CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 2: 15 o'clock p. m. , the President in the Chair.

THE CHAIR:

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

RABBI LAZOWSKI:

Thank you, dear. Our thought for today is from Psalms 55. "Listen to my prayer O God. Do not ignore my pleas. Hear me and answer me. " Let us pray. Lord God, thank you for the gift of Spring and the blessing it brings to others and to ourselves. Spring -- a symphony of nature's resplendent beauty, the blossoming of myriads of colorful flowers. Grant us a Spring of humanity -- a resurgence of faith, hope, and joy in human soul. Bless us that we may understand the lesson of the miracle of Spring. Inspire us to use the creative powers, which you have endowed to us to enhance our lives of our people in our beloved state of Connecticut. Bestow your guidance upon our national and state leaders and help them always to act with sincerity, honesty, and humanity. Bless with your safekeeping of our defends of freedom and may those who wait for them at home so people everywhere can share the happiness and beauty of Spring in their heart. Hear us as we pray and let us all say, Amen.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Rabbi. At this time, I will ask Senator McCrory to come up and join us and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance please.

SENATOR MCCRORY (2ND):

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. Thank you, Rabbi and thank you. at this time, I'd ask that I'd entertain any points of personal privilege. Are there any points of personal privilege? Hi -- I'm sorry -- Senator Suzio.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I do want to exercise a point of personal privilege. We have some special guests here today. Unfortunately, they were in the Senate Chamber a few minutes ago and they seemed to have disappeared.

THE CHAIR:

Okay.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

I don't see them. Let's see --

THE CHAIR:

Well, if they reappear, then we'll call on you again Senator.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Okay, thank you very much, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. I do have one point of personal privilege. Yesterday, a wonderful lady that's always quiet but really is always here for us celebrated her birthday. Noele Kidney down here is -- happy birthday, so will the Chamber join me in wishing her a happy birthday -- [applause] -- and no one dares to ask her age.

UNKNOWN SPEAKER:

I know.

THE CHAIR:

We don't tell anybody though. At this time, I call on Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President and good afternoon.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

Clerk is in possession of Senate Agenda No. 1. It's dated Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Move that all items on the Senate Agenda No. 1 be -- dated -- I'm sorry -- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 be acted upon as indicated and that Agenda being incorporated by reference and Senate Journal and transcript.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I'd like to mark our bills that are go today and also our referrals.

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On Calendar page 1, Calendar 52, like to substitute for Senate Bill 761, I'd like to refer that bill to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 1, Calendar 66, Senate Bill 130, I'd like to refer that to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 2, Calendar 80, Senate Bill 804, I'd like to mark that go.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 3, Calendar 81, Substitute for Senate Bill 27, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 2, Calendar 82, Substitute Senate Bill 396, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 2, Calendar 83, Substitute for Senate Bill 397, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 3, Calendar 88, Senate Bill 548, I'd like to mark that go.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On Calendar page 4, Calendar 89, Senate Bill 599, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 5, Calendar 100, Senate Bill 616, I'd like to mark that item go. It will be taken out by the Republican Co-Chair.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 6, Calendar 111, Substitute for Senate Bill 485, I'd like to refer that item to the Finance Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 8, Calendar 125, Substitute for Senate Bill 579, I'd like to refer that item to the Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 9, Calendar 128, Substitute for Senate Bill 821, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 10, Calendar 141, Substitute for Senate Bill 287, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 11, Calendar 149, Substitute for Senate Bill 877, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 12, Calendar 150, Senate Bill 878, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 12, Calendar 151, Substitute Senate Bill 883, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 156, Substitute Senate Bill 836, I'd like to refer that item to the Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 12, Calendar 158, Substitute for Senate Bill 26, I'd like to mark that item go and it will be taken up by the Republican Co-Chair.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 13, Calendar 166, Substitute Senate Bill 908, I'd like to mark that item go.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you. On Calendar page 13, Calendar 168, Substitute for Senate Bill 543, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 14, Calendar 170, Senate Bill 928, I'd like to mark that item go and taken out by the Republican Co-Chair.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 172, Substitute for Senate Bill 937, I'd like to mark that item go.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar 173, Substitute for Senate Bill 957, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 15, Calendar 179, Substitute Senate Bill 861, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 16, Calendar 180, Senate Bill 899, I'd like to mark that item go, taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On Calendar page 180 -- I'm sorry -- Calendar page 16, Calendar 181, Substitute for Senate Bill 900, I'd like to mark that item go, taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On Calendar page 16, Calendar 182, Substitute for Senate Bill 775, I'd like to refer that item to the Finance Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 16, Calendar 184, Substitute for Senate Bill 426, I'd like to refer that item to the Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 18, Calendar 195, Senate Bill 341, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 20, Calendar 209, Substitute for Senate Bill 515, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 22, Calendar 225, Senate Bill 805, I'd like to move that item to the foot of the Calendar. On Calendar page 222, Calendar 226, Senate Bill 852, I'd like to move that item to the foot of the Calendar. On Calendar page 25, Calendar 240, Substitute for Senate Bill 966, I'd like to refer that item to the Finance Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 25, Calendar 242, Substitute for Senate Bill 106, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 26, Calendar 245, Senate Bill 536, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 26, Calendar 248, Substitute for Senate Bill 844, I'd like to mark that item go to be taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 29, Calendar 275, Senate Bill 910, I'd like to mark that item go, taken out by the Republican Co-Chair. On Calendar page 30, Calendar 278, Substitute for Senate Bill 951, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 230, Calendar 279, Substitute for Senate Bill 953, I'd like to mark that item go. Republican Co-Chair taking that out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 30, Calendar 281, Substitute for Senate Bill 1009, mark that item go, taken out by the Republican Co-Chair.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 31, Calendar 284, Substitute for Senate Bill 1026, I'd like to mark that item go, taken out by the Democratic Co-Chair. On Calendar page 32, Calendar 292, Senate Bill 377, I'd like to refer that item to Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 233, Calendar 297, Substitute for Senate Bill 940, I'd like to refer that item to Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 33, Calendar 301, Substitute for Senate Bill 955, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Senate stand at ease for a moment?

THE CHAIR:

Senate will stand at ease.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will come back to order.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Calendar page 34, Calendar 302 -- did I do that one already?

THE CHAIR:

No, you did not.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you. Calendar 302, Substitute for Senate Bill 1007 -- 1007. I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 34, Calendar 303, Substitute for Senate Bill 1014, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 35, Calendar 310, Substitute for Senate Bill 1036, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 37, Calendar 320, Substitute for Senate Bill 976, I'd like to mark that item go. Republican Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 37, Calendar 321, Senate Bill 993, I'd like to mark that item go with the Republican Co-Chair taking it out. On Calendar page 37, Calendar 322, Substitute for Senate Bill 37, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 38, Calendar 325, Substitute for Senate Bill 246, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 38, Calendar 327, Substitute for Senate Bill 434, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 38, Calendar 329, Senate Bill 442, I'd like to refer that item to Judiciary Committee. On Calendar page 38, Calendar 330, Senate Bill 444, I'd like to mark that item go with the Republican Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On Calendar page 40, Calendar 337, Substitute for Senate Bill 888, I'd like to mark that item go with the Republican Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 40, Calendar 338, Senate Bill 930, I'd like to mark that item go with Republican Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 40, Calendar 339, Senate Bill 982, I'd like to mark that item go with the Republican Co-Chair taking it out. On Calendar page 41, Calendar 341, Substitute for Senate Bill 1032, I'd like to mark that item go with Republican Co-Chair taking it out. On Calendar page 43, Calendar 353, Substitute for Senate Bill 791, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On Calendar page 44, Calendar 355, Senate Bill 929, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 44, Calendar 358, Substitute for Senate Bill 1003, I'd like to mark that item go with the Democratic Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 44, Calendar 359, Senate Bill 1021, I'd like to mark that item go with the Democratic Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 45, Calendar 365, House Bill 7254, I'd like to mark that item go with the Democratic Co-Chair taking it out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

On Calendar page 50, Calendar 50, Substitute for Senate Bill 759, I'd like to refer that item to the Appropriations Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Senate stand at ease for a moment?

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, for just a few more markings, one is we would like to take the foot of the Calendar and mark the foot of the Calendar -- all the bills on the foot of the Calendar as PR.

THE CHAIR:

Okay.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Also, we would like to mark -- remark Calendar page 32, Calendar 292, Senate Bill 377. That was inadvertently marked refer to Judiciary. We're just gonna mark that PR instead.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On the same page, Calendar 32 -- page 32, Calendar 295, Substitute for Senate Bill 445 that we would like to refer to Judiciary Committee.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President and on Calendar page 17, Calendar 192, Senate Bill 936, that is marked go with the Democratic Co-Chair taking it out -- taking the bill out.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President and the final piece before we get to business today is the referrals that we made if we can move for immediate transmittal to the Committees that they were assigned to.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Can we stand at ease for a moment please?

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam, President for one more marking, on Calendar page 16, Calendar 184, Substitute for Senate Bill 426 that was inadvertently referred to Judiciary Committee, I'd like to mark that as PR please.

THE CHAIR:

So ordered, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If the clerk can now call the items in Calendar order please?

THE CHAIR:

Okay. Mr. Clerk, can you wait one moment for a point to personal privilege. Senator Suzio.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Thank you, Madam President. There's a lot of aspects of being a state Senator that I enjoy but one of the most pleasurable aspects is meeting some of my constituents and people who accomplish things in the district and the state of Connecticut itself is rightfully proud of its UConn women's basketball team and all the national championships they've brought home but very few people know that this year another women's team has brought home a national championship to the state of Connecticut. The Shoreline Sharks hockey team won the national championship only a month ago and with an incredible run of wins and we're fortunate today to have two of the members of the team joining us here to observe the session, but I just want to summarize what they did. The Shoreline Sharks won the state championship and then they proceeded to the New Englands where they won the New England Regional with a record of 4-0-1 and outscoring their opponents 18 to 3 and then prevailing in the national -- I mean in the championship game to go to the nationals and in the nationals, the team compiled an even more impressive record of 6 wins and no losses beating the likes of teams from Alaska, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and ultimately Wisconsin itself to win the national championship and behind me today are two of the members of the team. We have Carina Mancini who was a goalie for the team and Claire Gavin from Durham, and I hope you will join me in giving them a big round of applause and pride for our national championship team. [Applause].

THE CHAIR:

Yo! [Applause]. Congratulations to both of you and thank you so much for brining that home to Connecticut. Alaska knows nothing about ice, do they? Thank you so very much.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

By the way, I'm asking their family members to come forward too -- just come down and join us. [Applause].

THE CHAIR:

Congrats. Thank you so much.

SENATOR SUZIO (13TH):

Thank you and I know that Senator Fasana wants to express his pride because one of these members is from his district so --

THE CHAIR:

Senator Fasana, will you accept the yield, sir?

SENATOR FASANA (34TH):

Yes, I do. Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, congratulations to the team for doing a fantastic job. Claire Gavin is someone who I've known her family for a very, very long time. They have businesses locally in my district. I know her -- I should say, her uncle very well and her grandparents very well and just an outstanding family. Congratulations! Being a goalie in hockey is kind of crazy. You know, I played hockey once. I stood on the ice, I fell, and that was it. Madam President, with your high heels, you should attempt the hockey -- [laughter] -- every now and then. I think it would go very well -- so, congratulations to you and terrific job. Thank you. [Applause].

THE CHAIR:

Congratulations again. Okay, at this time, we will return to the Calendar. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 2, Calendar 80, Senate Bill No. 804, AN ACT CONCERNING A SOCIAL WORK IN-HOME SUPPORT PROGRAM.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Moore, good afternoon ma'am.

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

Good afternoon, Madam President. Madam President, I rise to speak on Bill 804, SOCIAL WORK IN-HOME WORK PROGRAM.

THE CHAIR:

You want to make a motion, ma'am?

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance of passage. Will you remark please?

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill will rename the DSS block grant funded community-based services program that provides nonmedical homecare services for adults age 18 to 64 with physical and mental disabilities as the social work in-home support work program and it also makes anyone participating in a Medicaid home in a community-based service program ineligible for the program unless a particular service is not otherwise available under the Medicaid program. It further eliminates a provision requiring DSS to qualify from the block grant funded program people who are receiving such services as of October 1, 2000 and who are ineligible for and could be enrolled in the personal care assistance Medicaid program -- waiver program. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Good afternoon, Senator Markley.

SENATOR MARKLEY (16TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. It's a pleasure to see you there and also to see my colleague Senator Moore bringing out the bill for us today and I just want to say this is as close to a technical bill I would say as you can be and not quite be one. It simply is a renaming and the codification of existing practice, as I understand it, at the department and I would urge my colleagues to support it.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, sir. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Senator Moore.

SENATOR MOORE (22ND):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, ma'am. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 3, Calendar 88, Senate Bill No. 548, AN ACT CONCERNING HAIRDRESSERS AND COSMETICIANS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Miner, good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, on the Labor Committee, we had the joy of discussing numerous bills that we didn't come to agree on and then we had a number of bills that we did come to agreement on. This one actually had a lot of bipartisan support, Madam President, in that it provides opportunity to young men and women to enter cosmetology and hairdressing. The conventional route would be to pay a tuition and go to a facility and learn how to become a hairdresser or a cosmetologist but what we found out through testimony is that some people just can't afford it. Some of them haven't graduated from high school, some of them have had a challenged life, and I think universally, we thought this was a great opportunity to provide employment opportunity for young men and women in the state of Connecticut, so I speak in favor of the bill and thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark -- good afternoon, Senator Gomes.

SENATOR GOMES (23RD):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I rise to support -- in support of this bill. It creates an incentive for somebody who doesn't have much of an education to be licensed in this profession and I don't have much to say about it just that I rise in support of it and I hope that you -- my constituents -- I hope that everybody will vote for this bill.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you very much. Will you remark further? Senator Formica.

SENATOR FORMICA (2OTH):

Thank you, Madam President. Good afternoon to you.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR FORMICA (2OTH):

Thank you. I also rise in support of this bill as we see as a good jobs creating bill and quite frankly, the opportunity a few years ago, this legislation was passed to establish a barber apprenticeship program and we think that this would expand it to include hairdressers and cosmeticians would be a natural extension of that opportunity for an apprenticeship and I urge support and thank you for hearing this bill today.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Senator Miner.

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 5, Calendar 100, Senate Bill No. 616, AN ACT EXEMPTING SALES FINANCE COMPANIES FROM RECORD RETENTION REQUIREMENTS FOR RETIAL INSTALLMENT CONTRACTS AND APPLICATIONS COVERING THE RETAIL SALE OF AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Martin, good afternoon.

SENATOR MARTIN (31ST):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I have to say I love your red and black colors -- my favorite colors.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. good.

SENATOR MARTIN (31ST):

I move acceptance of --

THE CHAIR:

I did it for you and the Polish day -- [laughing].

SENATOR MARTIN (31ST):

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

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR MARTIN (31ST):

Thank you, Madam President. This bill exempts small business agricultural business who sell basically farm equipment from certain record retention requirement that apply to the sales that apply for financing by the Department of Banking. Currently, the sales finance companies are required to acquire and maintain records for each retail installment application or contracts covering the sale of a piece of equipment, and that is agricultural equipment, and this information includes their income, credit score, etc. Since the financing of the farm equipment is done by a third party, this bill seeks to make clear that agricultural retailers are not in the finance business should not have to keep or require to keep and maintain these records, so I ask that the bill be approved.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further on this bill? Will you remark -- Senator Winfield. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes, thank you, Madam President. I wouldn't normally speak -- Senator Martin did an excellent job but I just want to put on record because she's not in the Chamber that our conversation with Senator Osten earlier who wanted to be in the Chamber when we did the bill and to thank the Committee for doing this bill. It was quite important to her and because she can't be here, I just wanted to put that on record and I support the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you very, very much. Will you remark further. Senator Martin.

SENATOR MARTIN (31ST):

Madam President, if there's no objection, I move that this bill be placed on the Consent Calendar. Senator Duff, is there objection?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

No, Madam President. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody for their work on this legislation because I know it's been worked on pretty hard and if we could just maybe stand at ease just for a moment because I know that Senator Osten did want to speak on the bill --

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand at ease.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

-- and if we could just hold on one second -- if we can find her.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President, and I don't have any objections so if there is no objection, feel free to place on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objection. The bill put on the Consent Calendar. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 12, Calendar 158, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 26, AN ACT CONCERNING SWATTING.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. Great to be here. 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 KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you. swatting is a term of art that addressed the false reporting of an incident and technically, the false reporting of an incident is when no crime is actually taking place but an individual calls police department or the state police and reports it and thus, precious resources are dispatched to address something that is not taking place, and we already have penalties on the books for that criminal behavior but swatting is when an individual falsely reports an incident that is of a large scale and in the bill, what it states is that five units -- not five individuals -- but five units so four police cars and a fire truck end up going someplace -- let's say it's a school -- that drains huge amounts of resources, may create anxiety and some degree of panic within the community or the area that has been targeted and imagine if this took place directed at a town hall or a school, and so what this bill does, it address that particular crime, make sure that it is a class D felony so it's a higher penalty if an individual is convicted of that and it also allows a judge, he or she, can value what resources were deployed to address that incident and essentially order the convicted individual to repay that money to either the state government if it was the state police or the municipal government if it was a town, and so I would urge my colleagues to support this bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Doyle. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. I'm just -- I'm rising to support this bill. I think -- there was an incident close to my district at Central a few years ago where an individual, you know, called in a false alarm and really activated a lot of the police and security forces around the New Britain region. I just think it's really unacceptable. This sends a strong message that will not be acceptable and in these difficult financial times, I think it's important to impose on any such person that commits such a crime that they're held responsible financially also for the expense of our local communities and the state recognizing the limited resources, so I think this bill is a good piece of legislation. I urge my colleagues to approve it. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator Doyle. Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I also rise in support of the bill before us. I had an interesting conversation with one of the leaders of my community, which was a direct result of my introduction of this bill and I thank the Judiciary Committee and co-chairs and ranking members for bringing it forward. It was the city of Torrington and somebody had found a cell phone and called 9-1-1 on the call phone and made a false report that somebody -- that they see them drowning in one of the ponds there, so you can imagine the 9-1-1 bells ringing and people racing to the scene to do what they could to assist this supposed drowning individual but of course, when they got there, there was nobody to be found along the beachside so what happened was they called in additional units, additional fire departments, paramedics, ambulance, K-9 sniffing dogs, boat patrols, state police dive units and this incident alone costs thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars. It disrupted people's lives. It put people at risk because of the emergency nature in which it came in and people had to respond to the scene. Imagine if there was an unfortunate incident where somebody was injured as a result of a response to a scene like that and it also -- it was in the news and this was the second time a drowning was reported at this swimming hole location so it sets a bad image for people that used to go there and feel that it was safe. All of this because somebody erroneously reported an incident, so I think this is going to go a long way as the good Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee said it increases the penalty but also there is a financial implication behind that for these false complaints and I urge the Chamber's adoption. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I rise to support the legislation. I too have had constituents who have been affected by swatting and one which told me a story about he and his wife late at night were in bed watching TV. He heard a knock at the door and next thing he knew the S. W. A. T. team was outside his house inquiring about why he called the police about a potential murder at his home and he had, obviously, no idea what had happened and I think at that point he and his son were brought down to the police department for questioning on something that he was not obviously a part of. Come to find out, somebody from far away, I would presume, ended up making those phone calls and deciding that using that number to call the police and what is now called swatting. This is very dangerous. Swatting, make no mistake, is something that brings out the full complement of a police department and especially a S. W. A. T. team to somebody who is unsuspecting. Somebody opens the door, the police don't know what's happening, obviously the homeowner or the resident doesn't know what's happening could be a very tricky situation and one that is potentially very dangerous for many folks so I'm glad that we're taking a step in the right direction on this issue, and I certainly would encourage my colleagues to support it but I think that it's important for citizens to understand and recognize this issue as well as it is for police and that the legislation that we have today certainly will bring about more awareness. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much. I appreciate the strong support expressed by my colleagues. To Senator Witkos' example, I just can't imagine if it was a large body of water you would have so many emergency responders just combing the bottom of a lake or pond and that would be distressful not only to the community but to those folks who responded to the scene as well, but seeing strong support and thanking my colleague and Co-Chair Senator Doyle, Majority Leader Duff, Madam President, I would request that this move to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Do you have an objection? There's an objection so I call for a roll call vote. Mr. Clerk, will you please open the machine and call for roll call. The machine is open.

THE 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 the tally?

THE CLERK:

Calendar 158.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel). Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 13, Calendar 166, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 908, AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONER'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES RELATING TO EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg. Good afternoon, ma'am.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President, so nice to see you today. I move the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on passage and yeah -- acceptance and passage -- [laughing].

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

[Laughing]. Acceptance and passage.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark? Will you remark?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Yes, the bill before you is a technical bill from LCO. It removes obsolete references to a statute that had been repealed.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, ma'am.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 14, Calendar 170, Senate Bill No. 928, AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASKFORCE TO STUDY METHODS OF DEVELOPING, EXPANDING, AND IMPROVING THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WORKFORCE IN THE STATE.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. If the Chamber may stand at ease for just a moment?

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand at ease. Senator Duff, why do you rise sir?

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, if we could mark this PR please?

THE CHAIR:

So ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also on page 14, Calendar 172, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 937, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING LEAD PREVENTION INITIATIVES AND ASBESTOS TRAINING.

THE CHAIR:

Good afternoon, Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Good afternoon, Madam President. It's a beautiful day.

THE CHAIR:

It sure is.

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

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. The bill before us makes various changes to certification and training regarding lead and asbestos professionals. At this time, Madam President, the clerk has an amendment. If he would please call LCO No. 6135 and I'd be allowed to summarize?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 316 --

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Nope, 6135, ma'am.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6135, Senate Amendment Schedule "A" offered by Senators Gerratana, Somers, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move adoption.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption and will you remark, ma'am?

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, the amendment before us is actually technical. It makes some conforming changes, changes that were pointed out to us by the legislative Commissioner's office for consistency and making more sense of the underlying the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the amendment? Will you remark further on the amendment? If not, let me try your minds. All those in favor of the amendment please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? The amendment passes. Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, with the adoption of that amendment, I'll explain a little bit about the bill. It does require lead training providers and asbestos training providers to be certified by the Department of Public Health. It also makes a number of other changes regarding lead and asbestos. The Department of Public Health came to our Committee asking for these changes, mainly because there was not and is not currently but hopefully, this bill will correct that consistency in the quality and also in the certification of these kinds of providers. Very often, they will prey on people, explain that they are certified or have other qualifications. The department realized that there is a need for consistency here and to upgrade and make appropriate the regulation oversight that they have on these particular providers. I urge the Chamber to adopt and vote passage of the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? I'm seeing none, Senator Gerratana.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Madam President, if there is no objection, I would like this item placed on our Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objection, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 16, Calendar 180, Senate Bill No. 899, AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS FOR PURCHASED GAS ADJUSTMENTS, ENERGY ADJUSTMENT CHARGES, OR CREDITS AND TRANSMISSION RATES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Winfield. Good afternoon again, sir.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes, thank you and 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 WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This is a bill that comes to us through the Energy and Technology Committee. It comes to us on a 24-0 vote. What the bill does is it takes the process the [inaudible - 00: 51: 34. 6] it currently goes through that's mandatory in terms of its hearings when there's a rate adjustment and it makes that a process that is not mandatory, although it also adds into the bill that upon request of anyone the hearings would happen it reduces cost and streamlines the process, and I urge passage.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Senator Formica. Good afternoon, sir.

SENATOR FORMICA (2OTH):

I rise in support of the bill. It's a good bill and makes a great adjustment to the process. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 16, Calendar 181, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 900, AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO 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.

SENATOR FORMICA (2OTH):

Good afternoon once again, Madam President, and I rise to 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 (2OTH):

Yes, Madam President. Thank you. This bill provides a number of small changes which allows electric suppliers offering green offerings to their customers to make sure that that's verified and to give the opportunity for the customers to purchase that knowing what they're buying. Secondly, it -- excuse me just for one moment please -- the technical revisions eliminate some statutory language that is obsolete and duplicative and it does allow some time for reporting for PURA -- their annual legislative report, which keeps it more in line with the Calendar, and finally, this proposal streamlines the cancellation period permitted for consumers from up to two billing cycles, so we think this is a good bill and I urge adoption.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? Senator Winfield. No -- yes -- no -- no -- yes. Sorry, Senator Formica, did you -- Senator Winfield.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Forgive me. I'm not sure -- there is an amendment that I forgot to call. Is that possible still in this process?

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand at ease. Senator Formica, will you make -- the Senate will come back to order. We need you to just for corrections for -- basically ask that this bill as amended be put on the Consent Calendar because it was amended previously when it was before you.

SENATOR FORMICA (2OTH):

Thank you very much, Madam, so I need to request that the bill as amended be put on the Consent Calendar. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Yes, sir. Thank you very much. I'm seeing no objection, so done. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 17, Calendar 192, Senate Bill No. 936, AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY STATUTES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Winfield.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Good afternoon again, 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 WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes, Madam President. This is a bill that is technical in its nature. Just very briefly, what it does in line 39 it inserts the word section where it should have been. In line 61 and 62, it clarifies what the definition of a hybrid electrical vehicle is. Line 73, it changes agreement to agreements, and in line 100, it removes the word either. It is a technical bill that comes to us of a vote 24-0, and I urge passage.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Just put Senator Winfield on please. Thank you.

SENATOR WINFIELD (10TH):

Maybe there is -- if there is no objection, I would ask that this be placed on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 26, Calendar 248, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 844, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES CONCERNING THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS.

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 acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, this bill comes to us, again, from the Department of Public Health and there are various changes related to HIV. In the first section, it changes the timeframes for testing pregnancy women for syphilis and HIV. This will make us consistent with current CDC guidelines. Actually, over the last number of years, there have been no incidents of HIV infections that have not been caught and actually, last year in 2016, one was caught and that is because the testing wasn't done late enough in the trimester so this bill is a very good bill in correcting that protocol and catching this disease, which can't be treated, and of course, the fetus can be treated appropriately. It also renames the DPH's needle and syringe exchange programs, as syringe services programs that narrows the topics that must be addressed in counseling for HIV and repeals an outdated provision. Thank you, Madam President. I urge passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Madam President, if there's no objection, I ask that this item be placed on Consent.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 29, Calendar No. 275, Senate Bill No. 910, AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher. Good afternoon, ma'am.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Well, good afternoon, Madam President. Madam President, I move acceptance of the Committee's joint favorable report and passage of Bill No 910.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Thank you, Madam President. This bill before us addresses specific recommendations made by the State Department of Education, which includes some recommendations and changes in school suspension not counting as absences. It's replacing obsolete language in regards to school construction. It restores individual waivers from having to take the practice core teacher test under the State Board of Educations' criteria, removing obsolete language for certificates for certification that are no longer issued. It removed obsolete teacher mentoring program known as BEST that many of us are familiar with back in the day. I'm sure you remember it as well. It moves the statewide science assessment from grade 10 to grade 11 beginning in 2018. There's also some annual legislation that allows the State Department of Ed to pay the Capital Region Educational Council, the Supplemental Magnet Transportation Grant, removes data collection requirement from the recs for open seats, removes requirement to have a four-year bachelor degrees in teacher preparation to earn an entry-level position and it being accepted to have a bachelor's degree in any area as long as the teacher preparation program or alternate route to teacher certification has been completed, so as you can see, it's one that really cleans up a lot of necessary items at the Department of Education and I would move passage of the bill, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? I'm seeing none. Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes, Madam President. If there's no objection, I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, ma'am. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 30, Calendar 279, Substitute for Senate Bill 953, AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATORS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Nice to see you so quickly again, Madam President. Madam President, I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report and passage of Bill No. -- Senate Bill 953.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Thank you very much, Madam President. This bill reduces professional development. It ensures training mandates for educators pretty much that states that professional development training provided to educators must be aligned with the needs and objectives of the local boards of education and their employees. It also does away with some requirements that the school districts provide, some written statements to the Department of Education and certain audit programs of their development training and that it may also -- and also the requirement that it may penalize school districts for not complying, so there are a lot of issues in here. It does have some substitute language, by the way, and I should have mentioned that this is a Joint favorable substitute and in there it does consider in lines 141 and 143 restoring the in-service training requirement, however, related to the identification of dyslexia in students and subsequent literacy instruction for students with dyslexia. We did not want to remove some very important changes that we've made to address that specific issue and in an effort to reduce the mandates on school districts, we certainly did not want to remove that area that has been worked upon by so many people in this building and with our school systems as well, and Madam President, I also move the passage of this particular bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes, Madam President. If there is no objection, I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no --

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Oh, Madam President, may we stand at ease for just a moment?

THE CHAIR:

Sure. We'll stand at ease.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Thank you very much.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, before we move this item to the Consent Calendar, I wanted to yield maybe to Senator Slossberg if she had any comments on this legislation.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you so much. Senator Slossberg, would you accept the yield, ma'am?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Oh, I would.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you so much Senator Duff and to the rest of the Chamber for your patience and I would like to stand in support of this piece of legislation. This comes to us from the taskforce on Professional Development and Teacher In-service and there was a very large group of stakeholders who got together to really streamline the work that our professional development and our teachers are required to do in terms of professional development, and what this allows them to do is really focus on the things that matter in their districts to try to improve student achievement. It really helps us get to the most important things that our districts are supposed to be doing for education so I'm delighted to support this bill before us. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. At this time, Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. If there is no further comment or objection, I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 30, Calendar 281, Substitute for Senate Bill No 1009, AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICERS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS REGARDING THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Thank you so much, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Committee's joint favorable report and passage of Bill No. 1009.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Thank you very much, Madam President. Madam President, you know that special education is a matter of great concern to our school districts and it's very important to have a fairly in-depth knowledge of education law, surprisingly so in partial hearing officers for special education. Hearings are not required to complete State Department of Education training in order to be appointed. This bill requires those wishing to become impartial hearing officers to complete the State Department of Education training. It also has a piece in there that the Advisory Council on Special Ed studies -- the administration of special education services. It's a good idea given that so much has changed there. It does take out section four that was going to put a quota in for social workers and that is out of the bill right now, making this bill, I think, fairly well acceptable to all parties and Madam President, I would like to move passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President and I too rise in support of this piece of legislation. It's important that our hearing officers understand the laws and the rules before them and so that they can make competent decisions. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Madam President, I believe that this bill will require roll call vote.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. At this time, I would ask the clerk to please call for a roll call vote 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:

All members have voted. All members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please a tally?

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 1009.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

(Gavel). The bill passes. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 31, Calendar No. 284, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 1026, AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. The bill before us has an amendment, which I will call in a moment but this is the change in our Connecticut high school graduation requirements. It is the result of many years of hard work and in particular, the hard work over the last year or longer of the taskforce to review high school graduation requirements. The report recommends the language in front of us. I want to thank all the members of the taskforce who worked so hard to bring this to us. What it does is that it requires -- finally, gives us a time when we will have definitely what our high school graduation requirements will be in the state of Connecticut. it will incent student-driven learning. It is a mandatory requirement of 25 credits but increases the flexibility so that our students will be able to pursue their 21st century skills. The recommendations in the legislation before us we arrived at through thorough study and considerable discussion by both the taskforce members, as well as the members of the committee. At this time, I would like to ask that -- the clerk has in his possession an amendment. It's LCO No. 6430. I ask that it be called and I seek leave to summarize.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 34 -- I'm sorry -- 6430, Senate "A", offered by Senators Slossberg, Boucher, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. I move adoption.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption. Will you remark?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Yes, thank you, so the amendment before us is actually a fix to a drafting error from the bill that came out of the committee and restores to the bill what the original intent of the bill is and that is to delineate the requirement that there will be at least -- there will be 25 credits including not fewer than 9 credits in the humanities, which include civics and the arts, 9 credits in science technology, engineering, and math, one credit in phys ed and wellness, and one credit in health and safety education as described in section 10-16b, one credit in world languages, and one credit of a mastery-based diploma assessment. The important piece here was that in the language that came out of the committee, there was an error in that the credit in health and safety education had been inadvertently dropped off and that was not the intent of the committee, the taskforce, or anyone else and therefore as the bill before us. I would like to point out as a number of members have asked about the nine credits in the humanities and the languages including civics and the arts. I would suggest that for legislative intent purposes this is a requirement for civics and the arts. It is not in any way a suggestion. It is a requirement that they are continued to be as there currently is in our high school graduation requirements both civics and arts. We believe those are very important and integral to the good development of education in our state and we would, for legislative intent purposes, make sure that people understand that is not optional. Thank you, Madam President. At this point, if I may yield to Senator Boucher?

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher, will you accept the yield, ma'am?

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. I certainly do. There is no question that our education requirement bill is a subject that has been debated and deliberated on for many years. In fact, there's been quite a bit of discussion and debate about what should be the ideal education requirements for our high schools in Connecticut. Connecticut has always been a leader in education, education quality. It is what distinguishes us. It is one of our biggest competitive advantages and we wanted to make sure that all high schools have the same high standards. It is very clear that many of our best high schools already have 25 credits required for graduation but the subject of debate has always been what should be the makeup of those particular credits and two areas that had garnered a great deal of attention over those years was a requirement for civics and a requirement for the arts. Arts, in particular, always seems to be a target when there are budget disagreements, budget shortfalls, and there was a very sad case when Hartford was experiencing another period of time with budget crisis that all of the arts were taken out of its schools, and we were very dismayed at that and many of us made that a mission to make sure that should never happen again, so I am very pleased to see that our Co-Chair of the Education Committee for legislative intent has said that there is full expectation that there would be a requirement to have civics and arts as part of the graduation requirements composed in the humanity section of this particular underlying bill so for legislative intent, I believe that has been put on the floor and given that all the leaders of that committee did sign onto this amendment to make sure that it would move forward and we don't delay this issue year after year without agreement that in fact the flexibility that was requested by our school systems is in that bill but yet, we still try to create a very high standard for the great educational system that we're proud of here in Connecticut. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you and will you remark on the amendment? Will you remark on the amendment? If not, I'll try your minds. All those in favor of the amendment, please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? The amendment passes. Will you remark further on the bill as amended? Senator Markley.

SENATOR MARKLEY (16TH):

Thank you, Madam President. This is a bill that I've heard some about from my constituents and I'm glad to see the amendment, which has apparently clarified, has increased from one credit as it appeared to be initially to two credits, which would be available for the health and physical education areas. I would like to ask to either of the proponents of the bill that would like to answer it -- am I correct that in understanding as it stands now we have one credit for physical education, one credit for wellness, and that is a change from what was previously three and a half credits for a combination of physical education and health generally. Is my understanding correct?

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I'm not sure in terms of the way that you've asked the question but previously, there was only a half credit in health and safety education. Now there is -- previously meaning prior to us -- our current requirements are a half credit for health and safety education so that now changes to one credit, and we currently have one credit in phys ed and wellness.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Markley.

SENATOR MARKLEY (16TH):

Thank you. I'd like to continue through you, Madam President, and perhaps this is my own misunderstanding or the information that I have before me. The OLR report seems to indicate the career and life skills involve -- the current requirement is at least three and a half credits including at least one credit in physical education and at least two credits in career and life skill electives such as career and technical education, personal finance, and public speaking. That's where I came up with the idea that there were three and a half credits in this broad area. If the Senator would explain through you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Now, I understand your question. It is because that broad catch-all category has been changed and we now have nine credits in the humanities, which is a much broader concept, as well as nine credits in science technology, engineering, and math so whereas, some of those other pieces might have been categorized differently in the report that you're reading in the previous, in our current statutory requirements, the change now is into two larger categories and then carving out the one credit in phys ed and wellness and one credit in health and safety education, so you are getting more. If your question is are you getting more, the answer is yes.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Markley.

SENATOR MARKLEY (16TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I appreciate the answer. I'm not entirely convinced I'm getting more but I'm reassured by the fact that Senator Slossberg believes that I am. I have had a concern that, you know, we often talk about childhood obesity, all those problems of the health of young people, and I wouldn't want to see us do something, which discouraged schools from offering physical education. likewise, wellness and health seems to be an area that maybe is in need of more attention and not less. Those are my concerns and my understanding of the bill and I would, perhaps for the benefit of my colleagues down in the House who might want to take a look at it, I believe I will vote against it for the purpose of flagging that aspect of it. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Mr. Clerk, will you call for a roll call vote and the machine will be open.

THE CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate roll call ordered in the Senate.

THE CHAIR:

All members have voted. All members have voted. The machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you give us a tally?

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 1026.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel). Mr. Clerk -- as amended.

THE CLERK:

On page 37, Calendar 320, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 976, AN ACT CONCERNING CONSERVATOR ACCOUNTABILITY. There are amendments.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle. Good afternoon again.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

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?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Madam President. This bill deals with over the past several years there's been some issues. Actually, one of my district, in terms of bad conduct by conservators -- longtime conservators serving their wards or the people that they've been appointed for -- what this bill has actually originated from some of our colleagues but also the Probate Court Administrator. It gives the Probate Court Administrator the authority to perform random audits of conservator's annual accountings to determine and kind of ensure that our conservators that are appointed statewide are adhering to the law and not, you know, taking advantage of any of our wards, as they call them, or people who are being protected. This is a good piece of legislation. The good news is the legislation has no fiscal note because Probate Court Administrator says they'll absorb the cost within their budget. It's not anticipated there will be significant, significant numbers of audits but they do have the ability to make the audits and that's the primary content of the language. Madam President, there is an amendment, LCO No. 6616. May the clerk please call and I be allowed to summarize?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6616, Senate "A", offered by Senators Doyle, Kissel, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I first move adoption of the amendment.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This amendment is a simple amendment. It simply moves out the effective date of sections 3 and 4 to July 1, 2018, so the bill now as amended it actually has been reviewed and considered by the relevant Bar Association, lawyers that are experts in this area. I think it's a good piece of legislation that many of our -- in the Chamber are aware of and it can try to provide further security and protection for the people that are served by conservators statewide and I urge the Chamber to approve this amended legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark on the amendment? Will you remark on the amendment? If not, I'll try your minds. All those in favor of the amendment please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? The amendment passes. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. I also stand in strong support of the bill and I also would like to commend publicly Senator Michael McLachlan for championing this issue over the years. It's been embraced by the Chief Probate Court Administrator, Judge Paul Knierim and it works within available funds that they have so hold onto those precious funds as we move forward, but this is in a similar vain to having a state trooper parked along a highway, just the fact that that trooper is there makes people think twice about speeding so if you feel as a conservator that you might get randomly audited, I think that also acts as a deterrent to unfit and illegal behavior regarding the assets that are entrusted to that individual and for those reasons, I would strongly support my -- urge my colleagues to support this bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark? Will you remark -- Senator McLachlan.

SENATOR MCLACHLAN (24TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I stand in support of this bill and I want to thank the leadership of the Judiciary Committee for their support in moving this forward. I also want to thank Probate Court Administrator, Paul Knierim, for his hard work and working collaboratively to find a way to have a creative way to hold conservators accountable. There was a very sad case in my district where a World War II veteran was committed to a nursing home. His home was rented by the conservator, all of his assets in the home and the property were sold, and it was a real sad story of mismanagement on the part of the conservator. This was a very rare case. Conservators do a fine job in the work that they do for very little money frankly but this audit bill should be a deterrent for a case like the one that occurred in New Fairfield to ever happen again. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator McLachlan. Will you remark further on the bill as amended? Will you remark further -- Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also, on page 37, Calendar 321, Senate Bill No. 993, AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSFERS OF AN INTERET IN REAL PROPERTY MADE BY A TRUST OR TRUSTEEE.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move acceptance to 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 is a technical piece of legislation but it's important to the world of trust. Basically, what you're dealing with here is when assets are transferred by and to trusts, primarily real estate, so when a person often creates a trust, say a person creates a revocable trust, then that person, Mr. Smith, wants to transfer his or her home into the trust it just clarifies how the recipient trust is classified, so what this legislation just kind of says is that Mr. Smith can transfer directly to the Mr. Smith trust rather than in the past it only had to go to the Mr. Smith trustee of the trust. It's really just a clarification piece of legislation. It's important though. It was presented to us by a title insurance company that is an expert there that thinks it'll simplify our statutes in terms of how they're also categorized, so now all these will be recorded on land records by the name of the trust. It makes sense and it's a good piece of legislation and I urge the Chamber to approve it. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President, and I also stand in strong support of this. It is essentially technical but for those engaged in trust in a state practice in the state of Connecticut, it works as a clarification and would urge my colleagues to support the bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. If there's no objection, I move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 38, Calendar 330, Senate Bill No. 444, AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE HEALTH CARE CABINET TO RECOMMEND METHODS TO STUDY AND REPORT ON TOTAL STATEWIDE HEALTHCARE SPENDING.

THE CHAIR:

Sorry -- Senator Somers. Good afternoon, ma'am.

SENATOR SOMERS (18TH):

Yes, good afternoon. Thank you. I move acceptance of the Committee's joint favorable report and passage of this bill.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR SOMERS (18TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This bill is a bipartisan proposal from the leaders of both Senate caucuses. It authorizes the state's Health Care Cabinet, which already advises the administration on healthcare policy and methods to promote affordable quality care and also to advise the administration on total statewide healthcare spending including methods to collect, analyze, and report healthcare spending data. Despite the efforts at the state and federal level to promote a more efficient way to deliver healthcare and have a more transparent system, we will have a fragmented delivery system when even now across our various state agencies we cannot share data. We do not know how much we are spending on healthcare or where we are spending it on healthcare and the costs are growing increasingly every year. We cannot hope to control any of these costs and evaluate the efficiency of the healthcare that we're delivering without these types of programs so that we can make decisions based on data. This bill passed unanimously out of Public Health and I ask for the Chamber's support.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator Somers. Will you remark further? Will you remark further?

SENATOR SOMERS (18TH):

I would like to yield the floor, if that's possible, to my co-chair?

THE CHAIR:

Oh, Senator Gerratana, would you accept the yield?

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

Yes, Madam President. Thank you very much.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you.

SENATOR GERRATANA (6TH):

I would like to comment in favor on the bill. I appreciate my co-chair bringing it out today. The state of Connecticut has used Baylet [phonetic] healthcare consultants to look at the system that we currently have in place regarding healthcare and healthcare delivery, as my co-chair succinctly spoke about what is currently going on. However, Baylet [phonetic] found that there was such a dearth of data, particularly in healthcare spending, that Senators Looney and Fasano, and this is one of many bills that will be coming before us subsequently on healthcare and healthcare delivery in our state, came before the Public Health Committee and urged us to adopt the recommendation from Baylet [phonetic], so with that, I urge the Chamber to please support the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR SOMERS (18TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. If there's no objection, I would like to move that this bill be added to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 40, Calendar 37, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 888, AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DOG ASSIGNED TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, 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 KISSEL (7TH):

What this bill essentially does is extend current policy that affect law enforcement officers to the Department of Corrections. It creates a reputable presumption that a member of a household of a corrections officer or employee that has a service dog -- police service dog assigned to them that they are not the owner of such dog for purposes of our dog bite statutes and again, what this does is simply take existing policy that protects household members of other law enforcement areas and extends that to the Department of Corrections, and I would urge my colleagues' support of the bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? I'm seeing none.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Seeing no further comments, Madam President, I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also, on page 40, Calendar 338, Senate Bill No. 930, AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF ANNUAL REPORTS ON ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, 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?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

A few years ago, when we passed key legislation regarding human trafficking and monitoring it, there was a provision in one of the bills that had law enforcement agencies in the state's attorney's office deliver reports on an annualized basis to the joint standing -- the standing committees on Judiciary and Children, and we have found, especially in the Judiciary Committee, that these reports simply pile up. There's no use for them. They're filling our file cabinets and so our committee administrator and clerk, to their credit, said if law enforcement out here is going to be doing these reports on an annual basis, they should have a good purpose and so the underlying bill actually says that these reports should now be sent to the Human Trafficking Council and the Human Trafficking Council has a charge to utilize these reports and fashion proposals for future public policy, and at this time, if the clerk could please call an amendment LCO 6631?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6631, Senate "A", offered by Senators Doyle, Kissel, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. I move adoption of the amendment, waive a reading, and ask leave to summarize.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption. I'm sorry -- please proceed, sir.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. What this amendment does is very simply state that the underlying bill had stated that the state's attorneys throughout Connecticut would provide these reports. This now will narrow it to just the Chief State's Attorney, simplifies the process, but still contains all the information that the Human Trafficking Council would need to consider to make recommendations and I would urge my colleagues' adoption of the amendment.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark on the amendment? Will you remark on the amendment? If not, I'll try your minds. All those in favor please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? The amendment passes. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much and again, the bill as amended now, I would urge my colleagues to support this bill and if there's -- I don't know if there's further comments.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I just briefly want to urge my support for this piece of legislation. Basically, what is does -- sorry if I'm a little repetitive, but it's actually a piece of legislation that improves the efficiency of the General Assembly in the sense these reports are not sent over to the Judiciary Committee and the Children's Committee. I believe, they are sent to an entity that really will use it most wisely because at this point in time, the Judiciary Committee was not focused on it so the trafficking and persons council will get the information, save a little money, and it's an important piece of legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much and it would be remis of me if I didn't do a plug for our judiciary individual, Deb Blanchard and clerk, Adam Sclera [phonetic] who brought these concerns to our attention. Seeing no further comments, I would move this to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 40, Calendar 339, Senate Bill No. 982, AN ACT CONFIRMING AND ADOPTING VOLUMES 1 TO 13, INCLUSIVE, OF THE GENERAL STATUTES REVISED TO 2017.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, 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 KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Occasionally, we get to a bill where the title of the bill is exactly what the bill does. This is technical in nature. We do it every year and what this does is it makes all our statutes conform all the way up to the year 2017 and I urge my colleagues support for the bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I was wondering if I could ask a question to the proponent of the bill please?

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, looking at the title of the bill, I was wondering if the Senator could please read volumes 1 through 13 of the statutes for me so I could better understand what they say.

THE CHAIR:

I think he just read it. Go ahead.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Madam President, I could and that would probably take us right to June 7th before I even got done.

THE CHAIR:

But, you also know that we cannot read our testimony in this Chamber.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

That's true, Madam President. I would not want to be found in violation of Senate rules.

THE CHAIR:

[Laughing]. Thank you.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

I mean summarize, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

[Laughing].

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I was just -- a little levity for this afternoon. I thank the good Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and urge others to vote for the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you, Madam President and I always appreciate the levity of the Majority Leader of the Senate, as well as all the other leaders in the Senate, so with that, seeing no other comments, I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 41, Calendar 41, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 1032, AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION CONCERNING A TECHNICAL REORGANIZATION OF STATUTES INVOLVING THE ILLEGAL SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, 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?

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Certainly, we have a Sentencing Commission and every year they're given various charges to come up with proposals regarding essentially our criminal justice system and what they determined in the last year was that our laws that pertain to drugs were a hodge-podge as far as where they were located in the statutes and that made it cumbersome and difficult for public defenders, state's attorneys, even judges, not to mention folks in private practice, from sort of discerning where the appropriate bills and penalties all lay and so I want to give a lot of thanks to the Sentencing Commission, as well as the former Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee from the House, Bob Farr, who at one point was also the Chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles for working so hard on this for many, many months and so what this does is essentially in a nutshell rationalizes this section of the statutes but in no way changes any of the substance of our criminal justice laws affecting drugs and drug law violations and I would urge my colleagues to support this bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark? Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Madam President. Thank you. I just briefly would like to comment. I concur with everything my co-chairman said but one of the people behind the scenes that did a lot of work on this is a former long-time LCO attorney for the Judiciary Committee, Rick Taft, so I understand he did a lot of the work behind the scenes. Through his many years of experience, he identified and -- I think he got frustrated with the organization, the statutes -- so he did a lot of the work for us in a Sentencing Commission to get our statutes in better order. It's a good piece of legislation, a good organizational piece, and I think it will help all practitioners. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

All right, with shout outs to former state Rep Bob Farr and attorney Rick Taft. I'm seeing no further comments. I would move this bill to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

You're very welcome. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Also, page 44, Calendar 358, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 1003, AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO VARIOUS STATUES CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. 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 DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Madam President. This piece of legislation is a number of assorted changes to our criminal justice statutes, which was recommended to the Judiciary Committee by the state's attorney's office. These requested provisions are not radical but they are more clean-up things. They're not purely technical but then, again, they're not super significant. The Judiciary Committee voted them out 40 to nothing, so it was a clear strong bipartisan message. A few of the things that clarifies in our nuisance abatement statute that the basis for a state action on the nuisance abatement is a sale of liquor to a minor. It provides other protections and such as we spoke earlier about the conservator situation. It makes clear that second-degree larceny can be if the victim is a conserved person so if the conserved person is victimized by anyone, he can be a victim and the person can be charged with second-degree larceny. There's a number of other things in terms of the eye-witness identification taskforce. It's a good piece of legislation. I urge the Chamber to approve it.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. I just wanted to associate my remarks with those of Chairman Doyle and urge my colleagues to support this down-to-earth bill proposal offered to us by the Chief State's Attorney and the Division of Criminal Justice. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 44, Calendar 359, Senate Bill No. 1021, AN ACT REVISING THE UNIFORM FRAUDULENT TRANSFER ACT.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

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 DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. This piece of legislation is -- it reforms a debt and revises our -- this Connecticut law, Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, but really the true intent of the legislation and it was strongly advocated by our Attorney General, it clarifies basically that when primarily parents are paying for their children's college education that if bankruptcy is later filed by the parents and the bankruptcy court doesn't have the authority to reach back and take the tuition payments to the college and universities. As such, there is actually a benefit to the state -- state university systems that their monies will not be taken by the bankruptcy court, so it's a technical piece of legislation but it makes sense and it basically preserves tuition paid by parents or others to students in college and I urge our Chamber to approve this piece of legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. I also stand in strong support of this legislation. Under the bankruptcy laws, if a state wants a particular carveout, it can put that into statute and that's what this would do, and I want to associate myself with the remarks of Senator Doyle and commend Attorney General, George Jepsen, who used to sit across from me, right across from me, at the circle. Also, Legislative Commissioner, William Hamzy, was instrumental in bringing this here before us and it does happen on an all-too-often a number of times that if a family decides to send their loved one to college and they've actually gone through the entire process and then find themselves in dire financial straits and have to file bankruptcy that bankruptcy trustee can then claw back that money from the universities and then what happens is to add insult to injury the university then goes to that young man or women, assuming that they went to college right after high school, and say you don't have a degree anymore because we had to give the money back and so now the family who has now lost all that money because the bankruptcy trustee has decided to claw it back now finds their son or daughter lost their degree and they have no resources to go and pay for that college education a second time, so as a public policy, we have decided with this legislation that an individual's desire to send their loved one, their child to college is an important public policy and we should encourage it and not allow the bankruptcy courts to go in and claw that money back. For what it's worth, if there's any transfer within 60 days of a filing of bankruptcy, that automatically comes back, but we are talking about real life scenarios where years have gone by and the bankruptcy trustees in their zealousness have done this and to the credit of Legislative Commissioner Hamzy, Attorney General Jepsen, and others, we've decided that Connecticut will not continue along this path and will reverse this public policy and do it in statute, and I would urge my colleagues to support this legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Madam President. I believe a roll call is in order on this piece of legislation.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you very much. At this time, Mr. Clerk, will you call for a roll call vote and the machine is open.

THE 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, if all members voted, the machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call the tally?

THE CLERK:

On Senate Bill No. 1021.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 31

Those voting Nay 3

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

Bill passes. (Gavel). Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 45, Calendar 365, House Bill No. 7254, AN ACT REQUIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS TO COMPLETE A PROGRAM OF STUDY IN EVIDENCED-BASED STRUCTURED LITERACY INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Yes, I will, Madam President. Thank you. this piece of legislation is -- it's a sequel to a number of pieces of legislation we have passed over the last three years to try to help one-fifth of our student population who present with dyslexia and other reading-related disorders. We have heard so much testimony over the last number of years from students and from teachers who have had dyslexia and teachers who have felt that they had not been adequately prepared to teach students who have dyslexia and other reading-related disorders. We know that there are ways that we can help our students overcome these challenges and so that they can read with more ease and be better -- have better success in school and reduce the great amount of frustration that they experience and that their parents and families experience as well, so it's very exciting for me to bring forward this bill today. This has, again, been a great collaborative effort and it is a series now that this piece of it will require a program of study in evidenced-based structured literacy interventions for students with dyslexia and other reading-related disorders for our special education teachers who are in fact often the teachers who are dealing with this issue at the most, so I want to thank all the advocates who have worked so hard to make sure that this bill happened and I am honored and delighted to pass this bill today for final action. At this point, if I may, Madam President, if I may yield to Senator Boucher?

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher, will you accept the yield, ma'am?

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Yes, I will, Madam President. I thank you and I thank the distinguished chair of the Education Committee, a colleague who has worked very hard and very collaboratively over this session. We entertained probably more bills than I've seen in many, many years so there was a lot of work on our plate and many of the issues were very controversial but at the end of the day, we reached across the aisle and worked well to get all of these important bills out. This is a topic, as was just mentioned, that has been before us for three years in a row and each of those years, we've moved some significant legislation forward. It is an area of education that was little known in the past but, yet, does afflict many, many families and children and could be devastating to the progress of some very talented and bright individuals. There are very famous people, in fact, that have been identified that had dyslexia and yet went on to achieve greatness and were innovators in our society, so it's very important that this focus, and rightfully so on legislation, has happened in each of the last three years and this year there was a concentration on actually helping those preparers, the teachers themselves, to become more knowledgeable in the identification process because without the identification, you can't provide the services that are needed and required. We often have heard of many statistics about our jails are filled with individuals, talented individuals, but that could never read because of dyslexia and if there were able to achieve some success, may not have ended up in our correctional system, so we're very pleased to bring this bill forward. It has very strong advocates, certainly, that have approached us and worked very hard to make sure there was language that was acceptable to everyone we could get out this year, so I commend the Chair of the Education Committee for the hard work on this and all the other individuals that worked hard to make sure that we move this issue forward, particularly in the teacher prep area, so I'm very happy to support this legislation and I hope everyone else will as well. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Senator Osten.

SENATOR OSTEN (19TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. Madam President, I am so pleased to rise in support of this piece of legislation and I just want to thank the whole Education Committee, in particular our co-chairs who have worked so diligently on the issue revolving around dyslexia and making sure we were giving our children who were suffering from dyslexia the -- all of the attention that they have needed and this has been a multiyear project and we have all worked so hard together to get this done and I can't thank both the co-chairs so much for doing all the work they've done, and I'd also like to give a special sort of shout out to my constituent, Allison Quirion and her son, Jack, who have come up every year to work on this issue. I've done the research to make sure that they could -- that we would all understand how important it is to have evidenced-based literacy programs for our children with dyslexia and I just cannot thank them any more than what everybody here has done by supporting this piece of legislation and I look forward to seeing this roll out so that we don't end up with children who have not seen the correct care in our correctional environments or not getting the right resources to be as effective as they can be, and I want to thank the whole circle for supporting this piece of legislation. Thank you very much, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President, and I would like to associate my remarks with all of the previous speakers and I'm not in a position to name my constituents that have advocated for this over the last several years because if I did I'd probably leave somebody out and that would be unfortunate, but this is something that parents in particular that either have children suffering with dyslexia or know someone in the family or anywhere in their family throughout the country. They are champions. The have been in the building. They have been on the phones. They have been at their computers sending emails and they're the ones that really deserve a huge amount of credit for helping getting passage of this legislation through this building. It is not easy to get good legislation through this building. It is way easier to kill bills than to pass bills but to those folks in my district that felt so passionately about this issue regarding dyslexia and the harmful effects it can have on not only ability to learn but one's own self-worth as one is growing up, they deserve a tremendous amount of credit and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart as well and of course, urge my colleagues to support this legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on the bill? Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I want to just first of all thank Senator Slossberg and Senator Boucher and also align myself with remarks of Senator Osten as well. I think we've all heard from a number of constituents in our district regarding this bill and moving this issue forward in a way that I think is meaningful for the folks that care about this issue and really want to see progress so I just want to, again, take a moment to thank the leadership of the education committee, Senator Osten for her hard work, and the advocates who have really been back here every year over the last few years to ensure that the state moves forward on this. What I've heard from so many different people, not only from my district, but really across the state is how the legislation over the last few years really has moved our state forward and has actually really helped the students as well and as I say many times in this Chamber, that sometimes the legislation we do doesn't seem tangible. It's very intangible when we put words to paper and we vote on bills but when things like this that build upon previous years' legislation and that when we receive emails from folks or communications from folks saying the bills that we've passed have actually helped people, I think that really means a lot and it shows that we're on the right road and that we should continue moving forward on this type of legislation, so again, I urge my colleagues to support the bill and thank the leadership here in the Senate and the House and all others who have worked so diligently on the legislation. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objection. Mr. Clerk. Sorry, Mr. Clerk -- Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, that is our last bill for the moment. If the clerk can call the bills for a vote on the Consent Calendar please?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk. Clerk, first we're gonna call a list of bills on the Consent Calendar and then a vote please.

THE CLERK:

Page 2, Calendar 80, Senate Bill 804. Page 3, Calendar 88, Senate Bill 548. Page 5, Calendar 100, Senate Bill 616. Page 13, Calendar 166, Senate Bill No. 908. Page 14, Calendar 172, Senate Bill 937. Page 16, Calendar 180, Senate Bill 899. Page 16, Calendar 181, Senate Bill 900. Page 17, Calendar 192, Senate Bill 936. Page 26, Calendar 248, Senate Bill 844. Page 29, Calendar 275, Senate Bill 910. Page 30, Calendar 279, Senate Bill 953. Page 37, Calendar 320, Senate Bill 976. Also, on page 37, Calendar 321, Senate Bill 993. On page 38, Calendar 330, Senate Bill 444. Page 40, Calendar 337, Senate Bill 888. Page 40, Calendar 338, Senate Bill 930. Also, on page 40, Calendar 339, Senate Bill 982. On 41, Calendar 341, Senate Bill 1032. On page 44, Calendar 358, Senate Bill 1003 and on page 45, Calendar 365, House Bill 7254.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk, will you please call for a roll call vote on the Consent Calendar?

THE CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate on today's Consent Calendar. Immediate roll call on today's Consent Calendar 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 the tally?

THE CLERK:

On today's Consent Calendar.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

Consent Calendar is adopted. (Gavel).

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, for the purposes of a marking please?

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On Calendar page 20, Calendar 209, Substitute for Senate Bill 515, rather than referring it to the Appropriations Committee, we'd like to just mark that PT.

THE CHAIR:

Okay, so ordered.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, we now -- I would like to now move the Senate stand in recess for purposes of caucuses please.

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand in recess.

On the motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 4: 28 p. m. recessed.

THE CLERK:

There is an immediate Senate Democratic caucus. An immediate Senate Democratic caucus. An immediate Senate Democratic caucus.

UNKNOWN SPEAKER:

There will be an immediate Senate Republican caucus. All Republican Senators please report to the caucus room. There will be an immediate Senate Republican caucus. All Republican Senators please report to the caucus room.

The Senate reconvened at 6: 08 p. m. , the President in the Chair.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

The Senate will meet immediately. The Senate will reconvene immediately. That means you. The Senate will reconvene immediately.

THE CLERK:

The Senate will convene immediately. The Senate will convene immediately. The Senate will convene immediately.

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will come back to order. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

We got Senate Agenda No. 2. It's dated Wednesday, May 3, 2017, communications from the Speaker of the House.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I move that all items on Senate Agenda No. 2, dated Wednesday, May 3, 2017, be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda be incorporated by reference in the Senate Journal and transcript.

THE CHAIR:

So noted, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. A few more items to mark go please.

THE CHAIR:

Please.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. On Calendar page 9, Calendar 131, Senate Bill 191, go. Calendar page 17, Calendar 187, Senate Bill 655, go. Calendar page 28, Calendar 264, House Bill 7025, go. Calendar page 29, Calendar 277, Senate Bill 950, go. Calendar page 43, Calendar 352, Senate Bill 726, go and finally, Calendar page 47, Calendar 373, House Bill 6008, go and if the clerk can call in that order and if we can stand at ease until we have our -- actually, if we can go cause I believe Senator Witkos is bringing out the first bill.

THE CHAIR:

Okay, Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 9, Calendar 131, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 191, AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE BINGO GAMES, BAZAARS, RAFFLES, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING.

THE CHAIR:

Good evening, Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Good evening, Madam President. I move the Committee's joint favorable report and passage of the bill.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I will but prior to that, I believe the clerk has in his possession an amendment and I asked it to be called and I be allowed to summarize.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk. Hold on a minute. He's walking in the door, sir. The Senate will stand at ease.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Madam President, if I may, I want to give you the specific LCO number? It would be 6674.

THE CHAIR:

LCO 6674. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6674, Senate "A", offered by Senators Duff, Leone, and Witkos.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Witkos.

SENATOR WITKOS (8TH):

Thank you, Madam President. What the amendment does, it strikes out -- it's a strike all amendment and it adds back in the portion of the underlying bill, which has to do with the repeal of and removal of certain licensures in the state of Connecticut. This has been an effort by Senator Duff and myself working with our staffs to go through our statutes and remove barriers to people that are trying to obtain a license in the state of Connecticut that don't really require any educational component to it or field experience that's required in order to perform in the work that they're doing and we believe, although limited number, it's a first step to making sure that Connecticut removes all barriers to a workforce to individuals that are not monetary in nature and there are six licensures that are being removed from the language as amended. The first one is an above-ground pool installer, second is a uniform student athlete agent, third is the licensed short-hand reporter. The next one is an internet vendors license, a wholesaler's salesman certificate, a residential flat glass or automotive glazier, and lastly, a real estate intern and who would have thought those folks -- there's many relators in the building -- that you'd have to have a license to be an intern in the field of real estate, so we believe it's a first step towards making access to employment better and easier for the folks that work and live in our state and I move adoption of the amendment.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Leone. Good evening, sir.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Good evening, Madam President. It's a pleasure to see you there tonight. Thank you for giving me the chance to give some remarks. I also would like to concur with the remarks made by my Co-Chairman of the General Law Committee on Senate Bill 191. As stated, this bill would make it easier for people to find employment and it removes barriers to employment as mentioned already and it does eliminate old licensures that no longer are required in today's day and age, and I think this goes a long way towards making our regulatory environment a little bit more business friendly, so I would support this amendment. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you so much. Will you remark further? Senator Miner.

SENATOR MINER (30TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, the only license that concerns me is the fact that we're removing a license in this bill. It has to do with the installation of above-ground pools. In the community that I live in and the majority of the communities that I represent, they have septic systems. I'm not sure that we should be allowing someone that isn't trained to install a pool or at least someone that we would know who to go back to should some problem occur, install a pool. I can imagine on some warm July night family goes down to a local pool place, buys above-ground pool, brings it home, and then pays somebody to put it up and then finds they needed a fence, finds that they needed a permit, finds that they needed not to put it on their septic system. I'm all about trying to find ways to put people back to work, Madam President, but I think this is a mistake and I'll be opposing the amendment. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further on the amendment? Will you remark further on the amendment? If not, I would ask the clerk to please call a roll call vote on the amendment "A". the machine will be open.

THE CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate roll call in the Senate.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Boucher -- Senator Boucher -- Senator Boucher -- Senator Boucher. If all members have voted, all members have voted, the machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, can you give us the roll call?

THE CLERK:

Senate amendment schedule "A".

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 27

Those voting Nay 7

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The amendment passes. (Gavel). Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President and now that the amendment has become the bill, I just wanted to comment on it for a few seconds anyway and to say that one of all thank Senator Witkos and Senator Leone for their work on the bill. It was a pleasure to -- to work with Senator Witkos on the legislation because it truly is a bipartisan piece of legislation that really encompasses all political spectrums. It almost reminds me of the work on criminal justice reform. You have sometimes some of the most liberal groups and the most conservative groups who come together on certain issues because it makes common sense in order to pass these bills. This is an issue that first came to my attention through folks down in Washington in the Obama administration because they saw occupational -- some occupational licensing as issues that were barriers to entry for folks who wanted to start their own businesses. Ways in which licenses had been set up in the past that really would discourage people from going into business on their own or opening up their own businesses and that had been that way for decades and I think you see other groups who may be on the more conservative side who would say the same thing -- is that why would we necessarily put kind of bureaucratic red tape in the way of those who want to begin a business or start a business. Why kind of snuff out entrepreneurial spirit by a license that may not necessarily be necessary to something that -- to an occupation that may not exactly need it, that may not then be something like a doctor or a nurse that of course you'd want a license but maybe something more minor that would be the more self-policing or not something that necessarily needs to have a license and I think one of the other examples of this would be the barber shop bill we did a few years ago that rather than having folks go to many hours of schooling, we did an apprenticeship so that it actually brought people out of the shadows. It allowed them to get their license and to open up their own businesses and we're actually seeing that right now. Madam President, could we ask for order in the Chamber please?

THE CHAIR:

Ladies and gentlemen -- ladies and gentleman, can you take your conversations outside the Chamber please? Thank you very much.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, also we just did it with the cosmetician bill as well, again, working to break down barriers so that we can encourage more folks to organically open their own businesses, to cut bureaucratic red tape, and to look for common sense ways in which we can encourage folks to open up their business and make government a partner in what they're trying to do rather than a hindrance and these are very simple ways in which to do that and in fact, I think this is going to free up some of our folks in state government and it will also be able to let them focus on other things that may be more important and more crucial to the core functions of our state, so anyway, so again, I want to thank Senator Witkos for his work, Senator Leone for his support, and those who brought this issue to my attention because it is not one that generates a lot of headlines but I think one that is very important and folks will be very happy with once this passes the House but I am very happy to see it hopefully, pass the Senate and I certainly urge my colleagues to support the bill. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, Mr. Clerk, will you call for a roll call vote 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:

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

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 191.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 32

Those voting Nay 2

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel). Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 17, Calendar 187, Senate Bill No. 655, AN ACT INCREASING FEES REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Might we PT this bill and move onto the next one please.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, sir. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 28, Calendar 264, Substitute for House Bill No. 7025, AN ACT AUTHORIZING DOMESTIC INSURERS TO DIVIDE.

THE CHAIR:

Good evening, Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Good evening, Madam President. I move acceptance to the Joint Committee's favorable report, passage of the bill in concurrence with the House.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Thank you, Madam President. This bill provides a mechanism for domestic insurance businesses to divide their organization into two or more entities with the approval of the insurance department. In the simplest terms, this would grant the domestic insurance a means to be able to sell segments of their business that best fit their business strategy. Currently, this option does not exist in state law. While policy rates, terms would not be impacted from a division and the bill as it stands does not have a fiscal implication nor does it lose revenue for the state.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Senator Kelly.

SENATOR KELLY (21ST):

Thank you very much, Madam Chairman. I also rise in support of this bill and I'll only take a moment but this is a very important bill for the state of Connecticut. It is final passage but it's something that the domestic insurers of the state of Connecticut have asked for, and I think that this sends a very clear message that the insurance industry is very important to the state of Connecticut and that our domestic insurers provide numerous jobs and something like this helps keep those jobs in the state of Connecticut and I urge its adoption. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Senator Larson.

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Thank you very much, Madam President. If there's no objection, I'd ask for a roll call vote.

THE CHAIR:

Uh huh, how about consent?

SENATOR LARSON (3RD):

Oh, I'm sorry -- [laughter]. I didn't realize we were doing it. If there's no objection, I'd ask that the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections. No objection. We got it -- okay. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 29, Calendar 277, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 950, AN ACT CONCERNING THE STREAMLINING OF HIRING PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING TECHERS IN THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Slossberg. Good evening, ma'am.

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on acceptance and passage. Will you remark?

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President, so the bill before us does exactly what it says it does in the title. It streamlines the hiring process for hiring manufacturing teachers in the technical high school system. You know, we know as a state that our -- one of the things we want to be doing is supporting our manufacturers and in so doing, we want to support manufacturer -- our workers -- and in order to get that skilled labor force, we need to be supporting our vo-tech schools. In order to get those kids out of vo-tech schools, we need manufacturing teachers and what this bill does is very simply reduces the number of years of experience that is required in order to become a manufacturing teacher from the current eight years to five years and it also requires that the State Department of Education creates some guidelines to clarify what the requirements are for those teachers to be hired and certified in our state. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Senator Boucher.

SENATOR BOUCHER (26TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I rise to support the bill and the amendment. This is definitely something that is needed in Connecticut in the state of our economy and the change in the business sector in manufacturing in particular really demands that we have those with the latest knowledge in our classrooms so that we can have our graduates be as employable as they possibly can. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

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

SENATOR SLOSSBERG (14TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

I'm seeing no objections, so ordered. Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 43, Calendar 352, Substitute for Senate Bill No. 726, AN ACT CONCERNING CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RESTITUTION FROM PERSONS COMMITTING CRIMINAL ACTS.

THE CHAIR:

Good evening, Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Good evening, 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 DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Madam President, the clerk has an amendment. It's a strike all amendment. It's LCO 6632. May the clerk please call and I be allowed to summarize?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

LCO No. 6632, Senate amendment schedule "A", offered by Senators Doyle, Kissel, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I first move adoption of the amendment.

THE CHAIR:

Motion is on adoption. Will you remark, sir?

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes. Thank you, Madam President. The amendment before us is a strike all amendment and basically, it deletes section 2 of the amendment, which it would be incorporating court of ops bill and it narrows the earlier -- the file copy -- to say that in our victim compensation fund, which is operated by the Office of Victim Services, the area where the office can provide additional compensation is limited to no more than $ 5000 dollars but the potential beneficiaries are minor victims of personal injury incident and the person -- if that such minor victim needs additional medical or mental health counseling needs, so it's focused on minors that are in a personal injury -- victim you know -- that's a broad definition but if these persons -- these young people need additional services to get through the issues of the victimization, they can get additional $ 5000 dollars. I think it's a good piece of legislation. It's narrowed by this piece of legislation but under the circumstances to preserve the fund, I think it makes sense and I urge that Chamber to approve this amendment before you. Thank you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark? Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President and a quick question through you to the proponent of the amendment?

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. It's my understanding the current high range is $ 10,000 dollars and this anticipates a proposed additional $ 5000 for individuals in this minor category that have been sexually assaulted and that indeed need to have additional services for counseling and mental health needs. Would that be correct? Through you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Yes, Madam President. I believe it goes from $ 10,000 dollars to $ 15,000 dollars, which would be the maximum amount and it says up to additional $ 5000 dollars. Through you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Kissel.

SENATOR KISSEL (7TH):

Exactly and I appreciate that answer from my friend and colleague, the Co-Chair of Judiciary Committee and I stand in strong support of the amendment as well, which becomes the bill. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further. I'll try your minds on the amendment. All those in favor please say aye.

SENATORS:

Aye.

THE CHAIR:

Opposed? The amendment passes. At this point, I call for Senator Doyle.

SENATOR DOYLE (9TH):

Madam President, I believe roll call is in order.

THE CHAIR:

Okay. At this time, I'll ask the clerk to 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:

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

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 726.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel). Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 47, Calendar 373, House Bill No. 6008, AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCATE FOR METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF HARTFORD COUNTY CONSUMERS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Bye, good evening.

SENATOR BYE (5TH):

Good evening, Madam President. I move acceptance of the Joint Committee's favorable report in concurrence with the House. Did I do that correctly?

THE CHAIR:

It sounded right. Acceptance and passage in concurrence.

SENATOR BYE (5TH):

I move acceptance and passage and concurrence with the House.

THE CHAIR:

You did fine, ma'am. Please proceed.

SENATOR BYE (5TH):

Thank you, Madam President. This bill is very important to members in my community and communities around the metropolitan district --

THE CHAIR:

Ladies and gentlemen -- excuse me, one second Senator -- Senator Bye. Can we lower the volume a little bit? Thank you very much. Senator Bye.

SENATOR BYE (5TH):

What this bill does is it establishes an independent consumer advocate for customers in the MDC region. It also makes some changes -- some minor changes to the MDC's ability to borrow money, giving them a slightly longer window in the case that certain communities have trouble meeting their requirements for payment to the MDC to allow them to smooth out those types of rough bumps. Through you, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Will you remark further on the bill? Will you remark further on this bill? If not, Senator, I --

SENATOR BYE (5TH):

Madam President, if there's no objection, I ask that this be moved to the Consent Calendar.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered. At this time, we're gonna stand at ease. Senate will come back to order. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Our final bill of the evening will be the one I had PT'd earlier, which is Calendar page 17, Calendar 187, Senate Bill 655.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

On page 17, Calendar 187, Senate Bill No. 655, AN ACT INCREASING FEES REMITTED TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR MOVING VIOLATIONS.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Leone, good evening.

SENATOR LEONE (27TH):

Good evening again, 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 LEONE (27TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I will. This is an act increasing fees remitted to municipalities for moving violations and quite simply, this bill increases from $ 15 dollars to $ 20 dollars -- that's a $ 5 dollar increase on the surcharge that is currently paid by people who violate certain motor vehicle laws such as speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, countless others. This surcharge paid in addition to the fine or forfeitures of the violations is remitted to the municipality where the violation occurred, so what that means is if you're speeding, you're driving recklessly, you're increasing your speed to evade the police, failing to stop when signal, other common sense approaches -- if you're infracting any moving violations, whatever the fine you would get that goes to the state, there's currently a $ 15-dollar surcharge that goes to the municipality. This would increase that surcharge an additional $ 5 dollars to go back to the municipality, so in essence, it's an additional incentive for municipalities to crack down on moving violations. What it is not intended for is for municipalities to start going after people for moving infractions when they otherwise would not do. It's not supposed to be something just to increase the revenue coffers of the police to the municipality. In essence, it's really the opposite because what we've heard from towns is that their resources are stretched thin and they don't have enough resources to always enforce moving violations so this additional $ 5 dollars would be more money back to the municipalities to maybe put more money towards enforcement, to crack down on people that would otherwise break the law and not be -- and would not be caught, so my hope is that this is something that will pass here in the Senate. I would note that in our Transportation Committee we did talk about this on which way to go. It did pass unanimously with unanimous support in the committee. I would hope that continues. I do understand there might be some concerns but again, this is all about trying to give our municipalities additional dollars to enact enforcement for those that are actually committing a crime by virtue of a moving violation, so I would hope we have support for this bill moving forward. With that, I would rest for the moment.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? If not, roll call vote I guess. I'm sorry -- [laughing]. Mr. Clerk, please call for roll call vote and the machine is open.

THE CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate. Immediate roll call has been ordered in the Senate.

THE CHAIR:

Have all members voted? Have all members voted? Have all members voted? If all members voted, if all members voted, the machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you call the tally?

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 655.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 19

Those voting Nay 15

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel). Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Would the clerk please call the items on the Consent Calendar and we will vote on the Consent Calendar please.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

THE CLERK:

Page 28, Calendar 264, House Bill 7025. Page 29, Calendar 277, Senate Bill 950. Page 47, Calendar 373, House Bill 6008.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk, will you call for a roll call vote on the second Consent Calendar and the machine is now open.

THE CLERK:

Immediate roll call has been ordered on the second Consent Calendar for today in the Senate. Immediate roll call in the Senate on the second Consent Calendar for today.

THE CHAIR:

If all members voted, all members have voted, the machine will be closed. Mr. Clerk, will you please call a tally?

THE CLERK:

On the second Consent Calendar for today.

Total number Voting 34

Those voting Yea 34

Those voting Nay 0

Absent not Voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The Consent Calendar passes. (Gavel). Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. That concludes our business for this evening. I do want to remind Democratic Senators that we have a caucus tomorrow at 12: 30 -- 12: 30 caucus tomorrow. I now yield for any announcements or points of personal privilege please.

THE CHAIR:

Are there any points of personal privilege? I'm sorry. Senator Somers. Good evening, ma'am.

SENATOR SOMERS (18TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Senator Frantz would like me to make sure everybody knows he missed today because he had business outside of the Chamber that he had to attend to.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. It will be noted. Thank you. does anybody else -- any other? Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

We are now adjourned.

(On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 6: 57 p. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair. )

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