JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Monday, January 14, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 35 o'clock a. m. , Representative Hewett of the 39th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Dorian A. Lockett of Manchester, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Lord, listen to the prayers of Your people today as we tend to the business of the State. There are many issues that need our attention, be with us as we consider them. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dorian A. Lockett of Manchester, Connecticut.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The following communication was received from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and ordered printed in the Journal.

January 11, 2013

Mr. Martin Dunleavy

Clerk of the House of Representatives

State Capitol, Room 109

Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Dear Mr. Dunleavy:

This letter is to inform you of the following changes to committee assignments:

Representative Penny Bacchiochi has been appointed to the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Representative Victor Cuevas has been removed from the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and has been appointed to the Appropriations Committee.

Representative Russell Morin has been removed from the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and appointed to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Representative Mike Demicco has been appointed to the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.

Please contact my office if you have any questions.

J. Brendan Sharkey

Speaker of the House

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Lemar of the 96th 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. 5256 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE VOTE REQUIRED TO ENACT A STATE BUDGET', to require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly to enact a state budget.

Proposed H. B. No. 5257 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSUMED RATE OF RETURN ON THE FUND ESTABLISHED FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN POST-EMPLOYMENT OBLIGATIONS TO STATE EMPLOYEES', to reduce the rate of return calculated on the fund for the payment of certain post-employment obligations to state employees.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5258 REP. BACCHIOCHI, 52nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS FOR CERTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS', to allow boards of education to award honorary diplomas to certain senior citizens.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5259 REP. WILLIS, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VIRTUAL NET METERING QUALIFICATIONS', to reduce municipal energy costs by expanding virtual net metering qualifications from current law that allows only the municipal ownership of a virtual net metering facility to qualify for virtual net metering.

Proposed H. B. No. 5260 REP. WILLIS, 64th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NEIGHBORHOOD VIRTUAL NET METERING', to encourage the development of renewable energy sources and allow residential customers to benefit from such sources. Current law allows only the municipal ownership of a virtual net metering facility to qualify for virtual net metering.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5261 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUNRISE STATE PARK', to require the development of a plan for the use of the Sunrise State Park.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5262 REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TERMINATION OF "ROBO" CALLS', to require the termination of a "robo" call when the recipient of the call hangs up the telephone.

Proposed H. B. No. 5263 REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR UNSOLICITED TELEPHONIC SALES CALLS', to protect consumers by increasing fines for "Do Not Call" list violations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5264 REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING REFUNDS FOR DAMAGED AND DEFECTIVE GOODS', to protect consumers by requiring retailers to give refunds for damaged and defective items.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5265 REP. NOUJAIM, 74th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELY FILING OF SUPPLEMENTAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE STATEMENTS', to provide for timely filing of supplemental campaign finance statements.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5266 REP. BUCK-TAYLOR, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ENFORCEMENT AND PREVENTION OF FRAUD IN SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS', to expand fraud prevention and enforcement efforts in social services programs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5267 REP. BOWLES, 42nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGIONAL DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES', to facilitate greater regional coordination of social services and foster collaboration and organizational efficiencies.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5268 REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. ; SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE BY FIREARM OWNERS AND ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION', to require firearm owners to maintain liability insurance and establish a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of fifty per cent.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 5269 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR CRIMINAL USE OF A FIREARM OR ELECTRONIC DEFENSE WEAPON', to increase the penalty for criminal use of a firearm or electronic defense weapon from a class D felony to a class C felony.

Proposed H. B. No. 5270 REP. BUCK-TAYLOR, 67th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING PEER REVIEW PANELS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS', to establish a peer review process for claims of alleged negligence by a health care provider.

Proposed H. B. No. 5271 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SERVICE OF CAPIAS MITTIMUS ORDERS IN CHILD SUPPORT CASES', to increase the collection of past due child by permitting a state police officer or municipal police officer to serve a capias mittimus that has been ordered by the court in a child support matter.

Proposed H. B. No. 5272 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY METHODS OF IMPROVING THE COLLECTION OF PAST DUE CHILD SUPPORT IN THE STATE', to establish a task force to study methods of improving the collection of past due child support in the state.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5273 REP. HOYDICK, 120th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO ENACT MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to provide municipalities with relief from unfunded mandates.

Proposed H. B. No. 5274 REP. BETTS, 78th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED STATE MANDATES FOR MUNICIPALITIES', to provide property tax relief.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5275 REP. SAWYER, 55th DIST. ; REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR NURSING TO JOIN THE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT', to expand employment opportunities for nurses by requiring that the state join the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Proposed H. B. No. 5276 REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PENALTY FOR OPTOMETRISTS AND PHYSICIANS WHO FAIL TO REPORT INFORMATION CONCERNING BLIND PATIENTS', to establish a penalty for optometrists and physicians who do not follow the mandatory requirement of reporting blind persons in accordance with section 10-305 of the general statutes.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5277 REP. CLEMONS, 124th DIST. ; SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT LEGALIZING AND REGULATING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS', to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts matches.

Proposed H. B. No. 5278 REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING FIREFIGHTERS TO CONDUCT CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING BOOT DRIVES ON STATE HIGHWAYS', to allow firefighters the ability to conduct fundraising boot drives on state highways.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5279 REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS TO FOREST ROAD IN NEW HAVEN', to improve drainage and curb flooding issues on a portion of Forest Road in New Haven.

Proposed H. B. No. 5280 REP. GENGA, 10th DIST. ; REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. ; REP. BARAM, 15th DIST. ; REP. LARSON, 11th DIST. ; REP. MUSHINSKY, 85th DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. ; SEN. MAYNARD, 18th DIST. ; SEN. MCKINNEY, 28th DIST. ; SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. ; SEN. MEYER, 12th DIST. ; SEN. MUSTO, 22nd DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING SMOKING IN MOTOR VEHICLES WITH MINOR CHILDREN', to protect children from secondhand smoke.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 140 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. ; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR FIREARM OWNERS AND SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION', to require firearm owners to maintain liability insurance and establish a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of fifty per cent.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 141 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF HOME HEALTH CARE COMPANIES', to clarify that home health care companies are liable for the acts of their agents.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 142 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR CAUSING THE DEATH OF ANOTHER WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE ', to increase the fine for persons convicted of causing the death of another with a motor vehicle.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 143 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF NOTICE IN NEWSPAPERS', to provide local property tax relief by reducing costly newspaper public notice requirements for municipalities.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 144 SEN. BYE, 5th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES', to provide a greater ease in voting for individuals with disabilities.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 145 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPALITIES TO WAIVE DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN MILITARY PERSONNEL', to permit towns to waive delinquent property tax interest and penalties for members of the armed forces.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Lemar of the 96th District, the House adjourned at 11: 37 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.