JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Friday, February 1, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 18 o'clock a. m. , Representative Godfrey of the 110th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Ethan M. Ives of Meriden, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, we thank You for this beautiful day. We ask that You bestow a special blessing upon this Body so that the good of our citizens will be served. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ethan M. Ives of Meriden, Connecticut.

REPORT

The following report was received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated:

Report - Office of the Chief State's Attorney - Report of the Chief State's Attorney to the Joint Standing Committee of the General Assembly - Summary of Ex Parte Orders - Submitted: January 31, 2013 for the Calendar Year 2012. (Pursuant to Section 54-47aa(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: January 31, 2013

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

The following House Joint Resolutions were received from the committees indicated, the resolutions read the second time and tabled for the Calendar:

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 25 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF THE HONORABLE KEVIN G. DUBAY OF HARTFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL, AS AN ALTERNATE SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 26 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF BARBARA D. AARON, ESQUIRE OF WEST HARTFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS. H. J. No. 27 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF COURTNEY GOODEN OF WATERFORD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIAL REVIEW COUNCIL.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Vicino of the 35th 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.

CHILDREN

H. B. No. 6329 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DISSECTION CHOICE', to allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom.

H. B. No. 6330 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOOK-A-LIKE FIREARMS', to make it an infraction for any person to deface the markings on any look-a-like firearm and to ban the possession of look-a-like firearms, pellet-firing air guns or BB. guns in or on the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school.

H. B. No. 6331 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD BLOOD DONORS', to increase the amount of available blood in the state by amending section 19a-285a of the general statutes to allow sixteen-year olds to donate blood at volunteer blood donation programs provided such sixteen-year olds produce written authorization from their parent or guardian prior to donation.

H. B. No. 6332 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TOXIC FIRE RETARDANTS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS', to ban any product containing the Tris flame retardant chemical TDCPP, TDCP, TCEP or TCPP marketed for the use of children three years of age or younger.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

H. B. No. 6333 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FILING FEE AT THE STATE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION', to increase the filing fee for the submission of grievances to the Board of Mediation and Arbitration in order to increase revenue and to further ensure that any party filing such grievances is doing so in good faith.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6334 REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE FEASIBILITY OF REGIONALIZING EMERGENCY DISPATCH FUNCTIONS', to create and fund a study to investigate the potential benefits of having municipalities cooperate on public safety functions.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 6335 REP. VERRENGIA, 20th DIST. ; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISPOSAL OF WEAPONS SEIZED FROM A PERSON WHO POSES A RISK OF IMMINENT PERSONAL INJURY TO SELF OR OTHERS', to allow police departments to manage their inventory of seized firearms without the risk of liability.

H. B. No. 6336 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF TESTS FOR BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS IN OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CASES', to require that in a criminal prosecution for drunken driving or drunken boating evidence is presented that demonstrates the results of a blood alcohol test not commenced within two hours of operation accurately indicate the blood alcohol content at the time of the alleged offense and delete the requirement in an administrative per se hearing that a test for blood alcohol levels be commenced within two hours of operation.

CHILDREN

S. B. No. 821 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESPONSIBILITIES OF MANDATED REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT', to assist children suffering from abuse and neglect by strengthening the statutory protections for mandated reporters and other employees reporting suspected instances of child abuse or neglect.

S. B. No. 822 (RAISED) CHILDREN. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INTERVIEWS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT', to permit the Department of Children and Families to interview a child in a child protective investigation without parental consent in circumstances when obtaining such consent would place the child at imminent risk of physical harm.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

S. B. No. 823 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEVERE MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENT AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE', to expand workers' compensation coverage to individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of witnessing the death or maiming of another human being whose death or maiming was caused by an intentional act of violence of another person.

S. B. No. 824 (RAISED) LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 'AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS', to extend workers' compensation benefits to firefighters and police officers who suffer a cardiac emergency resulting in death or temporary or permanent total or partial disability within seventy-two hours of engaging in certain public safety operations.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 825 (RAISED) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL BONDSMEN, SURETY BAIL BOND AGENTS AND BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENTS', to establish age and education requirements for professional bondsmen and bail enforcement agents and provide for the revocation of their licenses if a restraining or protective order has been issued against them, require any badges worn by bail enforcement agents to be approved, require annual firearms refresher training for holders of a special firearms permit and require approval of instructors offering criminal justice and firearms courses to applicants.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Vicino of the 35th District, the House adjourned at 11: 21 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

The following reports on the House Bills, recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the reports of the committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

GENERAL LAW. H. B. No. 5348 AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATION FOR PERSONS WHO DECONTAMINATE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Health.

GENERAL LAW. H. B. No. 5606 AN ACT CONCERNING HOME-BASED BAKERIES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Health.

GENERAL LAW. H. B. No. 5612 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LISTING OF SOY AS AN INGREDIENT IN FOOD, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Health.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

The following reports recommending a change of reference were received from the committees indicated, the reports of the committees accepted in concurrence, and the bills referred as recommended:

GENERAL LAW. S. B. No. 282 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CONNECTICUT ANTIQUES TRAIL.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Commerce.

GENERAL LAW. S. B. No. 328 AN ACT CONCERNING MINORS AND VIOLENT POINT-AND-SHOOT VIDEO GAMES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Children.

GENERAL LAW. S. B. No. 437 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINKS TO PERSONS UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Health.