JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 10: 18 o'clock a. m. , Representative Sayers of the 60th District in the Chair.

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

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, assist us in our efforts to evaluate the merits of the bills that are placed before us. Give us Your wisdom so that we may bring forth just and constructive legislation. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Garland D. Higgins of West Hartford, Connecticut.

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 Executive and Legislative Nominations.

March 14, 2013

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint BRIAN A. DOYLE from Windsor, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, representing the interests of exclusive bargaining representatives of certified employees, to serve a term ending June 30, 2014 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 31-280a of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint ROSS HOLLANDER, from Bloomfield, to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Workers' Compensation Commission, as a representative of employers, to serve a term ending December 31, 2013 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Linda P. Passanisi, who resigned.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 46a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint CESAR A. NOBLE from West Hartford, to be a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to serve a term beginning July 15, 2013 and ending July 14, 2018, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Lyn May.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint CLIFFORD B. SILVERS from Milford, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, representing the interests of exclusive bargaining representatives of certified employees, to serve a term ending June 30, 2014 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILLS

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

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for H. B. No. 5388 AN ACT REQUIRING CITIES AND TOWNS TO DESIGNATE A VETERANS' SERVICE CONTACT PERSON.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Planning and Development.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. H. B. No. 5754 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Human Services.

BUSINESS FROM THE SENATE

FAVORABLE REPORTS OF JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES

CHANGES OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

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

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. S. B. No. 382 AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDS FOR THE CIVIL AIR PATROL.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for S. B. No. 647 AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY SERVING OVERSEAS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. S. B. No. 648 AN ACT CONCERNING AN APPROPRIATION FOR VICTORY GARDENS IN NEWINGTON.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. Substitute for S. B. No. 930 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING SERVICEMEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT PROCEEDINGS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS. S. B. No. 935 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EXCUSED ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OF SERVICE MEMBERS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Education.

HUMAN SERVICES. S. B. No. 1024 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT OF EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIANS FOR TREATMENT OF MEDICAID RECIPIENTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

HUMAN SERVICES. S. B. No. 1025 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING ADVANCE PAYMENTS TO NURSING FACILITIES FOR UNCOMPENSATED CARE.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Santiago of the 84th 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.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 5113 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. '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.

TRANSPORTATION

H. B. No. 5250 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF WORKERS IN ROADWAY WORK ZONES', to enhance the safety of highway work zones.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 5278 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING FIREFIGHTERS TO CONDUCT CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING BOOT DRIVES ON STATE HIGHWAYS', to allow firefighters the ability to use state highways to conduct fundraising boot drives.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 5499 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT ENCOURAGING STUDENTS IN TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS TO TUTOR CHILDREN IN ALLIANCE DISTRICT SCHOOLS', to encourage potential educators to help those students most in need.

H. B. No. 5911 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TEACHING OF GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN', to encourage students in teacher preparation programs to become specialized in the teaching of gifted and talented children.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 6007 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING "BLUE ALERTS"', to establish a system to alert the public when a police officer has been seriously injured or killed or is missing and solicit the public's assistance in apprehending the suspect or locating the officer.

H. B. No. 6009 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL TRAINING OF MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS', to authorize the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to develop an interactive electronic computer platform that will allow police officers to complete certified review training in their jurisdictions, rather than at a Police Officer Standards and Training Council facility.

H. B. No. 6014 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPONS', to ensure the safe use of electronic defense weapons by law enforcement agencies.

H. B. No. 6015 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE CHARGING OF FEES FOR THE DISPATCH OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO 9-1-1 CALLS', to protect public safety by not discouraging the use of the emergency 9-1-1 network.

TRANSPORTATION

H. B. No. 6051 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STUDY OF ELECTRONIC TOLLS, HIGHWAY CONGESTION, SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FUND EXPENDITURES AND REDUCTIONS TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE FUELS TAX', to require the Department of Transportation to report the findings of any studies concerning tolls to the General Assembly.

H. B. No. 6052 (COMM) TRANSPORTATION. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TOLLS FOR THE EXTENSION OF ROUTE 11', to authorize the imposition of tolls on the extension of Route 11.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

H. B. No. 6160 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT REQUIRING WORKING SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN ALL RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AT THE TIME TITLE IS TRANSFERRED', to promote the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment in all residential buildings.

COMMERCE

H. B. No. 6649 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A CONNECTICUT PRIVATE INVESTMENT FUND WITH A PUBLIC MISSION', to require the Department of Economic and Community Development to submit a report concerning the development of a private investment fund with a public mission to which the state would provide matching investments.

H. B. No. 6650 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS', to (1) establish a heating fuel excise tax to provide funding for the implementation of cost-effective energy conservation programs, and (2) require any furnaces or boilers to be Energy Star compliant in order to qualify for the residential heating equipment financing program.

H. B. No. 6651 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT BROWNFIELDS WORKING GROUP', to implement the recommendations of the State of Connecticut Brownfields Working Group by streamlining and consolidating the state's brownfield remediation programs and statutes.

H. B. No. 6652 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STATUTES', to make technical corrections to the 2012 legislation that merged Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated and the Connecticut Development Authority.

ENVIRONMENT

H. B. No. 6653 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REGULATORY STREAMLINING TO ASSIST MUNICIPALITIES', to streamline certain aspects of programs administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in order to assist municipalities.

H. B. No. 6654 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SPORTSMEN RELATED REVISIONS TO THE GENERAL STATUTES', to authorize the establishment of a bear hunting season by lottery, require the licensure of hunting and fishing guides, authorize the award of food vending services in state parks and forests to the highest responsible bidder and reduce hunting, trapping and fishing fees for youths and persons under the age of twenty-one.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 6655 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY', to improve the safety and security of Connecticut's colleges and universities.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

H. B. No. 6656 (RAISED) INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM POSSESSORS OR OWNERS', to require any person who possesses or owns a firearm to procure and maintain excess personal liability insurance and self defense insurance, and to require the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

COMMERCE

S. B. No. 3 (COMM) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING JOBS IN EMERGING SECTORS', to encourage job growth in emerging business sectors in the state.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 205 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION', to increase graduation rates of student athletes at public institutions of higher education.

S. B. No. 333 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND DROP-OUT RATES IN RELATION TO FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENTS AT THE REGIONAL-COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGES', to study the correlation between student attendance and drop-out rates in relation to student financial aid disbursements at the regional community-technical colleges.

PUBLIC HEALTH

S. B. No. 360 (COMM) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PEDIATRIC AUTOIMMUNE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDER ASSOCIATED WITH STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS', to require the Department of Public Health to develop programs and promote research on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

S. B. No. 745 (COMM) PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF EXPLODING TARGETS', to prohibit the use of exploding targets near residential buildings.

COMMERCE

S. B. No. 1130 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT MAXIMIZING JOBS FOR STATE WORKERS BY REQUIRING PLANS OF LOCAL HIRING BY CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES', to require any business seeking to bid on a contract or perform work on any public work by the state to file an annual local construction hiring plan.

S. B. No. 1131 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO THE CONNECTICUT HISTORIC HOME TAX CREDIT', to expand eligibility for and usage of the historic homes tax credit by (1) allowing homeowners to sell the credit to a business or apply it to the personal income tax, (2) lowering the minimum qualifying expense to fifteen thousand dollars, (3) raising the maximum amount of the credit to fifty thousand dollars per unit, (4) removing the geographical restriction on eligibility, and (5) introducing a graduated structure for the calculation of the credit amount.

S. B. No. 1132 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF BUSINESS TAX CREDITS', to (1) make permanent the tax credit for angel investors and allow venture capital companies to qualify for such credit, and (2) require the Departments of Revenue Services and Economic and Community Development to collaborate on a report to the General Assembly concerning the expansion of the research and development tax credit and the angel investor tax credit.

S. B. No. 1133 (RAISED) COMMERCE. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PREFERENCES FOR CONNECTICUT COMPANIES IN STATE AND MUNICIPAL CONTRACTING', to expand the preference for in-state bidders in the award of state contracts and allow municipalities to enact similar preferences.

ENVIRONMENT

S. B. No. 1134 (RAISED) ENVIRONMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING FURNACES', to require the operation of outdoor wood-burning furnaces to meet certain requirements, to require such furnaces sold after October 1, 2014, to meet certain EPA standards and to clarify the enforcement authority concerning such requirements and standards.

PUBLIC HEALTH

S. B. No. 1135 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGISTS', to require the Commissioner of Public Health to submit a report concerning the licensing of nuclear medicine technologists.

S. B. No. 1136 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES', to require the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop a plan concerning the provision of mental health services to young adults and to require the Commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Children and Families and Social Services to establish a regional behavioral health consultation system for primary care providers who serve children.

S. B. No. 1137 (RAISED) PUBLIC HEALTH. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS', to adopt the federal definition of "school-based health center" and to require the Commissioners of Public Health and Education to establish a plan for school-based health centers.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

S. B. No. 1138 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S CLEAN ENERGY GOALS', to allow the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to solicit proposals from providers of Class I renewable energy sources and report findings of such study to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and technology.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 1139 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO PROGRAM APPROVAL FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES', to eliminate the requirement that nonprofit independent institutions of higher education authorized to operate in this state for more than twenty years obtain approval from the State Board of Education to implement new and revised academic programs.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Santiago of the 84th District, the House adjourned at 10: 21 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following report on the House Bill, recommending a change of reference was received from the committee indicated, the report of the committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5965 AN ACT CONCERNING SENSITIVITY AND AWARENESS TRAINING FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.