JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE
Monday, February 27, 2017
The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:31 o'clock a.m., Representative Albis of the 99th 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. Good and Gracious God, make us the true voice of the people whom we represent. Allow us to serve them with fairness and compassion. Amen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kerri E. Malloy of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:
Report - Department of Public Health - Report to the General Assembly - A Report Based on the Committee on the Practice of Naturopathy. (Pursuant to Special Act 16-3.) Date Received: February 17, 2017
Referred to the Committee on Public Health.
Reports - Access Health CT - Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange d/b/a Access Health CT - Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Reports for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 and the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 24, 2017
Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services.
Report - Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor - An Analysis of Eastern Connecticut's Job Losses and Workforce Needs. (Pursuant to Special Act 16-12.) Date Received: February 21, 2017
Referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Office of the Chief Medical Examiner For The Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2013, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: February 22, 2017
Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.
Report - Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council - Biannual Report for Quarters 1 - 4 for Calendar Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17b-28 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 24, 2017
Referred to the Committees on Human Services and Public Health.
FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
The following House Joint Resolution was received from the committee indicated, the resolution read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:
JUDICIARY. H.J. No. 97 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD N. PALMER OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS
On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st 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.
H.B. No. 5541 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF ACCELERATED REHABILITATION FOR PERSONS CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT', to require that any person accused of risk of injury to a child who is eligible for accelerated pretrial rehabilitation participate in a pretrial family violence education program.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
H.B. No. 5591 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAY EQUITY IN THE WORKFORCE', to help ensure pay equity in the workforce by requiring employers to provide equal pay to employees in the same workplace.
H.B. No. 6215 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO SCHOOL TUTORS', to add school tutors to the list of workers who qualify for paid sick leave under Connecticut law.
H.B. No. 6902 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION', to increase the amount paid to panel members.
H.B. No. 6907 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INTERSTATE PASSENGER CARRIER LAW', to clarify the interstate passenger carrier law.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
H.B. No. 7186 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REVISING CERTAIN STATUTES CONCERNING THE STATE COMPTROLLER', to enhance the State Employee Campaign for charitable giving by providing flexibility in its administration.
H.B. No. 7187 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING NECESSARY EXPENSES RECEIVED FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AT AN EVENT FROM REPORTING REQUIREMENTS', to change the exemption from reporting necessary expenses for purposes of the Code of Ethics from any public official, Governor's spouse or state employee who is a principal speaker at an event to any such official, spouse or employee who is an active participant at an event.
H.B. No. 7188 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND ACCESS TO RESTRICTED RECORDS IN THE STATE ARCHIVES', to require the preservation of records of historical value and to lift restrictions on access to public records contained in the state archives after a certain amount of time has passed.
H.B. No. 7189 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF MEDICAID-FUNDED PROGRAMS', to ensure that Medicaid-funded programs are effective and accessible.
H.B. No. 7190 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to ensure the efficiency and responsiveness of programs administered by the Department of Social Services.
H.B. No. 7191 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FEDERAL MEDICAID WAIVERS AND STATE PLAN AMENDMENTS', to determine the need for additional federal Medicaid waivers or Medicaid state plan amendments.
H.B. No. 7192 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LONG-TERM CARE', to ensure that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of state residents.
H.B. No. 7193 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOMES', to ensure that nursing home services adequately meet the needs of persons requiring institutional care.
H.B. No. 7194 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXCEPTIONS TO THE TEN-YEAR REPOSE PERIOD FOR CERTAIN PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS', to eliminate the requirement that a claimant not be entitled to compensation under chapter 568 of the general statutes when determining the repose period for a product liability claim in which the claimant alleges that harm occurred during the useful sale life of the product.
H.B. No. 7195 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE COLLECTION OF PAST DUE CHILD SUPPORT', to implement measures to enhance the collection of past due child support owed to state residents.
H.B. No. 7196 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NONADVERSARIAL DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE AND THE ISSUANCE OF A DEFAULT JUDGMENT IN A MATTER INVOLVING DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, DISSOLUTION OF CIVIL UNION OR LEGAL SEPARATION', to: (1) Revise the criteria used to determine if the parties to a dissolution of marriage action may avail themselves of a nonadversarial dissolution of marriage in such a way as to allow greater participation in the nonadversarial process; (2) revise court procedures associated with nonadversarial dissolution of marriage, and (3) permit the entry of a default judgment for certain dissolution and legal separation matters.
H.B. No. 7197 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE JURISDICTIONAL MONETARY LIMIT IN SMALL CLAIMS ACTIONS', to increase the jurisdictional monetary limit in small claims cases from five thousand dollars to seven thousand five hundred dollars.
S.B. No. 366 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A PARTY TO REIMBURSE THE STATE OR A MUNICIPALITY FOR THE WAGES OF AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS SUBPOENAED TO TESTIFY IN A LEGAL PROCEEDING', to require a party who issues a subpoena to a state or municipal employee to reimburse the state or municipality for the employee's time spent complying with the terms of the subpoena.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
S.B. No. 432 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXCEPTIONS TO THE PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENT IN PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS', to provide relief from municipal mandates by increasing the prevailing wage thresholds.
S.B. No. 599 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNEMPLOYMENT REDUCTION AMOUNT', to increase unemployment compensation benefits for individuals working part time.
S.B. No. 929 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT EXTENDING WHISTLE-BLOWER PROTECTIONS TO CERTAIN EMPLOYEES', to extend whistle-blower protections to an employee who objects, or refuses to participate in any activity that the employee reasonably believes to be a violation or suspected violation of any state or federal law or regulation, any municipal ordinance or regulation or any court order.
S.B. No. 930 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF ANNUAL REPORTS ON ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES', to require that annual reports on anti-human trafficking efforts from each state's attorney and municipal chief of police be sent to the Trafficking in Persons Council.
On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st District, the House adjourned at 11:33 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.