SENATE
List of Bills

Proposed S.B. No. 537 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING HEALTH CARE AND PENSION BENEFITS FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to restore legislative authority and accountability with regard to state employee health and pension benefits and bring Connecticut into alignment with most other states.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 538 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO FUND FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS', to appropriate funds to train firefighters and increase public safety.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 539 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE SAFETY OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES', to assess the safety of natural gas pipelines.
REF. ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 540 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION TRANSPARENCY, PUBLIC VERIFIABILITY AND SECURITY', to promote integrity in elections and post-election audit procedures.
REF. GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 541 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; REP. ABERCROMBIE, 83rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED BY PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS EMPLOYED DIRECTLY BY CONSUMERS IN STATE-FUNDED PROGRAMS', to extend workers' compensation protections to home care consumers and their personal care attendants.
REF. HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S.B. No. 542 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST.; SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTICUT SPECIAL EDUCATION PREDICTABLE COST COOPERATIVE', to establish the Connecticut Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative to fund special education services and special education programs.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 543 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR INPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS', to require insurance coverage of inpatient substance abuse treatment programs not less than fourteen days in duration.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 544 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST.; SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING PRIOR LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF INCREASES IN ASSESSMENTS AND USER FEES CHARGED BY THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE', to require that the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange receive the approval of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance before increasing the amount of any assessment or user fee and implementing or altering any process used to increase the amount of any assessment or user fee.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 545 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF REQUESTS BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO OVERRIDE STEP THERAPY DRUG REGIMENS FOR CERTAIN CANCER PATIENTS', to require a study and report on the processes that insurance companies, hospital service corporations, medical service corporations, health care centers and other entities that use step therapy for prescription drugs employ in assessing requests made by treating health care providers to override the use of step therapy drug regimens for insureds diagnosed with metastatic cancer and the response time to such requests.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 546 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARTICIPATING PROVIDER DIRECTORIES PROVIDED BY HEALTH CARRIERS AND PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ON AN OUTPATIENT SERVICES BASIS', to require that health carriers include in each participating provider directory a current and accurate list of participating providers accepting new patients on an outpatient services basis.
REF. INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S.B. No. 547 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ENGAGING A POLICE OFFICER IN PURSUIT', to provide that a person operating a motor vehicle who increases the speed of such motor vehicle in an attempt to escape or elude a police officer who has signaled such person to stop shall receive a mandatory minimum sentence of two years and that minors be treated as adults in such cases.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 548 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HAIRDRESSERS AND COSMETICIANS', to expand career options in the hairdressing and cosmetology fields.
REF. LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 549 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION INVOLVING CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLES USED FOR TRANSPORT PURPOSES', to expand the unemployment compensation exemption for certain motor transport vehicles.
REF. LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 550 SEN. MARTIN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE STATE-ADMINISTERED RETIREMENT PLAN', to eliminate the state-administered retirement plan.
REF. LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 551 SEN. MINER, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION', to provide financial relief to businesses.
REF. LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S.B. No. 552 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STANDING ORDER PROGRAM FOR DISPENSING OPIOID ANTAGONISTS', to increase access to opioid antagonists and prevent drug overdoses and deaths by adopting a standing order program for the dispensing of opioid antagonists.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 553 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY INCENTIVES PROGRAM', to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the state.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 554 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES', to promote healthy outcomes for individuals with diabetes.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 555 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING INCENTIVES FOR DENTISTS TO TREAT LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS', to increase the overall health of Connecticut residents.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 556 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST.; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES BY ADULT ADOPTED PERSONS', to restore the right of every adopted adult resident to obtain a copy of his or her original birth certificate or, in certain circumstances, the identifying information of such person's birth parents contained on such certificate.
REF. PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S.B. No. 557 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOWER-POWERED RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS', to allow the purchase and possession of any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 558 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RIMFIRE TARGET PISTOLS', to exclude from the definition of "assault weapon" any .22 caliber rimfire target pistol that is designed for use in target shooting.
REF. PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S.B. No. 559 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST.; SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST.; REP. BAKER, 124th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTRICTION OF MUNICIPAL SEWAGE SYSTEMS ASSIGNEES', to restrict assignees of water pollution control authorities from purchasing foreclosed properties and to establish financial guidelines that trigger foreclosure.
REF. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 560 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT INSTITUTING ELECTRONIC TOLLS ON CONNECTICUT'S HIGHWAYS', to establish electronic tolls to generate revenue for the state.
REF. TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.B. No. 561 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLE ESCROW SERVICES', to permit new or used car dealers to arrange escrow accounts for the payment of taxes and insurance.
REF. TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S.B. No. 562 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEDUCTION AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR FEDERAL PENSIONS AND VETERANS' PENSIONS', to provide tax parity for federal pensions and veterans' pensions.
REF. FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 563 SEN. HWANG, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING ALL SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE STATE INCOME TAX', to exempt all Social Security benefits from the state income tax.
REF. FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S.B. No. 564 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST.; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST.; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST.; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST.; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST.; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST.; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING EMERGENCY GENERATORS IN CERTAIN HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY', to protect vulnerable senior citizens from being displaced or needing daily emergency services for health needs during power outages.
REF. AGING

Proposed S.B. No. 565 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOLICITATION OF PROPOSALS FROM CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES THAT PROVIDE A WASTE STREAM MANAGEMENT BENEFIT', to require a request for proposals.
REF. ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S.B. No. 566 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE STATE REGULATORY PROCESS', to create a more business-friendly climate.
REF. GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S.B. No. 567 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO INCREASE TUITION', to make higher education tuition costs more affordable for students and their families.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 568 SEN. HARTLEY, 15th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROGRAM APPROVAL PROCESS FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to ensure the efficiency and appropriateness of the program approval process at institutions of higher education.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 569 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A PRIVATELY FUNDED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM', to assist recent graduates in making student loan payments while they are seeking employment.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 570 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOAN INFORMATION PROVIDED TO STUDENTS BY INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to require institutions of higher education to notify and inform students about their student loan debt and its consequences.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 571 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM', to encourage higher education graduates to live and work in Connecticut.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 572 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSPARENCY REGARDING TUITION', to require transparency regarding funds that are set aside from a public institution of higher education's tuition revenue.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 573 SEN. SOMERS, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE INCREASE OF TUITION AT A FOUR-YEAR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to provide stability to students and their families in planning for the cost of higher education.
REF. HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S.B. No. 574 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST.; SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST.; SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST.; SEN. SUZIO, 13th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE FOR REPEAT VIOLENT OFFENDERS', to enact a true "three strikes" law in Connecticut by requiring a person convicted of a third violent offense to be sentenced to life in prison.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 575 SEN. FASANO, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES OF THE RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM', to codify the practices and procedures undertaken internally by the Department of Correction in administering the risk reduction credit program.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 576 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST.; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST.; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST.; REP. MCGORTY, 122nd DIST.; REP. HALL, 59th DIST.; REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST.; REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST.; REP. FISHBEIN, 90th DIST.; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE', to create justice for unborn victims of violence by providing that a child in utero may be considered a victim if killed or injured as a result of a crime.
REF. JUDICIARY

Proposed S.B. No. 577 SEN. FORMICA, 20th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WITH A CHILD AS A PASSENGER', to create a greater deterrent to endangering children while driving drunk.
REF. TRANSPORTATION