JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Friday, February 3, 2017
The Senate was called to order at 10: 45 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:
Give us the hindsight to know where we have been, the foresight to know where we are going, and the insight to know when we are going too far.
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 February 3, 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 -- Department of Children and Families – Connecticut Juvenile Training School Advisory Board – 2017 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 17a-6b of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: February 2, 2017
Referred to Committees on Children and Judiciary
Report -- Department of Economic and Community Development – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 32-1m of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 3, 2017
Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding
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:
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
S. B. No. 544 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PRIOR LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF INCREASES IN ASSESSMENTS AND USER FEES CHARGED BY THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange to receive the approval of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance before increasing the amount of any assessment or user fee, or implementing or changing any process used to increase the amount of any assessment or user fee.
S. B. No. 579 (COMM) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS APPLYING FOR REVERSE MORTGAGES', to provide consumer protections during the application process for a reverse annuity mortgage loan.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
S. B. No. 777 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BIODIESEL BLEND REQUIREMENT FOR HEATING OIL', to alter the timing and delay provisions concerning the biodiesel blend requirement for heating oil.
S. B. No. 778 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXPENSES FOR CONSULTANTS BORNE BY TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS', to limit the expenses for consultants borne by telecommunications providers.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
S. B. No. 779 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to eliminate the municipal spending cap.
S. B. No. 780 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BROKER PRICE OPINIONS', to permit real estate brokers and real estate salespersons to estimate the value of real estate for a fee or other valuable consideration and to perform comparative market analyses and provide price opinions or estimates of the value of real estate.
S. B. No. 781 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE BANKING STATUTES', to make technical changes to certain banking statutes.
S. B. No. 782 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT REQUIRING MONEY TRANSMISSION LICENSEES TO COMPLY WITH THE CURRENCY AND FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS REPORTING ACT', to further ensure that all licensees assist federal government agencies in detecting and preventing money laundering.
H. B. No. 6519 (COMM) BANKING. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYER CREDIT INQUIRIES FOR POSITIONS INVOLVING ACCESS TO CERTAIN NONFINANCIAL ASSETS', to prevent the use of credit reports by employers to deny employment to employees or prospective employees for positions involving access to certain nonfinancial assets.
H. B. No. 6520 (COMM) BANKING. 'AN ACT RAISING THE ASSET LIMITATION FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND COMMUNITY CREDIT UNIONS', to increase the amount of assets a community bank or community credit union may have while remaining eligible for available investment funds under the program established by the State Treasurer pursuant to section 3-24k of the general statutes.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
H. B. No. 7011 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL GAINS ON PUBLIC UTILITY POLES', to require that municipal gains be used only by a town, city, borough, fire district or the Department of Transportation.
H. B. No. 7012 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING INFORMATION ON THE STATE'S ENERGY COSTS COMPETITIVENESS AS PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY', to assess progress in reducing electricity and other energy costs and make recommendations to improve Connecticut's competitive position.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
H. B. No. 7013 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING STANDARDS TO ALLOW THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN DOMESTIC INSURANCE COMPANIES AS DOMESTIC SURPLUS LINES INSURERS', to establish standards to allow the Insurance Commissioner to designate certain domestic insurance companies as domestic surplus lines insurers.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
Proposed H. B. No. 7014 REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMBINED POLICE REVIEW TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS', to combine police review training programs for state and municipal police officers.
H. B. No. 7015 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEBIT CARD FRAUD AND PENALTIES FOR COLLECTION OF RENTAL PAYMENTS ON FORECLOSED PROPERTY', to revise the statutes on credit card fraud to include debit cards and to create a penalty for the improper collection of rental payments after a judgment of foreclosure.
H. B. No. 7016 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT PRESERVING THE INTERESTS OF PRIOR TITLE HOLDERS', to preserve the interests of prior title holders.
H. B. No. 7017 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ELECTION-OF-REMEDIES THRESHOLD FOR THE REPOSSESSION OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND BOATS', to increase the election-of-remedies threshold for the repossession of motor vehicles and boats.
H. B. No. 7018 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSUMER COLLECTION AGENCIES', to further protect Connecticut consumers from consumer collection agency and debt collection practices the Department of Banking has uncovered.
H. B. No. 7019 (RAISED) BANKING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF BANKING'S ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY OVER MORTGAGE LENDERS, BROKERS, ORIGINATORS AND LOAN PROCESSORS OR UNDERWRITERS', to further clarify the Department of Banking's enforcement authority with respect to any mortgage lender, mortgage correspondent lender or mortgage broker, or any control person of the licensee, the qualified individual or branch manager and loan originators and loan processors or underwriters.
The Senate at 10: 50 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.