JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 10: 30 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 always be mindful of the respect we owe to all beings, in our lives and in our work.

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 13, 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 BILLS

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

ENVIRONMENT. Substitute for S. B. No. 513 (COMM) (File No. 48) AN ACT AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL TO AID CHILDREN AND ANIMALS LOCKED IN VEHICLES WHEN CONDITIONS ENDANGER THE WELFARE OF SUCH CHILDREN OR ANIMALS AND PROHIBITING THE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD OR ANIMAL IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES.

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN. S. B. No. 766 (RAISED) (File No. 49) AN ACT EXTENDING CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES REPORTING DEADLINES.

FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILL

The following favorable report on a Senate Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Joint Standing Committee indicated, the report of the Committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

PUBLIC HEALTH. S. B. No. 840 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING IMMUNIZATION RATES.

Referred to Committee on Education

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:

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S. B. No. 9 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ENTERING CONNECTICUT INTO THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote, thereby committing the state's votes in the Electoral College to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote nationally, regardless of whether such presidential candidate wins the popular vote within the state.

S. B. No. 482 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREPARATION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC IMPACT STATEMENTS', to require racial and ethnic impact statements to be prepared at the request of any legislator.

S. B. No. 635 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR APPROVAL OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS', to extend the deadline for approval of public-private partnership projects from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2020.

H. B. No. 5111 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION LOCATIONS', to authorize the town clerk of a municipality to designate an election day registration location when the registrars of voters of such municipality fail to agree on such a location.

H. B. No. 5434 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE INTERSTATE COMPACT TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote, thereby committing the state's votes in the Electoral College to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote nationally, regardless of whether such presidential candidate wins the popular vote within the state.

H. B. No. 6423 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE HOURS OF ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION', to permit applicants in line for election day registration prior to eight o'clock p. m. to be admitted as electors and cast a vote in an election.

COMMERCE

H. B. No. 6746 (COMM) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOSCIENCE INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT', to establish a tax credit for certain investments in bioscience and biotechnology businesses in the state that qualify for the "incremental" research and experimental expenditures tax credit under section 12-217j of the general statutes.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 7266 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL LAW BY STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES', to establish a task force that shall study the enforcement of federal law by state and local law enforcement agencies.

H. B. No. 7267 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF ATTORNEYS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PRACTICING LAW', to protect individuals from attorneys that have been suspended, disbarred, placed on inactive status or have resigned from the practice of law.

H. B. No. 7268 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE AWARD OF CIVIL DAMAGES FOR ALIEN TORT CLAIMS THAT ALLEGE VIOLATIONS OF STATE OR FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS', to establish a task force that shall study the award of civil damages for alien tort claims that allege violations of state or federal constitutional rights.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H. B. No. 7269 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL REGULATION', to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to conduct a study regarding the regulations that apply to municipalities in this state.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 35 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.