CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 11: 38 o'clock a. m. , the President in the Chair.

THE CHAIR:

The Senate please come to order. Members and guests please rise. Direct your attention to Father Nock, who will lead us in prayer.

REVEREND JAMES J. NOCK:

Let us pray. Almighty Father, we ask your blessing this morning on this circle, as we come together to prepare for the Governor's budget address. Let us remember these beautiful words and guide of a statesman Edmund Burke, who reminds us “the government is the people. ” We ask this of you, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Father. At this time, I'm going to ask Senator Witkos to come up here and lead us in prayer since, Senator Minor is not in the Chamber.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

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.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you so much. Thank you very much, Senator. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Good morning, Madam President. Madam President, before we ask the Clerk if he has any business on his desk, I'd like to just take a moment of personal privilege, please.

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President, I would like to introduce some folks who are guests today in the Chamber.

First, I would like to introduce Ceci Maher, who is the Executive Director and President of Person-to-Person that serves Norwalk and Darien and Stamford, as well. And I know Senator Leone is going to have a few words to say as well.

Secondly, I'd like to also introduce my mom, Joanne Duff, who is here today as well. And I'd like to, if I can ask for the Senate to give their normal warm welcome, and then I will yield to Senator Leone. [Applause]

THE CHAIR:

Welcome to the Chamber. Senator Leone, will you accept the yield, sir.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

I would gladly. Thank you, Madam President.

I also want to rise to welcome both ladies, they are both youthful in appearance, so I will welcome that. Ceci Maher, as the Executive Director of Person-to-Person, their organization does such an outstanding job on helping our communities all up and down Fairfield County, not just in Stamford, Norwalk, and Darien, even though that's where they are located. They have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people in all manner of need, and they continue to do so even in these tough fiscal times.

So, without their generosity and their network, the state would not be able to fill all its obligations. So, they are a true partner, and I welcome her and I thank her and her organization for all that they have done for our constituents and many other constituents of members of the circle. So, I just second that applause.

And, of course, Mrs. Duff, we do enjoy her company every time she comes up here. We are very proud of her son, who is still very youthful looking, maybe not so much for the rest of us. So, both ladies are leaders in their own rights, so I welcome all of the applause. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, and welcome again. I appreciate it. Are there any other points of personal privilege? Seeing none, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

The Clerk is in possession of Senate Agenda's 1, 2, and 3, all dated Wednesday, February 8, 2017. They have been copied and are on senator's desk.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move all items on Senate Agendas 1, 2, and 3, dated Wednesday, February 8, 2017, to be acted upon as indicated and that the agenda be incorporated by reference in the Senate Journal and transcript.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I'd like to mark the items on our agendas go -- with the Calendar, I'm sorry, I did that last time.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

I'm sorry. Madam President, if I can start with the Senate Calendar, on all items that are Executive and Legislative nominations, if I can mark them all go.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. And if on our agenda -- let's see, our agendas 2 and 3, just 2, I'm sorry, if we can mark those Executive Legislative nominations go, as well.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. The Clerk can call those in that order.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

On page 1, Calendar 32, Senate Joint Resolution No. 33, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF ROBERT J. AARONSON OF GREENWICH TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I'm going to kind of fly through all of these --

THE CHAIR:

That's great.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

-- and move along on the nominations.

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

Mr. Aaronson holds a MGA, Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, formerly Director of Airports Council of International -- Airports Council International, located in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently the Board Chairman of Propeller Airports, and I urge a favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, I'm sorry, Senator Frantz.

SENATOR FRANTZ (36TH):

Thank you, I didn't know that was going to be the first item on the agenda today, but I stand in favor, strong favor of Robert Aaronson being reappointed to the Board of Directors.

He has an incredible wealth of experience in working with the airports both owned by the state, owned by states, and ones that are owned by port authorities as well as private ones as well. And he is responsible, along with the team, for the new international flight, which goes to Dublin, Aer Lingus. I highly encourage you to look in to that and go, it's an amazing place to visit, and it puts you in a great position to go fly to a lot of other places throughout Europe.

So, I can't tell you how great and how lucky he is and how lucky we are as a state to have him participating at that level. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, might this item be placed on the Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Also, on page 1, Calendar 33, Senate Joint Resolution No. 34, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF ELLIOTT LANDON OF WESTPORT TO BE APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION ARBITRATION BOARD.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, Mr. Landon is from Westport. He holds a Doctorate of Education and Administration from Columbia University. Formerly Superintendent of Westport schools, a member of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. I urge a favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, might this item be placed on the Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

On page 2, Calendar 34, Senate Joint Resolution No. 35, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF GAIL MCKINLEY-ANDERSON OF LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION ARBITRATION BOARD.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Ms. McKinley-Anderson is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She holds a six-year degree in Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. Currently a labor relations consultant. Author of “Practice Guide to Interest Arbitration. ” And I urge a favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move, if there is no objection, I'd like to place this item on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Also, on page 2, Calendar 35, House Joint Resolution No. 31, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF KATHERINE SCHARF DYKES OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A UTILITY COMMISSIONER OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, Ms. Dykes holds a J. D. from Yale Law School, is currently Utility Commissioner at PURA. Formerly the Deputy Commissioner of Energy for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Somebody who I have worked with for a very long time, very capable, and will do a great job. And I urge a favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, I'd like to place this item on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

On page 2, Calendar 36, House Joint Resolution No. 32, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF PETER W. LISI OF WEST HARTFORD AS CHAIRPERSON OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Lisi is from West Hartford. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently Director of the Office of Sponsor Programs of the University of Hartford. Currently the Vice Chair of the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority. And I urge a favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might this item be placed on the Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Page 2, Calendar 37, House Joint Resolution No. 42, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF BRETT C. BROWCHUK OF AVON TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I don't believe there is objection. I'd like to move this item to the Consent Calendar, please.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar 35 -- I'm sorry, Calendar 38, House Joint Resolution No. 43, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THEODORE M. DOOLITTLE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Doolittle is from West Hartford. And if there is no objection, I'd like to place this item on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

And on page 3, Calendar 39, House Joint Resolution No. 44, EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 44 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MARY ELLEN S. JONES OF GLASTONBURY TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Ms. Jones is from Glastonbury and I don't think there is objection. Might this item be placed on the Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

From Senate Agenda, No. 2, House Joint Resolution No. 56, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF AVIVA D. BUDD OF STAMFORD TO BE APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution No. 57, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL R. RICCI OF GUILFORD TO BE APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION ARBITRATION BOARD.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution No. 59, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF DONALD HARRIS JR. OF BLOOMFIELD TO BE APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution No. 60, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF AMINA S. LAMPKIN OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE APPOINTED A NONVOTING STUDENT MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution No. 61, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF CORAL ORTIZ OF NEW HAVEN TO BE APPOINTED A NONVOTING STUDENT MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

And House Joint Resolution No. 62, RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF ALLAN B. TAYLOR, ESQUIRE OF HARTFORD TO BE REAPPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, might we place this item on our Consent Calendar?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. May we stand at ease for just a moment?

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand at ease. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I'd like to call the first Consent Calendar, please, and if the Clerk can read the items on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk, will you please read the items and call for a Roll Call vote on the Consent Calendar.

CLERK:

House Joint Resolution No. 56, House Joint Resolution No. 57, House Joint Resolution No. 59, House Joint Resolution No. 60, House Joint Resolution No. 61, House Joint Resolution No. 62. On page 1, Calendar 32, Senate Joint Resolution No. 33. Also, on page 1, Calendar 33, Senate Joint Resolution No. 34. Page 2, Calendar 34, Senate Joint Resolution No. 35. Page 2, Calendar 35, House Joint Resolution No. 31. Also, on page 2, Calendar 36, House Joint Resolution No. 32. On page 2, Calendar 37, House Joint Resolution No. 42. On page 3, Calendar 38, House Joint Resolution No. 43, and on page 3, Calendar 39, House Joint Resolution No. 44.

THE CHAIR:

At this time, please call for a Roll Call vote and the machine is open.

CLERK:

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate.

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate.

THE CHAIR:

If all members have voted, all members have voted, the machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call a tally. Interesting, sir, you voted. It's closed.

CLERK:

On the first Consent Calendar for today.

Total Number of Voting 32

Those Voting Yea 32

Those Voting Nay 0

THE CHAIR:

The Consent Calendar passes. [Gavel] Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

We're all a little bit -- we know nothing.

THE CHAIR:

See nothing.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

I see nothing.

THE CHAIR:

Holy Mackerel.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

I thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I move for suspension of our rules so that items that need to be acted by the House of Representatives could be acted as for immediate transmittal.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If the Clerk can call Senate -- from Senate Agenda No. 1, Senate Resolution No. 12.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk. I'm sorry, Senator Duff. I'm sorry, Senator Duff, did you -- would you repeat what you want the Clerk to call, please?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Yes, I would like to ask for suspension and on Senate Agenda No. -- well, Senate -- let's have the suspension of the rules, please, so we can take up-

--

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection --

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

-- Senate Agenda No. 1, Resolution No. 12.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, if the Clerk can call --

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Senate Resolution No. 12, RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE IS READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION. (LCO No. 3626, introduced by Senators Duff and Fasano).

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move adoption of the resolution, which is our standard procedure of resolution convening the Joint Convention.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

We have to vote.

THE CHAIR:

All in favor, please say aye. Opposed? Motion carries. Thank you.

So, at this time, I appoint for the -- am I doing this right? I appoint the Committee of Senator Gomes, Senator Cassano, Senator Somers, Senator Logan, to inform the House that the Senate is ready to meet in Joint Convention.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Make sure they have the coffee out, the cake on --

THE CHAIR:

Yeah, right.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

-- and they vacuumed. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Before we go downstairs, I would just yield to any members again on points of personal privilege.

THE CHAIR:

Are there any points of personal privilege? Are there any points of personal privilege? Seeing none, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move we adjourn, subject to the call of the Chair.

THE CHAIR:

The motion is on adjournment. So moved.

(On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 11: 59 a. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair. )

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