JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On Wednesday after the first Monday of January, A. D. , 2013, the date prescribed by the Constitution of the State of Connecticut for the meeting of the General Assembly, the House of Representatives convened in the Representatives' Hall in the Capitol at Hartford, Connecticut, at the hour 10: 10 o'clock, in the forenoon.

Representative Christopher G. Donovan of the 84th District, Speaker of the preceding House, called the House of Representatives to order.

Prayer was offered by Assistant Chaplain, Reverend Garland D. Higgins of West Hartford, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray.

O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight, on whom in affliction I call. My comfort by day and my song in the night; my hope, my salvation, my all.

By Joseph Swain

Almighty God, if ever we needed your wisdom and guidance, it is now. As our Legislature begins a new session, standing upon the threshold of a new year, help them to make laws that are fair and just. May they be forever steadfast in their commitment to Your people and the oath that is taken. Dear Lord, bring peace and unity to a body of people who are different, until yet, being different makes no difference. Bless the families of Sandy Hook and God bless our State. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Representatives Mushinsky of the 85th District and O'Neill of the 69th District.

The National Anthem was performed by Maureen Urso of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Speaker Donovan then appointed Ann M. Clark, of Bloomfield, as the Temporary Clerk.

The Roll of the House was called by Ann M. Clark, Permanent Assistant Clerk of the House, acting as Clerk.

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

   

1

Representative Matthew Ritter

2

Representative Dan Carter

3

Representative Minnie Gonzalez

4

Representative Angel Arce

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

5

Representative Brandon McGee

6

Representative Edwin Vargas

7

Representative Douglas McCrory

8

Representative Timothy J. Ackert

9

Representative Jason Rojas

10

Representative Henry J. Genga

11

Representative Timothy D. Larson

12

Representative Geoff Luxenberg

13

Representative Joe Diminico

14

Representative Bill Aman

15

Representative David Baram

16

Representative John K. Hampton

17

Representative Timothy B. LeGeyt

18

Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann

19

Representative Brian Becker

20

Representative Joe Verrengia

21

Representative Mike Demicco

22

Representative Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus

23

Representative Marilyn Giuliano

24

Representative Rick Lopes

25

Representative Robert "Bobby" Sanchez

26

Representative Peter A. Tercyak

27

Representative Sandy Nafis

28

Representative Russell A. Morin

29

Representative Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

30

Representative Joe Aresimowicz

31

Representative Prasad Srinivasan

32

Representative Christie Carpino

33

Representative Joseph C. Serra

34

Representative Melissa H. Ziobron

35

Representative Tom Vicino

36

Representative Philip J. Miller

37

Representative Ed Jutila

38

Representative Elizabeth B. Ritter

39

Representative Ernest Hewett

40

Representative Edward E. Moukawsher

41

Representative Elissa T. Wright

42

Representative Timothy R. Bowles

43

Representative Diana S. Urban

44

Representative Mae Flexer

45

Representative Steven Mikutel

46

Representative Emmett D. Riley

47

Representative Brian H. Sear

48

Representative Linda A. Orange

49

Representative Susan Johnson

50

Representative Mike Alberts

51

Representative Daniel S. Rovero

52

Representative Penny Bacchiochi

53

Representative Bryan Hurlburt

54

Representative Gregory Haddad

55

Representative Pamela Z. Sawyer

56

Representative Claire L. Janowski

57

Representative Christopher Davis

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

58

Representative David Alexander

59

Representative David William Kiner

60

Representative Peggy Sayers

61

Representative Elaine O'Brien

62

Representative Bill Simanski

63

Representative Jay M. Case

64

Representative Roberta B. Willis

65

Representative Michelle L. Cook

66

Representative Craig A. Miner

67

Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor

68

Representative Sean Williams

69

Representative Arthur J. O'Neill

70

Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

71

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio

72

Representative Larry B. Butler

73

Representative Jeffrey J. Berger

74

Representative Selim G. Noujaim

75

Representative Victor Cuevas

76

Representative John Piscopo

77

Representative Christopher A. Wright

78

Representative Whit Betts

79

Representative Frank N. Nicastro, Sr.

80

Representative Robert C. Sampson

81

Representative David Zoni

82

Representative Emil "Buddy" Altobello

83

Representative Catherine F. Abercrombie

84

Representative Hilda E. Santiago

85

Representative Mary M. Mushinsky

86

Representative Vincent J. Candelora

87

Representative Dave Yaccarino

88

Representative Brendan Sharkey

89

Representative Lezlye Zupkus

90

Representative Mary G. Fritz

91

Representative Michael C. D'Agostino

92

Representative Patricia A. Dillon

93

 

94

Representative Gary Holder-Winfield

95

Representative Juan Candelaria

96

Representative Roland J. Lemar

97

Representative Robert W. Megna

98

Representative Patricia M. Widlitz

99

Representative James Albis

100

Representative Matthew Lesser

101

Representative Noreen Kokoruda

102

Representative Lonnie Reed

103

Representative Al Adinolfi

104

Representative Linda M. Gentile

105

Representative Theresa W. Conroy

106

Representative Mitch Bolinsky

107

Representative David A. Scribner

108

Representative Richard A. Smith

109

Representative David Arconti, Jr.

110

Representative Bob Godfrey

ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT NUMBER

NAME

111

Representative John H. Frey

112

Representative DebraLee Hovey

113

Representative Jason Perillo

114

Representative Themis Klarides

115

Representative Stephen D. Dargan

116

Representative Louis P. Esposito, Jr.

117

Representative Paul Davis

118

Representative Kim Rose

119

Representative James Maroney

120

Representative Laura Hoydick

121

Representative Terry Backer

122

Representative Lawrence G. Miller

123

Representative David Rutigliano

124

 

125

Representative Tom O'Dea

126

Representative Charlie L. Stallworth

127

Representative John (Jack) Hennessy

128

Representative Christina M. Ayala

129

Representative Auden C. Grogins

130

 

131

Representative David K. Labriola

132

Representative Brenda L. Kupchick

133

Representative Kim Fawcett

134

Representative Tony Hwang

135

Representative John T. Shaban

136

Representative Jonathan Steinberg

137

Representative Chris Perone

138

Representative Janice R. Giegler

139

Representative Kevin Ryan

140

Representative Bruce V. Morris

141

Representative Terrie E. Wood

142

Representative Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr.

143

Representative Gail Lavielle

144

Representative Michael Molgano

145

Representative Patricia Billie Miller

146

Representative Gerald Fox, III

147

Representative William Tong

148

Representative Daniel J. Fox

149

Representative Livvy R. Floren

150

Representative Stephen G. Walko

151

Representative Fred Camillo

The Oath of Office was administered by Christopher G. Donovan, Speaker of the preceding House, to those who answered to the calling of the roll.

The following Representatives-elect did not answer the roll:

Representative Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr. of the 124th

Representative Toni Edmonds-Walker of the 93rd - illness

Representative Ezequiel Santiago of the 130th

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of Office was administered to Representative Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr. of the 124th District by Deputy Speaker Robert D. Godfrey, pursuant to Section 1-24 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

ELECTION OF SPEAKER

The House then proceeded to the election by ballot of a Speaker for the 2013-2014 sessions. Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District nominated J. Brendan Sharkey of the 88th District for the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Representative Cafero of the 142nd District seconded the nomination.

There being no further nominations, Speaker Donovan declared that nominations were closed and that the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Speaker. The motion carried and the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Speaker.

Speaker Donovan thereupon appointed a committee consisting of Representatives Aresimowicz of the 30th, Cafero of the 142nd, Backer of the 121st and Bacchiochi of the 52nd to wait upon the Speaker-elect and conduct him to the Chair.

Speaker-elect Sharkey shortly thereafter appeared in the Hall of the House.

Former Majority Leader, Robert F. Frankel, administered the Oath of Office to the Speaker-elect as a Representative and as Speaker, pursuant to Section 1-24 of the Connecticut General Statutes, in his capacity as a Commissioner of the Superior Court. The Oath of Office was witnessed by Diane Reynolds.

Speaker Sharkey then addressed the members of the House.

OPENING DAY ADDRESS

OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

J. BRENDAN SHARKEY

I extend my thanks to you, the members of the Connecticut House of Representatives, for your support. For those visitors here in the Chamber and those who may be watching elsewhere, please note that the position of Speaker is elected by all the members of the House from both parties, so I am grateful for the trust you all have placed in me.

As we've all watched the continued dysfunction of Washington over the past several years, I've often heard a call for our friends in the Nation's Capitol to look northeast, to our State's Capitol, for a guideline as to how government can and should be done. Here, in this magnificent chamber, and under that gold dome, we've somehow managed to tackle our State's toughest challenges in an environment of respect, without rancor or recrimination. We all have our respective perspectives on how things should be done, and we've all been sent here by our constituents to espouse those views.

But as we do so, we've managed to avoid the toxic. There is no curtain - iron, lace or otherwise - between those seats on the floor that demark the majority from the minority. And in those moments when tempers get too hot, we somehow manage to cool the temperature. I hope Rep. Cafero does not mind my divulging the fact that many times when, in my former role as majority leader, one or the other of us picked up the phone next to our desk to talk, expressing concern about what a member may have said about another member (or giving a heads up about what a member is about to say!). On some occasions, disagreements required more than a phone call, but rather a casual walk across the aisle - or even better, a meeting in the middle right here in the well - to work them out.

As a good friend of mine from Hamden would say, “It's not rocket surgery. ” It's what the people expect us to do so we can do their business.

So it is in that spirit that I ask all of you what I've asked each person I've appointed to chair a committee this session and each member of my leadership team - treat each other with the respect we all deserve, and continue to make bipartisanship the rule, not the exception. It's the one legacy I hope to be measured by when my tenure as Speaker is through, so please help me make that happen.

I'd be remiss if I didn't express one other sentiment as I accept this gavel - and it's this: THIS IS AWESOME! Right? I don't just mean for me - though it's probably the only word I can describe how humbling it is to take on this role. But I mean for all of us. I mean, look at this beautiful Chamber. Look at where we're all sitting. Look at that beautiful new tote board!! And look at our families and friends all here to support us. Think about how hard we all worked to get here, and how much our friends and families sacrificed to enable us all to be here today. Whether this is your first term or your fifteenth, if you're not in awe today, maybe you picked the wrong vocation!

So soak it all in - and one last time, give yourselves, your loved ones and your constituents a round of applause for making this all happen.

Okay, that's enough. We have work to do, so let's get to it. Yet whatever you do, as things get tough this year and in the years ahead, don't lose that sense of awe you feel today. We have an awesome responsibility given to us by our constituents, and it's only with the humility that comes with that sense of awe that we can ever do our jobs well.

Thank you, and God Bless the Awesome State of Connecticut!

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY LEADER

Speaker Sharkey announced the results of the Democratic Caucus and recognized Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District as Majority Leader.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MINORITY LEADER

Speaker Sharkey announced the results of the Republican Caucus and recognized Representative Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr. of the 142nd as the House Minority Leader.

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Speaker Sharkey announced the appointment of Jeffrey J. Berger of the 73rd, Bob Godfrey of the 110th, Ernest Hewett of the 39th, Linda A. Orange of the 48th, Elizabeth B. Ritter of the 38th, Kevin Ryan of the 139th and Peggy Sayers of the 60th as Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT DEPUTY SPEAKER

Speaker Sharkey announced the appointment of Emil "Buddy" Altobello of the 82nd, Louis P. Esposito, Jr. of the 116th and Mary G. Fritz of the 90th as Assistant Deputy Speakers of the House of Representatives.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Juan Candelaria of the 95th, Michelle L. Cook of the 65th, Paul Davis of the 117th, Auden Grogins of the 129th, Gary Holder-Winfield of the 94th District, Russell A. Morin of the 28th and Sandy Nafis of the 27th as Deputy Majority Leaders.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Charles "Don" Clemons of the 124th as Majority Caucus Chair.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representative Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus of the 22nd as Deputy Majority Caucus Chair.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJORITY WHIPS-AT-LARGE

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Minnie Gonzalez of the 3rd and Steve Mikutel of the 45th as Majority Whips-at-Large.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY WHIPS-AT-LARGE

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Bryan Hurlburt of the 53rd and Bruce V. Morris of the 140th as Deputy Majority Whips-at-Large.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPUTY MAJORITY WHIPS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Douglas McCrory of the 7th and Ezequiel Santiago of the 130th as Deputy Majority Whips.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT MAJORITY WHIPS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of Representatives Terry Backer of the 121st, Patricia A. Dillon of the 92nd, Roland J. Lemar of the 96th, Patricia Billie Miller of the 145th, Philip J. Miller of the 36th, Edward Moukawsher of the 40th, Elaine O'Brien of the 61st and Kim Rose of the 118th as Assistant Majority Whips.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADERS

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th announced the appointment of the following Representatives as Assistant Majority Leaders:

Representative James M. Albis of the 99th

Representative Kim Fawcett of the 133rd

Representative Mae Flexer of the 44th

Representative Henry J. Genga of the 10th

Representative Timothy Larson of the 11th

Representative Matthew L. Lesser of the 100th

Representative Frank N. Nicastro, Sr. of the 79th

Representative Robert "Bobby" Sanchez of the 25th

Representative Charlie L. Stallworth of the 126th

Representative Elissa T. Wright of the 41st

MINORITY LEADER APPOINTMENTS

Speaker Sharkey recognized Representative Cafero of the 142nd who announced the following appointments.

DEPUTY MINORITY LEADERS

Representative Vincent J. Candelora of the 86th

Representative Themis Klarides of the 114th

DEPUTY MINORITY LEADERS-AT-LARGE

Representative Arthur J. O'Neill of the 69th

Representative Pamela Z. Sawyer of the 55th

HOUSE MINORITY CAUCUS CHAIRMAN

Representative Penny Bacchiochi of the 52nd

HOUSE MINORITY WHIPS

Representative John Piscopo of the 76th - Senior Whip

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio of the 71st

Representative John H. Frey of the 111th

Representative David K. Labriola of the 131st

Representative Selim Noujaim of the 74th

ASSISTANT HOUSE MINORITY LEADERS

Representative Mike Alberts of the 50th

Representative Bill Aman of the 14th

Representative Livvy Floren of the 149th

Representative Janice R. Giegler of the 138th

Representative Marilyn Giuliano of the 23rd

Representative DebraLee Hovey of the 112th

Representative Craig A. Miner of the 66th

Representative Jason Perillo of the 113th

Representative David A. Scribner of the 107th

Representative Sean Williams of the 68th

CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2013-2014 SESSION

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS - DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING

CHAIRMAN - Joseph Serra

VICE CHAIRMAN - Daniel S. Rovero

Michelle L. Cook Timothy R. Bowles

John K. Hampton David Zoni

APPROPRIATIONS

CHAIRMAN - Toni Edmonds-Walker

VICE CHAIRMAN - Mae Flexer

VICE CHAIRMAN - Patricia Billie Miller

VICE CHAIRMAN - Elaine O'Brien

Catherine Abercrombie Christina M. Ayala

Juan Candelaria Charles "Don" Clemons

Patricia Dillon Andrew Fleischmann Henry J. Genga Minnie Gonzalez

Gregory Haddad Ernest Hewett Gary Holder-Winfield Brian Hurlburt David William Kiner Matthew L. Lesser Douglas McCrory Frank N. Nicastro, Sr. Linda Orange Elizabeth B. Ritter

Kevin Ryan Ezequiel Santiago

Peter A. Tercyak Diana Urban

Edwin Vargas Roberta B. Willis

BANKS

CHAIRMAN - William Tong

VICE CHAIRMAN - Geoff Luxenberg

David A. Baram Joe Diminico Antonio "Tony" Guerrera Timothy Larson

Edward Moukawsher Matthew D. Ritter Daniel Rovero

Patricia M. Widlitz

CHILDREN

CHAIRMAN - Diana S. Urban

VICE CHAIRMAN - Kim Fawcett

Christina M. Ayala Juan Candelaria Ernest Hewett Edwin Vargas

COMMERCE

CHAIRMAN - Chris Perone

VICE CHAIRMAN - Brian Becker

Victor Cuevas Linda Gentile

Gregory Haddad Steven Mikutel Russell A. Morin Elaine O'Brien

Edwin Vargas Tom Vicino

EDUCATION

CHAIRMAN - Andrew M. Fleischmann

VICE CHAIRMAN - Douglas McCrory

Theresa W. Conroy Michelle L. Cook Michael C. D'Agostino Paul Davis Mike Demicco Henry J. Genga

Auden Grogins John K. Hampton

Gary Holder-Winfield Susan Johnson

David William Kiner Patricia Billie Miller

Sandy Nafis Jason Rojas

Robert "Bobby" Sanchez Charlie L. Stallworth

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

CHAIRMAN - Lonnie Reed

VICE CHAIRMAN - Jonathan Steinberg

Terry Backer Brian Becker

Paul Davis Kim Fawcett

Henry Genga Matthew L. Lesser

Robert W. Megna Bruce V. Morris

Chris Perone William Tong

ENVIRONMENT

CHAIRMAN - Linda M. Gentile

VICE CHAIRMAN - James M. Albis

Terry Backer Timothy R. Bowles Paul Davis John "Jack" Hennessey

Bryan Hurlburt Robert W. Megna Philip J. Miller Edward Moukawsher

Mary M. Mushinsky Kim Rose

Kevin Ryan Brian H. Sear Diana S. Urban Tom Vicino

Roberta B. Willis

EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS

CHAIRMAN - Claire L. Janowski

VICE CHAIRMAN - Rick Lopes

Jeffrey J. Berger Stephen D. Dargan

Gerald Fox, III Bob Godfrey

FINANCE REVENUE AND BONDING

CHAIRMAN - Patricia M. Widlitz

VICE CHAIRMAN - Roland J. Lemar

VICE CHAIRMAN - Robert "Bobby" Sanchez

GENERAL BONDING CHAIRMAN - Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus

TRANSPORTATION BONDING CHAIRMAN - Kim Fawcett

James M. Albis Emil "Buddy" Altobello Angel Arce Brian Becker

Jeffrey J. Berger Larry B. Butler

Victor Cuevas Michael C. D'Agostino John "Jack" Hennessy Susan Johnson

Timothy Larson Rick Lopes

Geoff Luxenberg Edward Moukawsher Mary M. Mushinsky Lonnie Reed

Jason Rojas Hilda E Santiago

Charlie L. Stallworth Jonathan Steinberg

Christopher A. Wright Elissa T. Wright David Zoni

GENERAL LAW

CHAIRMAN - David A. Baram

VICE CHAIRMAN - David William Kiner

David Arconti, Jr. Emil "Buddy" Altobello Louis P. Esposito, Jr. Sandy Nafis Frank N. Nicastro, Sr. Linda A. Orange

Brian H. Sear

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION & ELECTIONS

CHAIRMAN - Ed Jutila

VICE CHAIRMAN - Matthew L. Lesser

Theresa W. Conroy Michael C. D'Agostino

Roland J. Lemar Patricia Billie Miller

Russell A. Morin Daniel S. Rovero

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

CHAIRMAN - Roberta B. Willis

VICE CHAIRMAN - Gregory Haddad

Juan Candelaria Patricia Dillon Bryan Hurlburt Claire L. Janowski

James Maroney Douglas McCrory Robert "Bobby" Sanchez Peggy Sayers Toni Edmonds-Walker

HOUSING

CHAIRMAN - Larry B. Butler

VICE CHAIRMAN - Kim Rose

Angel Arce Christina M. Ayala Joe Diminico Christopher A. Wright

HUMAN SERVICES

CHAIRMAN - Catherine Albercrombie

VICE CHAIRMAN - Charlie L. Stallworth

Larry B. Butler Timothy R. Bowles

Michelle L. Cook Brandon McGee

Philip J. Miller Bruce V. Morris Elizabeth B. Ritter Hilda E. Santiago

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

CHAIRMAN - Robert W. Megna

VICE CHAIRMAN - Christopher A. Wright

Catherine Abercrombie Emil "Buddy" Altobello

Victor Cuevas Stephen D. Dargan Susan Johnson James Maroney Emmett D. Riley Hilda E. Santiago

INTERNSHIP

RANNKING MEMBER - Matthew L. Lesser

Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus Mike Demicco

Mae Flexer

JUDICIARY

CHAIRMAN - Gerald Fox, III

VICE CHAIRMAN - Matthew D. Ritter

James M. Albis David A. Baram Jeffrey J. Berger Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr. Patricia A. Dillon Mae Flexer Daniel J. Fox Mary G. Fritz

Bob Godfrey Minnie Gonzalez

Auden Grogins Ernest Hewett Gary Holder-Winfield Brandon McGee Bruce V. Morris Emmett D. Riley

Joseph C. Serra William Tong Joe Verrengia Toni Edmonds-Walker

Elissa T. Wright

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

CHAIRMAN - Peter A. Tercyak

VICE CHAIRMAN - Ezequiel Santiago

Louis P. Esposito, Jr. David William Kiner

Brandon McGee

LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

CHAIRMAN - Brendan Sharkey

VICE CHAIRMAN - Joe Aresimowicz

Juan Candelaria Paul Davis

Louis P. Esposito, Jr. Mary G. Fritz Bob Godfrey Auden Grogins Ernest Hewett Russell A. Morin

Sandy Nafis Linda Orange Kevin Ryan

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

CHAIRMAN - Jason Rojas

VICE CHAIRMAN - Daniel J. Fox

Joe Diminico Mae Flexer Mary G. Fritz Linda M. Gentile

Auden Grogins Lonnie Reed Matthew D. Ritter Brian H. Sear

Tom Vicino

PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS

CHAIRMAN - Mary M. Mushinsky

Brian Becker Diana S. Urban

PUBLIC HEALTH

CHAIRMAN - Susan Johnson

VICE CHAIRMAN - Philip J. Miller

David Alexander David Arconti, Jr. Theresa W. Conroy Michelle L. Cook

Mike Demicco James Maroney Emmett D. Riley Kevin Ryan Peggy Sayers Peter A. Tercyak Patricia M. Widlitz David Zoni

PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY

CHAIRMAN - Stephen D. Dargan

VICE CHAIRMAN - Joe Verrengia

David Arconti, Jr. Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr. Louis P. Esposito, Jr. Minnie Gonzalez John K. Hampton

Ed Jutila Steve Mikutel Frank N. Nicastro, Sr. Linda A. Orange Daniel S. Rovero

REGULATION REVIEW

RANKING MEMBER - Elissa T. Wright

Angel Arce Daniel J. Fox Robert W. Megna

TRANSPORTATION

CHAIRMAN - Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

VICE CHAIRMAN - Steven Mikutel

David Alexander Gerald Fox, III Claire L. Janowski Ed Jutila Timothy Larson Roland J. Lemar Rick Lopes Russell A. Morin Elaine O'Brien Ezequiel Santiago Peggy Sayers Joseph C. Serra Jonathan Steinberg Joe Verrengia

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

CHAIRMAN - John "Jack" Hennessy

VICE CHAIRMAN - Frank N. Nicastro, Sr.

David Alexander Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

Geoff Luxenberg Kim Rose

CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2013 - 2014 SESSION

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS - REPUBLICAN MEMBERS

SELECT COMMITTEE ON AGING

RANKING MEMBER - Al Adinolfi

John H. Frey Livvy Floren

APPROPRIATIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Craig A. Miner

Al Adinolfi Whit Betts Mitch Bolinsky Jay M. Case

Marilyn Giuliano Themis Klarides

Noreen S. Kokoruda Gail Lavielle

Timothy B. LeGeyt Arthur J. O'Neill Jason Perillo Rob Sampson Terrie E. Wood Melissa H. Ziobron

BANKS

RANKING MEMBER - Mike Alberts

Dan Carter John H. Frey

Laura R. Hoydick Timothy B. LeGeyt

COMMERCE

RANKING MEMBER - Gail Lavielle

Fred Camillo Anthony J. D'Amelio

Selim G. Noujaim Lezlye Zupkus

CHILDREN

RANKING MEMBER - Whit Betts

Laura R. Hoydick Terrie E. Wood

EDUCATION

RANKING MEMBER - Tim Ackert

Mitch Bolinsky Christie M. Carpino

Marilyn Giuliano Noreen S. Kokoruda

Gail Lavielle Timothy B. LeGeyt

Mike Molgano Prasad Srinivasan

Stephen G. Walko

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

RANKING MEMBER - Laura R. Hoydick

Dan Carter Jay M. Case

Lawrence G. Miller John Piscopo

Sean Williams Dave Yaccarino

ENVIRONMENT

RANKING MEMBER - John T. Shaban

Mitch Bolinsky Cecilia Buck-Taylor Jay M. Case Lawrence G. Miller Craig A. Miner Tom O'Dea Rob Sampson Melissa H. Ziobron

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Fred Camillo

Janice R. Giegler Selim G. Noujaim

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

RANKING MEMBER - Sean Williams

RANKING MEMBER - GENERAL BONDING SUB-COMMITTEE - Livvy Floren

RANKING MEMBER - TRANSPORTATION

BONDING SUB-COMMITTEE - David A. Scribner

Bill Aman Cecilia Buck-Taylor

Vincent J. Candelora Christopher Davis

John H. Frey John Piscopo

Rosa C. Rebimbas Pamela Z. Sawyer

John T. Shaban Bill Simanski

Prasad Srinivasan Stephen G. Walko

GENERAL LAW

RANKING MEMBER - Dan Carter

Bill Aman Anthony J. D'Amelio

David Rutigliano

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Tony Hwang

David K. Labriola Mike Molgano

Rosa C. Rebimbas

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Timothy B. LeGeyt

Tim Ackert Mike Alberts Penny Bacchiochi Gail Lavielle Pamela Z. Sawyer

HOUSING

RANKING MEMBER - Lawrence G. Miller

Penny Bacchiochi Brenda L. Kupchick

HUMAN SERVICES

RANKING MEMBER - Terrie E. Wood

Tim Ackert Jay M. Case

David Rutigliano Lezlye Zupkus

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

RANKING MEMBER - Rob Sampson

Mike Alberts Fred Camillo

Tony Hwang David Rutigliano

Dave Yaccarino

INTERNSHIP

CHAIRMAN - Christopher Davis

Janice R. Giegler Selim G. Noujaim

JUDICIARY

RANKING MEMBER - Rosa C. Rebimbas

Al Adinolfi Cecilia Buck-Taylor Christie M. Carpino DebraLee Hovey Themis Klarides David K. Labriola Arthur J. O'Neill Tom O'Dea

John T. Shaban Richard A. Smith

Stephen G. Walko

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

RANKING MEMBER - Richard A. Smith

Craig A. Miner Sean Williams

LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Lawrence F. Cafero

Vincent J. Candelora Themis Klarides

Arthur J. O'Neill John Piscopo

Pamela Z. Sawyer

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

RANKING MEMBER - Bill Aman

Vincent J. Candelora Christopher Davis

Noreen S. Kokoruda Richard A. Smith

Bill Simanski

PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS

RANKING MEMBER - Christie M. Carpino

Marilyn Giuliano Brenda L. Kupchick

PUBLIC HEALTH

RANKING MEMBER - Prasad Srinivasan

Whit Betts Christopher Davis

DebraLee Hovey Themis Klarides

Jason Perillo David A. Scribner

Melissa H. Ziobron

PUBLIC SAFETY & SECURITY

RANKING MEMBER - Janice R. Giegler

Penny Bacchiochi Anthony J. D'Amelio

Tony Hwang Brenda L. Kupchick

Dave Yaccarino Lezlye Zupkus

REGULATION REVIEW

CHAIRMAN - Selim G. Noujaim

Vincent J. Candelora Arthur J. O'Neill

Terrie E. Wood

TRANSPORTATION

RANKING MEMBER - David A. Scribner

Whit Betts Janice R. Giegler DebraLee Hovey David K. Labriola Mike Molgano Tom O'Dea

Jason Perillo Pamela Z. Sawyer

Bill Simanski

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

RANKING MEMBER - Dave Yaccarino

Al Adinolfi

ELECTION OF CLERK

The House then proceeded to the election of a Clerk for the 2013-2014 sessions.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District nominated Martin J. Dunleavy of New Haven as Clerk of the House.

Representative Cafero of the 142nd District seconded the nomination.

There being no further nominations, Speaker Sharkey declared that the nominations were closed and that the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Clerk of the House.

The motion carried and the Temporary Clerk cast one ballot for the unanimous election of the candidate for Clerk of the House.

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of Office was administered to the Clerk by Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey.

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H. R. No. 1 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION APPOINTING CHARLES AUGUR OF MIDDLEFIELD AS ASSISTANT CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Cafero of the 142nd.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 1 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Charles Augur of Middlefield be and he is hereby appointed assistant clerk of the House of Representatives for the 2013 and 2014 sessions.

OATH OF OFFICE

The Oath of Office was administered to the Assistant Clerk by Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey.

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

The following House Resolution was introduced, read by the Clerk and adopted.

H. R. No. 2 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE HOUSE RULES.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Cafero of the 142nd.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 2 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That the following shall be the rules to regulate the proceedings of the House of Representatives for the 2013 and 2014 sessions:

THE SPEAKER

1. The speaker shall take the chair every day at the hour to which the House has adjourned and shall immediately call the House to order and, after prayer and recitation of the pledge of allegiance, proceed to business if a quorum is present.

2. In the absence of a quorum, the speaker may adjourn the House to a later time or to the next session day. At all other times an adjournment shall be pronounced by the speaker on motion.

3. The speaker shall preserve order and decorum and shall decide all questions of order and discipline, upon which no debate shall be allowed except at the speaker's request, but the decision shall be subject to an appeal to the House, which must be seconded and on which no member shall speak more than once. No other business shall be in order until the disposition of such appeal.

4. The speaker shall rise to put a question or to address the House.

5. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the House chamber which, in the opinion of the speaker, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the House of representatives, the speaker may take such action as the speaker deems necessary to preserve and restore order.

6. If the speaker wishes to leave the chair, a deputy speaker or a member may be designated by the speaker to perform the duties of the chair.

7. If the speaker or a deputy speaker or the member named by the speaker in accordance with the preceding rule, is absent at the hour to which the House has adjourned, the clerk shall call the House to order and first business shall be the election of an acting speaker, which shall be done immediately without debate, by ballot or otherwise, as the House shall determine, also without debate; and the person thus elected shall preside in the House and discharge all the duties of the speaker until the speaker's return. In the case of the death, resignation or permanent disability of the speaker, a deputy speaker shall then call the House to order and the first business shall be the election of a speaker, which the House shall immediately proceed to do without debate. The person thus elected shall immediately assume the duties of speaker during the continuance of the General Assembly.

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

8. There shall be such deputy speakers as determined and appointed by the speaker of the House. The speaker shall designate a deputy speaker to assume the duties of the speaker in the speaker's absence.

CHAPLAIN AND DEPUTY CHAPLAINS

9. Within one week after the appointment of the speaker, the speaker shall nominate a chaplain and up to three deputy chaplains, and if such nominations are confirmed by the House by a majority vote, the candidates so nominated and confirmed shall serve for the regular sessions and any special sessions during the 2013-2014 legislative term.

CLERK

10. The clerk shall keep a journal of the House, and shall enter therein a record of each day's proceedings, record any amendment that may be offered to any bill or resolution and record the date of filing of an agreement, award or stipulation that is filed in accordance with Joint Rule 31 or 32.

11. The clerk shall keep a calendar and shall enter daily on such calendar (1) all bills and joint resolutions received from the senate except (a) bills and resolutions which do not have the favorable report of a joint committee which shall, upon being read by the clerk, be referred without further action to the appropriate committee and (b) all bills and joint resolutions received from the senate which have not been referred by the House to any committee; and (2) all bills and resolutions favorably reported to the House from any committee and these shall be entered on the calendar in the order in which they are received. Each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each bill so entered shall be printed and in the files and on the calendar for two session days with a file number and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that:

(A) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the senate with the consent of the speaker; and if filed in the senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the president pro tempore,

(B) Any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes may be acted upon in the House (i) on the same session day that electronic notice of the filing and number of the bill or resolution is provided to the majority leader and the minority leader, who shall be responsible for forwarding such notice to the members of their respective caucuses, except the bill or resolution may not be acted upon less than six hours after the House is called to order or less than six hours after such notice is provided to said leaders, whichever is later, (ii) at any time on the next session day following the day that such notice is provided to said leaders, or (iii) during the last five calendar days of the session, immediately, and in any such case may be transmitted immediately to the senate,

(C) If the House refers a bill or resolution to another committee and that committee favorably reports the bill or resolution not as a substitute on the same session day as the House referral, the clerk shall immediately enter the bill or resolution on the calendar and the House may act upon it on the same session day,

(D) If the House rejects an amendment adopted by the senate, the bill or resolution after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the senate, or if the senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House, the bill or resolution when received from the senate may be placed immediately on the calendar,

(E) During the last ten calendar days of the session, if the House rejects an amendment adopted by the senate, or adopts a House amendment to a bill or resolution received from the senate, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the senate, the bill or resolution after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the senate, or if the senate rejects an amendment adopted by the House or adopts a senate amendment to a bill or resolution received from the House, or takes any action on the bill or resolution requiring further action by the House, the bill or resolution when received from the senate may be placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately,

(F) During the last ten calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution, after final action in the House, may be transmitted immediately to the Senate,

(G) During the last five days of the session, any bill or resolution received by the House after final action by the senate may be placed on the calendar immediately and the bill or resolution may be acted upon after it has appeared on the calendar for two session days, or

(H) A report by a joint standing committee of a resolution concerning a judicial or workers' compensation commissioner nomination may be acted upon after it has appeared on the calendar for two days.

All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when called and any bill or resolution not acted upon shall retain its place on the calendar unless it is moved to the foot of the calendar or unless its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time. When a bill or resolution is removed from the foot of the calendar, it shall not be acted upon before the next regular succeeding session day.

Prior to the convening of the House on each session day, the speaker shall make available on the floor of the House a list of bills and resolutions intended to be acted upon during that session day. Such list shall set forth the action intended to be taken on each bill or resolution so listed. The list shall be for informational purposes only.

12. The clerk shall retain all bills, resolutions and other papers, in reference to which any member has a right to move a reconsideration, until the right of reconsideration has expired, and no longer.

13. The clerk shall keep a record of all petitions, resolutions, joint resolutions and bills for all acts presented for consideration of the House, and said record shall be so kept as to show by one and a single reference thereto the action of the House on any specified petition, resolution, joint resolution or bill up to the time of such reference.

14. The clerk shall supervise all clerical work to be done for the House and shall supervise all employees subject to the direction of the speaker. The assistant clerk shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as the clerk, subject to the direction of the clerk. The bill clerk, the journal clerk and the calendar clerk shall perform such duties as are assigned to them by the clerk.

15. Upon the request of any member, the clerk shall provide a calendar to such member on each session day.

MEMBERS

16. When any member is about to speak in debate or deliver any matter to the House, the member shall rise and address the chair as "Mr. Speaker" or "Madam Speaker," as the case may be.

If two or more rise at the same time, the speaker shall name the member entitled to the floor, preferring one who rises in place to one who does not.

17. No member shall speak on the same question more than twice without unanimous consent of the members of the House present.

18. The speaker shall, or any member may, call to order any member who in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules and orders of the House. If speaking, the member shall sit down, unless permitted to explain; and if a member is guilty of a breach of any of the rules and orders, the member may be required by the House, on motion, to make satisfaction therefor, and shall not be allowed to vote or speak except by way of excuse until such satisfaction is made.

COMMITTEES AND LEADERS

19. At the opening of each session a committee on contested elections, consisting of four members, at least two of whom shall be members of the minority party in the House, shall be appointed by the speaker to take into consideration all contested elections of the members of the House and to report the facts, with their opinion thereon in a manner that may be directed by House resolution.

20. (a) Majority Election and Appointments. The majority leader shall be elected by the members of the majority party in the House and the deputy majority leaders shall be appointed by the majority leader and shall serve at the pleasure of the majority leader. The assistant deputy speaker, majority caucus chairperson, deputy majority caucus chairperson, assistant majority leaders and majority whips shall be appointed by the speaker in consultation with the majority leader, and shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker.

The chairpersons, and where appropriate, vice-chairpersons, of the standing and select committees shall be appointed by the speaker of the House and shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker, except when a chairperson is designated or appointed by the minority leader pursuant to these rules or the joint rules, in which case, the person so designated or appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the minority leader. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, during the 2013-2014 biennium (1) the chairperson of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee shall be appointed by the minority leader, and (2) the chairperson of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee shall be appointed by the speaker of the House.

(b) Minority Election and Appointments. The minority leader shall be elected by the members of the minority party in the House and the deputy minority leaders, the minority caucus chairperson, the assistant minority leaders, the minority whips and the ranking members of each joint standing committee and select committee shall be appointed by the minority leader and shall serve at the pleasure of the minority leader except when a ranking member is designated or appointed by the speaker pursuant to these rules or the joint rules, in which case, the person so designated or appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the speaker. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, during the 2013-2014 biennium (1) the ranking member of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee shall be appointed by the speaker of the House, and (2) the ranking member of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee shall be appointed by the minority leader.

(c) Number of Leaders. The number of members appointed to the positions of assistant majority leader and majority whip shall not exceed thirty-three per cent of the total membership of the majority party in the House. The number of members appointed to the positions of assistant minority leader shall not exceed thirty-three per cent of the total membership of the minority party in the House. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the chairpersons of the bonding subcommittees of the joint standing committee on finance, revenue and bonding may be assistant majority leaders and the ranking members of said subcommittees may be assistant minority leaders.

(d) Committees. The staff clerks of the standing and select committees shall be appointed by the speaker of the House. Chairpersons of sub-committees may be appointed by the chairpersons of the respective standing and select committees with the approval of the speaker of the House.

All standing and select committee members shall be appointed by the speaker on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity, or resignation or removal from the House or from a committee, and except that the speaker may appoint any member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term to any committee, within five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office. The member first named shall be chairperson. All members of standing and select committees shall serve for both sessions of the term, except that: (i) The speaker may accept the resignation, for good cause, of a member of a standing or select committee prior to the expiration of the term, and (ii) the speaker may remove a member, provided the speaker's removal of a member of the minority party shall require the concurrence of the minority leader. Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and sub-committee chairpersons shall serve for both sessions of the term unless removed by the speaker.

(e) Referrals to Committees. (1) The House may refer any matter to a committee either before or after the deadline of that committee (i) at any regular session of the House or (ii) at a technical session of the House provided the majority leader has notified the minority leader or the minority leader's designee in writing, not later than 5 p. m. the day before the technical session, of the majority leader's intent to move for the referral, and received the approval of the minority leader or the minority leader's designee for the referral, and provided further that no matter may be recommitted at a technical session.

(2) The House may but need not refer to a committee before or after its deadline a bill or resolution that was favorably or unfavorably reported by another committee, except that every bill and resolution shall be referred to the committees on Legislative Management, Appropriations, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, or Judiciary if such referral is specifically required under Joint Rule 3 or subsection (e) of Joint Rule 15.

(f) Meetings in Representatives' Chamber. Committee meetings shall not be held in the representatives' chamber on session days.

REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS

21. The order of business shall be as follows:

1. Reception of petitions.

2. Reception of communications from the Governor, secretary of the state, annual and biennial reports, interim committee reports and special reports.

3. Introduction of bills and resolutions.

4. Reports of committees.

5. Reception of business from the senate.

6. Business on the calendar.

7. Miscellaneous.

RULES AND MOTIONS

22. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in the 2000 edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the House whenever applicable and whenever they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the House or the joint rules of the senate and the House of Representatives.

23. The rules of the House shall take precedence over the joint rules of the House and senate or Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure in the event of conflict.

24. When a motion is made, it shall be stated to the House by the speaker before any debate is had thereon.

25. When a motion is stated by the speaker, or read by the clerk, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the House.

It may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before decision or amendment, but not after amendment, unless the House approves by a majority vote.

26. The question first moved shall be first put, except as modified in Rule 28.

27. If the question under debate consists of two or more independent propositions any member may move to have the question divided. If the House adopts the motion to divide, the speaker shall rule on the order of voting on the divisions of a question.

28. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received except:

1. To adjourn, which is not debatable

2. To recess

3. To postpone temporarily retaining position on the calendar

4. To pass until next session day retaining position on calendar

5. To close the debate at a specified time

6. To postpone to a certain time

7. To refer or recommit to a committee

8. To amend

9. To place at foot of calendar.

These motions shall have precedence in the order listed in this rule, except that a point of order may be raised at any time.

29. When the consideration of a question regularly on the calendar is interrupted by adjournment, the question comes up in its proper place on the next session day's calendar.

30. A vote can be reconsidered only on the next regular succeeding session day, provided there shall be no reconsideration of the vote upon the following motions: To adjourn, or to reconsider, and no question shall be twice reconsidered.

AMENDMENTS

31. (a) Amendments shall be filed with the clerk of the House before 10 a. m. on the day on which the bill or resolution is to be acted upon, except that (1) the following may each sponsor or authorize amendments at any time: The presiding officer, the majority leader or, in the majority leader's absence, the majority leader's designated deputy majority leader, the minority leader or in the minority leader's absence, the minority leader's designated deputy minority leader; (2) the presiding officer may waive the filing requirement upon the request of the majority leader or the minority leader; (3) after any amendment or amendments have been adopted, any member may offer a further amendment only if it is directly related to the amendment or amendments adopted.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this rule, if a bill or resolution has been scheduled for consideration on a date certain pursuant to a special order, all amendments relating to that bill or resolution must be filed with the clerk of the House before 5 p. m. on the last day the clerk's office is open preceding the day on which the bill or resolution has been scheduled for consideration. The only exceptions to this filing requirement shall be: (1) The persons named in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this rule may each sponsor an amendment at any time; (2) after any amendment or amendments have been adopted, any member may offer a further amendment only if it is directly related to the amendment or amendments adopted.

(c) Members may co-sponsor an amendment that is in the possession of the clerk of the House, or remove their names as co-sponsors, by submitting a written request to the clerk not later than 10 am on the day following adoption or rejection of the amendment, excluding weekends and holidays. Co-sponsorship of an amendment does not constitute co-sponsorship of the bill it would amend unless the member so specifies pursuant to Joint Rule 7(c).

(d) After a motion for passage of a bill or resolution has been made, a motion to amend the bill or resolution is in order.

A pending amendment may not be amended. No substitute amendment may be offered for a pending amendment.

(e) No independent new question may be introduced as an amendment.

(f) Whenever a bill is amended, the speaker may order that it be returned to the legislative commissioners for the purposes of re-examination pursuant to Joint Rule 13 and for reprinting as amended.

SEATS

32. Immediately after the adoption of these rules the speaker shall appoint a committee of four, who shall assign seats to all members of the House.

33. The seats assigned to members shall be their seats for their term of office.

REPRESENTATIVES' CHAMBER

34. Use of the representatives' chamber shall not be granted for non-legislative use during a General Assembly session except by a vote of the House, or by a vote of the legislative management committee or with the permission of the speaker. The speaker shall grant use of the chamber for legislative use and between General Assembly sessions.

PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

35. No debate shall be allowed after a question is put and while it remains undecided.

36. In all cases when a voice vote is taken without a division, the speaker shall determine whether it is or is not a vote; and in all doubtful cases the speaker shall state "The chair is in doubt. " Whereupon, the speaker shall try the question again by a voice vote or roll call, as the speaker may so order.

After the speaker has declared a vote, it shall not be taken again unless by a regular motion for reconsideration, made by a member in the prevailing vote of the House.

37. If a division is called for, the House shall divide, those in the affirmative first rising from their seats and standing until counted, and afterwards those in the negative. For the purpose of more conveniently counting upon the division of the House, the floor thereof shall be divided by aisles into four divisions, to be numbered first, second, third and fourth sections, commencing on the right of the chair; for each of which divisions the speaker shall appoint a member whose seat is in said division to be a teller and to count and report to the chair.

38. In case of a tie vote or an equal division, the question shall not be passed.

39. The yeas and nays shall be taken on the roll call machine on all final action on all bills, resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and all other substantive resolutions, except bills and resolutions on the consent calendar. On all other questions, a roll call vote shall be taken at the request of one-fifth of the members present, expressed at any time before a declaration of the vote. In the event the roll call machine is not functioning properly, the roll may be called by the clerk.

40. Every member present in the House chamber, when a question is put by the speaker, shall vote, unless excused by the speaker and no member shall absent herself or himself from the House chamber without leave, unless there is a quorum without such member's presence.

Whenever any vote is to be taken, the speaker may order the doors closed and thereupon no member shall leave the House unless by permission of the speaker, or the House, until the vote is declared, but members shall be admitted at any time.

When a vote has been taken, if any member raises a question of an excess of votes cast over the number of members present, a count of the House shall be had, and if it appears that such excess of votes exists, the speaker shall order the vote to be again taken.

41. No representative may vote or change his or her vote on a roll call after the speaker has requested that the clerk announce the tally.

42. While the House is in session, admission to the floor of the House shall be limited to members of the General Assembly, authorized members of the press, authorized staff of the General Assembly, and such other persons as may be authorized by the presiding officer. On any day during which the House is in session, lobbyists shall be prohibited from the floor of the House except during a public hearing on the floor of the House or as may be authorized by the presiding officer for purposes of recognition or ceremony.

Electronic media equipment and media personnel shall occupy only those areas designated by the presiding officer.

Proper facilities for transmitting messages to members of the House shall be provided by the clerk and administered by the messengers.

The sergeant at arms, doorkeepers and messengers shall enforce this rule and shall see that the aisles and the seats of the members are not occupied by persons other than members of the General Assembly, while the House is in session.

43. There shall be a consent calendar on which shall be entered such bills and resolutions as the majority leader and the minority leader or their designees shall agree, and shall be proposed to the House by the majority leader or the designee of the majority leader in the form of a motion to move to the consent calendar. The consent calendar may be acted upon on the day of such motion or on a subsequent day. At the request of a member made from the floor any bill or resolution shall be removed from those included in the motion. All bills and resolutions starred for action on the consent calendar shall be passed on motion without discussion unless, at any time prior to the motion for passage, a member requests from the floor removal of a bill or resolution from the consent calendar in which case such bill or resolution shall be so removed and placed on the regular calendar. Any bill or resolution so removed shall be considered as having appeared on the regular calendar for a period of time equivalent to that during which it appeared on the consent calendar.

44. Upon motion made and adopted, the House may schedule consideration of any matter appearing on the calendar for a date certain by special order, but no sooner than the later of (i) the second day, excluding weekends and holidays, after the adoption of the special order or (ii) the day after the matter first appears on the calendar double starred.

RESTRICTIONS

45. No person shall smoke in the House chamber or the gallery. No person shall conduct a conversation on a wireless telephone or similar device in the House chamber while the House is meeting. No person shall take or possess a sign, banner, placard or other display material in the gallery. The presiding officer and the sergeant at arms shall enforce this rule.

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

46. These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present.

47. Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day. Suspension of the rules shall be for a specified purpose. Upon accomplishment of that purpose, any rule suspended shall be again in force.

COMMITTEE ON SEATING

Speaker Sharkey appointed the following members to the Committee on Seating:

Representative Esposito of the 116th

Representative Nicastro of the 79th

Representative Sawyer of the 55th

Representative O'Neill of the 69th

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

H. R. No. 3 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO CANVASS THE VOTES FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 3 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That a committee consisting of three members of the House of Representatives be appointed by the Speaker to canvass the votes for State Representatives.

Speaker Sharkey appointed the following members as the Committee:

Representative G. Fox of the 146th

Representative Jutila of the 37th

Representative Klarides of the 114th

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

H. R. No. 4 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF RABBI CRAIG H. MARANTZ OF GLASTONBURY AS CHAPLAIN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Cafero of the 142nd.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 4 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That Rabbi Craig H. Marantz of Glastonbury be and he is hereby appointed as Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the 2013 and 2014 sessions.

H. R. No. 5 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PRINTING OF THE JOURNAL.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 5 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

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

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

S. J. No. 1 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

The resolution was discussed by Representative Cafero of the 142nd.

On a voice vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the following shall be the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives for the regular sessions of the General Assembly and for interim periods during the 2013-2014 legislative term.

MESSAGES BETWEEN CHAMBERS

1. Messages from one chamber to the other shall be delivered to the presiding officer.

JOINT CONVENTIONS

2. Joint conventions shall be held in the Hall of the House. Either chamber may request a convention stating the purposes thereof in its message. The President of the Senate shall preside. The President and the Speaker shall make reports to their respective chambers of the proceedings of the convention which shall be printed in the respective journals.

JOINT COMMITTEES

3. (a) Designation of Committees. There shall be twenty-two joint standing committees as provided in subsection (b) of this rule. There shall be three statutory committees as provided in subsection (c) of this rule. Committees shall consider all matters referred to them and report as required by these rules.

(b) Standing Committees. Each joint standing committee shall consist of not more than nine senators and not more than thirty-five representatives, except that the joint standing committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding shall consist of not more than thirteen senators and not more than forty-five representatives. The joint standing committees shall be divided into Group A and Group B as follows:

GROUP A

(1) A committee on APPROPRIATIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the operating budgets and all matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement, veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for state employees. In addition, any bills or resolutions carrying or requiring appropriations, or creating or enlarging a state mandate to local governments, defined in subsection (a)(2) of section 2-32b of the general statutes, and favorably reported by any other committee, except the payment of claims by the state, shall be referred to the committee, unless such reference is dispensed with by at least a two-thirds vote of each chamber, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to their fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions and shall not extend to their other substantive provisions or purpose, except to the extent that such other provisions or purpose relate to the fiscal aspects and appropriation provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(2) A committee on EDUCATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Education, and (B) school building projects, local and regional boards of education, the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards, vocational rehabilitation, and libraries, including the State Library, museums and historical and cultural associations.

(3) A committee on ENVIRONMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection concerning the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state and the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals, and (B) conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control, and the preservation and protection of the air, water and other natural resources of the state.

(4) A committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Revenue Services, and (B) finance, revenue, capital bonding and taxation. Any bill or resolution favorably reported by another committee relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, taxation, employer contributions for unemployment compensation purposes, all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Gaming Division within the Department of Consumer Protection shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the financial provisions and purposes of such bill or resolution, such as finance, revenue, bonding, taxation and fees, and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes, except to the extent that such other provisions or purposes relate to the financial provisions of such bills or resolutions.

(5) A committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) (i) the Department of Administrative Services, including purchasing and central collections, but excluding personnel and labor relations, (ii) the administrative functions of the Office of Governmental Accountability, including the office's personnel and employment policies and information technology, (iii) the Freedom of Information Commission, the Office of State Ethics, the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and (iv) the Department of Construction Services, except fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code and school building projects, (B) state government organization and reorganization, structures and procedures, (C) leasing, construction, maintenance, purchase and sale of state property and facilities, (D) state and federal relations, (E) interstate compacts, (F) compacts between the state and Indian tribes, (G) constitutional amendments, and (H) all matters relating to elections and election laws. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that authorizes the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state, or any resolution favorably reported by another committee that proposes a constitutional amendment shall be referred to the committee on Government Administration and Elections.

(6) A committee on JUDICIARY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, (B) courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, uniform laws, validations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, (C) all (i) judicial nominations, (ii) nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, and (iii) nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and (D) all bills carrying civil penalties that exceed the sum of, or that may exceed in the aggregate, five thousand dollars. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that carries a criminal penalty, other than an infraction, shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the criminal penalties established in such bill and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes of such bill.

(7) A committee on PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule, planning and zoning, regional planning and development activities, the state plan of conservation and development and economic development programs impacting local governments.

(8) A committee on PUBLIC HEALTH that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service and the Department of Developmental Services, and (B) health, including emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure foods and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

(9) A committee on TRANSPORTATION that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Transportation, the Office of the State Traffic Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles, and (B) transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads.

GROUP B

(10) A committee on BANKS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Banking, and (B) banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.

(11) A committee on ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and (B) energy, energy policy planning and regulation, telecommunications, information systems and related technology.

(12) A committee on GENERAL LAW that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Consumer Protection, except legalized gambling, and (B) alcoholic beverages, fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes and occupational licensing, except licensing by the Department of Public Health.

(13) A committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Insurance Department, and (B) insurance law and real estate law.

(14) A committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Labor Department, (B) workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes, and (C) conditions of employment of state and municipal employees and the substantive law of state and municipal employees' collective bargaining.

(15) A committee on HUMAN SERVICES that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under their jurisdiction, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

(16) A committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and (B) civil preparedness and homeland security, state police, the state-wide organized crime investigative task force, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code, legalized gambling and military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

(17) A committee on COMMERCE that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

(18) A committee on HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education, and (B) public and independent institutions of higher education, private occupational schools, post-secondary education, job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs and adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state.

(19) A committee on HOUSING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to housing.

(20) A committee on AGING that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to senior citizens.

(21) A committee on CHILDREN that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to children.

(22) A committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

(c) Statutory Committees. In addition, there shall be:

(1) The committee on LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT that shall conduct the business affairs of the General Assembly. The committee shall be responsible for the operation of the General Assembly, coordination and supervision of committee work, improvement of legislative operations, deciding on matters of organization, procedures, facilities and working conditions of the General Assembly, compensation of employees of the legislative branch, and the facilitation of positive relationships with the federal government and other state governments. All bills and resolutions relating to such matters may be referred to the committee. The committee shall consist of twenty members of the House who shall be (i) the Speaker, (ii) the deputy speakers, (iii) the majority leader, (iv) four members appointed by the Speaker, (v) three members appointed by the majority leader, (vi) the minority leader, (vii) two deputy minority leaders appointed by the minority leader, and (viii) five members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) thirteen members of the Senate who shall be (i) the President Pro Tempore, (ii) the majority leader, (iii) a deputy majority leader appointed by the majority leader, (iv) five members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, (v) the minority leader, (vi) an assistant minority leader appointed by the minority leader, and (vii) three members appointed by the minority leader. In matters of legislative operations, the legislative commissioners and the clerks of each chamber shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee. The committee shall be chaired by the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum and all actions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority. At any meeting, if a committee member present of either chamber requests, a vote of the majority of the members present of each chamber shall be required for approval of a question.

(2) The committee on EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS shall consist of (A) seventeen members of the House who shall be (i) the majority leader, or the majority leader's designee, (ii) the minority leader, or the minority leader's designee, (iii) nine members appointed by the Speaker, and (iv) six members appointed by the minority leader, and (B) six members of the Senate who shall be (i) the majority leader, or the majority leader's designee, (ii) the minority leader, or the minority leader's designee, (iii) three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore, and (iv) one member appointed by the minority leader. The chairpersons and ranking members of the committee or committees having cognizance of matters relating to the duties of a nominee for the position of a department head, as defined in section 4-5 of the general statutes, shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee on executive and legislative nominations for the consideration of such nomination. All executive and legislative nominations requiring action of either or both chambers, except judicial nominations, nominations of workers' compensation commissioners and nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, shall be referred to the committee on executive and legislative nominations.

(3) A committee on LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS, the members of which shall be appointed as provided in section 2-53e of the general statutes, except that any member may be appointed to the committee, which may originate and report any bill it deems necessary concerning a program, department or other matter under review or investigation by the committee, in the manner prescribed in these rules.

(d) Committee Appointments. Appointments of committee members, except to fill a vacancy caused by death or incapacity or by resignation from the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly, shall be made on or before the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term and, except as otherwise provided in the rules of each chamber, shall be for the entire term for which the members were elected. Committee appointments of a member elected after the fifth regular session day of the first year of the term shall be made not later than five calendar days after the member takes the oath of office, and may be made, at the discretion of the appointing authority, to any committee.

Senate and House committees shall be appointed and organized in accordance with the rules of each chamber and members of the minority party shall be appointed on nomination of the minority leader of each chamber.

LEADERS ON COMMITTEES

4. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and majority and minority leaders of the Senate and the House shall be ex-officio members of all committees, with the right to be present at all meetings and to take part in deliberations but without the right to vote, except as to those committees to which they are appointed members.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES

5. (a) Scheduling. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this rule and in Rule 15, chairpersons of committees shall jointly schedule meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session as follows:

(1) Committees may meet on any day from January 9 through January 16 in 2013 and from February 5 through February 7 in 2014. The chairpersons of each committee shall jointly call a meeting during said period in 2013 for the purpose of organization and to consider such other business as is deemed necessary.

(2) Beginning on January 17 in 2013 and on February 10 in 2014, and ending on the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15, Group A committees shall meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only and Group B committees shall meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

(3) Statutory committees, as described in subsection (c) of Rule 3, may meet on any day.

(4) Committees, except conference committees, may not meet during a session of either chamber without the consent of each chamber which is in session.

(b) Exceptions to Scheduling Requirements.

(1) The committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding may meet on any day. The committee on Judiciary may meet on any day after April 3 in 2013 and after March 19 in 2014.

(2) Any committee may meet at the State Capitol or in the Legislative Office Building on any day, provided certification of a significant need for the meeting is made in writing by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or their designees.

(3) If, in any week, the designated meeting day of a committee falls on a holiday or on a day when the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building is officially closed, the committee may meet on another day, not so designated, within seven calendar days before or after such day, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the majority leader of the Senate or the majority leader of the House and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(c) Conduct of Meetings. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all meetings. If a meeting, other than a meeting on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions, as provided in Rule 15, is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, the meeting shall be deemed cancelled. In all meetings of joint committees, and at all public hearings held by such committees, the Senate and House chairpersons shall mutually agree as to who shall preside and in the absence of agreement the Senate chairperson and the House chairperson shall alternately preside. A chairperson shall recognize each member wishing to be heard prior to ordering the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution. All questions of order, hearings and other proceedings including the raising of bills or resolutions and questions relating to evidence shall be determined by a majority of votes but, if the majority of the committee members present of either chamber so request, the committee members of each chamber shall separately determine all questions. A vote of a committee may be reconsidered only at the next regular meeting of the committee, except that any vote on the day of the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions as provided in Rule 15, may be reconsidered at the same meeting not later than 5: 00 p. m.

(d) Final Action. Except as otherwise provided, at each committee meeting, the vote on the final question of a favorable or unfavorable report, a favorable change of reference or the boxing of a bill or resolution shall be recorded to show the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay. No motion to dispense with the recording of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay shall be entertained and no bill or resolution shall be reported to either chamber unless the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay have been recorded and a record of the names of the members voting yea and the members voting nay has been attached to the bill or resolution submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as provided in Rule 13. A copy of the voting record shall be sent to the clerk of the appropriate chamber, by the Legislative Commissioners' Office, with the favorably or unfavorably reported bill or resolution and retained by the clerks.

(e) Proxies. No member may vote by proxy and no committee shall record a vote cast by any member as a proxy for any other member.

(f) Notice Requirements. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings during periods when the General Assembly is in session shall be (1) given to the clerk of each chamber at least one day in advance of the meeting, and (2) when practicable, (A) given to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and (B) posted on the General Assembly's web site. The committee clerks shall post notice of the meetings in a conspicuous place in or near their respective committee offices.

(g) Exception to Notice Requirements. A meeting may be held on less than one calendar day's notice, provided announcement of the meeting is made from the floor of the Senate or House during a session and both chairpersons have approved the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. If the announcement cannot be made in one or both chambers because no regular session is being held on that day, an emergency meeting may still be held, provided certification of the need for the meeting is made, in writing, by one of the following: The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the majority leader of the Senate or the majority leader of the House, and all reasonable efforts have been made to notify each member of the committee of the meeting.

(h) Agendas. An agenda, approved by both chairpersons, shall be prepared for each meeting and made available at least one day before the meeting, except that for a meeting held under subsection (g) of this rule, the agenda shall be prepared and made available prior to the meeting. Items not on the agenda may be considered upon a majority vote of the committee members present.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

6. (a) Scheduling.

(1) A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions, during sessions, except that subject matter public hearings on proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions shall be held not later than twenty-one calendar days in 2013 and fourteen calendar days in 2014 before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15.

(2) Public hearings shall be scheduled for the convenience of the public and in accordance with the schedule for committee meetings of that committee as provided in Rule 5.

(3) In the event of inclement weather on the day on which a committee has scheduled a public hearing:

(A) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have been officially closed due to inclement weather:

(i) If the hearing has been convened prior to the official closing, the committee may continue the hearing or may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not been convened prior to the official closing, the hearing shall be deemed cancelled and shall be rescheduled pursuant to subsection (a)(3)(D) of this rule.

(B) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed:

(i) If the hearing has been convened, the committee may recess the hearing as provided in subsection (c)(5) of this rule.

(ii) If the hearing has not yet been convened, the chairpersons of the committee may cancel the hearing if, in their opinion, the seriousness of the weather conditions is likely to reduce substantially the attendance at the hearing by members of the public or members of the committee.

(C) If the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building have not been officially closed, the committee clerk shall give notice of cancellation to the clerk of each chamber and shall post notice of the cancellation in a conspicuous place in or near the committee office, at the location of the scheduled hearing and on the General Assembly web site.

(D) The chairpersons shall reschedule a cancelled hearing on the earliest feasible date that is on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the majority leader of the Senate or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of the rescheduled hearing to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin and shall post notice of the rescheduled hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office and on the General Assembly web site. The notice of the rescheduled hearing shall include the date, time, place and subject matter of the rescheduled hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered, which subject matter and list shall be identical to the subject matter and list in the notice of the original hearing. The notice of the rescheduled hearing is not subject to subsection (b) of this rule if the notice of the original hearing complied with said subsection (b).

(4) Committees may group bills and resolutions by subject matter and schedule hearings so that similar bills and resolutions are heard at the same time.

(b) Notice Requirements. During the periods when the General Assembly is in session, notice of the date, time, place and subject matter of each hearing, together with a list of the numbers and titles of each bill and resolution to be considered shall be published in the Legislative Bulletin at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a hearing unless copies of the bill or resolution have been made in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes, and the original bill or resolution has been returned from the printer and is in the possession of the committee.

For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication in the Legislative Bulletin during the time the General Assembly is in session and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Conduct of Hearings.

(1) Convening and Procedures. A chairperson or a vice chairperson shall convene all hearings. If a hearing is not so convened within fifteen minutes following its scheduled starting time, any member of the committee may convene that hearing. The time of commencement of the public hearing shall be designated in the published notice. The order of testimony of the witnesses and the length of time that each witness may testify shall be determined by the presiding chairperson who shall give due regard for the convenience of the public. Members of the public who wish to testify at a public hearing may place their names on a list, which shall be made available at a time and place to be determined by the chairpersons. Members of the public shall either (A) place their own name on the list, if they wish to testify, or (B) place the name of one other person on the list who will testify. Members of the public placing the name of another person on the list shall also place their own name on the list next to the name of the person who will testify. The placement of another person's name on the list by a person who receives a fee solely for that service shall be ineffective and the person so named shall not be permitted to testify.

(2) Testimony by Public Officials. A committee may permit legislators who are not members of the committee, representatives of state agencies, and municipal chief elected officials testifying in their official capacity to testify during but not beyond the first hour of a public hearing. The public portion of the hearing shall be uninterrupted by testimony from a legislator, a representative of a state agency or a municipal chief elected official. If any legislators, representatives of state agencies or municipal chief elected officials are unable to testify during the first hour, they may testify at the end of the hearing after all members of the public wishing to testify have been heard.

(3) Written Testimony. Legislators, representatives of state agencies, municipal chief elected officials and members of the public may submit to the committee written testimony on a bill or resolution or subject matter in person, by mail or facsimile transmission, or electronically at any time and the written testimony may be included by the committee in the transcript of the hearing. If the written testimony is not included in the transcript, it shall be attached to the transcript. Committee chairpersons should encourage a witness to submit a written statement and confine oral testimony to a summary of that statement, but the full written statement shall be included in or attached to the transcript of the hearing.

(4) Notifying Other Committees. Each bill or resolution referred by one committee to another with a favorable report shall be accompanied by a notation of the date or dates on which public hearings were held by the first committee. The chairpersons of any committee other than Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding to which any bill or resolution calling for an appropriation or a bond issue is referred shall notify the chairpersons of the committee on Appropriations or Finance, Revenue and Bonding of the date, time and place of the hearing thereon.

(5) Recessing. The committee may recess any public hearing to a date, time and place specified at the time of the recess, which shall be on a day specified for that committee in Rule 5(a) or 5(b) or on any other day with the approval of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the majority leader of the Senate or the majority leader of the House. The committee clerk shall give notice of any hearing recessed to another date to the clerk of each chamber and, when practicable, to the Legislative Bulletin clerk for inclusion in the next Legislative Bulletin, and shall post notice of the recessed hearing in a conspicuous place in or near that committee office.

FORM AND INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

7. (a) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Introduction by Members. Members of the General Assembly may introduce proposed bills, proposed drafts of bills, proposed resolutions or proposed resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution or other substantive proposed resolutions for consideration by the joint standing committees and the Legislative Management committee.

(b) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Form. A proposed bill or resolution shall be stated in informal language setting forth the substance of the proposal and shall be followed by a statement of purpose in not more than one hundred fifty words. At the request of any member of the General Assembly, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall draft a proposed bill or resolution in proper form. All proposed bills and resolutions shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber of the introducer in the form required by these rules.

A proposed draft shall be stated in full statutory language, and must be submitted on proposed draft forms obtained from the Legislative Commissioners' Office. Proposed drafts shall be processed by the Legislative Commissioners' Office as submitted by the legislator without alteration and assigned an LCO number and entered by that office into the legislative database by introducer, title and statement of purpose only.

(c) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Sponsors. (1) A proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution may be sponsored by more than one member of the General Assembly and its designation as to chamber of origin shall be made by the Legislative Commissioners' Office based on the chamber of the introducer. Any member of the General Assembly may co-sponsor a bill or resolution by (A) requesting the Legislative Commissioners' Office, in writing, to add such member's name to a proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution in its possession, or (B) making a request in writing after a bill or resolution has been filed, to the clerk of the chamber in which the bill or resolution has been filed to add such member's name as a co-sponsor of the bill or resolution, but not later than the date of the signing of the bill, or the deadline for the signing of the bill, by the Governor, whichever is earlier, or the date of the adoption of the resolution.

(2) A member may remove his or her name as an introducer or a co-sponsor of a bill or resolution by submitting a written notice to the clerk of the chamber in which the bill or resolution was filed to remove the member's name but not later than the time specified in subsection (c)(1)(B) of this rule. The clerk shall notify the Legislative Commissioners' Office of such removal, and the member's name shall be removed from the legislative database for that bill or resolution.

(d) Form and introduction of Bills and Resolutions -- Numbering. Senate bills shall be numbered from 1 to 5000, and House bills from 5001 to 9999 and resolutions shall be numbered starting with 1 in each chamber. The original number on a proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution shall be retained and shall be used in any reference to it.

(e) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Initial Reference to Committee. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall make a notation, based on subject matter, of the suggested committee reference on proposed bills and proposed resolutions drafted by that office, proposed drafts processed by that office, and fully drafted bills or resolutions drafted by that office and accompanying the Governor's budget or other message. The clerks shall, on introduction of each such bill, draft or resolution, make a tentative reference for the Speaker or the President Pro Tempore.

(f) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Copies. Sufficient copies of proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions shall be reproduced for use of the General Assembly and the public and shall be available in the legislative bill room. The copies shall show the number of the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution, session of introduction, name of the member or members introducing it and committee to which it was referred.

(g) Form and Introduction of Bills and Resolutions -- Format. Each proposed bill, proposed draft, proposed resolution, committee or raised bill or resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other substantive resolution shall be printed without interlineation or erasure. At the conclusion of each bill there shall be a statement of its purpose in not more than one hundred fifty words, to be printed under the caption "STATEMENT OF PURPOSE"; but the statement of purpose shall not be a part of the bill for consideration and enactment into law. Each committee or raised bill or resolution shall be endorsed with the signature of both chairpersons. A copy of each committee or raised bill or resolution shall be made on yellow-colored paper of the same size and format as the original.

(h) Form and Introduction of Bills and Resolutions -- Clerks' Certified Copies. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall certify the yellow-colored copy of each proposed bill, each proposed draft, each committee and raised bill and each resolution or proposed resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other proposed substantive resolution. The certified bill or resolution copy shall be kept at all times in the clerk's office. If the original bill or resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified copy shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of the original. The clerk shall make a notation on the certified copy of all action taken on the original.

(i) Form and Introduction of Bills and Resolutions -- Alteration. After introduction no bill or resolution shall be altered except by the legislative commissioners, as provided by Rule 13.

TIME LIMIT ON NEW BUSINESS REFERENCE AND TRANSMITTAL

8. (a) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Proposed Bill Deadline. The time for receiving new business from members shall be limited and shall terminate on January 18, 2013, for the 2013 session and on February 7, 2014, for the 2014 session, in each session at 5: 00 p. m. or at an hour the presiding officer of each chamber designates. Filing of a request for a proposed bill or resolution or proposed resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other proposed substantive resolution with the Legislative Commissioners' Office, or submission of a proposed draft to the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall be deemed compliance with this time requirement. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare and return or file the proposed bill or resolution with the clerk of the appropriate chamber, not later than ten days after the receipt of the request.

(b) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Receipt by Clerk; Delivery to Committee. Each proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution shall be received by the clerk of the Senate or House, who shall cause copies to be prepared in accordance with section 2-23 of the general statutes. After copies of the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution have been made, the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution shall receive its first reading as set forth in Rule 16 and be referred to the appropriate joint committee by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House and then sent to the other chamber for concurring reference. The original of the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution shall be delivered forthwith to the clerk of such appropriate joint committee.

(c) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Change of Reference. Subsequent to the initial reference as determined by the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore and prior to final action on the bill or resolution by either chamber, the chairpersons of a joint standing committee may request that a bill or resolution receive a change of reference to their committee and, if a controversy results, the matter shall be referred by the Speaker or the President Pro Tempore, as the case may be, to the ad hoc committee on reference for the purpose of final determination of the appropriate committee of cognizance. The ad hoc committee on reference shall consist of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, as cochairpersons, the Senate majority leader, the House majority leader, the Senate minority leader and the House minority leader.

(d) Proposed Bills and Resolutions -- Additional Information From Members. Members may submit additional information or documentation on any proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution to the committee to which the bill, draft or resolution has been referred at any time prior to 12 o'clock noon on January 28 in 2013 and February 13 in 2014.

COMMITTEE BILLS, RAISED BILLS, BILLS, RESOLUTIONS

9. (a) Introduction. Committee and raised bills may be introduced only by committees and shall be set forth in formal statutory language. Fully drafted bills accompanying the Governor's budget or other message may be introduced by the legislative leaders of the Governor's party in the House and the Senate provided one copy of each bill is supplied by the Governor to the legislative leaders of both parties.

(b) Definitions. Bills or resolutions which incorporate the principles expressed in proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions or proposed resolutions proposing an amendment to the constitution or other substantive resolutions shall be identified as committee bills or resolutions. Raised bills or resolutions shall be original bills or resolutions in formal statutory language raised by committees without reference to proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions and shall be identified as raised bills or resolutions. Bills certified by the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore to be of an emergency nature shall be identified simply as bills. Bills accompanying the Governor's budget or other message shall be identified as Governor's bills.

(c) Format. Each bill amending any statute or special act shall set forth in full the section or subsection of the statute or the special act to be amended. Matter to be omitted or repealed shall be surrounded by brackets or overstricken so that the omitted or repealed matter remains readable, and new matter shall be indicated by capitalization, underscoring or italics. In the case of a section or subsection not amending an existing section of the general statutes but intended to be part of the general statutes, the section or subsection may be in upper and lower case letters preceded by the word (NEW). Each proposed bill and proposed resolution, and each other bill and resolution shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office.

(d) Preparation of Committee and Raised Bills and Resolutions. A committee upon receiving the proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions or proposed resolutions proposing an amendment to the constitution or other proposed substantive resolutions referred to it, may separate them into subject categories and may vote to have committee bills or resolutions on the subjects prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. The Legislative Commissioners' Office at the request of any committee shall prepare all committee and raised bills, resolutions and amendments thereto. Each committee bill or resolution shall have the same number and chamber of origin as the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution on which it is based. When a committee bill is based on two or more proposed bills or proposed drafts or a resolution is based on two or more proposed resolutions, the members of the committee shall designate the proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution number to be used on the committee bill or resolution. The numbers of any other proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions on which the bill or resolution is based shall be listed at the end of the bill or resolution together with the names of the introducers and co-sponsors.

The number of any committee bill or resolution based on proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions on which subject matter public hearings are held shall be determined by the committee in the same manner as provided in this subsection.

(e) Committee Bill Deadline. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (f) of this rule, the deadline for committees to submit to the Legislative Commissioners' Office requests for drafting committee bills and resolutions, except those based on proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions on which subject matter public hearings are held, and to reserve proposed bills, proposed drafts and proposed resolutions for subject matter public hearings shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the following dates in 2013.

 

February 5

Aging

Banks

Housing

Children

Veterans' Affairs

 

February 7

Energy and Technology

Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Insurance and Real Estate

General Law

Public Safety and Security

 

February 14

Labor and Public Employees

Legislative Management

Commerce

Human Services

 

February 15

Education

Environment

Planning and Development

Public Health

Transportation

 

February 20

Government Administration & Elections

Judiciary

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Appropriations

In 2014, the time limit shall be 5: 00 p. m. on February 19 for the committees in Group A and on February 20 for the committees in Group B, the Legislative Management committee.

(f) Committee Bill Deadline -- Exception. The time limit for committees to submit to the Legislative Commissioners' Office requests for drafting committee bills or resolutions based on proposed bills, proposed drafts or proposed resolutions on which subject matter public hearings are held shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the seventeenth calendar day in 2013 and the tenth calendar day in 2014 prior to the committee's deadline to report bills and resolutions in such year, as provided in Rule 15.

(g) Raised Bill Deadline. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (h) of this rule, (1) in 2013, the time limit for committees to submit to the Legislative Commissioners' Office requests for drafting raised bills and resolutions shall be (A) 5: 00 p. m. on February 20 (i) for the committees in Group A, and (ii) for the Program Review and Investigations Committee, and (B) 5: 00 p. m. on February 19 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(2) In 2014, the time limit for committees to submit to the Legislative Commissioners' Office requests for drafting raised bills and resolutions shall be 5: 00 p. m. on February 21 for the committees in Group A and the Program Review and Investigations Committee, and 5: 00 p. m. on February 20 for the committees in Group B and the Legislative Management committee.

(h) Raised Bill Deadline -- Exceptions. The following may be raised at any time: (1) Bills or resolutions to provide for the current expenses of government, (2) bills or resolutions the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate certify in writing to be, in their opinion, of an emergency nature, (3) bills or resolutions which the Governor requests in a special message addressed to the General Assembly, which message sets forth the emergency or necessity requiring the legislation, and (4) the legislative commissioners' revisor's bill.

(i) Form and Introduction of Bills and Resolutions -- Types of Bills and Resolutions in 2014 Session. In the 2014 session only bills and resolutions relating to budgetary, revenue and financial matters, bills and resolutions raised by committees of the General Assembly and bills and resolutions relating to matters certified in writing by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to be of an emergency nature may be introduced.

(j) Signing and Filing Bills and Resolutions with Clerks. When a committee bill or resolution or a raised bill or resolution has been prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office, it shall be signed by the appropriate committee chairpersons, as provided in Rule 7. The clerk of the committee shall immediately give the bill or resolution to the clerk of the Senate or the House as designated.

SUBSTITUTE BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

10. A bill or resolution redrafted with a favorable report by a committee shall be reported as a substitute bill or resolution.

Any substitute bill or resolution reported favorably shall be printed on white-colored and yellow-colored paper and filed with the clerk of the chamber where the bill or resolution originated. The yellow-colored copy shall be certified by the clerk and shall be kept at all times in the clerk's office. If the original bill or resolution cannot be located, a copy of the certified copy shall be made by the clerk and used in lieu of the original. The clerk shall make a notation on the certified copy of all action taken on the original.

PETITION FOR PREPARATION OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

11. Not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day after the deadline of a committee to request the drafting of a committee bill or resolution, set forth in Rule 9, any member of the General Assembly may present to the clerk of the member's chamber, who shall present the same to the Legislative Commissioners' Office, a written petition requesting preparation of a bill or resolution based on a proposed bill, proposed draft or proposed resolution, introduced or co-sponsored by such member and previously referred to such committee, unless the proposed bill, draft or resolution has been scheduled for a subject matter public hearing to be held after the committee's deadline to request a committee bill or resolution, in which case the petition may be presented not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day before the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15. The petition shall be signed in the original by at least fifty-one members of the House if a House petition and by at least twelve members of the Senate if a Senate petition. The Legislative Commissioners' Office shall prepare the requested bill or resolution and forward it to the clerk of the chamber of origin for processing and referral to the appropriate committee which shall hold a public hearing on the bill or resolution, except that if the committee has already held a subject matter public hearing on the bill or resolution no further public hearing shall be required.

AMENDMENTS

12. All amendments to any bill or resolution in the Senate or House shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. An original of each amendment to be offered and a copy of such amendment shall be printed. The clerk of the appropriate chamber shall certify the copy of each amendment and keep such certified copy in such clerk's office at all times.

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS'

PROCESS AFTER COMMITTEE ACTION

13. (a) Receipt. When a committee reports a bill or resolution favorably it shall be submitted forthwith to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall immediately enter the receipt of the bill or resolution in the legislative database and notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the bill or resolution number and the committee's action.

(b) Examination and Correction. The legislative commissioners shall examine the bill or resolution and make any correction therein as may be necessary for the purpose of avoiding repetition and unconstitutional provisions, and of ensuring accuracy in the text and references, clearness and conciseness in the phraseology and consistency with existing statutes. Whenever the legislative commissioners make any changes in a bill or resolution, other than corrections of spelling, grammar, punctuation or typographical errors the correction of which in no way alters the meaning, they shall prepare a statement which describes each change, where it was made, and explicitly why they made the change. This statement shall be entered into the legislative database and printed with the file copy of the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution.

(c) Deadline. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by a legislative commissioner for an extension of time, the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall complete its examination of the bill or resolution within ten calendar days, excluding holidays, after its receipt. If the bill or resolution is approved by a commissioner, the commissioner shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of the approval and, if a substitute, furnish each office with a copy of the bill or resolution for preparation of a fiscal note and bill analysis and, when requested pursuant to Rule 15(c)(2), a racial and ethnic impact statement. Unless the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker consent, in writing, to a request by the director of the Office of Fiscal Analysis or the director of the Office of Legislative Research for an extension of time, a legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber in which it originated within five calendar days, excluding holidays, after such notice.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Returned to Committee. If the commissioner finds upon completion of the examination of a bill or resolution that the bill or resolution is unconstitutional or is already law, the commissioner shall return the bill or resolution to the committee and shall notify the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research of its return. Whenever a bill or resolution has been so returned to the committee, it may nevertheless be reported favorably by the committee and be returned to the Legislative Commissioners' Office for completion of the procedures prescribed above, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If a bill or resolution is returned after the committee's reporting out date designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall take such action before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the bill or resolution is returned by the Legislative Commissioners' Office. The clerk shall enter it on the calendar under a heading "Favorable Report, Matter Not Approved by Legislative Commissioner" unless the committee reports a substitute bill or resolution which the legislative commissioners approve.

(e) Change of Reference. Favorable changes of reference shall be treated as provided in this rule except that no fiscal note or bill analysis shall be required. When a committee votes a straight change of reference, the bill or resolution shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office which shall prepare the change of reference jacket and deliver the bill or resolution to the clerk of the chamber of origin. Reading and referral of straight changes of reference shall be by printing in the House and Senate journals.

REPORTING OF BILLS OR RESOLUTIONS

14. Except as provided in Rules 19 and 20, all bills and joint resolutions reported by any committee shall be first reported to the chamber of origin, but any bill or resolution favorably reported by only one chamber shall first be reported to that chamber regardless of the chamber of origin.

FINAL COMMITTEE ACTION

15. (a) Deadline for Favorable Reports. The deadline for committees to vote to report favorably and submit bills and resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions to the Legislative Commissioners' Office shall be 5: 00 p. m. on the dates designated in the following schedule:

 

Committee

2013

2014

 

Aging

March 12

March 13

 

Children

March 12

March 13

 

Veterans' Affairs

March 12

March 13

 

Housing

March 14

March 13

 

Banks

March 14

March 20

 

Program Review and Investigations

March 18

March 14

 

General Law

March 19

March 18

 

Labor and Public Employees

March 19

March 20

 

Legislative Management

March 20

March 17

 

Public Safety and Security

March 21

March 18

 

Insurance & Real Estate

March 21

March 20

 

Transportation

March 27

March 19

 

Commerce

March 28

March 25

 

Higher Education and Employment Advancement

March 28

March 18

 

Energy & Technology

March 28

March 27

 

Human Services

March 28

March 25

 

Environment

April 3

March 24

 

Education

April 3

March 26

 

Planning and Development

April 3

March 26

 

Public Health

April 5

March 28

 

Government Administration and Elections

April 8

March 28

 

Judiciary

April 19

April 2

 

Appropriations

April 23

April 3

 

Finance, Revenue and Bonding

April 24

April 4

(b) Hearing Requirement for Favorable Report. Except as provided in Rule 32 (2)(A), no bill and no resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution or other substantive resolution shall be reported favorably by a committee unless a public hearing has been held as provided in Rule 6, but no further public hearing shall be required for a favorable report on a substitute for such bill or resolution, provided the substitute is based on or is germane to the subject matter of the original bill or resolution, or for a bill or resolution petitioned under Rule 11 on which a subject matter public hearing has been held.

(c) Fiscal Notes and Bill Analyses; Bills or Resolutions Unfavorably Reported; List of Reported Bills or Resolutions. (1) Any bill or resolution reported favorably by any committee which if passed or adopted, would affect state or municipal revenue or would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds, shall have a fiscal note attached, as required by section 2-24 of the general statutes with respect to bills. The fiscal note for a bill or resolution and the analysis of a bill shall be printed with the bill or resolution and shall bear the same file number as the bill or resolution. Any fiscal note printed with or prepared for a bill or resolution and any analysis of a bill printed with or prepared for a bill, are solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each such fiscal note and bill analysis shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. " When an amendment is offered to a bill or resolution in the House or the Senate, which, if adopted, would require the expenditure of state or municipal funds or affect state or municipal revenue, a fiscal note shall be available at the time the amendment is offered and, in the case of an amendment which is substantially similar to a favorably-reported bill for which a racial and ethnic impact statement has been prepared pursuant to this rule, such fiscal note may include a copy of such impact statement. Any fiscal note prepared for such an amendment shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of this rule and shall bear the disclaimer required under this rule. Each fiscal note prepared under this subdivision shall include a brief statement of the sources of information, in addition to the general knowledge of the fiscal analyst, consulted or relied on to calculate the fiscal impact.

(2) Whenever a committee reports a bill favorably which, if passed, would increase or decrease the pretrial or sentenced population of correctional facilities in this state, a majority of the committee members present may request that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be prepared by the Office of Legislative Research and the Office of Fiscal Analysis, which may, in the preparation of such statement, consult with any person or agency including, but not limited to, the Judicial Branch, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Correction and the Connecticut Sentencing Commission. The statement shall indicate: (A) Whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population and an explanation of that impact, (B) that it cannot be determined whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population, or (C) that the offices cannot determine within the time limitation specified in Rule 13(c) whether the bill would have a disparate impact on the racial and ethnic composition of the correctional facility population. The racial and ethnic impact statement shall be attached to and printed with the bill and shall bear the same file number as the bill. Any racial and ethnic impact statement printed with or prepared for a bill is solely for the purpose of information, summarization and explanation for members of the General Assembly and shall not be construed to represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. Each racial and ethnic impact statement shall bear the following disclaimer: "The following Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. "

(3) All bills or resolutions unfavorably reported by a committee shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the final reporting out date for favorable reports for that committee, designated in the schedule shown in this rule.

(4) The legislative commissioners shall prepare a list of the bills or resolutions submitted to them which at the deadline time for each committee are not printed and in the files and the clerks shall print the same in the House and Senate journals.

(d) Bills or Resolutions Not Acted on by Committee; Bills or Resolutions Not Printed and in Files. All bills or resolutions not acted on by the committees within the time limits established by this section shall be deemed to have failed in committee, except that (1) a bill or resolution shall be reported to the chamber in which it originated if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate it being acted on by the General Assembly or (2) if a majority of the members of either chamber present to the clerk of such chamber a written petition as provided by Rule 19, requesting that a bill or resolution be reported, it shall be reported to the chamber in which the petition originated. Any bill or resolution not printed and in the files of the members of the General Assembly may be acted upon by the General Assembly if the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate certify, in writing, the facts which in their opinion necessitate an immediate vote on the bill or resolution, in which case a copy of the bill or resolution, accompanied by a fiscal note, shall nevertheless be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed, before the bill or resolution is acted upon.

(e) Bills Authorizing Conveyance of Real Property by State. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules to the contrary (1) no bill authorizing the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be printed or placed on the calendar or in the files for action unless the bill has received a favorable or unfavorable report from the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and (2) no bill which has been amended to authorize the conveyance of real property, or any interest therein, by the state of Connecticut to any person or entity shall be passed by either chamber unless such bill, as amended, has been referred to the joint standing committee on government administration and elections, and that committee has reported favorably or unfavorably on such amended bill to the chamber from which it was referred at any time thereafter but before the start of the session on the third regular session day of the chamber making the referral after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, but no later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption.

(f) Referral of Bill or Resolution by Chamber to Committee After Deadline. (1) Whenever a bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably reported by one committee is referred by the House or the Senate to another committee after its deadline under subsection (a) of this rule has passed, the committee receiving such referred bill or resolution shall meet to consider such bill or resolution on any day of the week and at any time (A) before the start of the session of the third regular session day of the referring chamber after the date that the motion to refer is adopted, or (B) not later than seven calendar days after such date of adoption, whichever occurs first. Such committee may take the following action on such referred bill or resolution: (i) report it favorably or unfavorably in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (2) and (3) of this rule, (ii) box it, or (iii) take no action. Under no circumstances shall such committee refer such bill or resolution to another committee.

(2) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has not been amended in either chamber, the committee may report a substitute bill or resolution, in which case, there shall be a reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions of the committee.

(3) If the committee reports the bill or resolution favorably or unfavorably, and the bill or resolution has been amended in either chamber, the committee shall include in its report its recommendation on the adoption or rejection of each amendment, and may submit additional amendments to be offered on the floor. In such a case there shall be no reprinting of the file. The entry on the calendar in both chambers shall indicate the actions and recommendations of the committee.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS - READINGS

16. First reading of all bills and resolutions shall be (1) by the acceptance by each chamber of a printed list of bills and resolutions, prepared by the clerks of the House and Senate, setting forth numbers, introducers, titles and committees to which referred, or (2) by title, number and reference to a committee.

Second reading shall be the report of a committee.

Third reading shall be passage or rejection of a bill or adoption or rejection of a resolution on the calendar. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall receive three readings in each chamber prior to passage or adoption, and no bill or resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution shall be read twice on the same day.

FAVORABLE REPORTS

17. (a) Committee Clerk's Signature. When the House and Senate members of any committee jointly vote to report a committee or raised bill or resolution favorably, the committee clerk shall sign the committee report form.

(b) Resolutions on Appointments and Nominations. A favorable report by a joint standing committee of a resolution concerning a General Assembly appointment or a nomination requiring joint confirmation and a favorable report of any committee to which executive and legislative nominations are referred shall be tabled for the calendar and printed by number and title only. The report may be accepted and the resolution adopted after it has appeared on the calendar for two days.

(c) File Copies Available to Members. All bills and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and other substantive resolutions reported favorably by the committees to which they have been referred, or by a majority of the members of the Senate or House committee making the report, before third reading, shall be laid upon the table, and sufficient copies of each bill or resolution together with the number of committee members voting yea and the number voting nay shall be printed under the supervision of the Legislative Commissioners' Office for the use of the General Assembly.

(d) Timing of Action by Chambers. Each bill and each joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution so printed shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding, except that: (1) A bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes, if filed in the House, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the Senate with the consent of the Speaker; and if filed in the Senate, may be transmitted to and acted upon first by the House with the consent of the President Pro Tempore, (2) any bill or resolution certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes may be acted upon immediately and may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be acted upon immediately when received by the second chamber, (3) if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber, (4) during the last five calendar days of the session, if one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber or adopts an amendment to a bill or resolution received from the other chamber, or takes any action on such bill or resolution requiring further action by the other chamber, the bill or resolution after final action may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and placed immediately on the calendar and may be acted upon immediately in the second chamber, or (5) during the last five calendar days of the session, any bill or resolution, after final action in one chamber, may be transmitted immediately to the second chamber and may be placed on the calendar immediately in the second chamber.

(e) Action on Calendar. All bills and resolutions starred for action shall be acted upon only when reached and any bill or resolution not acted upon shall retain its place on the calendar, unless it is put at the foot of the calendar or unless its consideration is made the order of the day for some specified time.

(f) Other Provisions. When the House or Senate members only of a committee vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the House or Senate chairperson of the committee, as the case may be, shall sign the bill or resolution. When the House members and Senate members of a committee vote to report separate versions of a bill or resolution and each chamber adopts its own version, both bills or resolutions may be referred by a joint resolution to a committee of conference, appointed as provided in Rule 22, with instructions to report a bill or resolution, as the case may be. If no bill or resolution is reported within three session days following the committee's appointment, the committee shall submit an interim report to both chambers and shall continue to report every second session day thereafter until a final decision is reached. If a bill or resolution is agreed upon by the committee it shall be submitted to the Legislative Commissioners' Office as a favorable report for processing as provided in Rule 13. A legislative commissioner shall transmit the bill or resolution with his or her approval to the clerk of the chamber which initiated the joint resolution for a committee of conference and the bill or resolution shall thereupon be tabled for the calendar and printing. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but the bill or resolution may not be amended.

No bill or resolution shall appear on the calendar of either chamber unless it has received a joint favorable report or a favorable report of the members of the committee of that chamber, except as provided in this rule or in Rule 19 or 20.

(g) Roll Call Requirement. Each bill and each resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution and each other substantive resolution appearing on the regular calendar shall be voted upon by a roll call vote.

REPRINTING AFTER AMENDMENT

18. Whenever a bill or resolution is substantively amended there shall be no action on passage of the bill or resolution until it has been re-examined by the legislative commissioners for the purposes set forth in Rule 13 and it has been reprinted as amended. The chamber in which the bill or resolution is pending shall not take final action thereon until the reprinted bill or resolution has been made available to the members. This rule shall not apply to amendments offered solely for the purposes of correcting clerical defects or imperfections, such as but not limited to, grammatical or spelling errors or mistakes as to form or dates, or to make other changes which do not alter the substance of a bill or resolution. Reprinting of amended bills or resolutions shall not be required for bills or resolutions passed after June 1, 2013, for the 2013 session and May 3, 2014, for the 2014 session.

PETITION FOR COMMITTEE REPORT

19. Upon presentation to the clerk of either chamber of a petition signed in the original by not less than a majority of the members of either chamber requesting a joint standing committee to report a bill or resolution in its possession, the clerk shall immediately give notice to the committee of the filing of the petition. The petition may not be presented sooner than the day following the committee's deadline, designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, to report the bill or resolution out of committee and not later than 5: 00 p. m. on the seventh calendar day after that deadline. Within two regular session days thereafter the committee shall report the bill or resolution with or without its recommendations to the chamber from which the petition was received. If no recommendation is made, the bill or resolution shall be considered as having received an unfavorable report and the procedures in Rule 20 shall be followed. Each petition or page of the petition shall contain a statement of its purpose and may be circulated only by a member of the chamber whose clerk will receive the petition. If the committee members of one chamber vote to report a bill or resolution favorably, the petition so circulated and presented to the clerk may be signed only by the members of the other chamber.

Any bill or resolution so petitioned, except those carrying or requiring appropriations, shall not be referred to any other committee without first having been voted upon by the House or Senate. Those carrying or requiring appropriations shall be referred first to the joint standing committee on Appropriations. The Appropriations committee shall, within two session days after such reference, report such bill or resolution back to the chamber in which the petition originated with either a favorable or unfavorable report thereon and the bill or resolution shall then be voted upon. In the event of a conflict between the report of the original committee and that of the Appropriations committee, the vote shall be on the report of the Appropriations committee.

UNFAVORABLE REPORTS

20. All bills and resolutions reported unfavorably shall first be printed under the supervision of the legislative commissioners, without correction and without their approval, and shall be in the files and on the calendar as if favorably reported but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports. " If the unfavorable report is rejected by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the legislative commissioners for their approval and reprinting in final form, except that in the case of an unfavorable report of the committee on executive and legislative nominations, or an unfavorable report of the committee on judiciary of a judicial nomination, a nomination of a workers' compensation commissioner or a nomination of a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the resolution shall not be returned to the legislative commissioners and may be acted upon immediately. If the bill or resolution is returned to the legislative commissioners after May 22, 2013, in the 2013 session or April 23, 2014, in the 2014 session, the legislative commissioners shall transmit the bill or resolution, with or without approval, to the clerk of the chamber from which it was received, not later than five calendar days after it is received. It shall then be in the files, with special marking on the calendar, as if favorably reported with a file number for two session days and starred for action on the session day next succeeding in the chamber of origin. If the unfavorable report is accepted by the chamber of origin, the bill or resolution shall be lost.

When an unfavorable report is rejected by the first chamber and the bill is passed or the resolution adopted by that chamber, it shall then be in the files and on the calendar of the other chamber, but shall appear on the calendar under the heading "Unfavorable Reports".

RECALL FROM OTHER CHAMBER FOR RECONSIDERATION

21. No resolution or motion to recall a bill, resolution or other matter from the other chamber shall be allowed for the purpose of reconsideration or amendment after the time has elapsed for the reconsideration of any vote thereon except when there has clearly been a mistake in such vote or an error in the language of the bill, resolution or other matter.

COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

22. (a) Appointment of Committee. When one chamber rejects an amendment adopted by the other chamber, the bill or resolution shall be returned to the other chamber for further action. If that chamber readopts the rejected amendment, the readoption constitutes a matter for a committee of conference, and a committee of conference shall be appointed by the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore. The committee of conference shall be comprised of three members from each chamber. If the vote has not been unanimous there shall be at least one member of the committee who was not on the prevailing side in such member's chamber, except that in all cases, at least one member in each chamber shall be a member of the minority party.

(b) Committee Reports. The committee may propose any changes within the scope of the bill or resolution, but any action, including changes, taken by the committee shall be by a majority vote of the members of each chamber on the committee. The committee report shall be made to both chambers at the same time. The committee report shall contain the following information: The bill or resolution number and title, the members of the committee, the action of the committee, indicating the adoption or rejection of each House or Senate amendment previously adopted, identified by schedule letter, which accompanied the bill or resolution, the adoption of a new amendment, if any, and the signature of the members of the committee accepting or rejecting the report. A member's refusal to sign shall be deemed a rejection. Any new amendment shall be prepared by the Legislative Commissioners' Office and shall be attached to and made a part of the report and shall be identified by a schedule letter of the chamber which created the disagreeing action.

(c) Action by Chambers. Each chamber shall vote to accept or reject the report. A vote by either chamber to accept the report of the committee shall be final action by that chamber on the bill or resolution. If both chambers vote to accept the report of the committee, the bill is passed or the resolution is adopted as of the time the last chamber votes to accept the report. If either chamber rejects the report of the committee, the bill or resolution is defeated and the second chamber shall not be required to consider the committee report. The report of the committee may be accepted or rejected, but it may not be amended.

RETURN OF BILL FROM GOVERNOR OR LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS

23. Whenever a bill has passed both chambers and has been transmitted to the Governor for approval, or to the legislative commissioners for engrossing, if either chamber desires its return for further consideration, the General Assembly may, by resolution adopted by both chambers, appoint a joint committee of one senator and two representatives to be sent to the Governor or the commissioners to request the return of the bill. In the case of a bill transmitted to the Governor, if the Governor consents, and in the case of a bill transmitted to the legislative commissioners, the bill shall be returned first to that chamber in which the motion for its return originated, and the bill may then be altered or totally rejected by a concurrent vote of the two chambers; but, if not altered or rejected by concurrent vote, it shall be again transmitted to the Governor or the legislative commissioners, as the case may be, in the same form in which it was first presented to the Governor or the legislative commissioners.

EXAMINATION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

24. (a) Examination and Correction. All bills, and all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution, when finally passed or adopted, shall be examined immediately by the legislative commissioners. If the legislative commissioners find that any correction should be made in the text, they shall report it to the committee on legislative management. If the committee believes that no correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners. If the committee believes a correction should be made, it shall so inform the legislative commissioners who shall report the bill or resolution to the chamber which last took action upon it, with the proposed correction in the form of an amendment, within five calendar days, Sundays and holidays excepted, after its passage or adoption.

(b) Consideration of Proposed Correction. The report shall be placed at the head of the calendar, and shall take precedence of all other business on the calendar; and the only question on the report shall be, "Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?" If the proposed amendment is adopted by both chambers, the bill or resolution shall stand as amended. If the proposed amendment is rejected by either chamber, the bill or resolution shall not be transmitted to the other chamber, but shall stand as originally passed or adopted. If, in the consequence of the adjournment of the General Assembly subject to reconvening for the consideration of vetoed bills or for any other reason, any bill or resolution which has been passed or adopted by both chambers fails to be amended as recommended by the commissioners, the bill or resolution shall stand as originally passed or adopted.

ENGROSSING OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

25. All bills, all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution and all resolutions memorializing Congress when finally passed or adopted shall be engrossed under the direction of the legislative commissioners, and immediately thereafter shall be transmitted to the clerks. The legislative commissioners shall carefully compare all engrossed bills and resolutions with the bills and resolutions as finally passed or adopted, and a commissioner shall certify by his or her signature to the correctness of the engrossed copies. As soon as engrossed and certified, as herein provided, the bill or resolution and amendment shall be presented to the House and Senate clerks, who shall sign the engrossed and certified copies.

TRANSMITTAL TO GOVERNOR

26. (a) Transmittal of Copy. On the passage of a bill by both chambers, the clerk of the chamber last taking action thereon shall forthwith cause a copy to be sent to the Governor.

(b) Engrossed Bills and Resolutions. Each bill and resolution, with the engrossed copy, shall be transmitted by the clerks of the House and Senate to the Secretary of the State as soon as it has been signed, as herein provided, and not later than the twelfth day after the expiration of the time allowed for reconsideration under the rules of the General Assembly, Sundays and legal holidays excepted; and the Secretary of the State shall forthwith present the engrossed copy of each bill to the Governor for approval.

(c) Records of Transmittal. The Secretary of the State shall give the clerks a receipt for each bill or resolution, and shall notify them of the date and time at which each bill was presented to the Governor. The Secretary of the State shall give the Governor a receipt showing the date and time at which the Governor approved it or returned it to the Secretary of the State with a statement of his or her objections and shall notify the clerks of the dates and times. The clerks shall record the dates and times of presentation and approval or return in the journals of the House and Senate.

(d) Immediate Transmittal. The chamber last taking action on a bill, before engrossing, may order immediate transmittal of the bill to the Governor, in which case the clerk of that chamber shall forthwith present the bill to the Governor, taking a duplicate receipt therefor showing the date and time at which the bill was deposited in the executive office, one of which receipts the clerk shall deliver to the Secretary of the State. Except as provided in this subsection, a bill shall be transmitted to the Governor only after engrossing.

BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS NOT REPORTED

27. The official copies of all bills and joint resolutions not reported by committees shall be delivered to the Secretary of the State by the clerk of the committee.

DISTURBANCES

28. If there is any disturbance, disorderly conduct or other activity in or about the State Capitol or the Legislative Office Building or the grounds thereof which, in the opinion of the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker, may impede the orderly transaction of the business of the General Assembly or any of its committees, they may take whatever action they deem necessary to preserve and restore order.

AMENDMENT AND SUSPENSION OF RULES

29. These rules shall not be altered, amended or suspended except by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members present in each chamber.

Motions to suspend the rules shall be in order on any session day.

Suspension of the rules shall be for a specified purpose. Upon accomplishment of that purpose, any rule suspended shall be again in force.

RESTRICTIONS

30. (a) Smoking. No person shall smoke in the State Capitol or Legislative Office Building.

(b) Nonpartisan Offices. Lobbyists shall be prohibited from the Legislative Commissioners' Office, the Office of Fiscal Analysis and the Office of Legislative Research but not from the legislative library.

(c) Wireless Telephones. No person shall operate a wireless telephone or similar device in the senate chamber while the senate is meeting, in the house chamber while the house is meeting, or in any room while a committee is meeting or holding a public hearing in that room.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

31. When a collective bargaining agreement, negotiated under the provisions of chapter 68 of the general statutes, or a supplemental understanding reached between the parties to such agreement, or an arbitration award resulting from an arbitration proceeding under that chapter, is submitted to the General Assembly for approval as provided in section 5-278 of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) In the case of a collective bargaining agreement or supplemental understanding, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file one executed original and five photocopies of the agreement, or of the master agreement and individual working agreements or the supplemental understanding, to the clerk of the House, and one executed original and five photocopies to the clerk of the Senate. In the case of an arbitration award, the bargaining representative of the employer shall file five photocopies of the original arbitration award, showing that the original award was signed by the arbitrator, and a statement setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the award, to the clerk of the House and to the clerk of the Senate. The bargaining representative of the employer shall file with such agreement, supplemental understanding or award: (A) A list of the sections of the general statutes or state agency regulations, if any, proposed to be superseded, and (B) the effective date and expiration date of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award. An agreement shall be deemed executed only when it has been approved, in the case of an executive branch employer, including the division of criminal justice, by the Governor's designee, in the case of a judicial branch employer, by the chief administrative officer or such officer's designee, and in the case of a segment of the system of higher education, the chairperson of the appropriate board of trustees, and by the executive committee or officers of the respective bargaining unit or units and has been ratified by the membership of such bargaining unit or units.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be filed with the clerks, and the clerks shall stamp such agreement or supplemental understanding or award with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or supplemental understanding or, in the case of an award, separate House and Senate resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award. The agreement or supplemental understanding or the award shall be submitted to the General Assembly on the date that both such resolutions are filed with the clerks. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. Resolutions proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding, together with a copy of the agreement or supplemental understanding, and resolutions concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award, together with a copy of the award, shall be referred to the committee on Appropriations. With respect to each resolution referred to the committee on or before the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, the committee shall hold a public hearing on each such resolution, and within fifteen days after the referral, shall report the appropriate resolutions approving or disapproving the agreement or supplemental understanding or concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of the award to the House and the Senate, notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15. If the Appropriations committee fails to take action within the time period set forth in this rule, the agreement or supplemental understanding shall nevertheless be deemed approved or, in the case of an award, the sufficiency of funds affirmed and the resolutions shall be reported to the House and the Senate as favorable reports.

(B) If an agreement or supplemental understanding is reached or an arbitration award is made during the interim between sessions, the provisions of subsection (b) of section 5-278 of the general statutes, as amended, shall apply.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber. Copies of the master agreement and individual working agreements, identified by the resolution numbers, copies of the salary schedules and appendices, and copies of the arbitration awards, identified by the resolution numbers, and the statements setting forth the amount of funds necessary to implement the awards, shall be made available in the clerks' offices.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement, supplemental understanding and award and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The respective resolutions shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate shall vote to approve or reject each resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding and each resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award within thirty days after the date of the filing of the agreement, supplemental understanding or award with the clerks of the House and Senate.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when a resolution proposing approval of a collective bargaining agreement or a supplemental understanding or a resolution concerning the sufficiency of funds for implementation of an arbitration award is referred to the committee on Appropriations after the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but was filed more than thirty days before the end of a regular session, the committee may act on such resolutions provided it reports such resolutions to the House and Senate not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) If the General Assembly is in regular session when an award, agreement or supplemental understanding is filed with the clerks, it may vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within thirty days after the date of filing. If the General Assembly does not vote to approve or reject such award, agreement or supplemental understanding within such thirty days, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed approved. If the regular session adjourns prior to such thirtieth day and the award, agreement or supplemental understanding has not been acted upon, the award, agreement or supplemental understanding shall be deemed to be filed on the first day of the next regular session.

AGREEMENTS OR STIPULATIONS UNDER SECTION 3-125a

32. When an agreement or stipulation is submitted to the General Assembly as provided in section 3-125a of the general statutes, the following procedures shall apply:

(1) Six copies of the agreement or stipulation shall be submitted to the clerk of the House, and six copies to the clerk of the Senate.

(2) (A) During periods when the General Assembly is in session, the agreement or stipulation shall be stamped by the clerks with the date of receipt and, within two calendar days thereafter, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays excepted, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall cause separate House and Senate resolutions to be prepared proposing approval of the agreement or stipulation. Each resolution shall be given a first reading in the appropriate chamber. The President Pro Tempore and the Speaker shall designate the committees of cognizance and the committees, if any, that will hold a public hearing on each agreement or stipulation. Each resolution, accompanied by the agreement or stipulation, shall be referred to the committees of cognizance, which shall report thereon.

(B) If an agreement or stipulation is submitted during the interim between regular sessions, it shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

(3) Each resolution, favorably or unfavorably reported, shall be read in, and tabled for the calendar and printing, in the appropriate chamber.

(4) The Office of Fiscal Analysis shall prepare an analysis of each agreement or stipulation and a fiscal note both of which shall be upon the desks of the members, but not necessarily printed in the files, before the resolution is acted upon.

(5) The resolution shall be in the files and on the calendar with a file number for two session days and shall be starred for action on the session day next succeeding unless it has been certified in accordance with section 2-26 of the general statutes. The House and the Senate may vote to approve or reject each resolution within thirty days of the date of submittal of the agreement or stipulation.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 15, when an agreement or stipulation is referred to a committee of cognizance after the deadline of the committee to report favorably on a bill or resolution as designated in the schedule shown in Rule 15, but not later than the time of submission specified in subdivision (7) of this rule, the committee may act on such resolution provided it reports such resolution not later than twelve days after such referral.

(7) Any agreement or stipulation submitted to the clerks within thirty days before the end of a regular session and not acted upon dispositively before the end of such session shall be deemed to be submitted on the first day of the next regular session.

SPECIAL SESSIONS

33. A majority of the total membership of each chamber shall be required for the calling of a special session by the General Assembly.

INTERIM

34. (a) Meetings. During the interim between sessions, chairpersons of a committee may schedule meetings on any day. Notice of the date, time and place of committee meetings shall be given to the Office of Legislative Management.

(b) Public Hearings. A committee may hold subject matter public hearings on any subject and on specified proposed bills and proposed resolutions, and on committee and raised bills and resolutions. Notice of any public hearing shall be given, not later than ten calendar days before the hearing, to the Office of Legislative Management for appropriate publication by that office at least five calendar days in advance of the hearing. The notice shall contain the date, time, place and general subject matter of the hearing and the title of the bills or resolutions, if any, to be considered. In no event shall a bill or resolution be listed for a public hearing unless the committee holding the public hearing has copies available for the public. For the purpose of meeting the hearing requirements under this rule, the day of publication by the Office of Legislative Management and the day of the hearing shall both be counted as full days.

(c) Raised Bills - Hearing During Session Required. During the interim between the 2013 and 2014 sessions, a committee may, on or after October 1, 2013, raise bills and resolutions for public hearing and consideration during such interim, but no such bill or resolution shall be reported by any committee unless a public hearing has been held during the 2014 session, as provided in Rule 6.

S. J. No. 2 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION CONCERNING PUBLICATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN, PRINTING OF BILLS AND EXPENSES OF THE 2013 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

On a voice vote Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 was adopted in concurrence with the Senate.

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 standing committee on Legislative Management is authorized to pay the cost of printing of bills for the 2013 session of the General Assembly; and other necessary expenses of the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO CANVASS

The Committee to Canvas the votes for State Representative made the following report:

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The Committee to Canvas the Votes for State Representative beg leave to report that they have canvassed the votes for State Representative and find them correct and recommend that they be accepted.

The House accepted the report of the Committee, there being no objection by any member to said report.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SEATING

The Committee on Seating made the following Report:

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The Committee on Seating beg leave to report that the seating assignments are correct and recommend that they be accepted.

The House accepted the report of the Committee, there being no objection by any member to said report.

ALPHABETICAL ROLL AND SEAT ASSIGNMENTS

FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEAT

NUMBER

NAME

DISTRICT

124

Representative Catherine Abercrombie

83

119

Representative Timothy J. Ackert

8

147

Representative Al Adinolfi

103

61

Representative Mike Alberts

50

3

Representative James M. Albis

99

103

Representative David Alexander

58

62

Representative Emil "Buddy" Altobello

82

95

Representative Bill Aman

14

67

Representative Angel Arce

4

44

Representative David Arconti, Jr.

109

52

Representative Joe Aresimowicz

30

69

Representative Christina M. Ayala

128

113

Representative Penny Bacchiochi

52

7

Representative Terry Backer

121

64

Representative David A. Baram

15

65

Representative Brian Becker

19

60

Representative Jeffrey J. Berger

73

91

Representative Whit Betts

78

89

Representative Mitch Bolinsky

106

36

Representative Elizabeth "Betty" Boukus

22

129

Representative Timothy R. Bowles

42

57

Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor

67

114

Representative Larry B. Butler

72

51

Representative Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr.

142

11

Representative Fred Camillo

151

32

Representative Juan Candelaria

95

55

Representative Vincent Candelora

86

109

Representative Christie M. Carpino

32

135

Representative Dan Carter

2

73

Representative Jay M. Case

63

16

Representative Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr.

124

43

Representative Theresa W. Conroy

105

120

Representative Michelle L. Cook

65

104

Representative Victor Cuevas

75

34

Representative Michael C. D'Agostino

91

141

Representative Anthony J. D'Amelio

71

88

Representative Stephen D. Dargan

115

137

Representative Christopher Davis

57

80

Representative Paul Davis

117

68

Representative Mike Demicco

21

72

Representative Patricia A. Dillon

92

46

Representative Joe Diminico

13

144

Representative Toni Edmonds-Walker

93

112

Representative Louis P. Esposito, Jr.

116

20

Representative Kim Fawcett

133

17

Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann

18

146

Representative Mae Flexer

44

29

Representative Livvy Floren

149

48

Representative Daniel J. Fox

148

8

Representative Gerald Fox, III

146

143

Representative John Frey

111

38

Representative Mary G. Fritz

90

110

Representative Henry J. Genga

10

1

Representative Linda M. Gentile

104

93

Representative Janice R. Giegler

138

13

Representative Mary Giuliano

23

10

Representative Bob Godfrey

110

22

Representative Minnie Gonzalez

3

30

Representative Auden C. Grogins

129

94

Representative Antonio "Tony" Guerrera

29

42

Representative Gregory Haddad

54

70

Representative John K. Hampton

16

125

Representative John "Jack" Hennessy

127

96

Representative Ernest Hewett

39

56

Representative Gary Holder-Winfield

94

123

Representative DebraLee Hovey

112

85

Representative Laura Hoydick

120

132

Representative Bryan Hurlburt

53

133

Representative Tony Hwang

134

138

Representative Claire L. Janowski

56

39

Representative Susan Johnson

49

97

Representative Ed Jutila

37

66

Representative David William Kiner

59

53

Representative Themis Klarides

114

23

Representative Noreen Kokoruda

101

47

Representative Brenda L. Kupchick

132

111

Representative David K. Labriola

131

131

Representative Timothy D. Larson

11

107

Representative Gail Lavielle

143

15

Representative Timothy B. LeGeyt

17

140

Representative Roland J. Lemar

96

99

Representative Matthew Lesser

100

102

Representative Rick Lopes

24

128

Representative Geoff Luxenberg

12

84

Representative James Maroney

119

19

Representative Douglas McCrory

7

118

Representative Brandon McGee

5

2

Representative Robert W. Megna

97

92

Representative Steven Mikutel

45

37

Representative Lawrence G. Miller

122

148

Representative Patricia Billie Miller

145

41

Representative Philip Miller

36

81

Representative Craig A. Miner

66

149

Representative Michael Molgano

144

78

Representative Russell A. Morin

28

100

Representative Bruce V. Morris

140

98

Representative Edward E. Moukawsher

40

130

Representative Mary M. Mushinsky

85

54

Representative Sandy Nafis

27

127

Representative Frank N. Nicastro, Sr.

79

49

Representative Selim Noujaim

74

150

Representative Elaine O'Brien

61

121

Representative Tom O'Dea

125

77

Representative Arthur J. O'Neill

69

90

Representative Linda A. Orange

48

79

Representative Jason Perillo

113

63

Representative Chris Perone

137

75

Representative John Piscopo

76

25

Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

70

76

Representative Lonnie Reed

102

101

Representative Emmett D. Riley

46

12

Representative Elizabeth B. Ritter

38

6

Representative Matthew Ritter

1

50

Representative Jason Rojas

9

116

Representative Kim Rose

118

134

Representative Daniel S. Rovero

51

139

Representative David Rutigliano

123

28

Representative Kevin Ryan

139

59

Representative Robert C. Sampson

80

108

Representative Robert "Bobby" Sanchez

25

24

Representative Ezequiel Santiago

130

58

Representative Hilda E. Santiago

84

27

Representative Pamela Z. Sawyer

55

14

Representative Peggy Sayers

60

9

Representative David A. Scribner

107

21

Representative Brian H. Sear

47

136

Representative Joseph C. Serra

33

117

Representative John T. Shaban

135

153

Representative Brendan Sharkey

88

71

Representative Bill Simanski

62

45

Representative Richard A. Smith

108

35

Representative Prasad Srinivasan

31

122

Representative Charlie L. Stallworth

126

74

Representative Jonathan Steinberg

136

26

Representative Peter A. Tercyak

26

126

Representative William Tong

147

18

Representative Diana S. Urban

43

105

Representative Edwin Vargas

6

86

Representative Joe Verrengia

20

106

Representative Tom Vicino

35

31

Representative Stephen G. Walko

150

142

Representative Patricia M. Widlitz

98

83

Representative Sean Williams

68

40

Representative Roberta B. Willis

64

33

Representative Terrie E. Wood

141

4

Representative Christopher A. Wright

77

5

Representative Elissa Wright

41

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE RETIRING SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communications were received from the Retiring Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

June 22, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 22a-261(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of PEDRO E. SEGARRA of Hartford, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Board of Directors, to serve a term beginning immediately and ending on June 30, 2012 and for a four-year term ending June 30, 2016. Mr. Segarra is filling the term vacated by the resignation of Mr. Neal O'Leary.

Christopher G. Donovan

Speaker of the House

July 12, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 13b-212b and 4-1 of the General Statutes, it is my honor to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of DAVE H. HENDRICKS of Stamford, Connecticut to be a member of the Metro North New Haven Rail Commuter Council, to serve a term beginning immediately and expiring on June 30, 2016.

Christopher G. Donovan

Speaker of the House

Date Received: July 13, 2012

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

June 14, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 22a-261 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my pleasure to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of JOHN ADAMS of Granby, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Board of Directors, as a successor to Dorothy Kelly of Darien.

Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr.

House Republican Leader

Date Received: June 15, 2012

July 11, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 13b-212b of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my pleasure to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of S. ROBERT JELLEY of Guilford, Connecticut to be a member of the Metro-North New Haven Rail Commuter Council, as a successor to Mr. Mark Maruszewski to serve a 4 year term beginning immediately and expiring June 30, 2016.

Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr.

House Republican Leader

Date Received: July 13, 2012

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE

SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

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

November 26, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 22a-261 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my pleasure to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of SCOTT SHANLEY of Manchester, Connecticut to be a member of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Board as an official of a municipality with a population of more than 50,000. The appointment will expire June 30, 2016.

Donald E. Williams, Jr.

President Pro Tempore

Date Received: November 27, 2012

November 29, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 46a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes, it is my pleasure to nominate and submit to you for your advice and consent the name of DAWN NILES of North Windham, Connecticut to be a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities for a term beginning on July 14, 2013, and which will expire July 13, 2016.

Donald E. Williams, Jr.

President Pro Tempore

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER

The following communications were received from the Senate Minority Leader, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations:

November 19, 2012

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes 22a-261, it is my pleasure to nominate, and with your advice and consent, appoint MR. RICHARD J. BARLOW, of Canton, Connecticut, to be a member of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Board of Directors, 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, 2016, in succession to Theodore Martland, who has resigned.

John McKinney

Senate Minority Leader

Date Received: November 20, 2012

COMMUNICATION FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communication was received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

January 9, 2013

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 2012 General Assembly:

Jamey Bell - of Bloomfield, as acting Child Advocate, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Jeanne Milstein.

Michael A. Caron - of West Hartford, to be a member of the Public Utility Regulatory Authority, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Kevin DelGobbo.

Queenie Collins - of Glastonbury, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a public member, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Clotilde Dudley Smith.

Andreea Dinicu - of Glastonbury, to be a member of the State Board of Education, as a non-voting student member, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Joshua Friedman.

Allyson Duffy - of West Hartford, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a pediatrician, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Kathryn Emmett - of Stamford, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a public member, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Joel Freedman - of South Glastonbury, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Louis Auletta.

Sheila M. Hennessey, Esquire - of Wethersfield, to be a member of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, as an attorney who is a member of the bar of this state, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Robert B. Berger.

Eric J. Hodgson, M. D. - of Northford, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as an obstetrician-gynecologist, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Juanita T. James - of Stamford, to be 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, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Robert Ward.

Edward Monico, M. D. - of Madison, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as an emergency medical physician, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Sharon Palmer - of Quaker Hill, to be the Commissioner of the Department of Labor, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Glenn Marshall, who resigned.

Jean L. Rexford - of Redding, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a public member, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Andrew L. Salner, M. D. - of West Hartford, to be a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, as a physician, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified.

Rebecca Salustri - of Columbia, to be a member of the State Board of Education, as a non-voting student member, to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next regular session of the General Assembly, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, in succession to Simon Brewer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

January 9, 2013

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 CARMEN ESPINOSA of Southington 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 C. Ian McLachlan, who reached the mandatory age of retirement on June 2, 2012.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 ANDREW J. McDONALD, ESQ. of Stamford 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 Lubbie Harper, Jr. , who reached the mandatory age of retirement on November 30, 2012.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 reappointment by you THE HONORABLE F. HERBERT GRUENDEL of Branford to be a Judge of the Appellate Court and a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 D. BOLAND of Pomfret Center to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 PETER L. BROWN of Hamden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 HENRY S. COHN, of West Hartford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from July 24, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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. CRONAN of Branford to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 KARI A. DOOLEY of Sandy Hook to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 CONSTANCE L. EPSTEIN of Glastonbury to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 MARCIA J. GLEESON of Avon to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 26, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 FRANK M. D'ADDABBO, JR. of Cromwell to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 BARBARA M. QUINN of Chester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 DALE W. RADCLIFFE of Bridgeport to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 TURNER of Hamden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 GARY J. WHITE of Norwalk to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 MARSHALL K. BERGER, JR. of Canton to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 8, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 C. BLUE, of Hamden to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from April 19, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 CYNTHIA K. SWIENTON, of Chester to be a Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from July 5, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 WALTER R. BUDNEY of Ivoryton to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from May 7, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 JAMES G. KENEFICK, JR. of Guilford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from July 5, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 A. WILLIAM MOTTOLESE of Stamford to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from February 8, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

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 PAUL M. VASINGTON of Niantic to be a State Referee, to serve for a term of eight years from November 12, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 51-50i of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you THE HONORABLE ROBERT F. McWEENY of Farmington to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from February 22, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Section 51-50i of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate for reappointment by you THE HONORABLE ROBERT T. RESHA of Brookfield to be a Senior Judge of the Superior Court, to serve for a term of eight years from January 28, 2013.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE

The following communication was received from the Secretary of the State, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Government, Administration and Elections.

January 3, 2013

The Honorable Nicholas C. Varunes, Esq.

Clerk of the House

State Capitol, Room 109

Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Dear Mr. Varunes:

I am enclosing herewith the original of Substitute House Joint Resolution No. 2 of the 2012 General Assembly entitled, RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO GRANT INCREASED AUTHORITY TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING ELECTION ADMINISTRATION.

This resolution was approved by a majority, but by less than three-fourths, of the total membership of each house during the 2012 session of the General Assembly, and is being returned for consideration by the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly pursuant to Article Sixth of the Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Connecticut.

Denise W. Merrill

Secretary of State

REPORTS

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

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System's Rolling Capital Improvement and Capital Equipment Plan 2013 - 2017. (Pursuant to Sections 10-95i and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: May 9, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - State Financial Operations for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: May 16, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Sections 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: May 30, 2012

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

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of May. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 4, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Connecticut Department of Agriculture - Animal Population Control Program - 2011 Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 22-380k, Sections 22-380e to 22-380m, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 5, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Annual Report - Office of the Probate Court Administrator - Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 45a-85 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 11, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Appropriations.

Report - State Board of Education - Memorandum of Understanding Between the State Board of Education through its Department of Education and the Department of Social Services. (Pursuant to Sections 10-16s, 4-5, 4-8 and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 11, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations, Education and Human Services.

Report - State Board of Education - Memorandum of Understanding between the State Board of Education through its Department of Education and the Department of Social Services through the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities/Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and its Connecticut Charts-A-Course. (Pursuant to Public Act 11-181 and Sections 4-5, 4-8 and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 11, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations, Education and Human Services.

Report - Office of the Probate Court Administrator - Annual Report of the Probate Court Budget Committee for the Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012. (Pursuant to Section 45-85 of the Connecticut General Statues. ) Date Received: June 11, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Appropriations.

Report - Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission - Latino Socio Economic Status Report. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 13, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Legislative Management.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of May 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 13, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - 2012 Integrated Resource Plan. (Pursuant to Section 16a-3a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 89 and 90 of Public Act 11-80. ) Date Received: June 14, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Energy and Technology and Environment.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Joint Committee on Legislative Management for the Fiscal Years Ended June 20, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 20, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Legislative Management.

Annual Report - Office of the State Treasurer - Annual Report on the Financial Condition of the Second Injury Fund. (Pursuant to Section 31-349f of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 29, 2012

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

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Insurance Department - Office of the Healthcare Advocate - Commission on Health Equity for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: June 27, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Insurance and Real Estate.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of June. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 2, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - University of Connecticut - for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2008 and 2009. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 2, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Board of Regents - Connecticut State University System - Semi-Annual Report on the Status and Progress of CSUS 2020. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91f of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 3, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board - Bi-annual Legislative Report Dated July 1, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 40(h) of Public Act 08-01 of the 2008 January Special Session. ) Date Received: July 5, 2012

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

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Small Business Express Program Report - FYE 6/30/12. (Pursuant to Section 32-7(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 9, 2012

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

Report - Connecticut Commission on Aging - Aging and Long-Term Services and Supports Legislation - 2012 Inside the Dome Report. Date Received: July 11, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Aging.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of June 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 14, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Office of the State Comptroller - Payroll Deduction Slot Report through June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 3-123g(e) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 17, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Labor and Public Employees, Appropriations and Insurance and Real Estate.

Report - Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations - State Mandates on Municipalities: Actions in 2012. (Pursuant to Section 2-32c of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: July 23, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Planning and Development.

Report - Department of Correction - Inmate Disciplinary Reports Filed, Inmate Assaults on Custodial Staff, Inmate Assaults on Other Inmates and Worker's Compensation Claims Filed by Custodial Staff for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012. (Pursuant to Public Act 09-39. ) Date Received: July 24, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees.

Report - Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund - Quarterly Report of Disbursals of the State of Connecticut Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes as Amended by Public Act 07-187) Date Received: July 30, 2012

Referred to the Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Report - Connecticut Innovations - Report on the Status and Progress of the Operations and Funding of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Program for the Periods Ending March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 1(d)(2) of Public Act 11-2. ) Date Received: July 31, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Public Health.

Report - Connecticut Innovations - Annual Operating and Capital Budget for the Connecticut Bioscience Program for the Fiscal Year 2013. (Pursuant to Section 1(d)(3) of Public Act 11-2. ) Date Received: August 1, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and Public Health.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of July. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 1, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Adjutant General's Office - Military Department - Annual Military Facility Usage Report. (Pursuant to Section 11-4a and 27-39(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 2, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security and the Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Report - Department of Construction Services - 2011 Agency Consolidation Overview. (Pursuant to Subsection (a) of Section 114 of Public Act 11-51. ) Date Received: August 6, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections, Education and Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of July 1, 2012 through July 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 8, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Annual Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Whistle Blower Act. (Pursuant to Subsection (d) of Section 44-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 18, 2012

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

Report - State Elections Enforcement Commission - The Status of the Citizens Election Fund as of December 31, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 9-716(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 24, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Office of the State Comptroller - State Financial Operations for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 27, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Government Administration and Elections and Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Rentschler Field Stadium for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 32-657(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 28, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - First Five Plus Program Report. (Pursuant to Section 32-4(d) of the 2012 Supplement to the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 31, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - PURA Review of Connecticut Public Service Companies Plans for Restoration of Service that is Interrupted As A Result of An Emergency. (Pursuant to Section 6 of Public Act 12-148 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: August 31, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

Report - State Board of Education - Commissioner's Network Operations and Instructional Audits and Turnaround Plans. (Pursuant to Sections 19 through 22 inclusive of Public Act 12-116 as amended by Sections 14 through 18 inclusive of Public Act 12-2 of the June Special Session. ) Date Received: September 4, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of August. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 12, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Teachers' Retirement Board for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 12, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of August 1, 2012 through August 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 14, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Department of Economic and Community Development - Historic Preservation Tax Credit Report for the Fiscal Year 2012. (Pursuant to Section 10-416b(l) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 13, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - Annual Report to the State Properties Review Board for Fiscal Year 2012. (Pursuant to Section 4b-2(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended by Public Act 11-51 and Public Act 12-205. ) Date Received: September 13, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Connecticut Development Authority - Economic Cluster Bond Funds Report. (Pursuant to Section 32-4h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 19, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 20, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - Revised Annual Report to the State Properties Review Board for Fiscal Year 2012. (Pursuant to Section 4b-2(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended by Public Act 11-51 and Public Act 12-205 and Section 11-4a as amended by Public Act 11-150 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 27, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of September. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: September 28, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Reports - Public Defender Services Commission and the Commission on Child Protection for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 1, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Human Services.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Agriculture for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 3, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Report - Office of the Comptroller - 2012 Core-CT Annual Report. (Pursuant to Section 3-115e of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 3, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections and Appropriations.

Report - Office of the Healthcare Advocate - Report on Fiscal Year 2012 Activities. (Pursuant to Section 4-60 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 9, 2012.

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Special Review of Connecticut's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 11, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

Report - Connecticut Innovations - Report on the Status and Progress of the Operations and Funding of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration Program for the Periods Ending July 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 1(d)(2) of Public Act 11-2. ) Date Received: October 12, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Public Health.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of September 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 12, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. Including the Connecticut Clean Energy fund for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 Section 1-122 and Section 32-42 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 15, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Energy and Technology.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Capital Region Development Authority for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Sections 2-90 as amended Section 1-122 and Section 32-605, subsection (c) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 17, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Report - State Board of Education - Report on the Condition of Connecticut's Public School Facilities. (Pursuant to Section 10-220(a) and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: October 18, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Office of the Attorney General - 2011 Report of Civil Actions pursuant to the False Claims Act. (Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 17b-310p and 17b-310a through 17b-310p inclusive. ) Date Received: October 25, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Department of Correction - Inmate Disciplinary Reports Filed, Inmate Assaults on Custodial Staff, Inmates Assaults on Other Inmates and Worker's Compensation Claims Filed by Custodial Staff for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012. (Pursuant to Public Act 09-39. ) Date Received: October 25, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees.

Report - State of Connecticut - Office of Policy and Management - Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees - 2012 Report to the General Assembly. (Pursuant to Section 4-28f of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 2, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Public Health.

Report - Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund - Quarterly Report of Disbursals of the State of Connecticut Soldiers', Sailors' and Marines' Fund for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 27-140 of the Connecticut General Statutes as Amended by Public Act 07-187) Date Received: November 1, 2012

Referred to the Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Social Services and Department of Labor - Implementation of a Pilot Program for Beneficiaries of the Temporary Family Assistance Program that Participate in the Jobs First Employment Services Program. (Pursuant to Section 17b-112k of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 11-44. ) Date Received: November 2, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Human Services and Labor and Public Employees.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of October. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 5, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System Report on Bus Replacement for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 School Years. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended by Section 72 of Public Act 12-116 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 9, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Department of Rehabilitation Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Services Report. (Pursuant to Section 17b-665 of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended by Section 80 of Public Act 12-1. ) Date Received: November 13, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Human Services and Appropriations.

Revised Report - State Board of Education - Connecticut Technical High School System Revised Report on Bus Replacement for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 School Years. (Pursuant to Section 10-97b(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Section 72 of Public Act 12-116 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 13, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Education.

Report - Office of Policy and Management - Managing Water in Connecticut: A Report on the Study of Water Resources Planning in the State. (Pursuant to Section 3 of Public Act No. 07-4 of the June Special Session. ) Date Received: November 14, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Connecticut Student Loan Foundation for the Fiscal Years Ended September 30, 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 16, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Connecticut Development Authority - Annual Report of the Connecticut Development Authority. (Pursuant to Sections 1-123 and 32-11 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 16, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Commerce and Program Review and Investigations.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 16, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority for the Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 and Section 1-122 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 19, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Education.

Communication - State of Connecticut - State Teachers' Retirement Board. (Pursuant to Section 10-183z of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 19, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - State Properties Review Board for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 26, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Government Administration and Elections .

Report - Department of Administrative Services - Report to the Regulations Review Committee Regarding Outstanding Regulations. (Pursuant to Section 4-170b of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 26, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Regulations Review.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditors' Report - Department of Banking for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 27, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Banks.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Independent Auditors' Report Regarding the Financial Position of the Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 29, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Department of Administrative Services - 2012 Information and Telecommunications Systems Strategic Plan & Annual Report for the State of Connecticut. (Pursuant to Sections 4d-7 and 4d-14(b), and 11-4a as amended by Section 12 of Public Act 11-150. ) Date Received: November 29, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections and Energy and Technology.

Report - State Board of Education - Assuring Connecticut's Success: A Summary of Current Practices, Conditions and Forecasts in Technical Education at Connecticut Technical High School System. (Pursuant to Section 3 of Public Act 10-76 and Section 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 30, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Education, Labor and Public Employees and Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of November. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 30, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - Annual Report of the Commission for Educational Technology - 2011. (Pursuant to Section 4d-80(c)(8) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: November 30, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Education and Appropriations.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Freedom of Information Commission for the Fiscal Years Ended 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 3, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Administrative Services for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2008, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 5, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Bradley Enterprise Fund - Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Public Safety and Transportation for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90b of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 6, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Public Safety and Security and Transportation.

Report - Department of Construction Services - Report to the Regulations Review Committee. (Pursuant to Section 4-170b of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 7, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Regulations Review.

Annual Report - Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities - Annual Report for 2012. (Pursuant to Section 46a-13 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 7, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

Annual Report - Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities - Fatality Review Board - Connecticut's System for Reviewing the Deaths of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities; Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Mortality Reviews and Investigations. (Pursuant to Executive Order 42 of Governor M. Jodi Rell. ) Date Received: December 7, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Office of the Attorney General for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 10, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Report - Department of Social Services - The Mental Health Waiver Annual Report for April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 17b-8 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 10, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Invasive Plants Council - Tenth Annual Report. (Pursuant to Sections 22a-381 through 22a-381d of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 11, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Environment.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 12, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Report - Department of Motor Vehicles - Connecticut Emissions Program Statistics for the Period of November 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Executive Directive #3 and Section 14-164h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 12, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Board for State Academic Awards For the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 17, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Annual Report - Connecticut Student Loan Foundation - Annual Report 2011 accompanied by The Audited Financial Report as of September 30, 2011. (Pursuant to Chapter 187a Section 10a-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 17, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University - Connecticut State University System Office for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2010 and 2011. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 18, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department Public Works for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2007, 2008 and 2009. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 19, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System - Central State University System for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 20, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Board of Regents - Connecticut State University System - Semi-Annual Report on the Status and Progress of CSUS 2020 through November 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91f of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 21, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - Board of Regents - Connecticut State University System - Audit of Construction Expenditures of CSUS 2020 Project Expenditures During the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2012. (Pursuant to Section 10a-91h of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 24, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

Report - State of Connecticut - Competitive Alcoholic Liquor Pricing Task Force - December 2012 Report on Findings and Recommendations to the General Law Committee. (Pursuant to Section 14 of Public Act 12-17 of the 2012 Regular Session. ) Date Received: December 21, 2012

Referred to the Committee on General Law.

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Public Health for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2008 and 2009. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 27, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - State of Connecticut - Commission on Judicial Compensation - Report to the General Assembly. (Pursuant to 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 12-93. ) Date Received: December 27, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Government Administration and Elections.

Report - State of Connecticut - Department of Administrative Services - Report Detailing the Composition and Fuel Usage of the State Fleet - Updating the Status Plans Developed Pursuant to Section 35 of Public Act 7-04 - Detailing the Composition of the DAS Fleet, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Fleet and the Department of Transportation Fleet. (Pursuant to Section 4a-67d(f) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 27, 2012

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

Report - Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission - 2012 Report Card/Annual Report: (Pursuant to Sections 2-120 and 11-4a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 28, 2012

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a for the Month of December. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: December 31, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Report - State of Connecticut - Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board - Report on the Status of the Criminal Justice Information Sharing System. (Pursuant to Section 40(h) of Public Act 08-01 of the 2008 January Special Session. ) Date Received: December 31, 2012

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

Report - Department of Correction - Prison Nursery Feasibility Report Dated January 2, 2013. Date Received: January 2, 2013

Referred to the Committees on Judiciary.

Report - State of Connecticut - Office Of Policy and Management - The Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care - A Progress Report to the General Assembly - January 2013. (Pursuant to Section 17b-254 of the Connecticut General Assembly. ) Date Received: January 3, 2013

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

Report - State of Connecticut - Office Of Policy and Management - Long-Term Care Planning Committee - The Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care - Balancing the System: Working Toward Real Choice for Long-Term Services and Support in Connecticut (Pursuant to Section 17b-337 of the Connecticut General Assembly. ) Date Received: January 3, 2013

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

Report - Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditor's Report - Department of Children and Families for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. (Pursuant to Section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: January 7, 2013

Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District, the first reading of the following bills and resolutions was waived, the list of bills and resolutions as prepared by the Clerks was accepted, and the bills and resolutions referred to the committees as indicated thereon in concurrence.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5001 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR PAYMENTS TO TOWNS IN LIEU OF TAXES ON REAL PROPERTY OF PRIVATE COLLEGES, GENERAL HOSPITALS, CHRONIC DISEASE HOSPITALS AND CERTAIN URGENT CARE FACILITIES', to fully fund payments in lieu of taxes to towns in which private colleges, general hospitals, chronic disease hospitals and certain urgent care facilities are located.

Proposed H. B. No. 5002 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PILOT PAYMENTS FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING', to encourage municipalities to host supportive housing by providing reimbursement for property taxes lost as a result of hosting such housing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5003 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5004 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME', to prohibit certain public employees from receiving a state or municipal salary and collecting a state or municipal pension at the same time.

Proposed H. B. No. 5005 REP. HOVEY, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNOR'S HORSE GUARDS FACILITIES', to provide no-cost funding for the maintenance of the Governor's Horse Guards facilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5006 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STATE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE', to ensure that retired state employees get the healthcare coverage they have been promised.

Proposed H. B. No. 5007 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF FUNDS IN ACCOUNTS ESTABLISHED FOR DESIGNATED PURPOSES', to prevent funds in accounts established for designated purposes from being used for other purposes and to assure that such funds are spent for the purposes so designated.

Proposed H. B. No. 5008 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5009 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT PLAN FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to move state employee pensions to defined contribution plans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5010 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXCLUDING REIMBURSEMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MILEAGE OR OTHER EXPENSES FROM THE CALCULATION OF RETIREMENT INCOME', to decrease the state's budget deficit by reducing future state pension costs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5011 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION BENEFIT PLAN FOR UNCLASSIFIED STATE EMPLOYEES', to help save the state money by shifting certain state employees to a different benefit plan.

Proposed H. B. No. 5012 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional limitation on expenditures by the General Assembly.

Proposed H. B. No. 5013 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN AGREEMENTS OR STIPULATIONS REQUIRED TO BE APPROVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to require a vote by each chamber on all state employee collective bargaining agreements and all agreements or stipulated agreements under section 3-125a of the general statutes.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 5014 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE SHUBERT THEATER IN NEW HAVEN', to provide the Shubert Theater with funds to make improvements and renovations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5015 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. ; REP. LARSON, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' PENSIONS SOLVENCY', to establish a special purpose quasi-public entity to create a mechanism for funding the state's pension obligations by allowing such entity to use pension fund moneys to buy certain insurance premiums, the benefits of which shall return to the pension fund.

Proposed H. B. No. 5016 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. ; REP. DAVIS, 117th DIST. ; REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN FOR THE WEST HAVEN ARTS CENTER', to provide funding for further improvements to the West Haven Arts Center.

Proposed H. B. No. 5017 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEARN HERE, LIVE HERE PROGRAM AND BUSINESS CREATION', to help encourage young people to establish businesses in Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5018 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS', to increase job training in high-demand manufacturing fields.

Proposed H. B. No. 5019 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A TAX CREDIT FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS', to encourage the purchase of homes in the state.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5020 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANTS AND COST-OF-LIVING INCREASES', to align ECS grants to towns with cost-of-living increases.

Proposed H. B. No. 5021 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TAX CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATING IN SUCH PARTNERSHIPS', to foster partnerships between public high schools and the business community.

Proposed H. B. No. 5022 REP. SAWYER, 55th DIST. 'AN ACT DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEACHER EVALUATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS', to provide proper time and give adequate consideration to the teacher evaluation and support pilot program before the state-wide implementation of teacher evaluation and support programs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5023 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A REVIEW OF THE RACIAL IMBALANCE LAW', to review the state's racial imbalance law.

Proposed H. B. No. 5024 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HUMANE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS', to allow school districts to offer humane education courses.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5025 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. ; REP. AMAN, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FEES CHARGED BY GAS COMPANIES DURING PERIODS OF UNUSED GAS SERVICE OR THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH RECONNECTING GAS SERVICE', to prohibit gas companies from charging a customer for unused gas service.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5026 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. ; REP. DAVIS, 117th DIST. ; REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN FOR RENOVATIONS TO VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK', to provide funding for the renovations to Veteran's Memorial Park in West Haven, which will include construction of a new Butler Building and the renovation of the present maintenance building into a field house, which will include public handicapped accessible bathrooms, two team rooms, storage area and concession stand.

Proposed H. B. No. 5027 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. ; SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF DOGS OR CATS FROM SUBSTANDARD DOMESTIC ANIMAL MILLS AT PET SHOPS', to prevent the importation of dogs and cats from animal mills.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5028 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to provide budget relief by eliminating the earned income tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5029 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE SALES TAX ON VEHICLES', to lower taxes and help stimulate the economy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5030 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE FOR ANY TAX INCREASE', to require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly before taxes can be raised in order to limit the tax burden on state residents and businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5031 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CONSULTING SERVICES FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX', to provide tax relief for businesses and to make Connecticut competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5032 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE HIGHER SALES AND USE TAX RATE LEVIED UPON CERTAIN LUXURY ITEMS', to repeal the luxury tax and provide tax relief.

Proposed H. B. No. 5033 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF BOND PROCEEDS', to ensure that the state is not borrowing money to cover daily expenses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5034 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PHASE-OUT OF TAXATION ON PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME', to provide revenue-neutral tax relief to senior citizens and make Connecticut more competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5035 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE NEW JOBS', to increase employment opportunities for small businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5036 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXEMPTION FROM PERSONAL INCOME TAX FOR PENSION INCOME', to provide tax relief to senior citizens and make Connecticut more competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5037 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A MORATORIUM ON THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE STATE', to suspend for the next two years the authority to issue general obligation bonds of the state to fund "earmark" projects.

Proposed H. B. No. 5038 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX', to increase employment opportunities for small businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5039 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCOME TAX EXEMPTION FOR PENSION INCOME', to eliminate the income tax on pensions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5040 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING ALLOWABLE INVESTMENTS FOR ANGEL INVESTMENT CREDITS', to encourage angel investors to help the growth of business in Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5041 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PHASE-OUT OF INCOME TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME', to provide tax relief to senior citizens and make Connecticut competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5042 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PHASE-OUT OF INCOME TAX ON PENSION INCOME', to provide tax relief to senior citizens and make Connecticut competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5043 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PHASE-OUT OF THE ESTATE TAX', to phase out the estate tax and remove the tax consequences of dying.

Proposed H. B. No. 5044 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR TAX CREDITS', to enable eligible small businesses to apply for tax credits.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5045 REP. ZONI, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CASH DISCOUNTS FOR GASOLINE AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS', to allow consumers to receive the cash discount price for gasoline if they pay by debit card.

Proposed H. B. No. 5046 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE STORAGE OF DRIVER'S LICENSE INFORMATION BY RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS', to protect consumers by preventing security breaches and identity theft of sensitive information.

Proposed H. B. No. 5047 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS', to protect consumers by requiring that a magazine subscriber provide a signature in order for a magazine subscription to automatically renew.

Proposed H. B. No. 5048 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF COPPER TO SCRAP METAL PROCESSORS', to reduce copper theft.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5049 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONSOLIDATING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONS', to help reduce the size of government by combining all of the existing legislative commissions into one commission.

Proposed H. B. No. 5050 REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE POLKA', to establish the Ballroom Polka as the state polka.

Proposed H. B. No. 5051 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING MUNICIPAL AND STATE REVERSE AUCTION AUTHORITY TO INCLUDE THE PURCHASE OF SERVICES', to expand the authority of municipalities, school districts and state agencies to use reverse auctions for the purchase of certain services in order for municipalities and the state to save money.

Proposed H. B. No. 5052 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF CONNECTICUT-MADE PRODUCTS ON STATE-FUNDED HOUSING PROJECTS', to increase the use of Connecticut-made products.

Proposed H. B. No. 5053 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ORIGINAL PUBLIC RECORDS RETAINED ELECTRONICALLY', to allow municipalities to dispose of paper or physical copies of public records after ten years provided such records are maintained electronically.

Proposed H. B. No. 5054 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING NATIVE AMERICAN MONTH', to recognize Native Americans' heritage and culture and their contributions to our society.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5055 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A PLAN TO ESTABLISH A HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNSHIP REGULATORY BOARD', to develop a plan to establish a higher education internship regulatory board.

Proposed H. B. No. 5056 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT ALIENS FROM QUALIFYING FOR IN-STATE TUITION', to require undocumented immigrant aliens to pay the full price of tuition at public institutions of higher education.

Proposed H. B. No. 5057 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DOCUMENTATION OF ALL EXPENDITURES MADE BY A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to increase transparency in public institutions of higher education by prohibiting unvouchered expenses.

HOUSING

Proposed H. B. No. 5058 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND USE APPEALS PROCESS', to repeal the affordable housing land use appeals process.

Proposed H. B. No. 5059 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENALTIES FOR THE ILLEGAL SALE OR RENTAL OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS', to establish a penalty for the illegal sale, rental or sublet of deed restricted affordable housing units.

Proposed H. B. No. 5060 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AFFORDABILITY TERM OF SET-ASIDE DEVELOPMENTS', to require affordable units in set-aside developments to remain affordable in perpetuity rather than allowing deed restrictions to sunset after forty years.

Proposed H. B. No. 5061 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PERCENTAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS REQUIRED IN A MUNICIPALITY', to provide an incentive for school integration.

Proposed H. B. No. 5062 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING URBAN HOUSING FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS', to foster the revitalization of urban neighborhoods and to provide young professionals with affordable housing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5063 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF HOMES FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THE NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS IN A MUNICIPALITY', to include low-cost housing units as affordable housing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5064 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FLOW CAPACITY STUDIES OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HIGH DENSITY HOUSING PROJECTS', to make developers of affordable housing and high density projects perform studies to determine whether the sewer effluent of their project is likely to exceed ninety per cent of the flow capacity at any sewer treatment plant.

Proposed H. B. No. 5065 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR INCENTIVE HOUSING', to create an additional, dedicated funding source for the "Home CT" program.

Proposed H. B. No. 5066 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DRUG-RELATED ACTIVITY BY TENANTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING', to provide public housing authorities with the discretion to evict tenants involved in any drug-related criminal activity.

Proposed H. B. No. 5067 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE HEIGHT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS', to require the height of affordable housing units be consistent with the height of existing dwellings.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5068 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTAINMENT OF CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS', to contain correctional health care costs by implementing a technology-based model to better track potential billing errors and overpayments while maximizing federal reimbursement for inpatient inmate care.

Proposed H. B. No. 5069 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING HEALTH CARE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE', to reduce health care program fraud, waste and abuse by adopting prepayment fraud detection technologies.

Proposed H. B. No. 5070 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TESTING OF CASH ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS FOR USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS', to test recipients of cash assistance for use of illicit drugs and require treatment if necessary.

Proposed H. B. No. 5071 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES BY PRIVATE PROVIDERS', to increase efficiency in the delivery of state social services by transferring a portion of the responsibility for the delivery of such services to qualified private community-based providers.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5072 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUTOMOTIVE GLASS WORK', to require an insurance company doing business in this state, or agent, adjuster or third-party claims administrator for such company to provide additional disclosures to an insured regarding such insured's right to choose a licensed repair shop or glass shop where such insured's motor vehicle physical damage or automotive glass work will be performed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5073 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTOR VEHICLE GLASS REPAIR SERVICE', to require insurance companies or third-party claims administrators for such companies to provide certain disclosures and information to insureds for claims regarding motor vehicle glass repair service or motor vehicle glass products.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 5074 REP. HURLBURT, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR TUTORS OF MINOR STUDENTS', to require all tutors working with students under the age of eighteen to have a criminal background check before hiring.

Proposed H. B. No. 5075 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAXIMUM MUNICIPAL PENALTY FOR RETRIEVAL OF A DIRT BIKE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE', to increase the maximum penalty that a municipality may charge an individual to retrieve a confiscated dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5076 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF HOMELESSNESS', to protect homeless persons by making it a hate crime to assault or verbally attack a person because of the actual or perceived homelessness of the person.

Proposed H. B. No. 5077 REP. RITTER, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A PERSON WHO IS PHYSICALLY HELPLESS', to redefine "physically helpless" with respect to sexual assault offenses to include physical or intellectual disabilities that render a person unable to verbalize lack of consent to sexual contact.

Proposed H. B. No. 5078 REP. HURLBURT, 53rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF "PHYSICALLY HELPLESS" WITH RESPECT TO SEXUAL ASSAULT OFFENSES', to redefine "physically helpless" with respect to sexual assault offenses to include a physical or intellectual disability that renders an individual unable to verbalize a lack of consent.

Proposed H. B. No. 5079 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INVESTIGATIVE SUBPOENAS', to grant investigative subpoena power to the state's attorneys.

Proposed H. B. No. 5080 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CIVIL PROCESS THAT IS FILED FOR A MALICIOUS PURPOSE OR TO HARASS AN INDIVIDUAL', to protect crime victims and individuals against whom multiple civil actions have been filed and dismissed, by establishing standards for plaintiffs who initiate civil actions against such victims and individuals, and to make standards concerning subpoenas in civil actions against crime victims applicable to all plaintiffs, rather than limiting such provisions to pro se litigants as currently provided.

Proposed H. B. No. 5081 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PLACEMENT OF INMATES CONVICTED OF MURDER WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES', to require that persons convicted of the class A felony of murder with special circumstances and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release be segregated from the general inmate population and serve their sentences in similar living conditions as inmates on death row.

Proposed H. B. No. 5082 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ASSAULT OF A SCHOOL TEACHER', to enhance the penalty for assaulting a school teacher on school property.

Proposed H. B. No. 5083 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING RISK REDUCTION CREDITS FOR CRIMES THAT RESULT IN THE DEATH OF ANOTHER PERSON', to prohibit any person sentenced for a crime which resulted in the death of another person from earning risk reduction credit toward a reduction in such person's sentence.

Proposed H. B. No. 5084 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MANSLAUGHTER WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE', to increase the penalty for manslaughter with a motor vehicle when the operator of a motor vehicle causes the death of another person while the operator is typing, reading or sending text or a text message, or while the operator is under the influence of alcohol, if the operator has any trace of a controlled substance in his or her system.

Proposed H. B. No. 5085 REP. DIMINICO, 13th DIST. ; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COLLECTION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE FROM AN INTOXICATED OR INCAPACITATED VICTIM', to study whether to amend the sexual assault evidence collection protocol to permit the collection of forensic evidence from a victim of a sexual assault who is unable to provide consent because such victim is intoxicated or otherwise incapacitated in order to ensure that evidence is collected in a timely manner and not lost.

Proposed H. B. No. 5086 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMPLETION OF PRO BONO LEGAL WORK BY ATTORNEYS WHOSE INCOME IS DERIVED FROM STATE FUNDS', to require a person engaged in the practice of law who receives fifty per cent or more of his or her annual income from state funds to complete not less than forty hours of pro bono legal work during the calendar year in which the income is earned.

Proposed H. B. No. 5087 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE WHEN A CHILD IS A PASSENGER OR WHEN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH OF A CHILD RESULTS', to protect children from individuals who operate motor vehicles under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5088 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE PREVAILING WAGE RATE TO SCHOOL AND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS', to provide property tax relief to towns and to ensure that maximum funding is made available for local school and transportation projects.

Proposed H. B. No. 5089 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL RELIEF TO THE STATE AND MUNICIPALITIES AND THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLD', to provide financial relief to the state and municipalities by increasing the threshold amount for public works projects required to pay prevailing wages.

Proposed H. B. No. 5090 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGISLATURE'S IMPACT ON EMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE', to require impact statements to accompany every legislative proposal on employment.

Proposed H. B. No. 5091 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN MUNICIPAL PROJECTS FROM PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS', to exempt from the prevailing wage requirements all municipal projects that do not receive state or federal funding.

Proposed H. B. No. 5092 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS AND THEIR APPLICABILITY TO INSTITUTIONS OF ART AND CULTURE', to provide financial relief to the state and municipalities by increasing the threshold amount for public works projects which require contractors to pay prevailing wages and to encourage institutions of art and culture to undertake construction or renovation projects.

Proposed H. B. No. 5093 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LABOR CONTRACTS DURING PERIODS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT', to allow the legislative body of a municipality to reject a contract without requiring mandatory binding arbitration during periods of high unemployment.

Proposed H. B. No. 5094 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS', to provide financial relief to the state and municipalities by increasing the threshold amount for public works projects which require contractors to abide by prevailing wage laws.

Proposed H. B. No. 5095 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE IMPACT STATEMENTS AND EMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE', to require a job impact statement on all legislation that has an effect on employment.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5096 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR METAL DETECTORS AT THE STATE CAPITOL', to maximize safety and security for the State Capitol complex.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5097 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO ENACT NEW MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly before a new municipal mandate can be enacted in order to reduce unfunded mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5098 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE POSTING OF ASSIGNED MUNICIPAL LIENS', to require more transparency in the assignment of municipal liens.

Proposed H. B. No. 5099 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NEW MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to reduce the number of unfunded mandates on municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5100 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL OPTION TAXES', to find new sources of revenue for municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5101 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPROVAL OF NEW UNFUNDED MANDATES BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY', to provide mandate relief to municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5102 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE MILL RATE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF ANTIQUE, RARE OR SPECIAL INTEREST MOTOR VEHICLES', to create a state-wide mill rate for motor vehicles and to reimburse municipalities that lose money as a result of a lower state-wide mill rate with additional revenue generated by narrowing the definition of antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5103 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPERTY TAXATION OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES', to exempt ATVs from property tax under certain situations.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5104 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY LYME DISEASE TESTING', to establish a task force to study Lyme disease testing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5105 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND VACCINATIONS', to repeal the requirement that health care providers receive vaccinations through the Department of Public Health.

Proposed H. B. No. 5106 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHARGES FOR PATIENT CARE BY NURSING HOMES', to reduce the state's overall Medicaid costs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5107 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE TRAINING OF HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL HIPPA LEGISLATION', to protect patients' confidential health information.

Proposed H. B. No. 5108 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARENTAL CONSENT FOR USE OF INDOOR TANNING DEVICES BY PERSONS UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE', to require that children under age eighteen have parental consent in order to use indoor tanning devices.

Proposed H. B. No. 5109 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REFILL OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WHEN THERE IS SEVERE WEATHER', to require pharmacies to fill prescriptions up to two days early when there is a severe weather emergency.

Proposed H. B. No. 5110 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. ; SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF A UNIVERSAL CHILD HEALTH FORM', to streamline and centralize a child's health information through the use of universal child health forms.

Proposed H. B. No. 5111 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF TATTOO ARTISTS', to require tattoo artists to be licensed.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5112 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS HOLDING HANDGUN PERMITS', to permit the disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act of the names and addresses of persons holding handgun permits.

Proposed H. B. No. 5113 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING POOL SAFETY AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to establish a uniform policy regarding school pool safety so as to reduce the loss of life or injury related to swimming at public schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5114 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADVERTISING ON LOTTERY TICKETS ', to require the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to enter into agreements to place advertising on lottery tickets.

Proposed H. B. No. 5115 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS', to extend workers' compensation coverage for mental or emotional impairment to any volunteer or paid first responder diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Proposed H. B. No. 5116 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OVERSIGHT AND REGULATION OF SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS AND PROFESSIONAL BONDSMEN', to reduce costs in the judicial system and better protect victims of domestic violence by revising the bail bond process and increasing oversight of surety bail bond agents and professional bondsmen.

Proposed H. B. No. 5117 REP. RITTER, 1st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCREASED PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO STOP FOR SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS', to strengthen the penalties available when the operator of a motor vehicle violates section 14-300f of the general statutes by failing to immediately stop when directed to do so by a school crossing guard.

Proposed H. B. No. 5118 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING POOL SAFETY AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to establish a uniform policy regarding school pool safety so as to reduce the loss of life or injury related to swimming at public schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5119 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BUILDING CODE PROVISIONS FOR SENIOR HOUSING FACILITIES', to recognize the unique building considerations applicable to senior housing facilities.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5120 REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. 'AN ACT RENAMING COLMAN STREET IN NEW LONDON AS "DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD"', to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by renaming Colman Street in New London as "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard".

Proposed H. B. No. 5121 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE ROCKY HILL-GLASTONBURY FERRY OPERATION ACCOUNT', to establish an account to be used for the operation of the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferry.

Proposed H. B. No. 5122 REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT COMMITTING BUS AND RAIL FARE INCREASES TO BUS AND RAIL UPGRADES', to require that the scheduled bus and rail fare increases be used for upgrades to bus and rail service operations and maintenance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5123 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY PARKING PERMITS ALLOWING PREGNANT WOMEN TO PARK IN SPACES DESIGNATED FOR PERSONS WHO ARE BLIND OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES', to provide temporary parking permits for pregnant women wishing to park a vehicle in a parking space designated for persons who are blind and persons with disabilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5124 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. 'AN ACT NAMING A HIGHWAY REST AREA IN HONOR OF AUXILIARY STATE TROOPER EDWARD W. TRUELOVE', to recognize and honor Edward W. Truelove's sacrifice and service to the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5125 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING TOLLS ON CONNECTICUT'S HIGHWAYS', to raise revenue through tolls.

Proposed H. B. No. 5126 REP. DARGAN, 115th DIST. ; REP. DAVIS, 117th DIST. ; REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE TO THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN FOR SIDEWALKS AND BICYCLE LANES', to provide funding to install sidewalks and bicycle lanes for the 1. 5 miles between the Metro-North West Haven train station and the Yale West Campus.

Proposed H. B. No. 5127 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXTENSION OF THE VALIDITY OF CERTAIN METRO NORTH COMMUTER RAIL PASSES AFTER RAIL SERVICE OUTAGES LASTING MORE THAN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS', to ensure that certain commuter rail weekly and monthly ticket holders are credited when rail service is not being provided.

Proposed H. B. No. 5128 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF REVENUE FROM BUS AND RAIL FARE INCREASES FOR SERVICE UPGRADES, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE', to require that the scheduled bus and rail fare increases be used for bus and rail service upgrades, operations and maintenance.

Proposed H. B. No. 5129 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIFETIME PARKING PERMITS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PERMANENT DISABILITIES', to ensure that permits to park in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities do not expire for individuals with permanent disabilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5130 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF PARKING ON THE NEW HAVEN LINE', to develop an accurate inventory of available parking on the New Haven Line and to develop a plan to meet parking demand.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 5131 REP. NICASTRO, 79th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR SPOUSES OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO ARE DEPLOYED OR TRANSFERRED', to close a gap that prevents individuals from receiving unemployment compensation benefits while they are relocating with a spouse who is a member of the armed forces and has been transferred or deployed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5132 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO DESIGNATE "WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA WEEK"', to encourage Connecticut residents to participate in and provide support for the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Proposed H. B. No. 5133 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXPANSION OF THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR VETERANS', to expand eligibility for the veterans' property tax exemption to all veterans.

Proposed H. B. No. 5134 REP. ADINOLFI, 103rd DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR VETERANS', to expand eligibility for the veterans' property tax exemption to all veterans.

HOUSING

Proposed H. B. No. 5135 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO IMPOSE IMPACT FEES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING', to allow planning and zoning commissions to impose impact fees when approving affordable housing developments.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. J. No. 1 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT REFERENDUM', to provide for direct public participation in the legislative process.

Proposed H. J. No. 2 REP. DAVIS, 57th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW FOR DIRECT INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM', to permit direct initiative and referendum in order to allow for a more open government.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 1 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM VIOLENCE', to protect children, families and other individuals from violence.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 2 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SMART GROWTH AND JOB CREATION', to align economic development efforts with state-wide planning objectives for municipal growth and agricultural and open space preservation.

COMMERCE

Proposed S. B. No. 3 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING JOBS IN EMERGING SECTORS', to encourage job growth in emerging sectors in the state.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 4 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY VOTING', to maximize voter participation through early voting and other initiatives.

Proposed S. B. No. 5 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM', to provide for greater transparency of elections by increasing disclosure requirements for corporations and other entities in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 6 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLANS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to permit state employees to fill their prescriptions at independent pharmacies.

Proposed S. B. No. 7 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REFORM OF STATE-SPONSORED PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS', to reform state-sponsored public employee pension systems.

Proposed S. B. No. 8 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PER DIEM COMPENSATION OF SMALL CLAIMS AND DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES MAGISTRATES', to provide adequate compensation for small claims and Department of Motor Vehicles magistrates.

Proposed S. B. No. 9 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COVERAGE FOR DEPENDENTS UNDER THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT HEALTH PLAN', to provide health care coverage for dependents of state retirees.

Proposed S. B. No. 10 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS STATE SERVICE IN THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM', to allow state employees with a break in service to use all previous state service towards retirement credit.

BANKS

Proposed S. B. No. 11 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE REORDERING OF TRANSACTIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAXIMIZING OVERDRAFT FEES', to create more fairness in banking.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 12 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF LABOR HISTORY AS PART OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM', to support a well-rounded education by including labor history and law in the prescribed courses of study in the public school curriculum.

Proposed S. B. No. 13 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DIABETES EDUCATION', to educate students about diabetes and to help prevent type 2 diabetes in school age children.

Proposed S. B. No. 14 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES IN SCHOOLS', to enhance the safety of public schools.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 15 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OFFICE OF COMMUNITY GARDENS', to assist in the development of community gardens on vacant lands.

Proposed S. B. No. 16 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE LABELING OF FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCTS THAT ARE PACKAGED IN MATERIALS THAT CONTAIN BISPHENOL-A', to provide information to consumers that will allow consumers to avoid the purchase and consumption of products that contain harmful toxins.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 17 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEDUCTIBILITY OF AMORTIZABLE BOND PREMIUM', to allow any state resident to deduct amortizable bond premium.

Proposed S. B. No. 18 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFITS FOR RETIREES', to encourage retired persons to live in this state.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S. B. No. 19 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE "NO SALES SOLICITATION CALL" LIST TO BUSINESS TELEPHONE NUMBERS', to extend consumer "no sales solicitation call" protections to businesses.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 20 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE POLKA AS THE STATE DANCE', to establish the polka as the state dance.

Proposed S. B. No. 21 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR AN ETERNAL LIGHT IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE', to memorialize victims of gun violence.

Proposed S. B. No. 22 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EQUITY IN PAY FOR THE ADVOCATES', to create greater equity in government.

Proposed S. B. No. 23 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE', to promote ethical conduct in the General Assembly and to provide appropriate sanctions for unethical conduct.

HOUSING

Proposed S. B. No. 24 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING', to improve the Interagency Council on Affordable Housing by making such council more representative and informed.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 25 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES', to encourage and promote higher education for adopted children.

Proposed S. B. No. 26 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT', to require a study of student loan debt.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 27 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT PROMOTING THE PURSUIT OF EDUCATION BY CERTAIN RECIPIENTS OF ASSISTANCE', to include certain educational pursuits among approved work activities in determining continued eligibility for funds provided pursuant to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S. B. No. 28 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DISPENSATION AND INSURANCE COVERAGE OF A PRESCRIBED DRUG DURING REVIEW OF AN ADVERSE DETERMINATION OR A FINAL ADVERSE DETERMINATION', to require dispensation and coverage of a prescribed drug for an insured for the duration of any grievance or review filed or requested by such insured of an adverse determination or a final adverse determination.

Proposed S. B. No. 29 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT DECREASING THE TIME FRAME FOR UTILIZATION REVIEW AND BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS BY HEALTH CARRIERS FOR URGENT CARE REQUESTS', to decrease the time for utilization review and benefit determinations by a health carrier for urgent care requests from seventy-two hours to twenty-four hours.

Proposed S. B. No. 30 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF CLINICAL PEERS FOR ADVERSE DETERMINATION REVIEWS', to require clinical peers with whom health insurers and utilization review companies contract have the same qualifications as "similar health care providers", as defined in section 52-184c of the general statutes.

Proposed S. B. No. 31 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUDITS BY PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS', to regulate pharmacy audits performed by pharmacy benefit managers.

Proposed S. B. No. 32 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PORTABLE ELECTRONICS INSURANCE', to regulate the sale of portable electronics insurance in this state.

Proposed S. B. No. 33 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF TAX CREDITS AMONG AFFILIATES OF AN INSURANCE COMPANY', to sustain continued capital investment and job growth.

Proposed S. B. No. 34 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS', to prohibit health insurance policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs from requiring an insured to use any alternative prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs prior to using a brand name prescription drug that is prescribed by a licensed physician.

Proposed S. B. No. 35 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS' INTERSTATE INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT', to create market efficiencies for insurers domiciled in this state.

Proposed S. B. No. 36 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER PAYMENTS TO PHARMACIES', to require pharmacy benefit managers to provide payment or reimbursement to pharmacies by electronic funds transfer.

Proposed S. B. No. 37 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES', to ensure parity for mental health insurance coverage.

Proposed S. B. No. 38 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FACTORS USED IN AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE RATING', to prohibit insurance companies from using variables unrelated to an applicant's driving performance in setting automobile insurance rates.

Proposed S. B. No. 39 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE RATE INCREASE REQUESTS', to allow for public input when insurance companies request a long-term care insurance premium increase of greater than ten per cent.

Proposed S. B. No. 40 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TELEMEDICINE SERVICES', to require insurance coverage of health care services provided through telecommunications technology.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 41 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BIFURCATION OF PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH ACTIONS', to permit a civil action arising from personal injury or wrongful death, that is to be tried to a jury, to be bifurcated into a liability phase and a damages phase.

Proposed S. B. No. 42 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION', to strengthen the state's gun laws by providing that a person prohibited from possessing a firearm shall also be prohibited from possessing firearm ammunition.

Proposed S. B. No. 43 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING ELECTRONIC MONITORING IN FAMILY VIOLENCE CASES FOR PERSONS CONVICTED OF VIOLATING AN ORDER OF PROTECTION', to require electronic monitoring in family violence cases when a person is found guilty of violating an order of protection.

Proposed S. B. No. 44 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO VISIT WITH INCARCERATED PARENTS', to transport children of inmates to the correctional institutions where their parents are incarcerated in order to maintain family unity.

Proposed S. B. No. 45 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING', to reduce sexual exploitation and human trafficking in this state.

Proposed S. B. No. 46 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECORDING OF POLICE ACTIVITY BY THE PUBLIC', to protect the right of an individual to record peace officers in the performance of their duties.

Proposed S. B. No. 47 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE FOR BODILY INJURY TO A NAMED INSURED OR RELATIVE DURING THE THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE', to provide uninsured motorist coverage to a named insured or a household member of the named insured for damages arising from being struck as a pedestrian during the theft of an insured vehicle.

Proposed S. B. No. 48 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE', to permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to take his or her life through the self-administration of prescribed medication.

Proposed S. B. No. 49 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING CASES', to extend the statute of limitations for personal injury claims emanating from exposure to carbon monoxide.

Proposed S. B. No. 50 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INVESTIGATIVE SUBPOENAS', to facilitate prosecutorial investigation of criminal conduct by authorizing a state's attorney to serve and use an investigative subpoena.

Proposed S. B. No. 51 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF "PHYSICALLY HELPLESS" WITH RESPECT TO SEXUAL ASSAULT OFFENSES', to expand the definition of the term "physically helpless", with respect to sexual assault offenses, to include a person who is unable to talk or who is severely intellectually disabled or physically disabled.

Proposed S. B. No. 52 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVIEW AND MODIFICATION OF LENGTHY SENTENCES SERVED BY JUVENILE OFFENDERS', to establish the mechanism recommended by the Connecticut Sentencing Commission for the review and possible reduction of any lengthy sentence served by an individual for a crime that was committed when the individual was a child or youth.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed S. B. No. 53 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING LONGEVITY PAYMENTS AND ELIMINATING OVERTIME COMPENSATION FROM THE CALCULATION OF PENSIONS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES', to establish more accountability in public employee compensation.

Proposed S. B. No. 54 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN FOR LOW-INCOME PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS', to create a retirement plan for low-income workers.

Proposed S. B. No. 55 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYERS FROM REQUIRING EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MANDATORY FLU SHOTS', to prevent employers from mandating that their employees receive flu vaccines as a condition of their employment.

Proposed S. B. No. 56 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCREASE IN THE STATE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE', to provide a higher standard of living for Connecticut citizens earning minimum wage.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 57 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR A MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST IN NEWTOWN', to memorialize the children and adults whose lives were lost in Newtown.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 58 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ALTERNATIVE REVENUE SOURCES FOR MUNICIPALITIES', to reduce the local property tax burden.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 59 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES BY ADOPTED PERSONS', to provide health protection to adopted persons by allowing them to access their birth certificates.

Proposed S. B. No. 60 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM', to create a unified health care system and reduce the cost of health care and health care coverage.

Proposed S. B. No. 61 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS', to allow school nurses to administer epinephrine to children in the event of an emergency without a physician's order.

Proposed S. B. No. 62 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF PATIENT CELLS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH', to allow patients whose cells are being used in medical research to obtain information regarding the use of such cells and to provide patients with a certain percentage of the money received from the sale of such cells.

Proposed S. B. No. 63 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GRANTS FROM THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH TRUST FUND FOR STROKE RESEARCH', to provide funding through the Biomedical Research Trust Fund to researchers investigating stroke.

Proposed S. B. No. 64 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO PATIENTS OF THE COST TO COPY OR TRANSFER MEDICAL RECORDS', to prevent patients from incurring hidden charges for the necessary transfer of medical records while allowing health care providers to charge an appropriate amount for the service.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S. B. No. 65 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING STATE AND MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF INOPERATIVE LIGHTS ON THE STATE AND LOCAL HIGHWAYS', to improve safety on Connecticut's highways by facilitating the prompt replacement of inoperative lights that illuminate such highways.

Proposed S. B. No. 66 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING STATE AND MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF INOPERATIVE LIGHTS ON THE STATE HIGHWAY', to improve public safety by facilitating the prompt replacement of inoperative lights along Connecticut streets and roads.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 67 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING FLASHING LIGHTS ON "DO NOT ENTER" SIGNS ON ROUTE 15', to enhance public safety on Route 15.

Proposed S. B. No. 68 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM ALLOWING CERTAIN STATE RESIDENTS TO OBTAIN A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR VEHICLE REGISTRATION REGARDLESS OF CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS', to promote public safety and to increase state revenues by ensuring that all Connecticut drivers are licensed and trained.

Proposed S. B. No. 69 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING ANY PERSON ACCEPTED INTO THE FEDERAL DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM TO OBTAIN A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE', to permit any individual granted federal deferred action status to legally operate a motor vehicle in Connecticut.

SELECT COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed S. B. No. 70 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTORING BENEFITS TO VETERANS DISCHARGED UNDER "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"', to ensure that Connecticut law pertaining to veterans' benefits is consistent with current federal law after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Proposed S. B. No. 71 SEN. CRISCO, 17th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS AND SPOUSES OF ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL', to facilitate entry into the workforce for military spouses and veterans.

Proposed S. B. No. 72 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONTROL OF THE GOVERNOR'S GUARD', to streamline control of the Governor's Guards.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 73 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN DOG GROOMING BUSINESSES FROM THE STATE SALES TAX', to assist dog grooming businesses of a certain size.

Proposed S. B. No. 74 SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR PET GROOMERS', to improve the professional standards and qualifications of pet groomers.

SUSPENSION OF THE RULES

HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTED

H. R. No. 6 REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th DIST. RESOLUTION RAISING A COMMITTEE TO INFORM THE SENATE THAT THE HOUSE IS ORGANIZED AND READY TO MEET IN JOINT CONVENTION.

Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District moved for suspension of the rules for immediate consideration.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

The resolution was explained by Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th.

On a voice vote House Resolution No. 6 was adopted.

The following is the Resolution:

Resolved by this House:

That a committee consisting of three representatives be appointed to inform the Senate that the House is organized and is ready to meet the Senate in Joint Convention.

Speaker Sharkey appointed the following Representatives:

Representative Serra of the 33rd

Representative Fritz of the 90th

Representative Candelora of the 86th

REPORT OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

The Committee appointed by the House to inform the Senate the House was ready to meet in Joint Convention reported that they had discharged the duties assigned to them and that the Senate would meet the House in Joint Convention forthwith.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

COMMITTEE FOR THE SENATE

The committee appointed by the Senate appeared in the Hall of the House and informed the House that the Senate was ready to meet in Joint Convention for the purpose of receiving any communication the Governor might be pleased to make.

REPORT OF THE JOINT CONVENTION

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: 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 convention for the purpose of receiving the message of His Excellency, the Governor.

Her Honor, the Lieutenant-Governor, presided over the Joint Convention and the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House were Secretaries of the Convention.

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 as we come together this afternoon to hear the Governor's address opening the Session of 2013. These are very challenging times with the economy, the budget, school safety, education and transportation weighing heavily on our minds. But let us never forget - we are the land of the Charter Oak, where the courage and creativity of men and women working together, saved a State and a Nation! We did it then - we can do it now - with your grace and wisdom to guide us. We ask this of you, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by J. Brendan Sharkey, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senator Looney of the 11th District offered a resolution raising a Committee of two Senators and two Representatives to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were in convention for the purpose of receiving any communication the Governor might be pleased to make.

The resolution was adopted and Senator Looney of the 11th District, Senator McKinney of the 28th District, Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District and Representative Cafero of the 142nd District were appointed as the Committee.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee to inform the Governor that the Senate and the House of Representatives were met in Joint Convention reported that it had performed the duties assigned to them and had been informed that the Governor would soon come into the Convention. The Committee was discharged with the thanks of the Joint Convention.

His Excellency, the Governor, thereupon appeared in the Hall of the House with the other Executive Officers.

Upon motion of Senator Looney of the 11th, it was voted that the message of the Governor be printed in the Journals of the Senate and House and that a sufficient number of copies be printed for general distribution.

Assistant Chaplain, Reverend Garland D. Higgins of West Hartford offered the following benediction:

Let us pray. And now to the One who is able to do everything unimaginable to us. Let the peace of God rule in our hearts to which we were called in one body. And whatever we do in word or deed, let us do all in the Name of the Lord - giving thanks to God. Amen.

Upon motion of Senator Looney of the 11th, it was voted that the Convention be dissolved.

The President thereupon dissolved the Convention and the Senate withdrew.

Respectfully submitted,

J. Brendan Sharkey, Speaker

DEPUTY SPEAKER GODFREY IN THE CHAIR

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Aresimowicz of the 30th District, the House adjourned at 1: 30 o'clock p. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS BY

GOVERNOR DANNEL P. MALLOY

JOINT SESSION OF THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HALL OF THE HOUSE, STATE CAPITOL

JANUARY 9, 2013

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Senator McKinney, Representative Cafero, Lt. Governor Wyman and my fellow State officials, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, honored members of the Judiciary, members of the clergy, and all the citizens of our great State who are watching or listening today: thank you for the honor of inviting me into the people's House to address you.

I'd like to offer my sincere congratulations to the newly elected leadership of the Democratic and Republican caucuses in each Chamber, and especially to Speaker Sharkey and Majority Leader Aresimowicz as they take on their new roles.

Congratulations as well to the new members of the General Assembly who were sworn in earlier today. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.

As we gather in this historic Chamber, let us always keep in our thoughts the brave men and women of the great State of Connecticut serving in our Armed Forces around the globe. We thank them and our veterans for their service and sacrifice, and we pray for their continued safety.

I'd like to recognize my wonderful wife Cathy and my sons Dannel and Sam who join us today. As I know is true for so many of you, I could not do my job without the tremendous love and support of my family.

Finally, we are joined by two of Newtown's finest leaders: First Selectwoman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson. It's an honor to have you with us today. Tested by unimaginable tragedy, your compassion and leadership over the past month has been an inspiration to Connecticut, and to me personally.

It won't surprise you that this speech is very different from the one I first envisioned giving. In the early days of December, I began thinking about what I'd like to say. Now, while it's only been a few short weeks on the calendar, we have all walked a very long and very dark road together.

What befell Newtown is not something we thought possible in any of Connecticut's beautiful towns or cities. And yet, in the midst of one of the worst days in our history, we also saw the best of our State. Teachers and a therapist that sacrificed their lives protecting students. A principal and school psychologist that ran selflessly into harm's way. Our brave Connecticut State Police, Newtown's local law enforcement, firemen, and others that responded courageously when called upon. In the aftermath, a selectwoman, a superintendent, and other local officials that have served around-the-clock bringing comfort and stability to Newtown.

And today, Sandy Hook's teachers are doing what they do best: putting the interest of their students first as they return to classrooms, providing stability and continuity that has never been so important and so needed.

And then, of course, there are the families. Twenty-six families that despite an unimaginable loss have gotten up each and every day since, have been there for one another, and have supported their community as much as that community has supported them. They have persevered. And in that perseverance, we all find strength. We have lifted one another up and continued on, carrying the spirit of our fallen heroes, our wounded families, and our beautiful lost children.

As a State and as a community, we will continue to do everything we can for the families of Newtown. But we also must ask ourselves: What is our responsibility? To those we've lost, to one another, to our children, and to future generations?

During this Legislative Session, we're going to begin to answer those questions together. Let us do everything in our power to ensure that Connecticut never again suffers such a loss; that we take real steps to make our kids and our communities safer.

Last week, my administration announced the formation of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, comprised of experts in mental health, education, law enforcement, and first response. We may never know what motivated the events at Sandy Hook Elementary, but that won't stop us from working to prevent future tragedy. Over the coming months, the Commission will come together to make specific, actionable recommendations in the areas of school safety, mental health services, and gun violence prevention.

This Session, I know there will be others that take action on these issues, and I applaud those efforts. The more resources we can bring to bear on this issue, the better. Working together we can and will affect real change. There are some things we know already. We know that we must find ways to better respond to those with mental health needs. As a society, we have an obligation to take action in a meaningful way when a person seeks our help or demonstrates a need for it. We must balance our respect for individual rights with our obligation to provide for the greater public safety.

And when it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom. That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become.

We also know that this conversation must take place nationally. As long as weapons continue to travel up and down I-95, what is available for sale in Florida or Virginia can have devastating consequences here in Connecticut.

There will be more to say in the weeks ahead, but let me be clear today: our focus will be first and foremost on protecting Connecticut's families.

Those conversations won't always be easy, but as your Governor I've learned there is no challenge we will face that can't be overcome with the power of our community. We have come together time and time again. We've done it with purpose - because we know there is something bigger and more important than who we are as individuals.

My friends, as we begin this Legislative Session let us be guided by devotion to the common good, by faith in one another, and by a determination to work together to make our community as strong as it can be in every way.

Looking back over these past twenty-four months, we've faced many challenges together: the largest per-capita budget deficit in the nation; a struggling economy; a fractured public school system; untenable energy costs; and natural disasters the likes of which our generation had never seen. And then, in December, just when we thought the worst had happened… it actually did.

The people of Connecticut, the communities you represent, and all of us in this Chamber - when tested, we met those challenges head on. We did as our forefathers did, as our grandparents and parents taught us. We dug in. We banded together. We decided to focus not on what makes us different, but on what makes us the same - our common humanity.

It is this core strength and spirit of community that brought us together to accomplish so much on behalf of the people of Connecticut.

Two years ago, we faced the single largest per-capita deficit in the Nation. It was a problem decades in the making. We knew that getting our fiscal house in order was critical to creating jobs. Connecticut employers needed a responsible and predictable partner in State government. We came together and passed a balanced budget. We cut more than we added in new revenue. And even after revenues came in short - as they did in 31 other states - we know today that our budget as enacted fixed more than 90 percent of the problem. Last month, Democrats and Republicans came together to make sure we closed that final gap without raising taxes.

Anyone who tells you that the budget we passed two years ago didn't do its job, that it didn't make real change in how we approach our finances, is simply not telling the truth. I know that many of you cast hard votes to fix those problems. That's the kind of resolve and leadership that we're bringing back to Connecticut.

We've made other tough decisions along the way. After years of underfunding our pensions, a 4. 5 billion dollar payment would have been required in the year 2032 - more than four times what we'll pay this year. It would not have been possible. That's why last year we restructured our payments to reverse years of chronic underfunding. We're avoiding our own fiscal cliff and saving Connecticut taxpayers 6 billion dollars over the next 20 years.

We didn't kick the can down the road - we picked it up. Through a restructured benefits and pension agreement with our public employees, we're saving the State approximately 20 billion dollars. And we made sure that State government tightened its own belt in other ways. We shrunk the number of State agencies by more than 25 percent. We trimmed executive branch employees by more than twelve hundred over the past two years, including more than a ten percent reduction in the number of state managers. As we've done more with less, so have our hard-working State employees. They've adapted and found new ways to continue providing critical services to State residents. We've all had to buckle down and make tough choices. We're going to make more of them in the weeks and months ahead.

Recently, there's been a national conversation about economic development, about whether it makes any sense to have states competing against one another for jobs. It's a good conversation to have, and it's the right time to have it. But a dialogue on the best way forward can't be an excuse for standing still. We see that too often in Washington.

I believe that each one of us in this Chamber must approach this Session with a core guiding principle: until every person in our State who wants a job can find one, we have more work to do. We can't stick our heads in the sand or simply hope for the best. Not when other states are actively recruiting jobs from every corner of the globe - jobs that can and should come to Connecticut. We must compete for every single job. With that mindset, we've begun to tackle the challenge of economic development in a holistic way.

Our First Five program, along with the addition of Jackson Laboratories, has leveraged 180 million dollars in public funding to drive more than two billion dollars in private investment. That same program made it possible for Connecticut to bring two Fortune 500 headquarters to our State. The last time Connecticut was talking about two Fortune 500 companies was in 2006, and it was because they were leaving.

 

On Main Streets across Connecticut, the Small Business Express program is giving local employers the chance to expand and create jobs. It was because of this program that Bevin Brothers Manufacturing in East Hampton was able to rebuild after a fire ravaged their historic bell factory. They purchased new equipment and got their employees back to work.

Just a few months ago, I announced the third plank of our economic development strategy - the Innovation Ecosystem. The program has one goal - connecting people that have good ideas with capital investors. It will create new, high-skill jobs - jobs with good wages, jobs with good benefits.

 

We're off to a good start, but it's only a start. The key is making government an active partner rather than a bystander who watches markets develop elsewhere. By investing in growth industries like bioscience and digital media, by recruiting companies like Jackson Laboratory and NBC Sports, and by standing with our small businesses and start-ups, we're taking steps to make sure that Connecticut leads the way.

When it came to education, the stakes were clear: take action together or risk losing an entire generation of young people to failing schools and a widening achievement gap. I am proud that after a long and hard debate, we were able to say with one voice that the status quo is no longer acceptable; that when it comes to public education we can't keep doing what we've always done and hope for better results; that our kids can't afford it, and neither can our State.

We worked with an eye toward the future and made an historic investment of nearly 100 million dollars, from pre-K through high school, focusing on districts that we know are most in need. Reaching kids early is critical to success, and early childhood education had to be a central part of reform. We created 1,000 new school readiness openings statewide for our youngsters at a time when no one thought that was possible. That's 1,000 more children that will show up to kindergarten on day-one ready to learn. We did that together, and we'll do more.

To combat an unacceptable achievement gap, we've begun transforming our underperforming schools through the newly created Commissioner's Network. Four schools have already volunteered and are benefiting from intensive intervention, increased instruction time, and improved collaboration among teachers and administrators. I've visited these four schools in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Norwich, and each exhibits a new energy and renewed sense of purpose. More schools are lining up to be transformed in the years ahead.

Of course, reform could not be complete without supporting our teachers. They have dedicated their lives to our children, and for the first time in a very long time, we're dedicating new resources for them. We know success is possible. We've seen it. With a cooperative effort where every voice is heard, we're going to replicate it in classrooms around our State. The bottom line is that students are going to be better prepared for school today, and for the job market tomorrow.

When it came to energy, our State had been a national leader for years, in the worst possible way. We had the highest electric rates in the continental United States - rates that were squeezing the budgets of families and businesses. We came together. We decided we needed a plan to take these problems head-on. We realized that our environmental, energy, and economic needs were all related, and that the path we chose would impact our economy for years to come. We consolidated State agencies to better coordinate our energy functions. We strengthened programs promoting renewable power and energy efficiency - leveraging private capital to deliver renewable energy at a price lower than almost anywhere else in the United States. Today, we've seen electric rates drop in Connecticut by 12 percent across the board. We can't stop now.

The comprehensive energy strategy that my administration announced this past October shows us the path forward. Together, we will expand cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy choices for consumers, enhancing efficiency programs for all communities, at the same time helping to create thousands of new jobs. Putting Connecticut businesses and consumers in control of their energy future will have a real and immediate impact.

Look no further than Modern Woodcrafts, a locally-owned company in Plainville. They invested in the kind of energy efficiency initiatives that our State plan will promote. They've seen more than $35,000 dollars per year in savings on energy costs. Or in Woodbridge, where Amity High School will have an annual budget savings of $120,000 after the town made a conversion to natural gas. Across Connecticut, we are taking control of our energy future.

High energy prices, struggling schools, a broken budget, a sluggish economy. All problems that every person in this room knew we were facing two years ago, and we have faced them - together. Other challenges we didn't see coming.

In 2011, Connecticut was rocked by the worst winter in our history, two storms packing a one-two punch the likes of which we hadn't seen in more than 25 years. Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor'easter revealed holes in our emergency response system that should have been addressed years, if not decades ago. It was a wake-up call… and we woke up. We put in place new procedures to better coordinate our emergency response infrastructure.

We commissioned a “Two Storm Panel” to investigate exactly what went wrong and to determine what needed to be done to prevent unacceptable power and communication disruptions. That panel led directly to the passage of tough new laws; laws that hold Connecticut utility companies accountable for how they respond to emergencies. And we created a new energy micro-grid program to increase energy reliability in critical areas. These weren't quick fixes or window dressing. They were the result of saying we'd had enough - it was time to do more.

What does it all mean for Connecticut residents? We know we will again feel the brunt of powerful weather. But we can tell our citizens that their State is more prepared for future challenges, that their families will be safer when disaster strikes, and that the odds of anyone having to needlessly suffer through prolonged power outages have been greatly diminished.

When Hurricane Sandy struck, we saw results from the work we'd done together. While we can never entirely prevent damage or power outages, the response was better and faster. Once again, we saw a problem and, together, we worked to address it.

If these past two years have proven anything, it's that we have the ability to rally around a common good and a common goal. We've done it in a way that just doesn't seem possible these days in some places - certainly not in Washington D. C.

In December, at the same time leadership from each of your caucuses were meeting with my staff for long hours night-after-night to negotiate a mitigation plan, our national budget was being driven toward, and then off, a fiscal cliff. While we've worked to manage our State's finances, national inaction hangs like a dark cloud over our budget. For the many Connecticut families with someone working in our defense industry, Washington's inability to address problems on a reasonable deadline is causing sleepless nights. It's unnecessary.

And earlier this month, while many families and small businesses were still working to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, the gears once again ground to a halt, slowing the process of getting aid to those who need it most.

It's unacceptable. I say this not to demean any of our colleagues in Washington but in the hope that we will better appreciate what we've accomplished here in Connecticut.

Two years ago, you first welcomed me into this Chamber. I spoke then about the challenges we faced, and about the opportunities that we knew were within our grasp.

I spoke about who we are as a community. About the ingenuity, the resolve and the resilience that has defined Connecticut over centuries. About Eli Whitney, Prudence Crandall and Harriet Beecher Stowe. About a history of overcoming challenges - together. My friends, that is still who we are today.

We've come a long way in two years, and we've done it together - as a government, as a community, as a State.

In 2013, let us honor one another, let us honor our renewed community, and let us honor those we've lost. We have a great deal of work to do. But if history is any judge, we will rise to the occasion. When called upon, we will answer - as we've done time and time again - as one people, one community, one Connecticut.

May God bless you, may God bless the great State of Connecticut, and may God bless the United States of America.