JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Senate was called to order at 10: 40 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 31, 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 report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:
Report – Criminal Justice Information System – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 54-142s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 30, 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:
S. B. No. 755 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COUNCIL ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT', to eliminate the standing subcommittee established to study and make annual recommendations concerning Medicaid cost savings.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
Proposed H. B. No. 6977 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A CENTRALIZED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICE', to integrate strategy and planning across administrative departments concerning information technology to achieve efficiencies and better coordination.
Proposed H. B. No. 6978 REP. PAVALOCK-D'AMATO, 77th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM AND SYSTEM TO ASSIST BUSINESSES IN THE STATE', to help businesses in the state thrive.
H. B. No. 6979 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACCREDITATION OF DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAMS', to allow persons who have successfully completed a dental assistant education program that is accredited or recognized by any regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, in addition to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, to qualify as a dental assistant.
H. B. No. 6980 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ART THERAPISTS', to require persons seeking certification as an art therapist to have earned a graduate degree in art therapy.
Proposed H. B. No. 6981 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC HEALTH PRIMARY PREVENTION STUDY GROUP', to establish a public health primary prevention study group.
Proposed H. B. No. 6982 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COUNCIL', to allow for the development of the State-wide Health Information Exchange.
The Senate at 10: 45 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.
BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following report on a House 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:
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. Proposed H. B. No. 6305 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT MAY BE USED TO TRACK THE LOCATION AND MOVEMENT OF A PERSON.
Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security