JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:33 o'clock a.m., Representative Elliot of the 88th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Kelly A. Cicero of Orlando, Florida.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Almighty God, who presides over all things in heaven and on earth, graciously hear the prayers of this Body and grant us Your peace all the days of our life. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Arianna I. Santana of Winter Park, Florida.

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 23, 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 Christine Conley has been removed from the Planning and Development Committee.

Representative Rick Lopes has been appointed to the Planning and Development Committee.

Please contact my office if you have any questions.

Joe Aresimowicz

Speaker of the House of Representatives

COMMUNICATION FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communication was 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 23, 2017

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a and 12-802 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint MICHAEL J. JANUSKO from Rocky Hill, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to serve a term coterminous with my term 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:

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 5139 (RAISED) (File No. 166) AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE TO REPORT ADDITIONAL DATA.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. H.B. No. 5176 (RAISED) (File No. 167) AN ACT INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL.

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for H.B. No. 5730 (RAISED) (File No. 168) AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE MACHINES.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Substitute for H.B. No. 6038 (RAISED) (File No. 169) AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS WHO RENDER EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ANIMALS.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. H.B. No. 6258 (RAISED) (File No. 170) AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF OCCUPATION AS A PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEE.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. H.B. No. 6261 (RAISED) (File No. 171) AN ACT CONCERNING LEAVE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES ASSISTING IN A CIVIL PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCY.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 6432 (RAISED) (File No. 172) AN ACT CONCERNING DISCLOSURES BY REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND REAL ESTATE SALESPERSONS IN COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND NOTICES OF COMMISSION RIGHTS.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 6520 (RAISED) (File No. 173) AN ACT RAISING THE ASSET LIMITATION FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND COMMUNITY CREDIT UNIONS.

HOUSING. H.B. No. 6604 (RAISED) (File No. 174) AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO A STATUTE CONCERNING CONGREGATE HOUSING.

HOUSING. H.B. No. 6607 (RAISED) (File No. 175) AN ACT MAKING A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO A STATUTE CONCERNING SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

HOUSING. H.B. No. 6608 (RAISED) (File No. 176) AN ACT EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF TIME FOR REQUIRING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES TO WAIVE PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAX PAYMENTS FROM A HOUSING AUTHORITY.

BANKING. H.B. No. 6737 (RAISED) (File No. 177) AN ACT ALLOWING PURCHASERS OF REAL PROPERTY AND MORTGAGE LENDERS TO REQUIRE SELLERS OF SUCH PROPERTY TO WAIVE CONSTRUCTIVE TRUST CLAIMS.

HOUSING. H.B. No. 6874 (RAISED) (File No. 178) AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF DISCLOSURE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS OF CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

HOUSING. Substitute for H.B. No. 6880 (RAISED) (File No. 179) AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND USE APPEALS PROCEDURE.

HOUSING. H.B. No. 6881 (RAISED) (File No. 180) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES BY LANDLORDS.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7016 (RAISED) (File No. 181) AN ACT PRESERVING THE INTERESTS OF PRIOR TITLE HOLDERS.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7019 (RAISED) (File No. 182) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF BANKING'S ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY, THE ISSUANCE OF CERTAIN REPORTS, REQUIRING THE RETURN OF CERTAIN PORTIONS OF SECURITY DEPOSITS AND MAKING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE BANKING STATUTES.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for H.B. No. 7025 (RAISED) (File No. 183) AN ACT AUTHORIZING DOMESTIC INSURERS TO DIVIDE.

BANKING. H.B. No. 7030 (RAISED) (File No. 184) AN ACT PROTECTING THE CREDIT OF CERTAIN UTILITY CUSTOMERS.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7032 (RAISED) (File No. 185) AN ACT REGARDING THE OFFICE OF THE STATE TREASURER'S RECOMMENDED REVISIONS TO THE ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM.

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for H.B. No. 7052 (RAISED) (File No. 186) AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE.

HOUSING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7060 (RAISED) (File No. 187) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISCLOSURE OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS.

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for H.B. No. 7073 (RAISED) (File No. 188) AN ACT CONCERNING REMEDIES IN LAWSUITS AGAINST PROPERTY OWNERS BY SUBCONTRACTORS AND THE RELEASE OF RETAINAGE WITHHELD IN PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS.

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for H.B. No. 7118 (RAISED) (File No. 189) AN ACT CONCERNING BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7141 (RAISED) (File No. 190) AN ACT CONCERNING SECURED AND UNSECURED LENDING.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7142 (RAISED) (File No. 191) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSIGNMENT OF CERTAIN LIENS AND RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS UNDER THE EMERGENCY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7146 (RAISED) (File No. 192) AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL CONVICTION FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES BEFORE ASSETS SEIZED IN A LAWFUL ARREST OF LAWFUL SEARCH MAY BE FORFEITED IN A CIVIL PROCEEDING.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7147 (RAISED) (File No. 193) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF BANKING.

BANKING. H.B. No. 7150 (RAISED) (File No. 194) AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES.

BANKING. H.B. No. 7151 (RAISED) (File No. 195) AN ACT CONCERNING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

BANKING. Substitute for H.B. No. 7153 (RAISED) (File No. 196) AN ACT CONCERNING LENDING FOR LEAD ABATEMENT.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Winkler of the 56th 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. 5377 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION ZONES', (1) To add members of the General Assembly and elected municipal officials to the membership of neighborhood revitalization planning committees established in the neighborhoods in which such members and officials reside, eliminate the requirement that notice of the adoption of bylaws and amendments thereto by such committees be published in a newspaper, (2) to require municipalities to defend and indemnify such committees and members of such committees, and (3) to require municipalities to establish a process to request waivers of certain codes and regulations that jeopardize the implementation of such a committee's strategic plan.

H.B. No. 5592 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING OF MUNICIPAL ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS', to require the Secretary of the Office and Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding the planning, development and financing of entertainment districts by municipalities.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.B. No. 5944 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC HEARINGS ON REPORTS OF THE AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS', to require that legislative committees hold public hearings on reports issued by the Auditors of Public Accounts with certain exceptions.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 6008 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATE FOR METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF HARTFORD COUNTY CONSUMERS', to establish an Independent Consumer Advocate to act on behalf of Metropolitan District of Hartford consumers.

H.B. No. 6463 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL OPTION TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO CERTAIN RESIDENTS', to authorize municipalities to establish a program of property tax relief for residents who are unable to live in their homes due to damage caused by a natural disaster or because a state of emergency has caused such residents to be displaced from their homes.

H.B. No. 6471 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL AUDITS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to enhance oversight and transparency of board of education budgets.

H.B. No. 6481 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE APPRAISAL OF CERTAIN PROPERTY BY WATER COMPANIES PRIOR TO SALE', to require municipalities and water companies to conduct an appraisal of real property owned by such companies that includes or is part of a watershed or encompasses a well or reservoir, prior to the sale of such real property.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.B. No. 6568 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE CONCERNING THE STATE CONTRACTING PORTAL', to establish a task force to review the State Contracting Portal.

H.B. No. 6664 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE CONTRACTOR REPORTING OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT VIOLATION INFORMATION', to require contractors and subcontractors applying to the Department of Administrative Services for prequalification to state whether they have had any occupational safety and health act violations.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 6681 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL TAX APPEALS AND CONTINGENCY AGREEMENTS', to require persons representing property owners or lessors in certain appeals concerning real property assessments to be either attorneys or certified or provisionally licensed real estate appraisers and to prohibit contingency fee agreements in such appeals.

H.B. No. 6684 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MATURITY DATE FOR CERTAIN MUNICIPAL BONDS', to assist urban municipalities by allowing municipalities to issue refunding and new bonds for maximum terms of thirty years.

H.B. No. 6920 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POWERS OF MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS', to limit the availability of regional performance incentive program grants to regional councils of governments, permit municipalities to form local agricultural councils, establish certain requirements for cooperative economic development commissions and grant certain powers to regional councils of governments.

H.B. No. 6933 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO IMPOSE USER FEES ON PUBLIC AND INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to authorize municipalities to impose annual user fees on public and independent institutions of higher education located in such municipalities.

H.B. No. 6937 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT PERMITTING MUNICIPALITIES TO INITIATE AND IMPLEMENT NONEDUCATIONAL EXPENDITURE COST-SHARING MEASURES', to permit municipalities to initiate and implement noneducational expenditure cost-sharing measures in conjunction with local or regional boards of education.

H.B. No. 6948 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', to expand regional economic development opportunities by permitting economic development districts to apply for financial assistance for projects identified in such districts' regional economic development plans.

H.B. No. 6966 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIDING AND REGULATION OF ELECTRIC BICYCLES, CERTAIN TRAFFIC AND PARKING STATUTES AND THE ADOPTION OF MUNICIPAL ROAD DESIGN STANDARDS', to define and regulate the manufacture and use of electric bicycles, permit the parking of vehicles within twenty-five feet of intersections under certain circumstances, permit vehicles to turn left at a red signal under certain circumstances, and require the Commissioner of Transportation to update design standards for roads.

EDUCATION

S.B. No. 2 (COMM) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE EQUITABLE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to establish a more equitable education cost-sharing grant formula.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S.B. No. 194 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AGENCY RESPONSE TO PERMIT APPLICATIONS', to require executive branch agencies to either issue a decision on a permit application or a status report on the application within sixty days.

S.B. No. 288 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A STATE, FEDERAL AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO FUND A NEW DOCK FACILITY AT THE NAUTILUS MUSEUM IN GROTON', to establish a task force to study the feasibility of establishing a partnership to fund a new dock facility at the Nautilus Museum in the town of Groton.

S.B. No. 356 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF CERTAIN QUASI-PUBLIC AGENCY CONTRACTS', to increase executive and legislative oversight of quasi-public agency contracts by requiring the submission of certain contracts to the Attorney General and relevant legislative committee.

S.B. No. 424 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE AWARD OF STATE PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS TO CONTRACTORS THAT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A PUBLIC ENTITY CRIME', to require contractors bidding on public works contracts to certify that they and other affiliates of the contractor have not been convicted of a public entity crime and to prohibit the prequalification or award of a public works contract to a contractor that has been convicted of a public entity crime or that has an affiliate that has been convicted of a public entity crime.

S.B. No. 483 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "REVOLVING DOOR" RESTRICTIONS TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH EMPLOYEES FROM LOBBYING', to expand the current "revolving door" provision to prohibit senior level legislative and executive branch employees from lobbying for one year after leaving employment.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 602 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IN MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL SHELTERS', to (1) require the task force studying the humane treatment of animals in municipal and regional shelters to consider rules and regulations regarding and penalties for certain animal abuse and the failure to properly confine animals, and (2) extend such committee's reporting deadline to January 1, 2018.

S.B. No. 642 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LYMAN DRIVE WATER MAIN PROJECT IN TORRINGTON', to extend the permissible bond amortization period for the Lyman Drive water main project in Torrington to thirty years.

S.B. No. 644 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED OUT OF STATE', to require the in-state registration of motor vehicles registered out of state if such motor vehicles most frequently leave from or return to or remain in one or more points within the state.

S.B. No. 649 (COMM) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN FEES BY BUILDING OFFICIALS', to require building officials in certain municipalities to establish and asses a fee for the commencement of certain work without a necessary permit.

EDUCATION

S.B. No. 711 (COMM) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE AMOUNT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY REDUCE ITS MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT WHEN IT EXPERIENCES A DECLINE IN STUDENT ENROLLMENT', to provide mandate relief by allowing school districts greater authority to reduce their education budgets when there is reduced student enrollment.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Winkler of the 56th District, the House adjourned at 11:35 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.