JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 11: 05 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 March 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.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

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

JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 43 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE HOLLY ABERY-WETSTONE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 44 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SUSAN S. REYNOLDS OF RIDGEFIELD TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 45 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE GEORGE N. THIM OF TRUMBULL TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 46 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PETER EMMETT WIESE OF AVON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

JUDICIARY. S. J. No. 47 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE FRANCIS J. FOLEY, III, OF HANOVER TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

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. 25 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF A PRESCRIBED DRUG DURING ADVERSE DETERMINATION REVIEWS AND EXTERNAL REVIEW PROCESSES', to require dispensation and coverage of a prescribed drug for an insured for the duration of any grievance or review filed or requested by such insured of an adverse determination or a final adverse determination.

PUBLIC HEALTH

S. B. No. 37 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS', to establish conditions and protocols upon the imposition of public health orders regarding quarantine, isolation or other public health restrictions.

S. B. No. 126 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS', to define community health workers.

GENERAL LAW

S. B. No. 353 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN APPRENTICE, JOURNEYMEN AND CONTRACTOR WORKING GROUP', to establish an apprentice, journeymen and contractor working group and to amend current hiring ratios concerning apprentices, journeymen and contractors.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 376 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT AUGMENTING THE FEE SCHEDULE FOR RADIOLOGY SERVICES UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION STATUTES', to require the chairman of the Workers' Compensation Commission to augment the fee schedule for certain radiology services by fifteen per cent.

GENERAL LAW

S. B. No. 485 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION REGARDING DEPLETION ALLOWANCES FOR WINE OR SPIRITS', to allow an alcoholic liquor wholesaler who intends to offer a depletion allowance for wine or spirits to provide written notice to the Department of Consumer Protection.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S. B. No. 490 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE TO POST PROVIDER NETWORK INFORMATION ON ITS INTERNET WEB SITE', to require the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange to post on its Internet web site accurate, current and detailed listings of the health care providers participating in each qualified health plan's network.

GENERAL LAW

S. B. No. 528 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CRAFT BEER', to encourage the expansion of the craft beer industry by easing labeling requirements.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

S. B. No. 586 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT EXPANDING MANDATED HEALTH BENEFITS FOR WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, AND REQUIRING THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES AMEND THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN TO PROVIDE EXPANDED CONTRACEPTION BENEFITS', to: (1) Expand mandated health benefits for women, children and adolescents; (2) expand mandated contraception benefits; and (3) require the Commissioner of Social Services to amend the Medicaid state plan to provide expanded contraception benefits.

HOUSING

S. B. No. 608 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR RESIDENTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING', to inform residents of public housing in this state of their rights.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 723 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPRENTICESHIP COSTS', to require a study of the effect of apprenticeship costs on small businesses.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S. B. No. 975 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPALITIES AND UNMANNED AIRCRAFT', to prohibit municipalities from regulating unmanned aircraft.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 976 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSERVATOR ACCOUNTABILITY', to provide the Probate Court Administrator with the authority to: (1) Audit an account of a conservator of the estate, and (2) adopt, in consultation with the Connecticut Probate Assembly, standards of practice that will provide guidance to court-appointed conservators in the performance of their duties.

GENERAL LAW

H. B. No. 5077 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RETURN OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO PHARMACIES', to allow pharmacies to accept and dispose of unused prescription drugs.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 5140 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENTS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES', to require each health carrier that provides coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of a substance use disorder to directly reimburse a health care provider for services rendered by such provider for the diagnosis and treatment of such disorder.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H. B. No. 5149 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN MINIMUM FAIR WAGE PROVISIONS', to amend certain minimum fair wage guidelines.

H. B. No. 5445 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL BUDGET RESERVE BALANCES', to permit municipalities to maintain sufficient general reserve fund balances.

GENERAL LAW

H. B. No. 5730 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SELF-SERVE ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR MACHINES', to allow the use of self-serve alcoholic liquor machines on certain permit premises.

HOUSING

H. B. No. 5740 (COMM) HOUSING. 'AN ACT ALLOWING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES TO CREATE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS FOR GRADUATES OF CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS LOCATED IN CONNECTICUT', to allow the eight municipalities with largest populations in this state to create a program providing property tax relief as an incentive for certain graduates to buy a first home in such municipalities.

GENERAL LAW

H. B. No. 5923 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FALSE OR MISLEADING ADVERTISING IN THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR', to prevent advertising by alcoholic liquor retailers that suggests that discounts are being given for alcoholic liquor regulated by minimum bottle pricing.

H. B. No. 5924 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PRINT AND DIGITAL NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION REFUNDS', to require a credit, extension or pro rata refund to consumers, upon request, of a subscription for a print or digital newspaper subscription, based upon a temporary suspension of such subscription due to vacation, travel or illness.

H. B. No. 5925 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT INCREASING PENALTIES FOR INTENTIONAL VIOLATIONS OF THE ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR MINIMUM BOTTLE LAW', to increase the penalties for intentional violation of minimum bottle provisions.

H. B. No. 5926 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INSPECTION OF OUT-OF-STATE SHIPMENTS OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR', to allow for the inspection of shipments of beer, spirits and wine shipped into Connecticut from out of state, to allow for verification for taxation and public health purposes.

H. B. No. 5928 (COMM) GENERAL LAW. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MANUFACTURER PERMIT FOR FARM BREWERIES', to establish a manufacturer permit for a farm brewery.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 5962 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING INSURERS FROM USING STEP THERAPY FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRESCRIBED TO TREAT CANCER', to prohibit insurers from using step therapy for prescription drugs prescribed for cancer treatment.

H. B. No. 5968 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION FOR INSUREDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER', to require health insurance coverage for fertility preservation for insureds diagnosed with cancer.

H. B. No. 5971 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE PERIOD CHILDREN, STEPCHILDREN AND DEPENDENTS MAY RETAIN DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE UNDER A PARENT'S, ADOPTIVE PARENT'S OR LEGAL GUARDIAN'S INSURANCE POLICY', to allow a child, stepchild or dependent to retain dental insurance coverage under his or her parent's, adoptive parent's or legal guardian's health insurance policy until the child, stepchild or dependent attains the age of twenty-six or secures alternative coverage, whichever first occurs.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 6002 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING "SEXTING" BY A CHILD', to ensure that a child under a certain age, rather than just those thirteen years of age and older, may be charged with a misdemeanor for "sexting" behavior rather than a felony for child pornography.

H. B. No. 6200 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER', to require individuals who openly carrying a pistol or revolver to produce their permit upon request of a law enforcement officer if the firearm is visible to such officer.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 6619 (COMM) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COVERAGE OF PREVIOUSLY USED WHEELCHAIRS', to require health carriers to: (1) Notify each insured who receives a previously used wheelchair as a covered benefit that the insured has received a previously used wheelchair and may return such wheelchair to the carrier; (2) cover the cost of repairing or replacing a damaged or defective wheelchair; and (3) process claims to repair or replace a damaged or defective wheelchair.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H. B. No. 6672 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SAFETY METRICS', to provide the legislature with accurate data on the number of injured workers across various occupations in the state.

H. B. No. 6901 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOUPMENT OF STATE COSTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO LOW WAGE EMPLOYEES', to recoup state costs relating to services provided to workers who earn a low wage.

H. B. No. 6913 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS', to provide transparency and identify potential cost-saving measures.

H. B. No. 6914 (COMM) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MINIMUM WORKWEEK FOR PERSONS PERFORMING JANITORIAL OR BUILDING MAINTENANCE SERVICES', to institute a minimum workweek of thirty hours for individuals who perform janitorial or building maintenance services.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H. B. No. 7241 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC NOTICE FOR CERTAIN LEGISLATIVE CONTRACTS', to replace the requirement that the Joint Committee on Legislative Management post notice for certain contracts on a bulletin board and in at least three newspapers with a requirement for notice on an Internet web site and the State Contracting Portal.

H. J. No. 100 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION APPROVING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT TRANSPORTATION FUNDS'

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 11: 10 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.