JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Senate was called to order at 10: 35 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:
May we be filled with loving kindness. May we be peaceful and at ease. May we be happy with the things we have.
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 9, 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 report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:
Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for February 1 through February 28, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 8, 2017
Referred to Committee on Transportation
FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES
The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar and printing.
ENVIRONMENT. S. B. No. 130 (COMM) (File No. 31) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SURCHARGE ON ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES TO FUND THE SECOND CHANCE LARGE ANIMAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM.
ENVIRONMENT. S. B. No. 754 (RAISED) (File No. 32) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF HERBICIDES ON STATE HIGHWAYS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 756 (RAISED) (File No. 33) AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOME SERVICES.
AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 757 (RAISED) (File No. 34) AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR AGING IN PLACE INITIATIVES.
AGING. S. B. No. 758 (RAISED) (File No. 35) AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF MEDICAID-FUNDED PROGRAMS.
AGING. S. B. No. 762 (RAISED) (File No. 36) AN ACT CLARIFYING THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN IN THE MANDATED REPORTING OF ABUSE OF ELDERLY PERSONS AND DELETING OBSOLETE STATUTORY PROVISIONS.
AGING. S. B. No. 770 (RAISED) (File No. 37) AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS.
AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 771 (RAISED) (File No. 38) AN ACT REDUCING PARTICIPANT COSTS AND EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CONNECTICUT HOME-CARE PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY.
AGING. S. B. No. 772 (RAISED) (File No. 39) AN ACT REQUIRING EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN CERTAIN HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY.
AGING. Substitute for S. B. No. 811 (RAISED) (File No. 40) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS.
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. 35 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BEVERAGES WITH ADDED SUGARS, SWEETENERS AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, AND OBESITY', to change consumer behavior regarding the consumption of beverages.
S. B. No. 41 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PHLEBOTOMISTS', to permit a person to obtain certification as a phlebotomist.
S. B. No. 317 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE SERVICES', to establish a pilot program to allow emergency medical services personnel to provide community-based health care services.
S. B. No. 1003 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO VARIOUS STATUTES CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM', to (1) make technical and other changes to the statute permitting state action to abate public nuisance; (2) provide for the use of electronic signatures in certain reports; (3) ensure that all law enforcement professionals who work for the state or a municipality are covered for purposes of indemnification; (4) make restitution orders in criminal cases enforceable for the same duration as in civil matters; (5) provide for criminal lockout protection to tenants of nonresidential properties; (6) provide an enhanced penalty for victims of larceny who have been deemed incapable by the probate court; (7) correct statutory citations; (8) update the purpose of the eyewitness identification task force to include emerging technologies; and (9) repeal a reporting requirement duplicative of the reporting requirement of section 17b-99b of the general statutes.
S. B. No. 1004 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A VICTIM'S RIGHT TO INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARREST, PRETRIAL RELEASE AND INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE OF THE ACCUSED', to provide information to the victim of a crime concerning the arrest, pretrial release conditions for the person arrested for such crime and initial court appearance of such person.
S. B. No. 1005 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL CHANGES TO STATUTES IN THE PENAL CODE', to make technical changes to the penal code.
S. B. No. 1007 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COLLECTION AND REPORTING OF DATA RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPENDITURES AND THE INTENTIONAL UNDERBUDGETING OF SPECIAL EDUCATION', to require the Department of Education to annually collect and report on data relating to local special education expenditures and to permit the Commissioner of Education to withhold education cost-sharing grant funds to any board of education that intentionally underbudgets its estimated special education expenditures.
S. B. No. 1008 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF BOARDS OF EDUCATION RESULTING FROM RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES', to require the Department of Developmental Services to be financially responsible for the costs associated with the residential placement of a student.
S. B. No. 1009 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICERS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS REGARDING THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION', to require training for all special education hearing officers, to require the Advisory Council for Special Education to conduct a study about the administration and provision of special education in schools, and to require the Department of Education to develop recommendations regarding an optimal ratio of social workers to students in a school district.
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
S. B. No. 1010 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO ELECTION STATUTES REGARDING TRAINING FOR REGISTRARS OF VOTERS', to require the office of the Secretary of the State to, at certain conferences called by the Secretary of the State, provide registrars with training and accompanying materials on any new election laws or procedures implemented since the last such conference.
S. J. No. 11 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CURRENT ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM AS THE BEST WAY TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES'
H. B. No. 6416 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REDEFINING "SMALL CONTRACTOR" FOR PURPOSES OF THE SET-ASIDE PROGRAM FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS', to redefine "small contractor" from a definition based on gross revenue to one using the federal standards adopted pursuant to the federal Small Business Act.
H. B. No. 7251 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REFORM DISTRICT TURNAROUND PLANS', to enhance existing training for boards of education of under-performing school districts that are implementing improvement plans, to require the Department of Education to create a model school district responsibilities agreement, and to include such model agreement and leadership succession plans as part of a school district's alliance district plan.
H. B. No. 7252 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ADJUDICATION PROCESS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND THE RIGHT OF PARENTS TO OBSERVE THEIR CHILD AT SCHOOL', to establish an adjudication process for special education determinations and to establish a right for parents and guardians to observe their children at school.
H. B. No. 7253 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES', to make minor revisions and additions to the education statutes.
H. B. No. 7254 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT REQUIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS TO COMPLETE A PROGRAM OF STUDY IN EVIDENCE-BASED STRUCTURED LITERACY INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA', to require teachers applying for professional certification with a comprehensive special education or integrated early childhood and special education endorsement to complete a program of study in the diagnosis and remediation of reading and language arts that includes supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia.
H. B. No. 7255 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY REGARDING THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL EDUCATION PREDICTABLE COST COOPERATIVE', to establish a task force to conduct a feasibility study regarding the creation of a state special education predictable cost cooperative.
H. B. No. 7256 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO CERTAIN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATUTES AND THE REPORTING OF THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON IN STATE CUSTODY', to provide notification to the state's attorney of the death of an individual in the care or custody of a state agency or department; to refine the law protecting health care workers from on-the-job violence; to correct oversights in public act 16-148; to address the issue raised in State v. Apt. , 319 Conn. 494 (2015) concerning the disclosure of erased records, to make such disclosure mandatory, and to make such disclosure available for use in connection with collateral matters in which evidence of a nolled or dismissed criminal charge may become relevant when the petitioner challenges the validity of a guilty plea.
H. B. No. 7257 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GRAND JURY REFORM', to reform the investigatory grand jury system to provide for its more efficient operation and to facilitate the effective investigation of criminal conduct involving abuse of governmental authority.
H. B. No. 7258 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALVIN W. PENN RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITION ACT', to amend the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profile Prohibition Act to provide that: (1) Violation of the act is a discriminatory practice, (2) each traffic stop, including those that do not result in a citation, results in an electronic record on an electronic device in the police vehicle, (3) such electronic device print notice and information in English and Spanish to be given to each person stopped concerning how to file a claim under the act, and (4) a copy of such notice and information be provided as part of each motor vehicle operator's license renewal notification.
H. B. No. 7259 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER RECIPROCITY', to secure permit, certificate or license reciprocity between Connecticut and other states that have substantially similar standards for carrying a pistol or revolver.
H. B. No. 7260 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE AND REGULATION OF DRONES', to regulate the use of drones.
H. B. No. 7261 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MAKING MINOR REVISIONS TO STATUTES IN THE PENAL CODE', to make minor changes to the penal code.
H. B. No. 7262 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO VICTIM NOTIFICATION', to implement the recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission concerning victim notification.
The Senate at 10: 40 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.