JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:35 o'clock a.m., Representative Boyd of the 50th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Taylor A. Pratcher of Milford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Father, help us to work together to reach a common goal. Bless us with inner strength so that our lives and our work may be a blessing to others. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dr. Jeffrey A. Gordon of Woodstock, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

March 16, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the MOTKUE A. BOWLES from West Hartford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a person who is not a judge or attorney-at-law, to serve a term ending March 15, 2021, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the RUSSELL L. LONDON from Wethersfield, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an attorney-at-law admitted to practice in this state, to serve a term ending March 15, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Barbara Aaron.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint DAVID A. LUCAS, JR. from Old Saybrook, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employers, to serve a term ending December 31, 2020 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the PETER W. NATHAN from Westport, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a person who is not a judge or attorney-at-law, to serve a term ending March 15, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint the RICHARD SMITH from Milford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a person who is not a judge or attorney-at-law, to serve a term ending March 15, 2021, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS

The following House Bills were received from the committees indicated, the bills read the second time and tabled for the Calendar and printing:

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 5077 (RAISED) (File No. 64) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RETURN OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO PHARMACIES.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. H.B. No. 5278 (RAISED) (File No. 65) AN ACT CONCERNING PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHERS AND CALL RECEIVING OPERATORS.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. H.B. No. 5591 (RAISED) (File No. 66) AN ACT CONCERNING PAY EQUITY IN THE WORKFORCE.

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for H.B. No. 5925 (RAISED) (File No. 67) AN ACT CONCERNING THE INSPECTION OF OUT-OF-STATE SHIPMENTS OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR AND PENALTIES FOR INTENTIONAL VIOLATIONS OF THE ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR MINIMUM BOTTLE LAW.

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 5928 (RAISED) (File No. 68) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MANUFACTURER PERMIT FOR FARM BREWERIES.

CHILDREN. Substitute for H.B. No. 6099 (RAISED) (File No. 69) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD CARE FACILITY NEIGHBOR RELATIONS TASK FORCE.

CHILDREN. Substitute for H.B. No. 6741 (RAISED) (File No. 70) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHT OF COUNSEL TO ACCESS RECORDS IN CERTAIN ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS.

CHILDREN. H.B. No. 6998 (RAISED) (File No. 71) AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.

CHILDREN. Substitute for H.B. No. 6999 (RAISED) (File No. 72) AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF THERAPY DOGS TO COMFORT CHILDREN TESTIFYING IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS.

HUMAN SERVICES. Substitute for H.B. No. 7037 (RAISED) (File No. 73) AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

HUMAN SERVICES. Substitute for H.B. No. 7039 (RAISED) (File No. 74) AN ACT REDUCING STATE CONSERVATORSHIP EXPENSES.

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 7070 (RAISED) (File No. 75) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 7071 (RAISED) (File No. 76) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 7072 (RAISED) (File No. 77) AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR PERMITS.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. H.B. No. 7086 (RAISED) (File No. 78) AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABOR DEPARTMENT.

GENERAL LAW. H.B. No. 7116 (RAISED) (File No. 79) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF PRIVATE LABEL ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

The following favorable reports on the House Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the bills read, the reports of the committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for H.B. No. 5962 (RAISED) AN ACT PROHIBITING INSURERS FROM USING STEP THERAPY FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRESCRIBED TO TREAT STAGE IV METASTATIC CANCER.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 5968 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION FOR INSUREDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for H.B. No. 5971 (RAISED) AN ACT EXTENDING THE PERIOD CHILDREN, STEPCHILDREN AND OTHER DEPENDENT CHILDREN MAY RETAIN DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE UNDER A PARENT'S, ADOPTIVE PARENT'S OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S INSURANCE POLICY.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 7123 (RAISED) AN ACT LIMITING CHANGES TO HEALTH INSURERS' PRESCRIPTION DRUG FORMULARIES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILL

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

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for S.B. No. 810 (RAISED) AN ACT REDEFINING MAMMOGRAM AND ELIMINATING COST-SHARING FOR MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

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.

TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 5178 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THREE-POINT LAP AND SHOULDER SEAT SAFETY BELTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES', to require school buses to be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat safety belts and to require passengers of a school bus to wear seat safety belts.

H.B. No. 5303 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF JUVENILE MATTERS INVOLVING MARIJUANA-RELATED INFRACTIONS AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OFFENSES', to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of juvenile matters involving marijuana-related infractions and driving under the influence offenses.

H.B. No. 5680 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARENT ATTENDANCE AT SAFE DRIVING INSTRUCTION COURSES', to allow parents or guardians to attend the two-hour driving course only once in a three-year period.

H.B. No. 5682 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUSINESSES THAT CONSTRUCT TRAILERS WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING OF TEN THOUSAND POUNDS OR LESS', to redefine "manufacturer" to exclude a person constructing or assembling any trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or less.

H.B. No. 6051 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING THE HARTFORD-NEW BRITAIN BUSWAY', to require the Commissioner of Transportation to submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding the Hartford-New Britain busway.

H.B. No. 6058 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC TOLLS', to allow the Department of Transportation to construct, maintain and operate electronic tolling systems on highways in this state.

H.B. No. 6059 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES', to prohibit an owner from parking a motor vehicle in a parking area unless the motor vehicle is registered with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H.B. No. 6583 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM TO ESTABLISH A DIVISION OF POSTSECONDARY VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR PURPOSES OF AVIATION MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS OFFERED AT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS', to allow aviation maintenance programs offered at technical high schools to be classified as postsecondary education programs for purposes of maintaining students' eligibility for Federal Pell grants.

TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 6956 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS', to require that a child under eight years of age but not under five years of age be transported in a child restraint system with a five-point harness or a booster seat, a child under five years of age but not under two years of age be transported in a child restraint system with a five-point harness, a child under two years of age be transported in a rear-facing child restraint system and to prohibit the use of rear-facing child restraint systems in the front seat of vehicles with functional side passenger air bags.

JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 7289 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA', to provide for a blood test to determine blood tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and when such content is elevated in order to determine if a person is driving under the influence of marijuana.

H.B. No. 7290 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT INCREASING PENALTIES FOR DEALING SYNTHETIC DRUGS', to amend the definition of "narcotic substance" to add fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives in order to increase penalties for dealing such substances.

H.B. No. 7291 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CELL SITE SIMULATOR DEVICES BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT CELLULAR TELEPHONE SURVEILLANCE', to require a law enforcement official to obtain a court order in order to conduct cellular telephone surveillance through use of a cell site simulator device.

H.B. No. 7292 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS AND CREATING DRUG DEALER CIVIL LIABILITY', to increase penalties for drug dealing by reclassifying and redefining certain drugs, to clarify the provisions concerning the dealing of prescription drugs and to create civil liability for actions of drug dealers.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 7293 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION EFFORTS AND MUNICIPALITIES', to encourage and promote regional municipal consolidation efforts.

H.B. No. 7294 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FINANCE', to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding issues related to municipal finance and the fiscal health of municipalities.

H.B. No. 7295 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE RENTERS REBATE PROGRAM', to implement minor revisions to the renters rebate program administered by the Office of Policy and Management.

H.B. No. 7296 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE FUNDING OF UNFUNDED ACCRUED MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM LIABILITIES BY MUNICIPALITIES', to permit municipalities to authorize and issue municipal employees' retirement system pension funding bonds.

H.B. No. 7297 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION IN THE DUTY TO PROMOTE FAIR HOUSING AND REQUIRING A STUDY OF CONNECTICUT'S HOUSING INVENTORY AND CURRENT AND FUTURE HOUSING NEEDS', to establish a private right of action in the duty to promote fair housing and require a study of the state's housing inventory and current and future housing needs.

H.B. No. 7298 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCLUSIONARY ZONING', to (1) require municipalities to implement regulations, requirements and conditions to promote inclusionary zoning and the growth of affordable housing; (2) permit the Commissioner of Housing to establish a program to provide financial assistance to developers for the creation of affordable housing; and (3) require municipalities to submit documentation of the completion of affordable housing annually to the Commissioner of Housing.

TRANSPORTATION

H.J. No. 41 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION LIMITING THE USE OF MONEYS IN THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND'

H.J. No. 54 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'RESOLUTION EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO CONSTRUCT A BYPASS THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT'

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 11 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGALIZATION AND TAXATION OF THE RETAIL SALE OF MARIJUANA', to provide for and regulate the retail sale of marijuana to persons twenty-one years of age or older and taxation of any sales of such marijuana.

TRANSPORTATION

S.B. No. 76 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POWER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A MILEAGE TAX STUDY WITH STATE FUNDS', to prohibit the Commissioner of Transportation from expending state funds for a federal study of mileage tax on motor vehicles operated on state highways.

S.B. No. 256 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INCREASE RAILROAD OR BUS FARE', to require legislative approval before the Department of Transportation may increase railroad or bus fare.

S.B. No. 260 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES', to establish a pilot program for the testing of autonomous vehicles and establish a task force to study autonomous vehicles.

S.B. No. 261 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POINT SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS', to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to reduce the number of the points charged against the holder of a motor vehicle operator's license if the holder passes the knowledge test or the on-the-road skills test for a motor vehicle operator's license.

S.B. No. 264 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO ENTER INTO CERTAIN SERVICE AGREEMENTS', to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to (1) enter into agreements with contractors, including motor vehicle dealerships, and municipalities to issue duplicate licenses and identity cards, renew licenses and identity cards and conduct registration transactions, (2) adopt regulations establishing qualifications, requirements and performance standards for such contractors and municipalities, and (3) submit annual reports regarding the status and progress of authorizing such contractors and municipalities.

S.B. No. 345 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIVERY SERVICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND ELDERLY PERSONS', to allow temporary and permanent livery permit holders to use stretcher vans to transport elderly persons and persons with disabilities who must be transported on a stretcher.

S.B. No. 501 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS FOR INTERSTATE ROUTES 84 AND 91 IN THE HARTFORD REGION', to allow the Department of Transportation to consider using federal funds to construct tunnels for Interstate Routes 84 and 91 in the Hartford region if such funds become available.

S.B. No. 655 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT INCREASING FEES REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS', to increase the fee remitted to municipalities in which certain moving violations occur from fifteen dollars to twenty dollars.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 1032 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL REORGANIZATION OF STATUTES INVOLVING THE ILLEGAL SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES', to improve the organization and comprehensibility of statutes concerning the illegal sale of controlled substances.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 1033 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FORECLOSURE ACTIONS ON TAX LIENS AND LIENS ON BLIGHTED REAL ESTATE', to require the Superior Court to grant preferred case status to actions to foreclose tax liens and liens on blighted residential property commenced by municipalities.

S.B. No. 1034 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STORAGE AND SALE OF THE POSSESSIONS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS OF EVICTED TENANTS', to require the plaintiff in an action for the recovery of possession or occupancy of residential property to store and sell the possessions and personal effects of the defendant or other occupant of such property in the event that such defendant or occupant does not remove or reclaim such possessions and effects.

S.B. No. 1035 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES', to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding the provision of services by municipal utilities in the state.

S.B. No. 1036 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF MUNICIPAL TAXES ON CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS', to require that land on which a one, two, three or four family residential dwelling is planned for construction, is under construction or has been constructed is assessed exclusive of the value of such dwelling until a certificate of occupancy is issued for such dwelling, the dwelling is used for its intended purpose or title to such dwelling is conveyed to a buyer that intends to use such dwelling for its intended purpose.

S.B. No. 1037 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADVERTISEMENT OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL INTERNET WEB SITES', to permit the posting of advertisements of legal notices on municipal Internet web sites.

S.B. No. 1038 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE OLD COLONY BEACH CLUB ASSOCIATION IN OLD LYME', to amend and update the charter provisions of the Old Colony Beach Club Association.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 1039 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN THE CASE OF DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS, INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR THE POSSESSION OF A NARCOTIC AND CRIMINALIZING THE MISBRANDING OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS', to establish the crime of manslaughter by causing a death of another person by drug overdose, make possession of a narcotic a class D felony, to criminalize the false labeling of synthetic drugs to include as illegally supplying a drug, a prescribed narcotic to a person for whom it is not prescribed and to require opiates be labeled to better warn of addictive qualities.

TRANSPORTATION

S.J. No. 5 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND'

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Rovero of the 51st District, the House adjourned at 11:37 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.