JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Senate was called to order at 10: 30 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 others.

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 Wednesday, February 14, 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.

REPORTS

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

Report – State Department of Education – Biennial Report on Establishment and Operation of School Governance Councils in Connecticut for December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 10-4s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 9, 2018

Referred to Committees on Children and Education

Report – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – Division of Statewide Telecommunications Report on Enhanced 911 Emergency Telephone Service for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 28-29b of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: February 13, 2018

Referred to Committees on Energy and Technology and Public Safety and Security

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 S. B. No. 22 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE REMEDIAL ACTION AND REDEVELOPMENT MUNICIPAL GRANT PROGRAM', to provide funding for brownfield remediation projects.

Proposed S. B. No. 23 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. ; REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. ; REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. ; REP. TERCYAK, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE NEW BRITAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ASSIST WITH ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS FROM PUERTO RICO WHO WERE DISPLACED BY HURRICANE MARIA', to provide funding to the New Britain school district for the 2017-2018 school year to cover the costs associated with the unexpected influx of two hundred four students from Puerto Rico who transferred to the school district because of Hurricane Maria.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 24 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 25 SEN. MCCRORY, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 26 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 27 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 28 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 29 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 30 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 31 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 32 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 33 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 34 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 35 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

Proposed S. B. No. 36 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REIMAGINING, REINVESTING AND LINKING OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER SCHOOLS', to overhaul Connecticut's workforce pipeline and to provide training to students that will prepare them with the work skills needed to meet the state's growing workforce needs.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 37 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR ROAD AND TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS TO A PORTION OF ROUTE 7 IN WILTON', to encourage business development by providing funds for road and traffic improvements on a portion of Route 7 in Wilton.

Proposed S. B. No. 38 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO PURCHASE FIVE TRAINS FOR USE AT THE COMMERCIAL RAIL HUB IN NAUGATUCK', to provide funding to purchase five trains for use on the Waterbury rail line and to fully utilize the capabilities of the commercial rail hub in Naugatuck.

Proposed S. B. No. 39 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRUCTURING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to restructure the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 40 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT ALIGNING STATE ESTATE TAX THRESHOLDS WITH THE FEDERAL ESTATE TAX THRESHOLDS', to align the state estate tax thresholds with the federal estate tax thresholds.

Proposed S. B. No. 41 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to eliminate the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 42 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE RATE OF THE CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX', to reduce the rate of the corporation business tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 43 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE HOSPITALS TAX', to repeal the hospitals tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 44 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE ESTATE TAX', to phase out the estate tax over a five-year period.

Proposed S. B. No. 45 SEN. LOGAN, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR COSTING LESS THAN SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS FROM THE SALES AND USE TAXES', to exempt clothing and footwear costing less than seventy-five dollars from the sales and use taxes.

Proposed S. B. No. 46 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ; REP. FLOREN, 149th DIST. ; REP. BOCCHINO, 150th DIST. ; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING COIN-OPERATED CAR WASHES FROM THE SALES TAX', to exempt coin-operated car washes from the sales tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 47 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to eliminate the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 48 SEN. BOUCHER, 26th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES', to phase out the estate and gift taxes over a five-year period.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 49 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF FUNDING FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to provide adequate funding and support to Connecticut's public institutions of higher education in order to ensure their future growth and success.

Proposed S. B. No. 50 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 51 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 52 SEN. MCCRORY, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 53 SEN. MCCRORY, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 54 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 55 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 56 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 57 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 58 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 59 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 60 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 61 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 62 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 63 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 64 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 65 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 66 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 67 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 68 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

Proposed S. B. No. 69 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 70 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE', to provide tuition-free community college for Connecticut residents.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 71 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ASSAULT OF A COACH', to increase the fine for assaulting a coach.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 72 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCREASE OF FUNDING FOR OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC', to expand access to treatment facilities for opioid addiction.

Proposed S. B. No. 73 SEN. DUFF, 25th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO AND INCREASING FUNDING FOR FACILITIES TREATING OPIOID ADDICTION', to combat the opioid epidemic through increased funding for opioid treatment centers.

Proposed S. B. No. 74 SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THROUGH INCREASED FUNDING FOR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 75 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO AND INCREASING FUNDING FOR TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR OPIOID ADDICTION', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 76 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THROUGH INCREASED FUNDING FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER TREATMENT FACILITIES', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 77 SEN. WINFIELD, 10th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO OFFER OPIOID TREATMENT IN ALL OF ITS CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES', to combat the opioid crises in the state, thereby reducing crime and saving lives.

Proposed S. B. No. 78 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR AND EXPANDING ACCESS TO TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR OPIOID ADDICTION', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 79 SEN. LARSON, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THROUGH INCREASED FUNDING FOR OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 80 SEN. MCCRORY, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THROUGH INCREASED FUNDING FOR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 81 SEN. LEONE, 27th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER TREATMENT FACILITIES', to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding access to treatment facilities.

Proposed S. B. No. 82 SEN. GOMES, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC BY INCREASING FUNDING FOR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 83 SEN. FLEXER, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT FACILITIES', to combat the opioid epidemic.

Proposed S. B. No. 84 SEN. KENNEDY, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR OPIOID TREATMENT CENTERS', to combat the opioid epidemic.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 85 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 86 SEN. GERRATANA, 6th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 87 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

Proposed S. B. No. 88 SEN. MOORE, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING PIPELINE', to provide funding to schools and programs that will assist with the growth of industries and the workforce needs of small businesses.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S. B. No. 89 SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING VETERANS BENEFITS ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN VETERANS', to expand veterans benefits eligibility for veterans who have received a general discharge and who have been diagnosed with certain conditions.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5068 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. ; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE COST OF LABOR TO STATE GOVERNMENT', to address the state budget crisis by reducing the cost of labor to state government.

Proposed H. B. No. 5069 REP. D'AGOSTINO, 91st DIST. ; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. ; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT REIMBURSING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE LOSS OF MOTOR VEHICLE TAX REVENUE', to reimburse three municipalities that conducted revaluations after 2015 for lost motor vehicle tax revenue.

Proposed H. B. No. 5070 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE FIREFIGHTER'S CANCER RELIEF FUND', to provide full funding for the firefighter's cancer relief account.

Proposed H. B. No. 5071 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GENERATORS IN STATE-FUNDED GROUP HOMES', to provide funding for generators in state-funded group homes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5072 REP. COOK, 65th DIST. 'AN ACT REIMBURSING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE LOSS OF MOTOR VEHICLE TAX REVENUE', to reimburse three municipalities that conducted revaluations after 2015 for lost motor vehicle tax revenue.

Proposed H. B. No. 5073 REP. ACKERT, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING HOLDBACKS TO THE STATE BUDGET', to restore budget holdbacks made by the Governor during the current fiscal year.

Proposed H. B. No. 5074 REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE CONNECTICUT TELEVISION NETWORK', to eliminate funding in the biennial budget for the Connecticut Television Network.

Proposed H. B. No. 5075 REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE BUDGET FOR THE CONNECTICUT TELEVISION NETWORK', to increase the budget for the Connecticut Television Network.

Proposed H. B. No. 5076 REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF FUNDS FROM THE BUDGET RESERVE FUND TO CLOSE THE STATE BUDGET DEFICIT', to close the state budget deficit for the current fiscal year without further undermining key state programs or structures.

Proposed H. B. No. 5077 REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. ; REP. O'NEILL, 69th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to provide a cost savings to the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5078 REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS', to restore a cut in the amount of two million dollars from public act 17-2 of the June special session.

Proposed H. B. No. 5079 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE SUBSIDY FOR CT FASTRACK', to reduce the subsidy for CT Fastrack.

Proposed H. B. No. 5080 REP. OHLER, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR REGIONAL FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS', to appropriate funds for the operation of the nine regional fire training schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5081 REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. ; REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. ; REP. BAKER, 124th DIST. ; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. ; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. ; REP. STALLWORTH, 126th DIST. 'AN ACT REIMBURSING THREE MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE LOSS OF MOTOR VEHICLE TAX REVENUE', to reimburse three municipalities that conducted revaluations after 2015 for lost motor vehicle tax revenue.

Proposed H. B. No. 5082 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS FROM PUERTO RICO AND THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS LIVING IN CONNECTICUT', to provide state funds to assist hurricane victims from Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands who are living in Connecticut.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5083 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FULL FUNDING OF SPECIAL EDUCATION', to require the state to pay the full cost of special education.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5084 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FIVE-CENT RECYCLING DEPOSIT ON NIP BOTTLES', to encourage the recycling of nip bottles that otherwise frequently litter urban areas.

Proposed H. B. No. 5085 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING HOLDERS OF CHARTER OAK AND DISABLED VETERANS PASSES FROM THE PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FEE', to exempt persons who already have a pass to state parks from having to pay the Passport to the Parks fee.

Proposed H. B. No. 5086 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR FOOD DONATED BY FARMERS TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS', to financially assist farmers who donate food to charitable organizations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5087 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLEAN ENERGY FUNDS', to restore moneys in the state budget of cost-effective energy efficiency and clean energy program funds.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5088 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CANCELLATION OF UNISSUED BOND FUND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR SILVER SANDS STATE PARK', to cancel unissued bond fund authorizations for Silver Sands State Park.

Proposed H. B. No. 5089 REP. MACLACHLAN, 35th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE TRAIN STATION IN CLINTON', to provide funding to the town of Clinton for structural improvements to the train station.

Proposed H. B. No. 5090 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX AND THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to eliminate (1) the state portion of the real estate conveyance tax, and (2) the Citizens' Election Program and the public financing of election campaigns.

Proposed H. B. No. 5091 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to eliminate the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5092 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT AGAINST THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR INTEREST PAID ON STUDENT LOANS', to establish a credit against the personal income tax for interest paid on student loans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5093 REP. SIMMONS, 144th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO START A BUSINESS IN THE STATE', to establish a tax credit for individuals who graduate from an institution of higher education and start a business in the state within two years of graduating.

Proposed H. B. No. 5094 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX AND AN EMPLOYER COMPENSATION TAX', to eliminate the personal income tax on wages and impose a progressive employer compensation tax based on current personal income tax tables.

Proposed H. B. No. 5095 REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE CIGARETTE TAX', to increase the cigarette tax by one dollar, with fifty per cent of the revenue to be dedicated to tobacco education, prevention and cessation programs and fifty per cent of the revenue to be deposited in the General Fund.

Proposed H. B. No. 5096 REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS', to exempt from the personal income tax all Social Security benefits for individuals sixty-two years of age and older.

Proposed H. B. No. 5097 REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. 'AN ACT REVISING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX', to revise the ambulatory surgical centers tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5098 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to establish a tax credit for businesses that provide paid family and medical leave to employees.

Proposed H. B. No. 5099 REP. CARNEY, 23rd 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. 5100 REP. CARNEY, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE GIFT TAX', to eliminate the gift tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5101 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING TAX ON THE MANUFACTURE OF TRAVEL TRAILERS', to eliminate tax on the manufacture of travel trailers.

Proposed H. B. No. 5102 REP. DUBITSKY, 47th 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. 5103 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE', to establish a tax credit for businesses that provide paid family and medical leave to employees.

Proposed H. B. No. 5104 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING PAINT STEWARDSHIP ASSESSMENT FEES FROM THE SALES TAX', to exempt paint stewardship assessment fees from the sales tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5105 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT ADJUSTING THE RATES OF THE SALES AND USE TAXES AND THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to (1) reduce the rate of the sales and use taxes to five and nine-tenths per cent, and (2) increase the top two marginal rates of the personal income tax to eight and nine-tenths per cent and eight and ninety-nine-hundredths per cent.

Proposed H. B. No. 5106 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PAY RATIO CORPORATION INCOME TAX ON PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES', to replace the current corporation income tax on publicly traded corporations with a corporation income tax rate based on a pay ratio scale.

Proposed H. B. No. 5107 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to eliminate the business entity tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5108 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX SURCHARGE', to repeal the corporation business tax surcharge.

Proposed H. B. No. 5109 REP. FERRARO, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE HOSPITALS TAX', to repeal the hospitals tax.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5110 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING INITIAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING FEES FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS', to waive initial occupational licensing fees for low-income individuals, individuals under twenty-five years of age and veterans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5111 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND TAXING THE RETAIL SALE OF MARIJUANA', to authorize and tax the retail sale of marijuana.

Proposed H. B. No. 5112 REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. ARCE, 4th DIST. ; REP. ELLIOTT, 88th DIST. ; REP. STAFSTROM, 129th DIST. ; REP. CURREY, 11th DIST. ; REP. JOHNSON, 49th DIST. ; REP. SOTO, 39th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. ; REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. ; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. ; REP. PORTER, 94th DIST. ; REP. VARGAS, 6th DIST. ; REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. ; REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. ; REP. HALL, 7th DIST. ; REP. SANTIAGO, 130th DIST. ; REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. SANCHEZ, 25th DIST. ; REP. PAOLILLO, 97th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING AND TAXING THE RETAIL SALE OF MARIJUANA', to permit the retail sale of marijuana and tax such sale to raise revenue for the General Fund and to fund substance abuse treatment, prevention, education and awareness programs.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5113 REP. GREEN, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE CITIZENS' ELECTION PROGRAM', to repeal the laws under which state funds are used to finance political campaigns.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5114 REP. LESSER, 100th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, ESTABLISHING AN AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FUND AND A TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A REINSURANCE PROGRAM TO SEEK A STATE INNOVATION WAIVER', to establish an individual mandate and accompanying tax penalty, an Affordable Health Care Fund, a comprehensive health insurance coverage verification program and a task force to develop a reinsurance program that will enable the state to seek a "State Innovation Waiver".

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5115 REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A QUARTERLY FEE PAYMENT BY CERTAIN EMPLOYERS AND FRANCHISORS', to require certain employers and franchisors to pay a quarterly fee based in part on the number of hours worked by employees who were paid on average less than fifteen dollars per hour during the quarter.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5116 REP. ROSARIO, 128th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING AN APPLICATION FEE AND REGISTRATION FEE FOR BIDDERS ON A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR A CASINO GAMING FACILITY', to require any bidder on a request for proposals for a casino gaming facility to pay an application fee of five million dollars and registration fee of two hundred fifty thousand dollars in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

Proposed H. B. No. 5117 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN APPLICATION FEE AND REGISTRATION FEE FOR BIDDERS ON A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR A CASINO GAMING FACILITY', to require any bidder on a request for proposals for a casino gaming facility to pay an application fee of five million dollars and registration fee of two hundred fifty thousand dollars in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5118 REP. FREY, 111th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING A PERSON WHO IS SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OR OLDER FROM THE "PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FEE" WHEN REGISTERING A MOTOR VEHICLE', to exempt a person who is sixty-five years or older from the "Passport to the Parks Fee" when registering a motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5119 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING THE REGISTRATION OF ANTIQUE, RARE OR SPECIAL INTEREST MOTOR VEHICLES FROM THE "PASSPORT TO THE PARKS FEE"', to exempt the registration of antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles from the "Passport to the Parks Fee".

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 5120 REP. MORRIS, 140th DIST. 'AN ACT WAIVING THE FEE FOR HAVING DRIVER'S LICENSES OR IDENTITY CARDS REISSUED PRIOR TO EXPIRATION WITH AN INDICATION OF STATUS AS A VETERAN', to provide veterans, free of charge, with a deserved recognition of their status on their motor vehicle operator's licenses or identity cards.

Proposed H. B. No. 5121 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; SEN. OSTEN, 19th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TUITION WAIVERS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to provide tuition waivers for state universities and community colleges to Connecticut residents serving in the military.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 35 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(f) subject to the call of the chair.