CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 12: 59 p. m. , Senator Looney of the 11th in the Chair.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senate will please come to order. Senate will please come to order. We have present with us today, our Chaplain, Monsignor Gerard Schmitz to open the session with a prayer.

MONSIGNOR GERARD SCHMITZ:

Thank you, Senator Looney. Good to see you so well. Let us pray.

O God in whom we move and live and have our being, guide the members of our State Senate who assemble in session this day as well as all who are duly elected to serve us.

May they work in a cooperative effort that will enrich the lives of our citizens and continue to make our State a place of welcome for all regardless of their differences. Guide and bless our Country as we prepare for a new President, Federal Administration and Congress.

May their work benefit all Americans especially the most vulnerable. Relying on your guidance O Lord, may those who lead our Country bring healing and harmony where there is discord and enhance respect for the dignity of each person who is created in your image and likeness.

Bless the men and women of our State who are serving in the armed forces at home and oversees. Protect them from all harm and bring them safety -- home safely to their families. Bless the students who are with us today, the future leaders of our state and our country.

And finally Lord, have compassion on those who are unemployed, homeless, and lacking the basic necessities of life.

Gracious God, bless each of us this day, our families and all members of the State of Connecticut, You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

We call now on Senator Fasano to come forward and lead us in the Pledge.

SENATOR FASANO (34TH):

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Monsignor. Thank you, Senator Fasano. We will now proceed with the day's business. Mr. Clerk, is there business on the Clerk's desk?

CLERK:

Clerk is in possession of Senate Agenda Number 1, dated Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Our distinguished majority leader, Senator Bob Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Good afternoon.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Good afternoon.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Mr. President, I move that all items on Senate Agenda Number 1, dated Wednesday, January 18, 2017 be acted upon as indicated and that the agenda be incorporated by reference into the Senate Journal and transcript.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator, we will -- Senator Duff's motion -- all those in favor, please say “aye”.

SENATORS:

Aye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Opposed? Thank you, it is so ordered. All right, moving to today's calendar, we will begin calling the items in the -- in the order of the calendar. Judicial nominations will be the content of today's business and Mr. Clerk, if you would call the first item on the calendar.

CLERK:

Senate Joint Resolution Number 12, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE ELIZABETH A. BOZZUTO OF WATERTOWN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Paul Doyle, the distinguished Chair of the Judiciary Committee.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Good to see up there in good health. I --

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. Would you remark further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. First, I move adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Yes. Move adoption. It's been moved. Mr. President would you -- Senator Doyle, would you remark further on the matter?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes -- yes, Mr. President. Judge Bozzuto of the resolution before us, she's seeking her third term on our Superior Court bench. She was first appointed in 2000. Judge Bozzuto is a graduate of Manhattanville College. She got a Bachelor's of Arts in 1985. Thereafter, she graduated from Western New England School of Law. She is currently serving in the Hartford Judicial District and she is the Chief Administrative Judge for the Family Division which has significant responsibilities in addition to being a Family judge. She -- during this term, she served in Waterbury. She also served in the Waterbury Judicial district and as I mentioned, since 2013, she has been the Chief Administrative Judge for the Family division based in Hartford. I urge the Chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on the resolution? If not, the Clerk will please call the roll.

Yes, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move that -- I move the resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Chairman, I believe there was a no vote in Committee, so we will proceed to a roll call on that.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Okay. Sorry, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Clerk will please call the roll.

CLERK:

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Have all members voted? Have all members voted? Please make sure that your vote is properly cast.

The vote is closed. The Clerk will please call the tally.

CLERK:

Senate Joint Resolution Number 12.

Total number voting 31

Those voting Yea 30

Those voting Nay 1

Absent and not voting 3

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The resolution is adopted. (Gavel)

Mr. Clerk, if you would call the second item on today's calendar.

CLERK:

On page 1, Calendar Number 2, Senate Joint Resolution Number 13, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE ROBERT J. DEVLIN, JR. OF SHELTON TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Our distinguished Judiciary Chair, Senator Paul Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Motion for acceptance has been made and Senator Doyle, would you comment further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I first move adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Yes, move -- it has been moved for adoption. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Yes, Judge Devlin is a -- he's currently the presiding Criminal judge for the entire State of Connecticut and right now he's in the Fairfield Judicial district. He's been -- he was first appointed to the bench in 1993, so he's an experienced Jurist. He currently -- he graduated from Southern Connecticut State College, got a Bachelor of Arts. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

He also has been, for the past several years, a member of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission which has been doing a lot of good work for us and as I said, currently, he's Chief Administrative Judge of the Criminal division. He's based out of the Fairfield Judicial district. I -- he's got a distinguished career and I urge the Chamber to support the candidacy of Judge Devlin for another term on our Superior Court. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comments on this nomination? Any other members? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. If there's no objection, will be so ordered. The Clerk will please go to Page 2 of the calendar and call Calendar Number 3.

CLERK:

On Page 2, Calendar 3, Senate Joint Resolution Number 14, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE BRUCE P. HUDOCK OF OLD GREENWICH TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. At this point, Mr. President, I'd like to yield to Senator Kissel.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

And Senator Kissel, do you accept the yield?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I do indeed accept the yield, and it's great seeing you up there this afternoon.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

I move adoption of the Committee's joint favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. The matter has been moved. Senator Kissel, would you comment further?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Yes, thank you very much, Mr. President. Judge Bruce P. Hudock from Old Greenwich. He's married to his wife Theresa [phonetic] and father to Sean [phonetic] and was in an Old Greenwich where Judge Hudock also served as a Scout Master. He has served as Superior Court judge since 2000 and currently is the presiding judge in the criminal side in Norwalk. Judge Hudock is a Political Science graduate of American University and graduated from Catholic University Law School after also attending Temple University Law. He admitted to practice in Connecticut, Federal District Court and the United States Supreme Court bars and he served briefly as a per diem public defender -- and I would urge members of the Circle to vote favorably for this candidate. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Members, will you remark further on this nomination? No additional remarks. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I would move this to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. Matter has been moved for the Consent Calendar. If there's no objection, so ordered. The matter will be placed on our Consent Calendar.

Moving to Calendar Number 4, on page 2. Mr. Clerk, if you would call that item.

CLERK:

On Page 2, Calendar 4, Senate Joint Resolution Number 15, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SHEILA A. OZALIS OF NEWTOWN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I would move acceptance of the committee's joint favorable report on this nominee and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. The matter has been moved. Would you comment further.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you. Judge Ozalis lives in Newtown, is married and is the mother of two. She was first appointed to the bench in 2009 and currently is handling the civil docket in Danbury. Before her 2009 appointment to the bench, Judge Ozalis practiced with Kenyon & Kenyon, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, and finally, was a named partner in Smith & Ozalis. I would urge members of the circle to vote favorably for this nomination.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Is there additional comment on this nomination? Seeing none. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I would move this nomination to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. The distinguished Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee has moved the item to the Consent Calendar. Seeing no objection, will be so ordered.

Mr. Clerk, if you would call the next item, Calendar Number 5.

CLERK:

On Page 2, Calendar 5, Senate Joint Resolution Number 16, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE WILLIAM J. WENZEL OF SOUTHPORT TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The distinguished Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. Distinguished President of the Senate, Senator Looney. I would move acceptance of the committee's joint favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Motion for acceptance has been made. Senator Kissel, would you remark further?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Yes. Judge William A. Wenzel hails from Detroit, Michigan and currently lives in South Port. He was first appointed to the bench in 2009 and currently sits hearing the criminal docket and GA-23 in New Haven. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Tulsa, School of Law. Before his 2009 appointment to the bench, Judge Wenzel practiced with Pullman & Comley as well as a firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was quite active in the Bridgeport Bar Association and served on several local Fairfield boards and commissions. I would urge my colleagues here in the circle to vote in favor of Judge Wenzel.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Is there additional comment on this nomination? Seeing none. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I would like to move this matter to the Consent Calendar. Resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, the matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Seeing no objection, will be so ordered.

Clerk will call the next item, Calendar Number 6.

CLERK:

Page 2, Calendar 6, Senate Joint Resolution Number 17, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE GLENN A. WOODS OF MIDDLETOWN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Chair recognizes the distinguished Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move -- I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for adoption. Senator Doyle, would you remark further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Again, I move adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Yes, it's been moved. Would you remark further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Judge Woods became a -- was first appointed to the bench in 2009. He was a graduate -- he is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford. He went to Antioch School of Law and he is currently sitting in Manchester Superior Court GA-12. He -- prior to that, he served in New Haven, several Hartford Civil, Hartford Housing, and Hartford Juvenile. In terms of awards, he's been recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of Men and Women for Justice. He also was the main speaker at Cheshire Academy's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration a few years ago.

He's also serving the -- the Judicial Community by serving the task force to improve access to legal counsel in civil matters and in a final note, Mr. President, you may -- you may or may not be aware, but Mr. Woods is married to one of your long-time staffers -- known very well to the Senate, Cece Woods, a good friend of all of us, and he's an excellent judge and I urge the chamber to support this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Without objection, it will be so ordered.

Clerk will please call on calendar Page 2, Calendar Number 7.

CLERK:

Page 2, Calendar 7, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SUSAN B. HANDY OF OLD LYME TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of this resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved for adoption. Would you remark further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Judge Handy has a long, distinguished career on the bench. At this point in time, she's going for a senior status. She is a -- currently, she's a senior judge in New London Judicial district, but she was first appointed to the bench in 1993. She -- for her undergraduate, she went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and got a Bachelor of Arts. Thereafter, she graduated from University of Connecticut School of Law. She has, you know, several awards through her career. I'll run through a few of them.

She was -- she was the OIC of New London Community Champion Award. She got an award from the MAD National Criminal Justice Award [phonetic], she got an award from the Connecticut Bar Association, and she received Public Service Award from the UConn School of Law Alumni Association. She's also served extensively in the Judicial world -- the Judicial Media Committee, [Advanced On 0: 34: 56] Committee, the Corp, Faculty, Prevention Orientation. She's currently still a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, New London County Bar Association. Judge Handy has a long, distinguished career and I urge the Chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Senator Formica.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to support this nominee, please. Judge Handy has served with honor and distinction and hard work, not only the people of the 20th district where she is located, but throughout the State of Connecticut and I urge support from this Chamber. Thank you so much.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you very much, Senator. Is there additional comment on this nomination? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Seeing no objection, it will be so ordered. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, may we have a vote on our Consent Calendar Number 1, please? If the Clerk can call those items followed by an immediate vote.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, we will proceed to a vote on the Consent Calendar. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered on Consent Calendar Number 1, which includes: on page 1 -- page 1, Calendar 2, Senate Joint Resolution Number 13, page 2, Calendar 3, Senate Joint Resolution Number 14, Page 2, Calendar 4, Senate Joint Resolution Number 15, Page 2, Calendar 5, Senate Joint Resolution 16, Page 2, Calendar 6, Senate Joint Resolution Number 17, and Page 2, Calendar 7, Senate Joint Resolution Number 18.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. The machine will be open for vote on the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you would give another call that there is a vote in progress on the Consent Calendar.

CLERK:

Roll Call ordered in the Senate. Roll Call ordered in the Senate on Consent Calendar Number 1.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Have all members voted? Have all members voted? Would you check the machines to make sure that your vote is properly cast -- and the machine will be closed. The Clerk will please call the tally.

CLERK:

Consent Calendar No. 1

Total number voting 32

Those voting Yea 32

Those voting Nay 0

Absent and not voting 2

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. Consent Calendar Number 1 is adopted. (Gavel)

Our distinguished Majority Leader, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I move immediate transmittal of all items acted upon down to the House of Representatives, please.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. Motion has been made for suspension for immediate transmittal to the House. The items on the first Consent Calendar and also does that motion also include the roll called item, Senator Duff?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Yes, all items that have been acted upon.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Good. Thank you, Senator Duff. Motion for suspension. All in favor.

SENATORS:

Aye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Opposed? Thank you. Suspension is ordered and the matters will be immediately transmitted to the House. Believe that the House is in the process of sending us some business as well.

Chair will now entertain points of personal privilege or announcements. First, Senator Fasano, our distinguished Republican President Pro Tem.

SENATOR FASANO (34TH):

Thank you, Senator Looney. It's good to see you up around and leading the Senate. Senator Looney for a point of personal privilege.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR FASANO (34TH):

Thank you, Senator Looney. Senator Looney, I had the privilege of having my niece shadow me for the last couple of days to determine whether or not she likes politics. I think we all can give her some advice on that, I'm sure. So I'd like the Senate circle to give my niece Margaret Maribella [phonetic] a warm welcome. Margaret. [applause]

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

We're going to show Margaret that you'll never go wrong by listening to her uncle. Any additional points of personal privilege or announcements? If not, we will return to the call of the calendar.

On calendar page 3, if the Clerk would call Calendar Number 8.

CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar Number 8, Senate Joint Resolution Number 19, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PATTY JENKINS PITTMAN OF HAMDEN TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The motion has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Senator Doyle, would you comment additionally?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. Judge Pittman was appointed to the bench in 1992. She's going for renomination today to be a -- to continue her status as a Senior Judge. She does have one flaw in her resume, I believe, and maybe others will disagree, but she's a graduate of Duke University, and I have to be a supportive a little more of UConn, but she's a graduate of Duke University. She's got a Bachelor's of Arts. Thereafter, she went to North Carolina Central School of Law, got a Jurist's Doctorate there.

Since that time, the last term she served, she was a presiding judge in New Britain for three years and then, then she went to Waterbury judicial district and presently, she's in a New Haven judicial district doing civil work, again, as a Senior Judge. I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Will the members comment additionally on this resolution? Seeing no additional comment. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Without objection, it is so ordered. Clerk will proceed to Calendar Number 9 on page 3 of the calendar.

CLERK:

Page 3, Calendar Number 9, Senate Joint Resolution Number 20, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PATRICIA A. SWORDS OF STORRS TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Acceptance and adoption having been made, the motion for -- places the item before us. Senator Doyle, additional comment?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Judge Swords is today going for the status of a Senior Judge. She is currently serving the judicial district of Windham. Over the last term, she's served in -- again, in judicial district of Windham in civil, family, and some criminal. She was the first appointed to the bench in the year 2000. She's a graduate -- a dual graduate of UConn, University of Connecticut School of Law. She got a Bachelor of Arts and subsequent to that she received her Jurist's Doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

She currently has served for -- you know, for -- for us as a member of the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. She testified to the Committee -- to the members of the public it might not seem of consequence, but there is many, many hours to -- to over several years, she worked on with others to basically help our criminal bar to have uniform jury instructions will -- which will be very beneficial to our criminal bar, so again, I urge the chamber to approve this resolution, we make Judge Swords a Senior Judge. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on this resolution? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Seeing no objection. It is so ordered.

Clerk will please call Calendar Number 10 on page 3 of today's calendar.

CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar 10, Senate Joint Resolution Number 21, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE GERARD I. ADELMAN OF MERIDEN TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved for adoption. Senator Doyle, will you comment further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Yes, Mr. President. Judge Adelman before us today is seeking to become appointed by this chamber to become a State Referee. He is currently serving a Hartford court -- in the -- in the Family court. Over the past eight years he served for criminal court in Waterbury. [background noise] He served where is he now family in Hartford -- he also served on the regional family trial docket and also on the family docket in Bridgeport.

He -- Judge Adelman is a graduate of Ohio State University, Bachelor Arts in History. Subsequent to that he was a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law. He's received a few citations from the Chief Justice of Legislature at the time of his retirement as the Judge of the Superior Court because now of course, he's technically re-seeking to become a State Referee. At this time, I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on this resolution? Senator Winfield.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I rise in opposition to this resolution. I want to start broadly and then focus directly and on Judge Adelman. The other day in Judiciary, when we were hearing Judges -- both Wednesday and Friday of last week, as per usual, there were some concern with some of the judges. Judge Adelman was one of them and I had the opportunity to speak with Judge Adelman and over the long weekend, had the opportunity to go back and review what Judge Adelman said and as he suggested to me, go through the testimony that was provided and the transcripts.

You know, I suggested that the hardest thing that we do -- or at least, that I do on the Judiciary Committee despite all of the controversial things that we do, is to take a vote on judges because I am often in a position where I'm not sure that I'm voting yes because that judge belongs on the bench, but I'm voting yes because I'm not sure that I've nailed down the fact that the judge does not belong on the bench and I'm, I guess, loathe to be part of ending someone's career potentially because I'm not sure.

You know, this past weekend, Mr. President, was Martin Luther King's holiday and his birthday and you know, a lot of us were talking about justice and it's interesting that we were talking about justice because while it wasn't Judge Adelman we blamed, a lot of judges come before us and a conversation about justice was had with a judge who doesn't actually appear anymore on the slate of judges and I think when the people who've come before us to testify against some of these justices, what -- judges -- what -- what they're looking for is justice in the court and what they often find is procedure in the court and the two don't always line up.

So in the conversation I was having with Judge Adelman, I think we had a little bit of that conversation. It was about decorum, but it was really about procedure and how that procedure sometimes, I think, precludes being as aware as we should be that people aren't having -- experiencing justice, so I think what happens is it appears at times to people that we're more concerned with making sure that the machine continues to operate as it has been operating and some of these people have come, in a way, to throw their body against the machine and what happens is they get chewed up.

I think that some of these people have come to say to us that something is not right and so with Judge Adelman, there was a conversation about why do these people come in front of us to tell us what they've told us and Judge Adelman suggested in response to Chairman Tong how that some of these people who have never been in his court come before us for some reason he doesn't know. That's possible.

But I went back and I looked at the testimony and I'm -- I think of myself as a detail-oriented person and I recognize that Judge Adelman named off a couple of people in response to Representative Tong and one of those people perhaps they didn't appear in his court, but there was an ex parte order that Judge Adelman signed and so there is an exchange between Judge Adelman and this person but if you're on the Judiciary Committee and you're hearing this, what you hear is, there's no reason why this person might have issue with me.

Now that might not be a lie and untruth, but it also isn't the truth and it was interesting to me that a judge who seemed particularly interested with decorum, because he told me, in exchange he had with me, that one of the things they told him whether or not people were going to be able to follow the orders of the court was the way they operated in the court, so he was concerned with how people operate.

A judge who's concerned with the way that people operate, operate in a way that he raised his hand, he took an oath and then he wasn't transparent. That should be problematic to all of the members of this body. I don't want to ever be in a situation where I'm voting against a judge. I -- I would love to believe that they all come to us and they all belong back on that bench.

But I cannot say today that I feel as though Judge Adelman belongs back on that bench and I think the people of the state look at us and wonder, you know, I remember when I was in House there often was this -- this conversation about what do people see when they see us in the General Assembly and what do they walk away with, and when it comes to this process, we hear, thank you very much Judge for coming before us today, congratulations on your reappointment.

They haven't been reappointed. They've been re-nominated -- and when we use certain words, when we operate in certain ways, it is hard for the people of this state to believe in justice and I know -- listen, I -- I understand that we're talking about people who have the funds to be able to -- even if they're pro se, they have the funds to be able to be pro se. Not everybody can even do that.

But I come from a class of people who haven't always gotten justice in our justice system and when we said we weren't' getting justice, people looked at us and said, oh, you know, you guys, you just always fighting, you're always doing these things and you know, it's a system that works for me.

Well, it hasn't worked for us and it's not exactly the same situation but I can understand why people's individual circumstance becomes their cause -- which some of these judges told us was the problem.

The problem is that they're not getting justice and if I can be a part of trying to get to justice, if I can be a part of doing something better for the people of the state, then that's where I want to stand, and so I rise in opposition to Judge Adelman today.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Winfield. Is there additional comment on this nomination? Senator Suzio.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise in support of Judge Adelman's nomination. I've known Judge Adelman since 1995, when we first served on the Board of Education together in Meriden. He showed me he was a public servant dedicated to the community and to -- especially to the children of the community. He's very well thought of and as a pillar of the community and has been very active in supporting the community in many, many ways and I want to enthusiastically register my vote in support of Gerard Adelman for the nomination. Thank you very much.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Winfield. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the roll.

CLERK:

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you would again call, remind members of the pendency of our roll call.

CLERK:

There is an immediate Roll Call in the Senate. Immediate Roll Call in the Senate.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Have all the members voted? Have all the members voted? Would you check votes to make sure that they are properly -- check your machines to make sure the vote is properly cast and we will now close the machine.

Thank you. The Clerk will please announce the tally.

CLERK:

Senate Joint Resolution Number 21

Total number voting 32

Those voting Yea 25

Those voting Nay 7

Absent and not voting 2

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The resolution is adopted. (Gavel)

Mr. Clerk if you would proceed to the next item on calendar page 3, Calendar Number 11.

CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar 11, Senate Joint Resolution Number 22, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOSEPH P. FLYNN OF ANSONIA TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. The matter has been moved for adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. As the Clerk mentioned, Judge Flynn is going at this point in time, for -- today we're voting on him -- the status to be a State Referee. Judge Flynn has a long, distinguished career on our -- our bench. He served as the Chief Judge of our appellate court for many years. He also has served distinguishably -- with distinguished terms on the Appellate Rules Committee, Chair of the Special Committee to Expedite Termination of Parental Rights and Appeals and the Chair of our Law Library Advisory Committee.

Judge Flynn is part of the heavily noted Fairfield University class at our last Judiciary Committee meeting. He graduated a B. A. from Fairfield University, graduate of Georgetown Law School. So currently, he was designated by Chief Justice Rogers and Chief Appellate Judge DiPentima to sit on the appellate court.

So [although or et al 1: 01: 55] he's a state referees currently serving on the appellate court which our laws allow. He is -- has a very distinguished career and I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on the resolution? Additional comment on the resolution? I would like to point out that Judge Flynn has actually held a position even more distinguished than his career in the judiciary and that is he a former member of this chamber -- was the State Senator for the 17th district some years ago and seeing no additional comments. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing no objection. The matter will be placed on the Consent Calendar.

Mr. Clerk, if you would proceed to call Calendar Number 12 on page 3 of our calendar.

CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar 12, Senate Joint Resolution Number 23, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE RICHARD P. GILARDI OF STRATFORD TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Yes, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved for adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. The -- we're -- the committee is -- I mean, the chamber is considering today the status of Judge Gilardi to become a State Referee. Judge Gilardi was -- was appointed to the bench in the year 2000. He's a graduate with Bachelor of Science from University of Rhode Island. Subsequent to that, he was a graduate of St. John's University Law School. He is currently serving for civil -- the civil side of the Bridgeport Superior Court. He has -- he received awards for serving on the State of Connecticut Public Defender's Commission.

Also, he served -- he had received an award for serving on the Whiting Forensic Institute in my district -- in the 9th district at CVH facility. He has a distinguished -- in the last committee meeting there was some talk of whether members of the Judiciary get involved in civil community affairs sufficiently and certainly Judge Gilardi does. He served for 28 years as a member of the Stratford Civitan Club. He's an active member of his church. He's a [Jude 1: 04: 22] advocate for the New England District of Vatican International and many other matters.

He certainly has provided and he served for years prior to his serving as judge on the Stratford Chamber of Commerce. He also served in the Red Cross Fund Drive, so the bottom line is, Judge Gilardi serves his -- serves the state on the bench and also serves the community -- still serves in his community and I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Other members to remak on this resolution? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing no objection. It is so ordered the matter be placed on our Consent Calendar.

Thank you. Moving now to calendar page 4, Calendar Number 13. Mr. Clerk, if you would call that item.

CLERK:

On page 4, Calendar 13, Senate Joint Resolution Number 24, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE WILLIAM J. SULLIVAN OF WATERBURY TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, the move -- matter has been moved for adoption and passage. Senator Doyle, would you remark further?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. William J. Sullivan commonly known as “Taco Sullivan” was appointed to the bench on 1978. He's a long time resident of Waterbury and he, as many of you are aware, he was the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court for many years. He's currently serving as Judge Trial Referee in the appellate and Superior courts and he's willing to serve us further in the capacity as a Senior Judge.

Chief -- former Chief Justice Sullivan is a graduate of Providence College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He also is a graduate of William & Mary Law School and with his distinguished career, I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment? Senator Hartley.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Good afternoon, Mr. President and it's a pleasure to have you with us and see you there, sir.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

I rise in unequivocal support to the nomination of Justice Sullivan to be a -- to continue to be a referee in the state judicial branch. Former Chief Justice Sullivan is an incredible man. He served in Vietnam with distinction. He came back to his home town, City of Waterbury and practiced law there and got very involved with all of the community organizations which he continues to be very involved with and support, in particularly those organizations dealing with youth and children.

He was honored by the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee several times for his service and for his passionate work also, on behalf of the Veterans in Waterbury and also on a statewide basis and throughout his judicial career, he has exhibited exemplary judicial demeanor and as he has also serving as a referee, so it is with great pride that I also join to support Judge Sullivan and look forward to his continued service on the -- on the bar. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Hartley. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on the resolution? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. The matter has been moved for placement on our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, the matter will be added to our Consent Calendar.

At this point, call on our distinguished majority leader, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

The Senate stand at ease for a moment.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senate will please stand at ease. [phone ring]

Majority leader, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, why don't we have a vote on the second Consent Calendar and if the clerk can read those items, followed by an immediate vote.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. Mr. Clerk, if you would call the items on the second Consent Calendar and then move to an immediate vote on the Consent Calendar.

CLERK:

On page 1, Calendar 2, Senate Joint Resolution Number 13, page 2, Calendar 3, Senate Joint Resolution Number 14. Also on page 2, Calendar 4, Senate Joint Resolution Number 15. Page 2, Calendar 5, Senate Joint Resolution Number 16 --

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

I believe -- Mr. Clerk, I believe you're calling some items that were on the first Consent Calendar. [pause] I believe the second Consent Calendar begins with Calendar page 3, Calendar Number 8. [pause]

CLERK:

Mea culpa. On page 3, Calendar 8, Senate Joint Resolution Number 19, page 3, Calendar 9, Senate Joint Resolution Number 20. Also on page 3, Calendar 11, Senate Joint Resolution Number 22, page 3, Calendar 12, Senate Joint Resolution Number 23, and on page 4, Calendar 13, Senate Joint Resolution Number 24.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. Would proceed to a vote on the Consent Calendar. Mr. Clerk, if you would call for that vote, remind the members there will be a roll call vote in progress.

CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate on Consent Calendar Number 2. Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate. [phone ring]

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you do another call.

CLERK:

Immediate roll call on Senate -- Senate -- Consent Calendar Number 2. Immediate roll call on Senate Consent Calendar Number 2 is in progress.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Have all the members voted? Would you please check the machines to see that your vote has been properly cast? The machine will be closed. And The Clerk will please call the tally.

CLERK:

Consent Calendar No. 2

Total number voting 32

Those voting Yea 32

Those voting Nay 0

Absent and not voting 2

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Consent Calendar Number 2 is adopted. (Gavel)

Our distinguished Majority Leader, Senator Duff, from Norwalk.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I move for suspension and for immediate transmittal to the House of Representatives on Consent Calendar Number 2.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Duff. Motion is for suspension. Is there objection? If not, all in favor.

SENATORS:

Aye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Opposed? Thank you. It is so ordered. The items on Consent Calendar Number 2 will be immediately transmitted to the House of Representatives. For now, we'll take some points of personal privilege or announcements. Senator Suzio.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a point of personal privilege.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Please proceed, Senator.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

I'd like to introduce my daughter and her family. They're sitting in the gallery up there with her children -- and my wife, Kate [phonetic], my daughter Rachel [phonetic] and her five little children. One who looks like she wants to nurse right now. [laughing] I hope there's no Senate rules against that. In addition, my sister -- my -- my other daughter Katelynn [phonetic] and my other daughter Faith [phonetic] from New Mexico, is a nurse in New Mexico visiting too. I'm proud to hae them here and I welcome them down to the Republican caucus room for some cookies if they'd like, afterwards. Thank you very much, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Suzio, and let's give a warm welcome to the -- the family of Senator Suzio. [applause]

Thank you very much. Are there any additional points of personal privilege or announcements at this time? If not, I believe we are -- oh yes. Senator Moore.

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

Thank you, Senator Looney. I would like a moment just to say I've had just the best news in the last couple of moments. I am a great grandmother.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Oh, congratulations. [applause]

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

It is my first. [applause] And if this is anything like my first grandchild, this one will be spoiled and loved to death also. Thank you.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Congratulations, Senator Moore. Let's -- let's give the proper acknowledgement and welcome and celebration for the first grandchild of Senator Moore. First grandchild -- great grandchild. [applause]

Thank you. Are there any additional points of personal privilege or announcements at this time? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Is there business on the Clerk's desk, please?

CLERK:

The Clerk is in possession of Senate Agenda Number 2, dated Wednesday, January 18, 2017. It's been copied and is on Senators' desks.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I move for suspension to adopt Senate Agenda Number 2.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Motion is for suspension to adopt Senate Agenda Number 2, containing items of business from the House of Representatives. All in favor, please indicate by saying “aye”.

SENATORS:

Aye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Opposed? It is so ordered. The Senate Agenda Number 2 is adopted and Senator Duff, would you proceed to mark the items on Senate Agenda Number 2.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. First, I probably should adopt the agenda. I move that all items on Senate Agenda 2 be acted upon as indicated and that the agenda be incorporated by reference into the Senate Journal and transcript.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Good.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I'd like to mark all items on Senate Agenda Number 2 as go and if the Clerk can please call the items in the order that they're listed on the -- on Senate Agenda Number 2. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Duff. The Clerk will proceed to call the items on Senate Agenda Number 2, business from the House, beginning with House Joint Resolution Number 18.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 18, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE SALVATORE C. AGATI OF WATERTOWN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been -- been moved for adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Judge Agati's similar to the recent Justice Sullivan is -- has connections to Waterbury. He is -- has been on the bench since the year 2000. He's a graduate of Fairfield University, a Bachelor Arts in politics. Also a graduate of Temple University Law School and over the past term, he's currently serving New Haven Superior Court, civil side but prior -- during the past term, he served as Waterbury Administrative Judge, the presiding judge of Waterbury. Prior to that, he was serving a Danbury civil and criminal assignment. Prior to that, he was Waterbury complex civil litigation docket and again, as I said, presently, he's in New Haven for civil assignment.

He has received awards from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He also received an Humanitarian Award from the Waterbury Boys and Girls Club which is indicative of his service to the youth of Waterbury and the State of Connecticut and I have other evidence of his service to the community. He also served on Waterbury YMCA Board, Catholic Family Services Board, Holy Cross High School Board, he served as president there and then on the Parish Council of Our Lady of Loreto Church.

He's got a well-rounded commitment to our -- to the community in addition to his stellar service on the bench and I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment? Senator Hartley.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Yes, I rise to support the nomination of Judge Agati to the bench. Judge Agati -- we have been blessed to have him as a presiding judge for some time in the City of Waterbury.

Formerly, he was the Chief Administrator in that judicial district. Besides having a reputation of being an even-handed, fair-minded, thorough judge, he also is known in the community for all of his contributions that have touched the lives of so many and Judge Agati and his family have worked and supported the Literacy Volunteer Group for some time and they have indeed raised the quality of life and helped so many in our community aside from his official capacities serving on the bench and I wholeheartedly support his re-nomination. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Hartley. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing no objection, the matter will be placed on the Consent Calendar, beginning a Consent Calendar Number 3.

Clerk will please call the next item on Senate Agenda Number 2, House Joint Resolution Number 19.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 19, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE MARY-MARGARET D. BURGDORFF OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Judge Burghdorff has been on -- was appointed to the bench by the legislature in 1999. She's educated in the mid-West. She attended St. Mary's College -- I think it's part of Notre Dame in Indiana and got a Bachelor of Arts. She got a -- her Jurist's Doctorate degree from Gonzaga School of Law.

She's currently serving in the Superior Court in Hartford in juvenile matters. Prior to that, for the past term, she served in Middletown Criminal Court for -- for -- for a time. Then she went to Middletown Civil Court, then Middletown Juvenile Court and a court -- of course, as I just said, she's currently serving in Hartford Juvenile Court. She is a thoughtful jurist and I urge this chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved to be placed on our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none. It is so ordered that the matter will be placed on our Consent Calendar Number 3.

Clerk will please call the next item on Senate Agenda Number 2, House Joint Resolution Number 20.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 20, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE KEVIN G. DUBAY OF HARTFORD TO BE A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Judge Dubay is a -- I believe he still is a Hartford resident. He's got -- he was first appointed to the bench in 2000. He's a graduate of Tufts University. He got a B. A. en Cum Laude. He also graduated -- is a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law. He -- in the past, he did serve on a judicial review council from 2012 to 2015. He's currently serving on the judicial branch's Rules Committee.

Over the past -- he's currently serving in the Hartford Superior Court civil docket but over the past eight years he served on the -- the GA criminal docket. Prior to that, he served in Waterbury's complex civil docket and as I said, he's currently serving in Hartford Superior Court civil docket. He's well-known, well respected in the greater Hartford area and I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, the item will be placed on our Consent Calendar Number 3.

If Clerk would please call the next item on Senate Agenda Number 2, which is House Joint Resolution Number 22.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 22, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE CORINNE L. KLATT OF MERIDEN TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Judge Klatt is appearing before us today to seek to be reappointed as a Superior Court judge. She was first appointed by the legislature in 2009. She was educated at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford. She was -- where she received a Bachelor Arts in Political Science. She's a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law in 1982.

Over the past eight years, she served in the Meriden -- sorry, the Litchfield Bantam GA or criminal court. Thereafter, she served in family court in the Fairfield JD. Then, thereafter, she -- and where she serves now she's in the -- she's the Assistant Administrative Judge for JD and for civil and criminal matters in -- in the Meriden court. She also has served in the past as a member of the Connecticut Judges' Association. I urge this chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on House Joint Resolution Number 22? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Oh, Senator Hartley.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Just briefly, I rise also to support the nomination of Corinne Klatt. She has served with distinction in her short term on the bench and I think that her judicial demeanor is one that we benefit from greatly on the judicial branch. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Hartley. Additional comment? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. The matter has been moved to our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none. House Joint Resolution Number 22 will be added to our third Consent Calendar.

Clerk will please call the next item on Senate Agenda Number 2, House Joint Resolution Number 23.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 23, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE KEVIN P. MCMAHON OF NIANTIC TO BE A SENIOR JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Judge McMahon was first appointed to the bench in 1993. He's a graduate of Province College, also a graduate of Western New England School of Law. He does have a unique background as we learned in the -- in the Judiciary Committee this week. His entire professional career, he was a member of -- worked for the judicial branch. He started out as a clerk in the -- in the judicial branch, then he was a prosecutor for many years, then he became a Superior Court Judge, so I think he does bring a unique perspective to the court, coming -- really working up from the -- from the base, moving up to the top as a supreme -- sorry, as a Superior Court Judge.

He's currently serving -- again, he's now -- he's before us today to be a Senior Judge. He's currently serving the London JD and Criminal judge -- he has extensive experience in the criminal court. He also is currently serving as a -- as an -- for Providence College, the alumni group for the Southern Rhode Island group and I urge this chamber to approve Judge McMahon as a Senior Judge. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Senator Formica.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise in support of Judge McMahon. His wide and varied experience has led him to be very hands on and an excellent jurist and I urge my colleagues to support Judge McMahon in his reappointment. Thank you.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. Is there additional comment on this resolution? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, the matter will be placed on our Consent Calendar, Number 3.

Moving on, if the Clerk would call House Joint Resolution Number 24, from Senate Agenda Number 2.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 24, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE DOUGLAS C. MINTZ OF REDDING TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Judge Mintz was first appointed to the bench in 1993. He's a graduate of University of Michigan. He's also a graduate of course, he got a -- he got his Jurist's doctorate degree from Western New England College School of Law. He is currently serving in judicial district of Stamford-Norwack as -- Norwalk, sorry -- as presiding civil judge.

Over the last eight years, he served in the judicial district of Stamford-Norwalk, then he was the presiding judge civil there also. He's also served his community in terms of the law library advisory committee and the Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee.

Mintz also served for many years in the State House. He was Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committees for member -- for many years and he had the -- he served under the legendary Richard Fasano as Chair and Judge Mintz served under him. He did express a bias -- at public he referenced that he had bias towards Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, so hold -- we may hold that against him, but more seriously, he's done an excellent job on the bench and I urge this chamber to approve him for re-nominating him as a Superior Court -- Judge Mintz as a Superior Court Judge. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Additional remarks on this resolution? Additional remarks on the resolution? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved to be placed on our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, it is so ordered. House Joint Resolution Number 24 will be placed on Consent Calendar Number 3.

Clerk will please call the next item, House Joint Resolution Number 25.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 25, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE FLEMMING L. NORCOTT, JR. OF NEW HAVEN TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Judge or Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. is before us today, seeking appointment as a State Referee. Many of you are familiar with his name because he served us from -- with distinction many years on our Supreme Court. Over the -- recently, he was a state referee and he was appointed to serve on the appellate court and I believe on the Supreme Court also for certain -- you know, cases, not as a full-time member.

Justice Norcott has a stellar academic background. He -- he got his Bachelors of Arts of Colombia College and then got his law degree from Colombia University School of Law. He received some awards through the years. He received the George W. Crawford 2014 Trailblazer Award. He also received award from the Connecticut Football Officials Association and Hall of Fame, which leads me to believe actually on the side he is a official for football, which is interesting.

Bottom line is, Justice Norcott has a stellar judicial career and it's our privilege and I hope the chamber will approve this resolution to keep him working for the Judicial Branch as a State Referee. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on House Joint Resolution Number 25? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. The matter has been moved for placement on our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, it is ordered that the item be placed on our Consent Calendar Number 3.

Proceeding now to page 2 of Agenda Number 2. The Clerk would please call House Joint Resolution Number 26.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 26, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE VERNON D. OLIVER OF PORTLAND TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Mr. President. Judge Oliver is before us today seeking another eight year term on our Superior Court. Judge Oliver is a through and through UConn person. He got his -- he got his Political Science degree from the University of Connecticut. He got his Jurist's doctorate degree from University of Connecticut also.

He's currently serving in the Tolland civil court, working on habeas in criminal matters -- actually doing some criminal also -- civil and criminal in Tolland. Over the past eight years, he served in Danielson Criminal Court, then the Hartford-New Britain Housing Court, the Meriden Criminal Court, then the Waterbury Criminal Court and the Tolland Criminal-Civil and Habeas Court, so he -- over his -- over -- since his -- since appointment to the bench in 2009, he's had a varied degree of experience on the bench. I believe he's performed very well and I urge this chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment? If not, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. House Joint Resolution Number 26 has been moved to our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, it is so ordered. The item will be placed on Consent Calendar Number 3.

Mr. Clerk, if you would now call House Joint Resolution Number 27.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 27, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE PHILIP A. SCARPELLINO OF NORTH BRANFORD TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. At this point in time, I would ask that I yield the microphone to Senator Kissel.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Senator Kissel. Do you accept the yield?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you, Mr. President, I do indeed accept the yield and Mr. President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's joint resolution and I urge acceptance.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Kissel?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. Judge Philip A. Scarpellino was born in New Haven and now lives in North Branford. He is married a proud father of one. He has served as a Superior Court judge since 2000 and has spent 14 of the past 16 years hearing criminal cases, most recently in New Haven.

He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, while also receiving a Master's in education from the University of Bridgeport and his law degree from Villanova Law Center. Before his 2000 appointment to the bench, Judge Scarpellino served in the State's Attorney's office.

Judge Scarpellino has had a distinguished career on the bench and is deserving of reappointment and I urge my colleagues to support the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on this resolution? I'll just take the privilege of the chair for a moment, to say that I heartily endorse Senator Kissel's comments, having frequently appeared before Judge Scarpellino who is a -- really, a model of what GA Court Judge should be. Based on his performance in New Haven, over the years. Thank you. No additional comments? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for those excellent remarks and I would move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. The matter has been moved to the Consent Calendar. Is there any objection? Placing this item on our Consent Calendar. Seeing none, it is so ordered and House Joint Resolution Number 27 will be added to Consent Calendar Number 3.

Clerk will please now call House Joint Resolution Number 28.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 28, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JANE S. SCHOLL OF FARMINGTON TO BE A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE -- A SENIOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's joint resolution and I urge acceptance.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Kissel?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much. Senior Judge Jane S. Scholl lives in Farmington. She is married and the mother of two. Since she has served as a Superior Court judge since 2000 and is currently hearing housing and small claims matters. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Law School. Judge Scholl has had an admirable career on the bench and is deserving of reappointment and I urge my colleagues to support the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on the resolution? Seeing none, Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The item has been moved for placement on our Consent Calendar. Is there any objection? Seeing none, the item will be placed on our Consent Calendar Number 3.

The final item in -- from Agenda -- Senate Agenda Number 2 is House Joint Resolution Number 30 and if the Clerk would please call that item.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 30, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE DAWNE G. WESTBROOK OF GLASTONBURY TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, Senator Doyle?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Judge Westbrook was at first appointed to the bench in 2009, so today she's seeking our endorsement to become another term as a Superior Court judge.

Judge Westbrook was educated down South. She went to Fisk University, which I believe is in Tennessee. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She, over the years, received an NAACP award in -- two times -- 2012, 2015, and in 2013, she received the Men and Women for Justice Honoree. She also has served our -- the judicial branch in -- she served the Judicial Education Committee for several years, the Judicial Media Committee, the Executive Committee and the Judicial [Schumann 1: 42: 31] Capital Committee.

Currently, she's serving in Rockville -- Rockville Court in juvenile matters and over the last eight years, she served in the Hartford Superior Court for Juvenile matters, Hartford Family Court, Hartford Criminal Court, and Manchester Criminal Court. So I -- I -- at this point in time, I think Judge Westbrook has done a fine job. I urge the chamber to approve this resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on the resolution? Seeing none. Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The item has been moved for placement on our Consent Calendar. Is there any objection to placing it on the Consent Calendar Number 3? Seeing none. It is so ordered. The item will be placed on our Consent Calendar.

Is the Clerk in possession of additional business?

CLERK:

Clerk is in possession of Senate Agenda Number 3, dated Wednesday, January 18, 2017. It's been copied on Senators' desks.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, move for suspension to act on items on Senate Agenda 3.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator. Move for suspension to act on the single item appearing on Senate Agenda Number 3. All in favor, please indicate by saying “aye”.

SENATORS:

Aye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Opposed? The ayes have it. Senator -- Senate Agenda Number 3 is adopted. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the item on Senate Agenda Number 3, dated Wednesday, January 18, 2017 be acted upon as indicated, that the Agenda be incorporated by reference into the Senate Journal and transcript and if the Clerk can now call House Joint Resolution Number 29.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

House will please call House Joint Resolution Number 29.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution Number 29, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOSE A. SUAREZ OF CHESTER TO BE A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's joint resolution and I urge adoption of the resolution.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

The matter has been moved for acceptance and adoption. Would you remark further, Senator Kissel?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. Judge Jose A. Suarez was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in Chester. He is the married father of two. First appointed to the bench in 2009, Judge Suarez currently serves as the presiding judge of the Hartford family court. A graduate of the University of Dayton, where he studied International Studies, Judge Suarez then matriculated to the University Of Connecticut School Of Law.

He is a member of our state bar as well as the federal bar and many other bars. He spent numerous years in the Office of the Attorney General prior to entering state service, there. He practiced at Freidle Ustach, the law offices of Howard Schiller and House Council for United Technology Corporation.

While sitting on the bench, Judge Suarez has also served as a member of the Judicial Review Council and as a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, and I have to point out that I grew up in the town of Windsor, first English settlement in Connecticut and Oliver Ellsworth is one of our local heroes, as an aside. [laughing] Judge Suarez has done well in his first term as a Superior Court judge and is deserving of reappointment and I urge my colleagues to support the resolution. Thank you, Mr. President.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Kissel. Is there additional comment on this resolution? Additional comment on the resolution? Seeing none, Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I move this resolution to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

House Joint Resolution Number 29 has been moved for placement on our Consent Calendar. Is there objection? Seeing none, the item will be placed on our Consent Calendar. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I move for a vote on our Consent Calendar, Consent Calendar Number 3. If the Clerk can call the items on the Consent Calendar, followed by an immediate vote.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you would please call -- read the items on Consent Calendar Number 3, and then call for an immediate vote as requested by our Majority Leader.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolutions Numbers 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, and 29.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. We will proceed now to a vote on the third Consent Calendar. Mr. Clerk, if you would please call for roll call vote.

CLERK:

On Consent Calendar Number 3, immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate roll call in the Senate on Consent Calendar Number 3.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you would announce again that there is a roll call in progress.

CLERK:

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate on Consent Calendar Number 3. Immediate Roll Call in progress in the Senate.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Mr. Clerk, if you would, we will close the machines -- and if you would announce the tally.

CLERK:

Consent Calendar No. 3

Total number voting 31

Those voting Yea 31

Those voting Nay 0

Absent and not voting 3

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. Consent Calendar Number 3 is adopted. (Gavel)

Our Majority Leader, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I believe that concludes our business for today. Before we adjourn, I will yield for any announcements or points of personal privilege.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Mr. Majority Leader. Are there any members seeking recognition for purposes of announcements or points of personal privilege? Senator Gomes.

SENATOR GOMES (23RD):

Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. I just wanted to announce there will be a -- a Labor Committee meeting tomorrow at 11 a. m. and we will be in room 1-D. Thank you very much. Bye-bye.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you, Senator Gomes. Senator Logan.

SENATOR LOGAN (17TH):

Thank you. For the purpose of a general notation.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR LOGAN (17TH):

Senator Guglielmo missed votes today, due to family business out of state.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Good, thank you, Senator. It will be so noted. Any additional announcements or points of personal privilege? Nope, seeing none. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, with no other announcements or points of personal privilege, I -- before we do that -- I would announce that the Senate should be in session on February the 1st, so if everybody can hold their calendars for February the 1st as our next session date and with no other business on our desk, Mr. President, I would move that we adjourn, subject to the call of the Chair.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. So ordered. The motion has been made and ordered that the Senate adjourn, subject to the call of the Chair for our next session on February 1st. Thank you. The Senate stands adjourned.

(On motion of Senator Duff of the 25TH, the Senate at 2: 39 p. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair. )

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