JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Wednesday, February 15, 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, 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 February 15, 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:

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 396 (COMM) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CHILD FATALITY REVIEW PANEL', to require (1) the Child Advocate to serve as chairperson of the child fatality review panel, (2) such panel to assess the adequacy of the Department of Children and Families' policies and practices and the compliance by department personnel with such policies and practices, and (3) such panel to present its annual report at an informational forum.

S. B. No. 397 (COMM) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OMBUDSMAN', to establish the Office of the Department of Children and Families Ombudsman.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S. B. No. 807 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT INCREASING LICENSE FEES CHARGED TO, THE MINIMUM NET WORTH OF AND SECURITY MAINTAINED BY PREFERRED PROVIDER NETWORKS, AND MAKING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO CERTAIN INSURANCE-RELATED STATUTES', to (1) increase license fees charged to, the minimum net worth of and security maintained by preferred provider networks, and (2) make minor technical changes to certain insurance-related statutes.

S. B. No. 808 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF INSURANCE COVERAGE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION', to increase the minimum amount of insurance coverage required to issue a motor vehicle operator's license or certificate of motor vehicle registration.

S. B. No. 809 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT ENABLING THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO ADOPT REGULATIONS CONCERNING CREDITS FOR REINSURANCE AND MAKING MINOR CONFORMING CHANGES TO STATUTES CONCERNING REINSURANCE', to enable the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations concerning credits for reinsurance, and to make minor conforming changes to statutes concerning reinsurance.

S. B. No. 810 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COST-SHARING FOR MAMMOGRAMS AND BREAST ULTRASOUNDS', to prohibit certain health insurance policies from imposing a copayment or deductible on mammograms and breast ultrasounds.

AGING

S. B. No. 811 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS', to study whether the rights of patients in long-term care facilities are adequately protected for purposes of room transfers.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

S. B. No. 812 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN', to require the Commissioner of Children and Families to collaborate with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the development of an implementation plan for meeting the mental, emotional and behavioral health needs of children.

S. B. No. 813 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH AGING OUT OF DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CUSTODY', to require the Department of Children and Families to ensure that youths who have turned eighteen years of age (1) have obtained a residence other than a homeless shelter or single-occupancy hotel prior to the discharge of such youths from the care and custody of such department, (2) are provided aftercare services, and (3) are provided notice of the discontinuation of the provision of services at least ninety days prior to such discontinuation.

AGING

H. B. No. 5593 (COMM) AGING. 'AN ACT FUNDING A PURCHASE FOR THE WATERBURY SENIOR CENTER', to provide the Waterbury Senior Center with funding to purchase a vehicle equipped for persons with physical disabilities.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

H. B. No. 6297 (COMM) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOLUNTARY ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to prohibit the Commissioner of Children and Families from requesting or requiring that the parent or guardian of a child or youth admitted to the department on a voluntary basis terminate such parent or guardian's parental rights or transfer legal custody of the child or youth to the department.

AGING

H. B. No. 7058 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT PROMOTING INFLUENZA EDUCATION IN MANAGED RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES', to provide residents of managed residential communities with information on the influenza disease.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

H. B. No. 7059 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMMUNIZATION EDUCATION', to require the parents or guardian of a child claiming a religious exemption from immunization to affirm that such parents or guardian participated in an immunization education program administered by the Department of Public Health.

HOUSING

H. B. No. 7060 (RAISED) HOUSING. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE DISCLOSURE OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS', to prohibit the disclosure of identifying information of Department of Housing program applicants and participants other than for research or law enforcement purposes.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 50 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.

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed S. B. No. 369 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE HIRING OF FAMILY MEMBERS FOR STATE EMPLOYMENT.

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed S. B. No. 604 AN ACT APPLYING THE STATE PERSONNEL ACT TO QUASI-PUBLIC AGENCIES.

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. Proposed S. B. No. 398 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE FACILITIES, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

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:

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed H. B. No. 5002 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF STATE FUNDS FOR BALLPARKS FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS.

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed H. B. No. 5222 AN ACT CONCERNING FLUCTUATING WORK WEEK AGREEMENTS.

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

APPROPRIATIONS. Proposed H. B. No. 5850 AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN STATE CONTRACTS.

Referred to Committee on Government Administration and Elections

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. Proposed H. B. No. 5894 AN ACT CONCERNING DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND AND MONEYS RECEIVED FROM TOBACCO TAXES.

Referred to Committee on Appropriations