JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Senate was called to order at 10: 24 a. m. in accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), and under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.

The prayer was offered by Acting Chaplain, Frank A. Forzano of South Windsor, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Dear Lord above we ask you to fill our hearts with the precious gift of love today.

Pursuant to Senate Rule 9(b) the Senate is called into Session, by the Office of the Senate Clerk's under the authority of the President Pro Tempore and the Senate Minority Leader.

It is hereby moved that Senate Agenda Number 1, dated March 19, 2013, is adopted, the items on said Agenda shall be acted upon as indicated and that the Agenda shall be incorporated into the Senate Journal and Senate Transcript.

FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

SENATE BILLS

The following favorable reports on a Senate Bills recommending a change of reference were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, the report of the Committees accepted, and the bills referred as recommended:

COMMERCE. Substitute for S. B. No. 942 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CAPS ON STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESS PROJECTS AND THE URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL SITE TAX CREDIT.

The report was referred to the committee on Government Administration and Elections.

COMMERCE. S. B. No. 1008 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE STREAMLINING OF CERTAIN PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

The report was referred to the committee on Environment.

COMMERCE. S. B. No. 1078 (RAISED) AN ACT INCREASING THE GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT OF VEHICLES HAULING AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES.

The report was referred to the committee on Transportation.

BUSINESS FROM THE HOUSE

FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following favorable reports on House Bill recommending a change of reference were received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, the reports of the Committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:

COMMERCE. Substitute for H. B. No. 6356 AN ACT CONCERNING BENEFIT CORPORATIONS AND ENCOURAGING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE.

The report was referred to the committee on Judiciary.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

SENATE AND HOUSE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

In accordance with the provisions of Senate Rule 9(b), 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:

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

S. B. No. 4 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY VOTING', to provide for early voting for regular state elections and to ensure that no elector stands in line for longer than fifteen minutes before being permitted to cast his or her ballot.

S. B. No. 5 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHANGES TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS AND OTHER ELECTION LAWS', to enhance political contribution disclosure laws, to increase certain contribution limits, to streamline filing requirements, to clarify provisions re status on enrollment lists at time of nomination for certain offices and to make technical changes.

S. B. No. 1146 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CROSS-ENDORSEMENTS', to eliminate cross-endorsements of candidates.

S. B. No. 1147 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT', to make technical changes to the statutes concerning the Joint Committee on Legislative Management.

S. B. No. 1148 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT REDEFINING "MEETING" FOR PURPOSES OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT', to exempt certain negotiations between the leaders of political parties from being considered a meeting for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act.

S. B. No. 1149 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE STATUTE CONCERNING ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS', to make technical changes to the statute concerning access to public records under the Freedom of Information Act.

S. B. No. 1150 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE STATE TREASURER', to make technical changes to statutes concerning the State Treasurer.

H. B. No. 5602 (COMM) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT OFFER FREE COURSES TO INMATES FROM STATE CONTRACTING REQUIREMENTS', to exempt institutions of higher education that arrange for professors to teach free for-credit courses to inmates from state contracting requirements.

H. B. No. 6669 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION', to make adjustments to the provisions concerning appointment of commission members to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

H. B. No. 6670 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SUPERVISED ABSENTEE VOTING, APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ASSIGNED TO MODERATORS', to permit individuals who reside in a state operated mental health facility to vote absentee without supervision of the registrars of voters, to provide that a unique number be assigned to the person requesting absentee ballot applications, to clarify that any duty or responsibility assigned to an elections moderator shall be carried out by the moderator and to make technical changes.

H. B. No. 6671 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION', to require state agencies to communicate with their clients in a culturally competent way and to require the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee to conduct a study regarding creating a centralized permitting office.

H. B. No. 6672 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF STATE LAND', to convey certain parcels of land owned by the state.

H. B. No. 6673 (RAISED) GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS', to add an additional requirement for privatization contracts involving reimbursable personal services, to permit the cost-benefit analysis to be waived under certain circumstances and to nullify any privatization contract other than for an emergency procurement entered into or renewed without complying with the provisions of section 4e-16.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 6674 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ENGAGING AN OFFICER IN PURSUIT', to establish a criminal offense for failure of a pedestrian or other person to stop upon the signal of a peace officer to correspond with provisions regarding the failure of the operator of a motor vehicle to stop the motor vehicle upon such signal.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 29 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.

BILLS FILED WITH THE

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE

IN ACCORDANCE WITH JOINT RULE 15

AS OF 03/18/13

AT 5: 00 P. M.

PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS

S. B. No. 988 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM.

S. B. No. 989 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING A PLAN FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO REDUCE THE STATE'S ACHIEVEMENT GAP.

H. B. No. 6514 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING MEDICAID PAYMENT INTEGRITY.

H. B. No. 6515 (RAISED) AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE FOR MAXIMIZING ALTERNATIVE REVENUE.

H. B. No. 6517 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT'S DUTIES, MENTAL HEALTH PARITY COMPLIANCE CHECKS AND THE EXTERNAL REVIEW APPLICATION PROCESS.

H. B. No. 6557 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE HEALTH CARRIER UTILIZATION REVIEW AND GRIEVANCE PROCESS.