JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Senate was called to order at 11: 33 a. m. in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(f), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican Leader.
The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Noele R. Kidney of Ellington, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
In these difficult times, may our leaders find in their hearts the guidance and wisdom to do what is best for the people of Connecticut.
Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(f) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican Leader.
It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated January 5, 2017, is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.
The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:
Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2017
Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Report – Office of Legislative Management – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Agency Overtime Report through the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016-2107, ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-53n of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2017
Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management
Report – Judicial Branch – Biennial Report and Statistics for Calendar Years 2014-2016. (Pursuant to Section 51-1c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2017
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
Report – Judicial Branch – Connecticut Advisory Council on Housing Matters Biennial Report and Recommendations for 2017. (Pursuant to Section 47a-73 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 4, 2017
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(f), 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:
Proposed H. B. No. 5195 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES INSTRUCTION TO YOUNG STUDENTS BY CERTAIN INSTRUCTORS', to expand the teaching of foreign languages in schools by permitting school districts to offer such courses in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school using individuals who are proficient in foreign languages but who are not certified teachers.
Proposed H. B. No. 5196 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE REQUIREMENT FOR EDUCATORS AT CERTAIN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS', to delay the staff qualifications requirement for educators at certain early childhood education programs.
Proposed H. B. No. 5197 REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO DEVELOP A PROPOSED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR COMPENSATION SCHEDULE', to establish an early childhood educator compensation schedule for early childhood educators that ensures the retention and recruitment of qualified educators, secures a standard of living that meets such educators' needs and reflects the true costs associated with quality standards for early childhood care and education programs.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
Proposed H. B. No. 5198 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PROPERTY TAX ON MOTOR VEHICLES', to eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles.
Proposed H. B. No. 5199 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.
Proposed H. B. No. 5200 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING A TRANSACTION AND FORWARDING FEE ON STATE PENSION BENEFIT INCOME OF NONRESIDENTS', to incentivize individuals receiving a state pension to remain in the state.
Proposed H. B. No. 5201 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON NEW BOND AUTHORIZATIONS', to place a two-year moratorium, beginning July 1, 2017, on new bond authorizations, except for purposes related to emergency spending.
Proposed H. B. No. 5202 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. ; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PHARMACISTS FROM MAKING CHANGES TO PRESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT PRESCRIBER CONSENT', to require prescriber consent prior to a pharmacist making any changes to a drug prescription.
Proposed H. B. No. 5203 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANNUAL LICENSES', to mitigate the administrative burden of annual licensing and reduce license fee costs.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
Proposed H. B. No. 5204 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF GRANTS UNDER THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to eliminate the consumer price index adjustment in the amount of the grants awarded under the Citizens' Election Program.
Proposed H. B. No. 5205 REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN AGREEMENT AMONG THE STATES TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE', to proceed toward implementing the interstate compact to determine the election of the President by national popular vote.
Proposed H. B. No. 5206 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT HALVING GRANTS FROM THE CITIZENS' ELECTION FUND', to reduce by half the amount of grants awarded to candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
Proposed H. B. No. 5207 REP. ORANGE, 48th DIST. ; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. ; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. ; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST. ; REP. BARAM, 15th DIST. ; REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. ; REP. SERRA, 33rd DIST. ; REP. ARCE, 4th DIST. ; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. ; REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS' OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS', to impose a surcharge on the net direct premiums of homeowners and renters insurance policies written on property or risks located or resident in this state, to fund the operating budgets of regional fire schools, certain training costs and fees and purchases of fire equipment.
Proposed H. B. No. 5208 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR A PERSON WHO ENTERS AN AUTOMOBILE TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO A CHILD', to provide legal protections to a person who enters the automobile of another, including an entry by force, to render emergency assistance to a child.
Proposed H. B. No. 5209 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED DRUG DOCKET IN NEW LONDON COUNTY', to establish a dedicated drug docket in New London County.
LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Proposed H. B. No. 5210 REP. SLAP, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS MATTERS', to strengthen provisions of the law concerning pay equity and fairness.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Proposed H. B. No. 5211 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THAT CONCRETE BE TESTED FOR PYRRHOTITE', to prevent crumbling foundations.
Proposed H. B. No. 5212 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED TOWN ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND', to establish a dedicated town road and bridge fund, to be used by towns for the exclusive purpose of maintaining town roads and bridges in good repair.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
Proposed H. B. No. 5213 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE COST OF RESIDENT POLICE OFFICERS', to reimburse towns for the costs incurred when the resident state police officer provides services on state highways or outside the boundaries of such towns.
Proposed H. B. No. 5214 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CAP ON TRANSPORTATION SPENDING', to limit state spending on transportation.
Proposed H. B. No. 5215 REP. SKULCZYCK, 45th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "MOVE OVER" LAW', to enact "Ashley Ferguson's law" to protect drivers by requiring an operator move over one lane if traveling in the lane adjacent to where a stationary vehicle is located on the highway.
Proposed H. B. No. 5216 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF A NUMBER PLATE TO COMMEMORATE STATE PARKS', to establish a commemorative number plate recognizing state parks and to provide for the operation and maintenance of state parks.
The Senate at 11: 38 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.