JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:35 o'clock a.m., Representative Boyd of the 50th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Adam H. Schulze, an 11th grade student at The Learning Clinic in Brooklyn, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, the needs of our constituents are the priority for us every day. Guide us to create legislation that will be beneficial for the good of all our citizens. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lauren A. Stewart, a 12th grade student at The Learning Clinic in Brooklyn, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communication was received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the House Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

January 25, 2017

Corrected Letter

TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 1-205 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint LENNY T. WINKLER from Groton, to be a member of the Freedom of Information Commission, to serve a term ending June 30, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

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

January 25, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10a-1a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint AVIVA D. BUDD from Stamford, to be a member of the Board of Regents for Higher Education to serve a term ending June 30, 2022 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 16-185 of the 2016 Regular Session, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint ELLIOTT LANDON from Westport, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, representing the interests of local and regional boards of education, to serve a term ending June 30, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 16-185 of the 2016 Regular Session, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint GAIL MCKINLEY-ANDERSON from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, representing the interests of exclusive bargaining representatives of certified employees, to serve a term ending June 30, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 16-185 of the 2016 Regular Session, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint MICHAEL R. RICCI from Guilford, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, as a neutral arbitrator, to serve a term ending June 30, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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. 12 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF SYLVIA CANCELA OF COLLINSVILLE TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD.

UNFAVORABLE 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 and printing:

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed H.R. No. 9 (File No. 1) RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN JUAN F., ET AL. V. DANNEL MALLOY, ET AL.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Cook of the 65th District, the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the committees as indicated thereon in concurrence.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 6731 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER NEW HAVEN', to provide grants to charitable organizations in the greater New Haven area.

Proposed H.B. No. 6732 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING FUNDING FOR THE REGIONAL TOURISM DISTRICTS', to restore funding for the three regional tourism districts in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6733 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE REGIONAL TOURISM DISTRICTS', to restore funding for the three regional tourism districts in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6734 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING TERMS PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to define terms pertaining to the state constitutional spending cap.

Proposed H.B. No. 6735 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EQUITABLE PHASE-IN OF INCREASED EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FUNDS', to provide full funding of education cost-sharing dollars to towns.

Proposed H.B. No. 6736 REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th DIST.; REP. SLAP, 19th DIST.; REP. VERRENGIA, 20th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM LEVEL OF FUNDING UNDER THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to ensure more equitable ECS funding to towns that have experienced growing poverty since the ECS cap was established.

BANKING

Proposed H.B. No. 6737 REP. ADAMS, 146th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSTRUCTIVE TRUST RELEASES', to prevent persons that have transferred property over a prior owner from claiming a constructive trust on said property.

Proposed H.B. No. 6738 REP. DELNICKI, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEFICIENCY JUDGMENTS AND CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS', to protect mortgagors harmed by crumbling foundations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6739 REP. DELNICKI, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING LENDERS OF A HOME EQUITY LOAN FROM SEEKING A DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT', to protect homeowners with crumbling foundations.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Proposed H.B. No. 6740 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO MAKE CERTAIN REPORTS TO THE JUVENILE COURT', to require timely reporting by the Department of Children and Families to the Juvenile Court.

Proposed H.B. No. 6741 REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT OF COUNSEL TO ACCESS RECORDS IN ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS', to grant counsel for a child who is the subject of an abuse and neglect petition immediate access to the child and the child's records.

Proposed H.B. No. 6742 REP. REED, 102nd DIST.; REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES', to establish a task force to identify evidence-based solutions to reduce children's exposure to adverse childhood experiences.

Proposed H.B. No. 6743 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, TOWNS AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF EDUCATING NONRESIDENT STUDENTS', to require the Department of Children and Families to reimburse towns for the costs of educating nonresident children that are placed in such towns.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 6744 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TOURISM PROMOTION, JOBS AND REVENUE ACCOUNT', to establish a tourism promotion, jobs and revenue account to be used by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to market and support the tourism industry in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6745 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST.; REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST.; REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST.; REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A GRANT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF UNUSED PROPERTIES IN URBAN AREAS AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING', to create a grant program to encourage the development of unused properties in urban areas as affordable housing.

Proposed H.B. No. 6746 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOSCIENCE INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT PROGRAM', to increase investment in and expansion of biotechnology and bioscience companies in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6747 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING STATE SUBSIDIES, GRANTS AND BOND-FUNDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CERTAIN PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES', to encourage a higher median income in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6748 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING NEW PROJECTS UNDER THE FIRST FIVE PLUS PROGRAM', to eliminate the first five plus program for future projects.

Proposed H.B. No. 6749 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PUBLIC-PRIVATE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP TO RECRUIT BUSINESSES TO CONNECTICUT', to market the state to businesses looking to expand or relocate and to attract more new businesses to Connecticut through a public-private marketing partnership.

Proposed H.B. No. 6750 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH A PUBLIC-PRIVATE START-UP BUSINESS AWARDS COMPETITION', to encourage entrepreneurship in the state and reward promising entrepreneurs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6751 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING TAX CREDITS FOR BUSINESSES THAT RELOCATE TO CONNECTICUT', to attract new businesses to Connecticut and grow the economy.

Proposed H.B. No. 6752 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR MEDIUM-SIZED AND LARGE BUSINESSES THAT HIRE RECENT GRADUATES FROM HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to encourage the hiring of new graduates and the expansion of businesses in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6753 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT FOR START-UPS AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HIRE RECENT GRADUATES FROM HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to encourage the hiring of new graduates and the expansion of businesses in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6754 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF CONNECTICUT BROWNFIELD LAND BANKS', to authorize the creation of Connecticut brownfield land banks for the purpose of acquiring, remediating and selling brownfields on behalf of municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6755 REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING FISCAL NOTES TO INCLUDE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT', to require a cost-benefit analysis and economic impact statement on all proposed legislation.

Proposed H.B. No. 6756 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT DIRECTING A PORTION OF HOTEL TAX REVENUE TO TOURISM DISTRICTS', to provide funding for regional tourism districts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6757 REP. FOX, 148th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY PROLONGED CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS', to provide economic support to businesses impacted by development and construction in close proximity to such business.

Proposed H.B. No. 6758 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXPANSION OF THE WALLINGFORD ENTERPRISE ZONE', to encourage the reuse of a large research facility in Wallingford.

Proposed H.B. No. 6759 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE PROCESS BY WHICH FUNDS ARE AWARDED BY CONNECTICUT INNOVATIONS, INCORPORATED', to study the process by which Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated awards funds to start-up businesses to ensure that taxpayer money is used as effectively as possible.

Proposed H.B. No. 6760 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOSCIENCE START-UPS FROM THE CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX', to help grow and encourage the formation of biotechnology and bioscience companies in Connecticut.

EDUCATION

Proposed H.B. No. 6761 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVIEW OF THE CAPITOL REGION EDUCATION COUNCIL AND OTHER SCHOOLS OF CHOICE', to review the funding of the Capitol Region Education Council and other schools of choice.

Proposed H.B. No. 6762 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A NEW COMMISSIONER'S NETWORK OF SCHOOLS', to create a new, streamlined and financially affordable commissioner's network of schools program.

Proposed H.B. No. 6763 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS BY PROVIDING A RELIABLE, FAIR AND VALID ESTIMATE OF A STUDENT'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6764 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF 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. 6765 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR THE REGIONALIZATION OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES', to ease school transportation mandates on school districts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6766 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO SPECIFIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL', to ease burdens and mandates on school districts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6767 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST.; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN ADJUDICATION PROCESS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION', to require parties to participate in an adjudication conducted by an impartial third-party adjudicator before conducting a special education hearing.

Proposed H.B. No. 6768 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON LIFE-THREATENING FOOD ALLERGIES IN SCHOOLS', to implement the recommendations of the task force on life-threatening food allergies in schools.

Proposed H.B. No. 6769 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to amend the student data privacy act of 2016.

Proposed H.B. No. 6770 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROHIBITION OF BIAS IN THE STATE MASTERY EXAMINATION', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6771 REP. STOKES, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING INCENTIVES TO TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS FOR INCREASING MANUFACTURING AND WELDING PROGRAMS', to encourage students to enter manufacturing and welding programs in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6772 REP. STOKES, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTERS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN MAGNET SCHOOLS', to require regional educational service centers to cover the special education costs of students enrolled in magnet schools.

Proposed H.B. No. 6773 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS FOR SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to ensure that performance evaluations for superintendents of schools are completed in a transparent manner.

Proposed H.B. No. 6774 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CALCULATION OF SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT REIMBURSEMENT PERCENTAGES', to use a three-year rolling average of the equalized net grand list for purposes of calculating a town's school construction reimbursement percentage.

Proposed H.B. No. 6775 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE REQUIREMENT THAT TEACHERS TAKE A SURVEY ON READING INSTRUCTION', to repeal the requirement that teachers to take a survey on reading instruction.

Proposed H.B. No. 6776 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REDUNDANCY IN EDUCATION ACCOUNTING', to review and revise the uniform system of accounting for school revenues and expenditures.

Proposed H.B. No. 6777 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH LOCAL FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6778 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPPORTUNITY, ACHIEVEMENT AND LEARNING OF STUDENTS', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6779 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH LOCAL FUNDING', to modernize local public school funding.

Proposed H.B. No. 6780 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS BY PROVIDING A FAIR AND VALID ESTIMATE OF A STUDENT'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE', to prohibit discrimination and bias in state mastery tests.

Proposed H.B. No. 6781 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM CHARGING MAGNET SCHOOL TUITION TO OTHER BOARDS OF EDUCATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR', to prohibit local boards of education that operate interdistrict magnet schools from charging tuition to other boards of education for the school year commencing July 1, 2017.

Proposed H.B. No. 6782 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO SELECT WHICH SCHOOL PERSONNEL SHALL COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING RELATING TO THE RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF STUDENTS', to allow boards of education to determine the appropriate professionals who should be trained in the restraint and seclusion of students, rather than requiring all staff to complete such training.

Proposed H.B. No. 6783 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEARNING, OPPORTUNITY AND ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6784 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATORS', to implement the recommendations of the task force on professional development and in-service training requirements for educators.

Proposed H.B. No. 6785 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS BY PROVIDING A VALID, FAIR AND RELIABLE ESTIMATE OF A STUDENT'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6786 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVISION OF THE ALLIANCE DISTRICT, PRIORITY AND TRANSITIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAMS', to create a new, streamlined and financially affordable alliance district grant program.

Proposed H.B. No. 6787 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF A CONNECTICUT HISTORY CREDIT REQUIREMENT IN TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS', to institute an educational requirement for teachers and administrators, including superintendents, that they take a college-level course of at least one credit covering Connecticut history.

Proposed H.B. No. 6788 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT', to continue to integrate public schools in the state to meet the goals of the 2008 and 2013 stipulations and orders, as extended, for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., and to reduce costs by reducing the number of school districts in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6789 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6790 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPPORTUNITY, LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6791 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEARNING, ACHIEVEMENT AND OPPORTUNITY OF STUDENTS', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6792 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO DIRECT THE PROVISION OF SPECIFIC IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO CERTAIN SCHOOL PERSONNEL', to allow school districts the ability to choose the in-service training that each teacher shall complete.

Proposed H.B. No. 6793 REP. WILMS, 142nd DIST.; REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISTRIBUTION OF EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FUNDS AND THE GRANTING OF WAIVERS ACCORDING TO A TOWN'S DISTRICT REFERENCE GROUP', to distribute education cost-sharing grant funds and grant waivers from state education mandates according to a town's district reference group.

Proposed H.B. No. 6794 REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF ONLINE SCHOOLS', to empower school districts by authorizing them to offer online courses, to promote innovation through the use of online courses for the benefit of students throughout the state and to create a blended brick-and-mortar school for fully online schools without the walls of a classroom.

Proposed H.B. No. 6795 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST.; REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST.; REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST.; REP. GRESKO, 121st DIST. 'AN ACT TRANSFERRING THE STRATFORD SCHOOL FOR AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS FROM THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM TO THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES SYSTEM', to transfer the Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians from the technical high school system to the regional community-technical colleges system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6796 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST.; REP. WILSON, 66th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A REVIEW OF EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS FOR CERTAIN TOWNS', to review the current education cost-sharing grant formula.

Proposed H.B. No. 6797 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to repeal the minimum budget requirement.

Proposed H.B. No. 6798 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A REMEDIAL LITERACY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE THREE IN PRIORITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to create a remedial literacy program that helps students who are struggling to learn how to read and to prepare educators for the particular needs of a remedial classroom.

Proposed H.B. No. 6799 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO CHOOSE THE DATE ON WHICH A CHILD MUST TURN FIVE YEARS OLD IN ORDER TO ENROLL IN KINDERGARTEN', to allow boards of education to choose when a student can start kindergarten.

Proposed H.B. No. 6800 REP. CURREY, 11th DIST.; REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST.; REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF INSTRUCTION ABOUT THE SAFE HAVENS ACT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM', to include instruction concerning the Safe Havens Act in the health curriculum at the high school level.

Proposed H.B. No. 6801 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6802 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACHIEVEMENT, OPPORTUNITY AND LEARNING OF STUDENTS', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6803 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS BY PROVIDING A VALID, FAIR AND RELIABLE ESTIMATE OF A STUDENT'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6804 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A REVIEW OF THE RACIAL IMBALANCE LAW', to review the state's racial imbalance law.

Proposed H.B. No. 6805 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHER CERTIFICATION FOR CERTAIN OUT-OF-STATE TEACHERS', to create a new teaching permit for teachers certified in other states, but who do not meet the requirements for certification in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6806 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PHASE-OUT OF ALLIANCE DISTRICT FUNDING', to gradually reduce alliance district funding and to permit boards of education to reduce their education budgets.

Proposed H.B. No. 6807 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION BY HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENTS', to provide equal access to interscholastic athletics for students who are home-schooled.

Proposed H.B. No. 6808 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO CHOOSE THE DATE OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR', to allow boards of education to choose the start date of the school year.

Proposed H.B. No. 6809 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS BY PROVIDING A FAIR, VALID AND RELIABLE ESTIMATE OF A STUDENT'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6810 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6811 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT FOR ONE YEAR', to allow school districts to delay the implementation of the provisions of public act 16-189 relating to student data privacy for one year.

Proposed H.B. No. 6812 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE RESTRICTIONS RELATING TO FUND-RAISING FOR THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM', to establish a task force to explore funding options for the technical high school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6813 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM SCHOOL DISTRICT SIZE', to encourage regionalization and efficiency by establishing a minimum school district size.

Proposed H.B. No. 6814 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS', to create education savings accounts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6815 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST.; REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST.; SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST.; REP. SOTO, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A STATE SPECIAL EDUCATION PREDICTABLE COST COOPERATIVE', to create a state special education predictable cost cooperative that will require the state and school districts to share in special education expenditures.

Proposed H.B. No. 6816 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST.; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN EQUITABLE EDUCATION COST-SHARING FORMULA, AN EXEMPTION FROM THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT AND RELIEF FROM CERTAIN STATE EDUCATION MANDATES', to establish a new and equitable education funding formula, exempt municipalities that receive little state aid from the minimum budget requirement and relieve school districts of burdensome state education mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 6817 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AID FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES', to achieve fairness in funding special education by reimbursing a school district for the total cost of its special education services when that school district's special education costs are greater than the average of all the state's school districts' special education costs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6818 REP. MILLER, 145th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARENTS' AND GUARDIANS' RIGHTS RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION', to assure that the parents and guardians of special education students know and understand their rights under the law relating to special education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6819 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6820 REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to expand adult education programs for the purpose of providing adults in with better access to higher-paying jobs, industry-recognized certificates and post-secondary education opportunities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6821 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST.; REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECESS REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS', to combat the problem of childhood obesity by requiring all elementary students to have twenty minutes of physical activity each day.

Proposed H.B. No. 6822 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING PROCESS', to make revisions to the special education hearing process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6823 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF CONNECTICUT STATE HISTORY IN THE IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS', to require that Connecticut state history be included in the in-service training for teachers.

Proposed H.B. No. 6824 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE TEACHER EVALUATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAM', to help reduce redundancy.

Proposed H.B. No. 6825 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN EQUITABLE EDUCATION COST SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to create an equitable education cost sharing grant formula.

Proposed H.B. No. 6826 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FULL REIMBURSEMENT OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT'S EXCESS COST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION', to provide the necessary funding for special education costs incurred by school districts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6827 REP. MCCARTY, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EQUALIZATION OF FUNDING FOR MAGNET SCHOOLS OPERATED BY REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTERS', to create equity in education funding.

Proposed H.B. No. 6828 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EQUITABLY FUNDING LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6829 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FULL FUNDING OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION EXCESS COST GRANT', to full fund the special education excess cost grant.

Proposed H.B. No. 6830 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FUNDING RANGE FOR EACH TOWN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018', to limit the amount of a reduction that a town can experience in its education cost-sharing grant funding.

Proposed H.B. No. 6831 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF MEAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to make revisions to the education cost-sharing grant formula.

Proposed H.B. No. 6832 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCARCERATED PARENT'S ACCESS TO A STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL RECORDS', to provide access to the educational records of a student to a parent or guardian who is incarcerated.

Proposed H.B. No. 6833 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT OPPORTUNITY AND LEARNING', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6834 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN MASTERY EXAMINATIONS', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6835 REP. SOTO, 39th DIST.; REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT THE NEW LONDON MAGNET SCHOOL FOR THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS', to eliminate certain conditions on the school building project grant for the New London Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6836 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AGE WHEN A SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT SHALL BEGIN RECEIVING TRANSITION SERVICES', to lower the age for when a special education student is to begin receiving transition services to fourteen years of age.

Proposed H.B. No. 6837 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A TRANSITIONAL SERVICES SYSTEM FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS', to create a system to bridge the transition from educational services to adult human services for students with disabilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6838 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE WRITTEN PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES', to require that the written bill of rights for parents of children receiving special education services be included with the transition bill of rights given to all parents of special education students at a planning and placement team meeting.

Proposed H.B. No. 6839 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A REVIEW AND REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to require the Department of Education to conduct a review of and submit a report on the implementation of the student data privacy act.

Proposed H.B. No. 6840 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT NATHAN HALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ENFIELD', to allow the town of Enfield to not be required to refund any remaining school building project grant money paid to the town for the Nathan Hale Elementary School building project when such school closes at the end of the school year.

Proposed H.B. No. 6841 REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT TRANSFERRING THE FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to transfer the functions and responsibilities of the Office of Early Childhood to the Department of Social Services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6842 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE PERIOD REQUIRED FOR THE PROVISION OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO CERTAIN FAMILIES', to provide school transportation mandate relief.

Proposed H.B. No. 6843 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF THE NINE-HUNDRED-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. 6844 REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST.; REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST.; REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF ELIGIBLE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS', to expand the number of eligible educators who can work in early childhood education programs in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6845 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT AND ESTABLISHMENT OF MILL RATES BY LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to permit school districts to reduce their minimum budget requirements in an amount that reflects a decline in student enrollment and to permit local boards of education to establish separate mill rates to fund local public education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6846 REP. MILLER, 145th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING READING INSTRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS', to ensure teachers complete professional development in reading instruction.

Proposed H.B. No. 6847 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF SPECIFIC IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO CERTAIN SCHOOL PERSONNEL', to provide mandate relief by giving school districts the ability to choose the appropriate training for each school employee so as to avoid unnecessary time and cost on training unrelated the such employee's position.

Proposed H.B. No. 6848 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE STATE MASTERY EXAMINATION', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed H.B. No. 6849 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, LEARNING AND OPPORTUNITIES', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6850 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND AUTONOMY TO SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE COMMISSIONER'S NETWORK OF SCHOOLS', to improve the effectiveness of the commissioner's network of schools program by utilizing techniques and strategies used in other successful school turnaround programs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6851 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EQUITABLE FUNDING OF LOCAL EDUCATION', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6852 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF REGIONAL YOUTH CENTERS', to create regional youth centers in the lowest performing school districts in the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6853 REP. MILLER, 145th DIST.; REP. FOX, 148th DIST.; REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. ADAMS, 146th DIST.; SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST.; REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS THAT SATISFY THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT', to expand the list of eligible colleges and universities that award bachelor's degrees in early childhood education and child development that satisfy the staff qualifications requirement.

Proposed H.B. No. 6854 REP. MILLER, 145th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE READING READINESS OF EACH SCHOOL AND SCHOOL DISTRICT', to require the Department of Education to determine a reading readiness for each school and school district for purposes of providing a tiered support in literacy.

Proposed H.B. No. 6855 REP. SOTO, 39th DIST.; SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST.; REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AT C.B. JENNINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW LONDON', to provide assistance to the town of New London relating to the school building projects at C.B. Jennings Elementary School and the Science and Technology Magnet High School.

Proposed H.B. No. 6856 REP. SOTO, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF REDUCED-ISOLATION SETTING FOR INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOLS', to create a state-wide standard of reduced-isolation setting that applies to all interdistrict magnet schools.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H.B. No. 6857 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT (PEGPETIA)', to examine the use and make recommendations regarding the funding of the public, educational and governmental programming and education technology investment account.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 6858 REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MOTOR VEHICLE TAX EXEMPTION FOR VETERANS AND SENIOR CITIZENS', to establish a motor vehicle tax exemption for veterans and senior citizens.

Proposed H.B. No. 6859 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST.; REP. FOX, 148th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING PROPERTY TAXES FOR SENIORS', to reduce property taxes for seniors.

Proposed H.B. No. 6860 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING LIQUID ASPHALT FROM THE GROSS EARNINGS TAX ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS', to exempt liquid asphalt used exclusively for asphalt pavement from the gross earnings tax on petroleum products.

Proposed H.B. No. 6861 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT LOWERING THE OCCUPANCY TAX RATE FOR BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to reduce the occupancy tax applied to bed a breakfast establishments and to facilitate regular compliance with the occupancy tax.

Proposed H.B. No. 6862 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax in order to retain and attract residents and small businesses and provide a more steady and sustained source of revenue to the state.

Proposed H.B. No. 6863 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR RENOVATIONS TO THE BARBELL CLUB IN NEW HAVEN', to authorize bonds of the state for renovations to the Barbell Club building in New Haven to serve as a community and youth center.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H.B. No. 6864 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING EXEMPTION FOR FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES', to eliminate the occupational licensing exemption for federal, state and municipal employees.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H.B. No. 6865 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF STATE CONTRACTORS', to allow state contractors who have qualified to bid on one project to bid on all projects and to require the creation of a database of all qualified state contractors.

Proposed H.B. No. 6866 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING STATE CONTRACTING WITH OR INVESTING IN CERTAIN PERSONS AND BUSINESSES', to prohibit state contracting with, and state investment in, persons and businesses that promote or engage in activities to boycott, divest or sanction American allied nations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6867 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MAIL-IN VOTING, REGIONAL VOTING CENTERS AND OPT-OUT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION', to make changes to certain voting and voter registration processes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6868 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING AN ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF STATE AGENCY REGULATIONS', to require state agencies to conduct a review of their regulations and identify three regulations for repeal.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6869 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR TUITION INCREASES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to require legislative approval for any tuition increase at public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H.B. No. 6870 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF COLLEGE ATHLETES', to protect the health and safety of college athletes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6871 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TUITION DISCOUNTS AT THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN FAMILIES', to provide tuition discounts for families with siblings attending a state university within the Connecticut State University System.

Proposed H.B. No. 6872 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF A MORATORIUM ON STATE UNIVERSITY TUITION INCREASES', to promote affordable higher education in the state and to protect students from unjust yearly tuition increases.

HOUSING

Proposed H.B. No. 6873 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE TYPES OF REHABILITATION PROJECTS THAT ARE CONSIDERED AFFORDABLE HOUSING', to expand the types of rehabilitation projects that qualify for an affordable housing moratorium.

Proposed H.B. No. 6874 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS', to clarify when the informational sheet on housing discrimination and federal and state fair housing laws is required to be provided.

Proposed H.B. No. 6875 REP. GRESKO, 121st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN HOUSING IN THE TOWN OF STRATFORD', to permit Success Village and Stonybrook Co-op to be classified as affordable housing to help the town of Stratford reach the ten per cent threshold.

Proposed H.B. No. 6876 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION OF RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS', to apply guidelines and limitations to the disclosure of information concerning Department of Housing program applicants and participants and to protect confidential information.

Proposed H.B. No. 6877 REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING OWNERS OF PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT MEETING SPACE FOR TENANTS', to encourage the formation of tenant associations in order to make quality of life outreach possible.

Proposed H.B. No. 6878 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT ADDRESSING HOUSING SEGREGATION', to address housing segregation in Connecticut.

Proposed H.B. No. 6879 REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE TYPES OF REHABILITATION PROJECTS THAT ARE CONSIDERED AFFORDABLE HOUSING', to expand the types of rehabilitation projects that qualify for an affordable housing moratorium.

Proposed H.B. No. 6880 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST.; REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING APPEALS PROCEDURE', to modify the affordable housing appeals procedure under section 8-30g of the general statutes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6881 REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES BY LANDLORDS', to shorten the time period that tenants are without required essential services provided by landlords.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H.B. No. 6882 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INTEGRATED PLAN TO COMBAT ADDICTION', to establish an integrated plan to combat substance abuse via coordinated services designed to address underlying social issues and expand access to care.

Proposed H.B. No. 6883 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR NONPROFIT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS TO FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS', to provide funding for nonprofit health and human services organizations to undertake capital improvements.

Proposed H.B. No. 6884 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID SCHOOL-BASED CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS' CLAIMS BILLING', to implement a cost-savings measure for municipalities who have Medicaid school-based child health programs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6885 REP. SANTIAGO, 84th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT LEVELS FOR PROVIDERS', to set Medicaid reimbursement levels high enough to ensure an adequate pool of providers.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H.B. No. 6886 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURERS TO DIRECTLY AND FULLY REIMBURSE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR IN-NETWORK HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED TO ENROLLEES', to require health insurers to directly and fully reimburse health care providers for all in-network health care services provided to enrollees.

Proposed H.B. No. 6887 REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES', to require that each health insurance policy delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, amended or continued in this state provide coverage for additional mental health care services and substance abuse services, including, but not limited to, case management services and peer support services.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H.B. No. 6888 REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND ALLOTMENTS OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to safeguard the independence of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in one of its roles, that of a watchdog agency.

Proposed H.B. No. 6889 REP. PAVALOCK-D'AMATO, 77th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL LIABILITY FOR GROSS NEGLIGENCE COMMITTED BY MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES', to allow victims of acts of gross negligence committed by a municipal employee the ability to recover actual monetary damages.

Proposed H.B. No. 6890 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY STATE LAWS RELATING TO THE COLLECTION OF CHILD SUPPORT AND THE PENALTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE FAILURE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT', to establish a task force to study the adequacy of the state's civil and criminal laws relating to the collection of child support and the penalties associated with the failure to pay child support.

Proposed H.B. No. 6891 REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANSWERS TO DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE COMPLAINTS AND SERVICE OF PETITIONS', to eliminate administrative burdens on respondents and reduce expenditures in discriminatory practice cases.

Proposed H.B. No. 6892 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FAMILIES WITH SPECIALIZED NEEDS', to better serve families with specialized needs through the establishment of a new petition process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6893 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SHARED CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE AND THE PARENT OF A CHILD WITH SPECIALIZED NEEDS', to establish a temporary shared custody arrangement between the state and the parent of a child with specialized needs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6894 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CARE AND CUSTODY OF A CHILD WITH SPECIALIZED NEEDS', to ensure that the parents of a child with specialized needs are allowed to retain custody of such child while obtaining the services that the child needs.

Proposed H.B. No. 6895 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST.; REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE WEAPONIZATION OF DRONES', to implement the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee's recommendations regarding the criminalization of the weaponization of drones.

Proposed H.B. No. 6896 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE STATE'S FAMILY COURT SYSTEM', to create a task force to study and report on the family court system.

Proposed H.B. No. 6897 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO REVIEW PROBATE COURT PROCEDURES AND FEES IN MATTERS INVOLVING THE PARENT OF A CHILD WITH DISABILITIES', to establish a task force to review Probate Court procedures and fees in matters involving a parent of a child with disabilities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6898 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING LOSS OF CONSORTIUM CLAIMS TO PERSONS WHO ARE MARRIED', to limit loss of a loss of consortium claim to a person who is married at the time an injury is alleged to have occurred.

Proposed H.B. No. 6899 REP. PAVALOCK-D'AMATO, 77th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCESS WITHIN THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to provide for a more efficient and effective complaint resolution process within the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H.B. No. 6900 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 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6901 REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOUPMENT OF STATE COSTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO LOW WAGE EMPLOYERS', to recoup state costs relating to services provided to workers who earn a low wage.

Proposed H.B. No. 6902 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION', to increase the amount paid to panel members.

Proposed H.B. No. 6903 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING UNION REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHERS, PROFESSORS AND INSTRUCTORS WHO WORK WITH INMATES', to eliminate mandates for union requirements for teachers, professors and instructors who work with inmates.

Proposed H.B. No. 6904 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BONUSES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to encourage state employees to cut costs and find efficiencies.

Proposed H.B. No. 6905 REP. KOKORUDA, 101st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVAILING WAGE', to update the prevailing wage thresholds.

Proposed H.B. No. 6906 REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HAZARDOUS DUTY PENSIONS FOR MUNICIPAL POWER LINE WORKERS', to allow municipal power line workers to collect hazardous duty pensions.

Proposed H.B. No. 6907 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST.; REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST.; REP. D'AMELIO, 71st DIST.; REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST.; SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INTERSTATE PASSENGER CARRIER LAW', to clarify the interstate passenger carrier law.

Proposed H.B. No. 6908 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 A CONNECTICUT SMALL BUSINESS RETIREMENT MARKETPLACE', to replace the current state-administered retirement system with a market-based opportunity for enhanced retirement savings based on the Washington state model.

Proposed H.B. No. 6909 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIRST RESPONDER DIVE TEAMS AND K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL', to provide workers' compensation coverage for first responder dive teams and canine rescue personnel.

Proposed H.B. No. 6910 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST.; REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST.; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. STALLWORTH, 126th DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST.; REP. BAKER, 124th DIST.; SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE FUNDING OF UNFUNDED ACCRUED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM LIABILITIES BY MUNICIPALITIES', to permit municipalities to authorize and issue municipal employees' retirement system pension funding bonds.

Proposed H.B. No. 6911 REP. DE LA CRUZ, 41st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLANS FOR NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES', to require businesses to enroll workers in a defined contribution plan not later than thirty days from the date of hire.

Proposed H.B. No. 6912 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST.; REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST.; REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST.; REP. SMITH, 108th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND FEDERAL WAGE AND HOUR LAWS', to create more consistency between state and federal wage and hour laws.

Proposed H.B. No. 6913 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS', to provide transparency and identify possible cost-saving measures.

Proposed H.B. No. 6914 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MINIMUM WORK WEEK FOR PERSONS PERFORMING JANITORIAL OR BUILDING MAINTENANCE SERVICES', to institute a minimum workweek of thirty hours for individuals who perform janitorial or building maintenance services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6915 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLD FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT REMODELING PROJECTS', to permit volunteer fire departments to complete remodeling projects within budgetary constraints.

Proposed H.B. No. 6916 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENALTIES FOR ACCEPTING OVERPAYMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS', to reduce the penalties for accepting overpayment of unemployment benefits.

Proposed H.B. No. 6917 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 MUNICIPALITIES', to allow municipalities to override organized labor objections to voluntary regional consolidation efforts.

Proposed H.B. No. 6918 REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIENS FOR UNPAID EMPLOYEE WAGES', to allow for liens against employers that fail to pay employee wages.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H.B. No. 6919 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF STATE GRANTS-IN-AID AND REGIONAL PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM FUNDS', to maximize funds from state grants-in-aid and the regional performance incentive program for regional councils of governments.

Proposed H.B. No. 6920 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FURTHERANCE OF REGIONALISM', to permit the furtherance of regionalism.

Proposed H.B. No. 6921 REP. FOX, 148th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVERAGING OF MUNICIPAL REVALUATIONS', to permit municipalities to average current and prior revaluations in calculating the grand list.

Proposed H.B. No. 6922 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to repeal the minimum budget requirement.

Proposed H.B. No. 6923 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 THRESHOLD FOR PASSAGE OF UNFUNDED MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds majority vote of both chambers to pass any new or expanded unfunded municipal mandates.

Proposed H.B. No. 6924 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EVALUATION OF MUNICIPAL REGIONALIZATION', to assist municipalities with regionalization.

Proposed H.B. No. 6925 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMELY COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION WORK FOR WHICH A BUILDING PERMIT HAS BEEN ISSUED', to ensure that residential building projects are completed within a reasonable time frame.

Proposed H.B. No. 6926 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST.; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST.; REP. GRESKO, 121st DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING MUNICIPALITIES TO IMPOSE A BUYER'S FEE ON THE CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY', to permit municipalities to impose a conveyance fee on certain real property sales in order to generate funds for the purchase, preservation and stewardship of open space.

Proposed H.B. No. 6927 REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEWER USE CHARGES', to prevent sewer authorities from assessing sewer use charges for summer water use.

Proposed H.B. No. 6928 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING MUNICIPAL ZONING COMMISSIONS TO LIMIT THE CONTINUATION OF CERTAIN NONCONFORMING USES', to permit municipal zoning commissions to enact regulations limiting the continuation of nonconforming uses of residential dwellings when such dwellings are conveyed.

Proposed H.B. No. 6929 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 THE STORAGE OF POSSESSIONS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS OF EVICTED TENANTS', to provide mandate relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6930 REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL INTERNET WEB SITES', to save municipalities money by permitting the advertisement of legal notices on municipal Internet web sites.

Proposed H.B. No. 6931 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND MUNICIPAL COLLABORATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS', to require that the state collaborate with municipalities to develop a plan for the protection of vulnerable individuals.

Proposed H.B. No. 6932 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST.; REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST.; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST.; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6933 REP. DIMASSA, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPAL USER FEES ON COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES', to provide municipalities financial relief for services provided to colleges and universities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6934 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MUNICIPAL OPTION FOR PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE', to permit municipalities to provide tax abatements to support properties devoted to arts and culture.

Proposed H.B. No. 6935 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING MUNICIPAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS FROM CERTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND USE REQUIREMENTS', to exempt municipal historic districts from the affordable housing requirements of section 8-30g of the general statutes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6936 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ATTORNEY FEE AGREEMENTS IN MUNICIPAL TAX APPEALS', to ensure fairness in the tax appeal process.

Proposed H.B. No. 6937 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 MUNICIPALITIES TO INITIATE AND IMPLEMENT CERTAIN FINANCIAL EFFICIENCIES', to provide municipalities with a means of creating financial efficiencies.

Proposed H.B. No. 6938 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION REGARDING MUNICIPAL PERMITS', to aid businesses in completing municipal permitting requirements.

Proposed H.B. No. 6939 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING URBAN BLIGHT AND STRUCTURALLY COMPROMISED FOUNDATIONS', to establish a study of urban blight and properties with structurally compromised foundations.

Proposed H.B. No. 6940 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING AND REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS', to prohibit proportional voting in the affairs of regional councils of governments.

Proposed H.B. No. 6941 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STREAMLINING THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MUNICIPALITIES', to streamline the grant application process for municipalities.

Proposed H.B. No. 6942 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGIONAL PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM', to revise the requirements governing the submission of proposals under the regional performance incentive program and to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to establish priority funding project designations for said program.

Proposed H.B. No. 6943 REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN PARCELS IN THE TOWN OF EAST HARTFORD', to permit the town of East Hartford to use certain parcels for municipal or economic development purposes and to sell or lease such parcels for an amount at least equal to the administrative cost of the conveyance or lease.

Proposed H.B. No. 6944 REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MODIFICATIONS TO URBAN STREET DESIGN GUIDELINES', to improve the safety, economic life and vibrancy of urban streets.

Proposed H.B. No. 6945 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING QUALITY CONTROL PLANS FOR COMPANIES THAT SELL CONCRETE AGGREGATE', to require companies that sell concrete aggregate to establish and make available quality control plans.

Proposed H.B. No. 6946 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE PRIORITIES AND FUNDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUCH PROPERTIES', to permit municipalities to impose a conveyance fee on certain real property sales in order to generate funds for the preservation and stewardship of open space land.

Proposed H.B. No. 6947 REP. ZIOGAS, 79th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOW-INCOME ELDERLY RESIDENTS WITH DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES', to help low-income elderly residents stay in their homes.

Proposed H.B. No. 6948 REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', to expand regional economic development.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 6949 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STANDARDS FOR LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS', to improve the standards for licensed professional counselors and ensure they have met the proper educational and training standards prior to licensure.

Proposed H.B. No. 6950 REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE PALLIATIVE MARIJUANA PROGRAM RECIPROCITY', to permit tourists with out-of-state prescriptions for the palliative use of marijuana to purchase marijuana from state dispensaries.

Proposed H.B. No. 6951 REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF PATIENTS RECEIVING TELEHEALTH CARE OR SERVICES', to protect patients seeking telehealth care services.

Proposed H.B. No. 6952 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND ALLOWING A BUSINESS TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT UTILIZE SUCH PROGRAM', to establish an internship program for adults with autism spectrum disorder and allow a tax credit for businesses that utilize such program.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H.B. No. 6953 REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT RELEASING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FROM LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE', to relieve municipalities with large numbers of buildings and facilities of the requirement of yearly fire inspections.

Proposed H.B. No. 6954 REP. REYES, 75th DIST.; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE', to relieve municipalities with large numbers of buildings and facilities of the requirement of yearly fire inspections.

Proposed H.B. No. 6955 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESTITUTION TO AND PAYMENT TERMS OF PAWNBROKERS, SECONDHAND DEALERS AND PRECIOUS METALS OR STONES DEALERS', to require the court to order restitution to a pawnbroker, secondhand dealer and precious metals and 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.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H.B. No. 6956 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS', to protect children in the state by expanding the existing statute requiring child restraint systems in motor vehicles.

Proposed H.B. No. 6957 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING UNIFORM APPEALS PROCESSES FOR DISPUTED PROPERTY AND MOTOR VEHICLE TAX ASSESSMENTS', to establish appeals processes for wrongly taxed residents.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H.B. No. 6958 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FEE FOR AN AMERICAN FLAG ON A NONEXPIRED MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER'S LICENSE HELD BY A VETERAN', to allow veterans to have motor vehicle operator's licenses reissued, free of charge, with an American flag prior to the expiration of any such license.

Proposed H.B. No. 6959 REP. SANTIAGO, 84th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS TO MEDICAL CARE APPOINTMENTS', to make available certain state vehicles to assist eligible veterans in securing transportation to Veterans' Administration medical care appointments or services.

TRANSPORTATION

H.J. No. 54 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST.; SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT AN ALTERNATIVE AMTRAK ROUTE THROUGH SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT', to object to the proposal by the Federal Railroad Administration regarding construction of a bypass on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Kenyon, Rhode Island through the scenic and historic towns of southeast Connecticut.

H.J. No. 55 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION FUNDS', to safeguard funds placed in the Special Transportation Fund from being raided for budgetary shortfalls.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 613 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE BRISTOL BUSINESS EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR ADULT EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR VETERANS', to provide funding to the Bristol Business Education Foundation for job training programs for veterans.

Proposed S.B. No. 614 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE REMEDIAL ACTION AND REDEVELOPMENT MUNICIPAL GRANT PROGRAM', to increase funding for brownfield remediation projects.

Proposed S.B. No. 615 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROGRAM', to reallocate moneys for the purpose of studying a mileage tax to instead fund the small business incubator program within the Department of Economic and Community Development.

BANKING

Proposed S.B. No. 616 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SALES FINANCE COMPANIES FROM RECORD RETENTION REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAIL INSTALLMENT CONTRACTS AND APPLICATIONS COVERING THE RETAIL SALE OF AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES', to remove the record retention requirement for installment contracts and applications covering the retail sale of agricultural vehicles.

Proposed S.B. No. 617 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FINANCIAL EDUCATION PLAN FOR RETIREES', to educate retirees and persons approaching retirement about personal finance issues.

COMMERCE

Proposed S.B. No. 618 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A ONE-STOP PERMITTING PROCESS FOR BUSINESS PERMITS', to streamline state licensing and regulation of businesses by creating a one-stop process for state business permits.

Proposed S.B. No. 619 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REPORTING AND LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE FIRST FIVE PLUS PROGRAM', to increase reporting and oversight of large, state-funded development projects under the first five plus program.

Proposed S.B. No. 620 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE FIRST FIVE PLUS PROGRAM AND THE URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL SITE REINVESTMENT PROGRAM', to increase legislative oversight of large, state-funded development projects and tax credits.

Proposed S.B. No. 621 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING RECIPIENTS OF FUNDING UNDER THE FIRST FIVE PLUS PROGRAM TO RECRUIT AND HIRE FORMER INMATES', to spur employment of released inmates to allow them a second chance.

Proposed S.B. No. 622 SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORIZATION AND CERTIFICATION OF CONNECTICUT BROWNFIELDS LAND BANKS', to authorize the creation of Connecticut brownfield land banks for the purpose of acquiring, remediating and selling brownfields on behalf of municipalities.

Proposed S.B. No. 623 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE 7/7 PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BROWNFIELDS AND UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTY', to establish a "7/7" program to encourage the development of brownfields and underutilized property.

Proposed S.B. No. 624 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS TO EMPLOYEES OF BUSINESSES RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE', to extend whistleblower protections to employees of businesses who receive economic development financial assistance from the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 625 SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR DEVELOPERS TO REMEDIATE AND REDEVELOP BROWNFIELDS', to clean up and develop brownfields in the state's urban areas.

Proposed S.B. No. 626 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN REGULATIONS ON CONNECTICUT BUSINESSES', to create a more business-friendly environment by easing regulatory burden on state employers.

Proposed S.B. No. 627 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDUCTION OF REGULATORY BURDENS AND MANDATES ON BUSINESSES', to provide financial relief to businesses.

Proposed S.B. No. 628 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN', to require the development of a high-speed broadband infrastructure plan.

EDUCATION

Proposed S.B. No. 629 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING HOME SCHOOLING PARENTS TO FURNISH CERTIFICATES OF AGE', to increase the ability of minors to work.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 630 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES AND USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES', to increase the renewable portfolio standard and better incentivize use of renewable energy sources.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 631 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE SHUBERT THEATER IN NEW HAVEN', to provide the Shubert Theater with funds to make structural improvements.

Proposed S.B. No. 632 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A FOOTBRIDGE CONNECTING PAWCATUCK TO WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND', to provide funds for a footbridge between Pawcatuck and Westerly, Rhode Island, to spur economic development in the area.

Proposed S.B. No. 633 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT UNDER THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR A PRIMARY RESIDENCE OR MOTOR VEHICLE', to provide middle class tax relief.

Proposed S.B. No. 634 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT FOR SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS', to incentivize senior citizens to volunteer in their communities by providing tax relief.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 635 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS', to allow the state to enter into public-private partnerships to increase efficiencies and better provide public services and infrastructure.

Proposed S.B. No. 636 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY UNDER THE SET-ASIDE PROGRAM FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS', to expand eligibility under the set-aside program for small contractors.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Proposed S.B. No. 637 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD WELFARE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL', to establish a child welfare oversight council.

Proposed S.B. No. 638 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NOTIFICATION OF CHILD CARE CENTERS REGARDING COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS', to inform child care providers cited for regulatory violations of the steps that must be taken to come into compliance with said regulations.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 639 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM', to implement pension reform under the municipal employee retirement system.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 640 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POWERS OF PARKING AUTHORITIES', to provide for multi-modal, local transportation planning across municipal lines while encouraging competitive bids to select the best local operators.

Proposed S.B. No. 641 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT PLANS OFFERED BY FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS', to permit private companies to offer municipal retirement plans.

Proposed S.B. No. 642 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LYMAN DRIVE WATER PROJECT IN TORRINGTON', to extend the permissible amortization period to thirty years for the Lyman Drive water project in Torrington.

Proposed S.B. No. 643 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCALING OF PERMIT FEES FOR UTILITY COMPANIES IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES', to scale permit fees for utility companies cutting into existing roads and sidewalks for damages above administration costs.

Proposed S.B. No. 644 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED OUT OF STATE', to prevent the avoidance of property tax payments on motor vehicles registered out of state.

Proposed S.B. No. 645 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX BREAK FOR CERTAIN COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS', to create an incentive for commercial property owners to lease space to start-up corporations.

Proposed S.B. No. 646 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DELIVERY OF FREE NEWSPAPERS AND FLIERS', to limit the delivery of free newspapers and fliers.

Proposed S.B. No. 647 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST.; REP. DUFF, 2nd DIST.; REP. FERGUSON, 138th DIST.; REP. SMITH, 108th DIST.; REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST.; REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN DANBURY FROM THE ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES', to exempt a nonprofit organization in the city of Danbury from assessment of property taxes due to the late filing of such organization's tax exempt organization application.

Proposed S.B. No. 648 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF OPEN SPACE IN SUBDIVISIONS', to reduce mandates on real estate developers.

Proposed S.B. No. 649 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST.; SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ABILITY OF LOCAL BUILDING OFFICIALS TO ASSESS FINES', to permit local building officials to assess fines for construction without a building permit.

Proposed S.B. No. 650 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING MUNICIPAL APPROVAL OF PURCHASES OF DEVELOPABLE LAND FOR OPEN SPACE BY THE STATE', to require municipal approval of purchases of developable land for open space by the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 651 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR MUNICIPALITIES THAT CONSOLIDATE MUNICIPAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES', to establish financial incentives for municipalities that consolidate municipal and educational services.

Proposed S.B. No. 652 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONCUSSION-RELATED TRAINING FOR YOUTH ATHLETIC COACHES', to protect youth athletes from concussions.

Proposed S.B. No. 653 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUNSET AND ENACTMENT OF UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES', to provide property tax relief to municipalities by eliminating and restricting unfunded state mandates.

Proposed S.B. No. 654 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES ON MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS', to provide relief to municipalities from unfunded mandates.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.B. No. 655 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FEES REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS', to increase the fee remitted to municipalities in which moving violations occur.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S.B. No. 656 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE FOR CERTAIN VETERANS', to expand access for certain veterans to other medical care and providers beyond what is available at Veterans' Administration medical facilities.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 657 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th DIST.; REP. SLAP, 19th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST.; REP. VERRENGIA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT AMOUNTS OF EACH TOWN FOR FISCAL YEARS 2018 AND 2019', to provide education cost-sharing grants that are based on poverty, grand list capacity and number of students.

EDUCATION

Proposed S.B. No. 658 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF EDUCATORS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING TRAINING RELATING TO THE RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF STUDENTS', to reduce mandates on school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 659 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO RECOGNIZE ELIGIBLE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS THAT SATISFY THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT', to require the Office of Early Childhood to allow individuals who hold a bachelor's degree with a concentration in early childhood education from any accredited institution of higher education in the United States to teach in an early childhood education program.

Proposed S.B. No. 660 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO DELAY FOR ONE YEAR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to allow school districts to delay for one year the implementation of the provisions of public act 16-189 relating to student data privacy.

Proposed S.B. No. 661 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS BY STUDENTS AT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS', to provide greater accessibility to interscholastic athletics for students at technical high schools.

Proposed S.B. No. 662 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS POSITION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION', to improve education opportunities for gifted students.

Proposed S.B. No. 663 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COLLECTION OF STUDENT OUTCOMES DATA', to assist students and families in determining college readiness.

Proposed S.B. No. 664 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO WAIVE UNFUNDED EDUCATION MANDATES RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRAMS OR FUNCTIONS', to provide mandate relief to school districts that experience reductions in state education funding.

Proposed S.B. No. 665 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES DURING WINTER', to expand school transportation services during winter.

Proposed S.B. No. 666 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE REQUIREMENT THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHARE INFORMATION RELATING TO EMPLOYEE ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT', to include private schools in the laws requiring schools to share information relating to school employee abuse and misconduct.

Proposed S.B. No. 667 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING STUDENTS TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS ON PAPER OR ON A COMPUTER', to allow students to choose to take standardized tests on paper or on a computer.

Proposed S.B. No. 668 SEN. KISSEL, 7th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR OPEN CHOICE EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to continue the successful open choice education programs.

Proposed S.B. No. 669 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF GUIDELINES RELATING TO GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENT EDUCATION PRACTICES', to improve opportunities for gifted and talented students.

Proposed S.B. No. 670 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AT RHAM HIGH SCHOOL AND RHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL IN REGION 8', to include school building projects for RHAM High School and RHAM Middle School in Region 8 on the 2016 priority list.

Proposed S.B. No. 671 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTINUATION OF ALLIANCE DISTRICT GRANT FUNDING FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to continue to provide full alliance district grant funding to a school district even though such school district is no longer designated as an alliance district because it has improved its academic performance.

Proposed S.B. No. 672 SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EVALUATION OF EQUITY ISSUES RELATED TO THE TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE REGION 15 SCHOOL DISTRICT', to evaluate equity issues related to the town of Middlebury's membership in the Region 15 school district.

Proposed S.B. No. 673 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT THAT A STUDENT SUCCESS PLAN BE CREATED FOR EACH STUDENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL', to provide mandate relief to school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 674 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO THOSE PROVIDERS RECEIVING STATE FUNDING', to ease the burden on private daycare facilities.

Proposed S.B. No. 675 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to ease the staff qualifications requirement for educators in early childhood education programs to allow for greater employment opportunities.

Proposed S.B. No. 676 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM TEACHER', to reduce the burden on school districts of complying with certain special education requirements.

Proposed S.B. No. 677 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A RATIO OF FIVE HUNDRED STUDENTS PER SOCIAL WORKER FOR EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT', to assure that there is an adequate number of social workers in each school district who can provide assistance with special education and mental health issues.

Proposed S.B. No. 678 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR TRUANCY', to reduce the rate of truancy in the state.

Proposed S.B. No. 679 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION IN A CLASSROOM', to ease the impact of special education.

Proposed S.B. No. 680 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TOTAL NUMBER OF SPECIAL EDUCATION CASELOADS FOR TEACHERS', to properly handle special education caseloads.

Proposed S.B. No. 681 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMEDIAL INSTRUCTION FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS', to provide remedial instruction in subject matter areas in which students are struggling.

Proposed S.B. No. 682 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE SCHOOL DAY BY THIRTY MINUTES', to improve educational performance by extending the school day and instruction time.

Proposed S.B. No. 683 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND AUTONOMY IN THE MONITORING, EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT OF TEACHERS', to provide greater autonomy in the management of teachers.

Proposed S.B. No. 684 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO WAIVE UNFUNDED STATE EDUCATION MANDATES IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES', to provide education mandate relief to school districts when state funding for education is cut.

Proposed S.B. No. 685 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT REPLACING THE EXISTING ALLIANCE DISTRICT GRANT PROGRAM', to create an improved alliance district grant program.

Proposed S.B. No. 686 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT REPLACING THE EXISTING COMMISSIONER'S NETWORK OF SCHOOLS', to create an improved commissioner's network of schools.

Proposed S.B. No. 687 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF THE D.A.R.E. PROGRAM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to use federal funding to expand the D.A.R.E. antidrug education program.

Proposed S.B. No. 688 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES FROM TRANSFERRING LIABILITY FOR STUDENT RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT TO BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to prohibit the Department of Developmental Services from transferring liability for student residential placement to local and regional boards of education.

Proposed S.B. No. 689 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FUNCTIONS OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPISTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to increase access to critical education jobs for highly trained counseling individuals and to enhance counseling services available to public school students.

Proposed S.B. No. 690 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT FOR A TOWN THAT EXPERIENCES A REDUCTION IN ITS EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT', to eliminate the minimum budget requirement for any towns that experiences a reduction in its education cost-sharing grant.

Proposed S.B. No. 691 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION OF A CHILD SEVEN YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER', to assure children have equal access to an education and that appropriate discipline is administered based on the age of the child and on the age of reason.

Proposed S.B. No. 692 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT FREEZING TUITION RATES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CONNECTICUT', to provide relief to middle class families by freezing college tuition for four years.

Proposed S.B. No. 693 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT FOR ONE YEAR', to allow school districts to delay the implementation of the provisions of public act 16-189 relating to student data privacy for one year.

Proposed S.B. No. 694 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

Proposed S.B. No. 695 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXCLUSION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE DATA ON THE MASTERY EXAMINATION FROM TEACHER EVALUATIONS', to prohibit the use of students' mastery test results in an individual teacher's performance evaluation.

Proposed S.B. No. 696 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS FOR TEACHERS', to reduce the number of professional development hours that teachers are required to complete.

Proposed S.B. No. 697 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF UNFUNDED STATE EDUCATION MANDATES ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to reduce education costs for school districts by reducing the amount of unfunded state education mandates.

Proposed S.B. No. 698 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE PROMOTION OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS TO STUDENTS', to establish a task force to determine ways for schools and guidance counselors to promote certificate programs as a viable option toward a career that provides a strong middle-class sustainable wage.

Proposed S.B. No. 699 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; REP. CONLEY, 40th DIST.; REP. FRANCE, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AT GALLUP HILL SCHOOL AND LEDYARD MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LEDYARD', to ensure that the shovel-ready school construction projects at Gallup Hill and Ledyard Middle School in Ledyard are included in the 2017 school construction bill.

Proposed S.B. No. 700 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT MAINTAINING ALLIANCE DISTRICT FUNDING', to hold harmless alliance district funding for two years.

Proposed S.B. No. 701 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY RELATING TO THE REDUCTION OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPELLED STUDENTS', to study ways to reduce the costs associated with expelled students on school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 702 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE RECESS REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS', to require thirty minutes of outdoor recess for the purpose of enhancing children's health, learning capacity and social skills.

Proposed S.B. No. 703 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TEACHING OF CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAMS AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS', to resolve the disparity between the certification requirements for teaching certified nursing assistant programs at technical high schools and comprehensive high schools.

Proposed S.B. No. 704 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO REDUCE ITS SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WHEN A PARENT OR STUDENT DRIVES TO SCHOOL', to reduce school transportation costs by eliminating the requirement to have a seat on the bus for each potential student.

Proposed S.B. No. 705 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE TOTAL HOURS REQUIREMENT RELATING TO ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPELLED STUDENTS', to eliminate the mandate requiring the amount of instructional time that school districts are required to provide to students who have been expelled.

Proposed S.B. No. 706 SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPROPRIATE USE OF RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION ON STUDENTS', to protect children from the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in school.

Proposed S.B. No. 707 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF THE ADOPTION OF THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to allow boards of education and municipal governments to budget more effectively.

Proposed S.B. No. 708 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to provide local tax relief by repealing the minimum budget requirement mandate on school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 709 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT LOWERING OF THE EXCESS COST THRESHOLD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS', to reduce local special education costs.

Proposed S.B. No. 710 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING BIAS IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed S.B. No. 711 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE AMOUNT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY REDUCE ITS MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT WHEN IT EXPERIENCES A DECLINE IN STUDENT ENROLLMENT', to provide mandate relief by allowing school districts greater authority to reduce their education budgets when there is reduced student enrollment.

Proposed S.B. No. 712 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES AND ACHIEVEMENT', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed S.B. No. 713 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS TO BE CONDUCTED BY REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTERS', to reduce mandates on school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 714 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF FINANCE FOR A MUNICIPALITY TO MAKE CHANGES TO AN EDUCATION BUDGET PRIOR TO FINAL APPROVAL', to authorize the board of finance for a town to make changes to any budget adopted by the local board of education prior to final approval of such budget.

Proposed S.B. No. 715 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENHANCEMENT OF DYSLEXIA EDUCATION', to enhance the work on dyslexia and provide more supports for children, teachers and other disciplines working or being supported in this area.

Proposed S.B. No. 716 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT OPPORTUNITY AND ACHIEVEMENT', to make a series of reforms in the Connecticut public school system.

Proposed S.B. No. 717 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTICUT VOICE LITERACY PROGRAM', to establish the Connecticut Voice Literacy program that will improve remedial Literacy for students in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, in priority school districts.

Proposed S.B. No. 718 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN STATE MASTERY EXAMINATIONS', to make revisions relating to the state mastery examination.

Proposed S.B. No. 719 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING BY PROHIBITING THE DIVERSION OF SUCH FUNDING', to make revisions to state and local funding for education.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 720 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST.; REP. HARDING, 107th DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST.; REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TAX CREDITS FOR CORPORATIONS THAT DONATE TO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS AT NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS', to allow corporations to receive a tax credit for donations to scholarship funds that allow low-income students to attend nonpublic schools or schools for students with special needs.

Proposed S.B. No. 721 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTS WHO WORK OUT OF STATE', to place the burden on the state when attempting to tax residents who work out of state.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 722 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN CONTRACTORS', to ease the burden on certain contractors doing work for school districts.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 723 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPRENTICESHIP COSTS', to allow small businesses to be reimbursed for expenses.

Proposed S.B. No. 724 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION', to reduce burden of workers' compensation on businesses.

Proposed S.B. No. 725 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RETIREMENT BENEFITS', to prohibit time spent earning severance pay from counting as state service for the purposes of vesting in state retirement benefits and prohibit such severance pay earnings from impacting retirement benefit calculations.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 726 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST.; SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST.; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT', to raise the crime victim compensation limit for victims of sexual assault.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 727 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF SMALL BUSINESS', to allow all businesses with one hundred fifty employees or less to be considered a "small business".

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 728 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE TAX ON COSMETIC SURGERY', to provide tax relief and lower health care costs.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 729 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS', to invest in job growth and strategic economic planning across the state on a coordinated, regional level.

COMMERCE

Proposed S.B. No. 730 SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FIRST FIVE THOUSAND PROGRAM', to reduce the financial burden for businesses.

Proposed S.B. No. 731 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND HEALTH CARE TRAINING PROGRAMS IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT', to provide resources to expand training opportunities for workers in southeastern Connecticut seeking employment in or employment transition to the advanced manufacturing, health care and defense manufacturing fields.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Cook of the 65th District, the House adjourned at 11:37 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

The following reports on the House Bills, recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the reports of the committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H.B. No. 5127 AN ACT CONCERNING A FOSTER CARE STIPEND FOR GRANDPARENTS AWARDED CUSTODY OF GRANDCHILDREN.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Aging.

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H.B. No. 5741 AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Health.