JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Senate was called to order at 10: 17 a. m. , the President in the Chair.

The prayer was offered by the Deputy Chaplain, Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Almighty God, as we stand on the threshold of a new legislative year, 2018, O Lord, we invoke Your all-wise presence, now and in all the days ahead.

Renew our hope and replenish our understanding, that we may do great things for our State.

Let us all work together to dispel anguish and gloom, so that our state of Connecticut will be in full bloom.

Fill our minds with wisdom and understanding and our hearts with compassion, that we may think clearly, choose wisely and act nobly.

Help those gathered in this chamber to represent their communities, districts and state. Guide them to serve with integrity, sincerity, faith and courage.

Banish pridefulness and self-interest from our hearts. Help us march forward together in a spirit of humility, respect, honor and love.

Bless and preserve our nation and this State. Bless our Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Protect our troops from harm and keep them safe from danger.

Hear us as we pray, and let us all say, Amen.

PLEDGE

Senators Looney of the 11th and Fasano of the 34th led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

To the Honorable General Assembly:

I have the honor to inform you of the following Interim Appointments made by the Governor since the adjournment of the 2017 General Assembly:

Donald DeFronzo – of New Britain, as a member and chairperson of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Pamela K. Elkow – of Redding, as a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Marilda L. Gandara – of Hartford, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

James Gildea – of Derby, as a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Felice Gray-Kemp – of Hamden, as a member of the Board of Regents, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Thomas E. Kruger – of Cos Cob, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

John S. Johnson – of New London, as member of the Connecticut Port Authority, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Hassan M. Minhas – of Stamford, as a member of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, as a psychiatrist experienced with the criminal justice system and not otherwise employed on a permanent basis by the state, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Saomai Nguyen – of West Hartford, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Susan Prosi-Johnson – of Stratford, as a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Jaweria Shah – of Hamden, as a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

Victoria L. Veltri – of Colchester, as an Executive Director of the Office of Health Strategy, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for appointment by you, the Honorable Andrew J. McDonald of Stamford to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you, in succession to the Honorable Chase Rogers, who elected to become a senior justice on February 5, 2018. Since that time, Senior Associate Justice Richard Palmer has been exercising the powers and authority appertaining to the office of the Chief Justice pursuant to Section 51-3.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you the Honorable Raheem L. Mullins of Farmington to be an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Dennis G. Eveleigh, who reached the mandatory age of retirement on October 2, 2017.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you the Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn of Cheshire to be an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Carmen E. Espinosa, who has elected to take senior status.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h), 51-165 and 51-197c of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for appointment by you, the Honorable William H. Bright, Jr. , of Columbia, to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from the date of confirmation by you in succession to the Honorable Raheem L. Mullins, who has been nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Robert L. Genuario of Norwalk to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable James T. Graham of Bloomfield to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Arthur C. Hadden of Branford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 8, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable John F. Kavanewsky, Jr. of East Norwalk to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Kathleen E. McNamara of East Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Laura F. Baldini of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable James M. Bentivegna of Avon to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 8, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Susan Quinn Cobb of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Susan A. Connors of Old Lyme to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable John A. Danaher III of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Maureen D. Dennis of Southport to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable John C. Driscoll of Norwich to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Jane B. Emons of Woodbridge to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Jack W. Fischer of Niantic to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 8, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable David M. Sheridan of Manchester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Barry K. Stevens of Stratford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Marylouise Schofield of Easton to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 8, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Jon M. Alander of Hamden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from March 30, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Article Twenty-Fifth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State and Sections 51-44a(h) and 51-165 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable John L. Carbonneau, Jr. of East Lyme to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from May 5, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable George Levine of West Hartford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Aaron Ment of East Hartford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from July 1, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Stanley Novack of Stamford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from July 1, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Karen Sequino of Woodbridge to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 12, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Joseph M. Shortall of Bloomfield to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Edward F. Stodolink of Stratford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from July 1, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Kevin Tierney of Greenwich to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 30, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable David R. Tobin of Old Greenwich to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from May 8, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, for reappointment by you, the Honorable Stuart Bear of West Hartford, to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from April 30, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of North Stonington to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 27, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Richard F. Comerford, Jr. of Stamford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from November 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Thomas J. Corradino of Madison to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from April 28, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Dennis G. Eveleigh of Hamden to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from June 1, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Jonathan J. Kaplan of South Windsor to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 12, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Section 52-434(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you, the Honorable Joseph Q. Koletsky of Waterford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from March 12, 2018.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-5 to 4-8 inclusive of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 17-2 of June Special Session, I have the honor to nominate, and, with your advice and consent, appoint Victoria L. Veltri, from Colchester, to be the Executive Director of the Office of Health Strategy, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor, but no longer than March 1, 2019.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1a and 12-802 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Donald DeFronzo, from New Britain, to be a member and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, to serve a term coterminous with my own, and until a successor is appointed and confirmed.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 4-19 of the Connecticut General Statutes of the Connecticut General Assembly, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint John S. Johnson from New London, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending June 30, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 13b-212b of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint Susan Prosi-Johnson from Stratford, to be a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, to serve a term ending July 31, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to, Sections 4-1, 4-19 and 13b-212b the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, and, with your advice and consent, reappoint James Gildea from Derby, to be a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, to serve a term ending July 31, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 4-9c and 10a-103 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint Thomas E. Kruger from Cos Cob, to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut, to serve a term ending June 30, 2023, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1and 15-31a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate, and, with your advice and consent, reappoint Pamela K. Elkow from Redding, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term ending June 30, 2021 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10a-1a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Felice Gray-Kemp from Hamden, to be a member of the Board of Regents for Higher Education to serve a term ending June 30, 2023 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 10-1, and 10-2a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Jaweria Shah from Hamden, to be a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term ending June 30, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

February 7, 2018

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 10-1, and 10-2a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint Saomai Nguyen from West Hartford, to be a nonvoting student member of the State Board of Education, to serve a term ending June 30, 2019 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

The following communications were received from the Senate Republican President Pro Tempore, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

June 13, 2017

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. Robert 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.

Len Fasano

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

August 8, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 13b-212b it is my pleasure to nominate and with your advice and consent, reappoint Mr. Mitchell M. Fuchs of Fairfield, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council to serve a term beginning immediately and ending July 31, 2021.

Len Fasano

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

COMMUNICATION FROM

THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LEADER

The following communication was received from the Senate Democratic Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

June 26, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 15-31a and 4-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Scott D. Bates of Stonington, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2021.

Bob Duff

Majority Leader

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communications were received from the Speaker of the House, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

July 6, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of section 22a-261 of the General Statutes, it is my pleasure and privilege to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Norman Needleman of Essex, Connecticut to be a member of the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority, to serve the remainder of the term ending June 30, 2018 and then to serve a full term ending June 30, 2022.

Joe Aresimowicz

Speaker of the House

November 2, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of section 13b-212b of the General Statutes, it is my pleasure and privilege to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Roger Cirella of Ansonia, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, to serve a term ending July 31, 2021.

Joe Aresimowicz

Speaker of the House

COMMUNICATION FROM

THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER

The following communication was received from the House Republican Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

June 20, 2017

To The Honorable General Assembly

Pursuant to the provisions of the Connecticut General Statues, section 15-31a, I am renominating David Pohorylo, from Milford to be a member of the Port Authority Board of Directors. His term is effective immediately and is for a period of 4 years, expiring June 30, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of both chambers of the General Assembly after the next regular session begins in January 2018.

Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader

COMMUNICATIONS FROM

THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the House Majority Leader, read and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

July 7, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of sections 15-31a and 4-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Joseph Riccio of Stratford, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2021.

Matt Ritter

August 14, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to the provisions of sections 15-31a and 4-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of Bonnie Reemsnyder of the Town of Old Lyme, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring June 30 2021.

Matt Ritter

REPORTS

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

Report – Department of Developmental Services Annual Mortality Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Executive Order No. 42) Date received: June 9, 2017

Referred to Committee on Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of May 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 9, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Monthly Wait Times by Branch and Internet Transaction Information for May, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 14-11e(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 20, 2017

Referred to Committee of Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Military Department for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 21, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 22, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Public Utilities Regulatory Authority –2016 PURA Report Concerning Lost and Unaccounted For Gas, Docket No. 17-02-09. (Pursuant to Section 16-34a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 22, 2017

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – University of Connecticut – Audit of UConn 2000 Expenditures for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a -109z of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 22, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of Early Childhood – Education Qualifications for Teachers in State-Funded Early Childhood Programs for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10-520a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 23, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children and Education

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – CTNext Baseline Assessment of Connecticut's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as of June, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-39q of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 29, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Energy and Technology, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Small Business Express Program for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 31-349f of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: June 30, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 5, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of the State Treasurer – Annual Report of the Financial Condition of the Second Injury Fund for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 31-349f of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 6, 2017

Referred to Committees on Insurance and Real Estate and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for June 1 through June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2017

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Department of Children and Families – Family Assessment Response Program Annual Status Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 17a-101g(g)(11) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 16-190) Date received: July 7, 2017

Referred to Committee on Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Developmental Disabilities – Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight Developmental Disabilities Work Group, Findings and Recommendations to Improve Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families as of July 1, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17b-28(k)(A) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 7, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Office of Legislative Management – Connecticut State Capitol Preservation and Restoration Commission's Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 4b-60(b)(3) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 11, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Connecticut General Assembly – Office of Fiscal Analysis – Agency Overtime Report for Fiscal Year 2016-2107 ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section Sec. 2-53n of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 11, 2017

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Developmental Services for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012 and 2013. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 11, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Office of Policy and Management, Bureau of Assets Management – Inventory of State Real Property for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-67g of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 14, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – American Legion, Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 21, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – State Department of Education – Minority Teacher Recruitment Policy Oversight Council Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 10-156bb-dd of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: July 21, 2017

Referred to Committee on Education and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Central Connecticut State University, Institute of Municipal and Regional Policy – Recidivism Among Adjudicated Youth on Parole in Connecticut. (Pursuant to Public Act 14-217, Section 84) Date received: August 8, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Children

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for July 1 through July 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 8, 2017

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Criminal Justice Information System – Status of the Criminal Justice Information System for period ending December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 54-142q of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 8, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Judiciary and Public Safety and Security

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Technical High School System – Rolling Capital Improvement and Equipment Plan 2018-2020. (Pursuant to Section 10-95i of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 8, 2017

Referred to Committee on Education and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – State Board of Education – School Paraprofessional Advisory Council Annual Report to the Commissioner of Education for the 2014-15 School Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-155k of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 8, 2017

Referred to Education Committee

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Banking for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 10, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Banking

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of July 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 11, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Monthly Wait Times by Branch and Internet Transaction Information for June and July, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 14-11e(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 11, 2017

Referred to Committee of Transportation

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Economic Cluster Bond Funds Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-4h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 17, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Judicial Branch – Annual Report for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 54-133 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 22, 2017

Referred to Judiciary Committee

Report – University of Connecticut – UConn 2000 Report #44 for Period ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10a-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 24, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Annual Whistleblower Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-61dd(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 30, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Comptroller – State Retirement Funds and State Employee and Retiree Benefits for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013, and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: August 31, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – First Five Plus Program Job Creation and Economic Impact as of August, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-4l (d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 1, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Agriculture – Animal Population Control Program for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 22-380k of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 5, 2017

Referred to Committee on Environment

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Consumer Protection for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2012, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 7, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and General Law

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for August 1 through August 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 7, 2017

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Monthly Wait Times by Branch and Internet Transaction Information for August, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 14-11e(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 11, 2017

Referred to Committee of Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of August 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 12, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Western Connecticut State University for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013, and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 13, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – State Department of Education – Biennial Report on Operation of Charter Schools in Connecticut for Calendar Years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10-66gg of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 14, 2017

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Licensure and Certification Working Group – Licensure and Certification Process for Certain Nonprofit Community Providers Interim Report. (Pursuant to Special Act 17-21 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: September 15, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children, Government Administration and Elections, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the Attorney General for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 20, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Judiciary

Report – University of St Joseph, West Hartford Campus – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 27, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of St Joseph, School of Pharmacy – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 27, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) – CHESLA Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10a-240 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: September 27, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) – CSLF Annual Report, including Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 1-122 and 1-123 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: September 27, 2016

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) – CHESLA Annual Report, Part I and Part II, for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10a-240 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Asnuntuck Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Capital Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Central Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Eastern Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Housatonic Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Gateway Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Manchester Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Middlesex Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Naugatuck Valley Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Northwestern CT Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Norwalk Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Quinebaug Valley Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Three Rivers Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Tunxis Community College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Western Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Southern Connecticut State University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Post University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Albertus Magnus College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 28, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of New Haven – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Goodwin College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Connecticut – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – University of Bridgeport – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Yale University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut College – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Sacred Heart University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University – Results First Policy Oversight Committee Annual Report for 2017. (Pursuant to Section 2-111(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Annual Report to the State Properties Review Board for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4b-2(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: September 29, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Quinnipiac University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 2, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10-416c(j) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 2, 2017

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Children and Families – Children's Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Advisory Board, Children's Behavioral Health Plan Progress Report as of October 1, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17a-22ff(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 2, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Wesleyan University – Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence, and Policy Against Gender-based Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 10a-55m(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 3, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Central Connecticut State University – National Collegiate Athletic Association for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 5, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Accountability and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Assessment of Economic and Fiscal Impact of Tax Credit and Abatement Programs for 1995 – 2015. (Pursuant to Section 32-1r of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 10, 2017

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Commission on Fire Prevention and Control – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 7-323l(7) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 11, 2017

Referred to Committee on Public Safety and Security

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) and Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015; and, Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) for Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 11, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Accountability and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of Chief State's Attorney – Annual Report for 2017 on Human Trafficking Investigations. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-71) Date received: October 12, 2017

Referred to Committees on Judiciary and Children

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 13, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Monthly Wait Times by Branch and Internet Transaction Information for September, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 14-11e(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 16, 2017

Referred to Committee of Transportation

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – American Legion, Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 17, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Connecticut Airport Authority – Independent Audit for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 15-120ee of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: October 20, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, and Transportation

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Active Financial Assistance Report for July 1, 1990 through June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-47a of the General Statutes of Connecticut) Date received: October 31, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University – Results First Benefit-Cost Analyses of Adult Criminal and Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Programs as of November, 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 4-68s (c) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 1, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 6, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Office of State Comptroller – Annual Report for CORE-CT System for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 3-115e of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 6, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Veterans' Affairs for Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 8, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for September 1 through October 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 8, 2017

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) – Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF) – CSLF Annual Report, including Compliance with Specified Federal Family Loan Program (FFELP) Requirements, and Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 10a-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes). Date received: November 10, 2017

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of October 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 17, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – University of Connecticut – Institutional Need and Merit Based Gift Aid for Undergraduate Students for 2016-2017 Academic Year. (Pursuant to Section 10a-161c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 20, 2017

Referred to Committees on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – State Teachers' Retirement Board – Annual Certification Letter Regarding the State's Contributions to the Teachers' Retirement Fund for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. (Pursuant to Section 10-183z of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 21, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education and the Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Board of Regents for Higher Education, Connecticut State University System Office for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 28, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Division of Criminal Justice for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2015 and 2016. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 30, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Airport Authority – Annual Legislative Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 15-120kk of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: November 30, 2017

Referred to Committee on Commerce

Report – Department of Administrative Services – 2017 Outstanding Regulations Report for the Department of Administrative Services, State Property Review Board, State Insurance Risk Management Board, State Marshal Commission and Office of the Claims Commissioner. (Pursuant to Section 4-170b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 4, 2017

Referred to Committee on Regulations Review

Report – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – Substance Use Treatment Programs for Pregnant and Postpartum Women for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17a-710(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 5, 2017

Referred to Committee on Public Health

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for November 1 through November 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 7, 2017

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of November 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 11, 2017

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Port Authority – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 15-31a(k) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Environment and Transportation

Report – State Department of Education – Implementation of Early Reading Legislation in Connecticut for School Year 2016-17. (Pursuant to Section 10-14u of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2017

Referred to Committees on Children and Education

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Monthly Wait Times by Branch and Internet Transaction Information for November, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 14-11e(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 14, 2017

Referred to Committee of Transportation

Report – Office of the Attorney General – Certification Regarding Human Trafficking for State Contracts. (Pursuant to Section 7 of Public Act 17-32). Date received: December 19, 2017

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Board of Regents for Higher Education Connecticut Community College System for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2014 and 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 19, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Sentencing Commission – Sex Offender Sentencing, Registration, and Management System. (Pursuant to Special Act 15-2 of the Connecticut General Assembly). Date received: December 19, 2017

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 20, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Technical Education and Career System Report on Replacement of School Buses for School Year 2017-18. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 21, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Education

Report – Connecticut Green Bank – Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Finance Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 16-245aa(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 21, 2017

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Connecticut Green Bank – 2016 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 16-245n(f)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 21, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Energy and Technology

Report – Office of the Attorney General – False Claims Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-289 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 22, 2017

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Composition and Fuel Usage of the State Fleet with Vehicle Inventory for Departments of Administrative Services, Emergency Services and Public Protection and Transportation for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 4a-67d(f) and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 22, 2017

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology, Environment and Government Administration and Elections

Report – Connecticut Green Bank – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 1-123(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 27, 2017

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the State Comptroller, Internal Control Over Financial Reporting and on Compliance and Other Matters for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017 State of Connecticut Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 29, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Connecticut Green Bank – Anaerobic Digester Pilot Program. (Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80 as amended by Section 156 of Public Act 12-2 and by Public Act 15-152 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: December 29, 2017

Referred to Committee on Energy and Technology

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Internal Control over Financial Reporting and Compliance and Other Matters Based on Audit of Financial Statements Performed in Accordance with Government Auditing Standards Office of the State Treasurer for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: December 29, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17b-254 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 1, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Human Services, Insurance and Real Estate and Public Health

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Governor's First Five Program for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-41(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 2, 2017

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Long-Term Care Planning Committee, Medicaid Long-Term Care Clients and Expenditures for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17b-337(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 3, 2018

Referred to Committees on Aging and Human Services

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Monthly Loss Report to the Governor as of December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 8, 2018

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Annual Business Plan for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2018. (Pursuant to Section 32-47a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 8, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Judicial Branch – Office of Victim Services Biennial Report for October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 54-203(b)(19) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 9, 2018

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Office of the Secretary of State for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2013 and 2014. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 9, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Licensure and Certification Workgroup Final Report. (Pursuant to Section 1(d) of Special Act 17-21 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: January 9, 2018

Referred to Committees on Children, Government Administration and Elections, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Office of the State Treasurer – Annual Report of the State Treasurer for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 3-37(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – State Department of Education – 2017 Annual Report of the Connecticut Advisory Council for School Administrator Professional Standards. (Pursuant to Section 10-144e of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – State Department of Education – 2017 Annual Report of the Connecticut Advisory Council for Teacher Professional Standards. (Pursuant to Section 10-144d of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committee on Education

Report – Office of Early Childhood – School Readiness and Child Day Care Center Slot Utilization for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, July 1 – September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 94 of Public Act 16-71 of the Connecticut General Assembly). Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Children

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for December 1 through December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Report – Office of Higher Education – Protection of Student Interests, Program Approval for Independent Institutions of Higher Education. (Pursuant to Section 2 of Public Act 16-36 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: January 10, 2018

Referred to Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority – Fair Housing Choice, Racial and Economic Integration for October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 8-37bb of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 11, 2018

Referred to Committees on Banking, Housing and Human Services

Report – University of Connecticut – Administrator Compensation and Ratio of Administrators to Students and Faculty. (Pursuant to Section 10a-158 (c) (1) & (2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 11, 2018

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Judicial Branch – Court Support Services – Electric Monitoring and Supervision of Sex Offenders for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 54-260a of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 11, 2018

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Office of Policy and Management – Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees' Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-28f of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 12, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Public Health

Report – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities – Expansion of Online Mechatronics Courses by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (Pursuant to Public Act 17-242 of the Connecticut General Assembly). Date received: January 12, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Insurance Department – Property Casualty Insurance Rate Reviews for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 38a-9(c0 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 12, 2018

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Report – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities – Transfer and Articulation Policy and Statistics. (Pursuant to Section 10a-11b(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 12, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Military Occupational Specialty Task Force Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 41-61bb(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 16, 2018

Referred to Committees on Labor and Public Employees and Veterans' Affairs

Report – University of Connecticut – Transfer and Articulation Policy and Statistics. (Pursuant to Section 10a-11b(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 16, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Second Quarter ended June 30, 2017 for Calendar Year 2017. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

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

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Third Quarter ended September 30, 2017 for Calendar Year 2017. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

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

Report – Access Health Connecticut – Quarterly Data Report for Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2017 for Calendar Year 2017. (Pursuant to Section 38a-1092(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

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

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Department of Administrative Services Avatar System Information Technology Security Audit as of March 2017. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Energy and Technology

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Manufacturing Innovation Fund Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-7o of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce, Energy and Technology, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Children and Families – Response to Office of the Child Advocate Report: "Child Fatality Investigative Report: Matthew Tirado. ” (Pursuant to Section 46a-13l(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date received: January 17, 2018

Referred to Committee on Children

Report – Department of Administrative Services – Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4d-80(c)(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 17, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education, Energy and Technology and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors – Trafficking in Persons Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 46a-170 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 22, 2018

Referred to the Committees on Children and Judiciary

Report – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities – Policies for Entering Into or Amending Qualified Contracts for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10a-151g(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 23, 2018

Referred to Committees on Government Administration and Elections and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund – American Legion, Quarterly Report of Disbursals for the Quarter ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 24, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs

Report – Insurance Department – Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner, including Financial Overview of Insurance Companies Doing Business in the State in Calendar Year ended December 31, 2016. (Pursuant to Section 38a-12 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 24, 2018

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Report – Military Department – Military Relief Fund Expenditures for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 27-100a(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 25, 2018

Referred to Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Technical High School System Report on School Expenditures for 2016-17 Academic Year. (Pursuant to Section 10-99g(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 25, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Education and Labor and Public Employees

Report – Department of Public Health – Water Utility Coordinating Committee Planning Process Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 25-33n of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 29, 2018

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Public Health

Report – Office of the Lieutenant Governor – Health Information Technology Office Annual Report for February, 2017 – January, 2018. (Pursuant to Section 17-59a(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 29, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Human Services and Public Health

Report – Connecticut Water Planning Council – 2018 Final Draft State Water Plan. (Pursuant to Section 22a-352 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 30, 2018

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology, Environment, Planning and Development and Public Health

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 30, 2018

Referred to Committee on Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections and Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Department of Children and Families – Annual Report Concerning Actual or Suspected Instances of Animal Neglect or Cruelty for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17a-100c of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 30, 2018

Referred to Committees on Children and Environment

Report – Department of Children and Families – Annual Report Concerning the Well-Being of Children Affected by Prenatal Drug or Alcohol Exposure for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 17a-54b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 30, 2018

Referred to Committees on Children and Public Health

Report – Office of the Chief State's Attorney – Annual Report of the Summary of Ex Parte Orders for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 54-47aa(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: January 31, 2018

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – State Department of Education – Connecticut Manufacturing Committee Report as of February, 2018. (Pursuant to Section 10-21j(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Report – Department of Correction – Provision of Inmate Medical Services Request for Information Progress Report. (Pursuant to Section 248 of Public Act 17-2 of the Connecticut General Assembly) Date received: February 1, 2018

Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Public Health

Report – Department of Economic and Community Development – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-1m of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations, Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Economic and Community Service – CTNext Statewide Marketing Plan as of February 1, 2018. (Pursuant to Section 32-39i(i) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 1, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Criminal Justice Information System – Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 54-142s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 2, 2018

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

Report – Connecticut Innovations, Inc. – Jackson Labs Quarterly Report for quarter ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 32-41y(d)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 5, 2018

Referred to Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Judicial Branch – Annual Rules Report as of February 6, 2018. (Pursuant to Section 51-14(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 6, 2018

Referred to Committee on Judiciary

INTRODUCTION OF BILL

SENATE AND HOUSE BILL AND RESOLUTION

On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the first reading of the following bill and was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bill and referred to the Committee as indicated thereon in concurrence:

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S. B. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. ; SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. ; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. ; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. ; SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. ; SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. ; SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. ; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. ; SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. ; SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. ; SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARNED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to expand the sick leave program to provide earned family and medical leave to certain individuals employed in this state.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S. B. No. 2 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS AND NET NEUTRALITY PRINCIPLES', to require Internet service providers to register and pay registration fees and require the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to apply net neutrality principles to Internet service providers and enforce such principles with civil penalties.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 3 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR SUBMARINE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to strategically appropriate funds to provide high-skill, high-wage jobs in the submarine industry.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 4 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HIGHER EDUCATION', to require the Office of Higher Education to study issues relating to higher education in the state.

S. B. No. 5 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY', to require the Board of Regents for Higher Education to study issues relating to manufacturing and technology in the state.

BANKING

Proposed H. B. No. 5001 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FEE ON VIRTUAL CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS', to impose a fee on transactions involving virtual currency.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5002 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OCCUPANCY TAX ON CERTAIN BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS', to exempt bed and breakfast establishments with five or fewer guest rooms from the occupancy tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5003 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS FROM THE SALES AND USE TAXES', to exempt smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors from the sales and use taxes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5004 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE SALES AND USE TAXES EXEMPTION FOR ITEMS SOLD FOR SCHOOL FUNDRAISING AND SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES', to increase, from twenty dollars to fifty dollars, the exemption from sales and use taxes of items sold by certain charitable organizations and schools for fundraising and school-related activities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5005 REP. ZUPKUS, 89th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING DOUBLE TAXATION OF CERTAIN PRODUCTS PURCHASED BY BUSINESSES', to eliminate double taxation on products purchased by a business from a wholesaler on which such business pays sales tax, which products are then subject to sales tax when resold to a consumer by such business.

Proposed H. B. No. 5006 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING MANDATORY COMBINED REPORTING FOR CALCULATING CORPORATE INCOME TAX LIABILITY', to repeal mandatory combined reporting for calculating businesses' corporate income tax liability.

Proposed H. B. No. 5007 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING PENSION INCOME FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt pension income from the personal income tax, effective from passage and in lieu of the phase-out.

Proposed H. B. No. 5008 REP. SIEGRIST, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5009 REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. ; REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. ; SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ; REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CAR WASH SERVICES FROM THE SALES TAX', to exempt car wash services from the sales tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5010 REP. ZAWISTOWSKI, 61st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5011 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt from the personal income tax all Social Security benefits for all income levels.

Proposed H. B. No. 5012 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt from the personal income tax all Social Security benefits for all income levels.

Proposed H. B. No. 5013 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to eliminate the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5014 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX', to phase out the corporation business tax at a rate of one per cent per year.

Proposed H. B. No. 5015 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX FOR RESIDENT ESTATES', to eliminate the estate tax for the estates of persons who were residents of the state at the time of their deaths.

Proposed H. B. No. 5016 REP. BELSITO, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5017 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5018 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE ESTATE TAX', to repeal the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5019 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING HEALTH CLUB AND ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERSHIP DUES AND INITIATION FEES FROM TAX', to exempt all health club and athletic club membership dues and initiation fees from the dues or initiation fees tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5020 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR THE PURCHASE OF A GUN SAFE', to establish a credit, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars, against the personal income tax for the purchase of a gun safe for a taxpayer's personal use.

Proposed H. B. No. 5021 REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE ESTATE TAX', to phase out the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5022 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD FOR IMPOSITION OF THE ESTATE TAX ON FARMS', to match the threshold for imposition of the state estate tax on farms with the federal farm estate tax threshold.

Proposed H. B. No. 5023 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5024 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING COMBINED REPORTING FOR BUSINESSES' CORPORATE TAX LIABILITY', to repeal combined reporting for businesses' corporate tax liability.

Proposed H. B. No. 5025 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE ESTATE TAX', to eliminate the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5026 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5027 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PERSONAL INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENTS', to establish a credit against the personal income tax to individuals who purchase or maintain a long-term care insurance policy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5028 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING STATE TAXES THAT COST MORE TO ADMINISTER THAN IS GAINED IN REVENUE', to eliminate state taxes costing more for the state to collect in administrative costs than the state gains in revenue received from the imposition of such taxes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5029 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR ABLE ACCOUNT DEPOSITS', to establish a deduction from the personal income tax for deposits made by a taxpayer to an achieving a better life experience account.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 5030 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT', to require the Board of Regents for Higher Education to study issues relating to workforce development in the state.

H. B. No. 5031 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT EQUALIZING ACCESS TO STUDENT-GENERATED FINANCIAL AID', to allow students to have equal access to institutional financial aid.

H. B. No. 5032 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION STATUTES', to make technical revisions to the higher education statutes.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5033 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUDGETING FOR MEDICAID EXPENDITURES', to ensure that budget calculations reflect the full cost of Medicaid programs for purposes of determining compliance with the state constitutional spending cap.

INTRODUCTION OF

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following resolution was introduced, read and adopted.

S. J. No. 1 RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN, PRINTING OF BILLS AND EXPENSES.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate shall cause to be published, from time to time, as they find suitable, notices of caucuses, committee hearings, meetings and announcements of interest to members of the General Assembly, following the plan of the Legislative Bulletin published at previous sessions; and

That the joint committee on legislative management is authorized to pay the cost of printing of bills for the 2018 session of the General Assembly; and other necessary expenses of the 2018 session of the General Assembly.

IMMEDIATE TRANSMITTAL TO THE HOUSE

Senator Duff of the 25th moved immediate transmittal of Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 to the House.

SENATE AGENDA NO. 2

INTRODUCTION OF

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

The following resolutions were introduced, read and adopted.

S. R. No. 1 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Clerk of the Senate is authorized and directed to cause to be printed and distributed daily such number of copies of the Journal of the Senate, as the clerk deems necessary, and such number of copies at the close of the session as may be provided by law.

S. R. No. 2 RESOLUTION CONCERNING ROLL CALL AND READING OF THE SENATE JOURNAL.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That the daily roll call and reading of the Journal be dispensed with during the February 2018 session.

S. R. No. 3 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE IS READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Senate Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by the Senate:

That a committee of four Senators be appointed to wait upon the House of Representatives and inform that body that the Senate is ready to meet with the House in joint convention.

The President appointed Senators Gomes of the 23rd, Guglielmo of the 35th, Cassano of the 4th and Markley of the 16th.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee appointed by the President to inform the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of the final adjournment reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forth with.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

SENATOR ABSENT

Senator Witkos of the 8th was absent for family reasons.

ADJOURNMENT

On the motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 11: 25 a. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair.

JOINT CONVENTION

The Honorable Senate, preceded by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor and the Clerks of the Senate, entered the House of Representatives and met the House in Joint Convention.

The President called the Joint Convention to order at 11: 52 a. m.

The prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Almighty Father,

We ask your blessing on this Joint Convention this afternoon, as we begin a new Legislative Session for 2018.

This will be a challenging session, seeking the elusive answer to our budget problems. But, we are the Land of the Charter Oak, a generator of ideas, and so, there are no limits as to what we can achieve, just so long as we achieve it together.

And we ask this of you, who live and reign, forever and ever, Amen.

PLEDGE

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz of the 30th led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

J. C. No. 2 RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE GOVERNOR THAT THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE MET IN JOINT CONVENTION TO RECEIVE HIS BUDGET MESSAGE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Joint Convention Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That a committee of two Senators and two Representatives be appointed to inform His Excellency, the Governor, that the Senate and the House of Representatives are met in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving his message concerning the budget.

The President appointed Senators Duff of the 25th and Fasano of the 34th, and Representatives Aresimowicz of the 30th and Candelora of the 86th.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the House of Representatives and delivered his message.

JOINT CONVENTION RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following Joint Convention Resolution was introduced, read and adopted.

J. C. No. 3 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET MESSAGE.

Senator Duff of the 25th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

On a voice vote, Joint Convention Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the message of the Governor be printed in the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

BENEDICTION

The Benediction was offered by House Chaplain Rabbi Alan Lefkowicz of Windsor, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

My God, help us to watch our language, to speak without deception, without ridicule, crudeness or thoughtlessness; help us to listen so that others can speak their truth without interruption, criticism and blame; and, may all our actions be acceptable and sweet to You and may we pray for peace for all who inhabit this world.

After the Governor read his message, Senator Duff of the 25th moved for dissolution of the Joint Convention.

The President thereupon dissolved the Joint convention at 12: 50 p. m. , and the Senate withdrew.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate:

It is my duty to report to you the proceedings of the Joint Convention.

Upon the invitation of the House, the Senate met the House in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communications that the Governor might choose to make.

Her Honor, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, presided over the Joint Convention.

Prayer was offered by the Senate Chaplain, Reverend James J. Nock of East Hartford, Connecticut.

The Speaker of the House led the Joint Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution raising a committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and House of Representatives were in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communications the Governor might choose to make.

The Resolution was adopted and Senators Duff of the 25th and Fasano of the 34th, Representatives Aresimowicz of the 30th and Candelora of the 86th were appointed as such Committee.

The Committee soon reported that they had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention.

The Governor thereupon appeared in the House of Representatives and addressed the Joint Convention.

His Excellency read to the Convention his message, a copy of which he left in my hands for the use of the General Assembly.

Senator Duff of the 25th offered a resolution concerning the printing of the Governor's message.

The resolution was adopted.

The benediction was offered by the House Chaplain, Rabbi Alan Lefkowicz of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin M. Looney

President Pro Tempore

2018 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY

FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Wyman, and my fellow state officials, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, members of the clergy, and all the people of our great state: thank you for the honor of inviting me once again into the people's House.

I want to thank the best Lieutenant Governor in the world, Nancy Wyman.

As always, let us thank Connecticut's brave men and women serving our nation here at home and around the globe.

And finally thank you to my wife Cathy, our children, and for the first time our granddaughter Grace Elizabeth for their love and support.

Historically, when I come before you to begin a new session, I spend much of my time focusing on our state budget and my ideas for keeping it in balance. This year, I began that conversation a little early.

On Monday I put forward a proposal to keep our budget in balance this fiscal year and next. And last week, I issued a detailed plan to shore up our Special Transportation Fund to the benefit of every business and every family in Connecticut. Those plans and their supporting legislation are now before you.

As always, there will be plenty of time throughout the session for us to continue our conversations about responsible stewardship of state resources. I plan to work with you on all those things. And to be sure, we have quite a lot of work to do.

But for this day, with this opportunity, and with this honor to address you once again, I'd like to do something different. I'd like to begin the 2018 legislative session by focusing our attention on just one thing. Something that is a simple concept, but also a bold aspiration.

I'd like to talk about fairness.

Fairness lies at the very center of our national origin, and our national purpose. It is part of the American promise – that if freedom means anything, it means a fair shot at a decent life for all people.

Fairness is also the compact we make with one another – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our workplaces. It's the golden rule we teach our children: to treat others as you wish to be treated.

No matter your creed or culture, no matter when or how you or your ancestors arrived in this country, fairness is a common sensibility we all hold dear. It is a touchstone of what it means to be American. And here in Connecticut, the pursuit of fairness has been a constant throughout our history.

After all, Connecticut is the birthplace of John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Fairness inspired our state heroine, Prudence Crandall, when in 1832 she defied unjust laws by inviting black women from around the country here to Connecticut to be educated.

In 1869 fairness drove Frances Ellen Burr and Isabella Beecher Hooker to form the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association, helping lead the way nationally in the fight to allow women to vote.

Here in Hartford, restaurant cooks and waiters sought fairness in 1902 when they formed Connecticut's first black labor union, fighting for their declared principles of 'living wages, justice, protection, and equal rights. '

And in 1943, fairness was demanded by the inmates of our Danbury prison, when they staged a 135-day hunger strike to protest racial segregation in their dining hall. Because of their efforts, Danbury became the first federal prison in America to have integrated meals among its inmates.

This common thread of fairness has woven its way through Connecticut's history, all the way to present times. In recent years, we have worked hard to ensure that when it comes to equity, justice, and basic compassion for one another – our actions have lived up to our rhetoric.

We've been driven by Connecticut Fairness.

Connecticut Fairness recognizes that love comes in all forms. It's why in 2008 we became just the third state in our nation to legalize gay marriage.

Connecticut Fairness means fighting discrimination wherever we see it. It's why in 2011 we ensured that all people's rights were protected – regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Connecticut Fairness means that people should be valued in their place of work. It's why we were the first state in the nation to raise our minimum wage over ten dollars.

Connecticut Fairness means that we protect survivors of domestic violence. It's why in 2016 we prohibited the possession of a firearm for anyone who becomes subject to a temporary restraining order.

Connecticut Fairness means we don't punish children for the actions of their parents. It's why we passed the Connecticut DREAM ACT – to make sure that kids brought to this country by their parents still have access to affordable higher education.

And Connecticut Fairness means we help those most in need. It's why we've welcomed vulnerable people when other states would not – from our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, to those fleeing war and poverty around the globe.

Simply put, Connecticut Fairness means we take care of one another – especially our most vulnerable. We reach out to one another across our great cities and towns, across our neighborhood streets, and across the aisle here in state government.

This year, I urge you to consider Connecticut's rich tradition of fairness in the context of a national and global landscape that is changing by the hour, leaving many of our constituents feeling anxious about their future, and about the future of their state and nation.

Too many people are falling behind financially, even as they work harder and harder. The gap between the rich and the working poor continues to grow.

Too many historically marginalized groups are still subject to harassment, oppression, and unequal treatment.

Too many of our fellow citizens are denied a real chance, let alone a second chance, at a good and productive life.

Too many people are embracing a newfound disregard for truth; it's a bizarre reality where facts are called fake, and the free press is mocked and maligned in a way that we have never seen before.

We find ourselves at a defining moment in our history, as a state and as a nation. We can no-longer afford the luxury of silence, or the alluring comfort of the status quo.

This year, in the face of growing national inequity and unfairness, I want to begin a conversation about a series of commonsense changes we can adopt to advance our proud tradition of Connecticut Fairness.

I'm going to touch on a number of diverse topics that reach across the spectrum of services we offer our citizens. As I share them, I want you to keep in mind that each of these proposals builds upon work we have already begun together during the past seven years.

We won't be able to solve every problem or right every wrong, but together we can send a signal to the rest of the nation – and indeed the rest of the world, that Connecticut leaders will always recognize injustice and inequity, and that we will meet it head on with compassion, with love, and with fairness.

Let's start with a basic human right that should never be out of reach for anyone. Let's talk about healthcare.

When the federal government finally gave Connecticut the chance to provide affordable healthcare to more of our citizens, Nancy Wyman got to work. Under Nancy's leadership, Connecticut has built one of the most successful healthcare exchanges in the nation. We've cut the number of uninsured people in half. Just this year, over 100,000 residents found their health insurance through our exchange.

But now, affordable healthcare is under assault in Washington. If we fail to act, premiums will rise, and lifesaving treatments will be put out of reach for more and more families.

Connecticut Fairness should mean keeping health insurance affordable for everyone. We must take action to ensure stability in our insurance marketplace and to contain premium costs for consumers. We can do something our neighbors in Massachusetts have already done on a bipartisan basis and under a Republican governor.

Together, let's pass a bill that preserves the most vital elements of the Affordable Care Act – including the individual mandate. Let's make it clear that in Connecticut, healthcare is a fundamental right.

And while we're working on health care, we can do one more thing: we can pass a law that ensures that, irrespective of what happens in Washington, birth control for Connecticut women will remain cost-free.

Connecticut Fairness also means that hard-working people should know that they will not lose their job just for getting sick. It's why in 2011 we passed the first 'paid sick' law in the nation. Since then, eight states and Washington DC have followed our lead.

A person should not worry about losing wages when they catch the flu.

A working parent should not need to choose between lost pay and taking care of a sick child.

And customers should not worry about being served by a sick employee.

This year, the opportunity is before us to improve our paid sick leave laws. Let's catch up with states that have now surpassed us on this front.

Together, let's pass a bill that closes loopholes, protects even more of our workers, and makes Connecticut a healthier place to live and to work.

Connecticut Fairness also means that as we worry about the health of our residents, we also need to worry about the health of their environment.

The science is indisputable. Our climate is changing – temperatures continue to rise, the ice caps continue to melt, and our weather is more severe than at any time in modern history.

In 2008, Connecticut set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020, and to the credit of many people in this chamber, we hit that goal eight years early.

In recent years, we've diversified the kinds of energy we use, bringing in more than a billion dollars in new investments in fuel cells and other green energy and creating 13,000 new jobs along the way.

But we have to do more, because Connecticut Fairness means caring not just about our own immediate interests, but also about the interests of future generations. And the truth is, future generations face an undeniable threat: sea levels in Connecticut are now set to rise nearly two feet by the year 2050.

To help communities up and down our beautiful shoreline, we need to create a new comprehensive resiliency plan – one that gives Connecticut towns the tools and the resources they need to protect their residents.

And we can't stop there. We have to lower carbon emissions everywhere. We have to once again make Connecticut a national leader in green energy.

Together, let's create a new, more aggressive target for clean air. Let's mandate that by the year 2030, 75 percent of Connecticut energy is clean energy.

Connecticut Fairness also means that people across our state should have access to safe, affordable housing.

For too many working families, the cost of housing dominates their monthly budget. The simple truth is that no one should have to choose between a roof over their head or health care; a roof over their head or warm clothing; a roof over their head or nutritious food for their children. These are choices that no family should have to face.

It's why over the past seven years we've funded nearly 20,000 new units of affordable housing in Connecticut. It's why we worked so hard to make Connecticut just the second state in the nation to end homelessness among veterans, and why we have led the nation in the fight to end chronic homelessness for all of our people.

We know that a diverse mix of housing creates better neighborhoods. It enables young people graduating college to move back to their hometowns. It allows seniors to remain in their communities. It lets teachers and police officers and firefighters actually live in the towns that they serve.

Unfortunately, there are still too many places in Connecticut where the supply of affordable housing is simply not keeping up with demand. We need to take action this year to build more housing. We need to incentivize cities and towns to develop more inclusive options for their residents.

We can do it by building upon the efforts of the bipartisan Fair Housing Working Group that has been focused on recommitting Connecticut to this important endeavor.

Together, let's pass a bill that ensures that all people have a place to live, regardless of their income or their zip code.

Connecticut Fairness also means that the wellbeing of our constituents always takes precedence over the desires of powerful special interests.

We've held true to this maxim before. During some of the darkest days in our history, in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy of senseless gun violence, state leaders emerged united and determined.

We passed bipartisan gun violence prevention laws that are among the strongest in the nation, and the people of Connecticut are safer for it. In fact, over the last four years violent crime has dropped faster in Connecticut than in any other state in the nation.

While Connecticut has done its part, Congress continues to capitulate to the demands of the NRA over the demands of the American people. It is not right, and it is not fair. We have a duty to build on our past work together, and to continue protecting Connecticut families.

After last year's horror in Las Vegas, Congress tried and failed to ban modifications that allow weapons to fire at machine gun-like speed. These devices are cheap, they are deadly, and they are completely and utterly unnecessary in our society today.

After all, it is only fair that small children not face terror in their schools; that churches remain places of worship, not scenes of violence; that concerts are venues for celebration, not carnage.

Surely, regardless of where each of us stands on the second amendment, we can all agree that no innocent person should know the terror of gunfire raining down on them at a rate of 90 bullets every ten seconds.

Together, let us do what Congress could not do. Let's close dangerous loopholes and ban bump stocks in the State of Connecticut.

Here's something else Connecticut Fairness recognizes: everyone deserves a legitimate second chance. This includes our youngest adults who are just beginning to build a life of their own.

Unfortunately, all too often, a young person's opportunity at a genuine second chance is unfairly derailed before they're even old enough to buy alcohol or rent a car.

The research is clear: the brains of young adults are still developing well into their twenties. And the fact is, under current law the infractions of the vast majority of young adults in our court system do not result in even a single day of jail. And yet, simply appearing in adult court becomes an indelible mark on their record, potentially damaging them for life as they apply for college or a job.

In response, since 2010 Connecticut has twice raised the age for what constitutes a juvenile in our court system – not once, but twice.

The result has been less crime, fewer victims, fewer prisoners, and reduced cost for taxpayers. In fact, our efforts have been hailed as a national model for success. We know what works.

This year, it is time to take another measured, sensible step forward. We can ensure that young adults who have not fully matured are not branded for the rest of their lives for mistakes they made when they were young.

Together, let us pass a bill that offers Connecticut's young adults a real second chance. Let's give them classrooms instead of prison cells, and opportunity instead of incarceration.

Another thing that Connecticut Fairness entails is protecting a person's right to vote. Our democracy depends on open and fair elections, and Connecticut has a track record of protecting and expanding voting rights.

In 2012 we passed 'same-day registration' so that eligible voters could sign-up on Election Day and cast their ballot in the town in which they reside.

In 2016 we implemented one of the country's most comprehensive “motor voter” programs, making registration easier and more convenient.

But still, our modern lives and busy schedules don't always align with a 14-hour block of time for voting. People who work hard and follow the rules should be able to express their most fundamental democratic right. That's why I will continue working with Secretary of State Denise Merrill and with everyone in this chamber to make voting more accessible.

Here's one simple but powerful way we can start. Together this session, we can pass a constitutional amendment that would allow all Connecticut residents to vote early for any reason.

And on this topic, let us not waste a moment in our effort to make voting easier and more accessible. Let's plan ahead. Let's look at best practices around the nation for increasing voter participation.

To that end, today I will issue an executive order directing my administration to explore and report on the feasibility and benefits of creating a 'vote by mail' system in Connecticut. Let's work together on this effort.

The final few ideas I want to share with you today are all squarely focused on furthering the cause of fairness in the workplace.

We can start with fair wages.

Holding a full-time job should afford a person a standard of living that meets their basic needs. In 2014 we led the nation by raising our minimum wage to more than 10 dollars an hour. But the truth is, over time, the cost of living continues to rise. Basic necessities like rent, food, and utilities continue to increase. As a result, family budgets are more strained.

We should be leaders on this issue once again.

Senator Looney, you have been a stalwart champion for working people in our state. I am committed to working with you and members of both chambers this session. Together, let's pass a bill that ensures another January does not come and go without a raise in Connecticut's minimum wage.

I also want to focus for a moment on the more than 8,000 professionals caring for our loved ones who are elderly or disabled. These hardworking people do lifesaving work, and they do it 'in-home,' which is better for their patients and for Connecticut taxpayers. They deserve a livable wage, and to finally be covered for workers compensation.

A negotiated contract that will soon come before you for approval will do just that. It's the right and fair thing to do, and I urge you to support it.

Connecticut Fairness also means that people should be paid according to their know-how and their skill, not their gender or their race.

We know that asking for salary history disproportionately impacts women and people of color. When a person begins their career underpaid, they are unlikely to ever catch-up. That's why Connecticut took a stand against unfair compensation practices. Together, we passed a law prohibiting employers from silencing workers when it comes to salary.

But we have more work to do. On average, women in Connecticut still only earn 82 cents for every dollar that a man makes. For women of color, the disparity is even more glaring. Our moral compass demands that we do better.

This year, we should build upon prior successful efforts to promote fair pay. We should encourage employers to base their salaries on the qualifications of an applicant, the demands of a given job, and the value of that position in the marketplace – not on how much someone was previously paid.

I know that legislative leaders of both parties – as well as Senator Bye, Representative Porter and others – are working hard on this topic, and I want to work with you. Together this year, let's pass a bill that helps make sure every person in Connecticut receives equal pay for equal work.

Connecticut Fairness also means that everyone has the right to feel secure and free of harassment in their places of work.

The fact is, most Americans spend the majority of their waking hours at work. It is also true that our places of employment often come with an innate power structure that can leave too many people vulnerable and open to abuse.

Far too many people have been denigrated, intimidated, and violated in their workplace. I want to applaud the legions of courageous women across our nation who have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment.

The reality is we are long overdue for an honest reckoning over harassment in the workplace. There is an immediate need to change workplace culture – from small towns to Hollywood, from the mailroom to the boardroom, and from the jailhouse, to the statehouse, all the way up to the White House.

Very often, men see women first and foremost as our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters. But women are not simply a reflection of the men around them. Their value isn't defined by something external, but rather something innate – a basic human dignity we all possess, and that we must all recognize in one another.

That's why we need to hear the voices of the victims, we need to believe them, and we need to act.

This session, let's have a conversation about respect, about boundaries, and about basic human decency. Let's improve and expand training in all workplaces, public and private. Let's empower bystanders to help stop harassment. Let's focus on changing our culture, not just changing compliance. And let's make sure these efforts endure beyond this year, and beyond this generation!

Together, let's pass a bill that moves this important conversation forward, because we know we can no longer wait.

Time. Is. Up.

My friends, as we begin another session together, I am reminded of my mother's words. She told me every day that we have an obligation to leave this world a better place for our having lived in it.

That is the obligation we all feel. It is why we ran for office in the first place. It is what led us into this chamber. It's our shared belief in Connecticut Fairness.

Together, we have the advantage. We have strength in numbers. Good people are never outnumbered. Not in this state, not in this nation.

Again and again this past year, in the face of growing anxiety across our nation and around the globe, we saw clear examples of our common humanity.

As minority groups have been marginalized and harassed, and as the government deports law-abiding residents, communities are banding together to say “no” and to demand that Congress take action.

As gerrymandering and voter suppression have taken root in far too many places, people who just a few short years ago would never have considered running for office are now putting their names on the ballot – and winning. They are standing up and demanding to be heard.

And as women from every walk of life have faced degradation from the highest office in our land, they are now marching en masse in some of the largest single-day demonstrations in our nation's history.

Let us offer a beacon of hope to all these people fighting on the right side of fairness.

We can hold fast to our common humanity. We can strive to be evermore inclusive, and evermore compassionate. We can stop the tides of prejudice and hate from washing away our progress and drowning our ideals.

Our fight to build a more just and more equitable society can never be deterred.

History will judge us by our action this year, this session, to build a better, fairer Connecticut.

So let's get to work.

God bless you, God bless America, and God bless the great State of Connecticut.