JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 11: 00 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 be honest and true in all that we say and all that we do. Give us the courage to do what is right.

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 March 2, 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.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary:

Corrected

March 1, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Bethany J. Alvord of Bloomfield to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from April 22, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

Corrected

March 1, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you the Honorable Angelo L. dos Santos of Eastford to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 10, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

REPORTS

The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report – Insurance Department – Managed Care Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-478a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 1, 2017

Referred to Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Office of the Healthcare Advocate – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1041(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 2, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services, Public Health and Insurance and Real Estate

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar and printing.

PUBLIC HEALTH. S. B. No. 755 (RAISED) (File No. 17) AN ACT CONCERNING THE COUNCIL ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT.

AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 759 (RAISED) (File No. 18) AN ACT PERMITTING A COMMUNITY SPOUSE OF AN INSTITUTIONALIZED SPOUSE TO RETAIN THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF ALLOWABLE ASSETS.

AGING. S. B. No. 760 (RAISED) (File No. 19) AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESPITE CARE PROGRAM.

AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 761 (RAISED) (File No. 20) AN ACT INCREASING THE DOLLAR VALUE OF FARMERS' MARKET VOUCHERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.

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:

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 956 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SURVIVING SPOUSE'S STATUTORY SHARE', to increase the value of a surviving spouse's statutory share.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 957 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF GAMING AND THE AUTHORIZATION OF A CASINO GAMING FACILITY IN THE STATE', to (1) regulate the operation of a casino gaming facility in Connecticut, and (2) authorize MMCT Venture, LLC, to operate a casino gaming facility in Connecticut subject to certain conditions.

HUMAN SERVICES

S. B. No. 958 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO MOTION PICTURE SCREENINGS IN THE STATE', to expand access to motion picture screenings by persons who are deaf, blind or hearing or sight impaired.

COMMERCE

S. B. No. 959 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INVENTORY OF THE STATE'S BIOSCIENCE EDUCATION PIPELINE', to require Department of Economic and Community Development, in collaboration with Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, the Department of Education, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and The University of Connecticut, to conduct an inventory of the educational resources available in the state to prepare students for careers in the bioscience field.

S. B. No. 960 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY', to require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to study issues relating to the state's bioscience industry.

S. B. No. 961 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUMS, THE SUBMISSION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT EVALUATIONS TO STATE AGENCIES AND THE RELOCATION OF BUSINESSES RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE', to (1) include in statute all four current state historical museums, (2) require the submission of environmental impact statements to the Department of Economic and Community Development for comment and reviews, and (3) redefine "relocate" for purposes of determining when a business receiving financial assistance from the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated is required to repay such assistance to the state.

S. B. No. 962 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF EVALUATIVE METRICS FOR BIOSCIENCE INVESTMENTS IN THE STATE', to require Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated to contract with a private vendor to develop metrics to evaluate the state's investments in bioscience.

S. B. No. 963 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES RELATING TO MANUFACTURING', to (1) decrease the number of years of employment experience an applicant seeking teacher certification for a position at a technical high school shall complete from eight years to five years, (2) require the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations consistent with the federal Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, (3) require the Board of Regents for Higher Education to develop a plan to offer certain manufacturing related courses across the state, and (4) establish a task force to develop a program to train inmates for jobs in the manufacturing field.

S. B. No. 964 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOLICITATION OF PROPOSALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ON BROWNFIELDS', to encourage the reuse or redevelopment of brownfields as the location of Class I renewable energy sources.

S. B. No. 965 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXEMPTION FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR VENTURE CAPITAL INCOME', to provide an exemption from the income tax for income derived from the management of a venture capital fund.

S. B. No. 966 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT', to (1) require reporting by the Department of Economic and Community Development and legislative approval to continue the first five plus program, (2) require legislative approval of state investments under the urban and industrial sites program that exceed twenty million dollars, and (3) establish as part of the small business express program a loan guarantee and short-term bridge loan fund developed in consultation with private sector lenders.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 967 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ONLINE MULTIJURISDICTIONAL LOTTERY GAMES', to (1) authorize the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer online multijurisdictional lottery games, (2) exempt certain records concerning the corporation's voluntary self-exclusion process from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and (3) increase the corporation's contribution to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account.

COMMERCE

S. B. No. 968 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH DATA COLLABORATIVE', to establish in connection with the Commission on Economic Competitiveness a health data collaborative to examine and report on precision medicine and personalized health and the health data issues relating to those fields.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 969 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S HIGHER EDUCATION RECOMMENDATIONS', to implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

S. B. No. 970 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROGRAM MODIFICATION AT INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to temporarily exclude modified programs offered at for-profit regionally accredited in-state institutions from the approval of the Office of Higher Education.

S. B. No. 971 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROMOTION OF TRANSFER AND ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS', to implement a general education core of courses and promote higher education transfer and articulation agreements.

S. B. No. 972 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TUITION INTEGRITY AT FOR-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to ensure tuition integrity at for-profit institutions of higher education.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

S. B. No. 973 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A RESIDENTIAL SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM', to establish a state residential sustainable energy program for the purpose of financing energy improvements.

S. B. No. 974 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF ENERGY SOURCES', to require the chairperson of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to conduct a study regarding energy sources.

HOUSING

H. B. No. 6608 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF TIME FOR REQUIRING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES TO WAIVE PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAX PAYMENTS FROM A HOUSING AUTHORITY', to extend the period of time under which a municipality that received certain state funding in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, is required to waive PILOT payments from a housing authority.

H. B. No. 6874 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF DISCLOSURE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AND FAIR HOUSING LAWS TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHARSERS OF CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY', to require sellers of certain residential property to disclose housing discrimination and fair housing laws to a prospective purchaser at the time such purchaser executes a purchase agreement, option or lease containing a purchase option with respect to such property rather than at the time of closing.

H. B. No. 6881 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES BY LANDLORDS', to reduce the time period that tenants are without essential services provided by landlords from two business days to forty-eight hours.

COMMERCE

H. B. No. 7223 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CONNECTICUT INNOVATIONS, INCORPORATED', to require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to study issues relating to economic development in the state.

H. B. No. 7224 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR START-UPS THROUGH THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPRESS PROGRAM', to add a rental assistance grant component for start-up businesses to the Small Business Express program.

H. B. No. 7225 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO COMMERCE-RELATED STATUTES', to make minor and technical corrections to statutes regarding the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

H. B. No. 7226 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AWARDS FROM THE CONNECTICUT ARTS ENDOWMENT FUND', to change the annual amount available for matching grants under the arts endowment fund to four per cent of the average value of the fund over the most recent four years.

H. B. No. 7227 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES', to require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to study economic development issues in the state.

H. B. No. 7228 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VIRTUAL NET METERING ON BROWNFIELDS', to allow virtual net metering on brownfields in the state.

H. B. No. 7229 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF CONNECTICUT BROWNFIELD LAND BANKS, REVISIONS TO THE BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION AND REVITALIZATION PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR BROWNFIELD REMEDIATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS', to (1) authorize the creation of Connecticut brownfield land banks for the purpose of acquiring, remediating and selling brownfields on behalf of municipalities, (2) make revisions concerning lender liability and verifications for portions of properties under the brownfield remediation and revitalization program, and (3) provide funding for brownfield remediation and development projects.

H. B. No. 7230 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE'S ELECTRONIC BUSINESS PORTAL', to require the Department of Economic and Community Development and the office of the Secretary of the State to market and identify improvements to the state's electronic business portal.

H. B. No. 7231 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE ECONOMIC STRATEGIC PLAN AND THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT', to streamline the state economic strategic plan and the annual report by the Department of Economic and Community Development in order to make them clearer and more focused and to eliminate certain other reports by the department.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

H. B. No. 7232 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE STATE', to require the chairperson of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to conduct a study pertaining to technology.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 7233 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CODIFYING FEDERAL TITLE IX PROTECTIONS', to conduct an analysis of any impact to the number of Title IX incidences reported.

H. B. No. 7234 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS IN CRISIS', to assist students in crisis at public institutions of higher education gain access to institutional services and financial resources.

H. B. No. 7235 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TASK FORCE', to establish an open educational resource program to help lower the cost of acquiring a college degree in Connecticut.

H. B. No. 7236 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF CONTRACT POLICIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT', to allow The University of Connecticut to expand its contracting ability.

HUMAN SERVICES

H. B. No. 7237 (RAISED) HUMAN SERVICES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN ADVISORY BOARD FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING', to rename, reconstitute and revise the mission of an advisory board on issues concerning deaf and hard of hearing persons and establish oversight of complaints concerning interpreters.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 7238 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE COMMISSIONER OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION', to make technical revisions to the statutes concerning the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

H. B. No. 7239 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION OF GAMING TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND A COMPETITIVE PROCESS TO ISSUE A GAMING LICENSE', to (1) regulate the operation of a casino gaming facility in Connecticut, (2) require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to develop and issue a request for proposals for the development, management and operation of a casino gaming facility in Connecticut, and (3) permit the commissioner to issue one casino gaming license.

APPROPRIATIONS

H. B. No. 7240 (RAISED) APPROPRIATIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REPORTS ON STATE AGENCY OVERTIME BY THE OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS', to change the dates on which the Office of Fiscal Analysis is required to issue reports each year on state agency overtime.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 11: 05 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.