CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 1: 46 o'clock p. m. , the President in the Chair.

ACTING CHAPLAIN NOELE R. KIDNEY:

In these difficult times, may our leaders find in their hearts the guidance and wisdom to do what is best for the people of Connecticut.

SENATOR BERTHEL (32ND):

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:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Good afternoon. Madam President is there business on the clerk's desk?

THE CHAIR:

Clerk.

CLERK:

Senate Agenda No. 1 dated Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff. Good afternoon.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move that all items on Senate Agenda No. 1 dated Wednesday, April 19, 2017 be acted upon as indicated, that the addendum be incorporated by reference of the Senate Journal and transcript.

THE CHAIR:

So, ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President before we get going on the markings I know we have a few points of personal privilege. Senator Gerratana, Senator Hwang, and Senator Berthel each have points of personal privilege.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. We will start. Senator Gerratana, do you have a point of personal privilege? Senator Gerratana please.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Okay there we go. [laughter] Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I did have with me, they just had to leave, but two students today who are shadowing me. I introduced them to some of the senators here. Senator Formica had a nice conversation with them. They are from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Ryan Brobericki [phonetic]and Tess Robinson. I'm sorry they're not here. They had to leave to go back to class, but I appreciate the privilege. Thank you, Madam.

THE CHAIR:

I'm sure they had a wonderful time with you. Thank you. Senator Hwang.

SENATOR HWANG (28TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I want to take a brief moment to recognize that today is Alzheimer's Awareness Day and they had a terrific ceremony at the Old Judiciary. Saying that, I want to introduce a constituent who is one incredible young man. Max Rosenberg has, himself, raised over $ 7,000 last year and this year has close to over $ 15,000 raised to raise awareness in Alzheimer's. Max's involvement is because of the illness befalling his grandmother and his realization that it is an insidious illness that needs to be eradicated. I want to ask this chamber to rise and give this young man and the awareness of Alzheimer's a big hand. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Yeah. [Applause]

SENATOR HWANG (28TH):

Thank you very much, ma'am.

THE CHAIR:

Max, congratulations. Max, you should be proud of yourself. Thank you for doing that. Senator Berthel.

SENATOR BERTHEL (32ND):

Thank you, Madam President. I rise also for acknowledgement of the Alzheimer's Advocacy Day today.

THE CHAIR:

Please be seated.

SENATOR BERTHEL (32ND):

Behind me are a number of distinguished guests from the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut. I am going to do one specific shout out to Ed Bryant, who happens to be my constituent from Watertown, who is here. As my good colleague to the left here already stated, this is a terrible disease. I'm really very pleased to see them here today to bring additional awareness and advocacy for this terrible illness that affects so many families throughout Connecticut and throughout the United States. So, welcome to the Senate Chamber. If you would all join me in welcoming this fine group of people. Thank you, Madam. [applause]

THE CHAIR:

Thank you all for all you're doing. The awareness of the disease maybe will put everything on the calendar to find a cure for the disease, so thank you so very, very much. It means a lot. Are there any other points of personal privilege? Are there any other points? Seeing none, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, for today's markings.

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On calendar, page 1, Calendar 251, go. House Joint Resolution 106, go. Calendar 252, House Joint Resolution 107, go. On page 2, Calendar 253, House Joint Resolution 108, go. Calendar 254, House Joint Resolution 109, go. Calendar No. 255, House Joint Resolution No. 110, go. Calendar 256, House Joint Resolution 111, go. And, on calendar, page 2, under favorable reports Calendar 49, Senate Bill 755, go. That will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. And, on calendar, page 4, Calendar 71, Senate Bill 762, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On calendar, page 5, Calendar 78, Substitute for Senate Bill 834, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On calendar, page 6, Calendar 87, Senate Bill 867, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On calendar, page 9, Calendar 110 Substitute for Senate Bill 353. That is a go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On calendar, page 15, Calendar 137, Senate Bill 924, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. Calendar 138, Substitute for Senate Bill 798, go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. Calendar 139, Substitute for Senate Bill 846, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. Calendar 140, Senate Bill 848, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Chair. On page 16, Calendar 144, Senate Bill 833 is a go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Chair. On page 18, Calendar 159, Senate Bill 816, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On page 19, Calendar 163, Substitute for Senate Bill 839, go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Chair. On page 20, Calendar 172, Substitute for Senate Bill 937, is a go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Chair. On page 22, Calendar 181, Substitute for Senate Bill 900, go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On calendar, page 185, Substitute for Senate Bill 946, is a go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On calendar, page 23, Calendar 189, Substitute for Senate Bill 961, is a go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On calendar, page 24, Substitute for Senate Bill 968, is a go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. And, on calendar, page 28, Calendar 217, Senate Bill 842 is a go. It will be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. And, Madam Chair, if I can ask the clerk to call those bills in that order, please.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 1, Calendar 251 House Joint Resolution No. 106. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MOTKUE A. BOWLES OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Bowles is from West Hartford. He has a B. A. Concentrating in Corporate and Organizational Studies from the University of Connecticut. Currently, he is a store manager at Sleepy's Mattress Firm. He has been an alternate member of the Judicial Review Council. I move 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 be placed on our Consent Calendar, please?

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

Also, on page 1, Calendar 252, House Joint Resolution No. 107 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL J. JANUSKO OF ROCKY HILL TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CONNECTICUT LOTTERY CORPORATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark further?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Janusko is from Rocky Hill. He holds a B. S. in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. He is a part-time controller at Armani Restoration Incorporated as a uniformed and certified public accountant. I move favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

I'm sorry, sir. Will you remark further on bill? Will you remark further? Seeing not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

On page 2, Calendar 253, House Joint Resolution No. 108 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RUSSELL L. LONDON, ESQUIRE OF WETHERSFIELD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. London is from Wethersfield. He holds a J. D. from Washington Elite School of Law, a B. A. with honors from Bates College. Currently, a co-managing attorney at London & London, and I urge your favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on nomination? Will you remark further on the bill? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we place this on the Consent Calendar, please?

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also, on page 2, Calendar 254, House Joint Resolution No. 109 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF DAVID A.  LUCAS, JR.  OF OLD SAYBROOK TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY BOARD OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Lucas is from Old Saybrook. Currently, a principal officer and secretary treasurer of Teamster's Local 671. Currently, the Co-Chairman of the New England Area Parcel Grievance Committee, and I urge your favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the resolution? 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 objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 2, Calendar 255, House Joint Resolution No.  110 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF PETER W.  NATHAN OF WESTPORT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

of the resolution.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Nathan is from Westport. Currently, president of PWN Exhibicon International LLC. Formerly a senior manager at the Javits Convention Center. He served as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps, and I urge your favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark on the resolution? Will you remark on the resolution? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

Page 2, Calendar 256, House Joint Resolution No.  111 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RICHARD SMITH OF MILFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

of the resolution.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and adoption. Will you remark?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Mr. Smith is from Milford. He holds a B. A. with distinction from Yale University. Currently, a director of IT Regulatory and Legal Support for AT&T and a certified e-Discovery Specialist with an issued patent for System and Method to Manage Electronic Data Related to Legal Matters, and I urge your favorable vote.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Good afternoon. I'm sorry to break the flow --

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

-- but I do need to just stand and rise in support of the nomination of Richard Smith from Milford. I've known Mr. Smith for many, many years. He's a fine man. He's been active in our community his whole life. He's a great Milfordite. He attended Yale University and Trinity College. He's a great Connecticut guy. He has served in multiple roles in various organizations, including our Milford Democratic Town Committee, of which he is currently the Chair, and he also currently serves as the Chairman of Milford's Police Commission. Rich has integrity. He's smart. He does his homework, and he's great to work with. He's always happy to work with everyone. His commitment to public service is of the highest level. He will make an exemplary member of the Judicial Review Council, and I'm proud to support his nomination today. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. With that fine endorsement, might we move this item to Consent Calendar, please.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

Page 2 --

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

-- Madam President. Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Sorry. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On the next marking, Calendar 49, Senate Bill 755, I'd like to mark that item PT, please.

THE CHAIR:

Item will be marked PT.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you. If we could move to the next item after that?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On Page 4, Calendar 71, Senate Bill No. 762 AN ACT CLARIFYING THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF THE LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN IN THE MANDATED REPORTING OF ABUSE OF ELDERLY PERSONS AND DELETING OBSOLETE STATUTORY PROVISIONS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator McCrory. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR MCCRORY (2ND):

Good afternoon to you ma'am, Madam President. Madam President I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR MCCRORY (2ND):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Currently, existing law requires certain professionals who are mandated reporters to notify the Department of Social Service when they reasonably suspect an elderly person who has been abused, neglected, abandoned, or exploited or needs protective services. This bill clarifies that representatives of The Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman are not mandated reporters of elderly abuse. In doing so, the bill confirms through the state law and new federal regulations. By law, representatives of The Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman include Regional Ombudsman, residents, advocates, and office employees whom the state Ombudsman designate. In addition, the bill also makes technical changes including replacing the term patient's advocate with resident's advocate to reflect current terminology. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Good afternoon, Senator Kelly.

SENATOR KELLY (1ST):

Good afternoon, Madam President. And, I rise in favor of this aging committee bill on this Alzheimer's lobby day. This is a good bill. What it does, is it clarifies the role of the Ombudsman and it conforms it with current federal law, The Older American's Act and state law. In particular, the Ombudsman plays a special role in this in that they have personal relationships with seniors in skilled nursing facilities, and a high degree of trust goes into that relationship. What this bill will do is not compromise that trust by making them a mandatory reporter. In fact, it won't have a chilling effect on those discussions. So, what this will do, is it will give the Ombudsman the tools necessary to protect individuals, and there's also other people in nursing homes that are already mandatory reporters, so if there is abuse, there are people there to report it. I would urge support of the circle on this bill.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator McCrory.

SENATOR MCCRORY (2ND):

Yes, Madam President. If there's no objection, I will ask that this bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

On page 5, Calendar 78, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 834 AN ACT CONCERNING THE FOREST PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD AND GRACE PERIODS FOR THE RENEWAL OF CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kennedy. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

Yes, Madam President, just a few words. I know our time is short this afternoon, and this bill is to make some common-sense revisions to some current statutes that we have regarding Forest Practitioner Certification Process, pesticide applicator renewal processes, and the way the appointments are made to the Forest Practices Advisory Board. So, this was brought to us by the Forest Products Industry in our state, which is an important industry. It's supported by environmental organizations, as well such as Audubon and the Connecticut Parks and Forest Association. It passed out of the Committee unanimously, and I urge my colleagues to pass it this afternoon.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator Kennedy. Will you remark? Senator, you can stand up now. I thought you were getting a little nervous. Go ahead, there you go. [laughter] Senator Miner.

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I too rise in support of bill. We had a couple of bills this year that dealt with extending the time that someone would have to file to renew their license. This isn't the only one. It seemed to make sense to the Committee. I would also urge passage and, Madam President, if it's acceptable, I would like to move this to consent.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kennedy.

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

I concur with that motion, and I also move that it be placed on the Consent Calendar if there's no objection.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 6, Calendar 87, Senate Bill No. 867 AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE REGISTRIES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Leone. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. A pleasure to see you again. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Yes, I will. Thank you very much, Madam President. Today, this bill and act concerning notice requirements for home healthcare registries is a bill that has been before us in the past, but this year this is a bill that was supported by both entities that were instrumental in getting us to this legislation between the home care providers and health care registries. What this bill does with an exception is require homemaker companion service registry to provide consumers a written legal liability notice before starting services. Rather than the four days after supplying or referring the services previously from last year. If there is an emergency, however, the current four-day notice deadline would apply providing specific details of the emergency are submitted, signed by the consumer or his representative and submitted to the DCP on approved form. So, in simplistic terms, this bill simply requires that consumers are notified before any services commences barring an emergency. It passed out of the Committee unanimously. I appreciate all of the support of the members in our two chairs on the Committee, and I would urge passage of this bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Witkos. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I just want to offer comments. I concur with my Co-Chair's assessment of the bill and urge the chamber's adoption. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Leone.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Yes, Madam President. If there's no objection, I would gladly put this on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

On page 9, Calendar 110, that is Substitute for Senate Bill No. 353. AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN APPRENTICE, JOURNEYMEN AND CONTRACTOR WORKING GROUP.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR WITKOS(8TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This topic of conversation has been before the General Law Committee for several years, and I think we owe a lot of credit to both the union and the nonunion tradesmen for coming together and working over the summer to reach some agreement that both parties signed off on. As a result of that hard work, there will be, under this bill, a 10-member working group which will meet at least three times every year to discuss the hiring ratios for apprentices, journeymen, and contractors. The hiring ratio relief and they'll report back it's recommendations to the General Law Committee. Under the certain trades, the bill reduces by two the number required to supervise three or more apprentices in the following trades: Those being electrical plumbing, heating, piping and cooling sprinkler, fitter, and sheet metal work. It retains the 1: 1 ratio for the apprenticeship on site and the 2 apprenticeship to 2 journeymen on site as well. I will say that when a working group is formed to 10 members, one chair person must be from a union member, the other chair person from a nonunion member. And, Madam President, I believe the clerk has in his possession LCO 6017. I asked that it be called and that I'd be allowed to summarize.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6017 Senate “A” offered by Senators Leone, Witkos, and Representative Baram.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS(8TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. To the circle, what this amendment does is it clarifies on two positions on the formation of the working group that one member from the union shall be the business manager or his designee and from the industry trade group, it shall be the president of the group or the president's designee. I urge the chamber's adoption on the amendment as presented. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark on the amendment? Seeing none, I'll try your minds. All those in favor to Senate “A” please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? Senate “A” is adopted. Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. With the adoption of the amendment, I think this is a great move to allow more people to enter into the trades that we so desperately need in the state of Connecticut while doing so in a safe, supervised manner, and I ask the chamber's passage.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Leone.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I also rise in support of this legislation, and I want to give credit to our house chairman, Representative Baram, who was instrumental in getting the parties together along with Senator Witkos and myself. Because this has been an issue that has been a concern for numerous years and the end result with the task force that was presented in the off session, all of the people did come together to produce a really good piece of legislation, which we have here today. I don't think we could have done it without the support of our chairmen and the support of the Committee. I urge passage and support of the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no further debate, I would ask that this be moved to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, I'd like to move it to the Consent Calendar seeing no objection. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 15, Calendar 137, Senate Bill No. 924 AN ACT REQUIRING THAT HEALTH CARRIERS USING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE PAY A MINIMUM COMMISSION TO CERTAIN INSURANCE PRODUCERS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Larson. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Good afternoon, Madam President. How are you today?

THE CHAIR:

Fantastic and yourself?

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Wonderful. I move in acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill provides currently for brokers who work, develop, and distribute healthcare plans. Sometimes, however, their plans end up directly going to the public exchange. Once the plan is on the exchange and sold, the broker does not receive any type of compensation in the form of commission for the work he or she did with regard to the plan. This bill would seek to remedy this situation by providing broadbased guidelines of some type of commission paid to the broker through the dollar amount that is not specifically stated in this bill. I will note that many people have supported this, including the Healthcare Advocate, as well as the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Plans, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Senator Kelly.

SENATOR KELLY (21ST):

Thank you, Madam President. I also rise in support of this bill. What it will do is allow individuals who are purchasing insurance on the exchange to have the same benefits of anybody else that buys health insurance, and that is the benefit of a broker who is going to be able to explain what the policy does, what it means to you and your family, and basically how to use the insurance product. It was something that we didn't have in the exchange in Connecticut, one of the few states in the country, but this will go a long way to giving those individuals the same benefits that families buying insurance in other areas already have. So, I certainly rise in support of this and would urge members to support it also. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Thank you, Madam President. I'd ask for a roll call vote on this bill.

THE CHAIR:

Okay. Seeing no objections, Mr. Clerk will you please call for a Roll Call vote and the machines will be open.

THE CLERK:

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

THE CHAIR:

All members have voted, all members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call the tally.

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 924.

Those voting Yea 36

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 0

THE CHAIR:

The bill has been passed. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also, on page 15, Calendar 138, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 798. AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBE OR THE MOHEGAN TRIBE OF INDIANS OF CONNECTICUT.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Gugliemo. Good afternoon.

SENATOR GUGLIEMO (35TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Good afternoon. I move acceptance of the Committee's Joint favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR GUGLIEMO (35TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Basically, it was an oversight in the beginning. The chief states attorney came up and testified in support and indicated that this was an oversight. It allows mutual aid agreement so that the tribal police can assist neighboring towns the way any other true police forces can cooperate. I think it's really important because of where the -- you know in this age of terrorism and where the tribal police are located next to the sub base. It's something that should be taken care of and this bill does that.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will anybody remark further on this?

SENATOR GUGLIEMO (35TH):

If not, Madam President, I request this be moved to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

Page 15. Calendar 139. Substitute for Senate Bill No. 846. AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY OFFICER LICENSES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Thank you, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill aims to provide security guards with notice from DESPP that their license will expire within 90 days. This bill will align the security guard licensing renewals with what is currently in practice for gun licenses.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Will you remark further? Seeing not, Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

It's my understanding that we need a vote on this, so I would ask for a roll call, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk. I have a Roll Call vote. Would you announce it please and the machine will be open?

THE CLERK:

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

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg, Senator McCrory, can you please vote and pass your vote? Thank you.

All members have voted, all members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call the tally.

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 846.

Total Number Voting 36

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 0

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 15, Calendar 140, Senate Bill No. 848. AN ACT PROHIBITING THE OPERATION OF GREYHOUND RACING IN THE STATE.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Madam President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark further sir?

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill aims to abolish the practice of Greyhound racing in the state. There are currently no active dog tracks and no active licensing, per DCP. This bill does not prohibit off-track betting on dog racing televised in this state.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Thank you, Madam President. If there is no objection, I'd ask that this bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

No. I think we have to call for Roll Call vote. At this time, Mr. Clerk, will you please call for Roll Call vote and machine will be opened.

THE CLERK:

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

THE CHAIR:

All members have voted, all members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call the tally.

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 848.

Total Number Voting 36

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 2

Those absent and not voting 0

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 16, Calendar 144, Senate Bill No. 833. AN ACT CONCERNING BEE INSPECTIONS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kennedy.

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR KENNEDY (12TH):

Just very briefly. This body may remember last year we passed the nation's most comprehensive pollinator protection bill in the country and one of the provisions was to ask the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to come up with some important recommendations for the state entomologist and this bill comes before us by the Agricultural Experiment Station and the state entomologist. It's a technical bill, but it will provide small but important recommendations to allow the state bee inspector to proactively inspect hives and address issues of the varroa mites, which are an important contributing factor. The dramatic decline in pollinators, which of course, impacts our ability to grow food and our agricultural economy. So, I think this is an important bill, and I urge my colleagues to support it.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Will you remark further? Thank you --

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I concur with the comments of my Co-Chair with regard to this bill. Madam President, the importation of bees is a very common practice in the state of Connecticut. This bill does provide an opportunity to request, require a health certificate. It also sets about an increase in the fee, actually, for registering your bees. One of the biggest problems we have is that bees are kind of in the decline, and we also don't know exactly why. And, so whether it's tracheal mites, whether it's foulbrood; there are a number of things that a bee inspector would inspect for. This is an important bill. It doesn't look like much, but I also support it. Madam President, I would ask, if without objection, that it be moved to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

On page 18, Calendar 159, Senate Bill No. 816. A N ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE TO CERTAIN FUNDS TRANSFERS UNDER THE ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER ACT.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. It was a pleasure today to meet your cousin in the chamber.

THE CHAIR:

Oh, it was great to have them up. Thank you.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill before us was passed out unanimously at a Judiciary Committee. It deals with a universal commercial code, which is kind of a technical code that maybe the lawyers that took the Bar are familiar with, but basically really it's a convergence between federal law and state law. It ensures that our Universal Commercial Code Article 4A applies to all remittent transfers. Since we earlier passed our Universal Commercial Code 4A, the federal law has changed. Therefore, there is a gap in coverage, so this piece of legislation just ensures that our state of Connecticut UCC Code applies to all remittent transfers. I urge the chamber to approve it. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Good afternoon Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. Great to see you this afternoon. I also stand in strong support of this measure. It addresses a rather small gap in coverage when it comes to these kinds of commercial transactions. This proposal was strongly supported by the commercial law section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and again, I would urge my colleagues to support the measure. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Madam President, without objection, I move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

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

THE CLERK:

On page 19, Calendar 163, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 839. AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING REVISIONS TO ITS STATUTES AND REFERENCES TO INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on passage. Go ahead. [laughing]

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

[laughing]Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, the bill before us comes from the Department of Developmental Services. It is by their request it make certain technical and minor revisions to their statutes. It has, in there, some changes to language making the language more respectable for people with developmental disabilities. It also replaces a council of the developmental services, a member who would represent those with autism spectrum from the council, since DDS has transferred those services over to DSS, and it also repeals an obsolete provision in our statue. Thank you Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further on the bill? Seeing none, Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 20 --

THE CHAIR:

I'm sorry, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I would like to mark this item PT and move on to the next item, please.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 22, Calendar 181, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 900. AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE ELECTRIC SUPPLIER COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS AND ADVERTISING AND CONTRACT PROVISIONS AND THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY'S REPORTING OF ELECTRIC RATES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Formica. Good afternoon.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. How are you?

THE CHAIR:

Good, and yourself, sir?

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

I move acceptance of the Committee's Joint favorable report and passage of the bill, please.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Yes, I will. This bill gives customers more time to cancel on a renewed contract with a retail electric supplier and without paying a fee. Current law limits that to be within seven days. This bill will provide for two billing cycles. The bill also changes conditions under renewable energy credits and how they're purchased and delays the deadline for PURE for reporting purposes and their opportunity for year-end reports by April 1st rather than January 1st. There is an amendment, LCO No. 6277, that I please ask the clerk to call.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6277. Senate Amendment Schedule “A” offered by Senators Witkos, Winfield, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Formica.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you, Madam President. This is basically a technical amendment to this bill, which will facilitate the operation of the Collinsworth Hydro Project, and I urge adoption please.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further. Seeing no objections, I'll try your minds. All those in favor, please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? Amendment passes. Senator Formica.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. If there is no objection on the underlying bill, I move to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Any objections? Seeing no objections, so ordered, sir.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 23, Calendar 185, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 946. AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE INSURANCE AND RELATED STATUTES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kelly. Good afternoon again, sir.

SENATOR KELLY (21ST):

Good afternoon again, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Committee's Joint favorable court and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR KELLY (21ST):

Yes, and thank you, Madam President. Basically, this bill is fairly straightforward. It makes numerous minor technical changes to conform it to insurance and related statutes. Madam President, if there is no objection, I move that this be placed on our Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark not? Seeing no, it will be moved to the Consent Calendar.

SENATOR KELLY (21ST):

Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

No objections? That was quick. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 23, Calendar 189, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 961. AN ACT CONCERNING STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUMS AND THE RELOCATION OF BUSINESSES RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, Senator Frantz.

SENATOR FRANTZ (36TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I move the acceptance of the Committee's Joint favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark sir?

SENATOR FRANTZ (36TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. I appreciate that. What this bill does very simply is it clarifies exactly what it means to have moved a company outside of the state of Connecticut that has received assistance from the state, DECD in particular. What the language does is it clarifies that situation to be moving substantially all of a corporation's employees or assets outside of the state of Connecticut. The second part -- or actually I should say the first part of the bill is that various institutions are added to the Historic Preservation Council, which is under the jurisdiction of again the DECD. The ones that will be added to that organization are the Prudence Crandall Museum, the Old New-Gate Prison and copper mine, and the Eric Sloane Museum. And also, one other, the Kent Iron Furnace, as well. So, with that, I move passage of bill, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR FRANTZ (36TH):

Madam President, if there are no objections, I move that we move this item to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered, sir.

SENATOR FRANTZ (36TH):

Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 24, Calendar 191, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 968. AN ACT ESTABLISHING A HEALTH DATA COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUP.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Hartley. Good afternoon, ma'am.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. Madam President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill, Madam.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Yes, indeed. Thank you, Madam. The bill before us codifies the work of the CHDC, which is the Connecticut Health Data Collaborative, which worked under the auspices of the permanent commission on Economic Competitiveness. It worked through the interim reporting to Committees of Cognizant this session. Effectively, it brought together public/private entities throughout the state representing industries and insurance, public and private research institutions, higher education institutions, technology, representatives for the purposes of identifying what areas we could collaboratively in a public/private relationship work to leverage the state's investments, our assets, and our resources. The result of this very intense work in an effort to try to position this state in emerging technologies and position Connecticut to be an economic leader and deliver an economic cluster of workforce. It ended up focusing on the areas of precision medicine, personalized health research, and development and economic initiatives involving bioscience here in the state, which has so richly invested in them and has such great potential into the future. And, so this has now defined the work of this commission going forward. I urge passage, Madam President, thank you.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Without objection, I would ask that this be moved to the Consent Calendar, Madam.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objections, so ordered.

SENATOR HARTLEY (15TH):

Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 28, Calendar 217, Senate Bill No. 842. AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Madam President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark, ma'am?

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, this bill comes to us from the Department of Public Health, and its bill allows the licensing boards and commissions to issue a restricted license or permit that limits a practitioner's practice. For instance, prohibiting the prescribing of certain controlled substances without having to place the person on probationary status. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? If not, Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes, Madam President. I would ask, at this time, that we have a roll call vote on the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Roll call vote was called for. Mr. Clerk will you call for a Roll Call vote and the machine will be opened.

THE CLERK:

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

THE CHAIR:

All members have voted, all members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you call the tally.

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 842.

Total Number Voting 36

Those voting Yea 35

Those voting Nay 1

Those absent and not voting 0

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Could the chamber stand at ease for a moment?

THE CHAIR:

The chamber will stand at ease. Senator Duff. The chamber will come back to order.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, can I ask the clerk to call the Consent Calendar for today? But, before we do that, if I can take an item off the Consent Calendar, please? It'd be Calendar No. 181, Substitute for Senate Bill 900 and mark that item PT.

THE CHAIR:

That's calendar 181, sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Yes. Calendar 181, page 22. Substitute for Senate Bill 900.

THE CHAIR:

It's been taken off and marked PT.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. And, if the clerk could now read the items on the Consent Calendar No. 1 and followed by a vote of the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Consent Calendar No. 1 for today. On page 1, Calendar 251 House Joint Resolution No. 106. Calendar 252, House Joint Resolution No. 107. On page 2, Calendar 252, House Joint Resolution No. 108. Calendar 254, House Joint Resolution No. 109. Calendar 255, House Joint Resolution No. 110. Calendar 256, House Joint Resolution No. 111. On page 4, Calendar 71, Senate Bill 762. Page 5, Calendar 78, Senate Bill No. 834. On page 6, Calendar 87, Senate Bill 867. Page 9, Calendar 110, Senate Bill 353. On page 15, Calendar 138, Senate Bill No. 798. Page 16, Calendar 144, Senate Bill 833. On page 18, Calendar 159, Senate Bill 816. Page 19, Calendar 163, Senate Bill 839. Page 23, Calendar 185, Senate Bill 946. Calendar 189, Senate Bill No. 961. Page 24, Calendar 191, Senate Bill 968.

THE CHAIR:

At this time, seeing no objection, the machine will be open. Mr. Clerk, will you call for a roll call vote on the Consent Calendar?

THE CLERK:

Immediate Roll Call has been ordered in the Senate on Consent Calendar No. 1 for today. Immediate Roll Call ordered in the Senate on Consent Calendar No. 1.

THE CHAIR:

Have all members voted? All members have voted? The machine shall be closed. Mr. Clerk will you please call a tally.

THE CLERK:

On Consent Calendar No. 1.

Total number voting 36

Those voting Yea 36

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 0

THE CHAIR:

Consent Calendar passes. At this time, are there points of personal privilege? Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, for purposes of an announcement.

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, ma'am.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Thank you, Madam. The Public Health Committee will hold a committee meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 20th at 10: 30 a. m. outside the house chamber. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you very much. Are there any other points of personal privilege or announcements? Any other -- Senator Duff. Senator Duff. Senator Duff. There's no other points of personal privilege.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, that concludes our business for today.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. That's really good. Hold on. Oops, sorry. Senator Fonfara.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Senator Fonfara, I will yield to the senator from the first district.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Fonfara, will you accept the yield sir?

SENATOR FONFARA (1ST):

I do, Madam President. Thank you very much. Good afternoon to you.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR FONFARA (1ST):

Thank you, Senator Duff for that yield. Madam President, I would like to in the few minutes we have remaining recognize someone whose been not only very important to this chamber in her work on behalf of us every time we're in session but also someone who has been an amazing worker in Hartford in so many elections for so many years. She's been a little bit under the weather this session, but she's back here today, Clarinda Sol Davilla [phonetic]. If everybody could rise and recognize her being here today.

THE CHAIR:

Yes. [applause] Welcome back.

SENATOR FONFARA (1ST):

Thank you so much, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. It's so good to see you back. Everybody. Uh-oh. Somebody just got the finger to come over. McCrory you're in trouble. [laughing] I think you're in trouble. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, that concludes our business for today, and with that I move that we adjourn subject to the call of the chair.

THE CHAIR:

So moved, sir. Have a great day everybody. Don't forget those huskies.

(On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 2: 53 p.  m.  adjourned subject to the call of the chair. )

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