JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Friday, February 17, 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:
We expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness we can show, or any good thing that we can do to any fellow being, let us do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as we shall not pass this way again.
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 17, 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 – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Economic and Community Development for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 16, 2017
Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Energy and Technology, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, Planning and Development and Joint Committee on Legislative Management
Report – Office of Policy and Management – Councils of Government and Mandatory Proportional Voting. (Pursuant to Section 116 of Public Act 16-3 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 16, 2017
Referred to Committee on Planning and Development
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. 752 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING SEGREGATION', to (1) increase the publication of data on housing production; (2) develop projections of regional affordable housing needs; (3) require municipal planning for reaching recommended apportionment of affordable housing needs; (4) involve the state and other stakeholders in developing regional housing need estimates for municipalities; (5) increase data transparency on subsidized housing investments; (6) provide housing authorities with the option to expand housing authority jurisdiction; (7) increase the amount of funding used on mobility counseling; and (8) integrate subsidized housing by requiring marketing across lines of race and income.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
S. B. No. 860 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONTRACTS FOR ZERO EMISSION RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS AND LOW-EMISSION RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS', to require electric distribution companies to solicit long-term contracts for zero emission renewable energy credits and low-emission renewable energy credits for an additional year.
S. B. No. 861 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RATEPAYER IMPACT STATEMENTS', to require a ratepayer impact statement on bills which, if passed, would have a financial impact on electric ratepayers.
S. B. No. 862 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY'S REVIEW OF CLAIMS ARISING FROM CONTRACTS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY THE AUTHORITY', to permit the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to review claims arising from contracts the authority previously approved.
S. B. No. 863 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF TRASH-TO-ENERGY FACILITIES AS A COMPONENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY', to require the study of the viability of trash-to-energy facilities as a component of the Comprehensive Energy Strategy.
S. B. No. 864 (RAISED) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVIEW OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM FOR HURRICANE SANDY', to establish a task force to: (1) Review the manner in which funds under the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Program are processed to rebuild areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and (2) make recommendations to expedite the distribution of such funds.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
H. B. No. 7104 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS', to no longer permit suppliers and electric distribution companies to make up renewable energy portfolio deficiencies within the first three months of the succeeding calendar year.
H. B. No. 7105 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WATER COMPANY RATE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS', to make changes to the time frame used to determine when a public utility's excessive return requires the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to determine the need for an interim rate decrease.
H. B. No. 7106 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUDIT REPORTS FILED WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY', to allow a telephone company to submit its parent company's Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K in lieu of having an annual comprehensive audit and report.
H. B. No. 7107 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INVESTMENT AND USE OF REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS ACCOUNT FUNDS', to broaden the types of energy investments authorized for the proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions.
H. B. No. 7108 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGERS', to ensure community association managers have completed a nationally recognized course and passed an examination prior to applying for a certificate of registration.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
H. B. No. 7109 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE MUNICIPAL REVALUATION DEADLINE FOR THE TOWN OF ORANGE BY ONE YEAR', to extend the municipal revaluation deadline for the town of Orange by one year.
H. B. No. 7110 (RAISED) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL AND MINOR REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS', to make technical and minor revisions to statutes concerning military and veterans' affairs.
The Senate at 10: 50 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.