JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Monday, March 6, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 1:56 o'clock p.m., Representative DiMassa of the 116th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Mary Alice Hughes of Haddam, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Almighty Lord, we ask for Your divine assistance so the decisions that are made in this powerful chamber are for the good of all. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Alice Hughes of Haddam, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communication was received from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

March 3, 2017

Mr. Frederick Jortner

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol, Room 109

Hartford, CT 06106

Dear Mr. Jortner:

This letter is to inform you of the following changes to committee assignments:

Representative Kelly Luxenberg has been removed as Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee.

Representative Bruce Morris has been appointed to the Education Committee.

Representative Joe Verrengia has been removed from the Energy and Technology Committee.

Representative Joe de la Cruz has been appointed to the Energy and Technology Committee.

Representative Mike Winkler has been removed from the Environment Committee.

Representative Dorinda Borer has been appointed Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee; as well as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Environment Committee.

Please contact my office if you have any questions.

Joe Aresimowicz

Speaker of the House of Representatives

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE

The following communication was received from the Secretary of the State, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

March 3, 2017

Frederick Jortner

Clerk of the House

Room #109 - State Capitol

Hartford, CT

Dear Mr. Jortner:

This is to advise you that the return of votes cast at the special election held in the 115th Assembly District on February 28, 2017 for the purpose of filling a vacancy in the office of State Representative for said district, states the following candidates received the number of votes annexed to their names:

Dorinda Borer (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,866

Edward R. Granfield (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,093

Dorinda Borer (WF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

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Total Votes for Dorinda Borer: 1973

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stats. Section 9-215, Dorinda Borer appeared before me today and was administered the oath of office.

A copy of the official Statement of Vote signed by the State Board of Canvassers is enclosed.

Denise W. Merrill

Secretary of the State

REPORTS

The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report - Rensselaer at Hartford - 2016 Annual Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-11.) Date Received: February 27, 2017

Referred to the Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Public Safety and Security.

Report - State Board of Education - Academic Growth on the Mastery Examination of English Learners in Bilingual Education Programs. (Pursuant to Section 293 of Public Act 15-5 of the June Special Session). Date Received: February 27, 2017

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Office of Policy and Management - Report of Adjusted Payments Regarding Connecticut Programs of Tax Relief for Elderly Homeowners and Grants to Elderly Renters for the 2016 - 2017 Fiscal Year. (Pursuant to Section 12-170bb of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 28, 2017

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Office of the Chief Court Administrator - Foreclosure Mediation Program. (Pursuant to Sections 11-4a and 49-31n(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: February 28, 2017

Referred to the Committees on Banking and Judiciary.

Report - Connecticut Insurance Department - 2017 Managed Care Report. (Pursuant to Sections 38a-478a and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 1, 2017

Referred to the Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health.

Report - Office of the Healthcare Advocate - 2016 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Sections 38a-1050 and 38a-1041(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 2, 2017

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate, Children and Human Services.

Report - State Department of Education - Connecticut Manufacturing Committee Program Report - February 2017. (Pursuant to Public Act 16-114 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 3, 2017

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Borer of the 115th 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. 5590 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT', to study and improve the workforce development system in the state.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H.B. No. 6175 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO ENSURE CONTINUED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE', to ensure continued access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage by Connecticut residents following the passage of federal legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if any.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H.B. No. 6212 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARNED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H.B. No. 6433 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CLINICAL PEER REVIEW PERFORMED FOR PURPOSES OF A UTILIZATION REVIEW', to require that a clinical peer who performs a clinical peer review during a utilization review be licensed in this state in the same specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

H.B. No. 6623 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM RATE INCREASES AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO MITIGATE SUCH INCREASES', to establish a working group to study health insurance premium rate increases in this state and develop recommendations to mitigate such increases.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H.B. No. 6666 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT EXPANDING REMEDIES AND POTENTIAL LIABILITY FOR UNREASONABLY CONTESTED OR DELAYED WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS', to allow individuals seeking compensation for a workers' compensation claim to bring an action against an employer, insurer or third-party administrator that has unreasonably contested liability or delayed payments or adjustments of such compensation.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H.B. No. 6887 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PROVIDED BY CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELORS', to require that certain health insurance policies cover nonmedical mental health care and substance abuse services provided by certified peer counselors.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 7242 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL PLANS OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT', to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding the adequacy of municipal plans of conservation and development.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S.B. No. 1 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARNED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

GENERAL LAW

S.B. No. 191 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING', to repeal and streamline certain occupational licenses, registrations and certificates in order to remove barriers for employment while still maintaining health and safety protections for consumers.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S.B. No. 426 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONTRACTS BETWEEN HEALTH CARRIERS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, AGENTS OR VENDORS, PARTICIPATING PROVIDER DIRECTORIES AND SURPRISE BILLS', to (1) prohibit contracts between health carriers and health care providers, or agents or vendors of health care providers, from proscribing disclosure of certain information, (2) require that health carriers maintain accurate, current and detailed preferred provider directories, and (3) restrict surprise bills for health care services.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S.B. No. 747 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING "ON-CALL" SHIFT SCHEDULING FOR EMPLOYEES', to prohibit the unfair employment practice of on-call shift scheduling.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 977 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL LAND USE', to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding issues relating to municipal land use in this state.

S.B. No. 978 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS', to streamline the process of comprehensive economic development strategy review and approval.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Borer of the 115th District, the House adjourned at 1:59 o'clock p.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.