JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:32 o'clock a.m., Representative Boyd of the 50th 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. Lord, help us to be attentive to the matters placed before us. Let us listen to the voices of our citizens and put their best interest first. Amen.

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

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:

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 5578 (File No. 92) AN ACT ELIMINATING THE FEE FOR ISSUANCE OF PURPLE HEART NUMBER PLATES.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H.B. No. 6065 (File No. 93) AN ACT CONCERNING BUS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 6072 (File No. 94) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER ISSUES IMPACTING VETERANS INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 6285 (File No. 95) AN ACT RENAMING THE STATE MILITARY TRAINING FACILITY IN NIANTIC AS CAMP NETT.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 6506 (File No. 96) AN ACT WAIVING CERTAIN VETERANS' RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STEP-UP PROGRAM.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 7102 (RAISED) (File No. 97) AN ACT PROTECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 7103 (RAISED) (File No. 98) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RETIREMENT AGE OF GOVERNOR'S FOOT GUARD MUSICIANS.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H.B. No. 7176 (RAISED) (File No. 99) AN ACT CREATING A MILITARY RECRUITMENT RIBBON.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H.B. No. 7177 (RAISED) (File No. 100) AN ACT CONCERNING STUDIES ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND ON CERTAIN FORMER MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DISCHARGED DUE TO POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H.B. No. 7180 (RAISED) (File No. 101) AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A MUNICIPAL OPTION PROPERTY TAX FREEZE FOR QUALIFIED DISABLED VETERANS AND CERTAIN OTHER QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H.B. No. 7182 (RAISED) (File No. 102) AN ACT WAIVING CERTAIN FEES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA.

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:

COMMERCE. H.B. No. 5226 (RAISED) AN ACT MANDATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM.

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

COMMERCE. Substitute for H.B. No. 6746 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING A BIOSCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT.

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

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for H.B. No. 6887 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PROVIDED BY CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELORS.

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

COMMERCE. Substitute for H.B. No. 7063 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION FOR PROPOSED REGULATIONS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

COMMERCE. H.B. No. 7064 (RAISED) AN ACT EXTENDING THE MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT TO PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES.

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

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports on the Senate 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 in concurrence:

HUMAN SERVICES. Substitute for S.B. No. 802 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED BY PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS EMPLOYED DIRECTLY BY CONSUMERS IN STATE-FUNDED PROGRAMS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

COMMERCE. S.B. No. 819 (RAISED) AN ACT RAISING THE ANNUAL CAP ON TAX CREDITS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURES.

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

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

MATTERS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

On motion of Representative Ryan of the 139th District, the following matters were referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding in accordance with House Rule (20)(e)(ii).

AGING. H.B. No. 7005 (RAISED) (File No. 27) AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS CARING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED PERSONS.

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

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

MATTER REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON

JUDICIARY

On motion of Representative Ryan of the 139th District, the following matter was referred to the Committee on Judiciary in accordance with House Rule (20)(e)(ii).

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

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Ryan of the 139th 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.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 5554 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POLITICAL COMPOSITION OF CERTAIN MUNICIPAL POLITICAL BODIES', to exempt municipal bodies that are advisory in nature and do not have regulatory powers from political composition requirements.

H.B. No. 6004 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL APPLICATIONS FOR LAND USE PERMITS AND TAX ABATEMENTS', to create transparency so that municipal officials and the public have accurate information regarding the purpose of any development requiring land use, zoning or wetlands approval or for the purpose of a tax abatement.

H.B. No. 6221 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECOVERY OF PAYMENTS FROM COLLATERAL SOURCES BY A MUNICIPALITY WITH A SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN', to allow a municipality with a self-insured health plan to recover payments from collateral sources as defined in section 52-225b of the general statutes.

H.B. No. 6470 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGETS', to enhance the oversight and transparency of local boards of education.

H.B. No. 6675 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MUNICIPAL OPTION FOR PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE', to allow municipalities to provide tax abatements to support and encourage properties devoted to arts and culture.

H.B. No. 6926 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL OPEN SPACE PRIORITIES AND FUNDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUCH PROPERTIES', to enable municipalities to impose a conveyance fee on certain real property sales in order to generate funds for the preservation of open space.

H.B. No. 6941 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL GRANT PORTAL', to streamline the municipal grant application process.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 12 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING BENEFIT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES', to allow for the establishment of benefit limited liability companies.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 115 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY RESIDENTS WITH UNMET NEEDS BASED ON UNPAID WATER UTILITY BILLS', to establish a pilot program to identify residents with unmet needs based on unpaid water utility bills.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 364 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO LEGAL COUNSEL FOR INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS IN CERTAIN CIVIL MATTERS INVOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE', to establish a pilot program that shall provide access to legal counsel for indigent individuals in certain civil matters involving allegations of abuse.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 377 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE ODD FELLOWS HOME OF CONNECTICUT', to specify that any property tax assessed against the Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut on or after October 1, 2017, shall be calculated only on said home's otherwise taxable property exceeding twenty-five million dollars in assessed value.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 1043 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATIONS MADE BY VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO A HUMAN TRAFFICKING COUNSELOR', to extend the confidentiality protections afforded under section 52-146k of the general statutes to human trafficking counselors and to make conforming changes to the general statutes concerning the roles and responsibilities of human trafficking counselors.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Ryan of the 139th District, the House adjourned at 11:34 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

BILLS FILED WITH THE

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE

IN ACCORDANCE WITH JOINT RULE 15

AS OF MARCH 20, 2017

AT 5:00 O'CLOCK P.M.

TRANSPORTATION

H.B. No. 5303 AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF JUVENILE MATTERS INVOLVING MARIJUANA-RELATED INFRACTIONS AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OFFENSES.

H.B. No. 5680 AN ACT CONCERNING PARENT ATTENDANCE AT SAFE DRIVING INSTRUCTION COURSES.

H.B. No. 5682 AN ACT CONCERNING BUSINESSES THAT CONSTRUCT TRAILERS WITH A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING OF TEN THOUSAND POUNDS OR LESS.

H.B. No. 6051 AN ACT REQUIRING THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING THE HARTFORD-NEW BRITAIN BUSWAY.

H.B. No. 6058 AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC TOLLS.

H.B. No. 6059 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

H.B. No. 6956 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS.

H.B. No. 7054 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING ROADWAYS.

H.B. No. 7055 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING THE NOTIFICATION OF STATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES, PARKING SPACES, SEAT BELTS, MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS, WAYSIDE HORNS, THE DISPOSITION OF EXCESS STATE PROPERTY, HEAVY DUTY TRAILERS AND FLASHING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES.

H.B. No. 7096 (RAISED) AN ACT REVISING MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES.

H.B. No. 7097 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF NEW AND USED CAR DEALERS.

H.B. No. 7098 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE IN-STATE TRANSPORTER'S PERMIT.

H.B. No. 7138 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND PLANNING.

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

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

S.B. No. 76 AN ACT CONCERNING THE POWER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A MILEAGE TAX STUDY WITH STATE FUNDS.

S.B. No. 260 AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES.

S.B. No. 261 AN ACT CONCERNING THE POINT SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS.

S.B. No. 345 AN ACT CONCERNING LIVERY SERVICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND ELDERLY PERSONS.

S.B. No. 501 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS FOR INTERSTATE ROUTES 84 AND 91 IN THE HARTFORD REGION.

S.B. No. 655 AN ACT INCREASING FEES REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS.

S.B. No. 805 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION ISSUES.

S.B. No. 850 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES REGARDING IDENTITY CARDS, YOUTH INSTRUCTION PERMITS, OPERATOR LICENSES, COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION, ADMINISTRATIVE FEES, DIVERSION PROGRAM AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES.

S.B. No. 852 (RAISED) AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

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