JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, February 23, 2018

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:37 o'clock a.m., Representative Butler of the 72nd District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Emily Luna of Manchester, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Dear Lord, as the bills continue to come out of committee, assist our efforts to prudently select those that will most benefit our State and its people. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Emily Luna of Manchester, Connecticut.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Arconti of the 109th District, the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the committees as indicated thereon in concurrence.

AGING

H.B. No. 5242 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM STATE INCOME TAX', to exempt Social Security benefits from taxation under the state income tax.

H.B. No. 5243 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR AGING-IN-PLACE INITIATIVES', to increase funding for aging-in-place initiatives.

H.B. No. 5244 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CONSERVED PERSON'S RIGHT TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS', to safeguard the rights of a conserved person to interact with family and others.

H.B. No. 5245 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY BEST PRACTICES FOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION FOR DISABLED PERSONS, SENIOR CITIZENS AND VETERANS', to establish a task force to study best practices to provide transportation for disabled persons, senior citizens and veterans.

JUDICIARY

H.B. No. 5246 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN THE CASE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT', to allow for the prosecution of sexual assault cases without time limitations posed by statutes of limitation.

H.B. No. 5247 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COURTHOUSE SECURITY', to require an internal review of the security procedures employed by courthouses.

H.B. No. 5248 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT OF A PUBLIC TRANSIT EMPLOYEE', to establish the crime of aggravated assault of a public transit employee.

H.B. No. 5249 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GPS MONITORING OF CONVICTED PERSONS AWAITING SENTENCING FOR AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT', to require any person awaiting sentencing for aggravated sexual assault to be monitored by a GPS device.

AGING

S.B. No. 233 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE DOLLAR VALUE OF FARMERS' MARKET VOUCHER BOOKS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS', to increase to twenty-five dollars the value of voucher books each eligible senior citizen can receive toward purchases at farmers' markets.

S.B. No. 234 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT PERMITTING A COMMUNITY SPOUSE OF AN INSTITUTIONALIZED SPOUSE TO RETAIN THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF ALLOWABLE ASSETS', to allow a community spouse of an institutionalized spouse to retain the maximum amount of resources allowable under federal law.

S.B. No. 235 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OMBUDSMAN VOLUNTEERS', to increase participation in the volunteer advocate program by requiring the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman to develop a plan.

S.B. No. 236 (RAISED) AGING. 'AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS CARING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED PERSONS', to provide a tax deduction for taxpayers caring for elderly persons, children and disabled persons.

JUDICIARY

S.B. No. 237 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRIMES', to establish a task force to evaluate time limitations for prosecuting a crime of sexual assault.

S.B. No. 238 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXTENSION OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT', to extend to ten years the statute of limitations for the prosecution of certain sexual assault crimes.

S.B. No. 239 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM MONITORING OF CONVICTED PERSONS AWAITING SENTENCING FOR AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT', to require any person awaiting sentencing for aggravated sexual assault to be monitored by a global positioning system device.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Arconti of the 109th District, the House adjourned at 11:39 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.