JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Wednesday, February 22, 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:
Help us to guard with care the things we say. Let us remember that our words have the power to build up or tear down.
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 22, 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 – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Financial and Personnel Status Reports for Fourth Quarter ended June 30, 2016 for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016 and First Quarter ended September 30, 2016 for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(b) and (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 21, 2017
Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health
Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Analysis of Eastern Connecticut's Job Loss and Workforce Needs. (Pursuant to Special Act 16-12 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 21, 2017
Referred to Committees of Appropriations, Commerce and Labor and Public Employees
FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS
The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committee indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.
JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 40 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE EMMET L. COSGROVE OF NEW LONDON TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.
JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 41 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF GREGORY T. D'AURIA, ESQUIRE, OF AMSTON TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.
JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 42 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE BRIAN T. FISCHER OF MADISON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.
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:
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
S. B. No. 17 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT ASSISTING STUDENTS WITHOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION STATUS WITH THE COST OF COLLEGE', to allow students to have equal access to institutional financial aid.
S. B. No. 26 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SWATTING', to ensure that swatting is treated as a class D felony offense and that the offender may be held responsible for financial restitution to a municipality or state agency.
S. B. No. 575 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES OF THE RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM', to require the Department of Correction to adopt regulations pursuant to the risk reduction credit program rather than administer the program using uncodified internal procedures.
S. B. No. 866 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CANNABIDIOL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION', to provide a potential treatment for children and adults with epilepsy.
S. B. No. 867 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE REGISTRIES', to provide an exception for emergency circumstances that prevent home health care registries from complying with notice requirements at the time a contract is entered into with a consumer.
S. B. No. 868 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLER LICENSE', to establish a solar photovoltaic installer license.
S. B. No. 869 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESPERSONS', to require criminal background checks for door-to-door salespersons prior to the commencement of their employment in this state.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
S. B. No. 870 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION', to revise the higher education and employment advancement statutes.
S. B. No. 871 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENDOWED CHAIR INVESTMENT FUND', to revise the higher education and employment advancement statutes.
S. B. No. 872 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FACULTY CONSULTING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE', to revise the higher education and employment advancement statutes.
S. B. No. 873 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE', to build upon and expand a two-generational service delivery model to achieve school readiness and workforce success.
S. B. No. 874 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT REQUIRING ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to ensure timely notice of bulletins, guidelines and other information affecting Department of Social Services programs.
S. B. No. 875 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RIGHT-SIZING, REBALANCING AND REPURPOSING NURSING FACILITIES FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY', to implement a reimbursement methodology for nursing homes based on the level of care provided to residents and to reduce regulatory burdens to allow greater utilization of nursing homes in the state's efforts to meet emerging care.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
S. B. No. 876 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT OF OUT-OF-NETWORK HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN UNLAWFUL BILLING AND COLLECTION PRACTICES', to: (1) Require a health carrier to reimburse an out-of-network health care provider for certain health care services; (2) increase the amount of said reimbursements; and (3) change a health care provider's liability for certain unlawful billing and collection practices under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
S. B. No. 877 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS', to permit a pregnant individual to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan at any time after the individual's pregnancy has been certified by a physician or an advanced practice registered nurse.
S. B. No. 878 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT INCREASING A TAX INCENTIVE FOR CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES, PROMOTING THE CAPTIVE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND REQUIRING THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO STUDY MICROCAPTIVE INSURERS', to increase a tax incentive for captive insurance companies, promote the captive insurance industry in this state and require the Insurance Commissioner to study the operations of microcaptive insurers.
S. B. No. 879 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING STATE MEDICAL LOSS RATIOS FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES AND GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS', to establish state medical loss ratios for individual health insurance policies and group health insurance policies for small employers.
S. B. No. 880 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCELERATED BENEFITS OF LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES', to redefine "qualifying event" for purposes of accelerated benefits of a life insurance policy.
S. B. No. 881 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF POTENTIAL METHODS OF PROVIDING RELIEF TO HOMEOWNERS WITH CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS', to require the Insurance Commissioner to conduct a study regarding potential methods of providing relief to homeowners with crumbling foundations.
S. B. No. 882 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT EXPANDING REMEDIES AND POTENTIAL LIABILITY FOR UNREASONABLY CONTESTED OR DELAYED WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS', to allow individuals seeking compensation for a workers' compensation claim to bring an action against an employer, insurer or third-party administrator that has unreasonably contested liability or delayed payments or adjustments of such compensation.
S. B. No. 883 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REDEFINING MAMMOGRAM AND LIMITING COST-SHARING FOR MAMMOGRAMS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS', to: (1) Redefine mammogram; and (2) limit coinsurance, copayments and deductibles certain health insurance policies may impose on mammograms and magnetic resonance imaging of breasts.
S. B. No. 884 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM RECOGNITION OF SUBSTITUTE DECISION-MAKING DOCUMENTS ACT AND REVISING THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM POWER OF ATTORNEY ACT', to: (1) Adopt the Connecticut Uniform Recognition of Substitute Decision-Making Documents Act, (2) revise the Connecticut Uniform Power of Attorney Act by (A) providing that forms that are substantially in the form of the statutory short form or long form may be used, and (B) adding provisions concerning intellectual property interests and access to digital devices, digital assets, user accounts and electronically stored information, and (3) ensure that a validly executed power of attorney may be used to convey land.
S. B. No. 885 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECOVERY OF PAYMENTS FROM COLLATERAL SOURCES BY A MUNICIPALITY WITH A SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN', to allow a municipality with a self-insured health plan to recover payments from collateral sources as defined in section 52-225b of the general statutes.
S. B. No. 886 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCRETION TO GRANT OR DENY PARDONS FOR JUVENILES CONVICTED UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS', to allow the Board of Pardons and Paroles to issue pardons only after a full and extensive review of all available information, receive victim input and deny an application for a pardon if necessary to protect the interests of the people in this state.
S. B. No. 887 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF SARAH DEMARIA AND PAUL DEMARIA', to permit Sarah DeMaria and Paul DeMaria to present their claims against the state to the Claims Commissioner for a hearing on the merits of such claims.
S. B. No. 888 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DOG ASSIGNED TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER', to create a rebuttable presumption that a household member of an officer, employee or other person paid by or acting as an agent of the Department of Correction who is assigned a police service dog is not the keeper of such police service dog under the dog bite statute.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
S. B. No. 889 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF A FIRE MARSHAL AND POLICE OFFICERS AT THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY', to allow: (1) The Commissioner of Administrative Services to designate a fire marshal for the Connecticut Airport Authority; and (2) the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to designate police officers for the Connecticut Airport Authority.
S. B. No. 890 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL REGARDING THE STATE FIRE PREVENTION CODE AND LICENSES FOR DEMOLITION', to amend statutes regarding the State Fire Prevention Code and licenses for demolition, and to delete provisions (1) requiring the adoption of certain regulations, (2) concerning reports by the State Fire Marshal and fees for investigations by local fire marshals, and (3) concerning egress from workshops and manufactories and the liability of building owners.
S. B. No. 891 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION OF ADULT STUDENTS IN TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS', to eliminate the requirement for the school children sign for vehicles transporting adult students in transitional programs.
S. B. No. 892 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RETIREMENT PLANS AND GROUP WELFARE BENEFITS FOR CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES', to allow Connecticut Airport Authority employees to participate in retirement and benefits plans designated by the authority.
COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN
S. B. No. 893 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO CERTAIN STATUTES REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to (1) require or permit the Department of Children and Families to disclose certain records to certain individuals and entities without the consent of the persons who are the subjects of such records, (2) permit such department to charge a fee for the disclosure of certain records exceeding one hundred pages in length, (3) eliminate such department's Subsidy Review Board and replace such board with the provision of a hearing in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, (4) require the Commissioner of Children and Families to notify certain agencies of child abuse and neglect investigations pertaining to certain employees of such agencies, and (5) require such commissioner to adopt regulations setting forth standards for the licensing of child care facilities and child-placing agencies.
S. B. No. 894 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to establish the State Oversight Council on Children and Families in place of the State Advisory Council on Children and Families, and require the State Oversight Council on Children and Families to report annually to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children.
S. B. No. 895 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' STANDARDS AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS', to (1) require the Commissioner of Children and Families to establish protocols for the investigation of reports of child abuse or neglect of children from birth to three years of age, (2) issue certain reports to the Superior Court when a child or youth is committed to such commissioner, and (3) report annually to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children regarding foster care licensing practices.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
S. B. No. 896 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ASSIGNING CERTAIN ELECTION DISPUTES TO THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF HARTFORD', to require that certain disputes concerning elections or primaries be brought before, and adjudicated by, a judge of the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford.
S. B. No. 897 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR ELECTORS TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT', to expand eligibility for absentee ballot voting to any elector who is absent from his or her town of voting residence for any reason and at any time during the hours of voting at an election, primary or referendum.
S. B. No. 898 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MODIFICATIONS AND REVISIONS TO ELECTION ADMINISTRATION LAWS', to (1) classify as "unassigned" the multiple votes an elector may cast on the ballot for cross-endorsed candidates, (2) require the Secretary of the State to publish and archive on the Internet any declaratory ruling, opinion or interpretation of the Secretary concerning any regulation or instruction for the conduct of elections, (3) make changes to current practices of training registrars of voters, (4) require selection of districts for audit to take place within seventy-two hours after an election or primary, (5) permit the Secretary to consult experts in the field of election administration technology in reviewing certain electronic devices used at elections, (6) require the Secretary to provide training on any new technology to be used at an election prior to such election, and (7) clarify dates certain after which new enrollees in a party may not be used computing the number of signatures required on nominating petitions.
S. J. No. 38 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE EIGHTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONNECTICUT-TAIWAN SISTER-STATE RELATIONSHIP'
S. J. No. 39 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT REAL PROPERTY HELD OR CONTROLLED BY THE STATE'
H. B. No. 5742 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THREATENING OF A JUDGE', to increase the penalties for first and second degree threatening in cases where the person making the threat knows that a person being threatened is a judge.
H. B. No. 5992 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM', to require that inmates adhere to their offender accountability plans and actively participate and complete eligible programming in order to earn risk reduction credits.
COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN
H. B. No. 6099 (COMM) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD CARE FACILITY NEIGHBOR RELATIONS TASK FORCE', to establish a task force to study strategies for the improvement of relationships between residents of child care facilities licensed by the Department of Children and Families and residents of the municipalities in which such facilities are located.
H. B. No. 7111 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTRAINT, SECLUSION AND PLACING IN TIME OUT OF STUDENTS BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES', to (1) clarify the definition of physical restraint, (2) define time out, and (3) require local and regional boards of education to (A) establish policies regarding the use of time out, (B) provide certain additional training to school professionals, paraprofessional staff members and administrators regarding the physical restraint and seclusion of students, and (C) maintain a list of crisis intervention team members at each school.
H. B. No. 7112 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS', to define "children's advocacy center", clarify the purposes of multidisciplinary teams established by the Commissioner of Children and Families, permit such centers to assist multidisciplinary teams in the investigation of allegations of child abuse or neglect or trafficking of children and to permit the Connecticut Children's Alliance, Inc. to provide assistance to such centers.
H. B. No. 7113 (RAISED) COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRENATAL OPIOID AND OPIATE EXPOSURE', to establish additional requirements for abuse and neglect investigations by the Department of Children and Families when such investigations pertain to high-risk newborns, and require individuals who are mandated reporters involved in the delivery or care of a high-risk newborn in a birthing hospital to cause a report of abuse or neglect to be made regarding such high-risk newborn.
H. B. No. 7114 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF ENTERTAINMENT EVENT TICKETS ON THE SECONDARY MARKET', to protect consumers who purchase entertainment event tickets on the secondary market.
H. B. No. 7115 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE MOBILE MANUFACTURED HOME ADVISORY COUNCIL', to add two additional members to the Mobile Manufactured Home Advisory Council.
H. B. No. 7116 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF PRIVATE LABEL ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR', to prevent alcoholic liquor manufacturers and wholesalers from engaging in unfair practices regarding the sale of private label alcoholic liquor.
H. B. No. 7117 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FARMERS' MARKET WINE SALES PERMITS', to increase the number of farmers' market locations at which a farmers' market wine sales permittee may sell wine.
H. B. No. 7118 (RAISED) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS', to add biological products to existing law regarding substitution of generic drugs.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
H. B. No. 7119 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION RELATING TO TEACH-OUT PLANS AND ON-SITE REVIEW OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS', to authorize the executive director of the Office of Higher Education to require (1) a teach-out for students enrolled in a program at an institution of higher education that is in danger of closing, and (2) evidence that a program application in a field requiring a license to practice meets state and federal licensing requirements for such license.
H. B. No. 7120 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING POSTSECONDARY CAREER SCHOOLS', to make revisions to the statutes concerning postsecondary career schools.
H. B. No. 7121 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE STATE'S SAFE HAVEN LAWS', to strengthen protections for individuals caring for infants who are considered to be in the custody of the Department of Children and Families under the state's safe haven program.
H. B. No. 7122 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FAIR RENT FOR NURSING HOMES', to prevent cuts in state reimbursement to a nursing home based on the component of the home's Medicaid rate related to facility property costs.
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE
H. B. No. 7123 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT LIMITING CHANGES TO HEALTH INSURERS' PRESCRIPTION DRUG FORMULARIES', to limit when an insurer may change prescription drug formularies during the term of certain group and individual health insurance policies.
H. B. No. 7124 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE COST LISTS AND DISCLOSURES BY PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS', to require that pharmacy benefits managers disclose information regarding the maximum allowable cost of prescription drugs and establish procedures concerning maximum allowable cost lists.
H. B. No. 7125 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT', to require the Insurance Commissioner to conduct a study regarding the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on this state.
H. B. No. 7126 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES', to regulate the operations of and insurance requirements for transportation network companies.
H. B. No. 7127 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PARITY OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE BENEFITS', to enable the Insurance Commissioner to collect information to ensure the parity of mental health and substance abuse benefits to medical, surgical or other physical health benefits, and to empower the commissioner to enforce the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, as amended, and any regulations adopted thereunder.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT
H. B. No. 7128 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION STATUTES', to make technical revisions to the higher education statutes.
H. B. No. 7129 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN ACCIDENT REPORT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN WHICH A PERSON WAS KILLED', to provide that an investigation of an accident report completed with respect to a motor vehicle accident in which any person was killed shall reach a conclusion as to the cause of the accident, or be referred to the state's attorney who may refer the case to the State Police for further investigation.
H. B. No. 7130 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXECUTION OF A QUITCLAIM DEED', to require both the grantor and the grantee, or their duly authorized legal representatives, to be present at the time a quitclaim deed is executed.
H. B. No. 7131 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT EXPEDITING CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION ORDERS FOR INCARCERATED OR INSTITUTIONALIZED OBLIGORS', to expedite the support order modification process for incarcerated or institutionalized obligors in IV-D child support cases.
H. B. No. 7132 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EMPLOYEE'S DUTY TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF A CLAIM FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS TO HIS OR HER EMPLOYER', to ensure that an employer is expeditiously made aware of any workers' compensation claim made by an employee.
H. B. No. 7133 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD TIME CREDITS', to prohibit persons who were sentenced prior to the abolishment of good time credits from continuing to collect such credits.
H. B. No. 7134 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSENT ORDERS ENTERED INTO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION', to ensure that any consent order entered into by a party and the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee, is not modified or revoked without the consent of the party.
H. B. No. 7135 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE REVISED UNIFORM ARBITRATION ACT', to respond to the increased use of arbitration in resolving disputes and revise and modernize arbitration procedures by adopting the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
H. B. No. 7136 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ALTERING REMOVABLE WINDSHIELD PLACARDS FOR PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND AND PERSON WITH DISABILITIES', to establish a fine for the alteration of removable windshield placards for persons who are blind and persons with disabilities.
H. B. No. 7137 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE BINGO GAMES, BAZAARS AND RAFFLES', to transfer the responsibilities of permitting and regulating the operation of bingo games, bazaars and raffles conducted by charitable organizations from the Department of Consumer Protection to the municipalities where such bingo games, bazaars and raffles are conducted.
H. B. No. 7138 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND PLANNING', to establish the Transportation Authority to provide legislative oversight of transportation plans and projects.
H. B. No. 7139 (RAISED) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR OBSTRUCTING EMERGENCY VEHICLES', to increase the penalty for wilfully obstructing an emergency vehicle from a fine to a class D felony.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY
H. B. No. 7140 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES THAT SUPPORT THE STATE'S COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY', to require the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to conduct a study regarding the adequacy of baseload Class I renewable energy sources that manage the state's biomass waste stream in accordance with the state's Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy.
The Senate at 10: 50 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.