JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:32 o'clock a.m., Representative Morris of the 140th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Cydonnie I. Henry of Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, there are many issues to consider this Session. Guide us as we review the needs placed before us and assist us in bringing forth legislation that will benefit all our citizens. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kerri E. Malloy of Wethersfield, 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 Committee on Judiciary.

February 1, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you GREGORY T. D'AURIA of Amston to be an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Peter T. Zarella, who resigned on December 31, 2016.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Arce of the 4th 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. 6123 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TREE REMOVAL ALONG LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAYS', to require the disclosure of certain information prior to the removal of trees along limited access highways.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H.B. No. 6208 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE', to increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a five-year period.

ENVIRONMENT

H.B. No. 6333 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT', to designate the Department of Agriculture as the lead agency for purposes of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

H.B. No. 6345 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE POSTING OF NOTICE WHEN LAND ABUTS OTHER PROPERTY SUBJECT TO AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAND USE RESTRICTION', to alert potential land buyers that abutting properties may pose a potential threat to them and their families.

H.B. No. 6352 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TIRE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM', to establish a tire stewardship program in the state.

H.B. No. 6353 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING THE SHORELINE OF THE TOWN OF STRATFORD AS A "NO KILL OR HARVEST ZONE" FOR HORSESHOE CRABS', to preserve the Stratford horseshoe crab breeding grounds for uses such as pharmaceutical development.

H.B. No. 6356 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC NOTICE OF TREE REMOVAL ON MUNICIPAL PROPERTY', to reconcile tree stewardship laws and provide clarity as to the requisite public notice concerning tree removal on municipal property.

HOUSING

H.B. No. 6603 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF CERTAIN TENANTS OF STATE-FUNDED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS', to ensure adequate and safe state-assisted housing for the elderly and younger persons with disabilities.

H.B. No. 6604 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO A STATUTE CONCERNING CONGREGATE HOUSING', to make changes to a statute concerning congregate housing.

H.B. No. 6607 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT MAKING A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO A STATUTE CONCERNING SUPPORTIVE HOUSING', to make a technical change to a statute concerning supportive housing.

AGING

H.B. No. 7004 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT REDUCING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ELDERLY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF', to allow a municipality to provide property tax relief to more of its senior citizens.

H.B. No. 7005 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS CARING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED PERSONS', to provide a tax deduction for taxpayers caring for elderly persons, children and disabled persons.

HUMAN SERVICES

H.B. No. 7006 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT RESTORING OVERSIGHT OF THE CARE 4 KIDS PROGRAM TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND ALLOWING FOR THE TRANSFER OF FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO THE PROGRAM', to restore oversight of the Care 4 Kids child-care subsidy program to the Department of Social Services and allow for transfer of federal block grant funds to the program.

H.B. No. 7007 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INNOVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT PROVIDERS OF HUMAN SERVICES', to encourage innovation and efficiency in the delivery of human services.

H.B. No. 7008 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MEDICAID-FUNDED PILOT PROGRAM FOR LONG-ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVES', to establish a pilot program to promote the deterrence of unwanted pregnancies among Medicaid recipients and associated costs by promoting the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives.

H.B. No. 7009 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DETERRING MEDICAID FRAUD', to ensure that a federally required electronic visit verification system for home and community-based services funded under Medicaid is implemented with minimum burdens or penalties for providers of home and community-based services.

PUBLIC HEALTH

H.B. No. 7010 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOIDS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS', to enable better care and treatment of persons with opioid and other substance use disorders.

ENVIRONMENT

S.B. No. 287 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TESTING OF SHELLFISH AT ALTERNATIVE LAB FACILITIES', to ease the burden on the shellfish industry by expanding the network of acceptable labs for shellfish testing.

S.B. No. 505 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAINT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM', to encourage the recycling of paint and the use of recycled paint.

S.B. No. 513 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL TO AID ANIMALS LOCKED IN VEHICLES WHEN CONDITIONS ENDANGER THE WELFARE OF SUCH ANIMAL AND PROHIBITING THE PLACEMENT OF AN ANIMAL IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES', to authorize emergency response personnel to assist an animal that is locked in a vehicle when conditions pose a threat to the welfare of such animal and to make it a violation of the law to place an animal in such conditions.

S.B. No. 519 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE SOUTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT AND INVEST IN CERTAIN NONCORE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES', to allow the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority to invest in certain open space programs.

AGING

S.B. No. 770 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS', to provide sufficient funds for the personal needs of long-term care facility residents.

S.B. No. 771 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT REDUCING PARTICIPANT COSTS AND EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CONNECTICUT HOME-CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY', to reduce participant costs and expand eligibility for home-care services for persons sixty-five or older.

S.B. No. 772 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN CERTAIN HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY', to ensure that elderly persons have sufficient backup power in emergencies.

HUMAN SERVICES

S.B. No. 773 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADVANCE NOTICE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF GUIDELINES AND BULLETINS', to ensure that guidelines or bulletins issued by the Department of Social Services are reviewed by the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to human services.

S.B. No. 774 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT EXTENDING TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE BENEFITS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT', to encourage recipients of temporary family assistance to find employment by allowing them to retain benefits for not more than twelve months if they find a job that exceeds ninety per cent of the temporary family assistance payment standard.

S.B. No. 775 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONVEYANCES OF PROPERTY BY RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE', to reduce administrative burdens on property conveyances by recipients of public assistance.

S.B. No. 776 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT REQUIRING FAIRNESS FOR FAMILIES IN MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY AND REIMBURSEMENT DETERMINATIONS', to equalize compensation rates between family and non-family professional caregivers in programs administered by the Department of Social Services, use the same Medicaid reimbursement criteria for home care clients as is used for institutional clients and prohibit determinations of ineligibility for Medicaid based on an inaccessible asset or an asset discovered after a person applies for Medicaid.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Arce of the 4th District, the House adjourned at 11:34 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. 6613 AN ACT PROVIDING A TAX CREDIT FOR EMPLOYERS WHO PROVIDE ON-SITE DAY CARE.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H.B. No. 6614 AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H.B. No. 6882 AN ACT CONCERNING AN INTEGRATED PLAN TO COMBAT ADDICTION.

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