JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 12: 12 p. 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, Kathy Zabel of Burlington, Connecticut

The following is the prayer:

Help us to learn that to honor is to show respect, to meet another's need, to give someone encouragement, to love in word and deed.

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 6, 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.

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:

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5217 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING TERMS CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional spending cap.

Proposed H. B. No. 5218 REP. DUFF, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PORTIONS OF THE STATE BUDGET CONCERNING THE EDUCATION COST SHARING FORMULA AND OTHER AID TO MUNICIPALITIES', to aid municipalities in their budget-making process.

Proposed H. B. No. 5219 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT DEFINING TERMS CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional spending cap.

Proposed H. B. No. 5220 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS', to require the vote of two-thirds of each chamber of the General Assembly to enact a new unfunded state mandate.

Proposed H. B. No. 5221 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st 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. 5222 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FLUCTUATING WORK WEEK AGREEMENTS', to allow for a more flexible work week schedule for certain employees.

BANKING

Proposed H. B. No. 5223 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE ISSUANCE OF MORTGAGES TO PERSONS WITH EXCESSIVE BLIGHT FINES OR PERSONS WHO HAVE VIOLATED NUISANCE ABATEMENT LAWS', to prevent landlords who have histories of owning substandard housing from acquiring additional properties.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

Proposed H. B. No. 5224 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INVESTIGATION OF POLICIES REGARDING TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND PARENTAL NEGLECT', to determine the efficacy of policies concerning termination of parental rights and determinations of parental neglect.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 5225 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT TO PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES', to extend the manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit to pass-through entities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5226 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT MANDATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM', to require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish the Learn Here, Live Here program, which helps students save toward a down payment on their first home in Connecticut by segregating a portion of their state income tax payments for up to ten years after they graduate.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5227 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING 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. 5228 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION COST SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to review and analyze the education cost sharing formula and to develop a new formula that is more equitable.

Proposed H. B. No. 5229 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE EDUCATION COST SHARING GRANT FORMULA', to provide cost-of-living increases to a town's ECS grant.

Proposed H. B. No. 5230 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY UNFUNDED EDUCATION MANDATES', to review unfunded state education mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5231 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE A COURSE OR PROGRAM ABOUT VETERANS AND THEIR MILITARY SERVICE IN THE EDUCATION CURRICULUM FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT', to allow school districts to include a course or program about veterans and their military service to our country as part of the education curriculum for the district.

Proposed H. B. No. 5232 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT FOR ONE SCHOOL YEAR', 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. 5233 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT', to eliminate the requirement that boards of education enter into contracts with vendors who provide educational tools and software for students through means of the Internet, online services or mobile applications.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5234 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ENERGY COOPERATIVES AND NONMEMBER MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES', to require municipal electric energy cooperatives to disclose information to nonmember municipal electric utilities to which they provide services.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5235 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PLACING A TWO-YEAR MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN TAXES AND FEES', to place a moratorium on certain taxes and fees and determine the revenue loss or gain resulting from such moratorium.

Proposed H. B. No. 5236 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS FROM THE SALES TAX', to exempt smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors from the sales tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5237 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. ; REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the earned income amount requirements for earned income tax credit eligibility and make recommendations (1) to allow recipients of such tax credit to maintain eligibility upon small increases in pay, and (2) for monthly distribution of any personal income tax overpayment refunds to such recipients.

Proposed H. B. No. 5238 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate the personal income tax on all pensions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5239 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the earned income amount requirements for earned income tax credit eligibility and the distribution of personal income tax overpayment refunds to recipients of such tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5240 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF REDUCING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATES', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the effects of reducing the personal income tax rates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5241 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5242 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT TO INCENTIVIZE TELECOMMUTING', to provide a tax credit for employers that establish and maintain telecommuting programs for their employees.

Proposed H. B. No. 5243 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to repeal the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5244 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF GASOLINE TAX PAID BY CONSUMERS', to reduce the amount of gasoline tax paid by consumers over a six- year period.

Proposed H. B. No. 5245 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX ON BUSINESS CONSULTING SERVICES', to eliminate the sales tax on consulting services when such services are provided by one business entity to another business entity.

Proposed H. B. No. 5246 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5247 REP. WILSON, 66th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE ESTATE TAX', to phase out the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5248 REP. WILSON, 66th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT INCOME TAXES ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to phase out income taxes on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5249 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT HIRE UNEMPLOYED OR SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS', to establish a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed or self-employed persons.

Proposed H. B. No. 5250 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE UNITARY TAX', to repeal the unitary tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5251 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT MATCH PAYMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES' STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS', to establish a tax credit for businesses that match payments made by employees toward their student loans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5252 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT HIRE RECENT HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE GRADUATES', to establish a tax credit for businesses that hire a recent high school or college graduate.

Proposed H. B. No. 5253 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON BUSINESSES', to phase out the personal property tax on businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5254 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS', to eliminate the personal income tax on Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5255 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5256 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR INTEREST AND PRINCIPAL PAID ON STUDENT LOANS', to establish a tax credit against the personal income tax for interest and principal paid on student loans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5257 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5258 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS', to eliminate the personal income tax on pensions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5259 REP. DUFF, 2nd 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.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5260 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING EXTENDED LIQUOR SALES IN DESIGNATED ENTERTAINMENT ZONES', to authorize extended alcoholic liquor sales in designated entertainment zones.

Proposed H. B. No. 5261 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR SERVICES BY HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS', to ensure that home improvement contractors are paid for services provided to persons in emergency situations.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5262 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMOVAL FROM PARTY ENROLLMENT LISTS', to prohibit the discretionary erasure or exclusion from party enrollment lists by local party officials.

Proposed H. B. No. 5263 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISING', to require candidates participating in the Citizens' Election Program to disclose when political communications are paid for, in part, by funds received from the program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5264 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES FROM RECEIVING GRANTS FROM THE CITIZENS' ELECTION FUND', to prevent grants from the Citizens' Election Fund from being used to fund campaigns for unopposed candidates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5265 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING LEGISLATOR FRANKING PRIVILEGES', to eliminate the costly franking privileges of members of the General Assembly.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5266 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRACKING SYSTEM TO HELP STUDENTS OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR CAREER PATHS', to help prospective students of public institutions of higher education make informed career choices.

HOUSING

Proposed H. B. No. 5267 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES TO GAIN HOUSING UNIT EQUIVALENCY POINTS TOWARDS AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING MORATORIUM', to provide municipalities which are ninety per cent or more developed with additional categories to gain housing unit equivalency points towards an affordable housing moratorium.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5268 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING WAIVERS FROM WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE FOR NON-EXEMPT, ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS', to eliminate waivers from work requirements for the supplemental nutrition assistance program for able-bodied adults without dependents not exempt under federal law.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5269 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR HEARING AIDS', to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids for individuals with a hearing loss of ninety per cent or greater and to establish a graduated deductible for such individuals.

Proposed H. B. No. 5270 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING THE TIME FRAMES FOR URGENT CARE ADVERSE DETERMINATION REVIEW REQUESTS', to decrease the time frame for all urgent care adverse determination review requests.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 5271 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING THE DEATH PENALTY', to restore the death penalty in Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5272 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ENSURING THAT LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FULLY COOPERATE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW', to ensure that local and state officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement personnel in the enforcement of federal immigration law.

Proposed H. B. No. 5273 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INMATE MEDICAL COPAYS', to increase inmate medical copays.

Proposed H. B. No. 5274 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY EXPANDING THE RIGHTS OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS', to strengthen the rights of adoptive parents.

Proposed H. B. No. 5275 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE FORMATION OF SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES IN THE STATE', to promote a more business-friendly, cost-effective environment in the state by permitting a new business to establish itself as a series limited liability company.

Proposed H. B. No. 5276 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM', to eliminate the earned risk reduction credit program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5277 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE STATUTE CONCERNING CIVIL IMMIGRATION DETAINERS', to repeal the statute providing when a law enforcement official shall not detain a person subject to a civil immigration detainer.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5278 REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHERS AND CALL RECEIVING OPERATORS', to include emergency medical dispatchers and call receiving operators under existing paid sick leave law.

Proposed H. B. No. 5279 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PREVAILING WAGES FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL AND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS', to provide property tax relief to towns and to ensure that maximum funding is made available for local school and transportation projects.

Proposed H. B. No. 5280 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AGREEMENTS FOR THE REPAYMENT OF CERTAIN EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BY EMPLOYEES', to honor certain employment agreements.

Proposed H. B. No. 5281 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF WAGES, SALARY OR OTHER COMPENSATION BY DIRECT DEPOSIT OR PAYROLL CARDS', to encourage the use of direct deposit and payroll cards by employers.

Proposed H. B. No. 5282 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MODERNIZATION OF THE PREVAILING WAGE LAWS', to provide financial relief to the state and municipalities by immediately increasing the threshold amount for public works projects required to pay prevailing wages and to ensure that the threshold for prevailing wage laws keeps pace with inflation in the future.

Proposed H. B. No. 5283 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE APPLICATION OF "BAN-THE-BOX" PROVISIONS', to limit the application of "ban-the-box" legislation.

Proposed H. B. No. 5284 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF AN EMPLOYEE', to define "reasonable suspicion" required of an employer to test an employee for drug or alcohol use.

Proposed H. B. No. 5285 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING WAGE INCREASES UNDER BINDING ARBITRATION AWARDS', to provide a reasonable cap on wage increases under binding arbitration awards.

Proposed H. B. No. 5286 REP. CUMMINGS, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OVERTIME PAY EXEMPTIONS FOR HIGHLY COMPENSATED EMPLOYEES', to enact overtime pay exemptions for certain employees.

Proposed H. B. No. 5287 REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST. 'AN ACT INFORMING CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF UNION MEMBERSHIP', to provide clear notice of an employee's right to choose not to be a member of a union.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5288 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITY FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS', to protect seniors, veterans and low income families from water pollution control authority foreclosure proceedings.

Proposed H. B. No. 5289 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DONATION BOX REGISTRY', to establish a donation box registry.

Proposed H. B. No. 5290 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS FOR HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE AREAS ON PORTIONS OF EAST MAIN STREET AND PARK AVENUE IN BRIDGEPORT', to enable the city of Bridgeport to build and maintain handicapped accessible areas on portions of East Main Street and Park Avenue.

Proposed H. B. No. 5291 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE REMGRIT FACTORY IN BRIDGEPORT', to authorize the issuance of bonds for the demolition of the Remgrit factory in Bridgeport.

Proposed H. B. No. 5292 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EAST SIDE AND HOLLOW SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICTS IN BRIDGEPORT', to establish East Side and Hollow special service districts in Bridgeport.

Proposed H. B. No. 5293 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS', to relieve municipalities of burdensome affordable housing requirements.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5294 REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND DISBURSEMENTS FOR TOBACCO USE CESSATION PROGRAMS', to require proper use of funds in the Tobacco Settlement Fund.

Proposed H. B. No. 5295 REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS TRAINING', to improve food allergy awareness in the restaurant business.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5296 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF BODY ARMOR TO FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL', to allow firefighters and persons who provide emergency medical services to more easily obtain body armor for use in dangerous work environments.

Proposed H. B. No. 5297 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF OCCUPATION AS PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL', to protect police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians by making it a hate crime to assault or verbally attack a person because of the actual or perceived occupation of such person.

Proposed H. B. No. 5298 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND PATIENTS DURING EMERGENCIES', to ensure the safety of both emergency medical service organizations and patients during emergencies.

Proposed H. B. No. 5299 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING 9-1-1 CALLS TO BE ROUTED TO THE NEAREST PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT', to require 9-1-1 calls be routed to the nearest public safety answering point.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5300 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PHOTOGRAPHS ON REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS', to prevent the abuse of removable windshield placards by requiring photo identification on such placards.

Proposed H. B. No. 5301 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE FINES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING', to increase the fines for distracted driving for repeat offenders.

Proposed H. B. No. 5302 REP. BUCKBEE, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXPANSION OF COMMUTER RAIL LINES TO THE TOWN OF NEW MILFORD', to expand ridership on Connecticut's commuter rails.

Proposed H. B. No. 5303 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF JUVENILE MARIJUANA-RELATED INFRACTIONS', to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of marijuana-related infractions committed by juveniles.

Proposed H. B. No. 5304 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY TEXTING WHILE DRIVING', to establish a task force to study texting while driving.

Proposed H. B. No. 5305 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION', to establish a task force to study and make recommendations regarding the enforcement of motor vehicle registration laws.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 5306 REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VETERAN STATUS ON MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSES AND IDENTITY CARDS', to allow any person who served in the Connecticut National Guard or a reserve component of any branch of the armed forces, regardless of whether such person had active duty service, to obtain a motor vehicle operator's license or identity card indicating such person's status as a veteran.

Proposed H. B. No. 5307 REP. YACCARINO, 87th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR VETERANS' HOUSING', to protect federal funds allocated to veterans' housing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5308 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF HARDSHIPS PREVALENT AMONG VETERANS', to study hardships prevalent among veterans in Connecticut.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 12: 17 p. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.