CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Senate was called to order at 10: 36 o'clock a. m. , the President in the Chair.

THE CHAIR:

The session will come to order, and we will now have the prayer from today's Chaplain.

CHAPLAIN KEHOE:

As we come together for our deliberations, please give us the prudence to be judicious and the ability to treat others with respect.

THE CHAIR:

Amen. And we will have our Senate President for the Pledge of Allegiance. Senator Looney, thank you.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

(All) 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, Mr. President. Senator Duff, you have the floor, sir.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

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

THE CHAIR:

Will the Clerk please call Senate Agenda one and Senate Agenda two?

CLERK:

The Clerk is in possession of Senate Agendas number one and two, both dated Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff, you have the floor.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. I move all items on Senate Agendas one and two, dated November 4, 2017, be acted upon as indicated and that the agendas be incorporated by reference into the Senate Journal and the Senate transcript. Would the Clerk now please call Emergency Certified Bill 1503?

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk.

CLERK:

Senate Bill No. 1503 - AN ACT MAKING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE STATE BUDGET AND RELATED IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019. LCO No. 10521, introduced by Senators Looney, Duff, Fasano, Witkos, et al.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Duff. Senator Osten, you have the floor, madam.

SENATOR OSTEN (19TH):

Thank you very much, Madam President. Madam President, I move acceptance of the emergency certification and ask leave to summarize.

THE CHAIR:

You may proceed, madam.

SENATOR OSTEN (19TH):

Madam President, this Senate Bill 1503 makes minor and technical changes to the state budget that recently passed on a bipartisan basis, and it has been essentially agreed to on a bipartisan -- this emergency certification with its technical changes in a variety of different levels has been agreed upon by all four caucuses and the administration, and I urge my colleagues to support this Emergency Certified Bill.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you, Senator Osten. Will you remark? Will you remark?

SENATOR OSTEN (19TH):

I would ask for a roll call vote.

THE CHAIR:

Mr. Clerk, if you could announce the pendency of a roll call vote, sir.

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

THE CLERK:

Senate Bill 1503.

Total number voting 34

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 2

THE CHAIR:

The bill passes. (Gavel) Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I move for immediate transmittal of Senate Bill 1503 to the House please.

THE CHAIR:

Seeing no objection, so ordered sir. Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, on another technicality, I make a motion to reconsider Senate Bill 1502, section 1, line T411, page 13, which states that there's an appropriated $ 598,440,138 million dollars in fiscal year 2018 for hospital supplement payments and $ 496,340,138 million dollars in fiscal year 2019 for hospital supplemental payments. And I was on the prevailing side of that. That, for folks, is the line item veto, and for us to reconsider it. I would ask for a no vote, as a voice vote, for that, so we don't have to come in in a veto session next week and we can finish our business today. Thank you, Madam President. I ask again for a no vote on a voice vote.

THE CHAIR:

This will be a -- anyone else? Seeing none. All those in favor of the question, please vote no. Say no.

SENATORS:

No.

THE CHAIR:

It's down. (Gavel) Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

I thank you, Madam President. Madam President, I'd like to just note for the record that Senator Kennedy is not here today, but had business outside the Chamber. And if he had been here, he would have voted in the affirmative. So, if that could be noted for the record, Madam President.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. Senator Fasano.

SENATOR FASANO (34TH):

Thank you, Madam President. First of all, I think it's the first time that the vote lasted longer than the budget discussions on the floor. So, that's a first in this Chamber. Number two, I just want to take the opportunity and personal privilege to wish Christ Fletcher a happy birthday. Today is his birthday. So, happy birthday, Fletch.

THE CHAIR:

Happy birthday. (Applause) Twenty-one years old? Twenty-one years old. Congratulations, Chris. Senator Looney, good afternoon -- good morning, sir.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Yeah, it's still good morning. Yes, Madam President, thank you. Just for a point of personal privilege?

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. And I would also like -- once I finish, would yield to Senator Gomes on this also. The World Series hero, as we know, this year, was George Springer of the Astros. George Springer the third. And many of us actually remember his grandfather, George Springer, who was head of the Teacher's Union here in Connecticut. Started as head of New Britain Teacher's Union and then statewide. I think when you and I were members of the House; he was still active up here as the representative of Connecticut's teachers. So, he was a true gentleman, a friend to everyone, a great demeanor and a great presence. And while he's passed away, obviously his grandson made history in the World Series --

THE CHAIR:

Can we keep -- excuse me, sir.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Yes?

THE CHAIR:

Can we keep the volume down a little bit so that I can hear Senator Looney? Thank you.

SENATOR LOONEY (11TH):

Thank you. While his grandson made history in the World Series, and of course, was a great star at UConn before beginning his professional career. We've gotta find a way to bring him back to Connecticut for a celebration. I would yield to Senator Gomes, who also was a close friend of George Spring the third's grandfather.

THE CHAIR:

Senator Gomes, do you accept the yield, sir?

SENATOR GOMES (23RD):

I will accept the yield. As I stated in the caucus room, it was confusing to me. I'd seen this guy, George Springer III. And I said I used to know a guy named George Springer, you know. And then, in the papers, it said that he was from New Britain. And then the third article says that his grandfather was a school teacher in New Britain. And I said, oh, that was George. That was our friend. George Springer was well known around here. He was the president of the AFT - the American Federation of Teachers - in this state. And he was a good friend and his son is an amazing guy. He tied the record for four homeruns in the World Series. And to think something like came from people that we know. Thank you very much.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. His grandfather was a great man. Paul -- Senator Formica. Sorry. I was thinking.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Good morning, Madam President. Thank you. I rise for a Journal notation?

THE CHAIR:

Please proceed, sir.

SENATOR FORMICA (20TH):

Thank you very much. Just as a note, Senator Miner had business outside of the district today and wasn't able to attend. Thank you.

THE CHAIR:

Thank you. It will be noted. Will you remark further? Will you remark further? Any other personal privilege? No? If not, Senator Duff.

SENATOR DUFF (25TH):

Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, it is the intention of the Senate to go Sine Die on the tech session -- on this session tomorrow in a technical session. So, at the moment, we're just going to adjourn subject to the Call of the Chair.

THE CHAIR:

The Senate will stand adjourned until the Call of the Chair. (Gavel)

(On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 10: 51 a. m. adjourned subject to the Call of the Chair. }

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