunity to buy back the real property when the property is not used by the state for the purpose for which it was taken.

Proposed H.B. No. 6200 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. TONG, 147th DIST.; REP. FOX, 148th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT', to require individuals openly carrying to produce their permit if their firearm is visible and if requested by a law enforcement officer.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 6201 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING MANDATING UNION MEMBERSHIP', to establish Connecticut as a "Right to Work" state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6202 REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST.; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION', to increase the threshold at which an individual may qualify for unemployment compensation.

Proposed H.B. No. 6203 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM WAGE', to raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour over a five-year period.

Proposed H.B. No. 6204 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVAILING WAGE FOR MUNICIPAL SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS', to reduce costs for town public works projects by exempting municipal school construction projects from the prevailing wage requirements.

Proposed H.B. No. 6205 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING WAGE INCREASES IN ARBITRATION AWARDS', to amend the collective bargaining statutes to limit binding arbitration awards to not more than the Consumer Price Index.

Proposed H.B. No. 6206 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AGE DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING PRACTICES', to reduce the incidence of age discrimination in hiring practices.

Proposed H.B. No. 6207 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCREASE IN THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS', to provide financial relief to the state and municipalities by increasing the threshold at which public works projects are subject to the prevailing wage laws.

Proposed H.B. No. 6208 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE', to increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a five-year period.

Proposed H.B. No. 6209 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNION STEWARDS AND COMPENSATION FROM THE STATE', to prohibit the use of state funds to compensate union stewards for work performed on state time.

Proposed H.B. No. 6210 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST.; REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST.; REP. SMITH, 108th DIST.; REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST.; REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PREVAILING WAGE RATES', to update the prevailing wage rates.

Proposed H.B. No. 6211 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS', to update the prevailing wage thresholds.

Proposed H.B. No. 6212 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST.; REP. RILEY, 46th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST.; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST.; REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST.; REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST.; REP. SOTO, 39th DIST.; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST.; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST.; REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST.; REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST.; REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST.; REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST.; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST.; REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SYSTEM IN THE STATE', to create a system to compensate individuals who are out on family and medical leave.

Proposed H.B. No. 6213 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS', to reduce the burden on local taxpayers.

Proposed H.B. No. 6214 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS', to update the prevailing wage thresholds to reflect current construction costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6215 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO SCHOOL TUTORS', to add school tutors to the list of workers who qualify for paid sick leave under Connecticut law.

Proposed H.B. No. 6216 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND PROVIDING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS', to establish family and medical leave savings accounts and provide a tax deduction against the personal income tax for contributions made to such accounts by taxpayers.

Proposed H.B. No. 6217 REP. STORMS, 60th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVAILING WAGE FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS RELATED TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION', to exempt historic preservation projects from prevailing wage requirements in recognition of the limited funds allocated to such projects.

Proposed H.B. No. 6218 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING RECIPIENTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TO VERIFY THEY ARE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT', to reduce fraud by requiring recipients of unemployment compensation to verify they are actively seeking employment opportunities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6219 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY REENTRY BY PERSONS WHO WERE INCARCERATED', to improve the rate of successful community reentry for persons released from correctional facilities though the provision of enhanced employment opportunities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6220 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND VOLUNTEERING', to permit municipalities to utilize the assistance of volunteers within the community.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6221 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOVERY OF MUNICIPAL HEALTH CARE PLAN FUNDS', to allow municipalities to recover funds expended toward the medical treatment of a covered individual who is injured in an accident and receives medical treatment covered by a municipal health care plan.

Proposed H.B. No. 6222 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6223 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TICKETS OR SUMMONS ISSUED FOR MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE VIOLATIONS', to ensure money paid for tickets or summons issued for municipal ordinance violations is paid in full to the municipality in which the ticket or summons was issued.

Proposed H.B. No. 6224 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST.; REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPALITIES AND LANDLORD-TENANT DISPUTES', to provide relief to municipalities regarding landlord-tenant disputes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6225 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS IN WRONGFUL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ACTIONS', to permit the recovery of attorney's fees and costs in successful actions for wrongful property tax assessment.

Proposed H.B. No. 6226 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF ENTERPRISE FUNDS FOR MUNICIPAL BROADBAND SERVICES', to allow municipalities to create enterprise funds for municipal broadband services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6227 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PASSAGE OF MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds vote of the membership of both chambers in order to pass any new or expanded unfunded mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 6228 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING APPLICANTS FOR PROFESSIONAL OR BUSINESS LICENSES TO PROVIDE PROOF THEY DO NOT OWE TAXES', to require persons applying for or renewing professional or business licenses in the state to pay their taxes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6229 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6230 REP. DELNICKI, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6231 REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6232 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 6233 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS OF CHILDREN', to have children screened for mental health issues.

Proposed H.B. No. 6234 REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING DIABETES ADVISORY COUNCIL RECOMMENDATIONS', to adopt certain recommendation of the Diabetes Advisory Council.

Proposed H.B. No. 6235 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE BY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS', to increase available administration options for epinephrine.

Proposed H.B. No. 6236 REP. SERRA, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT EDUCATING ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY RESIDENTS REGARDING INFLUENZA', to promote awareness of information relating to the influenza vaccine for senior citizens residing in assisted living facilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6237 REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIABETES ADVISORY COUNCIL', to enact the recommendations of the Diabetes Advisory Council.

Proposed H.B. No. 6238 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPTION TO DIE WITH DIGNITY', to provide end-of-life options for patients who are in severe physical pain.

Proposed H.B. No. 6239 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT ENCOURAGING THE USE OF BLISTER PACKAGING FOR OPIOID MEDICATION BY HOME HEALTH AGENCIES', to encourage home health agencies to use blister packaging for opioid medication in certain circumstances.

Proposed H.B. No. 6240 REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS', to (1) require school-based health centers to procure and maintain professional liability insurance in amounts as set forth in a contract or an agreement between such health center and the Department of Public Health, and (2) prohibit municipalities from requiring higher coverage amounts without the prior approval of the Commissioner of Public Health.

Proposed H.B. No. 6241 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. KLARIDES-DITRIA, 105th DIST. 'AN ACT UPDATING THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE OF ATHLETIC TRAINERS', to update the scope of practice for athletic trainers in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6242 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS FOR THE SAFEKEEPING OF MEDICATION', to establish protocols for the safekeeping of medications.

Proposed H.B. No. 6243 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS FOR AND OVERSIGHT OF ONSITE SUBSURFACE SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEMS', to allow the Department of Public Health to create technical standards for and provide oversight of onsite subsurface sewage treatment and disposal systems utilizing advanced technology.

Proposed H.B. No. 6244 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES', to raise public awareness of various tick-borne illnesses with the goal of preventing, identifying and treating such illnesses.

Proposed H.B. No. 6245 REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIABETES ADVISORY COUNCIL', to adopt certain recommendations of the Diabetes Advisory Council.

Proposed H.B. No. 6246 REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A DIABETES ACTION PLAN', to require the development and implementation of a diabetes action plan to reduce the impact of diabetes on the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6247 REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT', to combat the opioid crisis by providing adequate treatment options.

Proposed H.B. No. 6248 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING COLLABORATIVE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AND THEIR SUPERVISING PHYSICIANS', to remove outdated requirements concerning physician assistants and improve access to health care.

Proposed H.B. No. 6249 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING CHIROPRACTORS TO CLEAR STUDENT ATHLETES FOR PARTICIPATION IN SUPERVISED TEAM ACTIVITY FOLLOWING A CONCUSSION', to allow licensed chiropractors to clear student athletes for participation in supervised team activities following a concussion.

Proposed H.B. No. 6250 REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATION IN COLLABORATION WITH A PHYSICIAN OR ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE', to allow naturopathic physicians to prescribe medication pursuant to a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse.

Proposed H.B. No. 6251 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PHARMACISTS' PRESCRIPTIONS FOR OPIOID ANTAGONISTS', to fight opioid abuse by expanding the availability of more affordable brands of opioid antagonists to affected populations and provide access to a more affordable treatment.

Proposed H.B. No. 6252 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING LICENSURE OF ART THERAPISTS', to protect the public by promoting art therapy.

Proposed H.B. No. 6253 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING SCREENING, BRIEF INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS', to establish a task force to study the feasibility of the implementation of SBIRT.

Proposed H.B. No. 6254 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS BY MEDICAL ASSISTANTS AT FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS', to enhance the administration of medications at federally qualified health centers.

Proposed H.B. No. 6255 REP. SOTO, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES', to improve the living condition of those living in sober living homes.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6256 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE CRANE INSPECTORS', to require the Department of Administrative Services to hire an additional crane inspector.

Proposed H.B. No. 6257 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NEW COMMERCIAL GAMING FACILITIES', to allow new commercial gaming facilities to be developed in the state and ensure that the state maximizes revenue from any such facilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6258 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF OCCUPATION AS A POLICE OFFICER', to increase the penalty for intimidating or harassing a police officer.

Proposed H.B. No. 6259 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COLLECTION, STORAGE AND ANALYSIS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS', to establish accountability in the criminal justice system with respect to the collection, storage and analysis of sexual assault evidence kits.

Proposed H.B. No. 6260 REP. LINEHAN, 103rd DIST.; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING THE ELOPEMENT OR WANDERING OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER', to establish a training program for state and local police to handle cases involving the elopement or wandering of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and improve the safety and well-being of such children and police.

Proposed H.B. No. 6261 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEAVE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES PROVIDING EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICES', to permit state employees who volunteer with a community emergency response team to provide emergency relief services without loss of pay, vacation time, sick or earned overtime accumulation.

Proposed H.B. No. 6262 REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF COMMERCIAL GAMING LICENSES', to ensure that the state maximizes the benefits of authorizing commercial gaming.

Proposed H.B. No. 6263 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING CERTAIN GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION', to repeal gun control legislation enacted in 2013.

Proposed H.B. No. 6264 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST.; REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS FROM THE DEFINITION OF "ASSAULT WEAPON"', to exclude from the definition of "assault weapon" any rimfire target pistols that are designed for use in target shooting events at the Olympic games.

Proposed H.B. No. 6265 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAWNBROKERS, SECONDHAND DEALERS AND PRECIOUS METALS OR STONES DEALERS', to require the court to order restitution to a pawnbroker, secondhand dealer and precious metals or stones dealer under certain circumstances and allow secondhand dealers and precious metals or stones dealers previously licensed as pawnbrokers to pay cash for any property received pursuant to such licenses.

Proposed H.B. No. 6266 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. ARCE, 4th DIST.; REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BOXING EVENTS AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MATCHES', to promote professional boxing events and mixed martial arts matches in the state by exempting such events and matches from the admissions tax, eliminating a tax paid by promoters of such events and matches and requiring promoters of mixed martial arts matches to provide insurance to competitors.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 6267 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TRAFFIC ALERT SYSTEM', to require the Department of Transportation to establish a state-wide traffic alert system to notify the public of any construction projects or other events that are likely to disrupt traffic on the state's major highways.

Proposed H.B. No. 6268 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING DRIVING IN THE EXTREME LEFT LANE ON STATE HIGHWAYS', to restrict driving in the extreme left lane on state highways.

Proposed H.B. No. 6269 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF SEAT BELTS', to improve the safety of passengers and reduce the risk of injury by requiring passengers in the back seat of a motor vehicle to wear seat belts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6270 REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVITALIZATION OF STATIONS ALONG THE METRO NORTH RAILROAD', to revitalize underused stations along the Metro North railroad.

Proposed H.B. No. 6271 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRIC BICYCLES', to regulate the operation of high-speed and low-speed electric bicycles.

Proposed H.B. No. 6272 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO ENTER INTO SERVICE AGREEMENTS WITH GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE CONTRACTORS', to expand the use of contractors in different regions of the state to provide services currently performed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 6273 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR CAUSING HARM TO A VULNERABLE USER OF A PUBLIC WAY', to increase the penalty for motor vehicle operators who cause the serious physical injury or death of a pedestrian, bicyclist or other vulnerable user of a public way.

Proposed H.B. No. 6274 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT CROSSWALKS', to require motor vehicle operators to stop when a pedestrian approaches a crosswalk.

Proposed H.B. No. 6275 REP. CONLEY, 40th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY DRIVERS', to require transportation network company drivers to be fingerprinted and submit to a state and national criminal history records check.

Proposed H.B. No. 6276 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE FEES FOR MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND AN OPERATOR'S LICENSE FOR RETIRED RESERVISTS FOR TWO YEARS', to waive the fee for a motor vehicle registration and an operator's license issued to retired member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States for two years following such member's retirement.

Proposed H.B. No. 6277 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST.; REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR SCOOTERS', to assist the police in tracking scooters by requiring an operator of a scooter to register such scooter with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 6278 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS', to establish a pilot program in Bridgeport to educate motor vehicle operators about their rights and responsibilities while using the highways of this state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6279 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES', to require an operator of a scooter to register the scooter with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 6280 REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND OUT-OF-STATE MOTOR VEHICLES', to require an owner of a motor vehicle which is registered in another state to register such vehicle with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles within thirty days of establishing residency in this state, registering a child in a school located in this state or obtaining employment in this state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6281 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF HELMETS BY OPERATORS OF CERTAIN MOTOR SCOOTERS', to require operators of certain scooters to wear a helmet.

Proposed H.B. No. 6282 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPEN CONTAINERS IN MOTOR VEHICLES', to ban open containers of alcohol in vehicles and reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes, fatalities and damages resulting from drivers operating under the influence of alcohol.

Proposed H.B. No. 6283 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "MOVE OVER" LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS', to allow volunteer first responders to respond to an emergency call in a quick and safe manner.

Proposed H.B. No. 6284 REP. BUCKBEE, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE COLLECTION OF AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE OR IDENTITY CARD INDICATING A PERSON'S STATUS AS A VETERAN', to allow a veteran to obtain a motor vehicle operator's license or identity card reflecting his or her status as a veteran at any time, without additional charge.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H.B. No. 6285 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT RENAMING THE STATE MILITARY TRAINING FACILITY IN NIANTIC AS CAMP NETT', to honor Robert Nett, a Medal of Honor recipient and past member of the Connecticut National Guard.

Proposed H.B. No. 6286 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS', to assist veterans in securing public transportation to their places of employment and to medical appointments.

Proposed H.B. No. 6287 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE INITIAL AND ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA', to waive the initial and renewal registration and administration fees for veterans who are qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana.

Proposed H.B. No. 6288 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE FEE FOR HAVING A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE OR IDENTITY CARD REISSUED PRIOR TO EXPIRATION WITH AN INDICATION OF STATUS AS A VETERAN', to provide veterans, free of charge, with a deserved recognition of their status on their motor vehicle operator's licenses or identity cards.

Proposed H.B. No. 6289 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNERALS FOR VETERANS', to require that veteran funeral honor guard details consist of at least five members and include a firing party of at least two such members.

Proposed H.B. No. 6290 REP. STOKES, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VETERAN FUNERAL HONORS', to provide that honor guard details at veteran funerals shall consist of at least five members and include a firing party of at least two such members.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.J. No. 39 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'RESOLUTION APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CONVENE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION', to request that Congress call a constitutional convention under Article V of the United States Constitution.

TRANSPORTATION

H.J. No. 40 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION FUNDS', to safeguard funds placed in the Special Transportation Fund.

H.J. No. 41 REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION LIMITING THE USE OF MONEYS IN THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to propose a constitutional amendment to prevent the misuse of state transportation funds.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 461 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING APPROVED BUILDING LOTS FROM LANDS CLASSIFIED AS FARM LAND, FOREST LAND AND OPEN SPACE LAND FOR TAXATION PURPOSES', to remove certain property tax exemptions for land that constitutes an approved building lot.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 462 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASED FUNDING FOR HIGH SCHOOL VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS', to increase funding for high school vocational agricultural programs.

Proposed S.B. No. 463 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE REPAIR OF THE STILLMAN AVENUE BOOM BRIDGE AND REPLACEMENT OF THE WHITEFORD BROOK BRIDGE', to provide funding for the repair of the Stillman Avenue Boom Bridge and replacement of the Whiteford Brook Bridge.

Proposed S.B. No. 464 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING APPROVAL OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to require the legislature to vote on state employee contracts.

Proposed S.B. No. 465 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO SUPPORT THE CONNECTICUT WING CIVIL AIR PATROL', to appropriate funds for services provided by the Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol.

Proposed S.B. No. 466 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional spending cap and prohibit any emergency or other expenditures that exceed the cap from being included in the calculation of the cap for future years.

EDUCATION

Proposed S.B. No. 467 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to provide school districts relief from state mandates on education spending.

Proposed S.B. No. 468 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPENSES', to reduce the cost of special education to school districts.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 469 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR NATURAL GAS PRODUCERS AND THE REPAIR OF NATURAL GAS LEAKS', to add requirements for natural gas producers and require repair of natural gas leaks within two days.

Proposed S.B. No. 470 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NATURAL GAS PRODUCER REQUIREMENTS AND NATURAL GAS LEAK REPAIRS', to add requirements for natural gas producers and require repair of natural gas leaks within two days.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 471 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR FIELDS AT MORSE PARK IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for West Haven fields at Morse Park.

Proposed S.B. No. 472 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR SMALL BOAT LAUNCH DESIGN IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for small boat launch design.

Proposed S.B. No. 473 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE WEST HAVEN ROUTE 1 DESIGN STUDY IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for the West Haven Route 1 design study.

Proposed S.B. No. 474 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE DESIGN OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WEST HAVEN SENIOR CENTER IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for the design of improvements to the West Haven Senior Center.

Proposed S.B. No. 475 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR TIDE GATES AT COVE RIVER IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for tide gates at Cove River.

Proposed S.B. No. 476 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR BEACH STREET RECONSTRUCTION IN WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for Beach Street reconstruction in West Haven.

Proposed S.B. No. 477 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to provide tax relief by eliminating the ambulatory surgical center tax.

Proposed S.B. No. 478 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING BOATS AND BOATING-RELATED SERVICES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAXES', to address the economic competitive disadvantage of the state's marine industry.

Proposed S.B. No. 479 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR WORK ON THE SHAKESPEARE THEATER IN STRATFORD', to provide funding to the town of Stratford for work on the Shakespeare Theater.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 480 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING MALE BREAST CANCER WEEK', to designate the third week of October as Male Breast Cancer Week.

Proposed S.B. No. 481 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING MAY AS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH', to designate May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Proposed S.B. No. 482 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREPARATION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC IMPACT STATEMENTS', to require racial and ethnic impact statements to be prepared at the request of legislators.

Proposed S.B. No. 483 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "REVOLVING DOOR" RESTRICTIONS', to expand the current "revolving door" provision to prohibit senior level legislative and executive branch employees from lobbying for one year after leaving employment.

Proposed S.B. No. 484 SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING CERTAIN BUSINESSES FROM BEING A STATE CONTRACTOR', to clean up the state contracting process by preventing law-breaking businesses from receiving contracts.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S.B. No. 485 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION REGARDING DEPLETION ALLOWANCES FOR WINE OR SPIRITS', to require written notice to the Department of Consumer Protection from any alcoholic liquor wholesaler who intends to offer a depletion allowance for wine or spirits.

Proposed S.B. No. 486 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SIGNS ADVERTISING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR AT RETAIL PREMISES', to provide that nonelectric or nonneon signs may be displayed outside a retail premises and to regulate the amount of money that can be used to produce such signs.

Proposed S.B. No. 487 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM FOR THE RETURN OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS', to address opioid addiction by creating a program for the return of unused prescription drugs.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S.B. No. 488 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADVANCE NOTICE OF GUIDELINES AND BULLETINS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to improve government transparency.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 489 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING STATE MEDICAL LOSS RATIOS FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES AND GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES ISSUED TO A SMALL EMPLOYER', to establish state medical loss ratios for individual health insurance policies and group health insurance policies issued to small employers.

Proposed S.B. No. 490 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE TO POST CURRENT AND ACCURATE PROVIDER NETWORK INFORMATION ON ITS INTERNET WEB SITE', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange to post and update on its Internet web site current and accurate provider network information for qualified health plans offered through the exchange.

Proposed S.B. No. 491 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH CARRIERS TO PAY A MINIMUM COMMISSION TO CERTAIN INSURANCE PRODUCERS AND BROKERS', to require any health carrier offering a health insurance plan through the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, established pursuant to section 38a-1081 of the general statutes, to pay a minimum commission to an insurance producer or broker who assists an individual or small employer in selecting a health insurance plan offered through the exchange.

Proposed S.B. No. 492 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO RECORDS MAINTAINED BY CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES', to provide unit owners in condominiums and common interest communities with expanded access to community records.

Proposed S.B. No. 493 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF AN ANNUITY TO FUND PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS', to require that an insurance company provide certain disclosures to employees and retirees of an employer when such insurance company issues a group annuity contract to provide retirement benefits to such employees and retirees, and limit subsequent transfers of such annuity contract.

Proposed S.B. No. 494 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; REP. WOOD, 141st DIST.; REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTION', to require insurance coverage of prescription contraceptive methods without enrollee cost-sharing requirements.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 495 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY RELEASE CREDITS', to prohibit convicted violent offenders from receiving early release from prison.

Proposed S.B. No. 496 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO LEGAL COUNSEL IN CIVIL MATTERS', to implement the recommendations of the Task Force to Improve Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 497 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ON HOSPITALS', to provide tax relief and lower health care costs by eliminating the tax burden on hospitals.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 498 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY CRANE INSPECTORS', to require the Department of Administrative Services to hire temporary crane inspectors to perform inspections on a timely basis.

Proposed S.B. No. 499 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE AMBER AND SILVER ALERT SYSTEMS REGARDING MISSING CHILDREN BETWEEN FIFTEEN AND SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE', to study the use and effectiveness of the amber and silver alert systems when the missing child is between fifteen and seventeen years of age.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.B. No. 500 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PERIODIC INSPECTIONS OF PUBLIC TRANSIT BUSES', to require vehicles that provide public transportation to be inspected just as intrastate and interstate bus companies are inspected.

Proposed S.B. No. 501 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST.; SEN. FONFARA, 1st DIST.; SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS FOR INTERSTATE ROUTES 84 AND 91 IN THE HARTFORD REGION', to construct tunnels for Interstate Routes 84 and 91 in the Hartford region by utilizing funds as may be available from federal, state or municipal sources and any other funds from any public or private source.

Proposed S.B. No. 502 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO APPLY FOR IDENTIFICATION CARDS OR REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS', to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow a person with disabilities to make an appointment with the department to apply for an identification card or removable windshield placard.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 503 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FOR DISCOUNTED HUNTING, TRAPPING AND FISHING LICENSES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS', to promote activities that may assist rehabilitation and recuperation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Proposed S.B. No. 504 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING INCORPORATION FEES AND THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX FOR SMALL NONPROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to waive a certain fee and tax for small nonprofit organizations providing assistance to veterans and members of the armed forces.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 505 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAINT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM', to encourage the recycling of paint and the use of recycled paint.

Proposed S.B. No. 506 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WATER USAGE AND CONSERVATION DURING DROUGHT CONDITIONS', to ensure adequate water supplies during drought conditions.

Proposed S.B. No. 507 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTIFIED FORESTERS TO SERVE AS TREE WARDENS', to enable certified foresters to be considered for tree warden positions.

Proposed S.B. No. 508 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL CONVEYANCE TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING OPEN SPACE PURCHASES', to encourage the preservation of open space.

Proposed S.B. No. 509 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A DOVE HUNTING SEASON', to allow dove hunting in Connecticut.

Proposed S.B. No. 510 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROJECT OCEANOLOGY AT AVERY POINT', to maintain funding levels for Project Oceanology at Avery Point.

Proposed S.B. No. 511 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FOR FREE ADMISSION TO STATE PARKS FOR DISABLED VETERANS', to provide free access to state parks for disabled veterans.

Proposed S.B. No. 512 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CHEMICALS BY LANDSCAPERS', to decrease the use of chemicals by landscapers in favor of natural products.

Proposed S.B. No. 513 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL TO AID ANIMALS LOCKED IN VEHICLES WHEN CONDITIONS ENDANGER THE WELFARE OF SUCH ANIMAL', to authorize emergency response personnel to assist an animal that is locked in a vehicle when conditions pose a threat to the welfare of such animal and to make it a violation of the law to place an animal in such conditions.

Proposed S.B. No. 514 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF BROWNFIELDS', to revitalize brownfields in the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 515 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST.; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING RESTAURANTS AND OTHER AMENITIES ON FIXED BARGES UNDER THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT ACT', to encourage certain economic development along Connecticut's waterfront.

Proposed S.B. No. 516 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF MAN-MADE STRUCTURES TO MARK THE COASTAL JURISDICTION LINE', to allow certain man-made structures to mark the coastal jurisdiction line.

Proposed S.B. No. 517 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING FINES FOR PERSONS WHO HARASS OR INTERFERE WITH SERVICE ANIMALS', to protect service animals and the persons they assist.

Proposed S.B. No. 518 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE TIME FRAME FOR THE REPORT OF THE CONSUMER PACKAGING TASK FORCE', to give the consumer packaging task force additional time to undertake its responsibilities and issue a report.

Proposed S.B. No. 519 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE SOUTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT WATER AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT AND INVEST IN CERTAIN NONCORE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES', to allow the South Central Connecticut Water Authority to invest in certain open space programs.

Proposed S.B. No. 520 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MANUAL FOR THE SAFE CONSTRUCTION OF RESIDENTIAL PIERS AND DOCKS', to better provide for safe residential docks and piers in the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 521 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO DEVELOP ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE TRAILS IN CERTAIN STATE PARKS', to increase access to trails for all-terrain vehicle operators and decrease illegal trespass on private property by such riders.

Proposed S.B. No. 522 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BEAR HUNTING IN CONNECTICUT', to authorize bear hunting in Connecticut.

Proposed S.B. No. 523 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ARBITRATION BOARD IN LIEU OF CERTAIN REQUIRED REIMBURSEMENTS FOR ILL OR DECEASED PETS PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED FROM PET SHOPS', to replace required reimbursements for ill or deceased pets previously purchased at pet shops with an arbitration panel that will be responsible for resolving any warrantee disputes concerning such pets.

Proposed S.B. No. 524 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH A LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE', to establish a lifetime hunting and fishing license.

Proposed S.B. No. 525 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF HERBICIDES ALONG STATE HIGHWAYS', to protect pollinators by prohibiting the use of herbicides along state highways.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S.B. No. 526 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SMALL-BATCH DISTILLED SPIRITS MANUFACTURERS', to allow small-batch distilled spirits manufacturers to operate in a manner similar to farm winery manufacturer permittees.

Proposed S.B. No. 527 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO UNSUBSCRIBE OR OPT OUT OF ONLINE SERVICES', to protect consumers who seek a simple way to unsubscribe from or opt out of an online service.

Proposed S.B. No. 528 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CRAFT BEER', to encourage expansion of the craft beer industry by easing labeling restrictions.

Proposed S.B. No. 529 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING APPRENTICESHIP HIRING RATIOS', to increase apprenticeship hiring ratios.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 530 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPROVAL OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLANS SUBMITTED BY CONTRACTORS TO THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to expedite the review of affirmative action plans submitted by contractors to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Proposed S.B. No. 531 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE THE OVERUSE OF THE FAMILY COURT SYSTEM AND THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS THAT SUCH OVERUSE HAS ON A PARTY WHO HAS NO LEGAL REPRESENTATION', to establish a task force to examine the overuse of the family court system in cases where one party has no access to legal representation.

Proposed S.B. No. 532 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF THE APPROPRIATE USES OF EMINENT DOMAIN BY THE STATE OR A MUNICIPALITY', to establish a task force to conduct a review of the appropriate uses of eminent domain by the state or a municipality.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 533 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING STATE GROUP HOMES TO COMPLY WITH MUNICIPAL PLANNING AND ZONING REQUIREMENTS', to require all state group homes to comply with local planning and zoning requirements.

Proposed S.B. No. 534 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST.; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRUMBLING CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS', to protect homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations.

HOUSING

Proposed S.B. No. 535 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST.; REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REFORMING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPEALS PROCESS', to reform the affordable housing appeals process.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 536 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST.; REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE PLAN AND PROCESS FOR SITING SMALL CELL CANISTER ANTENNA AND DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEMS', to require a state-wide plan and process for siting small cell canister antenna and distributed antenna systems.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Currey of the 11th District, the House adjourned at 11:50 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

JOURNAL NOTATION

Due to a drafting error, Proposed H.B. No. 5987 - RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT A PROBATE COURT JUDGE TO COMPLETE HIS OR HER TERM OF OFFICE UPON ATTAINING SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE, has been eliminated from List of Bills No. 11, dated January 19, 2017. The matter was incorrectly drafted as a Bill. The resolution is being correctly processed and will be referred at a later date. Corrected copies of the affected resolution will also be made available in the Legislative Bill Room, and H.B. No. 5987 will be reassigned.

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following report on the House Bill, recommending a change of reference was received from the committee indicated, the report of the committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. Proposed H.B. No. 5114 AN ACT ELIMINATING FREE TUITION FOR DEPENDENTS OF EMPLOYEES OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Employees.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILL

The following report recommending a change of reference was received from the committee indicated, the report of the committee accepted in concurrence, and the bill referred as recommended:

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. Proposed S.B. No. 68 AN ACT CONCERNING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE APPROPRIATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.