JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Senate was called to order at 10: 50 a. m. in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(f), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican Leader.

The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Noele R. Kidney of Ellington, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Please bless us with an inner strength so that our lives and our work may be a blessing on other.

Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(f) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Republican Leader.

It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated February 9, 2018, is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.

COMMUNICATION FROM

THE SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

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

February 8, 2017

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 15-31a, it is my pleasure to nominate and with your advice and consent, appoint Mr. Grant W. Westerson of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors to serve a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2019.

Len Fasano

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore

REPORTS

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

Report – Department of Motor Vehicles – Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for January 1 through January 31, 2018. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 8, 2018

Referred to Committee on Transportation

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

Referred to Joint Committee on Legislative Management

Report – Auditors of Public Accounts – Statewide Purchasing Card Program, Enhancing Rebate Opportunities for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2015. (Pursuant to Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 8, 2018

Referred to Committees on Appropriations and Government Administration and Elections

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(f), the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the Committees as indicated thereon in concurrence:

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5047 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING COPAYS UNDER STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE PLANS', to increase copays for all state employees by one per cent.

Proposed H. B. No. 5048 REP. REBIMBAS, 70th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CAP ON STATE EDUCATIONAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to cap educational reimbursements for state employees to an in-state university tuition level.

Proposed H. B. No. 5049 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SALARIES OF ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED STATE OFFICIALS BY TEN PER CENT', to save money by reducing the salaries of state elected and appointed officials.

Proposed H. B. No. 5050 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING LEGISLATIVE POSTAL COSTS', to decrease the amount of state funds used for legislators to send mail.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5051 REP. WILMS, 142nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPOSIT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SALES AND USE TAXES INTO THE SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND', to accelerate the rate of deposit of motor vehicle sales and use taxes into the Special Transportation Fund and eliminate the phase-in.

Proposed H. B. No. 5052 REP. HARDING, 107th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR INCOME RECEIVED FROM THE STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM', to increase to fifty per cent, effective January 1, 2017, the personal income tax deduction for income received from the state teachers' retirement system.

Proposed H. B. No. 5053 REP. DELNICKI, 14th 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. 5054 REP. STOKES, 58th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING PENSION INCOME AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt from the personal income tax (1) pension income, effective from passage and in lieu of the phase-out, and (2) all Social Security benefits for all income levels.

Proposed H. B. No. 5055 REP. DELNICKI, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS DEDUCTION FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to increase the income limits for taxpayers to claim the deduction from the personal income tax for Social Security benefits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5056 REP. STANESKI, 119th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to revise the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5057 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5058 REP. DAUPHINAIS, 44th 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. 5059 REP. DUFF, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING PENSION INCOME AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to exempt from the personal income tax (1) pension income, effective from passage and in lieu of the phase-out, and (2) all Social Security benefits for all income levels.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5060 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM GRANTS', to (1) reduce by half the amounts of Citizens' Election Program grants, (2) prohibit consumer price index adjustments to such grants that increase such amounts and credit to the resources of the General Fund the amounts of such increases, and (3) prohibit payments of such grants to candidates unopposed in the general election campaign and credit to the General Fund the amounts of such prohibited payments.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 55 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.