JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Friday, January 27, 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 27, 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.
FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES
The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.
APPROPRIATIONS. S. R. No. 7 (File No. 3) RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND THE STATE EMPLOYEES BARGAINING AGENT COALITION.
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. R. No. 11 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL C. DALY OF FARMINGTON TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION.
The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:
Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 27, 2017
Referred to Committee on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections and Joint Committee on Legislative Management
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:
S. B. No. 129 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TAKING OF MUSHROOMS AT STATE PARKS AND ON OTHER STATE PROPERTY', to allow mushroom picking on state lands.
S. B. No. 130 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SURCHARGE ON ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES TO FUND THE SECOND CHANCE LARGE ANIMAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM', to help fund the Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Program of the Department of Agriculture.
Proposed S. B. No. 752 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GUIDANCE ON HOUSING SEGREGATION', to address housing segregation in Connecticut.
S. B. No. 753 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE VIABILITY OF EXPANDING THE BOTTLED WATER INDUSTRY IN CONNECTICUT', to require a report by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection on the viability of expanding the bottled water industry in Connecticut.
S. B. No. 754 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF HERBICIDES ON STATE HIGHWAYS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION', to prohibit the spraying of herbicides along the state's highways.
H. B. No. 5422 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FOR MELTING ICE ON STATE HIGHWAYS', to require the use of natural alternatives to magnesium chloride for melting ice on state highways.
H. B. No. 5498 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SUBMISSION OF CERTAIN DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLANS TO THE WEST ROCK RIDGE STATE PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL', to clarify the oversight responsibilities of the West Rock Ridge state park advisory council.
H. B. No. 5502 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO DECIDE COMMERCIAL PROJECT APPLICATIONS WITHIN NINETY DAYS', to reduce the delay by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the issuing of decisions on commercial project applications.
H. B. No. 5503 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LAKE AUTHORITIES AND COMBATING INVASIVE PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES', to provide financial assistance to lake authorities in their efforts to combat invasive plant and animal species.
H. B. No. 5857 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CERTAIN RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS TO HAVE RECYCLING BINS ON THE PREMISES', to increase recycling of bottled and canned beverages at retail food establishments, increase the overall waste diversion in the state and decrease the cost of waste management for towns.
H. B. No. 5858 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES', to allow for the purchase of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps.
H. B. No. 5873 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE PRIOR TO PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS BY RAILROAD COMPANIES AND REQUIRING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLANS BY SUCH COMPANIES', to require notice of pesticide and herbicide applications along railroad rights-of-way and the filing of vegetation management plans with the state and each town along such right-of-way.
H. B. No. 5884 (COMM) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF COAL TAR SEALANTS ON STATE AND LOCAL HIGHWAYS', to protect the environment and public health by limiting human and wildlife exposure to hazardous materials.
Proposed H. B. No. 6972 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADDITIONAL FORMS OF ASSISTANCE IN ENTERPRISE ZONES', to expand the scope of enterprise zone benefits.
FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING
Proposed H. B. No. 6973 REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. ; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. ; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. ; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST. ; REP. BAKER, 124th DIST. ; REP. BARAM, 15th DIST. ; REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. ; REP. BUTLER, 72nd DIST. ; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. BOYD, 50th DIST. ; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. ; SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. ; REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. ; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. ; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. ; REP. MCCRORY, 7th DIST. ; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. ; REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. ; SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. ; REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. ; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. ; REP. REYES, 75th DIST. ; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. ; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. ; REP. SCANLON, 98th DIST. ; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. ; REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. ; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPOSITION OF A SURCHARGE ON INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEES', to provide tax parity.
Proposed H. B. No. 6974 REP. MCGEE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOID TREATMENT AND PREVENTION EFFORTS', to direct federal funding for opioid abuse treatment and prevention programming to urban communities and streamline opioid abuse treatment and prevention programming across state agencies.
H. B. No. 6975 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE PRACTICE OF "ROLLING COAL"', to prohibit the practice of "rolling coal" by truck operators.
H. B. No. 6976 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABELING OF TOPSOIL SOLD TO CONSUMERS AND THE CARBON CONTENT OF SOIL SOLD IN THE STATE AND USED FOR REGENERATIVE FARMING PURPOSES', to require the standardized labeling of topsoil sold in the state, the increased carbon content of soil sold in the state and the establishment of carbon and water content requirements for soils that are used in the practice of regenerative farming.
The Senate at 11: 38 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following report on a Senate Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Committee indicated, the report of the Committee was accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:
HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed S. B. No. 341 AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID COST SAVINGS FOR STUDENTS.
Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement
BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
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:
AGING. Proposed H. B. No. 5463 AN ACT AUTHORIZING SEPARATE LIVING AREAS IN MUNICIPAL PUBLIC HOUSING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS AND YOUNGER PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Referred to Committee on Housing
HUMAN SERVICES. Proposed H. B. No. 5536 AN ACT CONCERNING WAIVING BANK FEES FOR MEDICAID APPLICANTS SUBJECT TO ASSET TRANSFER REVIEWS.
Referred to Committee on Banking
VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Proposed H. B. No. 5462 AN ACT CREATING A CIVILIAN MEDAL OF HONOR.
Referred to Committee on Public Safety and Security