JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 12: 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, Tim Kehoe of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Please bless us with an inner strength so that our lives and our work may be a blessing on others.

REPORTS

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

Report – Department of Insurance – Annual Report of Insurance Commissioner, including Condensed Financial Overview of Insurance Companies Doing Business in the State in Calendar Year ended December 31, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 38a-12 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 13, 2017

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Annual Report of State-wide Trends Related to Taxable Property and Exemptions from Property Tax on the 2015 Grand List. (Pursuant to Section 12-120a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 13, 2017

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

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. 834 (RAISED) (File No. 63) AN ACT CONCERNING THE FOREST PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD AND GRACE PERIODS FOR THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

ENVIRONMENT. Substitute for S. B. No. 129 (COMM) (File No. 61) AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TAKING OF MUSHROOMS AT STATE PARKS AND ON OTHER STATE PROPERTY.

HUMAN SERVICES. S. B. No. 804 (RAISED) (File No. 62) AN ACT CONCERNING A SOCIAL WORK IN-HOME SUPPORT PROGRAM.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. Substitute for S. B. No. 27 (COMM) (File No. 60) AN ACT INCLUDING CERTAIN MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF "PERSONAL INJURY" UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION STATUTES.

BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE

FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following favorable report on House 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:

HOUSING. Substitute for H. B. No. 7057 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

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:

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

S. B. No. 106 (COMM) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DIVERSITY OF BASELOAD ENERGY SUPPLIES IN THE STATE AND ACHIEVING CONNECTICUT'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS MANDATED LEVELS', to provide a mechanism for baseload energy resources to sell power to electric utilities, increase the renewable portfolio standard, require electric distribution companies to solicit long-term contracts for zero emission renewable energy credits and low-emission renewable energy credits for an additional year and allow electric distribution companies to acquire new fuel cell electricity generation.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 341 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID COST SAVINGS FOR STUDENTS', to require the commissioner to apply for a waiver that would allow state Medicaid to pay for the cost of premiums for health insurance sponsored by a constituent unit.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 428 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY TO EARN RISK REDUCTION RELEASE CREDITS', to add certain violent offenders to those ineligible to earn risk reduction release credits.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 570 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOAN INFORMATION PROVIDED TO STUDENTS BY INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to keep students informed of their student loan debt and available repayment options.

S. B. No. 572 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TUITION TRANSPARENCY AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to provide an itemized statement of all tuition revenue expenditures to students and their families.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 726 (COMM) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RESTITUTION FROM PERSONS COMMITTING CRIMINAL ACTS', to: (1) Raise the crime victim compensation limit for sexual assault victims to twenty-five thousand dollars, and (2) ensure full compliance with court orders that require a criminal defendant to make restitution to a crime victim.

EDUCATION

S. B. No. 1014 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES', to make various revisions and editions to the education statutes.

S. B. No. 1015 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROCESS FOR WAIVING STATE EDUCATION MANDATES FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to permit the Commissioner of Education to grant certain school districts waivers from certain state education mandates.

S. B. No. 1016 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION ISSUES', to require the Department of Education to study issues relating to education in the state.

S. B. No. 1017 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ISSUES', to require the Department of Education to study issues relating to elementary and secondary education in the state.

S. B. No. 1018 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE TEACHER EVALUATION PROGRAM', to require the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council to study issues relating to the guidelines for teacher evaluation and support programs.

S. B. No. 1019 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EVALUATION OF EQUITY ISSUES RELATED TO THE TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE REGION 15 SCHOOL DISTRICT', to authorize the regional board of education for the Region 15 school district to use a weighted crossover vote to approve any proposal before the board.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 1020 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENFORCEMENT OF A DEFAMATION JUDGMENT ENTERED BY A COURT OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES', to ensure that persons and entities subject to the enforcement of a foreign defamation judgment are afforded the same or greater protections for freedom of speech and freedom of the press as such persons or entities would receive in this state.

S. B. No. 1021 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT REVISING THE UNIFORM FRAUDULENT TRANSFER ACT', to ensure that undergraduate tuition payments made to institutions of higher education are not construed as fraudulent transfers under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.

S. B. No. 1022 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ENHANCED COMMUNITY SERVICES TO THOSE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM', to provide enhanced community services to those in the criminal justice system to address their physical, mental and community needs, assist in community reentry and avoid recidivism.

S. B. No. 1023 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY SUPERVISION OF CERTAIN FORMER INMATES', to provide for supervision of former inmates in the community who had their terms of imprisonment reduced through earned risk reduction credits.

S. B. No. 1024 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE CRIMINAL STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS', to establish a task force to evaluate time limitations for prosecuting a crime.

S. B. No. 1025 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CLOSURE OF THE CONNECTICUT JUVENILE TRAINING SCHOOL AND THE TRANSFER OF JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH', to close the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and to require a plan to transfer all other juvenile justice programs and services from the Department of Children and Families to the Judicial Branch.

EDUCATION

S. B. No. 1026 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS', to revise the high school graduation requirements.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S. B. No. 1027 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES', to require the disclosure and itemization of all contributions, regardless of amount, to certain candidate and exploratory committees, certain political committees and all party committees.

S. B. No. 1028 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS', to implement the recommendations of the Auditors of Public Accounts contained in their annual report to the General Assembly.

S. B. No. 1029 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS', to subject participants and prospective participants in the first five plus program to the same prohibitions as state contractors and prospective state contractors with regard to political contributions.

S. B. No. 1030 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATUTORY REFERENCES TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE', to remove references to the former Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee from the general statutes.

S. B. No. 1031 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THRESHOLDS FOR STATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, THE SHARING OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCY DATA AND THE REPEAL OF A PROVISION CONCERNING APPRAISAL FEES', to increase the threshold for construction contracts requiring the approval of the Department of Administrative Services from five hundred thousand to two million dollars, to increase access to date by executive branch agencies by codifying the provisions of Executive Order 39 and to repeal a requirement that the Office of Policy and Management establish an appraisal fee schedule.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 6162 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A DEBT-FREE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM', to study the feasibility of the implementation of a debt-free higher education program for in-state students attending public institutions of higher education.

H. B. No. 6163 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM CREATING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN CERTAIN FITNESS FACILITIES AND PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE', to establish a pilot program between fitness facilities offering adaptive physical education programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and public institutions of higher education.

H. B. No. 6585 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CUSTOMIZED JOB TRAINING INCENTIVES FOR CERTAIN BUSINESSES', to establish a customized job training incentive program with the regional community-technical college system and in-state business.

H. B. No. 6587 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STANDARDIZATION OF FINANCIAL AID LETTERS FOR THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM', to allow students and their families to compare financial aid options and make informed decisions.

H. B. No. 6870 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF COLLEGE ATHLETES', to protect the health and safety of college athletes.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 6954 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY INSPECTIONS OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS BY LOCAL FIRE MARSHALS', to (1) study ways to improve the inspections of residential buildings by local fire marshals, and (2) provide that municipalities shall not be liable for damages resulting from the failure of a local fire marshal to inspect a building under certain circumstances.

EDUCATION

H. B. No. 7270 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA FOR FISCAL YEARS ENDING JUNE 30, 2018, AND JUNE 30, 2019', to establish an education cost-sharing grant formula for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, and to require the Department of Education to issue a request for proposals for an adequacy study regarding public education funding.

H. B. No. 7271 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM AS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY', to establish the Technical High School System as an independent state agency.

H. B. No. 7272 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS OF CHOICE', to require the Department of Education to study issues relating to state funding for schools of choice in the state.

H. B. No. 7273 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITIES', to require the Department of Education to study issues relating to local education authorities in the state.

H. B. No. 7274 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BOARDS OF EDUCATION', to require the Department of Education to study issues relating to boards of education in the state.

H. B. No. 7275 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT', to extend the provisions of the minimum budget requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, to the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

H. B. No. 7276 (RAISED) EDUCATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION MANDATE RELIEF', to provide state education mandate relief by making implementation of the uniform regional school calendar optional, eliminating the requirement that an alternative educational opportunity for expelled students shall be nine hundred hours, require the Department of Education to purchase a digital school management and reporting software, require only certain school employees who have direct contact with students to complete training in the restraint and seclusion of students, require school districts to contact only those former employers in which an applicant was employed for any of the previous twenty years, eliminate the requirement that an administrator attend every planning and placement team meeting, and eliminate the superintendent requirement for certain boards of education.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H. B. No. 7277 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION', to decrease the amount of state funds used for legislators to send mail, to decrease the membership of the Commission on Equity and Opportunity to thirty-three members, to permit state agencies to require regulated entities to e-file documents and other data required to be submitted to the agency under state or federal law or agency regulation and to require the Commissioner of Administrative Services to develop a plan for establishing kiosks in state parking areas.

H. B. No. 7278 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF STATE LAND', to convey various parcels of state land.

H. B. No. 7279 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTIONS', to make a minor and technical change to a statute concerning elections.

H. B. No. 7280 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE', to make a minor and technical change to a statute concerning the Secretary of the State.

H. B. No. 7281 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE', to require the State Elections Enforcement Commission to conduct a study of the efficacy of various aspects of the state's campaign finance framework, including the Citizens' Election Program, disposition of complaints before the commission, reporting and disclosure requirements, content restrictions and attribution requirements for political communications and public financing of campaigns for municipal offices.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 7282 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT PROTECTING CONNECTICUT'S FINE ART MARKET', to allow a person to bring a civil action when such person has knowledge that another person unlawfully possesses fine art.

H. B. No. 7283 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RECORDS FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE', to require the Secretary of the State to enhance the CONCORD commercial records database by allowing a member of the public to ascertain the name and address of a business entity's agent for service of process by entering the name of the owner of such business entity in the database.

H. B. No. 7284 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE IDENTIFICATION FOR INMATES UPON REENTRY', to make inmates more employable upon discharge from a correctional facility.

H. B. No. 7285 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMPLAINTS THAT ALLEGE MISCONDUCT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY PERSONNEL', to ensure compliance with the provisions of section 7-294bb of the general statutes concerning the acceptance, processing and investigation of a complaint from a member of the public relating to alleged misconduct committed by law enforcement agency personnel.

H. B. No. 7286 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE', to implement the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee.

H. B. No. 7287 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION CONCERNING PRETRIAL RELEASE AND DETENTION', to implement the recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission concerning pretrial release and detention.

H. B. No. 7288 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COURT-ORDERED CONDITIONS IN PRETRIAL DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS', to decrease the chance for the criminal justice system to extend its reach to arrested persons beyond the reasons for which they were arrested.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 12: 10 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.