JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

On Wednesday after the first Monday of January, A. D. , 2017 the date by the Constitution of the State of Connecticut for the meeting of the General Assembly, the Senate convened in the Senate Chamber in the Capitol in Hartford at 10: 18 a. m.

The Senate was called to order by the Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill.

The prayer was offered by the Deputy Chaplain, Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Happy New Year!

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of the newly elected Senators and to welcome back the re-elected Senators to the circle, and wish you and your families much health and happiness.

This year we are witnessing history: This year's Senate of the state of Connecticut is perfectly balanced between the two major political parties. In 125 years, this has not occurred: 18 and 18. And this places the Lieutenant Governor in a position of great responsibility, to cast her vote to break a tie.

I just want to tell you that, from my perspective as a Rabbi, the number 18 is a very good number. It is called chai which means life. And 18 and 18 is called double chai which represents 'good life' and 'full life. '

Our thought today is from Deuteronomy 30: 19, “Choose life.

Let us pray: May the Creator of us all bless this Senate to fulfill the promise of 18, chai'life. ' Help them, Almighty God, to legislate in a spirit of cooperation, and to create a good life with all the people constantly in mind. When they do not agree, guide the Lieutenant Governor to exercise her deciding vote with wisdom and good conscience for the good of all the people of Connecticut.

Help them, O source of peace, to find common ground and to gather in a true spirit of friendship, mutual respect, and honor. Help our Senators to rise to the highest level of ethics and responsibility in the fulfillment of their duties. Bless this Senate, our Governor, our Lieutenant Governor, the State government, and all of our inhabitants with Your spirit. Grant us courage, good will, and integrity, and bless our brave military that protect our country. May God bless all their efforts with success. Amen.

PLEDGE

Secretary of State, Denise Merrill led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF THE STATE

The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, called the official roll call of the Senate and certifies the member as follows, and administered the oath of office.

District 1 John W. Fonfara

District 2

District 3 Timothy D. Larson

District 4 Steve Cassano

District 5 Beth Bye

District 6 Terry B. Gerratana

District 7 John A. Kissel

District 8 Kevin D. Witkos

District 9 Paul R. Doyle

District 10 Gary A. Winfield

District 11 Martin M. Looney

District 12 Ted Kennedy, Jr.

District 13 Len Suzio

District 14 Gayle S. Slossberg

District 15 Joan V. Hartley

District 16 Joe Markley

District 17 George Logan

District 18 Heather Somers

District 19 Catherine A. Osten

District 20 Paul M. Formica

District 21 Kevin C. Kelly

District 22 Marilyn V. Moore

District 23 Edwin A. Gomes

District 24 Michael A. McLachlan

District 25 Bob Duff

District 26 Toni Boucher

District 27 Carlo Leone

District 28 Tony Hwang

District 29 Mae Flexer

District 30 Craig A. Miner

District 31 Henri Martin

District 32

District 33 Art Linares

District 34 Leonard A. Fasano

District 35 Anthony Guglielmo

District 36 L. Scott Frantz

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NANCY WYMAN PRESIDING

ELECTION OF SENATE CLERK

The President of the Senate announced that the first order of business was the election of a Senate Clerk.

Senator Looney of the 11th nominated Garey E. Coleman of Hartford, Connecticut.

There being no further nominations, the vote was taken by acclamation. The President declared Garey E. Coleman of Hartford, Connecticut elected as Clerk of the Senate and administered the Oath of Office to him.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

I have the honor to inform you of the following Interim Appointments made by the Governor since the adjournment of the 2016 General Assembly:

Mark L. Boxer – of Glastonbury, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Brett C. Browchuk – of Avon, as a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Katherine Scharf Dykes – of West Hartford, as a member of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor, until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Mary Ellen S. Jones – of Glastonbury, as a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Amina S. Lampkin – of West Hartford, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to Susannah Beyl.

Peter W. Lisi – of West Hartford, as the Chairperson of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Coral Ortiz – of New Haven, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, in succession to T. J. Noel-Sullivan.

Andrew Yuan – of Fairfield, as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Salvatore C. Agati of Watertown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Elizabeth A. Bozzuto of Watertown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Mary-Margaret D. Burgdorff of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Robert J. Devlin, Jr. of Shelton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Kevin G. Dubay of Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Stanley T. Fuger, Jr. of Andover to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Susan B. Handy of Old Lyme to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Bruce P. Hudock of Old Greenwich to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Corinne L. Klatt of Meriden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Kevin P. McMahon of Black Point to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 3, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Douglas C. Mintz of Redding to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 27, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Vernon D. Oliver of Portland to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Sheila A. Ozalis of Newtown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Patty Jenkins Pittman of Hamden to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 17, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Philip A. Scarpellino of North Branford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Jane S. Scholl of Farmington to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Josť A. Suarez of Chester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Patricia A. Swords of Storrs to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable William J. Wenzel of Southport to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Dawne G. Westbrook of Glastonbury to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Glenn A. Woods of Middletown to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Gerard I. Adelman of Meriden to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 25, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Joseph P. Flynn of Derby to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Richard P. Gilardi of Stratford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 7, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. of New Haven to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 17, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 4, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Section 52-434(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable William J. Sullivan of Waterbury to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from January 22, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The following communications were received from the Senate Republican Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

July 14, 2016

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 15-120bb, it is my pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, reappoint Mr. Robert J. Aaronson of Greenwich, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors, for a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.

Len Fasano

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated.

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Quarter ended March 31, 2016 for Calendar Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: May 5, 2016

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

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for April 1 through April 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: May 9, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of April 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: May 10, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and the Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Social Services, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement and Judicial Department, Support Enforcement Services – Annual Federal Self-Assessment Report for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: May 12, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Budget for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: May 16, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Lottery Corporation for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and General Law

Report – Department of Labor – Subsidized Employment and Training (Step Up) Program for the period of February, 2012 through June, 2015. (Pursuant to Public Act No. 12-1) Date received: June 7, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for May 1 through May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 8, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Permanent Commission on the Status of Women – Final Legislative Report for 2016 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly. (Pursuant to Section 46a-4 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services, Judiciary and Program Review and Investigations

Report – Office of Military Affairs – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-58b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 10, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Public Safety and Security and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 14, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and the Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Office of the State Comptroller – Payroll Deduction Slot Report for Period ending May 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 3-123g(e) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Commerce

Report – Office of Legislative Management – Connecticut State Capitol Preservation and Restoration Commission's Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4b-60(b)(3) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 28, 2016

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Public Utilities Regulatory Authority – Lost and Unaccounted for Gas, Docket No. 16-04-13 for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 16-34a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 29, 2016

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Department of Insurance – Medical Malpractice Report for Calendar Years 2011 – 2015. (Pursuant to Section 38a-395 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Report – Department of Administrative Services – State Agencies' Leased Personal Property for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4a-6 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2016.

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Report – Criminal Justice Information System – Status of the Criminal Justice Information System for period ending December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 54-142q of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Judiciary and Public Safety and Security

Report – Department of Children and Families – Family Assessment Response Program Annual Data Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 17a-101g(g)(11) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 1, 2016

Referred to Committee on Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Workers' Compensation Commission for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for June 1 through June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2016

Referred to Committee on Program Review and Investigations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Small Business Express Program Activity for the Period of November, 2011 - June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-7(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University – Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings for October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 54-1m of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Planning and Development, Judiciary and Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Southern Connecticut State University, National Collegiate Athletic Association for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 13, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Administrative Services, Division of Construction Services for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2010, 2011 and 2012. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Program Review and Investigations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Leased Personal Property by State Agencies 2015 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 4a-6 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 18, 2015

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – State Solid Waste Management Plan for diverting sixty percent of state solid waste after January 1, 2024, hereinafter referred to as the Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy, effective date July 19, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 22a-241a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 22, 2016

Referred to Committee on Environment

Report – State Department of Education – Biennial Report on Establishment and Operation of School Governance Councils in Connecticut for Period of December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10-4s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children and Education

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut State Library for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 25, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Program Review and Investigations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Manchester – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Manchester for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: July 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Public Defender Services Commission for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 27, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary, Program Review and Investigations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – American Legion, Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 27, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – State Education Resource Center –Annual Financial Summary for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015 and Projected Budget for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-357d of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 28, 2016

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – University of Connecticut – UConn 2000 Audit of Construction Expenditures for Projects Substantially Completed for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a -109z of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – 2016 Triennial State Substance Abuse Plan with Opioid Addiction Annex.  (Pursuant to Section 17a-451 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 3, 2016

Referred to Committee on Public Health

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for July 1 through July 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Connecticut General Assembly – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Agency Overtime Report for Fiscal Year 2015-2106 ended July 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 21 of Public Act 15-1) Date received: August 9, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Second Quarter ended June 30, 2016 for Calendar Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 9, 2016

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

Report – Military Department – Military Facility Usage Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 27-39(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 10, 2016

Referred to Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Report – State Department of Education – Five-year Comprehensive Plan for 2016-21, “Ensuring Equity and Excellence for All Connecticut Students. ” (Pursuant to Section 10-4(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 12, 2016

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Board of Regents for Higher Education and the University of Connecticut – Digital Open Source Textbook Pilot Report. (Pursuant to Special Act No. 15-18) Date received: August 17, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Stratford – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Stratford for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: August 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Economic Cluster Bond Funds Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-4h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Report of Financial and Personnel Status for Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 24, 2016

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

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Report of Financial and Personnel Status for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 ended March 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 24, 2016

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

Report – Department of Agriculture – Animal Population Control Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 22-380k of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 26, 2016

Referred to Committee on Environment

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Stonington – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Stonington for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: August 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of July 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 30, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and the Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – First Five Plus Program Job Creation and Economic Impact as of August, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-4l (d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Administrative Services eLicense System Information Technology Security Audit as of January, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 31, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children, Commerce, Energy and Technology, Environment, General Law, Public Health, Program Review and Investigations, Public Safety and Security and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Central Connecticut State University – National Collegiate Athletic Association for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Farmington – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Farmington for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – State Department of Education – Status Report on Educator Preparation Data Dashboard as of September 1, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-146h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 6, 2016

Referred to Committees on Education and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Wethersfield – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Wethersfield for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 8, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Berlin – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Berlin for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for August 1 through August 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 9, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Chief of Police, Eastern Connecticut State University – Human Trafficking Investigations for Eastern Connecticut State University for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Judicial Branch – Annual Report for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 54-133 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 13, 2016

Referred to Judiciary Committee

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – University of Connecticut for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 13, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Program Review and Investigations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Wallingford – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Wallingford for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 13, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – University of Connecticut – UConn 2000 Report #42 for Period ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 13, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Joint Committee on Legislative Management for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 14, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Waterford – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Waterford for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Rocky Hill – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Rocky Hill for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Capital Region Development Authority for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Education

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Norwalk – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Norwalk for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of South Windsor – Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of South Windsor for Period ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 16, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Department of Children and Families – Children's Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Advisory Board, Children's Behavioral Health Plan Progress Report as of October 1, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17a-22ff(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 16, 2016

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of August 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 16, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Committee on Program Review and Investigations

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Branford – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Branford. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 19, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Predecessor Entity to the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 19, 2016

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Environment

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Vernon – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Vernon. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 20, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Office of the State Comptroller Departmental Operations for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 20, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Accountability and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Vernon – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Vernon. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 20, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of East Haven – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of East Haven. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Shelton – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Shelton for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Groton – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Groton for Period September 15, 2015 – September 15, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Department of Revenue Services for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Bradley Enterprise Fund Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Connecticut Airport Authority (Formerly Within the Department of Transportation) for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Public Safety and Security and Transportation

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Coventry – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Coventry for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Ansonia – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Ansonia for Period September 15, 2015 – September 15, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Trumbull – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Trumbull for Period September 15, 2015 – September 15, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of East Hartford – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of East Hartford. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Greenwich – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Greenwich. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Granby – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Granby. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Ledyard – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Ledyard. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Albertus Magnus College – 2016 Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct and Report Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 27, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122, 1-123 and 10a-194 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: September 28, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) – CHESLA Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-240 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) – CSLF Annual Report, including Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122 and 1-123 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: September 28, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Auditors' Report, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Consumer Counsel and Connecticut Siting Council for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2016

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Environment

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Canton – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Canton. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 28, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Plainfield– Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Plainfield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Watertown – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Watertown. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Plymouth – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Plymouth. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Avon– Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Avon. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Yale University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Connecticut – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Asnuntuck Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Capital Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Central Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Eastern Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Gateway Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Housatonic Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Manchester Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Middlesex Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Naugatuck Valley Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Northwestern CT Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Norwalk Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Quinebaug Valley Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Southern Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Three Rivers Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Tunxis Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Fairfield University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of St Joseph, West Hartford Campus – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of St Joseph, School of Pharmacy – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Sacred Heart University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Goodwin College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Wesleyan University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Bridgeport – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Corrections – Program Inventory of Correctional Programs (Pursuant to Section 4-68s(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 3, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University – Results First Policy Oversight Committee Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 2-111(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 3, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Quinnipiac University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 3, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Health Assistance InterVention Education Network (HAVEN) – Audit for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 19a-12a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 3, 2016

Referred to Committee on Public Health

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-416c(j) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 4, 2016

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Judicial Branch – Court Support Services Division Program Inventory for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-68s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 4, 2016

Referred to Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Wilton – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Wilton. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: October 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Connecticut General Assembly – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Agency Overtime Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 ended September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-53n of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Chief of Police, Town of New Britain– Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of New Britain. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: October 7, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for September 1 through September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 9, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Lead By Example - Reducing Energy Use in State Facilities Annual Reports for Calendar Years 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 16a-37u(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 7, 2016

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 7, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Waterbury – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Waterbury. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: October 5, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – American Legion, Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 18, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Third Quarter ended September 30, 2016 for Calendar Year 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 25, 2016

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

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Heritage Foundation, Inc. for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 25, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Charter Oak State College Foundation for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 26, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Financial Assistance Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-47a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 28, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for Calendar Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Housing

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Milford – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Milford. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University – Results First Benefit-Cost Analyses of Adult Criminal and Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Programs as of November, 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 4-68s (c) and  11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 2, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of October 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 3, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for October 1 through October 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 7, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Connecticut Technical High School System – Strategic Plan Annual Report for School Year 2015-2016, Assuring Connecticut's Success: Tomorrow's Framework. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h(b)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 7, 2016

Referred to Committees on Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Guilford – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Guilford. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Willimantic – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Willimantic. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Seymour – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Seymour. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 9, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Office of Chief State's Attorney – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Naugatuck – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Naugatuck. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Fairfield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Fairfield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Bloomfield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Bloomfield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Annual Report on Relationship Between the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Technical High School System as of November 15, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-95h (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Norwalk – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Norwalk. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Southington – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Southington. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Suffield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Suffield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Darien – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Darien. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Monroe – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Monroe. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Annual Whistleblower Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-61dd(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 16, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Ridgefield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Ridgefield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 17, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Teachers' Retirement Board for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 17, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Danbury – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Danbury. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 17, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Ridgefield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Ridgefield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 17, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Technical High School System Report on Bus Replacement for 2016-17 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 17, 2016

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – State Department of Education – Implementation of Early Reading Legislation for School Year 2015-16. (Pursuant to Section 10-14u of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received November 17, 2016

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Windsor Locks – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Windsor Locks. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 18, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Derby – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Derby. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Bristol – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Bristol. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Bethel – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Bethel. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 21, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Office of Early Childhood – School Readiness and Child Day Care Spaces for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 ending September 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 94 of Public Act 16-3) Date received: November 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Children

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Enfield – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Enfield. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: November 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Connecticut Airport Authority – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 15-120kk of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Transportation

Report – Office of the Claims Commissioner – Special Report on the Functioning of the Office of the Claims Commissioner. (Pursuant to Section 1 of Public Act 16-127) Date received: December 1, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Compensation Benchmarking and Performance Audit by TEConomy Partners, LLC. (Pursuant to Section 14 of Public Act 16-3) Date received: December 1, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Communication – Teachers' Retirement Board – Certification of State Contributions Necessary to Maintain Teachers' Retirement Fund for Fiscal Year 2017-18. (Pursuant to Section 10-183z of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 5, 2016

Referred to Committee on Appropriations, Education and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of November 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 5, 2016

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Insurance and the Office of the Healthcare Advocate for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 8, 2016

Referred to Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for November 1 through November 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 9, 2016

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Reports – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) and Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) – CSLF Annual Report, CHEFA Annual Report, and Federal Family Education Loan Program Compliance Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes) date received: December 12, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department on Aging for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2016

Referred to Committee on Aging

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Technical High School System Report on School Budgets for 2015-16 Academic Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-99g(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Connecticut Port Authority – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-435(l) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 15, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Environment and Transportation

Report – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – Inventory of Criminal Justice Programs for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-68s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 20, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Insurance – Behavioral Health Working Group, “Protecting Behavioral Health for Consumers in Connecticut. ” (Pursuant to Public Act 16-158 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 22, 2016

Referred to Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Regulations Review Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-170b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 23, 2016

Referred to Committee on Regulations Review

Report – Military Department – Armory Construction Purchase Program Report for Calendar Years 2015-2016. (Pursuant to Section 27-45 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 23, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Veteran's Affairs

Report – Department of Education – Comprehensive Statewide Interdistrict Magnet School Plan for 2015-2016 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 264l(b)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 27, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Education

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Unused Research and Development Tax Credit Legislative Recommendations. (Pursuant to Special Act 16-21 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 28, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Manufacturing Innovation Fund Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-7o of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Cybersecurity Study. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-13 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 29, 2016

Referred to Committee on Public Safety and Security

Report – Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors – Results-Based Accountability and Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-136(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 29, 2016

Referred to Committees on Aging, Children and Human Services

Report – Office of the Attorney General – False Claims Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4-289 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Department of Revenue Services – State Laws Governing the Sales and Use Tax, Personal Income Tax and Corporation Business Tax. (Pursuant to Section 1 of Special Act No. 16-14 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Children and Families – Family Assessment Response and Practice Guide. (Pursuant to Section 17a-101g(g)(9) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2017

Referred to Committee on Children

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Office of Film, Digital Media and Motion Pictures Tax Credit Activity for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-1p of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Summary of the Composition and Fuel Usage of the State Fleet with Vehicle Inventory for Departments of Administrative Services, Emergency Services and Public Protection and Transportation. (Pursuant to Sections 4a-67d(f) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology, Environment and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Annual Report of Alternative Method for Assessment of Commercial Properties for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 12-63i of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Chief of Police, Town of Hartford – Annual Report on Human Trafficking Investigations for the Town of Hartford. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Technology Talent Advisory Committee Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-7p of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 30, 2016

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17b-254 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 1, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Office of the State Treasurer – Annual Report of the State Treasurer for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 3-37(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 3, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Internal Control Over Financial Reporting and on Compliance and Other Matters Based on an Audit of Financial Statements Performed in Accordance with Government Auditing Standards for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 3-37, and 2-90, subsection (b), of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 3, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Governor's First Five Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-41(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 3, 2016

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Small Business Express Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-7(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 3, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Labor and Public Employees

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

On the motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the Committees as indicated thereon in concurrence.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S. B. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE SYSTEM IN THE STATE', to establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 2 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE EQUITABLE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to develop a more equitable education cost sharing grant formula.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 3 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DONATION OF ORGANS AND BONE MARROW', to promote and facilitate the donation of life-saving organs and bone marrow.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S. B. No. 4 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. ; SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ENERGY COOPERATIVES', to increase public awareness and provide transparency regarding municipal electric utilities and municipal electric energy cooperatives.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 5 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION', to provide tax equity by increasing the Connecticut estate tax exemption to match the federal estate tax exemption.

Proposed S. B. No. 6 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to provide tax equity and more income to Connecticut Social Security recipients.

Proposed S. B. No. 7 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES', to provide direct property tax relief to businesses in the state and reduce costly and time-consuming administrative tax requirements for small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 8 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO LEVY A LOCAL SALES TAX', to authorize an alternative means other than the property tax for municipalities to fund critical public services.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 9 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ENTERING CONNECTICUT INTO THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote and join other states that have adopted the agreement.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 10 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STRENGTHENING OF LAWS AGAINST HATE CRIMES', to strengthen laws against hate crimes.

Proposed S. B. No. 11 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGALIZATION AND TAXATION OF THE RETAIL SALE OF MARIJUANA', to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana.

Proposed S. B. No. 12 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING BENEFIT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES', to allow for the formation of benefit limited liability companies in the state.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S. B. No. 13 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE', to provide more economic security to Connecticut families by increasing the minimum fair wage.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. J. No. 5 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to propose a constitutional amendment to protect the state's Special Transportation Fund.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S. J. No. 6 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT REAL PROPERTY HELD OR CONTROLLED BY THE STATE', to resubmit resolution act 16-1 concerning the protection of real property held or controlled by the state for approval by the General Assembly.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5001 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to help prevent the over-inflation of state employee pension obligations to the State of Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5002 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR BALLPARKS FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS', to prevent the misuse of state funds.

Proposed H. B. No. 5003 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUDGETING FOR MEDICAID EXPENDITURES', to accurately reflect Medicaid expenditures in the state budget.

Proposed H. B. No. 5004 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING TERMS PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to define terms pertaining to the constitutional spending cap.

Proposed H. B. No. 5005 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5006 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE AND DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLANS', to help reduce the overall cost of the state employee workforce in Connecticut by shifting certain state employees to a defined contribution retirement plan.

Proposed H. B. No. 5007 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES', to provide municipalities relief from unfunded mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5008 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADOPTION OF THE STATE BUDGET BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to provide municipalities with information about state aid in sufficient time to prepare their budgets.

Proposed H. B. No. 5009 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXCLUSIONS FROM THE CALCULATION OF STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME', to prevent state pensions from being artificially inflated.

Proposed H. B. No. 5010 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED STATE OFFICIALS BY TEN PER CENT', to save money by reducing the salaries of state elected and appointed officials.

Proposed H. B. No. 5011 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING LEGISLATIVE POSTAL COSTS', to decrease the amount of state funds used for legislators to send mail.

Proposed H. B. No. 5012 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENSION AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND OFFICIALS EXEMPT FROM CLASSIFIED SERVICE', to help reduce the overall cost of the state employee workforce in Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5013 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VOTE ON ALL STATE EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND STIPULATIONS', to require full disclosure of collective bargaining agreements and stipulations between the state and state employee organizations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5014 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COORDINATION OF FISCAL YEARS FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE STATE AND MUNICIPAL BUDGETS', to coordinate state and municipal budget calendars so that towns have more timely information from the state before finalizing their budgets.

Proposed H. B. No. 5015 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RETIREMENT HEALTH CARE AND PENSION PAYMENTS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES INCLUDED IN CERTAIN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS', to address skyrocketing costs by limiting the payment of retirement benefits to retired state employees who have reached the age of sixty-five.

Proposed H. B. No. 5016 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS AND STIPULATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH A LAWSUIT', to require the General Assembly to vote on all collective bargaining agreements and agreements and stipulated agreements in connection with a lawsuit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5017 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING OVERTIME PAYMENTS FROM BEING USED TO CALCULATE THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF STATE EMPLOYEES', to prohibit the calculation of a state employee's pension from including overtime pay.

Proposed H. B. No. 5018 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED PUBLIC SAFETY MANDATES ON MUNICIPALITIES', to provide municipalities relief from public safety mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5019 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE THRESHOLD AMOUNT THE GOVERNOR MAY TRANSFER BETWEEN SPECIFIC APPROPRIATIONS TO A BUDGETED AGENCY', to reduce the threshold amount that the Governor may transfer between specific appropriations made to a budgeted agency.

Proposed H. B. No. 5020 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF FUNDS FROM THE DRUG ASSETS FORFEITURE REVOLVING ACCOUNT FOR DRUG TREATMENT BEDS', to provide funding from the drug assets forfeiture revolving account for drug treatment beds.

Proposed H. B. No. 5021 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING STATE FUNDS FOR SERVICES TO UNDOCUMENTED INMATES AT STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES', to limit the amount of taxpayer funds used for certain services provided to undocumented inmates.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 5022 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND IN THOMASTON', to provide funding to the Railroad Museum of New England in the town of Thomaston for construction and renovations to the facility.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5023 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to allow school districts to delay the implementation of the provisions of public act 16-189 relating to student data privacy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5024 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A LEARNING INSTITUTE TO ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS', to establish a learning and support institute to address the emotional, physical and academic needs of special education students.

Proposed H. B. No. 5025 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMPUTER KEYBOARDING INSTRUCTION IN KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL', to introduce students to computer keyboarding at an early age by permitting districts to offer such a course in kindergarten and elementary school.

Proposed H. B. No. 5026 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT PERIODIC TESTING OF SCHOOL WATER SUPPLIES', to require school districts to monitor and maintain safe drinking water in school buildings.

Proposed H. B. No. 5027 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ATHLETIC FACILITY AT BULLARD-HAVENS TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL', to provide capital improvement funds for the athletic facility at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport.

Proposed H. B. No. 5028 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR FORMER MAGNET SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER OCTOBER FIRST', to provide reimbursement on a pro rata basis to school districts for former magnet school students who enroll in a public school after October first.

Proposed H. B. No. 5029 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A HEARING WHEN A TOWN APPLIES FOR AN EXCEPTION TO THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to require a hearing when a town applies for an exception to the minimum budget requirement.

Proposed H. B. No. 5030 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXCLUSION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE RESULTS ON THE MASTERY EXAMINATION FROM TEACHER EVALUATIONS', to prohibit the use of students' mastery test results in an individual teacher's performance evaluation.

Proposed H. B. No. 5031 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED MANDATES ON SCHOOLS AND MUNICIPALITIES', to provide financial relief to municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5032 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT AT EAST HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL', to permit East Hampton to submit a change order for a school construction project later than six months after such change order was issued.

Proposed H. B. No. 5033 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AWARENESS OF MANUFACTURING INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ENROLLED IN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS', to increase awareness of manufacturing internship opportunities for students who are not enrolled in technical high schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5034 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A BIENNIAL REVIEW OF STATE EDUCATION MANDATES', to review existing state education mandates and to make recommendations regarding which mandates should be repealed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5035 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR A SECURITY BREACH OF STUDENT DATA', to replace the existing requirement that a board of education notify parents and guardians that a security breach of student data has occurred from forty-eight hours after such board receives notice of such security breach to two business days after such board receives such notice.

Proposed H. B. No. 5036 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEADLINE FOR WHEN BOARDS OF EDUCATION MAY APPLY FOR STATE GRANTS FOR ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION CHILDREN AND COSTS', to require the state to cover excess costs for special education for children who move into a new school district after March first.

Proposed H. B. No. 5037 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS', to impose a moratorium on new school building projects until a new funding formula can be developed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5038 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING THE USE OF CHILD CARE SUBSIDY INCREASES FOR UNION DUES', to ensure that child care subsidy increases do not fund union dues.

Proposed H. B. No. 5039 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPLAY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to require local and regional boards of education to display in each school a copy of the Constitution of the United States and a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5040 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIORITY OF BENEFIT ASSESSMENT LIENS UNDER THE COMMERCIAL SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM', to amend the priority of the benefit assessment lien under the commercial sustainable energy program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5041 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION IN CONNECTICUT', to study Connecticut community access television.

Proposed H. B. No. 5042 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEWER USE CHARGES', to prevent sewer authorities from charging sewer use charges for summer water use.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5043 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX CALCULATION ON PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE SALES BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS', to provide that the documented, notarized purchase price of a private passenger motor vehicle sold by one private individual to another shall be the basis for calculating the sales tax payable on such motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5044 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE THOMASTON OPERA HOUSE', to provide a grant of funds to the town of Thomaston for the renovation of the Thomaston Opera House.

Proposed H. B. No. 5045 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE GIFT TAX', to eliminate the gift tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5046 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD FOR IMPOSITION OF THE ESTATE TAX', to increase the threshold for imposition of the estate tax to be consistent with the federal estate tax filing threshold.

Proposed H. B. No. 5047 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5048 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE OCCUPANCY TAX', to promote tourism in the state by reducing the tax on hotel and lodging house occupancy and transfer of occupancy from fifteen per cent to the prior rate of twelve per cent.

Proposed H. B. No. 5049 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to phase out the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5050 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN PRODUCTS PURCHASED BY BUSINESSES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX', to eliminate double taxation of products purchased by businesses when such products are subject to the sales and use tax when resold to consumers or used or included in consumer goods that are subject to such tax when sold to consumers.

Proposed H. B. No. 5051 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to assist Connecticut's senior population by eliminating the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5052 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5053 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

Proposed H. B. No. 5054 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to assist Connecticut's senior population by eliminating the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5055 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE THAMES HISTORICAL PARK INITIATIVE', to continue funding to maintain existing historical projects associated with the Thames River Park initiative.

Proposed H. B. No. 5056 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSION BENEFIT INCOME', to phase out personal income tax on public and private pension benefit income over a five-year period beginning July 1, 2019.

Proposed H. B. No. 5057 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5058 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate income tax on all pensions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5059 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions and Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5060 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO GRADUATE FROM INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE STATE', to encourage individuals who attend institutions of higher education in the state to remain in the state after graduation from such institution.

Proposed H. B. No. 5061 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPERTY TAX ASSESSED ON A PRIMARY RESIDENCE OWNED BY THE SAME HOMEOWNER FOR THIRTY-FIVE OR MORE YEARS', to limit the amount of property tax assessed on a primary residence owned by the same homeowner for thirty-five or more consecutive years.

Proposed H. B. No. 5062 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING RESIDENT ESTATES FROM THE ESTATE TAX', to exempt resident estates from the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5063 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5064 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE TAX RATE ON BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to reduce the tax rate on bed and breakfast establishments.

Proposed H. B. No. 5065 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE WHOLESALE TAX ON MOTOR VEHICLE FUELS', to eliminate the wholesale tax on motor vehicle fuels.

Proposed H. B. No. 5066 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GASOLINE TAXES', to combine the two taxes reflected in gasoline prices.

Proposed H. B. No. 5067 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENTS', to encourage individuals to purchase long-term care insurance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5068 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAXATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to exempt Social Security income from the personal income tax and eliminate the earned income tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5069 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING STATE TAXES THAT COST MORE TO ADMINISTER THAN IS GAINED IN REVENUE', to eliminate state taxes costing more for the state to collect in administrative costs than the state gains in revenue received from the imposition of such taxes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5070 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OCCUPANCY TAX ON BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to exempt bed and breakfast establishments with five or fewer guest rooms from the occupancy tax for hotels and lodging houses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5071 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5072 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT DIRECTING THAT A PORTION OF THE SALES TAX BE RETURNED TO THE TOWN WHERE COLLECTED', to provide that a portion of sales tax revenue be directed to the town where it is collected.

Proposed H. B. No. 5073 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

Proposed H. B. No. 5074 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the income requirements for the earned income tax credit and the impact of such income requirements on premature termination of employment by recipients of the tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5075 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING PERSONAL INCOME TAXES ON PENSION INCOME EARNED BY TAXPAYERS AGE SIXTY-SEVEN AND OLDER', to eliminate income taxation on pensions of taxpayers age sixty-seven and over.

Proposed H. B. No. 5076 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE HOSPITAL TAX', to phase out the hospital tax over a period of five years.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5077 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RETURN OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO PHARMACIES', to allow for the proper disposal of unused prescription drugs by pharmacies.

Proposed H. B. No. 5078 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PHARMACIES TO MAINTAIN DROP BOXES FOR THE COLLECTION OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS', to prevent the improper use of medications by providing safe and secure locations to drop off unused medications.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5079 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRARS OF VOTERS TRAINING ON DIFFERENT MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSES', to prevent the impermissible use for voting of certain forms of identification and promote transparency in elections.

Proposed H. B. No. 5080 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION', to provide legislators with information regarding the constitutionality of proposed legislation.

Proposed H. B. No. 5081 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPERATION OF THE PERSONAL SCREENING SYSTEM AT THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING AND THE STATE CAPITOL AND ACCESS BY LEGISLATORS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE CHAMBERS', to prohibit operation of the personal screening system that was instituted in the Legislative Office Building and at the State Capitol unless certain requirements are met, and to allow legislators access to the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate with their identification cards.

Proposed H. B. No. 5082 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING QUALIFYING CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to increase the amount of money candidates must raise in order to qualify for a grant under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5083 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM TO ELIMINATE GRANTS FOR UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to prevent grants from the Citizens' Election Fund from being used by candidates who are unopposed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5084 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to support Connecticut businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5085 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT SUBJECTING LEGISLATIVE LIAISONS TO THE STATE CODES OF ETHICS', to treat the legislative liaisons of executive branch state agencies as lobbyists for purposes of the state codes of ethics.

Proposed H. B. No. 5086 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING "PJ DAY"', to raise awareness of children being treated and cared for in Connecticut hospitals.

Proposed H. B. No. 5087 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE SUSPENSION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES IMPOSED ON CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES', to permit the suspension of administrative penalties imposed on certain business entities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5088 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING LEGISLATIVE LOBBYING BY FORMER STATE EMPLOYEES', to impose a one-year moratorium on legislative lobbying by former state employees.

Proposed H. B. No. 5089 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO STATE AND REGIONAL FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS', to provide state funding to state and regional fire training schools by eliminating the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5090 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING THE STATE FROM OBSERVATION OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME', to allow Connecticut to maximize additional daylight in the evening in order for residents, employers, and businesses to get the most beneficial use of their time as a way to increase productivity and create additional consumer opportunities for Connecticut residents.

Proposed H. B. No. 5091 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to reduce by half the amounts of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5092 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING CERTAIN LOBBYING BY STATE EMPLOYEE UNIONS', to prohibit certain lobbying by state employee unions in order to prevent a conflict of interest.

Proposed H. B. No. 5093 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE DEPARTMENT ON AGING', to eliminate overlapping state services and promote efficiency in government by undoing the prior transfer of functions from the Department of Social Services to the Department on Aging and by eliminating the Department on Aging.

Proposed H. B. No. 5094 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING "PATRIOTS' DAY"', to establish Patriots' Day to commemorate the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Proposed H. B. No. 5095 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION', to require the audit of election day registrations and subsequent confirmation notices of such registrations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5096 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SIGNED STATEMENTS OF ELECTORS PRIOR TO VOTING', to require that statements signed by electors, in lieu of presentment of certain identification at the polls, be audited for accuracy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5097 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION', to prohibit the grant of Citizens' Election Program moneys to unopposed candidates and eliminate certain State Elections Enforcement Commission audits for candidate committees that raise or spend five thousand or fewer dollars.

Proposed H. B. No. 5098 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT MODIFYING LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES', to make the legislative process more transparent and efficient.

Proposed H. B. No. 5099 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM AND UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to limit the grant of funds under the Citizens' Election Program to only those candidate committees of candidates who have opponents.

Proposed H. B. No. 5100 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM FOR UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES', to eliminate grants for unopposed candidates under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5101 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to prohibit any increase in the amount of the grants awarded under the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5102 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING MAY AS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH', to designate May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Proposed H. B. No. 5103 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GRANTS AWARDED FROM THE CITIZENS' ELECTION FUND', to reduce the amount of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5104 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE NUMBER OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS IN STATE AGENCIES', to eliminate duplicative service and provide cost savings to the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5105 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION', to increase the threshold for emergency certification.

Proposed H. B. No. 5106 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUDGETARY BILLS', to give legislators time to review certain budgetary legislation prior to voting on it.

Proposed H. B. No. 5107 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LOCATION OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS', to increase the transparency of legislative committee meetings.

Proposed H. B. No. 5108 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE OF PROPOSED SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE', to provide legislators with notice of substantive changes to bill language prior to their voting on such bill.

Proposed H. B. No. 5109 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUDITS BY THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION', to eliminate certain State Elections Enforcement Commission audits for candidate committees that raise or spend five thousand or fewer dollars.

Proposed H. B. No. 5110 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REGIONAL ELECTION MONITORS', to eliminate a state mandate with regard to election administration.

Proposed H. B. No. 5111 REP. DEVLIN, 134th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION LOCATIONS', to authorize the chief elected official of a municipality to designate an election day registration location when the registrars of voters fail to agree on such a location.

Proposed H. B. No. 5112 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT MAKING ENGLISH THE OFFICIAL STATE LANGUAGE', to make English the official state language.

Proposed H. B. No. 5113 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM GRANTS TO CANDIDATES IN CONTESTED CAMPAIGNS', to reserve Citizens' Election Fund moneys only for candidate committees of candidates in contested campaigns.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5114 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING FREE TUITION FOR DEPENDENTS OF EMPLOYEES OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to bring tuition costs under control by reducing the need to raise tuition and spreading such costs across a broader base of students.

Proposed H. B. No. 5115 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROTECTING OWNERSHIP IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CREATED AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to protect the rights of intellectual property creators.

Proposed H. B. No. 5116 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO COLLECT DATA REGARDING IN-STATE STUDENTS THAT WILL ENABLE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS REGARDING THEIR INTENDED CAREER PATHS', to help prospective students make informed career choices.

Proposed H. B. No. 5117 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE ELIMINATION OF STATE FUNDING FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT VIOLATE FEDERAL OR STATE LAWS', to require institutions of higher education to comply with federal and state laws.

Proposed H. B. No. 5118 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR SPEECHES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund speeches at public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H. B. No. 5119 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CONNECTICUT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO GIVE PRIORITY TO IN-STATE STUDENTS FOR ADMISSION', to ensure that taxpayer subsidies to Connecticut public institutions of higher education are used first for Connecticut citizens.

Proposed H. B. No. 5120 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPARENCY REGARDING TUITION COSTS', to require transparency regarding funds that are set aside from a public institution of higher education's tuition revenue in documentation regarding the cost of tuition that is sent to students or those paying a student's tuition.

HOUSING

Proposed H. B. No. 5121 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING ADVANCE RENTAL PAYMENTS', to make rental payments more convenient for tenants.

Proposed H. B. No. 5122 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REVOLVING LOAN FUND FOR ANTI-BLIGHT AND HOARDING REMEDIATION INITIATIVES', to establish a revolving loan fund for anti-blight and hoarding remediation initiatives for seniors, veterans and low-income communities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5123 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING A REQUIREMENT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS', to eliminate the requirement that a landlord selling, leasing with an option to buy or exchanging a rental property provide a disclosure form to the prospective purchaser or lessee.

Proposed H. B. No. 5124 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REMOVING A RESTRICTION ON THE AMOUNT CHARGED FOR TENANT SECURITY DEPOSITS', to allow landlords to charge an amount greater than two months' rent for a security deposit.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5125 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS TO VOLUNTEER', to require public assistance recipients to engage in volunteer service benefiting their communities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5126 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT SETTING LIMITS ON NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR CERTAIN ABLE-BODIED ADULTS', to ensure persons capable of working or volunteering do not indefinitely receive supplemental nutrition assistance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5127 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A FOSTER CARE STIPEND FOR GRANDPARENTS AWARDED CUSTODY OF GRANDCHILDREN', to assist grandparents who have been awarded custody of their grandchildren.

Proposed H. B. No. 5128 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS BARRIERS FACED BY SENIOR CITIZENS', to improve the lives of state residents who are senior citizens by reducing or eliminating administrative and financial burdens on their ability to afford to live in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5129 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS TO VOLUNTEER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES', to require public assistance recipients to engage in volunteer service benefiting their communities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5130 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS FROM ENGAGING IN ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFERS AT CERTAIN ESTABLISHMENTS', to prohibit public assistance recipients from making electronic benefit transfer purchases at certain establishments.

Proposed H. B. No. 5131 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING SAFEGUARDS AGAINST IMPROPER USE OF STATE-ADMINISTERED CASH ASSISTANCE', to prevent recipients of cash assistance from using benefits for illegitimate purposes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5132 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT INCLUDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS IN INCOME ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS', to ensure that aid received from public assistance programs is included in income eligibility determinations for other such programs.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5133 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF JET INJECTORS FOR INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH INSULIN-DEPENDENT DIABETES', to require health insurance coverage of jet injectors for individuals diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5134 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICIES AND COVERAGE FOR THE PERIL OF COLLAPSE', to require insurance companies to provide coverage for the peril of collapse and any mitigation undertaken to prevent all or part of a covered dwelling from falling down or caving in.

Proposed H. B. No. 5135 REP. VAIL, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE IDENTIFICATION CARDS', to permit automobile insurance identification cards to be provided electronically for motor vehicle traffic stops and registration of motor vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proposed H. B. No. 5136 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE SUBROGATION PROHIBITION OF UNDERINSURED MOTORIST BENEFIT CLAIMS', to repeal the prohibition on subrogation of underinsured motorist benefit claims.

Proposed H. B. No. 5137 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING CATASTROPHE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICYHOLDERS AND ESTABLISHING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR HOMEOWNERS SUFFERING CERTAIN UNINSURED PROPERTY LOSSES', to authorize the establishment of Catastrophe Savings Accounts and establish an income tax deduction for certain expenses not covered under a homeowners insurance policy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5138 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT', to repeal health care mandates required under and prohibit state participation in the Affordable Care Act.

Proposed H. B. No. 5139 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO REPORT ADDITIONAL DATA', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange board of directors to report additional data to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, human services and insurance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5140 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENTS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR COVERED SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE TREATMENT OF A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER', to require insurance companies, health care companies, fraternal benefit societies and other entities that provide coverage for the treatment of a substance use disorder to reimburse health care providers directly, rather than insureds, for services provided by such provider for the treatment of the substance use disorder.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 5141 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RECORDS FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE', to require the Commercial Recording Division of the office of the Secretary of the State to make enhancements to the state's electronic business portal in order to promote business transparency.

Proposed H. B. No. 5142 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAKING OF LAND BY EMINENT DOMAIN', to create a more vigorous process for the taking of land by eminent domain.

Proposed H. B. No. 5143 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO OBTAIN A WARRANT PRIOR TO CONDUCTING CELLULAR TELEPHONE SURVEILLANCE', to require a law enforcement agency to obtain a proper warrant prior to conducting cellular telephone location surveillance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5144 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING A HARDSHIP EXEMPTION FROM JUROR SERVICE TO THE SOLE PROPRIETOR OF A SMALL BUSINESS', to provide a hardship exemption from juror service to the sole proprietor of a small business.

Proposed H. B. No. 5145 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE RECOVERY OF NONECONOMIC DAMAGES BY UNINSURED MOTORISTS', to impose limitations on the recovery of noneconomic damages by an uninsured motorist who is injured in a motor vehicle accident while retaining the motorist's ability to bring a civil action for certain economic damages.

Proposed H. B. No. 5146 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY RELATED TO THE ALLEGED COMMISSION OF A CRIME', to prohibit the preemptive forfeiture of property related to the alleged commission of a crime until such time as the defendant has been convicted of a crime.

Proposed H. B. No. 5147 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES INCURRED ON STATE PROPERTY FOR WHICH THE STATE IS AT FAULT', to require the state bear responsibility for all costs incurred by an insured motorist who suffers loss or damage, including the cost of increased insurance premiums, when the loss or damage occurred on state property and the state is at fault for the loss or damage.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5148 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING UNWILLING EMPLOYEES FROM JOINING A UNION OR PAYING UNION DUES', to establish Connecticut as a "Right to Work" state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5149 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN MINIMUM FAIR WAGE PROVISIONS', to amend certain minimum fair wage guidelines.

Proposed H. B. No. 5150 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYERS FROM REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS FILED BY APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES', to prohibit employers from asking applicants for employment or prospective employees certain questions concerning workers' compensation.

Proposed H. B. No. 5151 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TIMETABLES FOR MUNICIPAL BINDING ARBITRATION', to provide rigid timelines for the completion of municipal binding arbitrations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5152 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INFLATION AND THE PREVAILING WAGE', to ensure that the threshold for prevailing wage laws keeps pace with inflation in the future.

Proposed H. B. No. 5153 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN MUNICIPAL PROJECTS FROM PREVAILING WAGE RATE REQUIREMENTS', to exempt municipal projects from the prevailing wage requirements unless the municipality receives at least twenty-five per cent of the funding for the project from the state.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5154 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING LEASED MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FROM TAXATION', to expand the local property tax exemption for municipal property to include real and personal property leased to a municipality that is used for a public purpose and located within the municipality.

Proposed H. B. No. 5155 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER LINE ON JACKSON STREET IN THOMASTON ', to construct a water line on Jackson Street in the town of Thomaston.

Proposed H. B. No. 5156 REP. CASE, 63rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL AND EDUCATION FUND PAYMENTS', to increase municipal budget certainty and reliability by giving towns the ability to budget based on the actual amount of state funds provided.

Proposed H. B. No. 5157 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OR ENLARGEMENT OF STATE MANDATES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS', to require new municipal mandates to be approved by at least two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate.

Proposed H. B. No. 5158 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE THRESHOLD REQUIRED FOR PASSAGE OF UNFUNDED MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds majority vote of both chambers in order to pass any new or expanded unfunded mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5159 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE DOG LICENSE FEE FOR SERVICE ANIMALS', to waive the dog license fee for service animals.

Proposed H. B. No. 5160 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE POSTING OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL WEB SITES', to allow municipalities to post legal notices and meeting minutes on their Internet web site rather than in a newspaper.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5161 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO RESEARCH AND REVIEW THE BENEFIT OF ESTABLISHING A FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE SYSTEM', to research and review the viability of creating a free market health care system.

Proposed H. B. No. 5162 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO SENIORS BY LICENSED OR CREDENTIALED PROFESSIONALS', to ensure that providers of senior services have a high level of training and experience.

Proposed H. B. No. 5163 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES', to provide supportive housing and easily accessible services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5164 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH TO STUDY THE NEED TO REGULATE INDOOR AIR QUALITY AT ICE HOCKEY RINKS', to evaluate the need to regulate indoor air quality at ice hockey rinks.

Proposed H. B. No. 5165 REP. SIMANSKI, 62nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF FOOD VENDORS', to allow for food vendors to transfer their license from one local health department or district to another and to submit to only one inspection by their local health department or district.

Proposed H. B. No. 5166 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING WELLNESS CHECKS FOR RECIPIENTS OF WELFARE BENEFITS', to require wellness checks of welfare recipients.

Proposed H. B. No. 5167 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS FROM PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS', to help prevent the overprescribing of opioids.

Proposed H. B. No. 5168 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANDATE RELIEF FOR HOSPITALS', to provide relief for hospitals from state mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5169 REP. CHEESEMAN, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FROM CONSOLIDATING THE DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES', to allow for the existing health district structure to be maintained.

Proposed H. B. No. 5170 REP. TWEEDIE, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISPENSING OF OPIOIDS OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL SETTING TO ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN', to combat the abuse of opioids.

Proposed H. B. No. 5171 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF FOOD VENDORS', to require the development of a process for licensure by reciprocity of food vendors licensed by a local health department.

Proposed H. B. No. 5172 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STAFFING AT STATE-OPERATED FACILITIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS', to rationalize patient care at state-operated facilities for the treatment of persons with substance use disorders.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5173 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF BODY-WORN RECORDING EQUIPMENT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT', to exclude the use of body-worn recording equipment from being a subject of collective bargaining.

Proposed H. B. No. 5174 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT OF AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER', to protect off-duty police officers.

Proposed H. B. No. 5175 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSOLIDATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINTS', to provide incentives for public safety answering points to become part of a regional emergency telecommunications center or multitown public safety answering point.

Proposed H. B. No. 5176 REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL', to authorize municipalities to increase the property tax exemption for local volunteer emergency service personnel.

Proposed H. B. No. 5177 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT INCORPORATING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE INTO THE STATE BUILDING CODE', to incorporate the International Property Maintenance Code into the State Building Code to establish minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5178 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THREE-POINT SEAT SAFETY BELTS FOR SCHOOL BUSES', to require school buses to be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat safety belts and to require passengers of a school bus to wear seat safety belts.

Proposed H. B. No. 5179 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LENGTH OF REPORTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS', to reduce the workload of police and expenses by shortening the standard motor vehicle accident report form.

Proposed H. B. No. 5180 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE STATUTE ALLOWING MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS' LICENSES FOR DRIVING PURPOSES ONLY', to repeal the statute allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide drivers' licenses to persons who cannot provide proof of legal United States residency or a Social Security number.

Proposed H. B. No. 5181 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS FOR PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to require removable windshield placards to bear the name of the person who is blind or person with disabilities for whom the placard was issued and to establish penalties for the abuse of such placards.

Proposed H. B. No. 5182 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIMITATIONS ON THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE', to require a national criminal background check prior to issuance of a drive-only license, and to prohibit any person convicted of a felony from obtaining such license.

Proposed H. B. No. 5183 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS THAT MAY BE ISSUED TO PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to permit a blind person or person with disabilities to obtain two removable windshield placards if such person owns two motor vehicles.

Proposed H. B. No. 5184 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF "BREAST CANCER AWARENESS" COMMEMORATIVE NUMBER PLATES', to enhance public awareness of the importance of breast cancer research.

Proposed H. B. No. 5185 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES', to provide for the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state and to encourage Connecticut to keep pace with the advances in autonomous vehicle technology.

Proposed H. B. No. 5186 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAILING OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL APPLICATIONS AND NOTICES OF EMISSIONS INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS', to streamline the process for motor vehicle registration renewal and motor vehicle emissions inspection.

Proposed H. B. No. 5187 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT NAMING ROUTE 322 IN WOLCOTT IN HONOR OF EUGENE A. MIGLIARO, JR', to name Route 322 in Wolcott in honor of Eugene A. Migliaro, Jr.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 5188 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM INCORPORATION FEES SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to waive fees associated with incorporation for service organizations that support veterans and members of the armed forces.

Proposed H. B. No. 5189 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING REGISTRATION FEES FOR VETERANS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS', to exempt veterans charitable organizations from paying an annual registration fee.

Proposed H. B. No. 5190 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS FOR TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS', to expand benefits for certain veterans with a one hundred per cent service-connected total and permanent disability rating.

Proposed H. B. No. 5191 REP. BYRON, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to assist soldiers and veterans by creating a safety net of services to help with their transition from the military to civilian life.

Proposed H. B. No. 5192 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCOME TAX EXEMPTION TO CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS', to provide an income tax exemption to certain members of the armed forces and veterans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5193 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLE NUMBER PLATES FOR VETERANS', to provide certain veterans with commemorative number plates at no additional cost beyond registration of a motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5194 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE REGISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION FEES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA', to waive the registration and administration fees for veterans who are qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana.

APPROPRIATIONS

H. J. No. 1 REP. HALL, 59th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO ENACT NEW UNFUNDED MANDATES', to require the vote of two-thirds of each chamber of the General Assembly to enact a new unfunded state mandate.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. J. No. 2 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT THE IMPOSITION OF RETROACTIVE TAXES', to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the imposition of retroactive taxes.

H. J. No. 3 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT THE PROVISION OF MONETARY OR TAX INCENTIVES TO A SPECIFIC BUSINESS, FIRM OR CORPORATION', to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the provision of monetary or tax incentives to a specific business, firm or corporation.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H. J. No. 4 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION CONCERNING TERM LIMITS FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR', to impose term limits on the office of Governor.

H. J. No. 5 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING', to make voting easier by providing expanded opportunity to cast a ballot prior to election day, thereby increasing participation in the electoral process and reducing waiting times at polling places.

H. J. No. 6 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'RESOLUTION AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN LOBBYING IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE CHAMBERS', to subject agency liaisons to the same rules as lobbyists regarding their presence on the House and Senate floor.

TRANSPORTATION

H. J. No. 7 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to propose a constitutional amendment to prevent the misuse of state transportation funds.

INTRODUCTION OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were introduced, read and adopted.

S. J. No. 1 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the following shall be the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives for the regular sessions of the General Assembly and for interim periods during the 2017-2018 legislative term.

MESSAGES BETWEEN CHAMBERS

1. Messages from one chamber to the other shall be delivered to the presiding officer.

JOINT CONVENTIONS

2. Joint conventions shall be held in the Hall of the House. Either chamber may request a convention stating the purposes thereof in its message. The President of the Senate shall preside. The President and the Speaker shall make reports to their respective chambers of the proceedings of the convention which shall be printed in the respective journals.

JOINT COMMITTEES

3. (a) Designation of Committees. There shall be twenty-two joint standing committees as provided in subsection (b) of this rule. There shall be three statutory committees as provided in subsection (c) of this rule. Committees shall consider all matters referred to them and report as required by these rules.

(b) Standing Committees. Each joint standing committee shall consist of not more than nine senators and not more than thirty-five representatives, except that the joint standing committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding shall consist of not more than thirteen senators and not more than forty-five representatives, and the joint standing committee on judiciary shall consist of not more than eleven senators and not more than thirty-five representatives. The joint standing committees shall be divided into Group A and Group B as follows:

GROUP A

(1) A committee on APPROPRIATIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the operating budgets and all matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement, veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for state employees. In addition, any bills or resolutions carrying or requiring appropriations, or creating or enlarging a state mandate to local governments, defined in subsection (a)(2) of section 2-32b of the general statutes, and favorably reported by any other committee, except the payment of claims by the state, shall be referred to the committee, unless such reference is dispensed with by at least a two-thirds vote of each chamber, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to their fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purpose, except to the extent that such other provisions or purpose relate to the fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(2) A committee on EDUCATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood, and (B) school building projects, local and regional boards of education, the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards, vocational rehabilitation, and libraries, including the State Library, museums and historical and cultural associations.

(3) A committee on ENVIRONMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection concerning the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state and the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals, and (B) conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control, and the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state.

(4) A committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Revenue Services, and (B) finance, revenue, capital bonding and taxation. Any bill or resolution favorably reported by another committee relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, taxation, employer contributions for unemployment compensation purposes, all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Gaming Division within the Department of Consumer Protection shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the financial provisions and purposes of such bill or resolution, such as finance, revenue, bonding, taxation and fees, and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes, except to the extent that such other provisions or purposes relate to the financial provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(5) A committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) (i) the Department of Administrative Services, including purchasing and central collections, but excluding personnel and labor relations, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code and school building projects, (ii) the administrative functions of the Office of Governmental Accountability, including the office's personnel and employment policies and information technology, and (iii) the Freedom of Information Commission, the Office of State Ethics, the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, (B) state government organization and reorganization, structures and procedures, (C) leasing, construction, maintenance, purchase and sale of state property and facilities, (D) state and federal relations, (E) interstate compacts, (F) compacts between the state and Indian tribes, (G) constitutional amendments, and (H) all matters relating to elections and election laws. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that authorizes the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state, or any resolution favorably reported by another committee that proposes a constitutional amendment shall be referred to the committee on Government Administration and Elections.

(6) A committee on JUDICIARY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, (B) courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, uniform laws, validations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, (C) all (i) judicial nominations, (ii) nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, and (iii) nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and (D) all bills carrying civil penalties that exceed the sum of, or that may exceed in the aggregate, five thousand dollars. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that carries a criminal penalty, other than an infraction, shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the criminal penalties established in such bill and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes of such bill.

(7) A committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule, planning and zoning, regional planning and development activities, the state plan of conservation and development and economic development programs impacting local governments.

(8) A committee on PUBLIC HEALTH that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service and the Department of Developmental Services, and (B) health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure foods and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

(9) A committee on TRANSPORTATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Transportation, the Office of the State Traffic Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles, and (B) transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads.

GROUP B

(10) A committee on BANKING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Banking, and (B) banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.

(11) A committee on ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A)(i) the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and (ii) the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection concerning energy, energy policy planning and regulation, telecommunications, information systems and related technology, and (B) energy, energy policy planning and regulation, telecommunications, information systems and related technology.

(12) A committee on GENERAL LAW that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Consumer Protection, except legalized gambling, and (B) alcoholic beverages, fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes and occupational licensing, except licensing by the Department of Public Health.

(13) A committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Insurance Department, and (B) insurance law and real estate law.

(14) A committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Labor Department, (B) workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes, and (C) conditions of employment of state and municipal employees and the substantive law of state and municipal employees' collective bargaining.

(15) A committee on HUMAN SERVICES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Social Services, including institutions under its jurisdiction, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

(16) A committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and (B) civil preparedness and homeland security, state police, the state-wide organized crime investigative task force, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code, and legalized gambling.

(17) A committee on COMMERCE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

(18) A committee on HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education, and (B) public and independent institutions of higher education, private occupational schools, post-secondary education, job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs and adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state.

(19) A committee on HOUSING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to housing.

(20) A committee on AGING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to senior citizens.

(21) A committee on CHILDREN that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under its jurisdiction, and (B) children.

(22) A committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

(c) Statutory Committees. In addition, there shall be:

(1) The committee on LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT that shall conduct the business affairs of the General Assembly. The committee shall be responsible for the operation of the General Assembly, coordination and supervision of committee work, improvement of legislative operations, deciding on matters of organization, procedures, facilities and working conditions of the General Assembly, compensation of employees of the legislative branch, and the facilitation of positive relationships with the federal government and other state governments. All bills and resolutions relating to such matters may be referred to the committee. The committee shall consist of (A) twenty members of the House who shall be (i) the Speaker, (ii) the deputy speakers, (iii) the majority leader, (iv) four members appointed by the Speaker, (v) three members appointed by the majority leader, (vi) the minority leader, (vii) two deputy minority leaders appointed by the minority leader, and (viii) five members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) fourteen members of the Senate who shall be (i) the President Pro Tempore, (ii) the Senate Majority Leader, (iii) five members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, (iv) the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, (v) the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, and (vi) Five members appointed by the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. In matters of legislative operations, the legislative commissioners and the clerks of each chamber shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee. The committee shall be chaired by the President Pro Tempore, the Speaker and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum and all actions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority. At any meeting, if a committee member present of either chamber requests, a vote of the majority of the members present of each chamber shall be required for approval of a question.

(2) The committee on EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS shall consist of (A) nineteen members of the House who shall be (i) the majority leader, or the majority leader's designee, (ii) the minority leader, or the minority leader's designee, (iii) ten members appointed by the Speaker, and (iv) seven members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) eight members of the Senate who shall be (i) the Senate Majority Leader, or the Senate Majority Leader's designee, (ii) the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, or the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore's designee, (iii) three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, and (iv) three members appointed by the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. The chairpersons and ranking members of the committee or committees having cognizance of matters relating to the duties of a nominee for the position of a department head, as defined in section 4-5 of the general statutes, shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee on executive and legislative nominations for the consideration of such nomination. All executive and legislative nominations requiring action of either or both chambers, except judicial nominations, nominations of workers' compensation commissioners and nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, shall be referred to the committee on executive and legislative nominations.

(d) Committee Appointments. Appointments of committee members, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity or by resignation from the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly, shall be made on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term and, except as otherwise provided in the rules of each chamber, shall be for the entire term for which the members were elected. Committee appointments of a member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term shall be made not later than five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office, and may be made, at the discretion of the appointing authority, to any committee.

Senate and House committees shall be appointed and organized in accordance with the rules of each chamber.

LEADERS ON COMMITTEES

4. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, the Senate Majority Leader, the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore and the majority and minority leaders of the House shall be ex-officio members of all committees, with the right to be present at all meetings and to take part in deliberations but without the right to vote, except as to those committees to which they are appointed members.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES

5. (a) Scheduling. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this rule and in Rule 15, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee shall jointly schedule meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session as follows:

(1) Committees may meet on any day from January 4 through January 13 in 2017 and from February 7 through February 9 in 2018. The House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee shall jointly call a meeting during said period in 2017 for the purpose of organization and to consider such other business as is deemed necessary.

(2) Beginning on January 16 in 2017 and on February 13 in 2018, and ending on the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15, Group A committees shall meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only and Group B committees shall meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

(3) Statutory committees, as described in subsection (c) of Rule 3, may meet on any day.

(4) Committees, except conference committees, may not meet during a session of either chamber without the consent of each chamber which is in session.

(b) Exceptions to Scheduling Requirements.

(1) The committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding may meet on any day. The committee on Judiciary may meet on any day after March 24 in 2017 and after March 21 in 2018.

(2) Any committee may meet at the State Capitol or in the Legislative Office Building on any day, provided certification of a significant need for the meeting is made in writing by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or their designees.

(3) If, in any week, the designated meeting day of a committee falls on a holiday or on a day when the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building is officially closed, the committee may meet on another day, not so designated, within seven calendar days before or after such day, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(c) Conduct of Meetings. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all meetings. If a meeting, other than a meeting on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions, as provided in Rule 15, is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, the meeting shall be deemed cancelled. In all meetings of joint committees, and at all public hearings held by such committees, the Senate and House chairpersons shall mutually agree as to who shall preside, and in the absence of such agreement (1) a Senate chairperson and the House chairperson shall alternately preside, and (2) the Senate chairpersons shall alternately preside whenever a Senate chairperson presides. A chairperson shall recognize each member wishing to be heard prior to ordering the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution. All questions of order, hearings and other proceedings including the raising of bills or resolutions and questions relating to evidence shall be determined by a majority of votes but, (A) if the majority of the committee members present of either chamber so request, the committee members of each chamber shall separately determine all questions, or (B) immediately upon a request by either Senate chairperson, the committee members of the Senate shall separately determine any question related to a Senate bill or resolution, other than a motion to raise, draft or hear such Senate bill or resolution. A vote of a committee may be reconsidered only at the next regular meeting of the committee, except that any vote on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions as provided in Rule 15, may be reconsidered at the same meeting not later than 5: 00 p. m.

(d) Final Action. Except as otherwise provided, at each committee meeting, the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution shall be recorded to show the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay. No motion to dispense with the recording of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay shall be entertained and no bill or resolution shall be reported to either chamber unless the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay have been recorded and a record of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay has been attached to the bill or resolution submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as provided in Rule 13. A copy of the voting record shall be sent to the clerk of the appropriate chamber, by the Legislative Commissioners' Office, with the favorably or unfavorably reported bill or resolution and retained by the clerks.

(e) Proxies. No member may vote by proxy and no committee shall record a vote cast by any member as a proxy for any other member.

(f) Notice Requirements. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session shall be (1) given to the clerk of each chamber at least one day in advance of the meeting, and (2) when practicable, (A) given to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and (B) posted on the General Assembly's web site. The committee clerks shall post notice of the meetings in a conspicuous place in or near their respective committee offices.

(g) Exception to Notice Requirements. A meeting may be held on less than one calendar day's notice, provided announcement of the meeting is made from the floor of the Senate or House during a session and the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson have approved the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. If the announcement cannot be made in one or both chambers because no regular session is being held on that day, an emergency meeting may still be held, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House, and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(h) Agendas. An agenda, approved by the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson, shall be prepared for each meeting and made available at least one day before the meeting, except that for a meeting held under subsection (g) of this rule, the agenda shall be prepared and made available prior to the meeting. Items not on the agenda may be considered upon a majority vote of the committee members present.

(i) Substitute Language. A committee clerk shall, as soon as practicable, post on the committee's web site any written substitute language offered at a committee meeting by a committee member that has been prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office and assigned an LCO number by that office and reported favorably without any changes at such committee meeting.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

6. (a) Scheduling.

(1) A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions, during sessions, except that subject matter public hearings on proposed bills and proposed resolutions shall be held not later than twenty-one calendar days in 2017 and fourteen calendar days in 2018 before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15.

(2) Public hearings shall be scheduled for the convenience of the public and in accordance with the schedule for committee meetings of that committee as provided in Rule 5.

(3) In the event of inclement weather on the day on which a committee has scheduled a public hearing:

(A) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have been officially closed due to inclement weather:

(i) If the hearing has been convened prior to the official closing, the committee may continue the hearing or may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not been convened prior to the official closing, the hearing shall be deemed cancelled and shall be rescheduled pursuant to subsection (a)(3)(D) of this rule.

(B) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed:

(i) If the hearing has been convened, the committee may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not yet been convened, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of the committee may cancel the hearing if, in their opinion, the seriousness of the weather conditions is likely to reduce substantially the attendance at the hearing by members of the public or members of the committee.

(C) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed, the committee clerk shall give notice of cancellation to the clerk of each chamber and shall post notice of the cancellation in a conspicuous place in or near the committee office, at the location of the scheduled hearing and on the General Assembly web site.

(D) The House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of the committee shall reschedule a cancelled hearing on the earliest feasible date that is on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of the rescheduled hearing to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin and shall post notice of the rescheduled hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office and on the General Assembly web site. The notice of the rescheduled hearing shall include the date, time, place and subject matter of the rescheduled hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered, which subject matter and list shall be identical to the subject matter and list in the notice of the original hearing. The notice of the rescheduled hearing is not subject to subsection (b) of this rule if the notice of the original hearing complied with said subsection (b).

(4) Committees may group bills and resolutions by subject matter and schedule hearings so that similar bills and resolutions are heard at the same time.

(b) Notice Requirements. During the periods when the General Assembly is in session, notice of the date, time, place and subject matter of each hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered shall be published in the Legislative Bulletin at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a hearing unless copies of the bill or resolution have been made in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes, and the original bill or resolution has been returned from the printer and is in the possession of the committee.

For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication in the Legislative Bulletin during the time the General Assembly is in session and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Conduct of Hearings.

(1) Convening and Procedures. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all hearings. If a hearing is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, any member of the committee may convene that hearing. The time of commencement of the public hearing shall be designated in the published notice. The order of testimony of the witnesses and the length of time that each witness may testify shall be determined by the presiding chairperson who shall give due regard for the convenience of the public. Members of the public who wish to testify at a public hearing may place their names on a list, which shall be made available at a time and place to be determined by the House chairperson and at least one of the Senate chairpersons. Members of the public shall either (A) place their own name on the list, if they wish to testify, or (B) place the name of one other person on the list who will testify. Members of the public placing the name of another person on the list shall also place their own name on the list next to the name of the person who will testify. The placement of another person's name on the list by a person who receives a fee solely for that service shall be ineffective and the person so named shall not be permitted to testify.

(2) Testimony by Public Officials. A committee may permit legislators who are not members of the committee, representatives of state agencies, and municipal chief elected officials testifying in their official capacity to testify during but not beyond the first hour of a public hearing. The public portion of the hearing shall be uninterrupted by testimony from a legislator, a representative of a state agency or a municipal chief elected official. If any legislators, representatives of state agencies or municipal chief elected officials are unable to testify during the first hour, they may testify at the end of the hearing after all members of the public wishing to testify have been heard.

(3) Written Testimony. Legislators, representatives of state agencies, municipal chief elected officials and members of the public may submit to the committee written testimony on a bill or resolution or subject matter in person, by mail or facsimile transmission, or electronically at any time and the written testimony may be included by the committee in the transcript of the hearing. If the written testimony is not included in the transcript, it shall be attached to the transcript. Committee chairpersons should encourage a witness to submit a written statement and confine oral testimony to a summary of that statement, but the full written statement shall be included in or attached to the transcript of the hearing.

(4) Notifying Other Committees. Each bill or resolution referred by one committee to another with a favorable report shall be accompanied by a notation of the date or dates on which public hearings were held by the first committee. The chairpersons of any committee other than Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding to which any bill or resolution calling for an appropriation or a bond issue is referred shall notify the chairpersons of the committee on Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding of the date, time and place of the hearing thereon.

(5) Recessing. The committee may recess any public hearing to a date, time and place specified at the time of the recess, which shall be on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of any hearing recessed to another date to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and shall post notice of the recessed hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS GENERALLY

7. (a) Definitions. As used in these rules:

(1) "Proposed bill" means a bill drafted in informal, non-statutory language setting forth the substance of a proposal;

(2) "Proposed resolution" means a resolution drafted in informal, non-statutory language setting forth the substance of a proposal;

(3) "Committee bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that incorporates the principles expressed in a proposed bill or proposed bills;

(4) "Committee resolution" means a resolution drafted in formal statutory language that incorporates the principles expressed in a proposed resolution or proposed resolutions;

(5) "Raised bill" means an original bill drafted in formal statutory language raised by a committee without reference to a proposed bill or proposed bills;

(6) "Raised resolution" means an original resolution drafted in formal statutory language raised by a committee without reference to a proposed resolution or proposed resolutions;

(7) "Emergency certified bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that is certified by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature, pursuant to subsection (c) of Rule 9; and

(8) "Governor's bill" means a bill drafted in formal statutory language that accompanies the Governor's budget or other message.

(b) Numbering. Senate bills shall be numbered from 1 to 5000, House bills shall be numbered from 5001 to 9999 and resolutions shall be numbered starting with 1 in each chamber.

(c) Preparation and Alteration. Each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, raised bill, committee resolution, raised resolution, emergency certified bill and Governor's bill shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. No such bill or resolution shall be altered after such bill or resolution has been filed, except by the legislative commissioners, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13.

(d) Form and Format. (1) Each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill and Governor's bill shall be printed without interlineation or erasure. All such bills and resolutions shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber of the introducer in the form required by these rules. Each copy of such bill or resolution shall include the number of such bill or resolution, the session of introduction, the introducer or introducers of such bill or resolution, and, if applicable, the committee to which it was referred. In the case of a committee bill or committee resolution, each copy of such committee bill or committee resolution shall also include the names of any co-sponsors.

(2) Each committee bill, raised bill, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill amending a statute or special act shall set forth in full the section or subsection of the statute or the special act to be amended. Text to be deleted or repealed shall be surrounded by brackets or overstricken so that the deleted or repealed text remains readable, and new text shall be indicated by capitalization, underlining or italics. In the case of a section or subsection not amending an existing section of the general statutes but intended to be part of the general statutes, the section or subsection shall be preceded by the word (NEW).

(e) Statement of Purpose. At the conclusion of each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill and raised bill there shall be a statement of its purpose in not more than one hundred fifty words, to be printed under the caption "STATEMENT OF PURPOSE". The statement of purpose shall not be a part of such bill or resolution for consideration and enactment into law.

(f) Sponsors. (1) Any member of the General Assembly may co-sponsor (A) a proposed bill or proposed resolution by requesting the Legislative Commissioners' Office, in writing, to add such member's name to such proposed bill or proposed resolution in its possession, or (B) a proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill by requesting the clerk of the chamber in which such bill or resolution has been filed, in writing, to add such member's name as a co-sponsor of such bill or resolution, provided such request is made not later than the date of the signing of such bill, or the deadline for the signing of such bill, by the Governor, whichever is earlier, or the date of the adoption of such resolution.

(2) A member of the General Assembly may request the clerk of the chamber in which a proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill, raised resolution, emergency certified bill or Governor's bill was filed, in writing, to remove such member's name as an introducer or a co-sponsor of such bill or resolution, provided such request is made not later than the time specified in subsection (f)(1)(B) of this rule. The clerk shall notify the Legislative Commissioners' Office of such removal and the member's name shall be removed from the legislative database for such bill or resolution.

(g) Clerks' Certified Copies. The clerk of each chamber shall certify and keep on file in the clerk's office at all times a duplicate copy of each proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution. The certified duplicate copy shall be made on yellow-colored paper of the same size and format as the original. If the original proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified duplicate copy of such bill or resolution shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of such original. The clerk shall make a notation on the original of the certified duplicate copy of all action taken on the original proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill, committee resolution, raised bill and raised resolution.

(h) Copies. Sufficient copies of proposed bills, proposed resolutions, committee bills, committee resolutions, raised bills, raised resolutions and Governor's bills shall be prepared, in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes, for use by the General Assembly and the public and shall be available in the legislative bill room.

(i) Types of Bills and Resolutions in 2018 Session. In the 2018 session, only the following bills and resolutions may be introduced: Those (1) relating to budgetary, revenue and financial matters, (2) raised by committees of the General Assembly, and (3) relating to matters certified in writing by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature.

PROPOSED BILLS AND PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS

8. (a) Introduction by Members. Deadline. Members of the General Assembly may introduce proposed bills or proposed resolutions for consideration by the joint standing committees and the Legislative Management committee. The deadline for members of the General Assembly to submit a request to the Legislative Commissioners' Office to draft a proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be January 13, 2017, for the 2017 session and on February 9, 2018, for the 2018 session, in each session at 5: 00 p. m. or at an hour the presiding officer of each chamber designates. The chamber of origin for a proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be the chamber of the first introducer of such proposed bill or proposed resolution.

(b) Preparation. At the request of any member of the General Assembly, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare a proposed bill or proposed resolution and return the proposed bill or proposed resolution to the member who submitted the request or file the proposed bill or proposed resolution with the clerk of the appropriate chamber not later than twelve days after the receipt of the request in 2017, and not later than ten days after the receipt of the request in 2018, unless the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time.

(c) Suggested Committee Referral. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall make a notation as to the suggested committee reference for each proposed bill and proposed resolution based on its subject matter. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall, on introduction of each such proposed bill or proposed resolution, make a tentative reference for the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House.

(d) Receipt by Clerk; Initial Reference to Committee. The clerk of the Senate or House shall receive each proposed bill and proposed resolution and shall cause copies to be prepared in accordance with subsection (h) of Rule 7. After copies of the proposed bill or proposed resolution have been made, the proposed bill or proposed resolution shall receive its first reading as set forth in Rule 16. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House, shall refer the proposed bill or proposed resolution to the appropriate joint standing committee or the Legislative Management committee and then send such proposed bill or proposed resolution to the other chamber for concurring reference. The original of the proposed bill or proposed resolution shall be delivered forthwith to the clerk of the appropriate committee.

COMMITTEE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, RAISED BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS, EMERGENCY CERTIFIED BILLS AND GOVERNOR'S BILLS

9. (a) Committee Bills and Committee Resolutions.

(1) Introduction. Committee bills and committee resolutions may be introduced only by committees. A committee, upon receiving the proposed bills or proposed resolutions referred to it pursuant to Rule 8, may separate them into subject categories and may vote to have committee bills or resolutions on the subjects prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. Each committee bill and committee resolution shall be (A) identified as a committee bill or committee resolution, (B) endorsed with the signature of the House chairperson and at least one signature from a Senate chairperson of the committee, except such chairperson may permit the vice chairperson of the same chamber to sign any such bill or resolution, (C) filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and (D) assigned a number in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(2) Deadlines.

(A) Initial Committee Action. The deadline for committees to vote (i) to reserve proposed bills and proposed resolutions for subject matter public hearings under Rule 6, or (ii) to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare committee bills and committee resolutions shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the following dates in 2017:

 

January 31

Aging

   

Banking

   

Housing

   

Children

   

Veterans' Affairs

 

February 2

Energy and Technology

   

Higher Education and Employment Advancement

   

Insurance and Real Estate

   

General Law

   

Public Safety and Security

 

February 7

Labor and Public Employees

   

Legislative Management

   

Commerce

   

Human Services

 

February 8

Education

   

Environment

   

Planning and Development

   

Public Health

   

Transportation

 

February 15

Government Administration and Elections

   

Judiciary

   

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

   

Appropriations

In 2018, such deadline shall be 5: 00 p. m. on February 21 for the committees in Group A and on February 22 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(B) Committee Action on Bills and Resolutions Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearings. The deadline for committees to vote to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare committee bills and committee resolutions based on proposed bills or proposed resolutions that have been reserved for subject matter public hearings under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision and on which subject matter public hearings have been held under Rule 6 shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the seventeenth calendar day in 2017 and the tenth calendar day in 2018 prior to the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15.

(3) Numbering. Each committee bill and committee resolution shall have the same number and chamber of origin as the proposed bill or proposed resolution on which it is based. Such number and chamber of origin shall be used in any reference to such proposed bill, proposed resolution, committee bill or committee resolution. When a committee bill is based on two or more proposed bills, or a committee resolution is based on two or more proposed resolutions, the members of the committee shall designate the proposed bill or proposed resolution number to be used on the committee bill or committee resolution. The numbers of any other proposed bills or proposed resolutions that the committee bill or committee resolution is based on shall be listed at the end of the committee bill or committee resolution with the names of the introducers and co-sponsors. The number of any committee bill or committee resolution based on proposed bills or proposed resolutions on which subject matter public hearings have been held under Rule 6 shall be determined by the committee in the same manner as provided in this subdivision.

(b) Raised Bills and Raised Resolutions.

(1) Introduction. Raised bills and raised resolutions may be introduced only by committees. A committee may vote to raise bills and resolutions and have such raised bills or raised resolutions prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. Each raised bill and raised resolution shall be (A) identified as a raised bill or raised resolution, (B) endorsed with the signature of the House chairperson and at least one signature from a Senate chairperson of the committee, except such chairperson may permit the vice chairperson of the same chamber to sign any such bill or resolution, (C) filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and (D) assigned a number by such clerk.

(2) Deadline. Exceptions. (A) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, the deadline for committees to vote to have the Legislative Commissioners' Office prepare raised bills and raised resolutions shall be, (i) in 2017, (I) 5: 00 p. m. on February 15 for the committees in Group A, and (II) 5: 00 p. m. on February 14 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee, and (ii) in 2018, (I) 5: 00 p. m. on February 23 for the committees in Group A, and (II) 5: 00 p. m. on February 22 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(B) The following may be raised at any time: (i) Bills or resolutions to provide for the current expenses of government, (ii) emergency certified bills or resolutions the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House certify in writing to be, in their opinion, of an emergency nature, (iii) bills or resolutions the Governor requests in a special message addressed to the General Assembly, which message sets forth the emergency or necessity requiring such bills or resolutions, and (iv) the legislative commissioners' revisor's bill.

(c) Emergency Certified Bills. Emergency certified bills may be introduced by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Such bills shall be certified by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to be of an emergency nature. Each emergency certified bill shall be identified simply as a bill, filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and assigned a number by such clerk.

(d) Governor's Bills.

(1) Introduction. Any fully drafted bill accompanying the Governor's budget or other message may be introduced by the legislative leaders of the Governor's party in the Senate and the House, provided one copy of each bill is supplied by the Governor to the legislative leaders of both parties. Each bill accompanying the Governor's budget or other message shall be identified as a Governor's bill, filed with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, and assigned a number by such clerk.

(2) Suggested Committee Referral; Receipt by Clerk; Initial Reference to Committee. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall make a notation as to the suggested committee reference for each Governor's bill based on its subject matter. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall, on introduction of each such Governor's bill, make a tentative reference for the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House. The clerk of the Senate or House shall receive each Governor's bill.

SUBSTITUTE BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

10. A bill or resolution redrafted with a favorable report by a committee shall be reported as a substitute bill or resolution.

Any substitute bill or resolution reported favorably shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber where the bill or resolution originated. The yellow-colored copy shall be certified by the clerk and shall be kept at all times in the clerk's office. If the original bill or resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified copy shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of the original. The clerk shall make a notation on the certified copy of all action taken on the original.

PETITION FOR PREPARATION OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

11. Not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day after the deadline of a committee to request the drafting of a committee bill or resolution, set forth in Rule 9, any member of the General Assembly may present to the clerk of the member's chamber, who shall present the same to the Legislative Commissioners' Office, a written petition requesting preparation of a bill or resolution based on a proposed bill or proposed resolution, introduced or co-sponsored by such member and previously referred to such committee, unless the proposed bill or resolution has been scheduled for a subject matter public hearing to be held after the committee's deadline to request a committee bill or resolution, in which case the petition may be presented not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15. The petition shall be signed in the original by at least fifty-one members of the House if a House petition and by at least twelve members of the Senate if a Senate petition. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare the requested bill or resolution and forward it to the clerk of the chamber of origin for processing and referral to the appropriate committee which shall hold a public hearing on the bill or resolution, except that if the committee has already held a subject matter public hearing on the bill or resolution no further public hearing shall be required.

AMENDMENTS

12. All amendments to any bill or resolution in the Senate or House shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. An original of each amendment to be offered and a copy of such amendment shall be printed. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall certify the copy of each amendment and keep such certified copy in such clerk's office at all times.

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS'

PROCESS AFTER COMMITTEE ACTION

13. (a) Receipt. When a committee reports a bill or resolution favorably it shall be submitted forthwith to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall immediately enter the receipt of the bill or resolution in the legislative database and notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the bill or resolution number and the committee's action.

(b) Examination and Correction. The legislative commissioners shall examine the bill or resolution and make any correction therein as may be necessary for the purpose of avoiding repetition and unconstitutional provisions, and of ensuring accuracy in the text and references, clearness and conciseness in the phraseology and consistency with existing statutes. Whenever the legislative commissioners make any changes in a bill or resolution, other than corrections of spelling, grammar, punctuation or typographical errors the correction of which in no way alters the meaning, they shall prepare a statement which describes each change, where it was made, and explicitly why they made the change. This statement shall be entered into the legislative database and printed with the file copy of the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution.

(c) Deadline. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall complete its examination of the bill or resolution within ten calendar days, excluding holidays, after its receipt. If the bill or resolution is approved by a commissioner, the commissioner shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the approval and, if a substitute, furnish each office with a copy of the bill or resolution for preparation of a fiscal note and bill analysis and, when requested pursuant to Rule 15(c)(2), a racial and ethnic impact statement. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by the director of the Office of Fiscal Analysis or the director of the Office of Legislative Research for an extension of time, a legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber in which it originated within five calendar days, excluding holidays, after such notice.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Returned to Committee. If the commissioner finds upon completion of the examination of a bill or resolution that the bill or resolution is unconstitutional or is already law, the commissioner shall return the bill or resolution to the committee and shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of its return. Whenever a bill or resolution has been so returned to the committee, it may nevertheless be reported favorably by the committee and be returned to the Legislative Commissioners' Office for completion of the procedures prescribed above, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If a bill or resolution is returned after the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall take such action before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the bill or resolution is returned by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. The clerk shall enter it on the calendar under a heading "Favorable Report, Matter Not Approved by Legislative Commissioner" unless the committee reports a substitute bill or resolution which the legislative commissioners approve.

(e) Change of Reference. Favorable changes of reference shall be treated as provided in this rule except that no fiscal note or bill analysis shall be required. When a committee votes a straight change of reference, the bill or resolution shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall prepare the change of reference jacket and deliver the bill or resolution to the clerk of the chamber of origin. Reading and referral of straight changes of reference shall be by printing in the House and Senate journals.

REPORTING OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

14. Except as provided in Rules 19 and 20, all bills and joint resolutions reported by any committee shall be first reported to the chamber of origin, but any bill or resolution favorably reported by only one chamber shall first be reported to that chamber regardless of the chamber of origin.

FINAL COMMITTEE ACTION

15. (a) Deadline for Favorable Reports. The deadline for committees to vote to report favorably and submit bills and resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions to the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the dates designated in the following schedule:

 

Committee

2017

2018

 

Aging

March 7

March 15

 

Children

March 7

March 15

 

Veterans' Affairs

March 7

March 15

 

Housing

March 9

March 15

 

Banking

March 9

March 22

 

General Law

March 14

March 20

 

Labor and Public Employees

March 14

March 22

 

Legislative Management

March 15

March 19

 

Public Safety and Security

March 16

March 20

 

Insurance and Real Estate

March 16

March 22

 

Transportation

March 20

March 23

 

Commerce

March 21

March 27

 

Higher Education and Employment

March 21

March 20

 

Advancement

   
 

Energy and Technology

March 23

March 29

 

Human Services

March 23

March 27

 

Environment

March 24

March 23

 

Education

March 27

March 26

 

Planning and Development

March 27

March 26

 

Public Health

March 29

March 28

 

Government Administration and Elections

March 29

March 28

 

Judiciary

April 7

April 4

 

Appropriations

April 27

April 5

 

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

April 28

April 6

(b) Hearing Requirement for Favorable Report. Except as provided in Rule 32 (2)(A), no bill and no resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other substantive resolution shall be reported favorably by a committee unless a public hearing has been held as provided in Rule 6, but no further public hearing shall be required for a favorable report on a substitute for such bill or resolution, provided the substitute is based on or is germane to the subject matter of the original bill or resolution, or for a bill or resolution petitioned under Rule 11 on which a subject matter public hearing has been held.

(c) Fiscal Notes and Bill Analyses; Bills or Resolutions Unfavorably Reported; List of Reported Bills or Resolutions. (1) Any bill or resolution reported favorably by any committee which if passed or adopted, would affect state or municipal revenue or would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds, shall have a fiscal note attached, as required by section 2-24 of the general statutes with respect to bills. The fiscal note for a bill or resolution and the analysis of a bill shall be printed with the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution. Any fiscal note printed with or prepared for a bill or resolution and any analysis of a bill printed with or prepared for a bill, are solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each such fiscal note and bill analysis shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. " When an amendment is offered to a bill or resolution in the House or the Senate, which, if adopted, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue, a fiscal note shall be available at the time the amendment is offered and, in the case of an amendment which is substantially similar to a favorably-reported bill for which a racial and ethnic impact statement has been prepared pursuant to this rule, such fiscal note may include a copy of such impact statement. Any fiscal note prepared for such an amendment shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of this rule and shall bear the disclaimer required under this rule. Each fiscal note prepared under this subdivision shall include a brief statement of the sources of information, in addition to the general knowledge of the fiscal analyst, consulted or relied on to calculate the fiscal impact.

(2) Whenever a committee reports a bill favorably which, if passed, would increase or decrease the pretrial or sentenced population of correctional facilities in this state, a majority of the committee members present may request that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and the Office of Fiscal Analysis, which may, in the preparation of such statement, consult with any person or agency including, but not limited to, the Judicial Branch, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Correction and the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. The statement shall indicate: (A) Whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population and an explanation of that impact, (B) that it cannot be determined whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population, or (C) that the offices cannot determine within the time limitation specified in Rule 13(c) whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be attached to and printed with the bill and shall bear the same file number as the bill. Any racial and ethnic impact statement printed with or prepared for a bill is solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each racial and ethnic impact statement shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. "

(3) All bills or resolutions unfavorably reported by a committee shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the final reporting out date for favorable reports for that committee, designated in the schedule shown in this rule.

(4) The legislative commissioners shall prepare a list of the bills or resolutions submitted to them which at the deadline time for each committee are not printed and in the files and the clerks shall print the same in the House and Senate journals.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Not Acted on by Committee; Bills or Resolutions Not Printed and in Files. All bills or resolutions not acted on by the committees within the time limits established by this section shall be deemed to have failed in committee, except that (1) a bill or resolution shall be reported to the chamber in which it originated if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or in the case of a Senate bill or resolution, the Speaker of the House and both the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate it being acted on by the General Assembly or (2) if a majority of the members of either chamber present to the clerk of such chamber a written petition as provided by Rule 19, requesting that a bill or resolution be reported, it shall be reported to the chamber in which the petition originated. Any bill or resolution not printed and in the files of the members of the General Assembly may be acted upon by the General Assembly if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or in the case of a Senate bill or resolution, the Speaker of the House and both the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate, certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate an immediate vote on the bill or resolution, in which case a copy of the bill or resolution, accompanied by a fiscal note, shall nevertheless be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed, before the bill or resolution is acted upon.

(e) Bills Authorizing Conveyance of Real Property by State. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules to the contrary (1) no bill authorizing the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be printed or placed on the calendar or in the files for action unless the bill has received a favorable or unfavorable report from the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and (2) no bill which has been amended to authorize the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be passed by either chamber unless such bill, as amended, has been referred to the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and that committee has reported favorably or unfavorably on such amended bill to the chamber from which it was referred at any time thereafter but before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, but no later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption.

(f) Referral of Bill or Resolution by Chamber to Committee After Deadline. (1) Whenever a bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably reported by one committee is referred by the House or the Senate to another committee after its deadline under subsection (a) of this rule has passed, the committee receiving such referred bill or resolution shall meet to consider such bill or resolution on any day of the week and at any time (A) before the start of the session of the third regular session day of the referring chamber after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, or (B) not later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption, whichever occurs first. Such committee may take the following action on such referred bill or resolution: (i) report it favorably or unfavorably in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (2) and (3) of this rule, (ii) box it, or (iii) take no action. Under no circumstances shall such committee refer such bill or resolution to another committee.

(2) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has not been amended in either chamber, the committee may report a substitute bill or resolution, in which case, there shall be a reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions of the committee.

(3) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has been amended in either chamber, the committee shall include in its report its recommendation on the adoption or rejection of each amendment, and may submit additional amendments to be offered on the floor. In such a case there shall be no reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions and recommendations of the committee.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS - READINGS

16. First reading of all bills and resolutions shall be (1) by the acceptance by each chamber of a printed list of bills and resolutions, prepared by the clerks of the House and Senate, setting forth numbers, introducers, titles and committees to which referred, or (2) by title, number and reference to a committee.

Second reading shall be the report of a committee.

Third reading shall be passage or rejection of a bill or adoption or rejection of a resolution on the calendar. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall receive three readings in each chamber prior to passage or adoption, and no bill or resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall be read twice on the same day.

FAVORABLE REPORTS

17. (a) Committee Clerk's Signature. When the House and Senate members of any committee jointly vote to report a committee or raised bill or resolution favorably, the committee clerk shall sign the committee report form.

(b) Resolutions on Appointments and Nominations. A favorable report by a joint standing committee of a resolution concerning a General Assembly appointment or a nomination requiring joint confirmation and a favorable report of any committee to which executive and legislative nominations are referred shall be tabled for the calendar and printed by number and title only. The report may be accepted and the resolution adopted after it has appeared on the calendar for two days.

(c) File Copies Available to Members. All bills and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions reported favorably by the committees to which they have been referred, or by a majority of the members of the Senate or House committee making the report, before third reading, shall be laid upon the table, and sufficient copies of each bill or resolution together with the number of committee members voting yea and the number voting nay shall be printed under the supervision of the Legislative Commissioners' Office for the use of the General Assembly.

(d) Timing of Action by Chambers. Each bill and each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution so printed shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that: (1) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the Senate with the consent of the Speaker; and if filed in the Senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the President Pro Tempore, (2) any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes may be acted upon immediately and may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be acted upon immediately when received by the second chamber, (3) if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber, (4) during the last five calendar days of the session, if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber or adopts an amendment to a bill or resolution received from the other chamber, or takes any action on such bill or resolution requiring further action by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately in the second chamber, or (5) during the last five calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution, after final action in one chamber, may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber.

(e) Action on Calendar. All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when reached and any bill or resolution not acted upon shall retain its place on the calendar, unless it is put at the foot of the calendar or unless its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time.

(f) Other Provisions. When the House or Senate members only of a committee vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the House chairperson of the committee or at least one Senate chairperson of the committee, as the case may be, shall sign the bill or resolution. When the House members and Senate members of a committee vote to report separate versions of a bill or resolution and each chamber adopts its own version, both bills or resolutions may be referred by a joint resolution to a committee of conference, appointed as provided in Rule 22, with instructions to report a bill or resolution, as the case may be. If no bill or resolution is reported within three session days following the committee's appointment, the committee shall submit an interim report to both chambers and shall continue to report every second session day thereafter until a final decision is reached. If a bill or resolution is agreed upon by the committee it shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as a favorable report for processing as provided in Rule 13. A legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber which initiated the joint resolution for a committee of conference and the bill or resolution shall thereupon be tabled for the calendar and printing. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but the bill or resolution may not be amended.

No bill or resolution shall appear on the calendar of either chamber unless it has received a joint favorable report or a favorable report of the members of the committee of that chamber, except as provided in this rule or in Rule 19 or 20.

(g) Roll Call Requirement. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution appearing on the regular calendar shall be voted upon by a roll call vote.

REPRINTING AFTER AMENDMENT

18. Whenever a bill or resolution is substantively amended there shall be no action on passage of the bill or resolution until it has been re-examined by the legislative commissioners for the purposes set forth in Rule 13 and it has been reprinted as amended. The chamber in which the bill or resolution is pending shall not take final action thereon until the reprinted bill or resolution has been made available to the members. This rule shall not apply to amendments offered solely for the purposes of correcting clerical defects or imperfections, such as but not limited to, grammatical or spelling errors or mistakes as to form or dates, or to make other changes which do not alter the substance of a bill or resolution. Reprinting of amended bills or resolutions shall not be required for bills or resolutions passed after June 3, 2017, for the 2017 session and May 5, 2018, for the 2018 session.

PETITION FOR COMMITTEE REPORT

19. Upon presentation to the clerk of either chamber of a petition signed in the original by not less than a majority of the members of either chamber requesting a joint standing committee to report a bill or resolution in its possession, the clerk shall immediately give notice to the committee of the filing of the petition. The petition may not be presented sooner than the day following the committee's deadline, designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, to report the bill or resolution out of committee and not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day after that deadline. Within two regular session days thereafter the committee shall report the bill or resolution with or without its recommendations to the chamber from which the petition was received. If no recommendation is made, the bill or resolution shall be considered as having received an unfavorable report and the procedures in Rule 20 shall be followed. Each petition or page of the petition shall contain a statement of its purpose and may be circulated only by a member of the chamber whose clerk will receive the petition. If the committee members of one chamber vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the petition so circulated and presented to the clerk may be signed only by the members of the other chamber.

Any bill or resolution so petitioned, except those carrying or requiring appropriations, shall not be referred to any other committee without first having been voted upon by the House or Senate. Those carrying or requiring appropriations shall be referred first to the joint standing committee on Appropriations. The Appropriations committee shall, within two session days after such reference, report such bill or resolution back to the chamber in which the petition originated with either a favorable or unfavorable report thereon and the bill or resolution shall then be voted upon. In the event of a conflict between the report of the original committee and that of the Appropriations committee, the vote shall be on the report of the Appropriations committee.

UNFAVORABLE REPORTS

20. All bills and resolutions reported unfavorably shall first be printed under the supervision of the legislative commissioners, without correction and without their approval, and shall be in the files and on the calendar as if favorably reported but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports. " If the unfavorable report is rejected by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the legislative commissioners for their approval and reprinting in final form, except that in the case of an unfavorable report of the committee on executive and legislative nominations, or an unfavorable report of the committee on judiciary of a judicial nomination, a nomination of a workers' compensation commissioner or a nomination of a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the resolution shall not be returned to the legislative commissioners and may be acted upon immediately. If the bill or resolution is returned to the legislative commissioners after May 24, 2017, in the 2017 session or April 25, 2018, in the 2018 session, the legislative commissioners shall transmit the bill or resolution, with or without approval, to the clerk of the chamber from which it was received, not later than five calendar days after it is received. It shall then be in the files, with special marking on the calendar, as if favorably reported with a file number for two session days and starred for action on the session day next succeeding in the chamber of origin. If the unfavorable report is accepted by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be lost.

When an unfavorable report is rejected by the first chamber and the bill is passed or the resolution adopted by that chamber, it shall then be in the files and on the calendar of the other chamber, but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports".

RECALL FROM OTHER CHAMBER FOR RECONSIDERATION

21. No resolution or motion to recall a bill, resolution or other matter from the other chamber shall be allowed for the purpose of reconsideration or amendment after the time has elapsed for the reconsideration of any vote thereon except when there has clearly been a mistake in such vote or an error in the language of the bill, resolution or other matter.

COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

22. (a) Appointment of Committee. When one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the other chamber for further action. If that chamber readopts the rejected amendment, the readoption constitutes a matter for a committee of conference, and a committee of conference shall be appointed by the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore. The committee of conference shall be comprised of three members from each chamber. If the vote has not been unanimous there shall be at least one member of the committee who was not on the prevailing side in such member's chamber, except that in all cases, at least one member of each party from each chamber shall be a member of the committee.

(b) Committee Reports. The committee may propose any changes within the scope of the bill or resolution, but any action, including changes, taken by the committee shall be by a majority vote of the members of each chamber on the committee. The committee report shall be made to both chambers at the same time. The committee report shall contain the following information: The bill or resolution number and title, the members of the committee, the action of the committee, indicating the adoption or rejection of each House or Senate amendment previously adopted, identified by schedule letter, which accompanied the bill or resolution, the adoption of a new amendment, if any, and the signature of the members of the committee accepting or rejecting the report. A member's refusal to sign shall be deemed a rejection. Any new amendment shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office and shall be attached to and made a part of the report and shall be identified by a schedule letter of the chamber which created the disagreeing action.

(c) Action by Chambers. Each chamber shall vote to accept or reject the report. A vote by either chamber to accept the report of the committee shall be final action by that chamber on the bill or resolution. If both chambers vote to accept the report of the committee, the bill is passed or the resolution is adopted as of the time the last chamber votes to accept the report. If either chamber rejects the report of the committee, the bill or resolution is defeated and the second chamber shall not be required to consider the committee report. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but it may not be amended.

RETURN OF BILL FROM GOVERNOR OR LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS

23. Whenever a bill has passed both chambers and has been transmitted to the Governor for approval, or to the legislative commissioners for engrossing, if either chamber desires its return for further consideration, the General Assembly may, by resolution adopted by both chambers, appoint a joint committee of one senator and two representatives to be sent to the Governor or the commissioners to request the return of the bill. In the case of a bill transmitted to the Governor, if the Governor consents, and in the case of a bill transmitted to the legislative commissioners, the bill shall be returned first to that chamber in which the motion for its return originated, and the bill may then be altered or totally rejected by a concurrent vote of the two chambers; but, if not altered or rejected by concurrent vote, it shall be again transmitted to the Governor or the legislative commissioners, as the case may be, in the same form in which it was first presented to the Governor or the legislative commissioners.

EXAMINATION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

24. (a) Examination and Correction. All bills, and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution, when finally passed or adopted, shall be examined immediately by the legislative commissioners. If the legislative commissioners find that any correction should be made in the text, they shall report it to the committee on legislative management. If the committee believes that no correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners. If the committee believes a correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners who shall report the bill or resolution to the chamber which last took action upon it, with the proposed correction in the form of an amendment, within five calendar days, Sundays and holidays excepted, after its passage or adoption.

(b) Consideration of Proposed Correction. The report shall be placed at the head of the calendar, and shall take precedence of all other business on the calendar; and the only question on the report shall be, "Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?" If the proposed amendment is adopted by both chambers, the bill or resolution shall stand as amended. If the proposed amendment is rejected by either chamber, the bill or resolution shall not be transmitted to the other chamber, but shall stand as originally passed or adopted. If, in the consequence of the adjournment of the General Assembly subject to reconvening for the consideration of vetoed bills or for any other reason, any bill or resolution which has been passed or adopted by both chambers fails to be amended as recommended by the commissioners, the bill or resolution shall stand as originally passed or adopted.

ENGROSSING OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

25. All bills, all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and all resolutions memorializing Congress when finally passed or adopted shall be engrossed under the direction of the legislative commissioners, and immediately thereafter shall be transmitted to the clerks. The legislative commissioners shall carefully compare all engrossed bills and resolutions with the bills and resolutions as finally passed or adopted, and a commissioner shall certify by his or her signature to the correctness of the engrossed copies. As soon as engrossed and certified, as herein provided, the bill or resolution and amendment shall be presented to the House and Senate clerks, who shall sign the engrossed and certified copies.

TRANSMITTAL TO GOVERNOR

26. (a) Transmittal of Copy. On the passage of a bill by both chambers, the clerk of the chamber last taking action thereon shall forthwith cause a copy to be sent to the Governor.

(b) Engrossed Bills and Resolutions. Each bill and resolution, with the engrossed copy, shall be transmitted by the clerks of the House and Senate to the Secretary of the State as soon as it has been signed, as herein provided, and not later than the twelfth day after the expiration of the time allowed for reconsideration under the rules of the General Assembly, Sundays and legal holidays excepted; and the Secretary of the State shall forthwith present the engrossed copy of each bill to the Governor for approval.

(c) Records of Transmittal. The Secretary of the State shall give the clerks a receipt for each bill or resolution, and shall notify them of the date and time at which each bill was presented to the Governor. The Secretary of the State shall give the Governor a receipt showing the date and time at which the Governor approved it or returned it to the Secretary of the State with a statement of his or her objections and shall notify the clerks of the dates and times. The clerks shall record the dates and times of presentation and approval or return in the journals of the House and Senate.

(d) Immediate Transmittal. The chamber last taking action on a bill, before engrossing, may order immediate transmittal of the bill to the Governor, in which case the clerk of that chamber shall forthwith present the bill to the Governor, taking a duplicate receipt therefor showing the date and time at which the bill was deposited in the executive office, one of which receipts the clerk shall deliver to the Secretary of the State. Except as provided in this subsection, a bill shall be transmitted to the Governor only after engrossing.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS NOT REPORTED

27. The official copies of all bills and joint resolutions not reported by committees shall be delivered to the Secretary of the State by the clerk of the committee.

DISTURBANCES

28. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the State Capitol or the Legislative Office Building or the grounds thereof which, in the opinion of the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the General Assembly or any of its committees, they may take whatever action they deem necessary to preserve and restore order.

AMENDMENT AND SUSPENSION OF RULES

29. These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present in each chamber.

Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day.

Suspension of the rules shall be for a specified purpose. Upon accomplishment of that purpose, any rule suspended shall be again in force.

RESTRICTIONS

30. (a) Smoking. No person shall smoke in the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building.

(b) Nonpartisan Offices. Lobbyists shall be prohibited from the Legislative Commissioners' Office, the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research but not from the legislative library.

(c) Wireless Telephones. No person shall operate a wireless telephone or similar device in the senate chamber while the senate is meeting, in the house chamber while the house is meeting, or in any room while a committee is meeting or holding a public hearing in that room.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

31. When a collective bargaining agreement, negotiated under the provisions of chapter 68 of the general statutes, or a supplemental understanding reached between the parties to such agreement, or an arbitration award resulting from an arbitration proceeding under that chapter, is submitted to the General Assembly for approval as provided in section 5-278 of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) In the case of a collective bargaining agreement or supplemental understanding, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file one executed original and five photocopies of the agreement, or of the master agreement and individual working agreements or the supplemental understanding, to the clerk of the House, and one executed original and five photocopies to the clerk of the Senate. In the case of an arbitration award, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file five photocopies of the original arbitration award, showing that the original award was signed by the arbitrator, and a statement setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the award, to the clerk of the House and to the clerk of the Senate. The bargaining representative of the employer shall file with such agreement, supplemental understanding or award: (A) A list of the sections of the general statutes or state agency regulations, if any, proposed to be superseded, and (B) the effective date and expiration date of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award. An agreement shall be deemed executed only when it has been approved, in the case of an executive branch employer, including the division of criminal justice, by the Governor's designee, in the case of a judicial branch employer, by the chief administrative officer or such officer's designee, and in the case of a segment of the system of higher education, the chairperson of the appropriate board of trustees, and by the executive committee or officers of the respective bargaining unit or units and has been ratified by the membership of such bargaining unit or units.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be filed with the clerks, and the clerks shall stamp such agreement or supplemental understanding or award with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or supplemental understanding or, in the case of an award, separate House and Senate resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award. The agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be submitted to the General Assembly on the date that both such resolutions are filed with the clerks. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. Resolutions proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding, together with a copy of the agreement or supplemental understanding, and resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award, together with a copy of the award, shall be referred to the committee on Appropriations. With respect to each resolution referred to the committee on or before the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall hold a public hearing on each such resolution, and within fifteen days after the referral, shall report the appropriate resolutions approving or disapproving the agreement or supplemental understanding or concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award to the House and the Senate, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If the Appropriations committee fails to take action within the time period set forth in this rule, the agreement or supplemental understanding shall nevertheless be deemed approved or, in the case of an award, the sufficiency of funds affirmed and the resolutions shall be reported to the House and the Senate as favorable reports.

(B) If an agreement or supplemental understanding is reached or an arbitration award is made during the interim between sessions, the provisions of subsection (b) of section 5-278 of the general statutes, as amended, shall apply.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber. Copies of the master agreement and individual working agreements, identified by the resolution numbers, copies of the salary schedules and appendices, and copies of the arbitration awards, identified by the resolution numbers, and the statements setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the awards, shall be made available in the clerks' offices.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement, supplemental understanding and award and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The respective resolutions shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate shall vote to approve or reject each resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding and each resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award within thirty days after the date of the filing of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award with the clerks of the House and Senate.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when a resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding or a resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award is referred to the committee on Appropriations after the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but was filed more than thirty days before the end of a regular session, the committee may act on such resolutions provided it reports such resolutions to the House and Senate not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) If the General Assembly is in regular session when an award, agreement or supplemental understanding is filed with the clerks, it may vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within thirty days after the date of filing. If the General Assembly does not vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within such thirty days, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed approved. If the regular session adjourns prior to such thirtieth day and the award, agreement or supplemental understanding has not been acted upon, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed to be filed on the first day of the next regular session.

AGREEMENTS OR STIPULATIONS UNDER SECTION 3-125a

32. When an agreement or stipulation is submitted to the General Assembly as provided in section 3-125a of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) Six copies of the agreement or stipulation shall be submitted to the clerk of the House, and six copies to the clerk of the Senate.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or stipulation shall be stamped by the clerks with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays excepted, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or stipulation. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. The President Pro Tempore and the Speaker shall designate the committees of cognizance and the committees, if any, that will hold a public hearing on each agreement or stipulation. Each resolution, accompanied by the agreement or stipulation, shall be referred to the committees of cognizance, which shall report thereon.

(B) If an agreement or stipulation is submitted during the interim between regular sessions, it shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement or stipulation and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The resolution shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate may vote to approve or reject each resolution within thirty days of the date of submittal of the agreement or stipulation.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when an agreement or stipulation is referred to a committee of cognizance, regardless of the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but not later than the time of submission specified in subdivision (7) of this rule, the committee may act on such resolution provided it reports such resolution not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) Any agreement or stipulation submitted to the clerks within thirty days before the end of a regular session and not acted upon dispositively before the end of such session shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

SPECIAL SESSIONS

33. A majority of the total membership of each chamber shall be required for the calling of a special session by the General Assembly.

INTERIM

34. (a) Meetings. During the interim between sessions, the House chairperson and at least one Senate chairperson of a committee may schedule meetings on any day. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings shall be given to the Office of Legislative Management.

(b) Public Hearings. A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions. Notice of any public hearing shall be given, not later than ten calendar days before the hearing, to the Office of Legislative Management for appropriate publication by that office at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. The notice shall contain the date, time, place and general subject matter of the hearing and the title of the bills or resolutions, if any, to be considered. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a public hearing unless the committee holding the public hearing has copies available for the public. For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication by the Office of Legislative Management and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Raised Bills - Hearing During Session Required. During the interim between the 2017 and 2018 sessions, a committee may, on or after October 1, 2017, raise bills and resolutions for public hearing and consideration during such interim, but no such bill or resolution shall be reported by any committee unless a public hearing has been held during the 2018 session, as provided in Rule 6.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

35. The sexual harassment policy set forth in section 2. 2 of the Connecticut General Assembly Employee Handbook, as amended from time to time, is incorporated by reference in these rules.

S. J. No. 2 RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLICATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN, PRINTING OF BILLS AND EXPENSES OF THE 2017 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate shall cause to be published, from time to time, as they find suitable, notices of caucuses, committee hearings, meetings and announcements of interest to members of the General Assembly, following the plan of the Legislative Bulletin published at previous sessions; and

That the joint standing committee on legislative management is authorized to pay the cost of printing of bills for the 2017 session of the General Assembly; and other necessary expenses of the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

IMMEDIATE TRANSMITTAL TO THE HOUSE

Senator Duff of the 25th moved immediate transmittal to the House of Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 and Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 needing further action by the House.

INTRODUCTION OF

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were introduced, read and adopted.

S. R. No. 1 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE RULES OF THE SENATE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That the following are the Senate Rules for the 2017 and 2018 sessions:

1. The President shall take the chair on each session day, at the hour to which the Senate stands adjourned. The President shall thereupon call the Senate to order and after prayer and recitation of the pledge of allegiance, if a quorum is present, proceed to business.

2. In the absence of a quorum, the President may adjourn the Senate to a subsequent time on that day or to the next session day. At all other times an adjournment shall be pronounced by the President on motion.

3. The President shall preserve order and decorum and shall decide all questions of order, upon which no debate shall be allowed except at the request of the President; but the decision shall be subject to an appeal to the Senate which must be seconded and on which no member shall speak more than once. No other business shall be in order until such appeal is disposed of.

4. The President shall rise to put a question or to address the Senate, but may read sitting.

5. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the Senate Chamber which, in the opinion of the presiding officer, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the Senate, the presiding officer may take such action as is deemed necessary to preserve and restore order.

6. If the President while presiding, wishes to leave the chair, the President Pro Tempore shall preside, or, in the absence of the President Pro Tempore, the President Pro Tempore's designee shall preside for a period not exceeding one day.

7. Within one week after appointment, the President Pro Tempore shall nominate a chaplain and up to three deputy chaplains, and if such nominations are confirmed by the Senate by a majority vote, the candidates so nominated and confirmed shall serve for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.

8. The clerk shall keep a journal of the Senate, and shall enter therein a record of each day's proceedings and record any amendment that may be offered to any bill or resolution.

9. (a) Upon acceptance of a Senate agenda, the clerk's office shall act upon the items listed as indicated and shall incorporate the items by reference in the Senate journal and Senate transcript. The clerk shall keep a Calendar on which he or she shall enter daily (1) all bills and joint resolutions received from the House for action except (a) bills and resolutions which do not have a favorable report of a joint committee which shall, upon being read by the clerk, be referred without further action to the appropriate committee, (b) all bills and joint resolutions received from the House for action by the Senate which have not been referred by the Senate to any committee, and (2) all bills and resolutions favorably reported to the Senate from any committee; and these shall be entered on the Calendar in the order in which they are received. Each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each bill so entered shall be printed and in the files and on the Calendar, with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that:

(A) A resolution may be acted on in accordance with Rule 17(b) of the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives,

(B) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the Senate with the consent of the speaker; and if filed in the Senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the President Pro Tempore,

(C) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this rule, any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, may be acted upon immediately in the first house, may be transmitted immediately to the second house and may be acted upon immediately when received by the second house,

(D) If the Senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House, the bill or resolution after final action by the Senate may be transmitted immediately to the House, or if the House rejects an amendment adopted by the Senate, the bill or resolution when received from the House may be placed immediately on the Calendar,

(E) During the last five calendar days of the session, if the Senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House, or adopts a Senate amendment to a bill or resolution received from the House, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the House, the bill or resolution after final action in the Senate, may be transmitted immediately to the House, or if the House rejects an amendment adopted by the Senate or adopts a House amendment to a bill or resolution received from the Senate, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the Senate, the bill or resolution when received from the House may be placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately,

(F) During the last five calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution after final action by the Senate may be transmitted immediately to the House, or

(G) During the last five calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution received by the Senate after final action by the House may be placed on the calendar immediately.

(b) All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when reached in their regular order, and any bill or resolution passed over when so reached shall retain its place on the Calendar unless it is passed temporarily, put on the foot of the Calendar or its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time.

(c) Session days shall be scheduled by the President Pro Tempore, except that, with respect to any resolution reported pursuant to Rule 31 or 32 of the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore may submit a request in writing to the President Pro Tempore, a copy of which shall be filed in the clerk's office at least seven days before such resolution would be otherwise deemed approved by operation of law, requesting that a session be scheduled for the purpose of allowing motions to mark such resolution ready for action and to act on such resolution immediately. Upon receipt of such request, the President Pro Tempore shall promptly schedule a session for such purpose to be held at least two days before such resolution would be otherwise deemed approved by operation of law.

(d) On each session day, the Senate Majority Leader and Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, or their designees, shall jointly make available to the members a list of bills and resolutions intended to be acted upon that session day. Such list shall indicate the action intended to be taken on each bill or resolution so listed. Any bill or resolution that is not on such list may be marked go and acted upon that session day upon the passage of a motion of one of the following: The President Pro Tempore, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, the Senate Majority Leader or the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

(e) The clerk shall immediately provide an electronic notice of the filing, in either chamber, and number of any emergency certified bill introduced by the President Pro Tempore and the speaker, certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, that is the biennial budget bill or a bill that amends or implements the biennial budget bill to the members of the Senate. No such emergency certified bill may be marked ready for action or acted upon less than twelve hours following the provision of such electronic notice.

(f) On any day that is not scheduled as a session day, the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, or their designees, may call the Senate into session for purposes of transacting business of a procedural nature by filing with the clerk or the clerk's designee a written instruction to conduct a pro forma Senate session with or without the presence of a senator. Said direction shall include a written motion to adopt the day's Senate agenda and act on all items as indicated and incorporate the items by reference into the Senate journal and Senate transcript. Said motion shall be read into the record and shall have the same force and effect as if the Senate were convened with a presiding officer and senator.

10. The clerk shall retain all bills, resolutions and other papers, in reference to which any member has a right to move a reconsideration, until the right of reconsideration has expired, and no longer.

11. The clerk shall also keep a record of all petitions, resolutions, and bills for all acts which are presented for the consideration of the Senate, and said record shall be so kept as to show by a single reference the action of the Senate on each of them to that date.

12. The assistant clerk shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as the clerk, subject to the direction of the clerk. The bill clerk and the journal clerk shall perform such duties as are assigned to them by the clerk.

13. The clerk shall cause the journals and calendars to be distributed on the desks of the members daily, before the opening of the session.

14. No member shall speak more than twice upon the same question without leave of the Senate, except to explain.

15. No member who is interested in the decision of any question in such manner that he or she cannot vote thereon may stay in the Senate when such question is discussed or decided.

16. If a member, in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules and order of the Senate, the president shall, or any member may, call such member to order; and if speaking, such member shall sit down, unless permitted to explain; and if a member is guilty of a breach of any of the rules and orders, such member may be required by the Senate, on motion, to make satisfaction therefor, and until satisfaction has been made, shall not be allowed to vote or speak except by way of excuse.

17. If a candidate for the Senate notifies the clerk on or before the opening day of the session that such candidate contests the results of the election for his or her district, a committee of three shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore within the first two days of the session. If a candidate for the Senate in a special election notifies the clerk no later than fourteen days following such election that such candidate contests the results of the election for his or her district, a committee of three shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore no later than sixteen days following such election. The committee shall take into consideration such contested election and report the facts with its opinion thereon.

18. (a) The leaders of the Senate shall include the President Pro Tempore, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, the Senate Majority Leader and the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. For the purposes of the Constitution of the state of Connecticut, the general statutes, the public and special acts and any other provision of law, any reference to the minority leader of the Senate means the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

(b) The Senate Majority Leader shall be elected by the members of the democratic party. The President Pro Tempore shall appoint the other leaders of the democratic party and the democratic chairperson and vice chairperson of each standing committee. Each such chairperson or vice chairperson shall serve at the pleasure of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Majority Leader. For the purposes of the general statutes and the public and special acts and any other provision of law, any reference to (1) the cochairpersons of a standing committee means the chairperson appointed by the President Pro Tempore and the chairperson appointed by the Speaker of the House, (2) the senate chairperson of a standing committee means the chairperson appointed by the President Pro Tempore, and (3) the ranking Senate member of a standing committee means the chairperson appointed by the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

(c) The Senate Republican President Pro Tempore shall be elected by the members of the republican party. The Senate Republican President Pro Tempore shall appoint the other leaders of the republican party, including the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, and the republican chairperson and vice chairperson of each standing committee. Each such republican chairperson or vice chairperson shall serve at the pleasure of the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

(d) The clerks of the standing committees and the chairpersons of the subcommittees thereof shall be appointed by the chairpersons of the respective committees, with the approval of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore.

(e) All standing committee members shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore by the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity or resignation from the Senate or from a committee; and except that the President Pro Tempore may appoint any member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term to any committee within five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office. There shall be an equal number of republican and democratic senators appointed to each standing committee by the President Pro Tempore or the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, as the case may be. Each standing committee shall have a Senate democratic chairperson and a Senate republican chairperson and a Senate democratic vice chairperson and a Senate republican vice chairperson. Not more than nine senators shall be appointed to any standing committee, except that the joint standing committee on Judiciary shall consist of not more than eleven senators and the joint standing committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding shall consist of not more than thirteen senators. All Senate leaders, standing committee assignments, chairpersons, vice chairpersons and subcommittee chairpersons shall serve for both the 2017 and the 2018 sessions.

19. The order of business shall be as follows:

Reception of petitions.

Reception of communications from the Governor, secretary of the state, annual and biennial reports, interim committee reports and reports.

Introduction of bills and resolutions.

Reports of committees.

Reception of business from the House.

Business on the Calendar.

Introduction of guests.

Miscellaneous business.

Resolutions removed from consent calendar.

20. Before any petition or resolution is received, a brief statement of its object shall be made by the introducer.

21. When a motion is made, it shall be stated to the Senate by the president before any debate is had thereon, and every motion shall be reduced to writing if the president so directs or any member desires it.

22. When a motion is stated by the president, or read by the clerk, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the Senate. It may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before decision or amendment, but not after amendment, unless the Senate gives leave.

23. If the question under debate consists of two or more independent propositions any member may move to have the question divided. The president shall rule on the order of voting on the division of a question.

24. The yeas and nays shall be taken on the roll call machine on all final action on bills on the regular calendar and on all other questions at the desire of one-fifth of the members present, expressed at any time before a declaration of the vote.

25. Whenever the result of a vote as stated by the presiding officer is doubted, it shall be taken again by rising.

26. When a vote has been taken, it shall be in order for any senator on the prevailing side to move for a reconsideration thereof on the day of the vote or on the next succeeding session day, if the bill is still in the possession of the Senate; provided also that there shall be no reconsideration of the following motions: To adjourn, for the previous question or to reconsider, and no question shall be twice reconsidered.

27. Pairs may be made by senators whose votes if they were present would be cast on opposite sides of any question, by filing with the clerk of the Senate a memorandum, containing the names of the senators, and their votes, who are thus paired and the subject matter or matters to which such pairs apply. Senators making any such pairs shall be excused from voting upon the merits of the matters involved while the pair continues, but no pairs shall operate while both of the senators paired are present.

28. Persons, other than members of the General Assembly, shall not be permitted on the floor of the Senate while it is in session. Lobbyists shall be prohibited from the floor of the Senate on any day during which the Senate is in session except during a public hearing in the Senate chamber. This rule shall not apply to the staff of the General Assembly, to any state or municipal official or member of the media who has been given permission to be on the Senate floor by the President of the Senate, President Pro Tempore, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, Senate Majority Leader or Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, or to persons invited to the Senate for purposes of recognition or ceremony. Other persons who desire to speak with a member of the Senate while it is in session shall communicate such desire through one of the messengers and shall not converse with such member in the chamber while the Senate is in session.

29. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received except:

To adjourn.

To recess.

For the previous question.

To close the debate at a specified time.

To pass temporarily.

To pass retain.

To postpone to a certain time.

To commit or recommit.

To divide the question.

To amend.

To refer to another committee.

To postpone indefinitely.

To place at foot of calendar.

These several motions shall have precedence in the order listed in this rule, and no motion to commit or recommit, to continue to the next General Assembly or to postpone indefinitely, having been once decided, shall be again allowed at the same session and at the same state of the bill or subject matter.

30. (a) Amendments shall be filed with the clerk of the Senate before 12 noon on the day the bill is acted upon. Exceptions to this rule shall be allowed:

(1) Upon approval of any two of the following four Senate leaders: The President Pro Tempore, the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, the Senate Majority Leader or the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore; or

(2) In the case of bills or resolutions not starred for action or bills or resolutions reported in accordance with subparagraph (a) of paragraph (d) of Rule 15 of the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(b) Upon approval of an amendment pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section, the sponsor of the amendment shall cause a copy of the signed approval to be provided electronically or by hand to a designated leader or staff member of the other party.

(c) Any member who offers an amendment, originating in the Senate which, if adopted, would reduce state revenues or increase state expenditures by a specified amount or which would involve a significant fiscal impact, shall make available to the President, President Pro Tempore, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, Senate Majority Leader and the Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore at the time the amendment is offered, in addition to a fiscal note, a signed and typewritten explanation of the decrease in expenditures or the source of the increased revenues required to balance the state budget.

(d) Whenever a bill or resolution is substantively amended, it may be referred to the legislative commissioners to be re-examined for the purposes set forth in Rule 13 of the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives and to be reprinted as amended. The legislative commissioners' office shall complete its examination of any such bill within three calendar days of its receipt. It shall then be printed in the files with a file number and marked on the calendar starred for action on the session day on which it appears.

31. There shall be a consent calendar on which shall be entered such bills and resolutions as the Senate Majority Leader and Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore of the respective house shall designate. All bills and resolutions starred for action on the consent calendar shall be passed on motion without discussion unless, at any time before voting has commenced, a member requests removal of a bill or resolution from the consent calendar in which case such bill or resolution shall be so removed.

32. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in the 2010 edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the Senate whenever applicable and whenever they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the Senate or the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

33. The rules of the Senate shall take precedence over the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives or Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure in the event of conflict.

34. No person shall smoke in the Senate chamber or the gallery. No person shall operate a wireless telephone or similar device in the Senate chamber or gallery or use any such device to take photographs or to make video or sound recordings while the Senate is in session. The presiding officer shall enforce this rule.

35. (a) These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by vote of at least two-thirds of the members present.

(b) Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day. Suspension of a rule shall be for a specified purpose; after the accomplishment of such purpose, the rule shall remain in force as before.

36. Every member present in the Senate Chamber when a question is put by the presiding officer shall vote, unless excused under Rule 15.

S. R. No. 5 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATIONS OF REVEREND JAMES NOCK OF EAST HARTFORD AS CHAPLAIN OF THE SENATE AND RABBI PHILIP LAZOWSKI OF BLOOMFIELD, REVEREND BONITA GRUBBS OF NEW HAVEN AND MONSIGNOR GERARD G. SCHMITZ OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD AS DEPUTY CHAPLAINS OF THE SENATE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote Senate Resolution No. 5 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That Reverend James Nock of East Hartford be and he is hereby appointed as Chaplain of the Senate for the 2017 and 2018 sessions;

That Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Bloomfield be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the Senate for the 2017 and 2018 sessions;

That Reverend Bonita Grubbs of New Haven be and she is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the Senate for the 2017 and 2018 sessions; and

That Monsignor Gerard G. Schmitz of Bloomfield and of the Archdiocese of Hartford be and he is hereby appointed as a Deputy Chaplain of the Senate for the 2017 and 2018 sessions.

S. R. No. 3 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Clerk of the Senate be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to cause to be printed and distributed daily such number of copies of the Journal of the Senate, as the Clerk deems necessary, and such number of copies at the close of the session as may be provided by law.

S. R. No. 4 RESOLUTION CONCERNING ROLL CALL AND READING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 4 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That the daily roll call and reading of the Journal of the Senate be dispensed with during the January 2017 session.

S. R. No. 2 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE ON CANVASS OF VOTES FOR STATE SENATORS.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That a committee consisting of three Senators be appointed for the purpose of examining and reporting upon the canvass and return of votes for state Senators.

The President appointed Senators Hartley of the 15th, Cassano of the 4th, Bartolomeo of the 13th and Maynard of the 18th.

ELECTION OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

OF THE SENATE

The Clerk of the Senate proceeded to the nomination and election of the Democratic President Pro Tempore.

Senator Duff of the 25th nominated Senator Looney of the 11th for the Office of Democratic President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Senator Fasano of the 34th seconded the nomination of Senator Looney of the 11th.

There being no further nominations, the Clerk declared Senator Looney elected Democratic President Pro Tempore of the Senate by acclamation.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Brian Fischer then administered the Oath of Office to the Democratic President Pro Tempore.

REPORT OF THE CANVASS COMMITTEE

Senator Duff of the 25th announced that the Committee has met and reviewed the results that the Secretary of the State has given them and decided that the tabulations are in order and that all members are officially seated.

S. R. No. 6 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE IS ORGANIZED AND READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 6 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That a committee of three Senators be appointed to wait upon the House of Representatives and inform that body that the Senate is organized and ready to meet the House in Joint Convention.

The President appointed Senators Moore of the 22nd, Gerratana of the 6th, Logan of the 17th and Miner of the 30th.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The committee appointed by the President to inform the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of final adjournment reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forthwith.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 12: 14 p. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair.

JOINT CONVENTION

The Honorable Senate, preceded by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor and the Clerks of the Senate, entered the Hall of the House and met the House in Joint Convention.

The Lieutenant Governor called the Joint Convention to order at 12: 30 p. m.

INTRODUCTION OF JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following Joint Convention Resolution was introduced, read and adopted.

J. C. No. 3 RESOLUTION INVITING THE GOVERNOR TO ATTEND THE JOINT CONVENTION.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That a committee of two Senators and two Representatives be appointed to invite His Excellency, the Governor, to attend the joint convention and to present to the joint convention any communication he might be pleased to make.

The President appointed Senator Duff of the 25th, Senator Fasano of the 34th, Representative Ritter of the 1st and Representative Klarides of the 114th to invite the Governor to attend the Joint Convention.

The prayer was offered by Senate Chaplain, Reverend James Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Almighty Father,

We ask your blessing on this Joint Convention, as we come together this afternoon to begin our new legislative session for 2017.

This will be another difficult session for us this year, demanding much creativity and innovation. But we have been here before, and can do it again. For this is the land of the Charter Oak, and with your wisdom, and with the intelligence, experience and creativity in this room, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, as long as we accomplish it together.

And we ask this of you, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

PLEDGE

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz of the 30th led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the Hall of the House and delivered his message.

JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following Joint Convention Resolution was introduced, read and adopted.

J. C. No. 4 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 4 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the message of the Governor be printed in the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

BENEDICTION

The Benediction prayer was offered by the Deputy House Chaplain, Imam Refai Arefin, of Plainville, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us go forth into the world in peace and dedicated to Your service, O Lord. Let us hold fast to that which is good, render to no person evil for evil, strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the needy and the afflicted, and honor ALL people. Let us work not for our own vainglorious ends, but for a higher purpose, rejoicing in the power of mutual respect and love. May God's many blessings be upon us and remain with us always.

The President there upon dissolved the Joint Convention at 1: 13 p. m. and the Senate withdrew.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate:

It is my duty to report to you the proceeding of the Joint Convention.

Upon the invitation of the House, the Senate met the House in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communications that the Governor might choose to make. Her Honor, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, presided over the Joint Convention.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution raising a committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and House of Representatives were in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving his message concerning the state of the State.

The Resolution was adopted and the President appointed Senator Duff of the 25th, Senator Fasano of the 34th, Representative Ritter of the 1st and Representative Klarides of the 114th as such Committee.

The Committee soon reported that they had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention.

Prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, James Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut. The Speaker of the House led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the Hall of the House.

His Excellency delivered his state of the State message to the convention, a copy of which he left in my hands for the use of the General Assembly.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution concerning the printing of the Governor's Message.

The resolution was adopted.

A closing prayer was offered by the Deputy House Chaplain Imam Refai Arefin, Plainville, Connecticut.

Upon motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, it was voted that the Joint Convention be dissolved.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin Looney

Democratic President Pro Tempore

2017 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY

JANUARY 4, 2017

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Wyman, and my fellow state officials, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, honored members of the judiciary, members of the clergy, and all the citizens of our great state: thank you for the honor of inviting me once again into the people's House.

Let me offer my sincere congratulations to those of you taking on new and important leadership roles, as well as those who have been reelected into leadership positions. I also want to congratulate the new members sworn in earlier today. I look forward to working with all of you.

Let me note, since we were here last together, we have lost some dear friends, including Mary Fritz and Betty Boukus, both of whom served in this house. Our hearts are heavy as we continue to mourn their passing.

As always, let us thank Connecticut's brave men and women serving our nation around the globe.

Thank you, as well, to my dear friend and the best Lt. Governor in the country, Nancy Wyman.

And finally thank you to my wife Cathy and our three sons for their love and support.

This past September, the Connecticut General Assembly met in a special session. You met to take historic action in support of our state's economy and our incredible workforce.

The legislation you voted to support – and that I signed into law – protected 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft. Equally importantly, it shored up thousands more jobs up and down Sikorsky's supply chain, and across every corner of our great state. It nearly doubled their spending with local suppliers to almost $700 million per year over the next decade and beyond.

Thank you for that work.

In recent years we've secured similar investments from United Technologies and Electric Boat. Taken together, these agreements cement our leadership in advanced manufacturing around the globe.

A decade ago, if any of us had told our constituents that in 2017 not only would Electric Boat would be ramping-up their production rather than winding it down, not only would Pratt and Whitney be planning to put thousands more people to work, but that Sikorsky would be committed to Connecticut for another generation to come… well, they wouldn't have believed us. They would have told us that we were overly optimistic at best, and naive at worst.

And yet, here we are today. Working together, we have turned what many once considered impossible, into a reality.

Together we've protected Connecticut's aerospace and defense industries for a generation and likely beyond. More importantly, we've given these employers, and the tens of thousands of employees who work for them, something that is vital in today's world:

We've given them predictability.

We know that predictability creates confidence. And we know that confidence creates growth.

When we give people reason to believe that their job is here to stay, we're giving them the confidence to purchase a home, to buy a new family car, or to start a college fund. In other words, we're giving them confidence to take part in our state economy.

And it's equally true for their employers. Predictability allows businesses to expand, to make new hires, to put down new roots right here in Connecticut. This is what companies and their workers are looking for. They deserve it, and it's on us to provide it.

That's what I want to talk to you about today – about what we've done in recent years to make our budget more predictable, and our economy more sustainable. And about how we can continue that important work this legislative session.

I'm going to discuss three key areas that I believe we should focus on this year in order to balance our current budget, and also continue our progress towards long-term prosperity.

The good news is that, for each of these three areas, positive change has already begun.

To start, we need to continue making state government leaner and more cost-effective.

The responsible way to do that is by setting priorities, and allocating our resources where they are needed most. Because the truth is, we simply can't afford to continue doing everything we've done in the past.

In recent years, commissioners and state employees have been hard at work finding creative ways to continue providing essential services while also saving money. These cuts were not painless. Important work had to be phased out so that other vital services could continue. But the results are plain to see.

Last year we cut nearly $850 million to bring our current fiscal year in balance. In so doing, we spent less in the General Fund than we had in the previous year for the first time since 2002.

We've reduced the number of state agencies by 28 percent since 2011 — shrinking from 81 agencies down to 58.

During that same time period, we reduced the size of our executive branch workforce by nine and a half percent. We now employ 5,000 fewer full-time employees than we did in 2008.

And don't let anyone tell you that these reductions are only in front-line employees. We've reduced the number of state management positions by 28 percent.

While we had to go through the unfortunate, but necessary, process of layoffs last year, the vast majority of these reductions have come through attrition.

We're also spending less on overtime. With your strong partnership and encouragement, overtime costs dropped 14. 5 percent last year, saving the state $37 million.

All told, excluding higher education, the executive branch workforce is at the smallest it has been since Ronald Reagan was president.

And now, in this biennium, we need to continue that work, ensuring we reduce spending responsibly and with great care.

Commissioners will need to once again work with their staff – and with you, our legislative partners – to find additional savings. Like families across Connecticut, just because we responsibly managed our budget in recent years doesn't mean we can take this year off. We must continue to live within our means, spending only as much revenue as we have, and no more.

In September, my administration asked agencies to begin thinking about what additional cuts would mean. Having further explored these options, many of their recommendations will be included in the budget I present to you next month.

Cuts in specific areas, or outright eliminations, should not be taken to mean that certain work is not valued. It simply means that we can no longer afford to do it all, and that our spending must be focused on the very core, essential services for our residents.

And to be clear, saving money isn't just about cutting line-items, or reducing headcount. Agencies will continue to modernize systems, reduce waste, and increase productivity in order to cut costs as much as possible before impacting services, or the valuable employees who provide them.

Together, we can continue to make state government more efficient, more sustainable, and more reflective of our economic reality.

The second area I'd like to talk about are the obligations we have to Connecticut's state workers, educators, and retirees.

Connecticut's state pension systems were created 80 years ago, but not a single dime was deposited into the account during the first 30 years of its existence. It was a pay-as-you-go system.

Over many decades, legacy costs, insufficient contributions, lower-than-assumed returns, and early retirement packages left us with a significant unfunded liability in the state's employee and teacher retirement systems.

The stark reality is that, after 80 years, the state has set aside only one-third of the money necessary to responsibly fund its obligations.

Let me put it in context. Of the $1. 65 billion that we will pay next year into the state retirement systems, 78 percent of that – or nearly $1. 3 billion – is what we're paying to make-up for what past administrations and past legislatures failed to do.

Simply put, our generation is paying for Connecticut's past mistakes.

Is it frustrating to do that? Of course. Is it necessary? Absolutely.

It's also the right thing to do. Our state retirees dedicated their lives and careers to public service. We need to pay them the pensions they were promised.

Let's also acknowledge and thank today's state workers for their efforts in support of Connecticut residents and businesses. In 2011, we worked at the bargaining table to help put Connecticut on a more sustainable fiscal path. Together we changed benefits, reduced longevity pay-outs, restructured state pensions, raised the retirement age, and required all employees to pay for a portion of their post-employment benefits.

We saved the state $1. 6 billion on our unfunded liability in the immediate two years following that agreement – and a total of $21. 5 billion over the following 20 years. Had we not realized that level of savings, our current $1. 5 billion projected deficit would be much, much worse.

Since making this agreement in 2011, the state has honored its commitment to fully fund the pension obligations each and every year – finally doing together what should have been done for the prior 80 years.

Building upon these years of work, my administration recently came to a crucial agreement with our state employees and our retirement commission, an agreement which will make our pension payments more affordable, and yes, more predictable.

Independent analysts are taking note. Moody's Investors Services, a national credit rating agency, deemed this to be 'a credit positive' step for our state. And the plan's actuaries say these changes will 'enhance the stability' of our pension system.

I urge you to support these important reforms.

Today, despite all this hard work and real progress, it's clear we have more work to do to make our short and long-term labor obligations more affordable.

Fixed costs continue to increase every year, hampering our ability to maintain vital public services. Pension obligations for both state employees and teachers are on track to cost the state an additional $360 million in the next fiscal year compared to this current year. Clearly, the fiscal challenges we face during the next biennium are very real.

In the weeks ahead, my administration will continue working with labor leaders to find solutions for bringing employee costs in line with our economic reality. These talks have been frank and direct so far, and I'm appreciative that state workers are taking part in them.

It's very hard, but we must reach an agreement on how to make our pensions and benefits more affordable, as we face these fiscal challenges together. We must recognize that a responsible and balanced solution to our budget problem is one that includes state employee concessions.

These changes can and should be reached respectfully, and at the bargaining table. Our state must honor its legal obligation to our public servants and state retirees, while at the same time keeping our promises to Connecticut taxpayers.

Here's another promise: We will not remake the poor decisions of the past. We will not saddle future generations with fiscal cliffs and unpayable fixed costs. Responsible changes must be made — and they must be made this year.

As our past record demonstrates, when we come together, hold realistic expectations, and seek common ground, we can deliver results.

The third and final area I'd like to focus on with you today is how we go about distributing aid to our towns and cities – primarily how we fund public education.

The state provides a total of $5. 1 billion in municipal assistance. That's more than one fifth of our overall budget this year, making it our biggest single expense – not state employee pensions, not Medicaid, not debt service, not salary and benefits of our employees; town aid accounts for the largest portion of our state budget.

It simply would not be fair for us to talk about continued state agency reductions, or talk about the need for labor concessions, without talking about new ways to provide town aid.

Of the $5. 1 billion distributed to municipalities, 81 percent of that – or $4. 1 billion – is educational funding. That doesn't include school construction financing, which accounts for approximately one quarter of Connecticut's bonded debt.

Now that I've put what we spend into context, let me say this – of course Connecticut should be spending lots of money on local education. We all believe that investments in education are a down payment on our state's future. Our budget must reflect those values.

The question is, in a time of scarce state resources, are we spending this money in the best way possible? Are we ensuring that all students, regardless of the life circumstances into which they are born, regardless of what town or city they live in – can receive a quality public education?

I don't believe we are meeting that standard. And I will point out that a recent court decision says that, as well.

It's why I have long-advocated that we direct our support to those municipalities that are struggling the most — so that we can level the playing field for our students and our taxpayers.

While we have made progress on this front in recent years I still believe we have not gone far enough. Connecticut needs a new way to calculate educational aid – one that guarantees equal access to a quality education regardless of zip code.

Our state constitution guarantees it, and our moral compass demands it.

We need a formula that appropriately measures a given community's burden. A formula that recognizes specific challenges faced by local property taxpayers. And a formula that takes into account the impact those challenges have on the education provided to our children.

The budget that I will present to you next month will outline a more equitable system for providing town aid. It will be based on the local property tax burden, student need, and current enrollment.

The system will be designed to be more fair, transparent, accountable, and adaptable – meaning that it will provide flexibility to fit the needs of a given community.

The result will be a fairer distribution of our state's limited funds.

And if we are successful in this effort, there will be an important ancillary benefit – we can help ensure that no Connecticut city or town will need to explore the avoidable path of bankruptcy.

To be clear, that kind of help shouldn't come without strings attached. If the state is going to play a more active role in helping less-affluent communities – in helping higher-taxed communities – part of that role will be holding local political leadership and stakeholders to substantially higher standards and greater accountability than they've been held to in the past. We should do it so that increased aid doesn't simply mean more spending on local government.

Those are the steps I believe we need to take on town aid funding. The budget I propose next month will lay out a detailed path for getting there.

Now, based on prior experience, I can assume that the proposal I put before you will not be exactly what arrives on my desk a few months later. I understand that. That's how it works. And I'm ready to partner with you.

But understand this – we need real change. Change that leads to a better, more equitable system for town aid. For the sake of our collective future, there is no reason to wait.

So let's get to work.

I began today by talking about our recent historic partnership with Sikorsky. But of course, it's not just about the aerospace industry.

Regardless of region, employment, or income, people in every industry and at every income level are counting on us to get it right.

A family in Farmington where both parents work in the insurance industry deserves the reassurance of a more stable business climate – one that keeps their jobs here in Connecticut.

A math teacher in Norwalk should have the peace of mind that her pension and benefits will be intact when she retires after decades of hard work.

A New London High School graduate, following in his father's footsteps building submarines here in Connecticut, is owed a stable job with livable wages – enough to buy a home and raise a family.

If you don't think we can do it for these people, and for all people in our state, if you don't think we can help our constituents and make their lives and their careers more positive and more predictable, I ask that you look no further than the progress we've made in recent years to see exactly what is possible when Connecticut works together.

Years of good economic development are helping to grow jobs. In fact, since the end of the Great Recession, we have recovered 85,000 jobs.

Through the Small Business Express program, more than 1,600 companies have retained 18,000 good jobs and are now creating even more.

The Manufacturing Assistance Act has helped 150 companies since 2011, retaining 34,500 jobs and growing 8,500 more jobs.

All told, unemployment is now at 4. 7 percent – its lowest level since 2007.

In 2012, we worked across party lines and passed comprehensive education reforms. Today, thanks to great teachers and principals, our students are some of the best readers in the country.

And after years of decline, our graduation rates have risen for five years in a row and are now at their highest point in Connecticut's history.

We've made monumental advancements for our most vulnerable children in Connecticut, as well.

Many people have doubted that we would finally be in a position to resolve the 25-year-old Juan F. case, which has kept DCF under federal oversight. For too long, this has been an embarrassment for our state, and an unacceptable situation for our children.

But today, the end of that federal oversight is within reach. We are finally ready for Connecticut state government to reclaim its responsibility for Connecticut kids. Please join me in support of this progress.

We are also improving our transportation system as we speak, thanks to the investments we've made together. The on-time and on-budget completion of the Q Bridge project means that, on a daily basis, 140,000 motorists are getting to where they need to go with greater ease.

And with CTfastrak, more people are riding Connecticut transit buses to work. Exceeding all initial projections, average ridership on CTfastrak is as high as 19,000 people per weekday.

And finally on the criminal justice front, Connecticut is leading the nation, and is now safer than it has been in fifty years.

Our prison population has dropped significantly, and high-risk, violent offenders are serving more of their sentence than ever before. Recidivism has declined substantially. This progress has allowed us to save taxpayers $70 million in the current fiscal year.

All of this work – all of it – is making Connecticut a better, more desirable place to work and live.

I need to do one other thing. I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to stress the importance of predictability and stability in the wake of November's presidential election.

I have no desire to rehash or re-analyze the results – we all get plenty of that from cable news. But I do want to offer two brief thoughts on what we can learn from November, and how it might impact our work here at home this session.

First, it is now more clear than ever that too many Americans feel disconnected from their government. They feel the system isn't working for them – that they aren't able to take part in the American Dream.

While we might disagree on the role of government in that effort, on whether it should be more active or less, I offer to you that a greater degree of predictability in government – in all government, at all levels – will help reengage and reinvigorate our democracy.

Second, regardless of your party or who you voted for, most of us can agree that this presidential transition has been nothing if not unpredictable. It has left some people and some communities feeling anxious and uncertain.

But let me remind you of this – our state has a long legacy of acceptance, compassion, and fairness. Regardless of whether your family settled in Connecticut 300 years ago or three days ago, you are welcome here.

As the people of Connecticut navigate a changing national landscape, we will continue to ensure that every state resident is treated with dignity and respect.

That will not change. Not now. Not ever.

This year, here in Connecticut, we must focus on these historic strengths as we also work to make our budget and our economy more vibrant. We must continue our progress together.

I'm asking for your partnership. I'm asking that we approach this session and this budget in a spirit of authentic, bipartisan collaboration.

Next month, I am going to come back to you with more details on the topics I laid out today: about how government should continue to become smaller and more effective; about how we can continue working with our partners in labor to create a sustainable benefit system that we can afford not just now, but into the years ahead; and about why we should find a fairer way to fund public education, so that we can ensure dollars are going to where they are needed most.

All of it will be geared toward building a more predictable budget and a more sustainable Connecticut economy.

We are in this together, and together we shall prevail.

Thank you. God bless you, and may God bless the great State of Connecticut.