JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 11: 15 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, Kathy Zabel of Burlington, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Justice is the only worship. Love is the only priest. Ignorance is the only slavery. Kindness is the only good. The way to be happy is to make others so.

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 26, 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.

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 Executive and Legislative Nominations:

January 26, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint Allan B. Taylor from Hartford, to be a member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term beginning March 1, 2017 until February 28, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 26, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 10-1, and 10-2a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Coral Ortiz from New Haven, to be a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term ending June 30, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 26, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 10-1, and 10-2a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Amina S. Lampkin from West Hartford, to be a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term ending June 30, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 26, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Donald Harris, Jr. from Bloomfield, to be a member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term beginning March 1, 2017 until February 28, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Theresa Hopkins-Staten.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

REPORT

The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:

Report – Department of Insurance – Property Casualty Insurance Rate Reviews for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-9(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 25, 2017

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

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:

BANKING

Proposed S. B. No. 732 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THE ABLE ACT', to educate the families of persons with disabilities about the benefits of the ABLE Act.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 733 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to reduce the ambulatory surgical center tax over two years beginning July 1, 2018.

Proposed S. B. No. 734 SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CITIZENS IN NEED ACCOUNT', to provide tax relief while restoring social services that have been reduced or eliminated due to budgetary constrictions.

Proposed S. B. No. 735 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO GRADUATE FROM INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE STATE', to establish a tax deduction for interest payments made on student loans for individuals who graduate from any institution of higher education in the state.

Proposed S. B. No. 736 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES FROM THE LUXURY TAX', to exempt from the "luxury tax" commercial motor vehicles used by small businesses exclusively for business purposes.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S. B. No. 737 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST TRANSPARENCY', to explore options to help reduce the high costs of prescription drugs and educate the public and state agencies that pay for prescription drugs as to the costs of such drugs.

Proposed S. B. No. 738 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE MOBILE MANUFACTURED HOME ADVISORY COUNCIL', to add two additional members to the Mobile Manufactured Home Advisory Council.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 739 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING DISCLOSURE OF FUNDS USED FOR INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES', to require disclosure of covered transfers, subsequently used for the making of independent expenditures, when such transfers are five dollars or more.

Proposed S. B. No. 740 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORM OF OATHS', to amend the wording of oaths taken by individuals and officials to provide all persons with a meaningful oath, without necessitating public identification of a particular belief system.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 741 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS', to maximize federal dollars for expanded treatment options for Medicaid recipients in need of substance abuse and mental health treatment.

HOUSING

Proposed S. B. No. 742 SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS AND DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF AGE', to prohibit any housing development established with Connecticut Housing Finance Authority funds from discriminating on the basis of age.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S. B. No. 743 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURER REIMBURSEMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED TO CERTAIN CHILDREN AND YOUTH', to require health insurers to reimburse the state for mental health services provided to certain children and youths who were denied coverage by such health insurers for such mental health services.

Proposed S. B. No. 744 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCURATE AND CURRENT HEALTH INSURER NETWORK DIRECTORIES', to require health insurers to provide accurate and current listings of participating health care providers and facilities.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 745 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. ; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. ; SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. ; SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST. ; REP. PETIT, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE FOR REPEAT VIOLENT OFFENDERS', to enact a true "three strikes" law in Connecticut by requiring a person convicted of a third violent offense to be sentenced to life in prison.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S. B. No. 746 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES', to implement pension reform under the Municipal Employee Retirement System for newly hired employees.

Proposed S. B. No. 747 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING "ON-CALL" SHIFT SCHEDULING', to prohibit the unfair employment practice of on-call shift scheduling.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 748 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES TO REALLOCATE AN UNALLOCATED BUDGET SURPLUS TOWARD SERVING THOSE ON WAITING LISTS FOR DEPARTMENT SERVICES OR TO RETAIN SUCH UNALLOCATED SURPLUS FOR SERVICES EXPENDITURES', to allow the Department of Developmental Services to capture a certain percentage of its unallocated budget surplus when it achieves savings by providing cost-effective, community-based services for people with disabilities and to reallocate such surplus toward serving more families on department waiting lists.

Proposed S. B. No. 749 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STUDY OF THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE SERVICES', to expand the study of the effectiveness of providing community-based health care services.

Proposed S. B. No. 750 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ORGAN DONATION', to prevent the death of hundreds of Connecticut citizens each year by increasing the availability of donated organs.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 751 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING ELECTRONIC TOLLS ON CONNECTICUT'S HIGHWAYS USING A CONGESTION PRICING SYSTEM', to ease traffic congestion by establishing electronic tolls using a congestion pricing system and raise revenue for long-term transportation infrastructure projects.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 6960 REP. REYES, 75th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS', to invest in job growth and strategic economic planning across the state on a coordinated, regional level.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 6961 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CORPORATE BUSINESS TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES THAT RELOCATE TO CONNECTICUT AND CREATE MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED JOBS', to give ten years of tax relief for creating more than two hundred jobs in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 6962 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS', to ensure tax credits produce measurable economic development and employment gains in Connecticut.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 6963 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRUCTURING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER TAX', to restructure the ambulatory surgical center tax.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 6964 REP. PAVALOCK-D'AMATO, 77th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS', to reduce the cost of special education to school districts.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 6965 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT JOBS', to create jobs in Connecticut's construction industry.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6966 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. ; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST. ; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. ; SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT MODIFYING GUIDELINES FOR URBAN STREET DESIGN', to improve the safety, economic life and vibrancy of urban streets.

Proposed H. B. No. 6967 REP. BERTHEL, 68th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UPDATING OF MUNICIPAL LAWS', to permit municipalities to update their laws.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 6968 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE "MOVE OVER" LAW AND STATIONARY VEHICLES', to increase the safety of drivers by requiring an operator to move over one lane if traveling in the lane adjacent to where a stationary vehicle, not just an emergency vehicle, is located on the highway.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 6969 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FEE WAIVERS FOR VETERANS AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to waive certain educational fees for veterans year-round, including during summer and winter terms, at public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H. B. No. 6970 REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VETERANS SERVICES AT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES', to provide outreach and assistance to veterans who are enrolled at Connecticut's colleges and universities.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 6971 REP. LINEHAN, 103rd DIST. ; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VACCINATION EDUCATION FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN SEEKING AN EXEMPTION FROM IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS', to require a science-based educational session regarding the efficacy and safety of vaccines for those seeking an exemption from immunization requirements for religious reasons.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 11: 20 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

The following reports on Senate Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the Committees indicated, the reports of the Committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed S. B. No. 72 AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY INDEMNIFICATION OF POLICE OFFICERS BY MUNICIPALITIES.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed S. B. No. 116 AN ACT CONCERNING DISPUTES BETWEEN HOSPITALS AND INSURERS.

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

GENERAL LAW. Proposed S. B. No. 335 AN ACT RECOGNIZING NOVEMBER TWENTY-SIXTH AS FIBRODYSPLASIA OSSIFICANS PROGRESSIVA AWARENESS DAY.

Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

The following reports on House Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the Committees indicated, the reports of the Committees were accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5314 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION AND TAXATION OF THE RETAIL SALE AND CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA FOR USE BY PERSONS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

Referred to Committee on Public Health

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5731 AN ACT DESIGNATING THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER AS MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK.

Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

GENERAL LAW. Proposed H. B. No. 5931 AN ACT REMOVING MARIJUANA-RELATED CONVICTIONS AS A BARRIER TO OBTAINING A MARIJUANA-RELATED BUSINESS LICENSE.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

HOUSING. Proposed H. B. No. 5121 AN ACT PERMITTING ADVANCE RENTAL PAYMENTS.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

HOUSING. Proposed H. B. No. 5640 AN ACT CONCERNING EVICTION PROCEEDINGS WITH RESPECT TO A BREACH OF THE OCCUPANCY LIMIT IN A RENTAL AGREEMENT.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5290 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS FOR HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE AREAS ON PORTIONS OF EAST MAIN STREET AND PARK AVENUE IN BRIDGEPORT.

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5155 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER LINE ON JACKSON STREET IN THOMASTON .

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5291 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE REMGRIT FACTORY IN BRIDGEPORT.

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5292 AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EAST SIDE AND HOLLOW SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICTS IN BRIDGEPORT.

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5166 AN ACT REQUIRING WELLNESS CHECKS FOR RECIPIENTS OF WELFARE BENEFITS.

Referred to Committee on Human Services

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5294 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND DISBURSEMENTS FOR TOBACCO USE CESSATION PROGRAMS.

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5379 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN.

Referred to Committee on Children

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5385 AN ACT CONCERNING TOBACCO USE CESSATION PROGRAMS.

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5565 AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES.

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

PUBLIC HEALTH. Proposed H. B. No. 5662 AN ACT CONCERNING THE COORDINATED DELIVERY OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE.

Referred to Committee on Children

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Proposed H. B. No. 6709 AN ACT ESTABLISHING CONNECTICUT AS A "SANCTUARY STATE" FOR IMMIGRANTS.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary