JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The House of Representatives was called to order at 4:46 o'clock p.m., Representative Godfrey of the 110th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Andrew N. Silva of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Dear Lord, there is much work before us. Grant us the ability to address the needs of our people with fairness and compassion. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Andrew N. Silva of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE

SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The following communication was received from the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

March 5, 2018

Corrected Letter

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 22a-261, it is my pleasure to nominate and with your advice and consent, reappoint MR. RICHARD J. BARLOW of Canton, Connecticut to be a member of the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority as a member who has extensive high-level experience in public or corporate finance or business or industry, to serve a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.

Leonard A. Fasano

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE

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

March 2, 2018

Frederick Jortner

Clerk of the House

Room #104 - State Capitol

Hartford, CT

Dear Mr. Jortner:

This is to advise you that the return of votes cast at the special election held in the 120th Assembly District on February 27, 2018 for the purpose of filling a vacancy in the office of State Representative for said district, states the following candidates received the number of votes annexed to their names:

Philip Young (D) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,615

Bill Cabral (R) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,457

Bill Cabral (IND) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

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Total Votes for Bill Cabral: 1,552

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stats. Section 9-215, Philip Young will appear before me on March 5, 2018 to be administered the oath of office.

A copy of the official Statement of Vote signed by the State Board of Canvassers is enclosed.

Denise W. Merrill

Secretary of the State

Date Received: March 5, 2018

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following favorable reports of the Joint Standing Committees were received from the Senate, the resolutions read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

JUDICIARY. S.J. No. 23 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JONATHAN J. KAPLAN OF SOUTH WINDSOR TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

JUDICIARY. S.J. No. 24 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE JOSEPH Q. KOLETSKY OF WATERFORD TO BE A STATE REFEREE.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Currey of the 11th 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.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

H.B. No. 5427 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMISSIONS TAX', to eliminate the state admissions tax.

H.B. No. 5428 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING IMPOSITION OF THE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX', to provide that a distributor that owns tangible personal property located on the premises of a fulfillment services center shall not be deemed to be a distributor for purposes of the tobacco products tax for cigars exported from this state.

H.B. No. 5429 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INCREASED PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO TAX VIOLATIONS', to implement the Department of Revenue Services' recommendations for increased penalties for certain cigarette and tobacco tax violations.

H.B. No. 5430 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM CONTRIBUTIONS', to reduce the rate of members' regular contributions to the teachers' retirement system from seven per cent to six per cent and require a corresponding revised actuarial valuation.

H.B. No. 5431 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF TAX CREDITS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF HISTORIC STRUCTURES', to increase the aggregate amount of tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures.

H.B. No. 5432 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PROPOSED STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REVENUE', to require, in odd-numbered years, that a proposed statement of estimated revenue be reported by the committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding prior to the reporting of certain appropriations bills by the committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies.

H.B. No. 5433 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE TAX AND RELATED STATUTES', to make minor and technical changes to the tax and related statutes.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

H.B. No. 5434 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF CERTAIN SHORT- TERM RENTAL PROPERTIES', to require each municipality to adopt an ordinance or regulation concerning operators of certain short-term rental properties, and to require such operators to obtain a license.

H.B. No. 5435 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR SEWER AND ROADWAY UPGRADES FOR ALLEN STREET IN NEW BRITAIN', to issue bonds for sewer and roadway upgrades for Allen Street in New Britain.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

S.B. No. 414 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX DEDUCTION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A CITIZENS IN NEED ACCOUNT', to establish a citizens in need account to receive charitable contributions to assist residents of this state who have had their benefits from state social services programs administered by the Department of Social Services reduced due to state budgetary constraints, and to provide a state tax deduction at the rate of two hundred per cent of the amount contributed to said account.

S.B. No. 415 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GRANTS FOR COMBINED SEWER PROJECTS', to increase the amount of a project grant for a combined sewer project from fifty per cent to not less than eighty per cent of the cost of the project.

S.B. No. 416 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF CERTAIN FILING FEES AND THE AFFECTED BUSINESS ENTITY TAX BY CERTAIN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES', to exempt certain limited liability companies from certain filing fees and requirements and the affected business entity tax.

S.B. No. 417 (RAISED) FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES' RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING STATE TAXATION AND COLLECTION', to implement the Department of Revenue Services' recommendations regarding state taxation and collection.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

S.B. No. 418 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO CREATE OR ENLARGE MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds vote of each house of the General Assembly to enact legislation that creates or enlarges a state mandate to local governments.

S.B. No. 419 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS', to increase the property tax abatement for volunteer firefighters and other first responders.

S.B. No. 420 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE COMMERCIAL SOLAR TAX EXEMPTION', to repeal a commercial solar tax exemption.

S.B. No. 421 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL BUDGET RESERVES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019', to revise municipal budget reserve language that was passed as part of the state budget for the biennium ending June 30, 2019.

S.B. No. 422 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEVELOPER INCENTIVES FOR THE REMEDIATION OF BROWNFIELDS', to provide tax incentives to developers for the remediation of brownfields.

S.B. No. 423 (RAISED) PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE MUNICIPAL SPENDING CAP', to eliminate the municipal spending cap.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Currey of the 11th District, the House adjourned at 4:48 o'clock p.m., to meet again at the Call of the Chair.