JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:30 o'clock a.m., Speaker Joe Aresimowicz in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by Deputy Chaplain, Reverend Charles E. Jacobs of Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. God of peace, as we prepare for the coming of the final days, we seek Your guidance and direction to do what is right for all the people of Connecticut. We know that all things are possible for those who believe. We end our prayer with the word that signifies our belief - Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Representative Baker of the 124th District.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports of the Joint Standing Committees were received from the Senate, the bills read the second time and tabled for the Calendar in accordance with Rule 11(G) of the House Rules:

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for S.B. No. 317 (File No. 336) AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE SERVICES. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. S.B. No. 482 (File No. 521) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREPARATION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC IMPACT STATEMENTS.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. S.B. No. 501 (File No. 403) AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS FOR INTERSTATE ROUTES 84 AND 91 IN THE HARTFORD REGION.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 575 (File No. 669) AN ACT CONCERNING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES OF THE RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 579 (File No. 200) AN ACT CONCERNING PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS APPLYING FOR REVERSE MORTGAGES.

APPROPRIATIONS. S.B. No. 602 (File No. 523) AN ACT CONCERNING THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IN MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL SHELTERS. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A", "B").

ENVIRONMENT. S.B. No. 754 (RAISED) (File No. 32) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF HERBICIDES ON STATE HIGHWAYS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

EDUCATION. Substitute for S.B. No. 786 (RAISED) (File No. 525) AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION MANDATE RELIEF AND THE TRANSPARENCY OF ENDOWED ACADEMIES.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 836 (RAISED) (File No. 273) AN ACT CONCERNING CIVIL PENALTY REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. S.B. No. 885 (RAISED) (File No. 709) AN ACT CONCERNING RECOVERY OF PAYMENTS FROM COLLATERAL SOURCES BY A MUNICIPALITY WITH A SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. S.B. No. 889 (RAISED) (File No. 303) AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF A FIRE MARSHAL AND POLICE OFFICERS AT THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. S.B. No. 890 (RAISED) (File No. 304) AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL REGARDING THE STATE FIRE PREVENTION CODE AND LICENSES FOR DEMOLITION.

CHILDREN. Substitute for S.B. No. 893 (RAISED) (File No. 210) AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO CERTAIN STATUTES REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 895 (RAISED) (File No. 162) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' STANDARDS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 901 (RAISED) (File No. 473) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING ADOPTION OF A MODEL FOOD CODE. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A", "B").

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for S.B. No. 903 (RAISED) (File No. 474) AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

PUBLIC HEALTH. S.B. No. 904 (RAISED) (File No. 526) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FACILITIES GUIDELINES FOR TECHNICAL REVIEW OF FACILITY CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for S.B. No. 938 (RAISED) (File No. 615) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STATE-WIDE ADOPTION OF THE MEDICAL ORDERS FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT PROGRAM. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

COMMERCE. Substitute for S.B. No. 959 (RAISED) (File No. 475) AN ACT CONCERNING AN INVENTORY OF THE STATE'S BIOSCIENCE EDUCATION PIPELINE. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. S.B. No. 974 (RAISED) (File No. 381) AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF ENERGY SOURCES. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A", "B").

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 981 (RAISED) (File No. 675) AN ACT CONCERNING STRATEGIC LITIGATION AGAINST PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND A SPECIAL MOTION TO DISMISS. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

JUDICIARY. Substitute for S.B. No. 1005 (RAISED) (File No. 711) AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL CHANGES TO STATUTES IN THE PENAL CODE. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. S.B. No. 1051 (RAISED) (File No. 767) AN ACT CONCERNING CTNEXT PLANNING GRANTS-IN-AID AND INNOVATION PLACE DESIGNATION APPLICATIONS, INVEST CT FUND TAX CREDIT TRANSFERABILITY AND STATE INVESTMENTS WITH VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS.

DEPUTY SPEAKER CANDELARIA IN THE CHAIR

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE BILL PASSED

The following bill was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the bill passed.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7044 (RAISED) (File No. 695) AN ACT CONCERNING PRETRIAL JUSTICE REFORM.

The bill was explained by Representative Tong of the 147th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8351) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Rebimbas of the 70th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8351):

In line 108, strike "Commission and" and insert "Commission," in lieu thereof

In line 109, strike "Connecticut," and insert "Connecticut and surety bail bond agents licensed under chapter 700f of the general statutes and tenured property bail agents who are not members of said association," in lieu thereof

The bill was discussed by Representatives Rebimbas of the 70th, Labriola of the 131st, Cheeseman of the 37th, Skulczyck of the 45th, Cummings of the 74th, Harding of the 107th, Petit of the 22nd, O'Neill of the 69th, Woods of the 141st, Srinivasan of the 31st and Godfrey of the 110th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 3:33 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 150

Necessary for Passage 76

Those voting Yea 88

Those voting Nay 62

Those absent and not voting 1

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7044 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

 

N

 

CARNEY

 

N

 

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

 

N

 

CARPINO

 

N

 

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

 

N

 

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

 

N

 

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

 

N

 

CUMMINGS

 

N

 

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

 

N

 

D'AMELIO

 

N

 

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

 

N

 

DAUPHINAIS

 

N

 

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

 

N

 

DAVIS

 

N

 

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

 

N

 

DELNICKI

 

N

 

SMITH

 

N

 

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

 

N

 

DEVLIN

 

N

 

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

 

N

 

DUBITSKY

 

N

 

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

 

N

 

DUFF

 

N

 

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

 

N

 

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

 

N

 

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

 

N

 

FERRARO

 

N

 

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

 

N

 

FISHBEIN

 

N

 

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

 

N

 

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

 

N

 

FRANCE

 

N

 

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

   

X

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

 

N

 

FUSCO

 

N

 

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

 

N

 

GREEN

 

N

 

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

 

N

 

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

 

N

 

HARDING

 

N

 

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

 

N

 

HOYDICK

       

Y

   

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

 

N

 

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

 

N

 

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

 

N

 

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

 

N

 

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

 

N

 

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

 

N

 

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

 

N

 

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

 

N

 

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

 

N

 

BETTS

 

N

 

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

 

N

 

BOCCHINO

 

N

 

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

 

N

 

BOLINSKY

 

N

 

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

 

N

 

BUCKBEE

 

N

 

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

 

N

 

BYRON

 

N

 

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

 

N

 

CAMILLO

 

N

 

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

 

N

 

CANDELORA, V.

 

N

 

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS PASSED TEMPORARILY

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for H.B. No. 7222 (RAISED) (File No. 594) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

The bill was explained by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8433) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Srinivasan of the 31st.

Representative Ritter of the 1st District moved to pass over the matter temporarily.

On a voice vote the motion carried and House Bill No. 7222 was passed temporarily.

ENVIRONMENT. Substitute for H.B. No. 6352 (RAISED) (File No. 56) AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES IN CONNECTICUT FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIRE HAULER LICENSE.

The bill was explained by Representative Rose of the 118th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8415) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Ziobron of the 34th, Harding of the 107th and Dubitsky of the 47th.

Representative Ritter of the 1st District moved to pass over the matter temporarily.

On a voice vote the motion carried and House Bill No. 6352 was passed temporarily.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE BILL PASSED

The following bill was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the bill passed.

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for H.B. No. 7220 (RAISED) (File No. 593) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING SAFE DRINKING WATER.

The bill was explained by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 6199) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Srinivasan of the 31st and Delnicki of the 14th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 6199):

Strike sections 3 to 15, inclusive, in their entirety and renumber the remaining sections and internal references accordingly

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 5:06 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Passage 75

Those voting Yea 148

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 3

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7220 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

   

X

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       
   

X

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

Y

   

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE BILL PASSED TEMPORARILY

PUBLIC HEALTH. H.B. No. 5741 (RAISED) (File No. 578) AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES.

The bill was explained by Representative Cook of the 65th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8448) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Srinivasan of the 31st, Soto of the 39th, Staneski of the 119th, Cummings of the 74th, Godfrey of the 110th, Wilson of the 66th, Skulczyck of the 45th, Borer of the 115th, Ferraro of the 117th and O'Neill of the 69th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8448):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Sober living home" means a residence with an operator that provides, or offers to provide, a supportive environment for adults who are recovering from a substance use disorder;

(2) "Operator" means the lawful owner of a sober living home or agent of such owner who maintains standards and conditions in the home that create an environment supportive of substance use disorder recovery;

(3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services;

(4) "Department" means the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; and

(5) "Opioid antagonist" has the same meaning as provided in section 17a-714a of the general statutes.

(b) No operator of a sober living home shall (1) advertise or represent that a sober living home is a facility that is certified or licensed to provide substance use disorder treatment services, or (2) publish any claims of particular outcomes for individuals residing in such homes. Any Internet web site or publication maintained by a sober living home shall include a clear and conspicuous statement in bold typeface that the sober living home (A) is not licensed or certified to provide substance use disorder treatment services, and (B) is a type of housing in which individuals recovering from a substance use disorder voluntarily choose to live together in a supportive environment during their recovery. Any violation of the provisions of this subsection shall constitute an unfair trade practice pursuant to section 42-110b of the general statutes.

(c) (1) On or before August 1, 2017, the commissioner shall create a printable one-page disclosure form for distribution to prospective sober living home residents. Such disclosure form shall (A) be written in plain language and in an easily readable format, (B) state that sober living homes are not licensed or certified to provide substance use disorder treatment services, (C) provide information on sober living homes and resources for individuals recovering from a substance use disorder, and (D) contain a signature line on which a prospective resident may sign the form. Such disclosure form shall be made available to the public on the department's Internet web site. The commissioner shall review and update such disclosure form as necessary.

(2) On and after August 15, 2017, each operator of a sober living home shall, prior to the execution of a rental agreement with a prospective resident, (A) obtain a signature from such prospective resident on the disclosure form distributed by the operator under subdivision (1) of this subsection affirming that he or she has read, understood and received such disclosure form, and (B) provide each signed disclosure form to the department. The department shall maintain each disclosure form received under this subdivision in accordance with all applicable confidentiality laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, 42 CFR Part 2, as amended from time to time.

(3) On and after August 15, 2017, each operator of a sober living home shall obtain the signature of each current resident of the sober living home on the disclosure form distributed by the operator under subdivision (1) of this subsection affirming that he or she has read, understood and received such disclosure form. The operator shall maintain each disclosure form received under this subdivision for not less than three years after the date the resident signed the disclosure form.

(d) Each operator of a sober living home shall:

(1) Maintain a supply of opioid antagonists on the premises and provide training in the administration of opioid antagonists to all of its residents when such home is occupied by at least one resident who has been diagnosed with opioid use disorder;

(2) Post in at least one common area of the sober living home (A) all requirements of residents while living in the home, including all required recovery activities, (B) policies regarding a resident's personal property within the home, and (C) any grievance policies and procedures for the residents to follow; and

(3) Comply with all requirements of a landlord pursuant to chapter 830 of the general statutes, provided such operator is the lawful owner of the sober living home, and adhere to any provisions of any applicable municipal ordinance, the State Building Code or the Fire Safety Code."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2017

New section

Representative Ritter of the 1st District moved to pass over the matter temporarily.

On a voice vote the motion carried and House Bill No. 5741 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed temporarily.

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS PASSED

The following bills were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the bills passed.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 7023 (RAISED) (File No. 225) AN ACT AUTHORIZING SHORT-TERM CARE GROUP INSURANCE POLICIES, PERMITTING HEALTH CARE CENTERS TO CHARGE COINSURANCE, AMENDING THE INSURERS REHABILITATION AND LIQUIDATION ACT AND REQUIRING THAT INSURERS ISSUE NOTICES TO INSUREDS REGARDING PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL RISK POLICIES.

The bill was explained by Representative Orange of the 48th.

SPEAKER ARESIMOWICZ IN THE CHAIR

The bill was discussed by Representative Orange of the 48th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8514).

Representative Orange of the 48th then withdrew House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8514).

The bill was further discussed by Representative Orange of the 48th who offered House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8516) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Sampson of the 80th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8516):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 38a-510 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2018):

(a) No insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity delivering, issuing for delivery, renewing, amending or continuing an individual health insurance policy or contract that provides coverage for prescription drugs may:

(1) Require any person covered under such policy or contract to obtain prescription drugs from a mail order pharmacy as a condition of obtaining benefits for such drugs; or

(2) Require, if such insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity uses step therapy for such drugs, the use of step therapy for (A) any prescribed drug for longer than sixty days, or (B) a prescribed drug for cancer treatment for an insured who has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer provided such prescribed drug is in compliance with approved federal Food and Drug Administration indications.

(3) At the expiration of [such] the time period specified in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of this subsection or for a prescribed drug described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of this subsection, an insured's treating health care provider may deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective for the insured, at which time the insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity shall authorize dispensation of and coverage for the drug prescribed by the insured's treating health care provider, provided such drug is a covered drug under such policy or contract. If such provider does not deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective or has not requested an override pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section, such drug regimen may be continued. For purposes of this section, "step therapy" means a protocol or program that establishes the specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition are to be prescribed.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 38a-544 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2018):

(a) No insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity delivering, issuing for delivery, renewing, amending or continuing a group health insurance policy or contract that provides coverage for prescription drugs may:

(1) Require any person covered under such policy or contract to obtain prescription drugs from a mail order pharmacy as a condition of obtaining benefits for such drugs; or

(2) Require, if such insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity uses step therapy for such drugs, the use of step therapy for (A) any prescribed drug for longer than sixty days, or (B) a prescribed drug for cancer treatment for an insured who has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer provided such prescribed drug is in compliance with approved federal Food and Drug Administration indications.

(3) At the expiration of [such] the time period specified in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of this subsection or for a prescribed drug described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of this subsection, an insured's treating health care provider may deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective for the insured, at which time the insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity shall authorize dispensation of and coverage for the drug prescribed by the insured's treating health care provider, provided such drug is a covered drug under such policy or contract. If such provider does not deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective or has not requested an override pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section, such drug regimen may be continued. For purposes of this section, "step therapy" means a protocol or program that establishes the specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition are to be prescribed."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2018

38a-510(a)

Sec. 2

January 1, 2018

38a-544(a)

The bill was further discussed by Representatives Sampson of the 80th, Gresko of the 121st and Petit of the 22nd.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 7:01 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Passage 75

Those voting Yea 148

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 3

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7023 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "B" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

   

X

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H.B. No. 7294 (RAISED) (File No. 514) AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FINANCE.

The bill was explained by Representative Lemar of the 96th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8510) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Zawistowski of the 61st.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8510):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 12-142 of the general statutes, title 7 or 10 of the general statutes, chapters 170 and 204 of the general statutes, any special act, any municipal charter or any home rule ordinance, if a municipality or regional board of education has adopted a budget or levied taxes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, prior to the adoption of the state budget for said fiscal year and such municipality or regional board of education receives, pursuant to such adopted state budget, a different amount of state aid than that projected in the municipality's or regional board of education's adopted budget, such municipality or regional board of education may (1) amend its budget in the same manner as such budget was originally adopted, and (2) adjust the tax levy and amount of any remaining installments of such taxes. The amendment to such budget shall be in an amount not exceeding the increase or decrease in state aid to the municipality or regional board of education. For the purposes of this section, "municipality" means any town, city, borough, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 7:12 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 149

Necessary for Passage 75

Those voting Yea 149

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 2

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7294 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

Y

   

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

DEPUTY SPEAKER ORANGE IN THE CHAIR

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for H.B. No. 7174 (RAISED) (File No. 590) AN ACT ALLOWING CERTAIN HOSPITAL PERSONNEL TO ADMINISTER A SALINE FLUSH TO AN INTRAVENOUS LINE.

The bill was explained by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8498) and moved its adoption.

DEPUTY SPEAKER CANDELARIA IN THE CHAIR

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Srinivasan of the 31st, Tercyak of the 26th, Gentile of the 104th, Klarides of the 114th, Morin of the 28th and Perone of the 137th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 8:07 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Adoption 75

Those voting Yea 105

Those voting Nay 43

Those absent and not voting 3

On a roll call vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

 

N

 

ADAMS

 

N

 

PORTER

 

N

 

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

 

N

 

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

 

N

 

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

 

N

 

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

 

N

 

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

 

N

 

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

 

N

 

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

 

N

 

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

 

N

 

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

 

N

 

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

 

N

 

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

 

N

 

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

 

N

 

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

 

N

 

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

 

N

 

DIMASSA

 

N

 

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

 

N

 

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

 

N

 

FLEISCHMANN

 

N

 

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

 

N

 

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

 

N

 

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

 

N

 

GRESKO

 

N

 

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

 

N

 

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       
 

N

 

HADDAD

 

N

 

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       
 

N

 

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

 

N

 

HAMPTON

 

N

 

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       
 

N

 

HENNESSY

 

N

 

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       
 

N

 

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

 

N

 

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       
 

N

 

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       
 

N

 

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

 

N

 

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

 

N

 

COOK

 

N

 

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

 

N

 

MORIN

 

N

 

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

 

N

 

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8498):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 1 of public act 17-23 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section, "phlebotomist" means a person, acting on an order of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370 of the general statutes, physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370 of the general statutes, advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 of the general statutes or podiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 375 of the general statutes, who draws blood for diagnostic testing, transfusions, research or blood donations.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Normal saline" means a nine-tenths of one per cent sodium chloride solution that does not contain additives and is suitable for administration to a hospital patient;

(2) "Prepackaged" means prepared by a pharmacy or a manufacturer in a sterile environment; and

(3) "Peripheral IV" means a peripherally inserted intravenous line.

(b) The flushing of a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline, in a single use pre-filled syringe, may be performed at a hospital by a phlebotomist who (1) maintains certification from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, National Center for Competency Testing, National Phlebotomy Association, National Healthcareer Association or American Medical Technologists, and (2) is responsible for drawing blood and trained under a protocol approved by the hospital. The hospital-approved protocol shall indicate the level of supervision and training required for such phlebotomists who perform flushing of a peripheral IV and include education about aseptic technique and infection control. The hospital shall document and maintain such protocol at the hospital for not less than two years from the date of implementation of such protocol. The flushing of a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline shall not be considered the administration of medication."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

PA 17-23, Sec. 1(a)

Sec. 2

October 1, 2017

New section

The bill was discussed by Representative Morin of the 28th.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 8:15 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Passage 75

Those voting Yea 103

Those voting Nay 45

Those absent and not voting 3

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7174 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

 

N

 

ADAMS

 

N

 

PORTER

 

N

 

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

 

N

 

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

 

N

 

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

 

N

 

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

 

N

 

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

 

N

 

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

 

N

 

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

 

N

 

BOYD

 

N

 

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

 

N

 

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

 

N

 

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

 

N

 

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

 

N

 

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

 

N

 

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

 

N

 

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

 

N

 

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

 

N

 

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

 

N

 

FLEISCHMANN

 

N

 

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

 

N

 

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

 

N

 

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

 

N

 

GRESKO

 

N

 

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

 

N

 

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       
 

N

 

HADDAD

 

N

 

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       
 

N

 

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

 

N

 

ARESIMOWICZ

 

N

 

HAMPTON

 

N

 

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       
 

N

 

HENNESSY

 

N

 

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       
 

N

 

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

 

N

 

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       
 

N

 

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       
 

N

 

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

 

N

 

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

 

N

 

COOK

 

N

 

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

 

N

 

MORIN

 

N

 

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

 

N

 

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

 

N

 

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

SPEAKER ARESIMOWICZ IN THE CHAIR

DEPUTY SPEAKER CANDELARIA IN THE CHAIR

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for H.B. No. 7222 (RAISED) (File No. 594) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES.

The bill which was passed over temporarily earlier today was explained by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8433 - designated earlier today).

Representative Steinberg of the 136th then withdrew House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8433).

The bill was discussed by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8493) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Srinivasan of the 31st.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8493):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 19a-491 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) No person acting individually or jointly with any other person shall establish, conduct, operate or maintain an institution in this state without a license as required by this chapter, except for persons issued a license by the Commissioner of Children and Families pursuant to section 17a-145 for the operation of (1) a substance abuse treatment facility, or (2) a facility for the purpose of caring for women during pregnancies and for women and their infants following such pregnancies. Application for such license shall (A) be made to the Department of Public Health upon forms provided by it, [and shall] (B) be accompanied by the fee required under subsection (c), (d) or (e) of this section, and (C) contain such information as the department requires, which may include affirmative evidence of ability to comply with reasonable standards and regulations prescribed under the provisions of this chapter. The commissioner may require as a condition of licensure that an applicant sign a consent order providing reasonable assurances of compliance with the Public Health Code. The commissioner may issue more than one chronic disease hospital license to a single institution until such time as the state offers a rehabilitation hospital license.

Sec. 2. Section 19a-490 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

As used in this chapter and sections 17b-261e, 38a-498b and 38a-525b:

(a) "Institution" means a hospital, short-term hospital special hospice, hospice inpatient facility, residential care home, health care facility for the handicapped, nursing home facility, home health care agency, homemaker-home health aide agency, behavioral health facility, assisted living services agency, substance abuse treatment facility, outpatient surgical facility, outpatient clinic, an infirmary operated by an educational institution for the care of students enrolled in, and faculty and employees of, such institution; a facility engaged in providing services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or care of human health conditions, including facilities operated and maintained by any state agency, except facilities for the care or treatment of mentally ill persons or persons with substance abuse problems; and a residential facility for persons with intellectual disability licensed pursuant to section 17a-227 and certified to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid program as an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disability;

(b) "Hospital" means an establishment for the lodging, care and treatment of persons suffering from disease or other abnormal physical or mental conditions and includes inpatient psychiatric services in general hospitals;

(c) "Residential care home" or "rest home" means a community residence that furnishes, in single or multiple facilities, food and shelter to two or more persons unrelated to the proprietor and, in addition, provides services that meet a need beyond the basic provisions of food, shelter and laundry and may qualify as a setting that allows residents to receive home and community-based services funded by state and federal programs;

(d) "Home health care agency" means a public or private organization, or a subdivision thereof, engaged in providing professional nursing services and the following services, available twenty-four hours per day, in the patient's home or a substantially equivalent environment: Homemaker-home health aide services as defined in this section, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or medical social services. The agency shall provide professional nursing services and at least one additional service directly and all others directly or through contract. An agency shall be available to enroll new patients seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day;

(e) "Homemaker-home health aide agency" means a public or private organization, except a home health care agency, which provides in the patient's home or a substantially equivalent environment supportive services which may include, but are not limited to, assistance with personal hygiene, dressing, feeding and incidental household tasks essential to achieving adequate household and family management. Such supportive services shall be provided under the supervision of a registered nurse and, if such nurse determines appropriate, shall be provided by a social worker, physical therapist, speech therapist or occupational therapist. Such supervision may be provided directly or through contract;

(f) "Homemaker-home health aide services" as defined in this section shall not include services provided to assist individuals with activities of daily living when such individuals have a disease or condition that is chronic and stable as determined by a physician licensed in the state of Connecticut;

(g) "Behavioral health facility" means any facility that provides mental health services to persons eighteen years of age or older or substance use disorder services to persons of any age in an outpatient treatment or residential setting to ameliorate mental, emotional, behavioral or substance use disorder issues;

(h) "Alcohol or drug treatment facility" means any facility for the care or treatment of persons suffering from alcoholism or other drug addiction;

(i) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association;

(j) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health or the commissioner's designee;

(k) "Home health agency" means an agency licensed as a home health care agency or a homemaker-home health aide agency;

(l) "Assisted living services agency" means an agency that provides, among other things, nursing services and assistance with activities of daily living to a population that is chronic and stable;

(m) "Outpatient clinic" means an organization operated by a municipality or a corporation, other than a hospital, that provides (1) ambulatory medical care, including preventive and health promotion services, (2) dental care, or (3) mental health services in conjunction with medical or dental care for the purpose of diagnosing or treating a health condition that does not require the patient's overnight care;

(n) "Multicare institution" means a hospital, psychiatric outpatient clinic for adults, free-standing facility for the care or treatment of substance abusive or dependent persons, hospital for psychiatric disabilities, as defined in section 17a-495, or a general acute care hospital that provides outpatient behavioral health services that (1) is licensed in accordance with this chapter, (2) has more than one facility or one or more satellite units owned and operated by a single licensee, and (3) offers complex patient health care services at each facility or satellite unit; [and]

(o) "Nursing home" or "nursing home facility" means (1) any chronic and convalescent nursing home or any rest home with nursing supervision that provides nursing supervision under a medical director twenty-four hours per day, or (2) any chronic and convalescent nursing home that provides skilled nursing care under medical supervision and direction to carry out nonsurgical treatment and dietary procedures for chronic diseases, convalescent stages, acute diseases or injuries ; [.] and

(p) "Outpatient dialysis unit" means (1) an out-of-hospital out-patient dialysis unit that is licensed by the department to provide (A) services on an out-patient basis to persons requiring dialysis on a short-term basis or for a chronic condition, or (B) training for home dialysis, or (2) an in-hospital dialysis unit that is a special unit of a licensed hospital designed, equipped and staffed to (A) offer dialysis therapy on an out-patient basis, (B) provide training for home dialysis, and (C) perform renal transplantations.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 20-126l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "General supervision of a licensed dentist" means supervision that authorizes dental hygiene procedures to be performed with the knowledge of said licensed dentist, whether or not the dentist is on the premises when such procedures are being performed;

(2) "Public health facility" means an institution, as defined in section 19a-490, as amended by this act, a community health center, a group home, a school, a preschool operated by a local or regional board of education or a head start program or a program offered or sponsored by the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children; [and]

(3) The "practice of dental hygiene" means the performance of educational, preventive and therapeutic services including: Complete prophylaxis; the removal of calcerous deposits, accretions and stains from the supragingival and subgingival surfaces of the teeth by scaling, root planing and polishing; the application of pit and fissure sealants and topical solutions to exposed portions of the teeth; dental hygiene examinations and the charting of oral conditions; dental hygiene assessment, treatment planning and evaluation; the administration of local anesthesia in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of this section; and collaboration in the implementation of the oral health care regimen; [.] and

(4) "Contact hour" means a minimum of fifty minutes of continuing education activity.

Sec. 4. Subsection (g) of section 20-126l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(g) Each licensed dental hygienist applying for license renewal shall earn a minimum of sixteen contact hours of continuing education within the preceding twenty-four-month period, including, for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2016, at least one contact hour of training or education in infection control in a dental setting and, for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2017, at least one contact hour of training or education in cultural competency. The subject matter for continuing education shall reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public. Continuing education activities shall provide significant theoretical or practical content directly related to clinical or scientific aspects of dental hygiene. Qualifying continuing education activities include, but are not limited to, courses, including on-line courses, that are offered or approved by dental schools and other institutions of higher education that are accredited or recognized by the Council on Dental Accreditation, a regional accrediting organization, the American Dental Association, a state, district or local dental association or society affiliated with the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the American Dental Hygienists Association or a state, district or local dental hygiene association or society affiliated with the American Dental Hygienists Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Dental Hygiene, the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association when sponsoring programs in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or cardiac life support, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and armed forces of the United States when conducting programs at United States governmental facilities, a hospital or other health care institution, agencies or businesses whose programs are accredited or recognized by the Council on Dental Accreditation, local, state or national medical associations, or a state or local health department. Eight hours of volunteer dental practice at a public health facility, as defined in subsection (a) of this section, may be substituted for one contact hour of continuing education, up to a maximum of five contact hours in one two-year period. Activities that do not qualify toward meeting these requirements include professional organizational business meetings, speeches delivered at luncheons or banquets, and the reading of books, articles, or professional journals. Not more than four contact hours of continuing education may be earned through an on-line or other distance learning program.

Sec. 5. Subsection (f) of section 10-206 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(f) On and after [February 1, 2004] October 1, 2017, each local or regional board of education shall report to the local health department and the Department of Public Health, on an [annual] triennial basis, the total number of pupils per school and per school district having a diagnosis of asthma (1) at the time of public school enrollment, (2) in grade six or seven, and (3) in grade ten or eleven. The report shall contain the asthma information collected as required under subsections (b) and (c) of this section and shall include pupil age, gender, race, ethnicity and school. Beginning on October 1, 2004, and every three years thereafter, the Department of Public Health shall review the asthma screening information reported pursuant to this section and shall submit a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and education concerning asthma trends and distributions among pupils enrolled in the public schools. The report shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a and shall include, but not be limited to, trends and findings based on pupil age, gender, race, ethnicity, school and the education reference group, as determined by the Department of Education for the town or regional school district in which such school is located.

Sec. 6. Section 19a-580d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) For purposes of this section, "do not resuscitate order" or "DNR order" means an order written by a physician licensed under chapter 370 or advanced practice registered nurse licensed under chapter 378 for a particular patient to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation of such patient, including chest compressions, defibrillation or breathing, or ventilation of such patient by any assistive or mechanical means, including, but not limited to, mouth-to-mouth, bag-valve mask, endotracheal tube or ventilator.

(b) The Department of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to provide for a system governing the recognition and transfer of ["] do not resuscitate ["] or DNR orders between health care institutions licensed pursuant to chapter 368v and upon intervention by emergency medical services providers certified or licensed pursuant to chapter 368d. The regulations shall include, but not be limited to, procedures concerning the use of ["] do not resuscitate ["] bracelets. The regulations shall specify that, upon request of the patient or his or her authorized representative, the physician or advanced practice registered nurse who issued the ["] do not resuscitate ["] order shall assist the patient or his or her authorized representative in utilizing the system. The regulations shall not limit the authority of the Commissioner of Developmental Services under subsection (g) of section 17a-238 concerning orders applied to persons receiving services under the direction of the Commissioner of Developmental Services.

Sec. 7. Section 19a-17 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) Each board or commission established under chapters 369 to 376, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, and 383 to 388, inclusive, and the Department of Public Health with respect to professions under its jurisdiction that have no board or commission may take any of the following actions, singly or in combination, based on conduct that occurred prior or subsequent to the issuance of a permit or a license upon finding the existence of good cause:

(1) Revoke a practitioner's license or permit;

(2) Suspend a practitioner's license or permit;

(3) Censure a practitioner or permittee;

(4) Issue a letter of reprimand to a practitioner or permittee;

(5) Place a practitioner or permittee on probationary status and require the practitioner or permittee to:

(A) Report regularly to such board, commission or department upon the matters which are the basis of probation;

(B) Limit practice to those areas prescribed by such board, commission or department;

(C) Continue or renew professional education until a satisfactory degree of skill has been attained in those areas which are the basis for the probation;

(6) Assess a civil penalty of up to twenty-five thousand dollars;

(7) In those cases involving persons or entities licensed or certified pursuant to sections 20-341d, 20-435, 20-436, 20-437, 20-438, 20-475 and 20-476, as amended by this act, require that restitution be made to an injured property owner; or

(8) Summarily take any action specified in this subsection against a practitioner's license or permit upon receipt of proof that such practitioner has been:

(A) Found guilty or convicted as a result of an act which constitutes a felony under (i) the laws of this state, (ii) federal law, or (iii) the laws of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted a felony under the laws of this state; or

(B) Subject to disciplinary action similar to that specified in this subsection by a duly authorized professional agency of any state, the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. The applicable board or commission, or the department shall promptly notify the practitioner or permittee that his license or permit has been summarily acted upon pursuant to this subsection and shall institute formal proceedings for revocation within ninety days after such notification.

(b) Such board or commission or the department may withdraw the probation if it finds that the circumstances that required action have been remedied.

(c) Such board or commission or the department where appropriate may summarily suspend a practitioner's license or permit in advance of a final adjudication or during the appeals process if such board or commission or the department finds that a practitioner or permittee represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if he is allowed to continue to practice.

(d) In addition to the authority provided to the Department of Public Health in subsection (a) of this section, the department may resolve any disciplinary action with respect to a practitioner's license or permit in any profession by voluntary surrender or agreement not to renew or reinstate.

(e) Such board or commission or the department may reinstate a license that has been suspended or revoked if, after a hearing, such board or commission or the department is satisfied that the practitioner or permittee is able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients, customers or the public in general. As a condition of reinstatement, the board or commission or the department may impose disciplinary or corrective measures authorized under this section.

(f) Such board or commission or the department may take disciplinary action against a practitioner's license or permit as a result of the practitioner having been subject to disciplinary action similar to an action specified in subsection (a) of this section by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, [a federal governmental agency] the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or a foreign jurisdiction. Such board or commission or the department may rely upon the findings and conclusions made by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of any state, [a federal governmental agency] the federal government, the District of Columbia, a United States possession or territory or foreign jurisdiction in taking such disciplinary action.

(g) As used in this section, the term "license" shall be deemed to include the following authorizations relative to the practice of any profession listed in subsection (a) of this section: (1) Licensure by the Department of Public Health; (2) certification by the Department of Public Health; and (3) certification by a national certification body.

(h) As used in this chapter, the term "permit" includes any authorization issued by the department to allow the practice, limited or otherwise, of a profession which would otherwise require a license; and the term "permittee" means any person who practices pursuant to a permit.

Sec. 8. Section 20-74a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Occupational therapy" means the evaluation, planning and implementation of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain adaptive skills necessary to achieve the maximal physical and mental functioning of the individual in his daily pursuits. The practice of "occupational therapy" includes, but is not limited to, evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental [deficits] disabilities, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities, or anticipated [disfunction] dysfunction, using (A) such treatment techniques as task-oriented activities to prevent or correct physical or emotional [deficits] disabilities or to minimize the disabling effect of these [deficits] disabilities in the life of the individual, (B) such evaluation techniques as assessment of sensory motor abilities, assessment of the development of self-care activities and capacity for independence, assessment of the physical capacity for prevocational and work tasks, assessment of play and leisure performance, and appraisal of living areas for [the handicapped] persons with disabilities, (C) specific occupational therapy techniques such as activities of daily living skills, the fabrication and application of splinting devices, sensory motor activities, the use of specifically designed manual and creative activities, guidance in the selection and use of adaptive equipment, specific exercises to enhance functional performance and treatment techniques for physical capabilities for work activities. Such techniques are applied in the treatment of individual patients or clients, in groups or through social systems. Occupational therapy also includes the establishment and modification of peer review.

(2) "Occupational therapist" means a person licensed to practice occupational therapy as defined in this chapter and whose license is in good standing.

(3) "Occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy, under the supervision of or with the consultation of a licensed occupational therapist, and whose license is in good standing.

(4) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee.

(5) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.

(6) "Supervision" means the overseeing of or participation in the work of an occupational therapist assistant by a licensed occupational therapist, including, but not limited to: (A) Continuous availability of direct communication between the occupational therapist assistant and the licensed occupational therapist; (B) availability of the licensed occupational therapist on a regularly scheduled basis to (i) review the practice of the occupational therapist assistant, and (ii) support the occupational therapist assistant in the performance of the occupational therapist assistant's services; and (C) a predetermined plan for emergency situations, including the designation of an alternate licensed occupational therapist to oversee or participate in the work of the occupational therapist assistant in the absence of the regular licensed occupational therapist.

Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 20-195 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the activities and services of a graduate student, intern or resident in psychology, pursuing a course of study in an educational institution under the provisions of section 20-189, if such activities constitute a part of a supervised course of study. No license as a psychologist shall be required of a person holding a doctoral degree based on a program of studies whose content was primarily psychological from an educational institution approved under the provisions of section 20-189, provided (1) such activities and services are necessary to satisfy the work experience as required by section 20-188, and (2) the exemption from the licensure requirement shall cease upon notification that the person did not successfully complete the licensing examination, as required under section 20-188, or one year after completion of such work experience, whichever occurs first. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any person in the salaried employ of any person, firm, corporation, educational institution or governmental agency when acting within the person's own organization. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the giving of accurate information concerning education and experience by any person in any application for employment. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent physicians, optometrists, chiropractors, members of the clergy, attorneys-at-law or social workers from doing work of a psychological nature consistent with accepted standards in their respective professions.

Sec. 10. Subsection (c) of section 20-195bb of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(c) No license as a professional counselor shall be required of the following: (1) A person who furnishes uncompensated assistance in an emergency; (2) a clergyman, priest, minister, rabbi or practitioner of any religious denomination accredited by the religious body to which the person belongs and settled in the work of the ministry, provided the activities that would otherwise require a license as a professional counselor are within the scope of ministerial duties; (3) a sexual assault counselor, as defined in section 52-146k; (4) a person participating in uncompensated group or individual counseling; (5) a person with a master's degree in a health-related or human services-related field employed by a hospital, as defined in subsection (b) of section 19a-490, as amended by this act, performing services in accordance with section 20-195aa under the supervision of a person licensed by the state in one of the professions identified in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 20-195dd; (6) a person licensed or certified by any agency of this state and performing services within the scope of practice for which licensed or certified; (7) a student, intern or trainee pursuing a course of study in counseling in a regionally accredited institution of higher education, provided the activities that would otherwise require a license as a professional counselor are performed under supervision and constitute a part of a supervised course of study; (8) a person employed by an institution of higher education to provide academic counseling in conjunction with the institution's programs and services; [or] (9) a vocational rehabilitation counselor, job counselor, credit counselor, consumer counselor or any other counselor or psychoanalyst who does not purport to be a counselor whose primary service is the application of established principles of psycho-social development and behavioral science to the evaluation, assessment, analysis and treatment of emotional, behavioral or interpersonal dysfunction or difficulties that interfere with mental health and human development; or (10) a person who earned a degree in accordance with the requirements of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 20-195dd, provided (A) the activities performed and services provided by such person constitute part of the supervised experience required for licensure under subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of said section, and (B) the exemption to the licensure requirement shall cease upon notification that the person did not successfully complete the licensing examination, as required under subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of said section, or one year after completion of such supervised experience, whichever occurs first.

Sec. 11. Subsection (a) of section 20-195f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) No license as a marital and family therapist shall be required of: (1) A student pursuing a course of study in an educational institution meeting the requirements of section 20-195c if such activities constitute a part of his supervised course of study; (2) a faculty member within an institution of higher learning performing duties consistent with his position; (3) a person holding a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy; [or a certificate of completion of a postdegree program for marriage and family therapy education, provided such activities and services constitute a part of his supervised work experience required for licensure] provided (A) the activities performed or services provided by the person constitute part of the supervised work experience required for licensure under subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 20-195c, and (B) the exemption to the licensure requirement shall cease for a person who has completed the work experience required for licensure and received notification that he or she did not successfully complete the licensing examination, as required under subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of said section, one year after completion of such work experience; or (4) a person licensed or certified in this state in a field other than marital and family therapy practicing within the scope of such license or certification.

Sec. 12. Section 19a-52 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, the Department of Public Health and the department's contractors, in carrying out its powers and duties under section 19a-50, may, within [the limits of appropriations, purchase wheelchairs and placement equipment directly and without the issuance of a purchase order, provided such purchases shall not be in excess of six thousand five hundred dollars per unit purchased. All such purchases shall be made in the open market, but shall, when possible, be based on at least three competitive bids. Such bids shall be solicited by sending notice to prospective suppliers and by posting notice on a public bulletin board within said Department of Public Health. Each bid shall be opened publicly at the time stated in the notice soliciting such bid. Acceptance of a bid by said Department of Public Health shall be based on standard specifications as may be adopted by said department] available appropriations, purchase medically necessary and appropriate durable medical equipment and other goods and services approved by the department. Such goods and services shall be identical to the goods and services that are covered under the state Medicaid and HUSKY health programs administered by the Department of Social Services. The payment for such goods and services shall not exceed the state Medicaid rate for the same goods and services.

Sec. 13. Section 19a-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) [Each person licensed to practice medicine, surgery, midwifery, chiropractic, naturopathy, podiatry or nursing or to use any other means or agencies to treat, prescribe for, heal or otherwise alleviate deformity, ailment, disease or any other form of human ills, who has professional knowledge that any child under five years of age has any physical defect shall, within forty-eight hours from the time of acquiring such knowledge, mail to the Department of Public Health a report, stating the name and address of the child, the name and address of the child's parents or guardians,] As used in this section:

(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

(2) "Department" means the Department of Public Health;

(3) "Licensed health care professional" means a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, a physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370, an advanced practice registered nurse or a registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 or a nurse midwife licensed pursuant to chapter 377; and

(4) "Newborn screening system" means the department's tracking system for the screening of newborns pursuant to section 19a-55, as amended by this act.

(b) The department may, within available appropriations, establish a birth defects surveillance program. Such program shall monitor the frequency, distribution and types of birth defects occurring in the state.

(c) Each child that is born in the state shall have a birth defects screening completed by a licensed health care professional prior to discharge from the hospital. The administrative officer or other person in charge of each hospital shall enter the results of each birth defects screening into the birth defects registry located in the department's newborn screening system in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner.

(d) Any licensed health care professional who provides care or treatment to a child that is under the age of one and was born in the state and who observes or acquires knowledge that the child has a birth defect shall, not later than forty-eight hours after observing or acquiring knowledge of such defect, notify the department of such defect in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. Such notification shall contain information, including, but not limited to, the nature of the [physical] birth defect and such other information as may reasonably be required by the department. The department shall [prepare and furnish suitable blanks in duplicate for such reports, shall] post the notification form on the department's Internet web site and keep each [report] notification made under this section on file for at least six years from the date of its receipt. [thereof and shall furnish a copy thereof to the State Board of Education within ten days.]

(e) The commissioner shall have access to identifying information in the hospital discharge records of newborn infants born in the state upon request. Such identifying information shall be used solely for purposes of the birth defects surveillance program. A hospital, as defined in section 19a-490, as amended by this act, shall make available to the department upon request the medical records of a patient diagnosed with a birth defect or other adverse reproductive outcomes for purposes of research and verification of data.

(f) The commissioner shall use the information collected under this section and information available from other sources to conduct routine analyses to determine whether there were any preventable causes of the birth defects about which the department was notified under this section.

(g) All information, including, but not limited to, personally identifiable information collected from a health care professional or hospital under this section shall be confidential. Such personally identifiable information shall be used solely for purposes of the birth defects surveillance program. Access to such information shall be limited to the department and persons with a valid scientific interest and qualification as determined by the commissioner, provided the department and such persons are engaged in demographic, epidemiologic or other similar studies related to health and agree, in writing, to maintain the confidentiality of such information as prescribed in this section and section 19a-25.

(h) The commissioner shall maintain an accurate record of all persons who are given access to the information in the newborn screening system. The record shall include (1) the name, title and organizational affiliation of persons given access to the system, (2) dates of access, and (3) the specific purpose for which the information is used. The record shall be open to public inspection during the department's normal operating hours.

(i) All research proposed to be conducted using personally identifiable information in the newborn screening system or requiring contact with affected individuals shall be reviewed and approved in advance by the commissioner.

(j) The commissioner may publish statistical compilations relating to birth defects or other adverse reproductive outcomes that do not in any way identify individual cases or individual sources of information.

Sec. 14. Subsection (b) of section 19a-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(b) In addition to the testing requirements prescribed in subsection (a) of this section, the administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to (1) every such infant in its care a screening test for (A) cystic fibrosis, and (B) critical congenital heart disease, and (2) any newborn infant who fails a newborn hearing screening, as described in section 19a-59, a screening test for cytomegalovirus, provided such screening test shall be administered within available appropriations on and after January 1, 2016. On and after January 1, 2018, the administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants who performs the testing for critical congenital heart disease shall enter the results of such test into the newborn screening system pursuant to section 19a-53, as amended by this act. Such screening tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate.

Sec. 15. Section 19a-37 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Laboratory or firm" means an environmental laboratory registered by the Department of Public Health pursuant to section 19a-29a;

(2) "Private well" means a water supply well that meets all of the following criteria: (A) Is not a public well; (B) supplies a population of less than twenty-five persons per day; and (C) is owned or controlled through an easement or by the same entity that owns or controls the building or parcel that is served by the water supply;

(3) "Public well" means a water supply well that supplies a public water system;

(4) "Well for semipublic use" means a water supply well that (A) does not meet the definition of a private well or public well, and (B) provides water for drinking and other domestic purposes; and

(5) "Water supply well" means an artificial excavation constructed by any method for the purpose of getting water for drinking or other domestic use.

[(a)] (b) The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations in the Public Health Code for the preservation of the public health pertaining to (1) protection and location of new water supply wells or springs for residential construction or for public or semipublic use, and (2) inspection for compliance with the provisions of municipal regulations adopted pursuant to section 22a-354p.

[(b)] (c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for the testing of water quality in private residential wells and wells for semipublic use. Any laboratory or firm which conducts a water quality test on a private well serving a residential property or well for semipublic use shall, not later than thirty days after the completion of such test, report the results of such test to (1) the public health authority of the municipality where the property is located, and (2) the Department of Public Health in a format specified by the department, provided such report shall [not] only be required if the party for whom the laboratory or firm conducted such test informs the laboratory or firm identified on the chain of custody documentation submitted with the test samples that the test was [not conducted within six months of] conducted in connection with the sale of such property. No regulation may require such a test to be conducted as a consequence or a condition of the sale, exchange, transfer, purchase or rental of the real property on which the private residential well or well for semipublic use is located. [For purposes of this section, "laboratory or firm" means an environmental laboratory registered by the Department of Public Health pursuant to section 19a-29a.]

[(c)] (d) Prior to the sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property on which a residential well is located, the owner shall provide the buyer or tenant notice that educational material concerning private well testing is available on the Department of Public Health web site. Failure to provide such notice shall not invalidate any sale, exchange, purchase, transfer or rental of real property. If the seller or landlord provides such notice in writing, the seller or landlord and any real estate licensee shall be deemed to have fully satisfied any duty to notify the buyer or tenant that the subject real property is located in an area for which there are reasonable grounds for testing under subsection [(f)] (g) or [(i)] (j) of this section.

[(d)] (e) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to clarify the criteria under which the commissioner may issue a well permit exception and to describe the terms and conditions that shall be imposed when a well is allowed at a premises (1) that is connected to a public water supply system, or (2) whose boundary is located within two hundred feet of an approved community water supply system, measured along a street, alley or easement. Such regulations shall (A) provide for notification of the permit to the public water supplier, (B) address the quality of the water supplied from the well, the means and extent to which the well shall not be interconnected with the public water supply, the need for a physical separation, and the installation of a reduced pressure device for backflow prevention, the inspection and testing requirements of any such reduced pressure device, and (C) identify the extent and frequency of water quality testing required for the well supply.

[(e)] (f) No regulation may require that a certificate of occupancy for a dwelling unit on such residential property be withheld or revoked on the basis of a water quality test performed on a private residential well pursuant to this section, unless such test results indicate that any maximum contaminant level applicable to public water supply systems for any contaminant listed in the public health code has been exceeded. No administrative agency, health district or municipal health officer may withhold or cause to be withheld such a certificate of occupancy except as provided in this section.

[(f)] (g) The local director of health may require a private residential well or well for semipublic use to be tested for arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitters, when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that such contaminants are present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, "reasonable grounds" means (1) the existence of a geological area known to have naturally occurring arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitter deposits in the bedrock; or (2) the well is located in an area in which it is known that arsenic, radium, uranium, radon or gross alpha emitters are present in the groundwater.

[(g)] (h) Except as provided in subsection [(h)] (i) of this section, the collection of samples for determining the water quality of private residential wells and wells for semipublic use may be made only by (1) employees of a laboratory or firm certified or approved by the Department of Public Health to test drinking water, if such employees have been trained in sample collection techniques, (2) certified water operators, (3) local health departments and state employees trained in sample collection techniques, or (4) individuals with training and experience that the Department of Public Health deems sufficient.

[(h)] (i) Any owner of a residential construction, including, but not limited to, a homeowner, on which a private residential well is located or any general contractor of a new residential construction on which a private residential well is located may collect samples of well water for submission to a laboratory or firm for the purposes of testing water quality pursuant to this section, provided (1) such laboratory or firm has provided instructions to said owner or general contractor on how to collect such samples, and (2) such owner or general contractor is identified to the subsequent owner on a form to be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. No regulation may prohibit or impede such collection or analysis.

[(i)] (j) The local director of health may require private residential wells and wells for semipublic use to be tested for pesticides, herbicides or organic chemicals when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that any such contaminants might be present in the groundwater. For purposes of this subsection, "reasonable grounds" means (1) the presence of nitrate-nitrogen in the groundwater at a concentration greater than ten milligrams per liter, or (2) that the private residential well or well for semipublic use is located on land, or in proximity to land, associated with the past or present production, storage, use or disposal of organic chemicals as identified in any public record.

(k) Any water transported in bulk by any means to a premises currently supplied by a private well or well for semipublic use where the water is to be used for purposes of drinking or domestic use shall be provided by a bulk water hauler licensed pursuant to section 20-278h. No bulk water hauler shall deliver water without first notifying the owner of the premises of such delivery. Bulk water hauling to a premises currently supplied by a private well or well for semipublic use shall be permitted only as a temporary measure to alleviate a water supply shortage.

Sec. 16. Subsection (a) of section 19a-320 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Any resident of this state, or any corporation formed under the law of this state, may erect, maintain and conduct a crematory in this state and provide the necessary appliances and facilities for the disposal by incineration of the bodies of the dead, in accordance with the provisions of this section. The location of such crematory shall be within the confines of an established cemetery containing not less than twenty acres, which cemetery shall have been in existence and operation for at least five years immediately preceding the time of the erection of such crematory, or shall be within the confines of a plot of land approved for the location of a crematory by the selectmen of any town, the mayor and council or board of aldermen of any city and the warden and burgesses of any borough; provided, in any town, city or borough having a zoning commission, such commission shall have the authority to grant such approval. [This section shall not apply to any resident of this state or any corporation formed under the law of this state that was issued an air quality permit by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection prior to October 1, 1998.] On and after July 1, 2017, no new crematory shall be located within five hundred feet of any residential structure or land for residential purposes not owned by the owner of the crematory.

Sec. 17. Subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 19a-127l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(c) (1) There is established a Quality of Care Advisory Committee which shall advise the Department of Public Health on the issues set forth in subdivisions (1) to (12), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section. The advisory committee [shall] may meet at [least semiannually] the discretion of the Commissioner of Public Health.

Sec. 18. Section 19a-131g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

The Commissioner of Public Health shall establish a Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the Department of Public Health on matters concerning emergency responses to a public health emergency. The advisory committee shall consist of the Commissioner of Public Health, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of both houses of the General Assembly and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, public safety and the judiciary, and representatives of town, city, borough and district directors of health, as appointed by the commissioner, and any other organization or persons that the commissioner deems relevant to the issues of public health preparedness. [The] Upon the request of the commissioner, the Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee [shall develop] may meet to review the plan for emergency responses to a public health emergency [. Such plan may include an emergency notification service. Not later than January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, the committee shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and public safety, on the status of a public health emergency plan and the resources needed for implementation of such plan] and other matters as deemed necessary by the commissioner.

Sec. 19. Subsection (f) of section 19a-491c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(f) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, a long-term care facility shall not employ, enter into a contract with or allow to volunteer any individual required to submit to a background search until the long-term care facility receives notice from the Department of Public Health pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (d) of this section.

(2) A long-term care facility may employ, enter into a contract with or allow to volunteer an individual required to submit to a background search on a conditional basis before the long-term care facility receives notice from the department that such individual does not have a disqualifying offense, provided: (A) The employment or contractual or volunteer period on a conditional basis shall last not more than sixty days, except the sixty-day time period may be extended by the department to allow for the filing and consideration of written request for a waiver of a disqualifying offense filed by an individual pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, (B) the long-term care facility has begun the review required under subsection (c) of this section and the individual has submitted to checks pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, (C) the individual is subject to direct, on-site supervision during the course of such conditional employment or contractual or volunteer period, and (D) the individual, in a signed statement (i) affirms that the individual has not committed a disqualifying offense, and (ii) acknowledges that a disqualifying offense reported in the background search required by subsection (c) of this section shall constitute good cause for termination and a long-term care facility may terminate the individual if a disqualifying offense is reported in said background search.

Sec. 20. Section 19a-31a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) For purposes of this section: [, (1) a "biolevel-three laboratory" or "laboratory"]

(1) "Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory" means a laboratory that (A) utilizes any living agent capable of causing a human infection or reportable human disease, or (B) is used to secure evidence of the presence or absence of a living agent capable of causing a human infection or reportable human disease, for the purposes of teaching, research or quality control of the infection or disease;

(2) "Biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory" means a microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory that presents a moderate hazard to personnel of exposure to an infection or disease and utilizes agents that are associated with human infection or disease;

(3) "Biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory" means a microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory [which is] operated by an institution of higher education, or any other research entity, that (A) handles agents that (i) have a known potential for aerosol transmission, (ii) may cause serious and potentially lethal human infections or diseases, and (iii) are either indigenous or exotic in origin, and (B) is designed and equipped under guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health and the National Centers for Disease Control as a biolevel-three laboratory; [, and (2) "biolevel-three agent"] and

(4) "Biolevel-three agent" means an agent classified as a biolevel-three agent by the National Institutes of Health and the National Centers for Disease Control.

(b) No biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory or biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory shall operate unless such laboratory has registered with the Department of Public Health and paid the registration fee required under subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The biennial registration fee for a biolevel-two microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory and a biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory shall be four hundred dollars.

(d) Microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratories that are state or federally operated entities shall be exempt from the registration fee requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this section.

[(b)] (e) If an institution [which] that operates a biolevel-three microbiological and biomedical biosafety laboratory establishes a biosafety committee pursuant to the National Institutes of Health or the National Centers for Disease Control guidelines, such committee shall (1) forward the minutes of its meetings to the Department of Public Health and (2) meet at least annually with a representative of the Department of Public Health to review safety procedures and discuss health issues relating to the operation of the laboratory.

[(c)] (f) Each such institution shall report to the Department of Public Health any infection or injury relating to work at the laboratory with biolevel-three agents and any incidents relating to such work which result in a recommendation by the institution that employees or members of the public be tested or monitored for potential health problems because of the possibility of infection or injury or incidents which pose a threat to public health.

[(d)] (g) Each such institution shall report to the Department of Public Health any sanctions imposed on the laboratory or on the institution for incidents occurring at the laboratory by the National Institutes of Health, the National Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Defense or any other government agency.

Sec. 21. Section 19a-59c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

[(a)] The Department of Public Health is authorized to administer the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children in the state, in accordance with federal law and regulations. The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, necessary to administer the program.

[(b) There is established a Women, Infants and Children Advisory Council consisting of the chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health; the Commissioner of Public Health or a designee; the executive director of the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors or a designee; a nutrition educator, appointed by the Governor; two local directors of the Women, Infants and Children program, one each appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives; two recipients of assistance under the Women, Infants and Children program, one each appointed by the majority leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and two representatives of an anti-hunger organization, one each appointed by the minority leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Council members shall serve for a term of two years. The chairperson and the vice-chairperson of the council shall be elected by the full membership of the council. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority. The council shall meet at least twice a year. Council members shall serve without compensation. The council shall advise the Department of Public Health on issues pertaining to increased participation and access to services under the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children.]

Sec. 22. Section 20-74s of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (z) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (z) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or limit the ability of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, who in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, provides counseling services to an individual diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health condition other than alcohol and drug dependency, provided such counseling services are within the scope of practice of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor as described in this section.

Sec. 23. Section 35 of public act 15-242 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established a task force to study rare diseases. The task force shall (1) examine research, diagnoses, treatment and education relating to rare diseases, and (2) make recommendations for the establishment of a permanent group of experts to advise the Department of Public Health on rare diseases. For purposes of this section, "rare disease" has the same meaning as provided in 21 USC 360bb, as amended from time to time.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) Four appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of neurology or neurological surgery, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of pediatrics, one of whom shall be an administrator of a hospital in the state, and one of whom shall be a medical researcher with experience conducting research concerning rare diseases;

(2) Four appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of cardiology or cardiovascular surgery, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of pulmonology, one of whom shall be a representative of a hospital in the state, and one of whom shall be a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse licensed and practicing in the state with experience treating rare diseases;

(3) Two appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of orthopedics or orthopedic surgery, and one of whom shall be a rare disease survivor over the age of eighteen;

(4) Two appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of internal medicine, and one of whom shall be a caregiver of a pediatric rare disease survivor;

(5) Two appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be a physician licensed and practicing in the state with experience researching, diagnosing or treating rare diseases and representing the specialty of emergency medicine, and one of whom shall be a representative of the National Organization for Rare Disorders; [and]

(6) Two appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall be a representative of the biopharmaceutical industry in the state with experience in research and development relating to rare diseases, and one of whom shall be a representative of a hospital in the state with experience in research and development relating to rare diseases; [.] and

(7) The chairpersons of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, or such chairpersons' designee.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), [or] (6) or (7) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) Not later than January 1, [2016] 2018, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, [2016] 2018, whichever is later.

Sec. 24. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 20-213, 20-217 and 20-227 of the general statutes, the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors and the Department of Public Health shall not take any disciplinary action pursuant to section 20-227 of the general statutes against a licensed embalmer or funeral director who received notification on or before October 1, 2017, that the licensee's score on the national board examination was invalidated as a result of the invalidation of such score if the licensee retakes and successfully completes the prescribed examination not later than October 1, 2018. Any affected licensee who fails to successfully complete the examination on or before October 1, 2018, shall have his or her license to practice as an embalmer or funeral director annulled, subject to the provisions of section 4-182 of the general statutes.

Sec. 25. Section 46a-28 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of substitute house bill 7237 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Advisory Board for Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing shall consist of the following [fifteen] sixteen members appointed by the Governor: (1) The consultant appointed by the State Board of Education in accordance with section 10-316a, or the consultant's designee; (2) the president of the Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, or the president's designee; (3) the president of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf, or the president's designee; (4) the president of the Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, or the president's designee; (5) the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services, or the commissioner's designee; (6) the executive director of the American School for the Deaf, or the executive director's designee; (7) a parent of a student in a predominantly oral education program; (8) a parent of a student at the American School for the Deaf; (9) a person who is deaf; (10) a person who is hard of hearing; (11) a person who is deaf and blind; (12) an interpreting professional who serves deaf or hard of hearing persons; (13) a health-care professional who works with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing; (14) the Governor's liaison to the disability community; [and] (15) an educator who works with children who are deaf or hard of hearing; and (16) the director of the Connecticut Chapter of We the Deaf People. The Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services, the Governor's liaison to the disability community and a member chosen by the majority of the board shall be the chairpersons of the advisory board.

(b) The advisory board shall meet at least quarterly or more often at the call of the chairpersons or a majority of the members. A majority of members in office but not less than [eight] nine voting members shall constitute a quorum.

(c) Any appointed member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings held during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned. Vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of term in the membership of the advisory board shall be filled by the Governor.

Sec. 26. Subsection (g) of section 2c-2h of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of substitute house bill 7237 of the current session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(g) Not later than July 1, 2020, and not later than every ten years thereafter, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of any of the following governmental entities or programs shall conduct a review of the applicable entity or program in accordance with the provisions of section 2c-3:

(1) Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman, established under section 17a-405;

(2) Regulation of nursing home administrators pursuant to chapter 368v;

(3) Regulation of hearing aid dealers pursuant to chapter 398; [and]

(4) Plumbing and Piping Work Board, established under section 20-331; and

(5) Advisory Board for Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, established under section 46a-27, as amended by this act.

Sec. 27. Subsection (b) of section 46a-29 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Commissioner of Education shall assign one vocational rehabilitation consultant to act as a liaison staff member of the [commission] Advisory Board for Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Sec. 28. Subsection (a) of section 19a-111i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On or before [January 1, 2009] October 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Public Health shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and human services on the status of lead poisoning prevention efforts in the state. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, (1) the number of children screened for lead poisoning during the preceding calendar year, (2) the number of children diagnosed with elevated blood levels during the preceding calendar year, and (3) the amount of testing, remediation, abatement and management of materials containing toxic levels of lead in all premises during the preceding calendar year.

Sec. 29. Subsection (a) of section 19a-6i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established a school-based health center advisory committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Public Health on matters relating to (1) statutory and regulatory changes to improve health care through access to school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, [and] (2) minimum standards for the provision of services in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites to ensure that high quality health care services are provided in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, as such terms are defined in section 19a-6r, and (3) other topics of relevance to the school-based health centers and expanded school sites, as requested by the commissioner.

Sec. 30. Subsection (g) of section 22a-430 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(g) The commissioner shall, by regulation adopted prior to October 1, 1977, establish and define categories of discharges which constitute household and small commercial subsurface sewage disposal systems for which he shall delegate to the Commissioner of Public Health the authority to issue permits or approvals and to hold public hearings in accordance with this section, on and after said date. The Commissioner of Public Health shall, pursuant to section 19a-36, establish minimum requirements for household and small commercial subsurface sewage disposal systems and procedures for the issuance of such permits or approvals by the local director of health or a sanitarian registered pursuant to chapter 395. As used in this subsection, household and small commercial disposal systems shall include those subsurface sewage disposal systems with a capacity of [five] seven thousand five hundred gallons per day or less. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or regulations of Connecticut state agencies, the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection that are in effect as of July 1, 2017, shall apply to household and small commercial subsurface sewage disposal systems with a capacity of seven thousand five hundred gallons per day or less. Any permit denied by the Commissioner of Public Health, or a director of health or registered sanitarian shall be subject to hearing and appeal in the manner provided in section 19a-229. Any permit granted by said Commissioner of Public Health, or a director of health or registered sanitarian on or after October 1, 1977, shall be deemed equivalent to a permit issued under subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 31. Subsection (a) of section 19a-492e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For purposes of this section "home health care agency" has the same meaning as provided in section 19a-490, as amended by this act. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 378, a registered nurse may delegate the administration of medications that are not administered by injection to homemaker-home health aides who have obtained certification and recertification every three years thereafter for medication administration in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, unless the prescribing practitioner specifies that a medication shall only be administered by a licensed nurse. Any homemaker-home health aide who obtained certification in the administration of medications on or before June 30, 2015, shall obtain recertification on or before July 1, 2018.

Sec. 32. Subsection (b) of section 19a-495a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Each residential care home, as defined in section 19a-490, as amended by this act, shall ensure that [, on or before January 1, 2010,] an appropriate number of unlicensed personnel, as determined by the residential care home, obtain certification and recertification for the administration of medication. Certification and recertification of such personnel shall be in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this section, except any personnel who obtained certification in the administration of medication on or before June 30, 2015, shall obtain recertification on or before July 1, 2018. Unlicensed personnel obtaining such certification and recertification may administer medications that are not administered by injection to residents of such homes, unless a resident's physician specifies that a medication only be administered by licensed personnel.

Sec. 33. Section 20-476 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of substitute senate bill 937 of the current session, as amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A", is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

On and after October 1, 2017, no person shall hold himself or herself out as a lead training provider, lead inspector, lead inspector risk assessor, lead planner-project designer, lead abatement supervisor or a lead abatement worker as defined in regulations adopted pursuant to section 20-478, in this state without a certificate issued by the Commissioner of Public Health. Applications for such certificate shall be made to the department on forms provided by it and shall be accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars, and shall contain such information regarding the applicant's qualifications as the department may require in regulations adopted pursuant to said section 20-478. No person shall be issued a certificate to act as a lead training provider, lead inspector, lead inspector risk assessor, lead planner-project designer, lead abatement supervisor or lead abatement worker unless such person obtains such approval. The commissioner may issue a certificate under this section to any person who is licensed or certified in another state under a law which provides standards which are equal to or higher than those of Connecticut and is not subject to any unresolved complaints or pending disciplinary actions. Certificates issued pursuant to this section shall be renewed annually in accordance with the provisions of section 19a-88 upon payment of a fee of fifty dollars. [The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.]

Sec. 34. Section 20-439 of the general statutes, as amended by section 9 of substitute senate bill 937 of the current session, as amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A", is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

For purposes of this section, "asbestos training provider" means a person or entity that offers a training program for asbestos abatement or asbestos consultation and certifies asbestos abatement workers, asbestos abatement site supervisors and asbestos consultants. On and after October 1, 2017, each asbestos training provider shall be certified by the department. The department shall issue an initial certification of a provider upon the provider's completion of an application and payment of a fee of fifty dollars. The certification issued pursuant to this section shall be renewed annually in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e) of section 19a-88 upon payment of a fee of fifty dollars. The department shall approve a training program upon determination that such program complies with such requirements as may be established in regulations adopted pursuant to section 20-440. Each application or reapplication for approval of a training program shall be accompanied by a fee of five hundred dollars. Each application for approval or reapproval of a refresher training program as required by section 20-441 shall be accompanied by a fee of two hundred fifty dollars. Each asbestos training provider shall furnish the department with a list of the persons who have successfully completed the course within thirty days of such completion. The department shall conduct periodic reviews of approved training courses and may revoke approval at any time it determines that the course fails to meet the requirements established in such regulations. [The Commissioner of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.]

Sec. 35. Section 19a-342 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section, "smoke" or "smoking" means the lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or similar device.

(b) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 31-40q, as amended by this act, no person shall smoke: (A) In any building or portion of a building owned and operated or leased and operated by the state or any political subdivision thereof; (B) in any area of a health care institution; (C) in any area of a retail food store; (D) in any restaurant; (E) in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-20a, 30-21, 30-21b, 30-22, 30-22c, 30-28, 30-28a, 30-33a, 30-33b, 30-35a, 30-37a, 30-37e or 30-37f, in any area of an establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-23 issued after May 1, 2003, and, on and after April 1, 2004, in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-22a or 30-26 or the bar area of a bowling establishment holding a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37c, as amended by this act; (F) within a school building while school is in session or student activities are being conducted; (G) in any passenger elevator, provided no person shall be arrested for violating this subsection unless there is posted in such elevator a sign which indicates that smoking is prohibited by state law; (H) in any dormitory in any public or private institution of higher education; or (I) on and after April 1, 2004, in any area of a dog race track or a facility equipped with screens for the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs or jai alai games. For purposes of this subsection, "restaurant" means space, in a suitable and permanent building, kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public to be a place where meals are regularly served to the public.

(2) This section shall not apply to (A) correctional facilities; (B) designated smoking areas in psychiatric facilities; (C) public housing projects, as defined in subsection (b) of section 21a-278a; (D) [classrooms] any classroom where demonstration smoking is taking place as part of a medical or scientific experiment or lesson; (E) smoking rooms provided by employers for employees, pursuant to section 31-40q, as amended by this act; (F) notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, the outdoor portion of the premises of any permittee listed in subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, provided, in the case of any seating area maintained for the service of food, at least seventy-five per cent of the outdoor seating capacity is an area in which smoking is prohibited and which is clearly designated with written signage as a nonsmoking area, except that any temporary seating area established for special events and not used on a regular basis shall not be subject to the smoking prohibition or signage requirements of this subparagraph; [or] (G) any medical research site where smoking is integral to the research being conducted; or (H) any tobacco bar, provided no tobacco bar shall expand in size or change its location from its size or location as of December 31, 2002. For purposes of this subdivision, "outdoor" means an area which has no roof or other ceiling enclosure, "tobacco bar" means an establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545 that, in the calendar year ending December 31, 2002, generated ten per cent or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors, and "tobacco product" means any substance that contains tobacco, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or chewing tobacco.

(c) The operator of a hotel, motel or similar lodging may allow guests to smoke in not more than twenty-five per cent of the rooms offered as accommodations to guests.

(d) In each room, elevator, area or building in which smoking is prohibited by this section, the person in control of the premises shall post or cause to be posted in a conspicuous place signs stating that smoking is prohibited by state law. Such signs, except in elevators, restaurants, establishments with permits to sell alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545, hotels, motels or similar lodgings, and health care institutions, shall have letters at least four inches high with the principal strokes of letters not less than one-half inch wide.

(e) Any person found guilty of smoking in violation of this section, failure to post signs as required by this section or the unauthorized removal of such signs shall have committed an infraction. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the person in control of a building to post such signs in every room of a building, provided such signs are posted in a conspicuous place in such building.

(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any smoking area in any building.

(g) The provisions of this section shall supersede and preempt the provisions of any municipal law or ordinance relative to smoking effective prior to, on or after October 1, 1993.

Sec. 36. Section 19a-342a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) As used in this section and section 2 of public act 15-206:

(1) "Child care facility" means a provider of child care services as defined in section 19a-77, or a person or entity required to be licensed under section 17a-145;

(2) "Electronic nicotine delivery system" means an electronic device that may be used to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or other substances to a person inhaling from the device, and includes, but is not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or electronic hookah and any related device and any cartridge or other component of such device;

(3) "Liquid nicotine container" means a container that holds a liquid substance containing nicotine that is sold, marketed or intended for use in an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product, except "liquid nicotine container" does not include such a container that is prefilled and sealed by the manufacturer and not intended to be opened by the consumer; and

(4) "Vapor product" means any product that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, to produce a vapor that may or may not include nicotine, that is inhaled by the user of such product, but shall not include a medicinal or therapeutic product used by a (A) licensed health care provider to treat a patient in a health care setting, or (B) a patient, as prescribed or directed by a licensed health care provider in any setting.

(b) (1) No person shall use an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product: (A) In any building or portion of a building owned and operated or leased and operated by the state or any political subdivision thereof; (B) in any area of a health care institution; (C) in any area of a retail food store; (D) in any restaurant; (E) in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-20a, 30-21, 30-21b, 30-22, 30-22a, 30-22c, 30-26, 30-28, 30-28a, 30-33a, 30-33b, 30-35a, 30-37a, 30-37e or 30-37f, in any area of establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-23 issued after May 1, 2003, or the bar area of a bowling establishment holding a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37c; (F) within a school building while school is in session or student activities are being conducted; (G) within a child care facility, except, if the child care facility is a family child care home as defined in section 19a-77, such use is prohibited only when a child enrolled in such home is present; (H) in any passenger elevator, provided no person shall be arrested for violating this subsection unless there is posted in such elevator a sign which indicates that such use is prohibited by state law; (I) in any dormitory in any public or private institution of higher education; or (J) in any area of a dog race track or a facility equipped with screens for the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs or jai alai games. For purposes of this subsection, "restaurant" means space, in a suitable and permanent building, kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public to be a place where meals are regularly served to the public.

(2) This section shall not apply to (A) correctional facilities; (B) designated smoking areas in psychiatric facilities; (C) public housing projects, as defined in subsection (b) of section 21a-278a; (D) [classrooms] any classroom where a demonstration of the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product is taking place as part of a medical or scientific experiment or lesson; (E) any medical research site where the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product is integral to the research being conducted; (F) establishments without a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor that sell electronic nicotine delivery systems, vapor products or liquid nicotine containers on-site and allow their customers to use such systems, products or containers on-site; [(F)] (G) smoking rooms provided by employers for employees, pursuant to section 31-40q, as amended by this act; [(G)] (H) notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, the outdoor portion of the premises of any permittee listed in subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, provided, in the case of any seating area maintained for the service of food, at least seventy-five per cent of the outdoor seating capacity is an area in which smoking is prohibited and which is clearly designated with written signage as a nonsmoking area, except that any temporary seating area established for special events and not used on a regular basis shall not be subject to the prohibition on the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product or the signage requirements of this subparagraph; or [(H)] (I) any tobacco bar, provided no tobacco bar shall expand in size or change its location from its size or location as of October 1, 2015. For purposes of this subdivision, "outdoor" means an area which has no roof or other ceiling enclosure, "tobacco bar" means an establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545 that, in the calendar year ending December 31, 2015, generated ten per cent or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors, and "tobacco product" means any substance that contains tobacco, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or chewing tobacco.

(c) The operator of a hotel, motel or similar lodging may allow guests to use an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product in not more than twenty-five per cent of the rooms offered as accommodations to guests.

(d) In each room, elevator, area or building in which the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product is prohibited by this section, the person in control of the premises shall post or cause to be posted in a conspicuous place signs stating that such use is prohibited by state law. Such signs, except in elevators, restaurants, establishments with permits to sell alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545, hotels, motels or similar lodgings, and health care institutions, shall have letters at least four inches high with the principal strokes of letters not less than one-half inch wide.

(e) Any person found guilty of using an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product in violation of this section, failure to post signs as required by this section or the unauthorized removal of such signs shall have committed an infraction.

(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the designation of any area for the use of electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product in any building.

(g) The provisions of this section shall supersede and preempt the provisions of any municipal law or ordinance relative to the use of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product effective prior to, on or after October 1, 2015.

Sec. 37. Subsection (b) of section 53-344 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(b) Any person who sells, gives or delivers to any [minor] person under eighteen years of age tobacco [, unless the minor is delivering or accepting delivery in such person's capacity as an employee, in any form] shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars for the first offense, not more than three hundred fifty dollars for a second offense within [an eighteen-month] a twenty-four-month period and not more than five hundred dollars for each subsequent offense within [an eighteen-month] a twenty-four-month period. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a person under eighteen years of age who is delivering or accepting delivery of tobacco (1) in such person's capacity as an employee, or (2) as part of a scientific study being conducted by an organization for the purpose of medical research to further efforts in tobacco use prevention and cessation, provided such medical research has been approved by the organization's institutional review board, as defined in section 21a-408.

Sec. 38. Subsection (b) of section 53-344b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(b) Any person who sells, gives or delivers to any [minor] person under eighteen years of age an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product [, unless the minor is delivering or accepting delivery in such person's capacity as an employee,] in any form shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars for the first offense, not more than three hundred fifty dollars for a second offense within [an eighteen-month] a twenty-four-month period and not more than five hundred dollars for each subsequent offense within [an eighteen-month] a twenty-four-month period. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a person under eighteen years of age who is delivering or accepting delivery of an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product (1) in such person's capacity as an employee, or (2) as part of a scientific study being conducted by an organization for the purpose of medical research to further efforts in tobacco use prevention and cessation, provided such medical research has been approved by the organization's institutional review board, as defined in section 21a-408.

Sec. 39. Subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 31-40q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(4) "Business facility" means a structurally enclosed location or portion thereof at which employees perform services for their employer. The term "business facility" does not include: (A) Facilities listed in subparagraph (A), (C) or [(G)] (H) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 19a-342, as amended by this act; (B) any establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-23 issued on or before May 1, 2003; (C) for any business that is engaged in the testing or development of tobacco or tobacco products, the areas of such business designated for such testing or development; or (D) during the period from October 1, 2003, to April 1, 2004, establishments with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-22a or 30-26 or the bar area of a bowling establishment holding a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37c.

Sec. 40. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than October 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, any hospital that has been certified as a comprehensive stroke center, a primary stroke center or an acute stroke-ready hospital by the American Heart Association, the Joint Commission or any other nationally recognized certifying organization shall submit an attestation of such certification to the Commissioner of Public Health, in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. Not later than October 15, 2017, and annually thereafter, the Department of Public Health shall post a list of certified stroke centers on its Internet web site.

(b) The department may remove a hospital from the list posted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section if (1) the hospital requests such removal, (2) the department is informed by the American Heart Association, the Joint Commission or other nationally recognized certifying organization that a hospital's certification has expired or been suspended or revoked, or (3) the department does not receive attestation of certification from a hospital on or before October first. The department shall report to the nationally recognized certifying organization any complaint it receives related to the certification of a hospital as a comprehensive stroke center, a primary stroke center or an acute stroke-ready hospital. The department shall provide the complainant with the name and contact information of the nationally recognized certifying organization if the complainant seeks to pursue a complaint with such organization.

Sec. 41. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section, "emergency medical services provider" means a provider licensed or certified under chapter 368d of the general statutes.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the Department of Public Health shall send a list of each hospital designated under section 40 of this act as a comprehensive stroke center, primary stroke center or acute stroke-ready center to the medical director of each emergency medical services provider in the state. The Department of Public Health shall maintain a copy of the list in the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2018, the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board Committee, established under section 19a-178a of the general statutes, shall recommend to the Commissioner of Public Health, for adoption, a nationally recognized standardized stroke triage assessment tool and prehospital care protocols related to the assessment, treatment and transport of stroke patients. Not later than thirty days after receiving recommendations regarding the stroke triage assessment tool and prehospital care protocols, the Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt such stroke triage assessment tool and post such assessment tool and protocols on its Internet web site. The commissioner may make any modifications to such assessment tool as the commissioner deems necessary. The department shall distribute a copy of the stroke triage assessment tool and prehospital care protocols to each emergency medical services provider. Upon receipt of such assessment tool and protocols, each emergency medical services provider shall develop plans to implement such assessment tool and protocols for the triage and transport of acute stroke patients.

Sec. 42. Section 19a-90 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 17-6, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) A health care provider giving prenatal care to a pregnant woman in this state during gestation shall order a blood sample of such woman for each of the following serological tests: (1) Not later than thirty days after the date of the first prenatal examination, a serological test for HIV and syphilis; (2) not later than twenty-eight to thirty-two weeks of gestation, a serological test for syphilis; (3) not later than thirty-two to thirty-six weeks of gestation, a serological test for HIV; and (4) at the time of delivery, a serological test for HIV and syphilis, provided the woman presents to labor and delivery without documentation of the required serological testing prescribed under subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection. No pregnant woman shall be subject to serological testing more than once during each of the time frames outlined in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive. A pregnant woman's consent to the HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, shall be consistent with the consent given for the HIV-related test prescribed under section 19a-582, as amended by [this act] public act 17-6. The laboratory tests required by this section shall be made on request without charge by the Department of Public Health. For purposes of this subsection, "health care provider" means a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378, physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370 or nurse midwife licensed pursuant to chapter [372] 377.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any woman who objects to a blood test as being in conflict with her religious tenets and practices.

Sec. 43. Subdivision (3) of subsection (c) of section 20-112a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(3) On or after [January] July 1, 2018, (A) no licensed dentist may delegate dental procedures to a dental assistant or expanded function dental assistant unless the dental assistant or expanded function dental assistant provides records demonstrating successful completion of the Dental Assisting National Board's infection control examination, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, (B) a dental assistant may receive not more than nine months of on-the-job training by a licensed dentist for purposes of preparing the dental assistant for the Dental Assisting National Board's infection control examination, and (C) any licensed dentist who delegates dental procedures to a dental assistant shall retain and make such records available for inspection upon request of the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 44. Subsection (f) of section 46 of public act 16-66 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) Not later than January 1, [2017] 2018, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, [2017] 2018, whichever is later.

Sec. 45. (Effective from passage) (a) The Department of Public Health shall, within available appropriations and in consultation with the Department of Social Services and the Insurance Department, convene a working group to implement a mobile integrated health care program. The program shall permit a paramedic, as defined in section 20-206jj of the general statutes, to provide community-based health care within his or her scope of practice and to make recommendations regarding transportation by emergency medical services providers of a patient to a destination other than an emergency department. For purposes of this section, "community-based health care" means health care provided using patient-centered, mobile resources outside of the hospital environment.

(b) The working group shall consist of the following members, who shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section: (1) A representative of the Connecticut Hospital Association, or such representative's designee; (2) a chairperson of the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Medical Advisory Committee, established pursuant to section 19a-178a of the general statutes, or such chairperson's designee; (3) an advanced practice registered nurse licensed under section 20-94a of the general statutes; (4) a licensed behavioral health professional; (5) a representative of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut; (6) a representative from a primary care provider that self-identifies as an urgent care facility; (7) a representative of the Connecticut commercial health insurance industry; (8) a representative of a fire department-based emergency medical services provider; (9) three representatives of emergency medical services providers, at least one of whom shall be a designee of the Association of Connecticut Ambulance Providers and have a background in providing ambulance services in a rural area of the state, one of whom shall have a background in providing ambulance services in an urban area of the state, and one of whom shall be a designee of the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Chiefs' Association; (10) a representative of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home; (11) a representative of an agency providing hospice care that is licensed to provide such care by the Department of Public Health or certified to provide such care pursuant to 42 USC 1395x, as amended from time to time; (12) a representative of the Connecticut Nurses Association; and (13) a representative of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians. The working group shall also consist of the following members, or their designees: (A) The director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, as defined in section 19a-175 of the general statutes; (B) the chairperson of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, established pursuant to section 19a-178a of the general statutes; (C) the Commissioners of Public Health and Social Services and the Insurance Commissioner; (D) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; and (E) the chairpersons, vice chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health.

(c) (1) The tasks of the working group shall include, but not be limited to, identifying (A) areas in the state that would benefit from a mobile integrated health care program due to gaps in the availability of health care services in such areas, (B) any patient care interventions that a paramedic may provide within a paramedic's scope of practice, (C) any additional education or training that paramedics may need in order to provide community-based health care, (D) any potential savings or additional costs associated with the provision of health care coverage for community-based health care that an insured, as defined in section 38a-1 of the general statutes, or the Medicaid program administered by the Department of Social Services, may incur, (E) any potential reimbursement issues related to health care coverage for the provision of community-based health care by a paramedic, (F) minimum criteria for the implementation of the mobile integrated health care program, (G) any statute or regulation that may be impacted by the implementation of the mobile integrated health care program, and (H) any successful models for a mobile integrated health care program implemented in other areas of the country.

(2) The working group shall, in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and its Medical Advisory Committee, make recommendations regarding (A) the ability of an emergency medical services provider to transport a patient to an alternative destination other than a hospital emergency department for health care services when established protocols dictate that the emergency department is not the most appropriate destination for such patient, and (B) whether an emergency medical services provider requires additional training for purposes of making a determination regarding whether to transport a patient to an alternative destination.

(d) Not later than January 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Public Health shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, regarding the outcome and the recommendations of the working group to implement the mobile integrated health care program to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, human services and insurance.

Sec. 46. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study the projected shortage in the psychiatry workforce in the state. Such study shall include, but need not be limited to, an examination of the causes of and potential solutions for avoiding or reducing the projected shortage in the psychiatry workforce.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and one of whom is a psychologist;

(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom is a psychiatrist and one of whom has expertise in workforce shortages and development;

(3) Two appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom has expertise in social work and counseling and one of whom is a primary care provider who consults with psychiatrists;

(4) Two appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one of whom has expertise in recovery support and one of whom is a representative of an institution that employs psychiatrists, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient clinic or emergency department in the state;

(5) Two appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom is a physician assistant for a psychiatrist and one of whom is an emergency medicine physician; and

(6) Two appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, one of whom is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and one of whom is a faculty member from a department of psychiatry of a school of medicine in the state.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) or (6) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than July 1, 2018, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or July 1, 2018, whichever is later.

Sec. 47. Section 10-500 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (e) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (e) The Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office shall be based in the Office of Early Childhood.

Sec. 48. Sections 19a-6j to 19a-6l, inclusive, and 19a-6n of the general statutes are repealed. (Effective October 1, 2017)"

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

19a-491(a)

Sec. 2

October 1, 2017

19a-490

Sec. 3

October 1, 2017

20-126l(a)

Sec. 4

October 1, 2017

20-126l(g)

Sec. 5

October 1, 2017

10-206(f)

Sec. 6

October 1, 2017

19a-580d

Sec. 7

October 1, 2017

19a-17

Sec. 8

October 1, 2017

20-74a

Sec. 9

October 1, 2017

20-195(a)

Sec. 10

October 1, 2017

20-195bb(c)

Sec. 11

October 1, 2017

20-195f(a)

Sec. 12

October 1, 2017

19a-52

Sec. 13

October 1, 2017

19a-53

Sec. 14

October 1, 2017

19a-55(b)

Sec. 15

October 1, 2017

19a-37

Sec. 16

July 1, 2017

19a-320(a)

Sec. 17

October 1, 2017

19a-127l(c)(1)

Sec. 18

October 1, 2017

19a-131g

Sec. 19

October 1, 2017

19a-491c(f)

Sec. 20

October 1, 2017

19a-31a

Sec. 21

October 1, 2017

19a-59c

Sec. 22

from passage

20-74s

Sec. 23

from passage

PA 15-242, Sec. 35

Sec. 24

October 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 25

from passage

46a-28

Sec. 26

from passage

2c-2h(g)

Sec. 27

from passage

46a-29(b)

Sec. 28

from passage

19a-111i(a)

Sec. 29

from passage

19a-6i(a)

Sec. 30

July 1, 2017

22a-430(g)

Sec. 31

from passage

19a-492e(a)

Sec. 32

from passage

19a-495a(b)

Sec. 33

July 1, 2017

20-476

Sec. 34

July 1, 2017

20-439

Sec. 35

October 1, 2017

19a-342

Sec. 36

October 1, 2017

19a-342a

Sec. 37

October 1, 2017

53-344(b)

Sec. 38

October 1, 2017

53-344b(b)

Sec. 39

October 1, 2017

31-40q(a)(4)

Sec. 40

from passage

New section

Sec. 41

October 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 42

July 1, 2017

19a-90

Sec. 43

from passage

20-112a(c)(3)

Sec. 44

from passage

PA 16-66, Sec. 46(f)

Sec. 45

from passage

New section

Sec. 46

from passage

New section

Sec. 47

from passage

10-500

Sec. 48

October 1, 2017

Repealer section

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 8:33 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 147

Necessary for Passage 74

Those voting Yea 146

Those voting Nay 1

Those absent and not voting 4

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7222 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "B" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

   

X

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

 

N

 

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

SENATE BILL PASSED

The following bill was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the bill passed.

APPROPRIATIONS. Substitute for S.B. No. 246 (RAISED) (File Nos. 604 and 774) AN ACT CONCERNING A STATE-WIDE WAITING LIST FOR RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

The bill was explained by Representative Steinberg of the 136th who offered Senate Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 7660) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Ferraro of the 117th, Staneski of the 119th and Dillon of the 92nd.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The bill was discussed by Representative Srinivasan of the 31st.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 8:45 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 148

Necessary for Passage 75

Those voting Yea 148

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 3

On a roll call vote Senate Bill No. 246 as amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A" was passed in concurrence with the Senate.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORT OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

HOUSE BILL PASSED

The following bill was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the bill passed.

PUBLIC HEALTH. H.B. No. 5741 (RAISED) (File No. 578) AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES.

The bill which was passed over temporarily earlier today was explained by Representative Cook of the 65th who offered House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8523) and moved its adoption.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "B" (LCO 8523):

Strike subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of section 1 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(1) Maintain a supply of opioid antagonists on the premises and provide training in the administration of opioid antagonists to all of its residents when such home is occupied by at least one resident who has been diagnosed with opioid use disorder. In no case, when such home is occupied by at least one resident who has been diagnosed with opioid use disorder, shall such supply be less than the number of residents who have been diagnosed with opioid use disorder, provided at no time shall such supply be less than two opioid antagonists regardless of the number of residents. Each operator shall replace an opioid antagonist within a reasonable time after being notified of its use;

The bill was discussed by Representatives Wood of the 141st and Case of the 63rd.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 8:54 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 147

Necessary for Passage 74

Those voting Yea 143

Those voting Nay 4

Those absent and not voting 4

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 5741 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" (adopted earlier today) and "B" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

 

N

 

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

 

N

 

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

   

X

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

Y

   

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

 

N

 

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

 

N

 

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

MATTER RETURNED FROM COMMITTEE

HOUSE BILL PASSED

The following bill was taken from the table, read the third time, the report of the committee indicated accepted and the bill passed.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H.B. No. 5655 (RAISED) (File No. 214) AN ACT CONCERNING A PROPERTY OWNER'S LIABILITY FOR THE EXPENSES OF REMOVING A FALLEN TREE OR LIMB.

The bill was explained by Representative Stafstrom of the 129th.

The bill was discussed by Representative Camillo of the 151st.

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 9:01 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 146

Necessary for Passage 74

Those voting Yea 107

Those voting Nay 39

Those absent and not voting 5

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 5655 was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

 

N

 

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

 

N

 

ADAMS

 

N

 

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

 

N

 

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

 

N

 

ALTOBELLO

 

N

 

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

 

N

 

RUTIGLIANO

 

N

 

ARCE

 

N

 

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

 

N

 

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

 

N

 

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

 

N

 

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

 

N

 

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

 

N

 

BUTLER

 

N

 

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

 

N

 

CURREY

   

X

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

 

N

 

D'AGOSTINO

   

X

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

 

N

 

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

 

N

 

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

 

N

 

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

 

N

 

FLEISCHMANN

 

N

 

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

 

N

 

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

 

N

 

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

 

N

 

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       
 

N

 

HADDAD

 

N

 

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       
 

N

 

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       
 

N

 

HENNESSY

 

N

 

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       
 

N

 

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

 

N

 

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

 

N

 

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

 

N

 

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

 

N

 

MORIN

 

N

 

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

 

N

 

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

 

N

 

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

 

N

 

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

SPEAKER ARESIMOWICZ IN THE CHAIR

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS PASSED

The following bills were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the bills passed.

ENVIRONMENT. Substitute for H.B. No. 6352 (RAISED) (File No. 56) AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFICIAL END USES IN CONNECTICUT FOR DISCARDED TIRES AND REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TIRE HAULER LICENSE.

The bill which was passed over temporarily earlier today was explained by Representative Rose of the 118th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8415 - designated earlier today) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Harding of the 107th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8415):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 22-344 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) (1) No person shall maintain a commercial kennel or offer the services of a commercial kennel, as defined in section 22-327, as amended by this act, until he or she has obtained from the commissioner a license to maintain [such] a commercial kennel under such regulations as the commissioner provides as to sanitation, disease and humane treatment of dogs or cats and the protection of the public safety. Upon written application and the payment of a fee of four hundred dollars, the commissioner shall issue such license to be effective until the second December thirty-first following issuance provided the commissioner finds (A) that such regulations have been complied with, and (B) in the case of each initial application for such license, that the zoning enforcement official of the municipality wherein such kennel is to be maintained has certified that the kennel conforms to the municipal zoning regulations. Such license shall be renewed biennially, not later than December thirty-first, in accordance with the provisions of this section, and may be transferred by the licensee to another premises upon approval of the commissioner.

(2) Any person who maintains a commercial kennel [and who advertises the services of such commercial kennel] or who offers the services of a commercial kennel, as defined in section 22-327, as amended by this act, when advertising such commercial kennel or services shall cause the assigned license number, [for such commercial kennel,] as issued pursuant to [this section] subdivision (1) of this subsection, to clearly appear in [such] any form of advertisement for such commercial kennel or services. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to prescribe the requirements for the appearance of [the] such license number [of a commercial kennel] in any form of advertisement. Such regulation may include, but need not be limited to, the size, font and location of such license number for any given form of advertisement.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (3) of section 22-327 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(3) "Commercial kennel" means a [kennel] place maintained for boarding or grooming dogs or cats, and includes, but is not limited to, any veterinary hospital which boards or grooms dogs or cats for nonmedical purposes;"

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

22-344(a)

Sec. 2

from passage

22-327(3)

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 9:05 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 146

Necessary for Passage 74

Those voting Yea 119

Those voting Nay 27

Those absent and not voting 5

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 6352 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

 

N

 

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

 

N

 

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

 

N

 

CASE

 

N

 

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

 

N

 

CHEESEMAN

 

N

 

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

 

N

 

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

 

N

 

DAUPHINAIS

 

N

 

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

 

N

 

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

 

N

 

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

 

N

 

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

   

X

SANTIAGO, H.

 

N

 

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

   

X

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

 

N

 

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

 

N

 

FISHBEIN

 

N

 

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

 

N

 

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

 

N

 

FRANCE

 

N

 

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

 

N

 

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

 

N

 

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

 

N

 

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

 

N

 

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

 

N

 

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

 

N

 

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

 

N

 

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

 

N

 

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

CHILDREN. H.B. No. 6997 (RAISED) (File No. 123) AN ACT CONCERNING THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN.

The bill was explained by Representative Urban of the 43rd who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8346) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Zupkus of the 89th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8346):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) For purposes of this section, (1) "drug abuse" means the ingestion of controlled substances, as defined in 21 USC 802, without a prescription or other authorization required under state law, (2) "substance use" means the excessive use of drugs or alcohol in a manner that causes harm to oneself or others, and (3) "fetal alcohol spectrum disorder" means a range of health conditions that may affect an infant whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy, including, but not limited to, fetal alcohol syndrome. The Commissioner of Children and Families shall develop and implement policies and procedures in accordance with the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, 42 USC 5101 et seq. and 42 USC 5116 et seq., as amended from time to time, to secure the health, safety and well-being of infants identified as being affected at birth by drug abuse, withdrawal symptoms related to prenatal drug or alcohol exposure or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

(b) Such policies and procedures shall advance the best interests of such infants and shall include, but not be limited to, securing substance use treatment for such infants, their mothers and other caregivers and ensuring the infants grow up in substance-use-free homes. The commissioner shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, not later than February 1, 2018, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children and public health on (1) the number of cases involving such infants referred to the commissioner on and after the effective date of this section by health care providers, (2) the policies and procedures developed and implemented by the commissioner, (3) gaps in notification to the commissioner of such cases, (4) gaps in services provided to such infants, their mothers and other caregivers, and (5) recommendations for improvements in services."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 9:09 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 146

Necessary for Passage 74

Those voting Yea 146

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 5

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 6997 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

Y

   

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

Y

   

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

   

X

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

Y

   

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

   

X

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

Y

   

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

Y

   

FISHBEIN

Y

   

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

Y

   

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

Y

   

HALL, C.

Y

   

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

Y

   

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

Y

   

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

Y

   

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

Y

   

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

Y

   

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

Y

   

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

Y

   

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. H.B. No. 7036 (RAISED) (File No. 454) AN ACT PROMOTING THE USE OF FUEL CELLS FOR ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM BENEFITS AND RELIABILITY.

Representatives Zupkus of the 89th District and MacLachlan of the 35th District absented themselves from the Chamber due to a possible conflict of interest.

The bill was explained by Representative Reed of the 102nd who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8528) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representatives Hoydick of the 120th, Fishbein of the 90th and Godfrey of the 110th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8528):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) An electric distribution company may submit to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for approval one or more plans to acquire new fuel cell electricity generation that began operation on or after July 1, 2017. Any such plan shall utilize a competitive process for the purpose of providing distribution system benefits, including, but not limited to, avoiding or deferring distribution capacity upgrades, and enhancing distribution system reliability, including, but not limited to, voltage or frequency improvements. Any such plan shall give preference to proposals that make efficient use of existing sites and supply infrastructure. In the event that the authority approves such plan, an electric distribution company may submit to the authority (1) one or more proposals to build, own and operate new fuel cell generation, (2) proposed power purchase agreements negotiated with persons to build, own and operate new fuel cell generation, or (3) proposals to provide financial incentives for the installation of combined heat and power systems powered by fuel cells, provided any such incentives shall be consistent with the Comprehensive Energy Strategy pursuant to section 16a-3d of the general statutes. The facilities acquired, built pursuant to said power purchase agreements and that receive said financial incentives under this section shall not exceed a total nameplate capacity rating of thirty megawatts in the aggregate. Any proposal submitted by an electric distribution company to build, own and operate a fuel cell shall include the electric distribution company's full projected costs and shall demonstrate to the authority that such facility is not supported in any form of cross subsidization by affiliated entities. The authority shall evaluate any proposal submitted pursuant to this section in a manner that is consistent with the principles of sections 16-19 and 16-19e of the general statutes and may approve one or more proposals if it finds that such proposal (A) was developed in a manner that is consistent with the acquisition plan approved by the authority, (B) serves the long-term interests of ratepayers, and (C) cost-effectively avoids or defers distribution system costs. The costs incurred by an electric distribution company under this section shall be recovered from all customers of the electric distribution company through a fully reconciling component of electric rates for all customers of the electric distribution company, until the electric distribution company's next rate case, at which time any costs and investments for new fuel cell generation owned by the electric distribution company pursuant to subdivision (1) of this section shall be recoverable through base distribution rates. Nothing in this section shall preclude the resale or other disposition of any energy products, capacity and associated environmental attributes purchased by the electric distribution company, provided the electric distribution company shall net the cost of payments made to projects under any long-term contracts entered into pursuant to subdivision (2) of this section against the proceeds of the sale of any energy products, capacity and environmental attributes and the difference thereof plus any net costs incurred pursuant to subdivision (3) of this section shall be credited or charged to distribution customers through a reconciling component of electric rates, as determined by the authority, that is nonbypassable when switching electric suppliers. The electric distribution company may use any energy products, capacity and environmental attributes produced by such facility to meet the needs of customers served pursuant to section 16-244c of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (h) of section 16-244c of the general statutes, as amended by this act, certificates issued by the New England Power Pool Generation Information System for any Class I renewable energy source acquired pursuant to this section may be retained by the electric distribution company to meet the requirements of section 16-245a of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (21) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(21) "Class II renewable energy source" means [energy] electricity derived from a trash-to-energy facility [, a biomass facility that began operation before July 1, 1998, provided the average emission rate for such facility is equal to or less than .2 pounds of nitrogen oxides per million BTU of heat input for the previous calendar quarter, or a run-of-the-river hydropower facility provided such facility has a generating capacity of not more than five megawatts, does not cause an appreciable change in the riverflow, and began operation prior to July 1, 2003] that has obtained a permit pursuant to section 22a-208a and section 22a-174-33 of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies;

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 16-245a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) An electric supplier and an electric distribution company providing standard service or supplier of last resort service, pursuant to section 16-244c, as amended by this act, shall demonstrate:

(1) On and after January 1, 2006, that not less than two per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(2) On and after January 1, 2007, not less than three and one-half per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(3) On and after January 1, 2008, not less than five per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(4) On and after January 1, 2009, not less than six per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(5) On and after January 1, 2010, not less than seven per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(6) On and after January 1, 2011, not less than eight per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(7) On and after January 1, 2012, not less than nine per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(8) On and after January 1, 2013, not less than ten per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(9) On and after January 1, 2014, not less than eleven per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(10) On and after January 1, 2015, not less than twelve and one-half per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(11) On and after January 1, 2016, not less than fourteen per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(12) On and after January 1, 2017, not less than fifteen and one-half per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional three per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(13) On and after January 1, 2018, not less than seventeen per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional [three] four per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(14) On and after January 1, 2019, not less than nineteen and one-half per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional [three] four per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources;

(15) On and after January 1, 2020, not less than twenty per cent of the total output or services of any such supplier or distribution company shall be generated from Class I renewable energy sources and an additional [three] four per cent of the total output or services shall be from Class I or Class II renewable energy sources.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (1) of subsection (h) of section 16-244c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(h) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section regarding an alternative standard service option, an electric distribution company providing standard service, supplier of last resort service or back-up electric generation service in accordance with this section shall contract with its wholesale suppliers to comply with the renewable portfolio standards. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall annually conduct an [unconstested] uncontested proceeding in order to determine whether the electric distribution company's wholesale suppliers met the renewable portfolio standards during the preceding year. On or before December 31, 2013, the authority shall issue a decision on any such proceeding for calendar years up to and including 2012, for which a decision has not already been issued. Not later than December 31, 2014, and annually thereafter, the authority shall, following such proceeding, issue a decision as to whether the electric distribution company's wholesale suppliers met the renewable portfolio standards during the preceding year. An electric distribution company shall include a provision in its contract with each wholesale supplier that requires the wholesale supplier to pay the electric distribution company an amount of: (A) For calendar years up to and including calendar year 2017, five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour if the wholesale supplier fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the subject annual period, and (B) for calendar years commencing on and after January 1, 2018, five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour if the wholesale supplier fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the subject annual period for Class I renewable energy sources, and two and one-half cents per kilowatt hour if the wholesale supplier fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the subject annual period for Class II renewable energy sources. The electric distribution company shall promptly transfer any payment received from the wholesale supplier for the failure to meet the renewable portfolio standards to the Clean Energy Fund for the development of Class I renewable energy sources, provided, on and after June 5, 2013, any such payment shall be refunded to ratepayers by using such payment to offset the costs to all customers of electric distribution companies of the costs of contracts entered into pursuant to sections 16-244r, as amended by this act, and 16-244t. Any excess amount remaining from such payment shall be applied to reduce the costs of contracts entered into pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection, and if any excess amount remains, such amount shall be applied to reduce costs collected through nonbypassable, federally mandated congestion charges, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act.

Sec. 5. Subsection (k) of section 16-245 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(k) Any licensee who fails to comply with a license condition or who violates any provision of this section, except for the renewable portfolio standards contained in subsection (g) of this section, shall be subject to civil penalties by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in accordance with section 16-41, or the suspension or revocation of such license or a prohibition on accepting new customers following a hearing that is conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of section 16-244c regarding an alternative transitional standard offer option or an alternative standard service option, the authority shall require a payment by a licensee that fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards in accordance with subdivision (4) of subsection (g) of this section in the amount of: (1) For calendar years up to and including calendar year 2017, five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour, and (2) for calendar years commencing on and after January 1, 2018, five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour if the licensee fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the subject annual period for Class I renewable energy sources, and two and one-half cents per kilowatt hour if the licensee fails to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the subject annual period for Class II renewable energy sources. On or before December 31, 2013, the authority shall issue a decision, following an uncontested proceeding, on whether any licensee has failed to comply with the renewable portfolio standards for calendar years up to and including 2012, for which a decision has not already been issued. On and after June 5, 2013, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall annually conduct an uncontested proceeding in order to determine whether any licensee has failed to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the preceding year. Not later than December 31, 2014, and annually thereafter, the authority shall, following such proceeding, issue a decision as to whether the licensee has failed to comply with the renewable portfolio standards during the preceding year. The authority shall allocate such payment to the Clean Energy Fund for the development of Class I renewable energy sources, provided, on and after June 5, 2013, any such payment shall be refunded to ratepayers by using such payment to offset the costs to all customers of electric distribution companies of the costs of contracts entered into pursuant to sections 16-244r, as amended by this act, and 16-244t. Any excess amount remaining from such payment shall be applied to reduce the costs of contracts entered into pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (j) of section 16-244c, and if any excess amount remains, such amount shall be applied to reduce costs collected through nonbypassable, federally mandated congestion charges, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act.

Sec. 6. Section 2-24 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The words "State of Connecticut" shall be printed at the head of each bill and document printed by order of the General Assembly, or either house thereof, and on its title page or cover, if any. Before printed, electronic or photographic copies of an original bill are made, the bill shall be endorsed with (1) the date of its introduction; (2) its number; (3) the name of the member or committee introducing it; and (4) the name of the committee to which it was referred. Copies of bills or resolutions printed or produced electronically after favorable report by a committee or reprinted or produced electronically after amendment on the third reading, i.e., files, shall bear the file number of such bill or resolution, placed conspicuously at the head of the same, which file number shall be assigned by the Legislative Commissioners' Office in the order printed or produced, the number and title of the bill, the name of the committee to which it was referred, the date and nature of the committee's report, [and,] in any case where the bill, if passed, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue, a fiscal note, including an estimate of the cost or of the revenue impact shall be appended thereto, and, in any case where the bill, if passed, would have a financial impact on electric ratepayers, a ratepayer impact statement, as described in subsection (b) of section 2-24a, as amended by this act. When a bill or resolution is accompanied with a report of a committee, other than a recommendation that it ought or ought not to pass, it shall then have an additional endorsement, as follows: "Accompanied by special report, No.-". Bills shall be designated in the calendar of each house by their file numbers, as well as by the titles and numbers of the bills.

Sec. 7. Section 2-24a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) No bill without a fiscal note appended thereto which, if passed, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue in the current fiscal year or any of the next ensuing five fiscal years shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a fiscal note is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house. Such fiscal note shall clearly identify the cost and revenue impact to the state and municipalities in the current fiscal year and in each of the next ensuing five fiscal years.

(b) Beginning with the session of the General Assembly commencing on January 9, 2019, no bill without a ratepayer impact statement appended thereto which, if passed, would have a financial impact on electric ratepayers, shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a ratepayer impact statement is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house. Such statement shall (1) be prepared by the Office of Fiscal Analysis; and (2) provide an assessment as to whether such bill will have a significant direct financial impact on the cost of electricity to the majority of Connecticut electric ratepayers.

Sec. 8. Section 2-24a of the general statutes, as amended by section 169 of public act 15-244, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

(a) No bill without a fiscal note appended thereto which, if passed, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue in the current fiscal year or any of the next ensuing five fiscal years shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a fiscal note is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house. Such fiscal note shall clearly identify the cost and revenue impact to the state and municipalities in the current fiscal year and in each of the next ensuing five fiscal years. If the bill has any impact on the personal income tax imposed under chapter 229 or the corporation business tax imposed under chapter 208, or both, such fiscal note shall clearly identify any resulting impact on the deposits to the Budget Reserve Fund pursuant to section 4-30a.

(b) Beginning with the session of the General Assembly commencing on January 9, 2019, no bill without a ratepayer impact statement appended thereto which, if passed, would have a financial impact on electric ratepayers, shall be acted upon by either house of the General Assembly unless said requirement of a ratepayer impact statement is dispensed with by a vote of at least two-thirds of such house. Such statement shall (1) be prepared by the Office of Fiscal Analysis; and (2) provide an assessment as to whether such bill will have a significant direct financial impact on the cost of electricity to the majority of Connecticut electric ratepayers.

Sec. 9. Subsection (c) of section 16-244r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(c) (1) The aggregate procurement of renewable energy credits by electric distribution companies pursuant to this section shall (A) be eight million dollars in the first year, and (B) increase by an additional eight million dollars per year in years two to four, inclusive.

(2) After year four, the authority shall review contracts entered into pursuant to this section and if the cost of the technologies included in such contracts have been reduced, the authority shall seek to enter new contracts for the total of six years.

(3) After year six, the authority shall seek to enter new contracts for the total of seven years.

(A) The aggregate procurement of renewable energy credits by electric distribution companies pursuant to this subdivision shall (i) increase by an additional eight million dollars per year in years five, [and] six and seven, (ii) be [forty-eight] fifty-six million dollars in years [seven] eight to fifteen, inclusive, and (iii) decline by eight million dollars per year in years sixteen to [twenty-one] twenty-two, inclusive, provided any money not allocated in any given year may roll into the next year's available funds.

(B) For the sixth and seventh year [solicitation] solicitations, each electric distribution company shall solicit and file with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for its approval one or more long-term contracts with owners or developers of Class I generation projects that: (i) Emit no pollutants and that are less than one thousand kilowatts in size, located on the customer side of the revenue meter and serve the distribution system of the electric distribution company, provided such contracts do not exceed fifty per cent of the dollar amount established for [year] years six and seven under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision; and (ii) are less than two megawatts in size, located on the customer side of the revenue meter, serve the distribution system of the electric distribution company, and use Class I technologies that have no emissions of no more than 0.07 pounds per megawatt-hour of nitrogen oxides, 0.10 pounds per megawatt-hour of carbon monoxide, 0.02 pounds per megawatt-hour of volatile organic compounds, and one grain per one hundred standard cubic feet, provided such contracts do not exceed fifty per cent of the dollar amount established for [year] years six and seven under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision. The authority may give a preference to contracts for technologies manufactured, researched or developed in the state.

[(3)] (4) The production of a megawatt hour of electricity from a Class I renewable energy source first placed in service on or after July 1, 2011, shall create one renewable energy credit. A renewable energy credit shall have an effective life covering the year in which the credit was created and the following calendar year. The obligation to purchase renewable energy credits shall be apportioned to electric distribution companies based on their respective distribution system loads at the commencement of the procurement period, as determined by the authority. For contracts entered into in calendar year 2012, an electric distribution company shall not be required to enter into a contract that provides a payment of more than three hundred fifty dollars, per renewable energy credit in any year over the term of the contract. For contracts entered into in calendar years 2013 to 2017, inclusive, at least ninety days before each annual electric distribution company solicitation, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may lower the renewable energy credit price cap specified in this subsection by three to seven per cent annually, during each of the six years of the program over the term of the contract. For contracts entered into in calendar year 2018, at least ninety days before the electric distribution company solicitation, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may lower the renewable energy credit price cap specified in this subsection by sixty-four per cent, during year seven of the program over the term of the contract. In the course of lowering such price cap applicable to each annual solicitation, the authority shall, after notice and opportunity for public comment, consider such factors as the actual bid results from the most recent electric distribution company solicitation and reasonably foreseeable reductions in the cost of eligible technologies.

Sec. 10. Section 16a-3h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

On or after October 1, 2013, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the procurement manager identified in subsection (l) of section 16-2, the Office of Consumer Counsel and the Attorney General, may solicit proposals, in one solicitation or multiple solicitations, from providers of [run-of-the-river] the following resources or any combination of the following resources: Run-of-the-river hydropower, landfill methane gas, [or] biomass, fuel cell, offshore wind or anaerobic digestion, provided such source meets the definition of a Class I renewable energy source pursuant to section 16-1, as amended by this act, or energy storage systems. In making any selection of such proposals, the commissioner shall consider factors, including, but not limited to (1) whether the proposal is in the interest of ratepayers, including, but not limited to, the delivered price of such sources, (2) the emissions profile of a relevant facility, (3) any investments made by a relevant facility to improve the emissions profile of such facility, (4) the length of time a relevant facility has received renewable energy credits, (5) any positive impacts on the state's economic development, (6) whether the proposal is consistent with requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with section 22a-200a, [and] including, but not limited to, the development of combined heat and power systems, (7) whether the proposal is consistent with the policy goals outlined in the Comprehensive Energy Strategy adopted pursuant to section 16a-3d, (8) whether the proposal promotes electric distribution system reliability and other electric distribution system benefits, including, but not limited to, microgrids, (9) whether the proposal promotes the policy goals outlined in the state-wide solid waste management plan developed pursuant to section 22a-241a, and (10) the positive reuse of sites with limited development opportunities, including, but not limited to, brownfields or landfills, as identified by the commissioner in any solicitation issued pursuant to this section. The commissioner may select proposals from such resources to meet up to four per cent of the load distributed by the state's electric distribution companies, provided the commissioner shall not select proposals for more than three per cent of the load distributed by the state's electric distribution companies from offshore wind resources. The commissioner may direct the electric distribution companies to enter into power purchase agreements for energy, capacity and environmental attributes, or any combination thereof, for periods of not more than [ten] twenty years on behalf of all customers of the state's electric distribution companies. Certificates issued by the New England Power Pool Generation Information System for any Class I renewable energy sources procured under this section [shall be sold] may be: (A) Sold in the New England Power Pool Generation Information System renewable energy credit market to be used by any electric supplier or electric distribution company to meet the requirements of section 16-245a, as amended by this act, provided the revenues from such sale are credited to all customers of the contracting electric distribution company; or (B) retained by the electric distribution company to meet the requirements of section 16-245a, as amended by this act. In considering whether to sell or retain such certificates, the company shall select the option that is in the best interest of such company's ratepayers. Any such agreement shall be subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, which review shall be completed not later than sixty days after the date on which such agreement is filed with the authority. The net costs of any such agreement, including costs incurred by the electric distribution companies under the agreement and reasonable costs incurred by the electric distribution companies in connection with the agreement, shall be recovered through a fully reconciling component of electric rates for all customers of electric distribution companies. All reasonable costs incurred by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection associated with the commissioner's solicitation and review of proposals pursuant to this section shall be recoverable through the nonbypassable federally mandated congestion charges, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

16-1(a)(21)

Sec. 3

from passage

16-245a(a)

Sec. 4

from passage

16-244c(h)(1)

Sec. 5

from passage

16-245(k)

Sec. 6

July 1, 2017

2-24

Sec. 7

July 1, 2017

2-24a

Sec. 8

July 1, 2019

2-24a

Sec. 9

July 1, 2017

16-244r(c)

Sec. 10

from passage

16a-3h

The Speaker ordered the vote be taken by roll call at 9:23 p.m.

The following is the result of the vote:

Total Number Voting 144

Necessary for Passage 73

Those voting Yea 130

Those voting Nay 14

Those absent and not voting 7

On a roll call vote House Bill No. 7036 as amended by House Amendment Schedule "A" was passed.

The following is the roll call vote:

Y

   

ABERCROMBIE

Y

   

PERONE

Y

   

CARNEY

Y

   

PISCOPO

Y

   

ADAMS

Y

   

PORTER

Y

   

CARPINO

Y

   

POLLETTA

Y

   

ALBIS

Y

   

REED

Y

   

CASE

Y

   

REBIMBAS

Y

   

ALTOBELLO

Y

   

REYES

Y

   

CHEESEMAN

Y

   

RUTIGLIANO

Y

   

ARCE

Y

   

RILEY

Y

   

CUMMINGS

Y

   

SAMPSON

Y

   

ARCONTI

Y

   

RITTER

   

X

D'AMELIO

Y

   

SIEGRIST

Y

   

BAKER

Y

   

ROJAS

 

N

 

DAUPHINAIS

Y

   

SIMANSKI

Y

   

BARAM

Y

   

ROSARIO

Y

   

DAVIS

Y

   

SKULCZYCK

Y

   

BORER

Y

   

ROSE

Y

   

DELNICKI

Y

   

SMITH

Y

   

BOYD

Y

   

ROVERO

Y

   

DEVLIN

Y

   

SREDZINSKI

Y

   

BUTLER

Y

   

SANCHEZ

Y

   

DUBITSKY

Y

   

SRINIVASAN

Y

   

CONLEY

Y

   

SANTIAGO, E.

 

N

 

DUFF

Y

   

STANESKI

Y

   

CURREY

   

X

SANTIAGO, H.

Y

   

DUNSBY

 

N

 

STOKES

Y

   

D'AGOSTINO

   

X

SCANLON

Y

   

FERGUSON

 

N

 

STORMS

Y

   

DE LA CRUZ

Y

   

SERRA

Y

   

FERRARO

Y

   

TWEEDIE

Y

   

DEMICCO

Y

   

SIMMONS

 

N

 

FISHBEIN

 

N

 

VAIL

Y

   

DILLON

Y

   

SLAP

Y

   

FLOREN

Y

   

WILMS

Y

   

DIMASSA

Y

   

SOTO

Y

   

FRANCE

Y

   

WILSON

Y

   

ELLIOTT

Y

   

STAFSTROM

Y

   

FREY

Y

   

WOOD

Y

   

FLEISCHMANN

Y

   

STALLWORTH

Y

   

FUSCO

Y

   

YACCARINO

Y

   

FOX

Y

   

STEINBERG

Y

   

GREEN

 

N

 

ZAWISTOWSKI

Y

   

GENGA

Y

   

TERCYAK

 

N

 

HALL, C.

 

N

 

ZIOBRON

Y

   

GONZALEZ

Y

   

TONG

Y

   

HARDING

   

X

ZUPKUS

Y

   

GRESKO

Y

   

URBAN

Y

   

HOYDICK

       
   

X

GUERRERA

Y

   

VARGAS

Y

   

KLARIDES

       

Y

   

HADDAD

Y

   

VERRENGIA

Y

   

KLARIDES-DITRIA

       

Y

   

HALL, J.

Y

   

WALKER

Y

   

KOKORUDA

Y

   

ARESIMOWICZ

Y

   

HAMPTON

Y

   

WINKLER

 

N

 

KUPCHICK

       

Y

   

HENNESSY

Y

   

ZIOGAS

 

N

 

LABRIOLA

       

Y

   

JOHNSON

       

Y

   

LAVIELLE

Y

   

GODFREY

Y

   

LEMAR

       

Y

   

LEGEYT

       

Y

   

LESSER

Y

   

ACKERT

   

X

MACLACHLAN

       

Y

   

LINEHAN

 

N

 

BELSITO

Y

   

MCCARTY, K.

   

X

BERGER

Y

   

LOPES

Y

   

BETTS

Y

   

MCGORTY, B.

Y

   

CANDELARIA, J.

Y

   

LUXENBERG

Y

   

BOCCHINO

Y

   

O'DEA

Y

   

COOK

Y

   

MCCARTHY VAHEY

Y

   

BOLINSKY

Y

   

O'NEILL

Y

   

GENTILE

Y

   

MCGEE

 

N

 

BUCKBEE

Y

   

OHLER

Y

   

MORIN

Y

   

MILLER, P.B.

Y

   

BYRON

Y

   

PAVALOCK-D'AMATO

Y

   

MORRIS

Y

   

MUSHINSKY

Y

   

CAMILLO

 

N

 

PERILLO

Y

   

ORANGE

Y

   

PAOLILLO

Y

   

CANDELORA, V.

Y

   

PETIT

Y

   

RYAN

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

MATTERS RETURNED FROM COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS PASSED

The following bills were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the committees indicated accepted and the bills passed.

APPROPRIATIONS. Substitute for H.B. No. 7271 (RAISED) (File No. 555) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM AS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY.

The bill was explained by Representative Fleischmann of the 18th who offered House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8534) and moved its adoption.

The amendment was discussed by Representative Lavielle of the 143rd.

DEPUTY SPEAKER GENTILE IN THE CHAIR

SPEAKER ARESIMOWICZ IN THE CHAIR

The amendment was further discussed by Representatives Ziobron of the 34th and Ackert of the 8th.

On a voice vote the amendment was adopted.

The Speaker ruled the amendment was technical.

The following is House Amendment Schedule "A" (LCO 8534):

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Section 10-95 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The State Board of Education may establish and maintain a state-wide system of technical [high] education and career schools to be known as the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System. The [technical high school] system shall be [governed] advised by a board that shall consist of eleven members as follows: (1) Four executives of Connecticut-based employers who shall be nominated by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission established pursuant to section 31-3h, and appointed by the Governor, (2) five members appointed by the State Board of Education, (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and (4) the Labor Commissioner. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson. The chairperson of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall serve as a nonvoting ex-officio member of the State Board of Education.

(b) The [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall offer full-time, and may offer part-time and evening, programs in vocational, technical, [and] technological and postsecondary education and training. The board may [make regulations controlling] recommend to the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System policies governing the admission of students to any such school in compliance with state and federal law. The Commissioner of Education, in accordance with policies established by the board, may appoint and remove members of the staffs of such schools and make rules for the management of and expend the funds provided for the support of such schools. [The board may enter into cooperative arrangements with local and regional boards of education, private occupational schools, institutions of higher education, job training agencies and employers in order to provide general education, vocational, technical or technological education or work experience.]

(c) The board and the Commissioner of Education shall jointly recommend a candidate for superintendent of the technical high school system who shall be appointed as superintendent by the State Board of Education. Such superintendent shall be responsible for the operation and administration of the technical high school system. The board may enter into cooperative arrangements with local and regional boards of education, private occupational schools, institutions of higher education, job training agencies and employers in order to provide general education, vocational, technical, technological or postsecondary education or work experience. The superintendent, in conjunction with the commissioner, may arrange for training to be provided to the board at such times, and on such matters, as are deemed appropriate to assist the board in the conduct of its business.

(d) If the New England Association of Schools and Colleges places a technical [high] education and career school on probation or otherwise notifies the superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System that a technical [high] education and career school is at risk of losing its accreditation, the Commissioner of Education, on behalf of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board, shall notify the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education of such placement or problems relating to accreditation.

(e) The [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall establish specific achievement goals for students at the technical [high] education and career schools at each grade level. The board shall measure the performance of each technical [high] education and career school and shall identify a set of quantifiable measures to be used. The measures shall include factors such as the performance of students in grade ten or eleven on the mastery examination, under section 10-14n, trade-related assessment tests, dropout rates and graduation rates.

(f) The Technical Education and Career System board may accept gifts, grants and donations on behalf of the system, including, but not limited to, in-kind donations, designated for the purchase of equipment or materials, the hiring of teachers at a technical education and career school or the acquisition of real property and the construction of facilities.

Sec. 2. Section 10-95 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of this act, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

[(a) The State Board of Education may establish and maintain] There is established a state-wide system of technical education and career schools to be known as the Technical Education and Career System. [The system shall be advised by a board that shall consist of eleven members as follows: (1) Four executives of Connecticut-based employers who shall be nominated by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission established pursuant to section 31-3h, and appointed by the Governor, (2) five members appointed by the State Board of Education, (3) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and (4) the Labor Commissioner. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson. The chairperson of the Technical Education and Career System board shall serve as a nonvoting ex-officio member of the State Board of Education.]

[(b)] The Technical Education and Career System [board] shall offer full-time, and may offer part-time and evening, programs in vocational, technical, technological and postsecondary education and training. [The board may adopt policies controlling the admission of students to any such school. The Commissioner of Education, in accordance with policies established by the board, may appoint and remove members of the staffs of such schools and make rules for the management of and expend the funds provided for the support of such schools.

(c) The board and the Commissioner of Education shall jointly recommend a candidate for superintendent of the technical high school system who shall be appointed as superintendent by the State Board of Education. Such superintendent shall be responsible for the operation and administration of the technical high school system. The board may enter into cooperative arrangements with local and regional boards of education, private occupational schools, institutions of higher education, job training agencies and employers in order to provide general education, vocational, technical, technological or postsecondary education or work experience.

(d) The Technical Education and Career System board shall establish specific achievement goals for students at the technical education and career schools at each grade level. The board shall measure the performance of each technical education and career school and shall identify a set of quantifiable measures to be used. The measures shall include factors such as the performance of students in grade ten or eleven on the mastery examination, under section 10-14n, trade-related assessment tests, dropout rates and graduation rates.

(e) The Technical Education and Career System board may accept gifts, grants and donations on behalf of the system, including, but not limited to, in-kind donations, designated for the purchase of equipment or materials, the hiring of teachers at a technical education and career school or the acquisition of real property and the construction of facilities.]

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) (1) On or after July 1, 2017, until June 30, 2020, the Technical Education and Career System board may recommend a candidate for superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System to the Commissioner of Education. The commissioner may hire or reject any candidate for superintendent recommended by the board. If the commissioner rejects a candidate for superintendent, the board shall recommend another candidate for superintendent to the commissioner. The term of office of the superintendent hired under this subdivision shall expire on June 30, 2020.

(2) On and after July 1, 2020, the Technical Education and Career System board shall recommend a candidate for superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System to the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System. The executive director may hire or reject any candidate for superintendent recommended by the board. If the executive director rejects a candidate for superintendent, the board shall recommend another candidate for superintendent to the executive director. The term of office of the superintendent hired under this subdivision shall be three years and may be extended for no more than three years at any one time.

(b) The superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System shall be responsible for the operation and administration of the technical education and career schools and all other matters relating to vocational, technical, technological and postsecondary education in the system.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) The Technical Education and Career System shall be under the direction of the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System, whose appointment shall be made by the Governor. Such appointment shall be in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-5 to 4-8, inclusive, of the general statutes. The Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System shall be responsible for the operation and administration and the financial accountability and oversight of the Technical Education and Career System in matters relating to the central office, system-wide management and other noneducational matters. The executive director shall organize the Technical Education and Career System into such bureaus, divisions and other units as may be necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the system, and may, from time to time, create, abolish, transfer or consolidate within the system any bureau, division or other unit as may be necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the system. The executive director may appoint, and may prescribe the duties of any subordinates, agents and employees as he or she finds necessary in the conduct of the system.

(b) The executive director shall review and approve all contracts for the Technical Education and Career System.

(c) The executive director may enter into cooperative arrangements with local and regional boards of education, private occupational schools, institutions of higher education, job training agencies and employers in order to provide (1) general education, (2) vocational, technical, technological or postsecondary education, and (3) work experience.

(d) The executive director may, upon approval of the board, accept gifts, grants and donations on behalf of the system, including, but not limited to, in-kind donations, designated for the purchase of equipment or materials, the hiring of teachers at a technical education and career school or the acquisition of real property and the construction of facilities.

(e) The executive director shall establish a master schedule for the Technical Education and Career System and may amend such master schedule from time to time.

(f) The executive director shall communicate directly with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management when requesting the creation or filling of staff positions included in the operating budget for the Technical Education and Career System. When reviewing such requests, priority shall be given to any request for instructional staff, as identified in the statement of staffing needs submitted by the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System pursuant to section 10-99g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and every effort shall be made to avoid interruption to instructional time during such review.

(g) If the New England Association of Schools and Colleges places a technical education and career school on probation or otherwise notifies the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System that a technical education and career school is at risk of losing its accreditation, the executive director shall notify the Commissioner of Education and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education of such placement or problems relating to accreditation.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) The Technical Education and Career System shall be advised by a Technical Education and Career System board. The board shall consist of eleven members and shall include at least the following, (1) two members with experience in manufacturing or a trade offered by the Technical Education and Career System, or who are alumni of the system, (2) two members who are executives of Connecticut-based employers and who shall be nominated by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, established pursuant to section 31-3h of the general statutes. The Commissioners of Education and Economic and Community Development and the Labor Commissioner, or their respective designees, shall serve as ex-officio members of the board. Members of the board shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of section 4-7 of the general statutes. Any vacancy shall be filled in the manner provided in section 4-19 of the general statutes. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson.

(b) The board shall advise the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System and the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System on matters relating to vocational, technical, technological and postsecondary education and training. The board may create any advisory boards or appoint any committees as it deems necessary for the efficient conduct of its business. The executive director, in conjunction with the superintendent, may arrange for training to be provided to the board at such times, and on such matters, as are deemed appropriate to assist the board in the conduct of its business.

(c) The board may recommend to the executive director and superintendent policies to attract and retain students who will pursue careers that meet workforce needs and govern the admission of students to any technical education and career school in compliance with state and federal law.

(d) The board shall establish specific achievement goals for students at the technical education and career schools at each grade level. The board shall measure the performance of each technical education and career school and shall identify a set of quantifiable measures to be used. The measures shall include factors such as the performance of students in grade ten or eleven on the mastery examination, under section 10-14n of the general statutes, trade-related assessment tests, dropout rates and graduation rates.

Sec. 6. Section 4-5 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

As used in sections 4-6, 4-7 and 4-8, the term "department head" means Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, Commissioner of Administrative Services, Commissioner on Aging, Commissioner of Revenue Services, Banking Commissioner, Commissioner of Children and Families, Commissioner of Consumer Protection, Commissioner of Correction, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, State Board of Education, Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Public Health, Insurance Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Commissioner of Social Services, Commissioner of Developmental Services, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Commissioner of Transportation, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Commissioner of Housing, Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services, the Commissioner of Early Childhood, [and] the executive director of the Office of Military Affairs and the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System. As used in sections 4-6 and 4-7, "department head" also means the Commissioner of Education.

Sec. 7. Section 4-38c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

There shall be within the executive branch of state government the following departments: Office of Policy and Management, Department of Administrative Services, Department on Aging, Department of Revenue Services, Department of Banking, Department of Agriculture, Department of Children and Families, Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Correction, Department of Economic and Community Development, State Board of Education, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, Board of Regents for Higher Education, Insurance Department, Labor Department, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, [and] Department of Veterans Affairs and the Technical Education and Career System.

Sec. 8. Section 10-99f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) For the fiscal [year] years ending June 30, 2011, [and each fiscal year thereafter] to June 30, 2019, inclusive, the budget for the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall (1) be a separate budgeted agency from the Department of Education, and (2) include a separate (A) educational account for educational and school-based accounts and expenditures, and (B) noneducational account.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Governor, when considering reductions in allotment requisitions or allotments in force, shall give priority to the educational needs of the system and instructional staffing needs, as identified in the statement of staffing needs submitted by the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System pursuant to section 10-99g, as amended by this act, and every effort shall be made to avoid impairment of the system's educational mission and interruption to instructional time during such consideration.

Sec. 9. Section 10-99f of the general statutes, as amended by section 8 of this act, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

(a) For the fiscal [years ending June 30, 2011, to June 30, 2019, inclusive] year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, the budget for the Technical Education and Career System shall (1) be a separate budgeted agency, [from the Department of Education,] and (2) include a separate (A) educational account for educational and school-based accounts and expenditures, and (B) noneducational account.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Governor, when considering reductions in allotment requisitions or allotments in force, shall give priority to the educational needs of the system and instructional staffing needs, as identified in the statement of staffing needs submitted by the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System pursuant to section 10-99g, as amended by this act, and every effort shall be made to avoid impairment of the system's educational mission and interruption to instructional time during such consideration.

Sec. 10. Section 10-99g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2019):

(a) (1) [Each] For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, each technical [high] education and career school shall prepare a proposed [operating] school budget for the next succeeding school year beginning July first and submit such proposed [operating] school budget to the superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System. Such proposed [operating] school budget shall include a statement of the staffing needs for such technical [high] education and career school. The superintendent shall collect, review and use the proposed [operating] school budget for each technical [high] education and career school to guide the preparation of a proposed [operating] school budget for the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System.

(2) [The superintendent of the technical high school system shall submit a proposed operating budget for the technical high school system to the technical high school system board. Such proposed operating budget shall include a statement of the staffing needs for the technical high school system. The board shall review, amend and approve such proposed operating budget and submit the approved budget to the State Board of Education. The state board shall review, but shall not amend, and submit such approved operating budget, with any comments or recommendations for revisions, to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management in accordance with the provisions of section 4-77. The superintendent shall submit a copy of (A) the proposed operating budgets for each technical high school, including the statement of the staffing needs for each technical high school, (B) the proposed operating budget for the technical high school system, including the statement of the staffing needs for the technical high school system, and (C) the approved operating budget for the technical high school system to the Office of Policy and Management and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a. The superintendent shall communicate directly with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management regarding the creation or filling of staff positions included in the approved operating budget for the technical high school system.] The superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System shall prepare and submit the education budget for the Technical Education and Career System to the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System. The education budget shall include educational and school-based accounts and expenditures, the school budget for each technical education and career school, and a statement of the staffing needs for the technical education and career schools. The executive director shall review the education budget and include the education budget as part of the operating budget for the Technical Education and Career System. The executive director shall report any financial inconsistencies or irregularities discovered during the course of such review to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the Auditors of Public Accounts. For purposes of this section and section 10-99f, as amended by this act, "educational and school-based accounts and expenditures" means funds used to (A) support instruction, programming and curriculum within the Technical Education and Career System, and (B) purchase supplies and equipment for instruction at individual technical education and career schools.

(3) The executive director shall prepare the central office budget for the Technical Education and Career System. Such central office budget shall include noneducational and central office accounts and expenditures and a statement of the staffing needs for the central office of the system. The executive director shall include the central office budget as part of the operating budget for the Technical Education and Career System.

(4) The executive director shall prepare and submit the operating budget of the Technical Education and Career System to the Office of Policy and Management in accordance with the provisions of section 4-77.

(5) The executive director shall annually submit a copy of (A) an itemized school budget for each technical education and career school, including the statement of the staffing needs for each technical education and career school, (B) the education budget, (C) the central office budget, including the statement of the staffing needs for the system, and (D) the operating budget for the Technical Education and Career System to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(b) The [superintendent of the technical high school system] executive director shall semiannually submit the operating budget and expenses for each individual technical [high] education and career school, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the director of the legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis and to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education.

(c) (1) The superintendent [of the technical high school system] shall make available and update on the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System Internet web site and the Internet web site of each technical [high] education and career school the operating budget for the current school year of each individual technical [high] education and career school.

(2) The executive director shall make available and update on the Technical Education and Career System Internet web site the operating budget for the current school year of the central office of the Technical Education and Career System and the operating budget for the Technical Education and Career System.

Sec. 11. Subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10-95h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(2) The superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall submit the following to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, higher education and employment advancement and labor: (A) Information ensuring that the curriculum of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System is incorporating those workforce skills that will be needed for the next thirty years, as identified by the Labor Commissioner in subdivision (1) of this subsection, into the technical [high] education and career schools; (B) information regarding the employment status of students who graduate from or complete an approved program of study at the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, including, but not limited to: (i) Demographics such as age and gender, (ii) course and program enrollment and completion, (iii) employment status, and (iv) wages prior to enrolling and after graduating; (C) an assessment of the adequacy of the resources available to the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System as the system develops and refines programs to meet existing and emerging workforce needs; (D) recommendations to the technical high school system board to carry out the provisions of subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive, of this subdivision; [and] (E) information regarding staffing at each technical [high] education and career school for the current academic year; and (F) information regarding the transition process of the Technical Education and Career System as an independent agency, including, but not limited to, the actions taken by the Technical Education and Career System board and the superintendent to create a budget process and maintain programmatic consistency for students enrolled in the technical education and career system. The superintendent [of the technical high school system] shall collaborate with the Labor Commissioner to obtain information as needed to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) The Department of Education shall conduct a review of the admissions policy of the Technical Education and Career System as it relates to the enrollment of students with disabilities and students who are receiving or eligible to receive special education and related services. Such review shall include, but need not be limited to, consideration of (1) applicable principles of state and federal law, (2) the purposes and public character of the Technical Education and Career System, and (3) enrollment data of students receiving special education and related services in the Technical Education and Career System compared to state-wide and district averages. Not later than January 15, 2018, the department shall submit such review, including any recommendations regarding modifications to the admissions policy or to any applicable statute or regulation, to the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System, the Technical Education and Career System board, and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 13. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) For the school year commencing July 1, 2018, and each school year thereafter, the Department of Education shall develop, and update as necessary, uniform standards and curriculum for all career technical education programs offered by local or regional boards of education. The department may adopt existing uniform standards and curriculum when developing such uniform standards and curriculum under this section. Such uniform standards and curriculum shall be aligned with professional certification requirements. The department shall make available, and provide technical assistance relating to the implementation of, such standards and curriculum to any local or regional board of education that offers a career technical education program.

Sec. 14. (Effective from passage) The Department of Education shall, within available appropriations, conduct an evaluation of any existing standards relating to career technical education used by the Technical Education and Career System. The evaluation shall examine whether such standards are (1) aligned with professional certification requirements, and (2) uniform across the Technical Education and Career System. Not later than October 1, 2018, the department shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 15. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) The superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System shall consult with each (1) regional community-technical college, and (2) local or regional board of education (A) for a town in which a technical education and career school is located, and (B) that offers any career technical education programs, for the purpose of establishing partnerships, reducing redundancies and consolidating programmatic offerings.

Sec. 16. (Effective July 1, 2017) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, the State Board of Education shall hire a consultant to (1) assist the Technical Education and Career System board with the development of a transition plan for the Technical Education and Career System, and (2) identify and provide recommendations concerning which services could be provided more efficiently through or in conjunction with another local or regional board of education, municipality or state agency by means of a memorandum of understanding with the Technical Education and Career System. Not later than January 1, 2019, the state board shall submit a report on the transition plan and such identified services and any recommendations for legislation necessary to implement such transition plan and such identified services to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Sec. 17. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, the superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System shall create and maintain a list that includes an inventory of all technical and vocational equipment, supplies and materials purchased or obtained and used in the provision of career technical education in each technical education and career school and across the Technical Education and Career System. The board shall consult such list (1) during the preparation of the budget for the Technical Education and Career System, pursuant to section 10-99g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, (2) prior to purchasing or obtaining any new equipment, supplies or materials, and (3) for the purpose of sharing equipment, supplies and materials among technical education and career schools.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Executive Director of the Technical Education and Career System shall create and maintain a list that includes an inventory of all technical and vocational equipment, supplies and materials purchased or obtained and used in the provision of career technical education in each technical education and career school and across the Technical Education and Career System. The executive director shall consult such list (1) during the preparation of the budget for the Technical Education and Career System, pursuant to section 10-99g of the general statutes, as amended by this act, (2) prior to purchasing or obtaining any new equipment, supplies or materials, and (3) for the purpose of sharing equipment, supplies and materials among technical education and career schools.

Sec. 18. (Effective July 1, 2017) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, the Department of Education shall (1) provide training to those persons employed by the department within the Technical Education and Career System who will be responsible for performing central office and administrative functions for the system on and after July 1, 2019, and (2) identify those persons within the system who can be trained to perform multiple functions or responsibilities for the system.

Sec. 19. Subsection (a) of section 10-4 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Said board shall have general supervision and control of the educational interests of the state, which interests shall include preschool, elementary and secondary education, special education, vocational education and adult education; shall provide leadership and otherwise promote the improvement of education in the state, including research, planning and evaluation and services relating to the provision and use of educational technology, including telecommunications, by school districts; shall prepare such courses of study and publish such curriculum guides including recommendations for textbooks, materials, instructional technological resources and other teaching aids as it determines are necessary to assist school districts to carry out the duties prescribed by law; shall conduct workshops and related activities, including programs of intergroup relations training, to assist teachers in making effective use of such curriculum materials and in improving their proficiency in meeting the diverse needs and interests of pupils; shall keep informed as to the condition, progress and needs of the schools in the state; [and] shall develop or cause to be developed evaluation and assessment programs designed to measure objectively the adequacy and efficacy of the educational programs offered by public schools and shall selectively conduct such assessment programs annually and report, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, on an annual basis; and shall establish and keep an inventory account, in accordance with the provisions of section 4-36, secure such inventory to prevent theft or loss and establish controls over the disposal of such inventory.

Sec. 20. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) In accomplishment of their duties as set forth in section 2-90 of the general statutes, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall, as often as they deem necessary, examine the records and accounts of the Technical Education and Career System. Their findings shall be reported as required in section 2-90 of the general statutes.

Sec. 21. Subdivision (20) of section 1-79 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(20) "State agency" means any office, department, board, council, commission, institution, constituent unit of the state system of higher education, technical [high] education and career school or other agency in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government.

Sec. 22. Subsection (i) of section 1-84 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(i) (1) No public official or state employee or member of the official or employee's immediate family or a business with which he is associated shall enter into any contract with the state, valued at one hundred dollars or more, other than a contract (A) of employment as a state employee, (B) with the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System for students enrolled in a school in the system to perform services in conjunction with vocational, technical, [or] technological or postsecondary education and training any such student is receiving at a school in the system, subject to the review process under subdivision (2) of this subsection, (C) with a public institution of higher education to support a collaboration with such institution to develop and commercialize any invention or discovery, or (D) pursuant to a court appointment, unless the contract has been awarded through an open and public process, including prior public offer and subsequent public disclosure of all proposals considered and the contract awarded. In no event shall an executive head of an agency, as defined in section 4-166, including a commissioner of a department, or an executive head of a quasi-public agency, as defined in section 1-79, as amended by this act, or the executive head's immediate family or a business with which he is associated enter into any contract with that agency or quasi-public agency. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as applying to any public official who is appointed as a member of the executive branch or as a member or director of a quasi-public agency and who receives no compensation other than per diem payments or reimbursement for actual or necessary expenses, or both, incurred in the performance of the public official's duties unless such public official has authority or control over the subject matter of the contract. Any contract made in violation of this subsection shall be voidable by a court of competent jurisdiction if the suit is commenced not later than one hundred eighty days after the making of the contract.

(2) The superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall establish an open and transparent process to review any contract entered into under subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of this subsection.

Sec. 23. Section 1-84d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, for purposes of this chapter, no foundation or alumni association established for the benefit of a constituent unit of public higher education or technical [high] education and career school shall be deemed to be doing business with or seeking to do business with such constituent unit of public higher education or technical [high] education and career school.

Sec. 24. Subdivision (23) of section 1-91 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(23) "State agency" means any office, department, board, council, commission, institution, constituent unit of the state system of higher education, technical [high] education and career school or other agency in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government.

Sec. 25. Subsection (b) of section 3-20f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(b) Notwithstanding section 3-20, to the extent there is a sufficient balance of bonds approved by the General Assembly pursuant to any bond act for the purposes of general maintenance and trade and capital equipment for any school in the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, but not allocated by the State Bond Commission, said commission shall vote on whether to authorize the issuance of at least two million dollars of such bonds for such maintenance and equipment at each of said commission's regularly scheduled meetings occurring in August and February of each year. If no meeting is held in said months, said commission shall vote on whether to authorize the issuance of such bonds at its next regularly scheduled meeting. To the extent there is a sufficient balance of bonds so approved by the General Assembly and there are pending general maintenance and trade and capital equipment transactions in excess of two million dollars, the [chairperson of the technical high school system board] superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System may request, and the State Bond Commission shall vote on whether to authorize the issuance of, bonds in excess of two million dollars. To the extent the balance of bonds so approved by the General Assembly is below two million dollars at the time of said commission's August or February meeting, said commission shall vote on whether to authorize the issuance of the remaining balance of such bonds.

Sec. 26. Section 4-29 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Any state appropriation or the proceeds of any bond issue authorized by the General Assembly for the purpose of erecting a building or buildings for the use of any state institution, any institution under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System enumerated in section 10a-87, any [state technical high school] technical education and career school or The University of Connecticut, for the development of aviation and for other purposes, may be used in whole or in part as the state's share of the cost of the work involved in conjunction with any funds made available by any branch of the federal government if the Governor so determines and directs.

Sec. 27. Subsections (f) and (g) of section 4-67g of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(f) Each state agency shall request and obtain the written approval of the secretary or his or her designee prior to any (1) change in ownership of state real property, (2) change in use of state real property, (3) use of state real property by an entity other than a state agency, or (4) use of state real property by a state agency other than the state agency with custody and control over such state real property. For purposes of this subsection, "state agency" does not include a constituent unit of the state system of higher education, a technical [high] education and career school or an agency in the legislative or judicial branch of state government.

(g) Except as otherwise provided, for the purposes of this section, "state real property" means any improved or unimproved real property owned by a state agency, and "state agency" means any office, department, board, council, commission, institution, constituent unit of the state system of higher education, technical [high] education and career school or other agency in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government.

Sec. 28. Subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 4-67n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(3) "State agency" means any office, department, board, council, commission, institution, constituent unit of the state system of higher education, technical [high] education and career school or other agency in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government.

Sec. 29. Section 4-124z of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Labor Commissioner, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, working with the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, the Commissioners of Education and Social Services, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in consultation with the superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System and one member of industry representing each of the economic clusters identified by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development pursuant to section 32-1m shall (1) review, evaluate and, as necessary, recommend improvements for certification and degree programs offered by the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System and the community-technical college system to ensure that such programs meet the employment needs of business and industry, and (2) develop strategies to strengthen the linkage between skill standards for education and training and the employment needs of business and industry.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, commerce, labor and higher education and employment advancement on (1) the implementation of any recommended programs or strategies within the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System or the community-technical college system to strengthen the linkage between technical [high] education and career school and community-technical college certification and degree programs and the employment needs of business and industry, and (2) any certification or degree programs offered by technical [high] education and career schools or community-technical colleges that do not meet current industry standards.

Sec. 30. Subsection (a) of section 4-124ff of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) There is established, within available appropriations and in consultation with the council established under subsection (b) of this section, a competitive Innovation Challenge Grant program to promote and encourage partnerships and collaborations involving technology-based business and industry with institutions of higher education and technical [high] education and career schools for the development of educational programs in emerging and interdisciplinary technology fields and to address related issues.

Sec. 31. Section 4-124gg of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Not later than October 1, 2012, the Labor Commissioner, with the assistance of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness and in consultation with [the chairperson of the technical high school system board and] the superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, shall create an integrated system of state-wide industry advisory committees for each career cluster offered as part of the [technical high school] Technical Education and Career System and regional community-technical college [systems] system. Said committees shall include industry representatives of the specific career cluster. Each committee for a career cluster shall, with support from the Labor Department, [technical high school and] Technical Education and Career System, regional community-technical college [systems] system and the Department of Education, establish specific skills standards, corresponding curriculum and a career ladder for the cluster which shall be implemented as part of the schools' core curriculum.

Sec. 32. Subsection (a) of section 4-124hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program to provide a flexible source of funding for the creation and generation of talent in institutions of higher education and, with appropriate connections to technical [high] education and career schools and other secondary schools, for student outreach and development. Grants pursuant to this subsection shall be awarded to institutions of higher education and may be used to:

(1) Upgrade instructional laboratories to meet specific industry-standard laboratory and instrumentation skill requirements;

(2) Develop new curriculum and certificate and degree programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels, tied to industry identified needs;

(3) Develop seamlessly articulated career development programs in workforce shortage areas forecasted pursuant to subdivision (10) of subsection (b) of section 4-124w in collaboration with technical [high] education and career schools and other secondary schools and institutions of higher education;

(4) Support undergraduate and graduate student research projects and experimental learning activities; and

(5) Establish a nanotechnology [post-secondary] postsecondary education program and clearinghouse for curriculum development, scholarships and student outreach.

Sec. 33. Subsection (b) of section 4a-11a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be deposited in the Capital Equipment Purchase Fund created by section 4a-9. Any such proceeds shall be allocated to the Department of Education for [state technical high schools] technical education and career schools and satellites of such schools.

Sec. 34. Section 4d-83 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Education, shall provide (1) technical assistance to local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools to expand their educational technology capabilities, including, but not limited to, wiring, Internet connectivity and technical support, and (2) opportunities for such boards of education and schools to purchase under state-wide contracts.

Sec. 35. Subsection (b) of section 5-275 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(b) The board shall determine the appropriateness of a unit which shall be the public employer unit or a subdivision thereof. In determining the appropriateness of the unit, the board shall: (1) Take into consideration, but shall not limit consideration to, the following: (A) Public employees must have an identifiable community of interest, and (B) the effects of overfragmentation; (2) not decide that any unit is appropriate if (A) such unit includes both professional and nonprofessional employees, unless a majority of such professional employees vote for inclusion in such unit, or (B) such unit includes both Department of Correction employees at or above the level of lieutenant and Department of Correction employees below the level of lieutenant; (3) take into consideration that when the state is the employer, it will be bargaining on a state-wide basis unless issues involve working conditions peculiar to a given governmental employment locale; (4) permit the faculties of (A) The University of Connecticut, (B) the Connecticut State University System, and (C) the [state technical high schools] Technical Education and Career System to each comprise a separate unit, which in each case shall have the right to bargain collectively with their respective boards of trustees or their designated representatives; and (5) permit the community college faculty and the technical college faculty as they existed prior to July 1, 1992, to continue to comprise separate units, which in each case shall have the right to bargain collectively with its board of trustees or its designated representative. Nonfaculty professional staff of the above institutions may by mutual agreement be included in such bargaining units, or they may form a separate bargaining unit of their own. This section shall not be deemed to prohibit multiunit bargaining.

Sec. 36. Section 8-265pp of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority shall develop and administer a program of mortgage assistance to certified teachers (1) employed by priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p, (2) employed by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c, (3) employed by [technical high schools] the Technical Education and Career System at a technical education and career school located in such priority or transitional school districts, or (4) who teach in a subject matter shortage area pursuant to section 10-8b. Such assistance shall be available to eligible teachers for the purchase of a house as their principal residence, provided, in the case of a teacher employed by a priority or a transitional school district, or by [a technical high school] the Technical Education and Career System at a technical education and career school located in a priority or transitional school district, the house is located in such district. In making mortgage assistance available under the program, the authority shall utilize down payment assistance or any other appropriate housing subsidies. The terms of any mortgage assistance shall allow the mortgagee to realize a reasonable portion of the equity gain upon sale of the mortgaged property.

Sec. 37. Section 10-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) (1) Prior to July 1, 1998, the State Board of Education shall consist of nine members. On and after July 1, 1998, but prior to July 1, 2010, the State Board of Education shall consist of eleven members, two of whom shall be nonvoting student members.

(2) On and after July 1, 2010, but prior to April 1, 2011, the State Board of Education shall consist of thirteen members, at least two of whom shall have experience in manufacturing or a trade offered at the regional vocational-technical schools or be alumni of or have served as educators at a regional vocational-technical school and two of whom shall be nonvoting student members. Only those members with experience in manufacturing or a trade offered at the regional vocational-technical schools or are alumni of or have served as educators at a regional vocational-technical school shall be eligible to serve as the chairperson for the regional vocational-technical school subcommittee of the board.

(3) On and after April 1, 2011, but prior to July 1, 2012, the State Board of Education shall consist of thirteen members, (A) at least two of whom shall have experience in manufacturing or a trade offered at the regional vocational-technical schools or be alumni of or have served as educators at a regional vocational-technical school, (B) at least one of whom shall have experience in agriculture or be an alumni of or have served as an educator at a regional agricultural science and technology education center, and (C) two of whom shall be nonvoting student members. Only those members described in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision shall be eligible to serve as the chairperson for the regional vocational-technical school subcommittee of the board.

(4) On and after July 1, 2012, the State Board of Education shall consist of fourteen members, (A) at least two of whom shall have experience in manufacturing or a trade offered at the technical [high] education and career schools or be alumni of or have served as educators at a technical [high] education and career school, (B) at least one of whom shall have experience in agriculture or be an alumni of or have served as an educator at a regional agricultural science and technology education center, and (C) two of whom shall be nonvoting student members.

(b) The Governor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the General Assembly, the members of said board, provided each student member (1) is on the list submitted to the Governor pursuant to section 10-2a, (2) is enrolled in a public high school in the state, (3) has completed eleventh grade prior to the commencement of his term, (4) has at least a B plus average, and (5) provides at least three references from teachers in the school the student member is attending. The nonstudent members shall serve for terms of four years commencing on March first in the year of their appointment. The student members shall serve for terms of one year commencing on July first in the year of their appointment. The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and the [chairperson of the technical high school system board] superintendent of the Technical Education and Career System shall serve as ex-officio members without a vote. Any vacancy in said State Board of Education shall be filled in the manner provided in section 4-19.

Sec. 38. Subsection (a) of section 10-4h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Department of Education, in consultation with the Commission for Educational Technology, shall establish a competitive grant program, within the limit of the bond authorization for purposes of this section, to assist (1) local and regional school districts, (2) regional educational service centers, (3) cooperative arrangements among one or more boards of education, and (4) endowed academies approved pursuant to section 10-34 that are eligible for school building project grants pursuant to chapter 173, to upgrade or install wiring, including electrical wiring, cable or other distribution systems and infrastructure improvements to support telecommunications and other information transmission equipment to be used for educational purposes, provided the department may expend up to two per cent of such bond authorization for such purposes for the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System.

Sec. 39. Section 10-4r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

On or before July 1, 2011, the State Board of Education shall develop recommendations regarding the definition of region for purposes of attendance in the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System. The board shall submit such recommendations, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education.

Sec. 40. Subsection (b) of section 10-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the State Board of Education may receive in the name of the state any money or property given or bequeathed to the State Board of Education or to any of the technical [high] education and career schools. Said board shall transfer any such money to the State Treasurer who shall invest the money in accordance with the provisions of section 3-31a. Said board may use any such property for educational purposes.

Sec. 41. Section 10-13 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The State Board of Education may appoint one or more school physicians for the [state technical high schools] Technical Education and Career System and shall provide such physicians with suitable facilities for the performance of such duties as it prescribes.

Sec. 42. Section 10-15d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1987, and annually thereafter, all provisions of the general statutes concerning education, except those provisions relating to the eligibility for noncompetitive state aid unless otherwise provided, shall apply to the operation of the State of Connecticut-Unified School District #2 established pursuant to section 17a-37 within the Department of Children and Families and State of Connecticut-Unified School District #1 established pursuant to section 18-99a within the Department of Correction. All provisions of the general statutes concerning education, except those provisions relating to the eligibility for state aid unless otherwise provided, shall apply to the operation of the [technical high schools] Technical Education and Career System, established pursuant to the provisions of section 10-95, as amended by this act. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, where such a school or school district shows that a particular statutory provision should not apply, the commissioner may grant an exception.

Sec. 43. Section 10-19d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a high school mathematics and science challenge pilot program, which uses performance results on the mathematics and science components of the mastery examination, given in accordance with the provisions of section 10-14n, for students in grade ten or eleven to design and implement mathematics and science curricula for students in the eleventh grade in the public high schools, including technical [high] education and career schools. For purposes of the program, the Commissioner of Education may award grants to local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools for demonstration projects. Local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools seeking to participate in the pilot program shall apply to the department at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. The commissioner shall select a diverse group of participants based on the population, geographic location and economic characteristics of the school district or technical [high] education and career school. Local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools awarded grants under the program shall use grant funds for expenses for developing and implementing an instructional program in the mathematics and science subject areas targeting students who did not meet or exceed the level of proficiency in mathematics or science on such mastery examination, and conduct an evaluation of the program, including an analysis of student testing performance before and after participation in the program.

Sec. 44. Section 10-19e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a "Future Scholars" pilot matching grant program for public schools participating in externally funded programs that provide supplemental mathematics and science programming and instruction to students in grades eight to ten, inclusive, who scored above the level of basic and below the level of proficiency on the mastery examinations given during the previous year in accordance with the provisions of section 10-14n. The Commissioner of Education, for purposes of the program, may award grants to local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools for demonstration projects. Boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools seeking to participate in the pilot program shall apply to the department at such time and in such form as the commissioner prescribes. The commissioner shall select participants based on the quality of proposed programs and evidence of commitment by businesses supporting the project. Local and regional boards of education and technical [high] education and career schools awarded grants under the program shall use grant funds for development and implementation of an interdisciplinary mathematics, science and technology curriculum, including the establishment and staffing of mathematics and science laboratories, in middle and high schools that have demonstrated support and involvement by local or state-wide mathematics, science or technology intensive businesses in the state.

Sec. 45. Subsection (a) of section 10-20a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Local and regional boards of education, the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, postsecondary institutions and regional educational service centers, may (1) in consultation with regional workforce development boards established pursuant to section 31-3k, as amended by this act, local employers, labor organizations and community-based organizations establish career pathway programs leading to a Connecticut career certificate in accordance with this section, and (2) enroll students in such programs based on entry criteria determined by the establishing agency. Such programs shall be approved by the Commissioner of Education and the Labor Commissioner. Applications for program approval shall be submitted to the Commissioner of Education in such form and at such time as the commissioner prescribes. All programs leading to a Connecticut career certificate shall provide equal access for all students and necessary accommodations and support for students with disabilities.

Sec. 46. Section 10-21g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a "Generation Next" pilot program to provide industry-based job shadowing and internship experiences to high school students and externship experiences to teachers in the public schools, including the technical [high] education and career schools. The Commissioner of Education, for purposes of the program, may award grants to local and regional boards of education, technical [high] education and career schools or state-wide or local business associations, in partnership with such boards of education or schools, for demonstration projects. Boards of education, technical [high] education and career schools or business associations seeking to participate in the pilot program shall apply to the department at such time and in such form as the commissioner prescribes. The commissioner shall select a diverse group of participants based on the population, geographic location and economic characteristics of the school district or school. Local and regional boards of education, technical [high] education and career schools or business associations awarded grants under the program shall use grant funds for developing and implementing a coordinated high school level teacher externship and student job shadowing and internship program with science or mathematics or with technology intensive businesses in the state.

Sec. 47. Subsection (a) of section 10-21j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Commissioner of Education, in collaboration with the Board of Regents for Higher Education, shall establish a committee to coordinate the education of middle school and high school students about careers in manufacturing. Such committee shall include, but not be limited to, (1) representatives from the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Labor Department, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, the advanced manufacturing centers at the regional community-technical colleges, independent institutions of higher education in the state that offer training in the field of manufacturing, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, manufacturing companies and employee organizations that represent manufacturing workers, and (2) middle and high school teachers and guidance counselors.

Sec. 48. Section 10-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

No pupil from any town belonging to a regional school district shall, at the expense of such town, attend any other school in lieu of that provided by said district except a technical [high] education and career school approved by the State Board of Education, unless his attendance at such other school is approved by the regional board of education.

Sec. 49. Subsection (d) of section 10-64 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(d) Any local or regional board of education which does not furnish agricultural science and technology education approved by the State Board of Education shall designate a school or schools having such a course approved by the State Board of Education as the school which any person may attend who has completed an elementary school course through the eighth grade. The board of education shall pay the tuition and reasonable and necessary cost of transportation of any person under twenty-one years of age who is not a graduate of a high school or technical [high] education and career school or an agricultural science and technology education center and who attends the designated school, provided transportation services may be suspended in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. Each such board's reimbursement percentage pursuant to section 10-266m, as amended by this act, for expenditures in excess of eight hundred dollars per pupil incurred in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and in each fiscal year thereafter, shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

Sec. 50. Section 10-66p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 4-98, 4-212 to 4-219, inclusive, 4a-51 and 4a-57, the Commissioner of Education may allocate funds to allow regional educational service centers and state education organizations to provide professional development services, technical assistance and evaluation activities to local and regional boards of education, state charter schools, technical [high] education and career schools, school readiness providers and other educational entities, as determined by the commissioner. Regional educational service centers and state education organizations shall expend such funds in accordance with procedures and conditions prescribed by the commissioner. For purposes of this section, state education organizations may include, but not be limited to, organizations or associations representing superintendents, boards of education and elementary and secondary schools.

Sec. 51. Subdivision (4) of section 10-67 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(4) "Cooperating eligible entity" means any corporation or other business entity, nonprofit organization, private occupational school authorized pursuant to sections 10a-22a to 10a-22o, inclusive, institution of higher education licensed or accredited pursuant to the provisions of section 10a-34, technical [high] education and career school or library which provides classes or services specified under subparagraph (A) of subsection (a) of section 10-69, in conformance with the program standards applicable to boards of education, through a written cooperative arrangement with a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center;

Sec. 52. Subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of section 10-69 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(2) Credit for successful completion of courses taken for credit at state-accredited institutions, including public and private community colleges, technical colleges, community-technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities and approved public and private high schools and technical [high] education and career schools;

Sec. 53. Subsection (c) of section 10-74d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(c) The Department of Education may retain (1) up to one per cent of the amount appropriated for interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to this section for state-wide technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation, and administration, and (2) up to one per cent of such amount for use by the [technical high schools] Technical High School System for interdistrict summer school, weekend and after-school programs.

Sec. 54. Section 10-76q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The State Board of Education, in accordance with regulations adopted by said board, shall: (1) Provide the professional services necessary to identify, in accordance with section 10-76a, children requiring special education who are enrolled at [state technical high schools, in accordance with section 10-95] a technical education and career school; (2) identify each such child; (3) determine the appropriateness of the [state technical high school] technical education and career school for the educational needs of each such child; (4) provide an appropriate educational program for each such child; (5) maintain a record thereof; and (6) annually evaluate the progress and accomplishments of special education programs [at the state technical high schools] provided by the Technical Education and Career System.

(b) Where it is deemed appropriate that a child enrolled in a [state technical high school] technical education and career school receive special education, the parents or guardian of such child shall have a right to the hearing and appeal process as provided for in section 10-76h.

(c) If a planning and placement team determines that a student requires special education services which preclude such student's participation in the vocational education program offered by a technical [high] education and career school, the student shall be referred to the board of education in the town in which the student resides for the development of an individualized educational program and such board of education shall be responsible for the implementation and financing of such program.

Sec. 55. Subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of section 10-76oo of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this section, the Department of Education shall (1) purchase, in accordance with the provisions of section 4a-57, a digital individualized education program form software for purposes of creating, submitting and sharing digital copies of a student's individualized education program and related documents among authorized users, and (2) provide such digital individualized education program form software at no cost to local and regional boards of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System.

(b) On or before October 1, 2015, the department shall issue a request for proposals to eligible software companies for the purchase of the digital individualized education program form software. Such request for proposals shall require that the digital individualized education program form software: (1) Allow authorized users to create and submit a complete digital copy of a student's individualized education program and related documents to the portal and share such digital copy with (A) the department for purposes of conducting a remote audit; and (B) a local or regional board of education or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System in a case where the student may transfer, (2) provide twenty-four-hour access for an unlimited number of authorized users to use the digital individualized education program form software, (3) provide an electronic catalog of goals and objectives aligned with the curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education, (4) allow local and regional boards of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System to purchase additional programs to supplement the digital individualized education program form software, and (5) protect a student's individual education program and related documents that are created, submitted and shared using the digital individualized education program form software from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure in accordance with current industry standards.

(c) When evaluating the responses to the request for proposals and selecting a digital individualized education program form software, the department shall consider the types of digital individualized education program form software currently used and successfully implemented by local and regional boards of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System.

(d) For the school year commencing July 1, 2016, and each school year thereafter, if the department purchases a digital individualized education program under this section, the department shall provide such digital individualized education program form software to fifty per cent of the local and regional boards of education and to fifty per cent of the technical [high] education and career schools under the jurisdiction of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System. For the school year commencing July 1, 2017, and each school year thereafter, the department shall provide the digital individualized education program form software to the remaining fifty per cent of the local and regional boards of education and to the remaining fifty per cent of the technical [high] education and career schools under the jurisdiction of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System.

Sec. 56. Section 10-76pp of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Department of Education shall provide a digital individualized education program form software at no cost to local and regional boards of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System in accordance with section 10-76oo, as amended by this act. Such digital individualized education program form software shall permit local and regional boards of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System to create and submit a complete digital copy of a student's individualized education program and related documents to (1) the department for purposes of conducting a remote audit, and (2) a local or regional board of education or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System in which such student has transferred to.

(b) A local and regional board of education and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall use the digital individualized education program form software when such software is provided by the department, except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section.

(c) Nothing in this section shall affect or impair any agreement entered into between a local or regional board of education or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System and a software company for purposes of creating and sharing digital copies of a student's individualized education program and related documents prior to the department providing a digital individualized education program form software to such local or regional board of education or [such technical high school system] the Technical Education and Career System pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. When any such agreement terminates or expires, the local or regional board of education or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, as applicable, shall use the digital individualized education program form software provided by the department.

Sec. 57. Section 10-95a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The State Board of Education shall establish a student activity program at each [of the state technical high schools] technical education and career school. Such programs shall consist of athletic and nonathletic activities. State funds may be expended for the purposes of this section.

Sec. 58. Subsection (a) of section 10-95e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The State Board of Education shall establish a Vocational Education Extension Fund. Within said Vocational Education Extension Fund, there is established an account to be known as the "vocational education extension account". The Vocational Education Extension Fund may include other accounts separate and apart from the vocational education extension account. The vocational education extension account shall be used for the operation of preparatory and supplemental programs, including apprenticeship programs in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, and for the purchase of such materials and equipment required for use in the operation of said programs. All proceeds derived from the operation of said programs and revenue collected for rental or use of school facilities shall be credited to and become a part of the resources of said vocational education extension account, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section. All direct expenses incurred in the conduct of said programs shall be charged, and any payments of interest and principal of bonds or any sums transferable to any fund for the payment of interest and principal of bonds and any cost of equipment for such operations may be charged, against said vocational education extension account on order of the State Comptroller. Any balance of receipts above expenditures shall remain in said vocational education extension account to be used for said program and for the acquisition, as provided by section 4b-21, alteration and repairs of real property for educational facilities for such programs, except such sums as may be required to be transferred from time to time to any fund for the redemption of bonds and payment of interest on bonds, provided capital projects costing over one hundred thousand dollars shall require the approval of the General Assembly or, when the General Assembly is not in session, of the Finance Advisory Committee. The [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall fix the tuition fees to be charged students for preparatory and supplemental programs including apprenticeship programs. Not less than half of the tuition fee charged for any apprenticeship program shall be paid by the employer.

Sec. 59. Section 10-95h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Not later than November thirtieth each year, the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, higher education and employment advancement and labor shall meet with the chairperson of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board and the superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, the Labor Commissioner, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and such other persons as they deem appropriate to consider the items submitted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(b) On or before November fifteenth, annually:

(1) The Labor Commissioner shall submit the following to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, higher education and employment advancement and labor: (A) Information identifying general economic trends in the state; (B) occupational information regarding the public and private sectors, such as continuous data on occupational movements; and (C) information identifying emerging regional, state and national workforce needs over the next thirty years.

(2) The superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall submit the following to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, higher education and employment advancement and labor: (A) Information ensuring that the curriculum of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System is incorporating those workforce skills that will be needed for the next thirty years, as identified by the Labor Commissioner in subdivision (1) of this subsection, into the technical [high] education and career schools; (B) information regarding the employment status of students who graduate from or complete an approved program of study at the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, including, but not limited to: (i) Demographics such as age and gender, (ii) course and program enrollment and completion, (iii) employment status, and (iv) wages prior to enrolling and after graduating; (C) an assessment of the adequacy of the resources available to the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System as the system develops and refines programs to meet existing and emerging workforce needs; (D) recommendations to the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board to carry out the provisions of subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive, of this subdivision; and (E) information regarding staffing at each technical [high] education and career school for the current academic year. The superintendent of the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System shall collaborate with the Labor Commissioner to obtain information as needed to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

(3) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall submit the following to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, higher education and employment advancement and labor: (A) Information regarding the relationship between the Department of Economic and Community Development and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, (B) information regarding coordinated efforts of the department and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System to collaborate with the business community, (C) information on workforce training needs identified by the department through its contact with businesses, (D) recommendations regarding how the department and the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System can coordinate or improve efforts to address the workforce training needs identified in subparagraph (C) of this subdivision, (E) information regarding the efforts of the department to utilize the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System in business assistance and economic development programs offered by the department, and (F) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

Sec. 60. Section 10-95i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Not later than January 1, 2020, and every five years thereafter, the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall adopt a long-range plan of priorities and goals for the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System. The plan shall address coordination with other providers of vocational, technical, [or] technological or postsecondary education or training and shall include (1) an analysis of the activities described in subsections (b) and (c) of this section and how such activities relate to the long-range plan of priorities and goals, and (2) a summary of activities related to capital improvements and equipment pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Upon adoption of the plan, the board shall file the plan directly with the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a. The state board shall use the plan in preparing its five-year comprehensive plan pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-4.

(b) During the five-year period beginning January 1, 2020, and during each five-year period thereafter, the board shall evaluate each existing technical [high] education and career school trade program in accordance with a schedule which the board shall establish. A trade program may be reauthorized for a period of not more than five years following each evaluation on the basis of: The projected employment demand for students enrolled in the trade program, including consideration of the employment of graduates of the program during the preceding five years; anticipated technological changes; the availability of qualified instructors; the existence of similar programs at other educational institutions; and student interest in the trade program. As part of the evaluation, the board shall consider geographic differences that may make a trade program feasible at one school and not another and whether certain combinations of program offerings shall be required. Prior to any final decision on the reauthorization of a trade program, the board shall consult with the craft committees for the trade program being evaluated.

(c) The board shall consider the addition of new trade programs. Decisions by the board to add such programs shall at a minimum be based on the projected employment demand for graduates of the program, the cost of establishing the program, the availability of qualified instructors, the existence of similar programs at other educational institutions and the interest of students in the trade. The board shall authorize new trade programs for a maximum of five years. The board shall provide a process for the public, including, but not limited to, employers, parents, students or teachers, to request consideration of the establishment of a new trade program.

(d) The board shall maintain a rolling three-year capital improvement and capital equipment plan that identifies: (1) Alterations, renovations and repairs that each technical [high] education and career school is expected to need, including, but not limited to, grounds and athletic fields, heating and ventilation systems, wiring, roofs, and windows, and the cost of such projects, (2) recommendations for energy efficiency improvements to each school and the cost of such improvements, and (3) the specific equipment each technical [high] education and career school is expected to need, based on the useful life of existing equipment and projections of changing technology and the estimated cost of the equipment. The board shall submit such plan, annually, directly to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

Sec. 61. Section 10-95j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The State Board of Education shall include in the report required pursuant to section 10-95k, as amended by this act, a summary of the following:

(1) Admissions policies for [technical high schools] the Technical Education and Career System;

(2) Recruitment and retention of faculty;

(3) Efforts to strengthen consideration of the needs of and to develop greater public awareness of the [technical high schools] Technical Education and Career System; and

(4) Efforts to strengthen the role of school craft committees and increase employer participation.

Sec. 62. Section 10-95k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Not later than January 1, 2017, and biennially thereafter, the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall prepare a summary report concerning the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System and shall submit the report directly to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a. The report shall include demographic information for the preceding two school years on applicants for admission, students enrolled and graduates, and a summary of the capital and operating expenditures. Such information shall be provided for the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System and for each technical [high] education and career school and satellite facility. Enrollment information shall be reported by race and sex and by specific trade programs. Applicant information shall include the number of applicants, the number accepted and the number enrolled reported by race and sex. Enrollment capacity for each school and projected enrollment capacity for the subsequent school year shall be developed on the basis of a standardized format and shall be reported for each school and satellite facility. The report shall also include assessment of student outcomes including, but not limited to, mastery examination results pursuant to section 10-14n, retention and completion rates, and postsecondary education or employment based on graduate follow-up and, for purposes of employment placement, state unemployment insurance wage records.

(b) Reports prepared and submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section on and after January 1, 2017, shall identify each technical [high] education and career school for which enrollment on the preceding October first was less than seventy per cent of the enrollment capacity identified in the report pursuant to this section for the prior year. For each such school the report shall include an analysis of: (1) The reasons for such enrollment, including, but not limited to, the interest in the specific trade programs offered, the resources needed to serve special education students, demographic changes and the existence of alternative vocational, technical and technological educational training programs in the region in which the school is located; (2) the likelihood that enrollment will increase or decrease in the future; (3) any alternative uses for unused space in the facility; and (4) a recommendation on the steps to be taken to improve enrollment or a timetable for closing the school. In preparing the analysis, the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System board shall provide an opportunity for public comment.

Sec. 63. Section 10-95l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Department of Education shall provide in-service training programs, in accordance with subsection (a) of section 10-220a, for the teachers, administrators and pupil personnel employed in the [technical high schools] Technical Education and Career System who hold the initial educator, provisional educator or professional educator certificate. In addition, the department shall provide programs to enhance the knowledge and skill level of such teachers in their vocational or technical field.

Sec. 64. Section 10-95n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Each technical [high] education and career school shall provide access to directory information and on-campus recruiting opportunities to representatives of the armed forces of the United States of America and state armed services to the extent necessary under federal law to prevent the loss of federal funds to such school or to the state of Connecticut. The disclosure of information pursuant to this section shall otherwise be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200.

Sec. 65. Section 10-95o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) (1) The State Board of Education shall not close or suspend operations of any technical [high] education and career school for more than six months unless the board (A) holds a public hearing at the school that may be closed or whose operations may be suspended, (B) develops and makes available a comprehensive plan for such school in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, and (C) affirmatively votes to close or suspend operations at a meeting duly called. Such public hearing shall be held after normal school hours and at least thirty days prior to any vote of the board pursuant to subparagraph (C) of this subdivision.

(2) The board shall not extend the closure or suspension of operations of a technical [high] education and career school beyond the period set forth in the comprehensive plan described in subsection (b) of this section unless the board (A) holds another public hearing at a location in the town in which the school is located, after normal school hours and at least thirty days prior to any vote of the board pursuant to subparagraph (C) of this subdivision, (B) develops and makes available a new comprehensive plan for such school in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, and (C) affirmatively votes to extend such closure or suspension of school operations at a meeting duly called.

(b) The State Board of Education shall develop a comprehensive plan regarding the closure or suspension of operations of any technical [high] education and career school prior to the public hearing described in subsection (a) of this section. Such comprehensive plan shall include, but not be limited to, (1) an explanation of the reasons for the school closure or suspension of operations, including a cost-benefit analysis of such school closing or suspension of operations, (2) the length of the school closure or suspension of operations, (3) the financial plan for the school during the closure or suspension of operations, including, but not limited to, the costs of such school closure or suspension of operations, (4) a description of the transitional phase to school closure or suspension of operations and a description of the transitional phase to reopening the school, (5) an explanation of what will happen to students currently enrolled at such school during the school closure or suspension of operations, including, but not limited to, available technical [high] education and career schools for such students to attend and transportation for such students to such schools, (6) an explanation of what will happen to school personnel during the school closure or suspension of operations, including, but not limited to, employment at other schools, and (7) an explanation of how the school building and property will be used during the school closure or suspension of operations. The State Board of Education shall provide for the mailing of such comprehensive plan to parents and guardians of students enrolled at the school and to school personnel employed at such school, and make such comprehensive plan available on the school's web site at least fourteen days prior to the public hearing described in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The State Board of Education shall be responsible for transporting any student enrolled in a technical [high] education and career school that is closed or whose operations are suspended pursuant to this section to another technical [high] education and career school during such period of closure or suspension of operations, and the board shall be responsible for the costs associated with such transportation.

Sec. 66. Section 10-96c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

The Commissioner of Education may indemnify and hold harmless any person, as defined in section 1-79, as amended by this act, who makes a gift of tangible property or properties with a fair market value in excess of one thousand dollars to the Department of Education or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System for instructional purposes. Any indemnification under this section shall be solely for any damages caused as a result of the use of such tangible property, provided there shall be no indemnification for any liability resulting from (1) intentional or wilful misconduct by the person providing such tangible property to the department or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System, or (2) hidden defects in such tangible property that are known to and not disclosed by the person providing such tangible property to the department or the [technical high school system] Technical Education and Career System at the time the gift is made.

Sec. 67. Section 10-97 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The board of education of any town or, where the boards of education of constituent towns have so agreed, any regional school district shall provide the reasonable and necessary transportation, except as provided in section 10-233c, for any student under twenty-one years of age who is not a graduate of a high school or technical [high] education and career school and who resides with a parent or guardian in such town or regional school district or who belongs to such town, and who attends a state or state-approved technical [high] education and career school within such local or regional school district as a regular all-day student or as a high school cooperative student, and for any such student who attends any such school in a town other than the town of his residence. When the cost of such transportation out-of-town would exceed the sum of two hundred dollars per year, said board of education may elect to maintain such student in the town where he or she attends such technical [high] education and career school and for the cost of such maintenance the local or regional school district shall be reimbursed in the same manner and to the same extent as in the case of payment for transportation. Each such board's reimbursement percentage pursuant to section 10-266m, as amended by this act, for expenditures in excess of eight hundred dollars per pupil incurred in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1987, and in each fiscal year thereafter, shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

(b) Any local or regional board of education which does not furnish agricultural science and technology education approved by the State Board of Education shall designate a school or schools having such a course approved by the State Board of Education as the school which any person may attend who has completed an elementary school course through the eighth grade. The board of education shall pay the tuition and reasonable and necessary cost of transportation of any person under twenty-one years of age who is not a graduate of a high school or technical [high] education and career school and who attends the designated school, provided transportation services may be suspended in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. Each such board's reimbursement percentage pursuant to section 10-266m, as amended by this act, for expenditures in excess of eight hundred dollars per pupil incurred in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1987, and in each fiscal year thereafter, shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

(c) Any local or regional board of education which transports students to a state or state-approved technical [high] education and career school, or school furnishing agricultural science and technology education shall be reimbursed for a portion of such pupil transportation annually in accordance with the provisions of section 10-266m, as amended by this act, and the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section relating to reimbursement percentages, provided the reimbursement for transportation costs to a school furnishing vocational agricultural training shall not exceed an amount equal to such reimbursement of the costs of transporting such pupils to the school furnishing a full program of vocational agricultural training nearest to the sending school district at the time of the pupil's initial enrollment in the program. Application for such reimbursement shall be made by the board of education to the State Board of Education at such time and in such manner as said state board prescribes. The provisions of this section shall apply to a veteran who served in time of war, as defined by section 27-103, without regard to age or whether or not such veteran resides with a parent or guardian provided such veteran is attending a state or state-approved vocational secondary school.

(d) The parents or guardian of any student or any veteran over twenty-one who is denied the reasonable and necessary transportation required in this section may appeal such lack of transportation in the same manner as is provided in sections 10-186 and 10-187, as amended by this act.