JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, February 24, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:28 o'clock a.m., Representative Santiago of the 130th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Christopher M. Burr of Brookfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, bless this beautiful day You have set before us as we gather to do the business of the State. Be with us as we work to do what is best for our constituents. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Christopher M. Burr of Brookfield, Connecticut.

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.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H.B. No. 5210 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS MATTERS', to strengthen provisions of the law concerning pay equity and fairness.

H.B. No. 5278 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHERS AND CALL RECEIVING OPERATORS', to include emergency medical dispatchers and call receiving operators under existing paid sick leave law.

H.B. No. 6206 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AGE DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING PRACTICES', to reduce the incidence of age discrimination in hiring practices.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H.B. No. 7183 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT LOWERING THE MINIMUM UNIMPAIRED PAID-IN CAPITAL AND SURPLUS REQUIREMENT FOR SPECIAL PURPOSE FINANCIAL CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES', to reduce the minimum unimpaired paid-in capital and surplus requirement for a special purpose financial captive insurance company from not less than five hundred thousand dollars to not less than two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars.

H.B. No. 7184 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH CARRIERS TO REIMBURSE THE STATE FOR COVERED BENEFITS AND SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' VOLUNTARY SERVICES PROGRAM AND ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO MAXIMIZE REIMBURSEMENTS FOR COVERED BENEFITS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY STATE AGENCIES', to require that certain health carriers reimburse the state for covered benefits and services provided, directly or indirectly, by state agencies to insureds and enrollees under the Department of Children and Families' voluntary services program, and establish a task force to study and develop strategies to maximize reimbursements from health carriers for covered benefits and services provided by state agencies to insureds and enrollees.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 7185 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING LEASED MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FROM TAXATION', to exempt leased municipal property from taxation.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S.B. No. 548 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HAIRDRESSERS AND COSMETICIANS', to expand career options in the hairdressing and cosmetology fields.

S.B. No. 611 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CHARGING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS', to prohibit charging the payment of unemployment compensation benefits to an employer when an employee voluntarily terminated his or her employment, and the employee is subsequently terminated by a second employer and paid unemployment compensation benefits.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 922 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEMPORARY HEALTH CARE STRUCTURES', to allow municipalities to permit residents to install temporary health care structures on their property.

S.B. No. 923 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSIONS OF DECEASED TENANTS', to modify the process by which a landlord may regain possession of a rental unit, without an eviction action, after the death of a sole tenant who lived in the unit.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S.B. No. 924 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THAT HEALTH CARRIERS USING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE PAY A MINIMUM COMMISSION TO CERTAIN INSURANCE PRODUCERS', to require health carriers that deliver, issue for delivery, renew, amend or continue a qualified health plan through the exchange to pay a reasonable commission to an insurance producer who assisted an individual or a small employer to evaluate the qualified health plans offered through the exchange and select such a plan.

S.B. No. 925 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND VALUE-BASED INSURANCE DESIGN', to: (1) Require manufacturers of prescription drugs to disclose pricing information to the Insurance Commissioner; (2) require that certain insurance policies incorporate value-based insurance design; and (3) establish a task force to study methods of controlling the cost of prescription drugs.

S.B. No. 926 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STOP-LOSS INSURANCE POLICIES FOR HEALTH CARE OR MEDICAL BENEFITS', to specify the required and prohibited terms of stop-loss insurance policies for health care or medical benefits, establish criteria for the Insurance Commissioner's review of such policies and limit the scope of the commissioner's regulatory authority over such policies.

S.B. No. 927 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF TIME-LIMITED INSURANCE', to require the Insurance Commissioner to conduct a study regarding time-limited insurance.

S.B. No. 928 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY METHODS OF DEVELOPING, EXPANDING AND IMPROVING THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WORKFORCE IN THIS STATE', to establish a task force on the insurance industry workforce in this state.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Arce of the 4th District, the House adjourned at 11:30 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.