JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:45 o'clock a.m., Representative Slap of the 19th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Scott P. Decapua of Milford, Massachusetts.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, we thank You for Your goodness, Your mercy and Your grace. Bless us as we work to serve the common good of Your people. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Scott P. Decapua of Milford, Massachusetts.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE BILLS

The following House Bills were received from the committees indicated, the bills read the second time and tabled for the Calendar and printing:

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 5743 (File No. 654) AN ACT CONCERNING HATE CRIMES.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 5992 (File No. 655) AN ACT CONCERNING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7132 (RAISED) (File No. 656) AN ACT PERMITTING AN EMPLOYER TO POST NOTICE OF THE ADDRESS WHERE AN EMPLOYEE'S CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE SENT.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7196 (RAISED) (File No. 657) AN ACT CONCERNING NONADVERSARIAL DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7198 (RAISED) (File No. 653) AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS, VICTIM SERVICES AND FRAUDULENT FILINGS.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7258 (RAISED) (File No. 658) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALVIN W. PENN RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITION ACT.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7266 (RAISED) (File No. 659) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY BY MUNICIPAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

JUDICIARY. H.B. No. 7267 (RAISED) (File No. 660) AN ACT CONCERNING THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF ATTORNEYS WHO ARE PROHIBITED FROM PRACTICING LAW.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7268 (RAISED) (File No. 661) 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.

JUDICIARY. H.B. No. 7283 (RAISED) (File No. 662) AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS TO CERTAIN BUSINESS RECORDS FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7292 (RAISED) (File No. 663) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEALING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7300 (RAISED) (File No. 664) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESOLUTION OF COMMERCIAL CASES.

JUDICIARY. H.B. No. 7305 (RAISED) (File No. 665) AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE GENERAL STATUTES.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7308 (RAISED) (File No. 666) AN ACT CONCERNING A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE ISSUES CONCERNING THE USE OF BODY-WORN CAMERA AND RECORDING EQUIPMENT BY POLICE.

JUDICIARY. Substitute for H.B. No. 7310 (RAISED) (File No. 667) AN ACT CONCERNING SEX TRAFFICKING.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports of the Joint Standing Committees were received from the Senate, the bills read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

GENERAL LAW. Substitute for S.B. No. 353 (RAISED) (File No. 142) AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN APPRENTICE, JOURNEYMEN AND CONTRACTOR WORKING GROUP. (As amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A").

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Substitute for S.B. No. 798 (RAISED) (File No. 202) AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBE OR THE MOHEGAN TRIBE OF INDIANS OF CONNECTICUT.

JUDICIARY. S.B. No. 816 (RAISED) (File No. 272) AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE TO CERTAIN FUNDS TRANSFERS UNDER THE ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER ACT.

ENVIRONMENT. S.B. No. 833 (RAISED) (File No. 245) AN ACT CONCERNING BEE INSPECTIONS.

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.

PUBLIC HEALTH. Substitute for S.B. No. 839 (RAISED) (File No. 274) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING REVISIONS TO ITS STATUTES AND REFERENCES TO INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.

PUBLIC HEALTH. S.B. No. 842 (RAISED) (File No. 410) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Substitute for S.B. No. 846 (RAISED) (File No. 207) AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY OFFICER LICENSES.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. S.B. No. 848 (RAISED) (File No. 208) AN ACT PROHIBITING THE OPERATION OF GREYHOUND RACING IN THE STATE.

GENERAL LAW. S.B. No. 867 (RAISED) (File No. 88) AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE REGISTRIES.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. S.B. No. 924 (RAISED) (File No. 212) AN ACT REQUIRING THAT HEALTH CARRIERS USING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE PAY A MINIMUM COMMISSION TO CERTAIN INSURANCE PRODUCERS.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Substitute for S.B. No. 946 (RAISED) (File No. 313) AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE INSURANCE AND RELATED STATUTES.

COMMERCE. Substitute for S.B. No. 961 (RAISED) (File No. 376) AN ACT CONCERNING STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUMS AND THE RELOCATION OF BUSINESSES RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE.

COMMERCE. Substitute for S.B. No. 968 (RAISED) (File No. 378) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A HEALTH DATA COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUP.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Demicco of the 21st District, 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.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

H.B. No. 5237 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to require the Commissioner of Revenue Services to study the income requirements applicable to the earned income tax credit and monthly distribution of a personal income tax refund resulting from the application of said credit.

H.B. No. 6553 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE DANBURY RAIL LINE', to require the Commissioner of Transportation to evaluate and submit a report on the financial and operational feasibility of service improvements on the Danbury branch line of the New Haven Line.

H.B. No. 6557 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE LEGISLATIVE BOND AUTHORIZATION PROCESS', to establish a working group to study the bond authorization process and develop criteria for the legislative finance committee to use to evaluate and prioritize future bond authorizations.

H.B. No. 7322 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND LOCAL REVENUE', to (1) increase the rate of the sales and use taxes and repeal certain exemptions, (2) impose a rate of fifty-five per cent for state-owned real property and college and hospital property for the purposes of grants in lieu of taxes payments, (3) require regional councils of governments to submit collaboration plans and establish a regional collaboration account to fund such plans, (4) make various revisions to methods of funding municipalities and municipal projects, (5) make an allocation adjustment to the municipal revenue sharing account, (6) increase the uniform municipal assessment rate, and (7) increase certain municipal filing fees.

S.B. No. 6 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to fully exempt Social Security benefits from the personal income tax.

S.B. No. 273 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN PERSONAL PROPERTY AND SERVICES PURCHASED OR USED BY A WATER COMPANY FROM THE SALES AND USE TAXES', to exempt from the sales and use taxes certain personal property and services purchased or used by a water company.

S.B. No. 416 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNTS OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THAT MAY BE ISSUED BY THE STATE', to limit (1) the authorization of issuance of general obligation bonds by the State Bond Commission to not more than two billion dollars in a calendar year, and (2) the issuance of general obligation bonds by the Treasurer to not more than two billion dollars in a fiscal year.

S.B. No. 734 (COMM) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CITIZENS IN NEED ACCOUNT', to establish a citizens in need account to receive charitable contributions to assist residents of this state who have had their benefits from state social services programs administered by the Department of Social Services reduced due to state budgetary constraints, and to provide a state tax deduction at the rate of two hundred per cent of the amount contributed to said account.

S.B. No. 1054 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS TAX RATES, THE USE OF CERTAIN TAXES AND FEES FOR TOURISM AND OTHER PROGRAMS, ESTABLISHING THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT AND CONCERNING THE PURPOSE OF THE CAPITAL REGION DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY', to (1) establish an occupancy tax rate of ten per cent on bed and breakfast establishments, (2) dedicate a portion of the occupancy sales and use taxes on hotels and lodging houses to promoting and developing state tourism, (3) implement a fee on passenger motor vehicle registrations, for which individuals receive free parking at state parks, to be used for state parks and state campgrounds, the Council on Environmental Quality, fish hatcheries and the pheasant stocking program, (4) establish the mental health community investment account and allow taxpayers to contribute any part of a refund to such account, (5) increase certain personal income tax rates, and (6) expand the purpose of the Capital Region Development Authority to actively and directly participate in stimulating economic development in the capital region.

S.B. No. 1055 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STRANDED TAX CREDITS AND STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', to (1) establish additional methods for businesses to exchange certain stranded tax credits by investing in capital projects in the state, in technical education initiatives or in the business's corporate venture fund, (2) allow the film production tax credit to be claimed against the sales and use taxes, for a fee to fund technical education initiatives, and (3) allow the estate of a decedent who dies on or after January 1, 2021, to reduce the estate tax liability for certain amounts invested pursuant to a tax credit auction.

S.B. No. 1056 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO FOSTER THE MICROBIOME SECTOR IN THE STATE', to establish a working group to develop legislative and programmatic initiatives to foster the microbiome sector in the state.

S.B. No. 1057 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING AGREEMENTS TO ESTABLISH AN AUTOMATED SALES TAX COLLECTION PROCESS', to authorize the Commissioner of Revenue Services to enter into agreements with electronic payment processing companies to establish an automated sales tax collection process.

S.B. No. 1058 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGING ECONOMIC TRENDS', to require the CTNext board of directors to issue a request for proposals to enter into an agreement with a private research organization to advise, guide and assist the state in short-term and long-term strategic economic planning.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Demicco of the 21st District, the House adjourned at 11:47 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.