JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, January 27, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:35 o'clock a.m., Representative Altobello of the 82nd District in the Chair.

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

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, make us the true voice of the people whom we represent. Let us continue to serve them with wisdom, fairness and compassion. Amen.

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

FAVORABLE REPORT OF HOUSE STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE RESOLUTION

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

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H.R. No. 13 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF LENNY T. WINKLER OF GROTON TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION.

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 and printing:

APPROPRIATIONS. H.R. No. 8 RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND THE STATE EMPLOYEES BARGAINING AGENT COALITION.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Winkler of the 56th 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.

ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 5422 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FOR MELTING ICE ON STATE HIGHWAYS', to require the use of natural alternatives to magnesium chloride for melting ice on state highways.

H.B. No. 5498 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SUBMISSION OF CERTAIN DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLANS TO THE WEST ROCK RIDGE STATE PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL', to clarify the oversight responsibilities of the West Rock Ridge state park advisory council.

H.B. No. 5502 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO DECIDE COMMERCIAL PROJECT APPLICATIONS WITHIN NINETY DAYS', to reduce the delay by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the issuing of decisions on commercial project applications.

H.B. No. 5503 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LAKE AUTHORITIES AND COMBATING INVASIVE PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES', to provide financial assistance to lake authorities in their efforts to combat invasive plant and animal species.

H.B. No. 5857 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CERTAIN RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS TO HAVE RECYCLING BINS ON THE PREMISES', to increase recycling of bottled and canned beverages at retail food establishments, increase the overall waste diversion in the state and decrease the cost of waste management for towns.

H.B. No. 5858 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES', to allow for the purchase of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps.

H.B. No. 5873 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE PRIOR TO PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS BY RAILROAD COMPANIES AND REQUIRING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLANS BY SUCH COMPANIES', to require notice of pesticide and herbicide applications along railroad rights-of-way and the filing of vegetation management plans with the state and each town along such right-of-way.

H.B. No. 5884 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF COAL TAR SEALANTS ON STATE AND LOCAL HIGHWAYS', to protect the environment and public health by limiting human and wildlife exposure to hazardous materials.

COMMERCE

Proposed H.B. No. 6972 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL FORMS OF ASSISTANCE IN ENTERPRISE ZONES', to expand the scope of enterprise zone benefits.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H.B. No. 6973 REP. PORTER, 94th DIST.; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST.; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST.; REP. BAKER, 124th DIST.; REP. BARAM, 15th DIST.; REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST.; REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST.; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. BOYD, 50th DIST.; REP. COOK, 65th DIST.; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST.; REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST.; SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST.; REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST.; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST.; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST.; REP. MCCRORY, 7th DIST.; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST.; REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST.; SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST.; REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST.; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST.; REP. REYES, 75th DIST.; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST.; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST.; REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST.; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST.; REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST.; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPOSITION OF A SURCHARGE ON INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEES', to provide tax parity.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H.B. No. 6974 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOID TREATMENT AND PREVENTION EFFORTS', to direct federal funding for opioid abuse treatment and prevention programming to urban communities and streamline opioid abuse treatment and prevention programming across state agencies.

ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 6975 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE PRACTICE OF "ROLLING COAL"', to prohibit the practice of "rolling coal" by truck operators.

H.B. No. 6976 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABELING OF TOPSOIL SOLD TO CONSUMERS AND THE CARBON CONTENT OF SOIL SOLD IN THE STATE AND USED FOR REGENERATIVE FARMING PURPOSES', to require the standardized labeling of topsoil sold in the state, the increased carbon content of soil sold in the state and the establishment of carbon and water content requirements for soils that are used in the practice of regenerative farming.

S.B. No. 129 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TAKING OF MUSHROOMS AT STATE PARKS AND ON OTHER STATE PROPERTY', to allow mushroom picking on state lands.

S.B. No. 130 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SURCHARGE ON ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES TO FUND THE SECOND CHANCE LARGE ANIMAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM', to help fund the Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Program of the Department of Agriculture.

HOUSING

Proposed S.B. No. 752 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GUIDANCE ON HOUSING SEGREGATION', to address housing segregation in Connecticut.

ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 753 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE VIABILITY OF EXPANDING THE BOTTLED WATER INDUSTRY IN CONNECTICUT', to require a report by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection on the viability of expanding the bottled water industry in Connecticut.

S.B. No. 754 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF HERBICIDES ON STATE HIGHWAYS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION', to prohibit the spraying of herbicides along the state's highways.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Winkler of the 56th 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:

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Proposed H.B. No. 5462 AN ACT CREATING A CIVILIAN MEDAL OF HONOR.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

AGING. Proposed H.B. No. 5463 AN ACT AUTHORIZING SEPARATE LIVING AREAS IN MUNICIPAL PUBLIC HOUSING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND YOUNGER PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Housing.

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H.B. No. 5536 AN ACT CONCERNING WAIVING BANK FEES FOR MEDICAID APPLICANTS SUBJECT TO ASSET TRANSFER REVIEWS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Banking.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILL

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

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed S.B. No. 341 AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID COST SAVINGS FOR STUDENTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.