JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Monday, March 5, 2018

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11:35 o'clock a.m., Representative Currey of the 11th District in the Chair.

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

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, make us the true voice of the people whom we represent. Be with us as we continue to serve them with wisdom, fairness and compassion. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led Abby C. Coleman and Alex Tomaselli, students at St. Gregory the Great School in Danbury, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communication was received from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

March 5, 2018

Mr. Frederick Jortner

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol, Room 109

Hartford, CT 06106

Dear Mr. Jortner:

This letter is to inform you of the following changes to committee assignments:

Representative Chris Rosario has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee.

Representative Phil Young has been appointed as a member of the Housing Committee and the Transportation Committee.

Representative Linda Gentile has been appointed as a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

Please contact my office if you have any questions.

Joe Aresimowicz

Speaker of the House of Representatives

REPORTS

The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report - Department of Public Health and Department of Social Services - Patient Bill of Rights for Long-Term Care Residents. (Pursuant to Special Act 17-14 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 14, 2018.

Referred to the Committees on Aging and Public Health.

Report - Office of the Attorney General - 2018 Office of the Attorney General Report on Claims Filed Against the State of Connecticut. (Pursuant to Section 4-160k of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 15, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Green Bank (Formerly the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority) For the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122 and 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 15, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Report - Office of the Claims Commissioner - Claims Commissioner's 2018 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Sections 4-159 and 4-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 15, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - State Board of Education - Department of Education Contracts to Private Vendors, Sources of Private Funding, and Employee Compensation - Covering Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 10-3b and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 20, 2018.

Referred to the Committees on Education and Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Private Providers of Special Education - School Year 2015 - 2016. (Pursuant to Sections 278 through 281 of Public Act 15-5 and Sections 2-90 subsection (i) and 10-91g of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 23, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Performance Audit for The State Department of Education's Approval Process of Private Special Education Programs and Oversight of Non-approved Programs. (Pursuant to Sections 2-90 subsection (i) and 10-91g of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 23, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Performance Audit for The State Department of Education's Approval and Monitoring of Contracts or Other Arrangements Between Local and Regional Boards of Education and Private Providers of Special Education. (Pursuant to Sections 2-90 subsection (i) and 10-91g of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 23, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Feasibility of Implementing a Statewide Program for Police Departments to Refer People to Services for Substance Use Disorders - Review of Programs in Connecticut and Nationally, Barriers Faced by Such Programs, and Recommendations for a Statewide Program in Connecticut. (Pursuant to Public Act 17-131.) Date Received: February 24, 2018

Referred to the Committees on Public Health and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Correction - Office of the Commissioner - The Frequency and Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion on Children and Youth Twenty Years of Age or Younger Who are in the Custody of the Commissioner at The John R. Manson Youth Institution, Cheshire. (Pursuant to Section 1(a)(4)(g) of Public Act 16-186 and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 26, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Children.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Judicial Department For the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: February 27, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Department of Public Health - Report to the General Assembly - An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health's Oversight Responsibilities relating to Scope of Practice Determinations: Scope of Practice Review Committee Report on Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors. (Pursuant to Section 19a-16e of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 27, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Office of the Chief Court Administrator - Foreclosure Mediation Program. (Pursuant to Sections 11-4a and 49-31n(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statues.) Date Received: February 28, 2018

Referred to the Committees on Banking and Judiciary.

Report - Office of Policy and Management - Report of Adjusted Payments Regarding Connecticut Programs of Tax Relief for Elderly Homeowners and Grants to Elderly Renters for the 2017 - 2018 Fiscal Year. (Pursuant to Section 12-170bb of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: February 28, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Office of the Healthcare Advocate - 2017 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Sections 38a-1050 and 38a-1041(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 1, 2018

Referred to the Committees on Public Health, Insurance and Real Estate, Children and Human Services.

Report - Connecticut Insurance Department- 2018 Managed Care Report. (Pursuant to Sections 38a-478a and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 1, 2018

Referred to the Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health.

Report - Department of Public Health - Report to the General Assembly - An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health's Oversight Responsibilities relating to Scope of Practice Determinations: Scope of Practice Review Committee Report on Psychologists. (Pursuant to Section 19a-16e of the Connecticut General Statutes.) Date Received: March 2, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Gentile of the 104th 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.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

H.B. No. 5418 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT RESTORING ELECTORAL PRIVILEGES TO FELONY CONVICTS WHO ARE ON PAROLE', to restore the electoral privileges of convicted felons who have been released from confinement in a correctional institution but who may not have been discharged from parole.

H.B. No. 5419 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CENTRAL COUNTING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS', to require that absentee ballots cast at any election, primary or referendum in a municipality be counted at a central location unless the registrars of voters of such municipality agree to count such ballots at the respective polling places.

H.B. No. 5420 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REQUIRING ADDITIONAL POLLING PLACES AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION DURING STATE ELECTIONS', to require (1) any municipality containing an institution of higher education to establish a separate voting district containing such institution if such institution reports certain data to the United States Department of Education for the year prior to the election, and (2) the registrars of voters or the legislative body of such municipality, as the case may be, to provide a suitable polling place at or near such institution for which a separate voting district is established.

H.B. No. 5421 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE INTERSTATE COMPACT TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote, thereby committing the state's votes in the Electoral College to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote nationally, regardless of whether such presidential candidate wins the popular vote within the state.

H.B. No. 5422 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING RIGHTS AND PRIMARY DAY ELECTOR REGISTRATION', to apply to primaries the procedures at regular elections for elector registration, party enrollment and voting.

H.B. No. 5423 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VACANCIES IN ENDORSEMENTS AND NOMINATIONS', to make earlier the deadlines for party committees to (1) fill vacancies in nomination or endorsement, and (2) certify such vacancy endorsements or certifications to the proper authority.

H.B. No. 5424 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF REGISTRAR OF VOTERS AT REGULAR ELECTIONS', to permit a deputy registrar of voters, who is running for the office of registrar of voters, to perform his or her official duties in a polling place at a regular election.

H.B. No. 5425 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REMOVAL FROM PARTY ENROLLMENT LISTS AND DENIAL OF PRIVILEGES', to eliminate the procedures whereby, at the discretion of certain members of a political party, (1) an enrolled member of such party is disaffiliated from such party, or (2) an unaffiliated registered voter or an enrolled member of another party is prevented from enrolling in such first party.

H.B. No. 5426 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION LOCATIONS', to authorize the town clerk of a municipality to designate an election day registration location when the registrars of voters of such municipality fail to agree on such a location.

H.J. No. 28 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PERMIT EARLY VOTING'

S.B. No. 407 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RECANVASSES FOR THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE OF TOWN MEETING MEMBER IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES', to require that recanvasses for the municipal office of town meeting member are only triggered when the difference between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes is less than one-half of one per cent of the total number of votes.

S.B. No. 408 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ENTERING CONNECTICUT INTO THE NATIONAL POPULAR COMPACT', to enter Connecticut into the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote, thereby committing the state's votes in the Electoral College to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote nationally, regardless of whether such presidential candidate wins the popular vote within the state.

S.B. No. 409 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIMARY DATE FOR OFFICES TO BE VOTED UPON AT CERTAIN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS', to require, in municipalities that hold municipal elections on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November in the odd-numbered years, that any primary for any office to be voted upon at such election be held on the second Tuesday in August in such year.

S.B. No. 410 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CREATING EFFICIENCIES AND REDUCING CONFUSION IN STATUTES CONCERNING ELECTIONS', to (1) clarify dates certain after which new enrollees in a party may not be used in computing the number of signatures required on nominating petitions, (2) classify as "unassigned" the multiple votes an elector may cast on the ballot for cross-endorsed candidates, (3) require the Secretary of the State to publish and archive on the Internet any declaratory ruling or opinion issued by the Secretary on and after January 1, 2019, and (4) require selection of districts for audit to take place within seventy-two hours after an election or primary.

S.B. No. 411 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXTENDING THE HOURS OF ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION', to permit applicants in line for election day registration prior to eight o'clock p.m. to be admitted as electors and cast a vote in a regular election.

S.B. No. 412 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING REGIONAL ELECTION MONITORS', to eliminate in each planning region the position and duties of regional election monitor.

S.B. No. 413 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TOWN SCHOOL COMMITTEE IN THE TOWN OF BROOKLYN', to require that the election, number and term of members of the Brooklyn town school committee comply with the general statutes.

S.J. No. 31 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING'

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Gentile of the 104th District, the House adjourned at 11:37 o'clock a.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.