JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Senate was called to order at 3: 43 p. m. , the President in the Chair.

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

The following is the prayer:

May the work that we do benefit all those we serve.

PLEDGE

Senator Larson of the 3rd led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following favorable reports were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 32 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF RICHARD J. BARLOW OF CANTON AS MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MATERIALS INNOVATION AND RECYCLING AUTHORITY.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 33 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF JAMES GILDEA OF DERBY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CONNECTICUT COMMUTER RAIL COUNCIL.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. S. J. No. 34 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF HOLLY HOWERY OF BRISTOL TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

REPORTS

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

Report – Office of Policy and Management – 2018 Regional Performance Incentive Program for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 4-124s of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 5, 2018

Referred to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Report – Department of Transportation – Connecticut Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board Annual Report for Calendar Year ended December 31, 2017. (Pursuant to Section 13b-13a(h) of the Connecticut General Statutes) Date received: March 6, 2018

Referred to Committee on Transportation

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

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

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

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

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

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

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

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

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

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

BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS PLACED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

The following favorable reports were taken from the table, read the third time, the reports of the Committees accepted and the resolutions placed on the Consent Calendar.

JUDICIARY. H. J. No. 11 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE KAREN SEQUINO OF WOODBRIDGE TO BE A STATE REFEREE. In concurrence with the House.

Senator Doyle of the 9th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

Remarking Senators Somers of the 18th, Kissel of the 7th and Looney of the 11th.

On motion of Senator Doyle of the 9th, the resolution was placed on the Consent Calendar.

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

Senator Doyle of the 9th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

Remarking was Senator Kissel of the 7th.

On motion of Senator Doyle of the 9th, the resolution was placed on the Consent Calendar.

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

Senator Doyle of the 9th explained the resolution and moved adoption.

Remarking was Senator Kissel of the 7th.

On motion of Senator Doyle of the 9th, the resolution was placed on the Consent Calendar.

CONSENT CALENDAR ADOPTED

The chair ordered the vote on business placed on the Consent Calendar be taken by roll call.

The following is the result of the vote at 4: 02 p. m. :

Total Number Voting 35

Necessary for Adoption 18

Those voting Yea 35

Those voting Nay 0

Those absent and not voting 1

On the roll call vote, the Consent Calendar was adopted.

The following is the roll call vote:

 

Y

 

1

JOHN W. FONFARA

 

Y

 

19

CATHERINE A. OSTEN

 

Y

 

2

DOUGLAS MCCRORY

 

Y

 

20

PAUL M. FORMICA

 

Y

 

3

TIM LARSON

 

Y

 

21

KEVIN KELLY

 

Y

 

4

STEVE CASSANO

 

Y

 

22

MARILYN MOORE

 

Y

 

5

BETH BYE

 

Y

 

23

EDWIN A. GOMES

 

Y

 

6

TERRY B. GERRATANA

 

Y

 

24

MICHAEL A. MCLACHLAN

 

Y

 

7

JOHN A. KISSEL

 

Y

 

25

BOB DUFF

 

Y

 

8

KEVIN D. WITKOS

 

Y

 

26

TONI BOUCHER

 

Y

 

9

PAUL DOYLE

 

Y

 

27

CARLO LEONE

 

Y

 

10

GARY WINFIELD

 

Y

 

28

TONY HWANG

 

Y

 

11

MARTIN M. LOONEY

 

Y

 

29

MAE M. FLEXER

 

Y

 

12

TED KENNEDY

 

Y

 

30

CRAIG MINER

 

Y

 

13

LEN SUZIO

 

Y

 

31

HENRI MARTIN

 

Y

 

14

GAYLE SLOSSBERG

 

Y

 

32

ERIC BERTHEL

A

   

15

JOAN V. HARTLEY

 

Y

 

33

ART LINARES

 

Y

 

16

JOE MARKLEY

 

Y

 

34

LEONARD FASANO

 

Y

 

17

GEORGE LOGAN

 

Y

 

35

ANTHONY GUGLIELMO

 

Y

 

18

HEATHER SOMERS

 

Y

 

36

L. SCOTT FRANTZ

The following Senator requested to be recorded in the affirmative:

Senator Hartley of the 15th District

SENATOR ABSENT

The following Senator may have missed some votes due to the following:

Senator Hartley of the 15th – Business out of state.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Senator Duff of the 25th, the Senate at 4: 04 p. m. adjourned subject to the call of the chair.