JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 37 o'clock a. m. , Representative Ritter of the 38th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Brandon K. Bish, a 4th grade student from Metacomet Elementary School in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, yesterday America inaugurated Barack H. Obama for a second term as President of the United States. Bestow upon President Obama, and his Administration, the wisdom and courage to lead our Nation through the challenges ahead. May all Americans in this great democracy be reminded of our call to service. As our country looks to the future, we are again reminded that we are members of one human family. As Americans, may we work together with reason and understanding; may we live together in justice and peace. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Anita DeLorenzo of Bloomfield, 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.

January 18, 2013

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint BARBARA D. AARON, ESQUIRE from West Hartford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a attorney admitted to practice in the State, to serve a term ending November 30, 2016 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Justin Clark.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint HONORABLE KEVIN G. DUBAY from Hartford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as an Alternate Superior Court Judge, to serve a term ending November 30, 2015 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Henry Cohn.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1 and 51-51k of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint COURTNEY GOODEN from Waterford, to be a member of the Judicial Review Council, as a Public Member, to serve a term ending November 30, 2016 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to James Clary.

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 RICHARD H. KOSINSKI, ESQUIRE from New Britain, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, as a neutral arbitrator, to serve a term ending June 30, 2015 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 10-153f of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, reappoint SUSAN R. MEREDITH, ESQUIRE from New Haven, to be a member of the Education Arbitration Board, as a neutral arbitrator, to serve a term ending June 30, 2015 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer.

DANNEL P. MALLOY

Governor

REPORT

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

Report - State of Connecticut - Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection - Annual Reports on Planning and Activities for Children and Youth as Part of Homeland Preparedness and Emergency Response Planning for Natural Disasters, Man-Made Disasters and Terrorism. (Pursuant to Section 28-1l of Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: January 18, 2013

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

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.

AGING

Proposed H. B. No. 5453 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING STREAMLINING APPROVAL FOR NURSING HOMES TO SHELTER VULNERABLE RESIDENTS', to ensure that nursing homes can play a role in helping to provide shelter and care to vulnerable elderly and ill residents in a declared state of emergency.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5454 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VOTING BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS AND STIPULATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH A LAWSUIT', to require the General Assembly to vote on all collective bargaining agreements and agreements and stipulated agreements in connection with a lawsuit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5455 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR CONNECTICUT'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM', to increase the opportunities for youth to obtain summer jobs and build work skills during the summer months.

BANKS

H. B. No. 5456 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF BANKING', to make changes to the general statutes relating to the Department of Banking.

H. B. No. 5457 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT', to establish a task force to study ways in which the state may (1) encourage the growth of business, (2) stimulate job growth and increase state and municipal tax revenue, and (3) address concerns regarding the availability of financing after the merger, takeover or liquidation of a financial institution.

COMMERCE

Proposed H. B. No. 5458 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 PHASE II OF THE STREETSCAPING PROJECT IN THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN', to provide funding for Phase II of the streetscaping project, from Wagner Place to Water Street in West Haven, to include enhanced pedestrian access and renovated walkways.

Proposed H. B. No. 5459 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE DELIVERY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES', to strengthen partnerships between the Department of Economic and Community Development and local organizations in order to make Department of Economic and Community Development services and programs available to businesses on a local level.

Proposed H. B. No. 5460 REP. RITTER, 38th DIST. ; SEN. STILLMAN, 20th DIST. ; SEN. MAYNARD, 18th DIST. ; REP. JUTILA, 37th DIST. ; REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ; REP. HEWETT, 39th DIST. ; REP. WRIGHT, 41st DIST. ; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. MOUKAWSHER, 40th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MODEL PLAN FOR EMERGING BIOSCIENCE AND PHARMACEUTICAL BUSINESSES IN SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT', to facilitate the growth of a bioscience and pharmaceutical presence in southeastern Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5461 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXPLOITATIVE LABOR IN SUPPLY CHAINS', to require retailers and manufacturers to disclose their efforts to identify and remove exploitative labor from their supply chains.

Proposed H. B. No. 5462 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BUSINESSES', to provide for the establishment of social enterprise businesses in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5463 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. ; REP. ALBIS, 99th DIST. ; REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. ; REP. WRIGHT, 41st DIST. ; REP. O'BRIEN, 61st DIST. ; REP. WILLIS, 64th DIST. ; REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. LUXENBERG, 12th DIST. ; REP. DEMICCO, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BENEFIT CORPORATIONS', to provide for the establishment of benefit corporations in the state.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5464 REP. JANOWSKI, 56th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS', to provide financial incentives to school districts that increase security in schools and provide better emergency protections for children and staff.

Proposed H. B. No. 5465 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND THE WORKFORCE', to create a cohesive education system in the state that prepares students for college and the workforce.

Proposed H. B. No. 5466 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INSTALLATION OF PANIC BUTTONS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to require the installation of panic buttons in public schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5467 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE REQUIREMENT THAT TOWNS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM TUITION PAYMENTS AT INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOLS', to repeal the requirement that towns are responsible for paying preschool program tuition at interdistrict magnet schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5468 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF A STATE-WIDE POLICY FOR SCHOOL SECURITY STANDARDS', to improve security in public schools in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5469 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM', to provide school districts with innovative tools through which to teach students to learn by doing as opposed to simply teaching them how to complete a task.

Proposed H. B. No. 5470 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS', to shift the burden of proof to parents in special education hearings.

Proposed H. B. No. 5471 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE LAWS REGARDING YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION', to bring awareness to the signs and symptoms of youth suicide and to develop ways to prevent its occurrence.

Proposed H. B. No. 5472 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE REQUIREMENT THAT TOWNS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM TUITION PAYMENTS AT MAGNET SCHOOLS', to repeal the requirement that towns are responsible for paying preschool program tuition at interdistrict magnet schools.

Proposed H. B. No. 5473 REP. ARCONTI, 109th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL DISTRICT SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS', to educate substitute teachers of the safety policies and procedures of a school district.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5474 REP. STALLWORTH, 126th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING FROM PROPERTY TAX CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR MUNICIPAL USE', to promote the use of renewable energy sources and to allow municipalities to benefit from such sources by expanding current law that allows a property tax exemption for renewable energy sources only if the generation of electricity is for residential or farm use.

Proposed H. B. No. 5475 REP. MILLER, 122nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXTENDING RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD DEADLINES', to provide additional time for compliance with the renewable portfolio standard requirements by extending each deadline beginning in 2016.

Proposed H. B. No. 5476 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UTILITY POLE REPAIR', to require the repair or replacement of utility poles damaged as a result of an emergency regardless of ownership.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5477 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT PROVIDING STORMWATER AUTHORITIES WITH CERTAIN CORPORATE POWERS', to enable stormwater authorities to successfully operate and perform their functions.

Proposed H. B. No. 5478 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE MORATORIUM FOR WATER DIVERSIONS AND REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATE-WIDE WATER USE PLAN', to responsibly authorize water diversions in accordance with a state-wide water use plan.

Proposed H. B. No. 5479 REP. HOVEY, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSURE OF PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOG IMPORTATION', to assure that persons engaged in the business of importing dogs are suitably conducting such businesses.

Proposed H. B. No. 5480 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING GROUNDWATER TESTING AND THE DISCLOSURE OF PESTICIDE USE AT STATE-OWNED AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FIELDS', to assure that the use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides at state-owned agricultural research fields does not negatively impact water quality in the surrounding area.

Proposed H. B. No. 5481 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OF THE STATE TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BERM IN ELTON ROGERS PARK IN BRIDGEPORT', to fund the Ox Brook flood control project in Elton Rogers Park in the city of Bridgeport.

Proposed H. B. No. 5482 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND CONNECTICUT-GROWN PRODUCTS IN SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAMS', to increase local food processing and the availability of Connecticut-grown food products in school food programs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5483 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE NOTIFICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BY FARMS THAT USE BATTERY CAGES OR VEAL OR GESTATIONAL CRATES', to identify those farms that use battery cages or veal or gestational crates.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed H. B. No. 5484 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. ; REP. COOK, 65th DIST. ; REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING GENERIC SUBSTITUTIONS FOR TAMPER- RESISTANT DRUG FORMULATIONS', to require written consent of a prescribing provider in order to use a generic substitution for any drug that is designed in a tamper-resistant formulation.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5485 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX ON LIVERY SERVICES', to remove the tax on livery fares when a taxi is not required to charge the same tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5486 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCOME TAX TREATMENT OF PENSION AND SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME', to remove a portion of pension and Social Security income from personal income tax calculations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5487 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TAXATION OF HEADSTONES AND GRAVE MARKERS', to exempt headstones and grave markers from the sales tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5488 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT INCOME TAXATION OF PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME', to provide tax relief to senior citizens and make Connecticut more competitive with other states.

Proposed H. B. No. 5489 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT REPEALING THE STATE PORTION OF THE REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX', to repeal the state portion of the real estate conveyance tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5490 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT PHASING OUT THE ESTATE TAX', to phase out the estate tax.

Proposed H. B. No. 5491 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A WAIVER FROM INCOME TAX LIABILITY FOR FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY', to assist the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

Proposed H. B. No. 5492 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME FROM PERSONAL INCOME TAX', to provide tax relief to senior citizens.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5493 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS', to require that any requested application for an absentee ballot be mailed to the elector's residence.

Proposed H. B. No. 5494 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING FRENCH CANADIAN AMERICAN DAY', to recognize the contributions of persons of French-Canadian heritage, who compose the fifth largest ethnic group in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5495 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRARS OF VOTERS', to require a registrar of voters seeking reelection to step down from their office during the period of their campaign after the endorsement process.

Proposed H. B. No. 5496 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF POLL WORKERS FOR PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS', to allow candidates an equal opportunity to have monitors and other poll workers of their choice appointed.

Proposed H. B. No. 5497 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS BY LANDLORDS TO TENANTS', to improve the administration of elections and reduce lines on election day by providing new residents of rental properties with voter registration applications when signing a lease or rental agreement.

Proposed H. B. No. 5498 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUPERVISED ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS', to permit each candidate running for office to designate a person to supervise the process of supervised absentee balloting.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5499 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT ENCOURAGING STUDENTS IN TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS TO TUTOR CHILDREN FROM POORLY PERFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICTS', to encourage potential educators to help those students most in need.

Proposed H. B. No. 5500 REP. HADDAD, 54th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH UNIFORM FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION', to require institutions of higher education to provide financial aid information in a uniform way to ensure that students understand their true higher education costs.

HOUSING

Proposed H. B. No. 5501 REP. WOOD, 141st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENALTIES FOR THE ILLEGAL SALE OR RENTAL OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS', to provide towns that struggle to meet affordable housing requirements with incentives to increase compliance.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5502 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DRUG FELONS FROM RECEIVING STATE ADMINISTERED GENERAL ASSISTANCE', to foster accountability and eliminate fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded assistance programs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5503 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT PREVENTING THE USE OF CASH ASSISTANCE FOR ILLEGITIMATE PURPOSES', to prevent recipients of cash assistance from using benefits for illegitimate purposes.

Proposed H. B. No. 5504 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING RECIPIENTS OF STATE-SPONSORED BENEFITS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE', to foster transparency and accountability while eliminating fraud and abuse of taxpayer-funded services.

Proposed H. B. No. 5505 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RANDOM AUDITS OF SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS', to eliminate fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded programs.

Proposed H. B. No. 5506 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT DETERRING FRAUD IN SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS', to deter fraud and abuse and foster accountability and integrity in taxpayer-funded services.

Proposed H. B. No. 5507 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT WARNING STATE ASSISTANCE BENEFICIARIES OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF FRAUD', to alert recipients and providers of the consequences of fraudulently obtaining state-administered assistance thereby deterring fraud and instilling accountability.

Proposed H. B. No. 5508 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING DRUG FELONS FROM RECEIVING SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS', to prevent the abuse of taxpayer-funded services and to instill integrity and accountability in such services.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed H. B. No. 5509 REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING STATE-WIDE UNIFORM AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE RATES', to require uniform automobile insurance rates across the towns in the state.

Proposed H. B. No. 5510 REP. ZONI, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF CREDIT HISTORIES AS A FACTOR IN UNDERWRITING OR RATING PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE POLICIES', to prohibit the use of an applicant's credit history as a factor in underwriting or rating a private passenger motor vehicle insurance policy.

Proposed H. B. No. 5511 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE', to provide state residents with choices for their health care coverage.

Proposed H. B. No. 5512 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT EXPANDING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES', to expand health insurance coverage to cover mental health therapy services with any health care provider of the insured's choice and long-term hospitalization.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 5513 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW BY NOTARIES PUBLIC', to clarify that notaries public may not (1) offer legal assistance in immigration matters unless they are attorneys or otherwise permitted to provide assistance in such matters pursuant to federal law; or (2) falsely convey the impression that they are attorneys by use of certain titles.

H. B. No. 5514 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR ADULT OFFENDER SUPERVISION', to eliminate the statutory requirement that the Commissioner of Correction act as administrator of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, and allow for the Governor or the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision to appoint a compact administrator in accordance with the terms of the compact.

H. B. No. 5515 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL STAYS AT CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES', to allow an inmate to remain in a correctional facility for thirty days beyond the inmate's discharge date while awaiting acceptance into a treatment program or health care institution or for any compelling reason deemed consistent with offender rehabilitation or treatment.

H. B. No. 5516 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REMOVAL OF INDIVIDUALS FROM THE STATE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REGISTRY', to establish a procedure for individuals to remove their names from the state child abuse and neglect registry after five years have elapsed and upon the showing of good cause.

Proposed H. B. No. 5517 REP. GENTILE, 104th DIST. 'AN ACT CREATING A PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION TO ENFORCE CERTAIN CONSERVATION EASEMENTS', to establish a private cause of action to enforce conservation easements held by the state or municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5518 REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DETERMINATION OF RESIDENCE FOR INCARCERATED PERSONS', to adjust population data so as to count incarcerated persons as residents of their last town of residence rather than residents of the town in which the correctional facility is located.

Proposed H. B. No. 5519 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING AND THE PURCHASE OF ALCOHOL BY A MINOR', to increase the penalties for minors who possess, purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol and for persons who give alcohol to minors or facilitate the purchase of alcohol by minors.

Proposed H. B. No. 5520 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MAXIMUM DAMAGES THRESHOLD FOR MONEY DAMAGES IN SMALL CLAIMS ACTIONS', to increase the maximum money damages threshold in small claims actions from five thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars.

Proposed H. B. No. 5521 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AWARD OF NONECONOMIC DAMAGES IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS', to limit noneconomic damages awards in medical malpractice cases.

Proposed H. B. No. 5522 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING A PERSON FROM EARNING RISK REDUCTION CREDIT FOR ANY OFFENSE THAT RESULTS IN THE DEATH OF ANOTHER', to prohibit a person from earning risk reduction credit for any offense that results in the death of another.

Proposed H. B. No. 5523 REP. BERGER, 73rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR', to require publishers of advertisements for commercial sex acts to ascertain the age of persons depicted in those advertisements prior to publication.

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Proposed H. B. No. 5524 REP. SMITH, 108th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND INDEXING THE EMPLOYER'S CHARGED TAX RATE', to provide unemployment tax relief to employers and create a less hostile business environment.

Proposed H. B. No. 5525 REP. SMITH, 108th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND PART-TIME, TEMPORARY AND SEASONAL EMPLOYEE ELIGIBILITY', to allocate the state's limited unemployment benefits to employees who have worked a minimum number of hours.

Proposed H. B. No. 5526 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ONLINE PERMIT SYSTEMS AND LICENSED CONTACTORS', to expedite the permit process by allowing licensed contractors to pull permits and pay for permits using an online system.

Proposed H. B. No. 5527 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INFLATION AND THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLD', to provide immediate financial relief to the state and municipalities by increasing the current prevailing wage threshold and to ensure that the prevailing wage threshold keeps pace with future inflation rates.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5528 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO ENACT MUNICIPAL MANDATES', to require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly before placing new mandates on municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5529 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th 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.

Proposed H. B. No. 5530 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT PERMITTING THE POSTING OF LEGAL NOTICES ON MUNICIPAL WEB SITES', to allow municipalities to post legal notices on the Internet rather than in a newspaper.

Proposed H. B. No. 5531 REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER LINE IN THE TOWN OF THOMASTON', to provide clean drinking water to area residents.

Proposed H. B. No. 5532 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF LEGAL NOTICES', to reduce costs for municipalities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5533 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM CONTRIBUTION RATE', to increase the contribution rate for members of the municipal employee retirement system.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5534 REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING FOR CHILDREN', to have children screened for mental health at their yearly exams.

Proposed H. B. No. 5535 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE IN DAY CARE CENTERS', to increase security in licensed day care facilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5536 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST INFLUENZA', to prevent the spread of influenza by requiring health care employees to be vaccinated.

Proposed H. B. No. 5537 REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE TO SCHOOL CHILDREN IN AN EMERGENCY', to allow a school nurse to use an auto-injector to administer epinephrine to any student when necessary.

Proposed H. B. No. 5538 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. MEGNA, 97th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CARE CENTERS', to improve health outcomes for students which will lead to improvement in their learning experiences.

Proposed H. B. No. 5539 REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. RITTER, 38th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES OF CERTAIN HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS', to increase the influenza immunization rates and reduce the incidents of influenza in nursing home settings because the most effective way to reach this objective is to vaccinate staff and licensed individual practitioners.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5540 REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ARREST POWER OF SWORN MEMBERS OF LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS', to permit sworn members of any local police department to make arrests outside of their respective precincts.

Proposed H. B. No. 5541 REP. FOX, 148th DIST. ; REP. FOX, 146th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION AND WARNING EQUIPMENT IN ALL RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS', to promote public safety by requiring carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment and smoke detection and warning equipment in all residential buildings.

Proposed H. B. No. 5542 REP. ESPOSITO, 116th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE DISPLAY OF HOUSE NUMBERS', to require homeowners to prominently display the street number assigned to their home.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5543 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT LIMITING THE OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE NEW BRITAIN-HARTFORD BUSWAY', to limit the costs on taxpayers associated with the operation of the New Britain-Hartford busway.

Proposed H. B. No. 5544 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT AND FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE BRIDGES', to provide notice to the public of the safety of the state's bridges.

Proposed H. B. No. 5545 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE FINES FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A CELLULAR TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE', to increase the fine for the first, second and third or subsequent illegal use of a cellular telephone while operating a motor vehicle.

Proposed H. B. No. 5546 REP. HAMPTON, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF HANDICAPPED PARKING LAWS', to eliminate the discretion of police to give a warning rather than a citation to violators of laws that are intended to reserve parking spaces for those with disabilities.

Proposed H. B. No. 5547 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS FOR APPROVING BRIDGE PROJECTS', to streamline the process for approving bridge projects in Connecticut.

Proposed H. B. No. 5548 REP. CARPINO, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECONSTRUCTION OF EXIT 19 SOUTH ON ROUTE 9 IN CROMWELL', to improve traffic flow and highway safety.

Proposed H. B. No. 5549 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR ENDANGERMENT OF A HIGHWAY WORKER', to increase the penalty for endangerment of a highway worker.

Proposed H. B. No. 5550 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF A MOBILE TELEPHONE OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE', to increase the penalties for distracted driving by suspending the operator's license of repeat offenders.

Proposed H. B. No. 5551 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON INTERSTATE 84 IN WATERBURY', to improve traffic congestion on Interstate 84 in Waterbury.

Proposed H. B. No. 5552 REP. BOLINSKY, 106th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN FUEL-EFFICIENT VEHICLES FROM THE MINIMUM VEHICLE OCCUPANCY REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATE'S HOV LANES', to provide an incentive for drivers to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles, to reduce traffic congestion and to increase funding for maintenance of the state's transportation infrastructure.

Proposed H. B. No. 5553 REP. GONZALEZ, 3rd DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT AND INCREASING FINES FOR SPEEDING', to increase the maximum speed limit on Connecticut highways and to increase fines for speeding violations.

Proposed H. B. No. 5554 REP. LEMAR, 96th DIST. ; REP. CANDELARIA, 95th DIST. ; REP. DILLON, 92nd DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. ; REP. HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th DIST. ; SEN. HARP, 10th DIST. ; SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT ENABLING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES TO INSTALL TRAFFIC SIGNAL ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS', to increase safety by reducing the number of red light violations.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Proposed H. B. No. 5555 REP. PERILLO, 113th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PLACEMENT OF FLAGS ON THE GRAVES OF VETERANS PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY', to honor deceased Connecticut veterans by ensuring that ample time is afforded for the placement of flags on their graves prior to Memorial Day.

Proposed H. B. No. 5556 REP. ZONI, 81st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL OPTION TO PROVIDE A PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR ALL VETERANS', to provide municipalities with the option of expanding the property tax exemption to all veterans, not just those who served in time of war.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. J. No. 13 REP. O'DEA, 125th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE A VOE OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR TAX INCREASES', to require a two-thirds vote of each chamber of the General Assembly before a tax may be increased.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. J. No. 14 REP. PERILLO, 113th 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. 15 REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT REFERENDUM', to provide for direct public participation in the legislative process.

AGING

Proposed S. B. No. 208 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING FUNDING FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FOR THE ELDERLY AND PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE', to increase funding and support for home and community based care for the elderly and persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Proposed S. B. No. 209 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SOURCES FOR NUTRITIONAL SERVICES FOR SENIORS', to study alternate funding sources for nutrition programs for the elderly.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 210 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NON-ADA DIAL-A-RIDE PROGRAM', to ensure the availability of adequate transportation for seniors by increasing funding for Dial-A-Ride service.

Proposed S. B. No. 211 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DEFINITIONS PERTAINING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING CAP', to implement the constitutional spending cap as required by article third, section 18 of the Constitution of the state of Connecticut.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 212 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING DECREASES IN UNFUNDED MANDATES UPON PASSAGE OF ANY STATE TAX INCREASE', to allow tax relief to individuals by requiring that any increase in state taxes be offset by a reduction in the local property tax burden.

Proposed S. B. No. 213 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF ONE-HALF OF ANY BUDGET SURPLUS TO BROADEN THE APPLICABILITY OF THE PERSONAL EXEMPTION TO THE INCOME TAX', to provide tax relief to residents by using half of any future state budget surplus to increase the income levels for which the personal exemption to the income tax is available.

Proposed S. B. No. 214 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXEMPTION FROM THE BUSINESS ENTITY TAX FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS', to exempt small employers from the business entity tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 215 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT', to equalize the maximum property tax credit for couples.

Proposed S. B. No. 216 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR PERSONS COVERED BY LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE', to provide a tax deduction incentive for long-term care insurance.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S. B. No. 217 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT ALLOWING THE SALE OF CONNECTICUT MADE BEER AND SPIRITS AT FARMERS' MARKETS', to allow the sale of Connecticut manufactured beer and spirits at farmers' markets.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 218 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO UPDATE TECHNOLOGY', to provide funding to update technology at the Department of Social Services in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 219 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENALTIES FOR CRIMES INVOLVING THE ABUSE OF A MINOR CHILD', to better protect the state's children by increasing the criminal penalties for felonious abuse of a minor child.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 220 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEYS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION', to increase the funding available for breast cancer research, education and prevention.

Proposed S. B. No. 221 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CARE FOR ELDERLY PERSONS IN A HOME SETTING RATHER THAN A HEALTH CARE FACILITY', to promote aging in place by developing a plan to ensure seventy-five per cent of elderly persons requiring long-term care receive such care in a home setting by the end of 2015.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 222 SEN. CHAPIN, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY', to encourage business corporations to make greater use of solar energy by exempting such installations from property tax.

Proposed S. B. No. 223 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING UNFUNDED MANDATES', to provide property tax relief to municipalities by eliminating and restricting unfunded state mandates.

Proposed S. B. No. 224 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES OWED BY SENIOR CITIZENS', to provide relief to senior citizens who are delinquent on their property taxes.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 225 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DIAL-A-RIDE PROGRAM', to maintain or increase service levels in the dial-a-ride program.

Proposed S. B. No. 226 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY TO INCREASE MASS TRANSIT USAGE IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY', to encourage the increased use of mass transportation in Fairfield County.

Proposed S. B. No. 227 SEN. KELLY, 21st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE ON THE WATERBURY BRANCH OF THE METRO NORTH RAILROAD', to reduce automobile traffic congestion in Fairfield Country and reduce carbon emissions by expanding passenger rail service on the Waterbury branch.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 228 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING KOREAN WAR VETERANS DAY', to honor Korean War veterans by designating July twenty-seventh as Korean War Veterans Day.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 229 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE', to establish a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for manslaughter in the second degree when it consists of assisting another to commit suicide.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 230 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. ; REP. CARTER, 2nd DIST. ; REP. GIEGLER, 138th DIST. ; REP. GODFREY, 110th DIST. ; REP. SCRIBNER, 107th DIST. ; REP. SMITH, 108th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SWIMMING IN CERTAIN BODIES OF WATER', to allow swimming in certain bodies of water where it has historically been permitted.

BANKS

S. B. No. 231 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE BANKING LAW TO REFLECT THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU', to correct citations to various sections of the code of federal regulations to reflect a transfer in authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

S. B. No. 232 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE BANKING STATUTES', to make revisions to the banking statutes.

S. B. No. 233 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SECURED AND UNSECURED LENDING', to repeal a duplicate provision in the general statutes.

S. B. No. 234 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT BANKS', to clarify certain powers of Connecticut banks.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 235 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF THE UNIFORM ELECTRONIC LEGAL MATERIAL ACT', to adopt the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in this state.

S. B. No. 236 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. '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.

S. B. No. 237 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECORDING OF POLICE ACTIVITY BY THE PUBLIC', to protect the right of an individual to photograph or video record peace officers in the performance of their duties.

S. B. No. 238 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INMATE DISCHARGE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS', to make clarifying, technical and conforming changes to provisions concerning the establishment, accumulation and disbursement of inmate discharge savings accounts that are payable to the inmate upon release from incarceration.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 239 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION', to increase the amount of parental involvement in children's education.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 240 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. ; REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. ; REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT DESIGNATING CONNECTICUT AS AN EARTH TRUSTEE STATE UNDER THE EARTH CHARTER INITIATIVE', to designate the state as an Earth Trustee State.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S. B. No. 241 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. ; REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. ; REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE RATE INCREASE REQUESTS', to require the Insurance Commissioner to approve long-term care insurance rate increase requests of greater than ten per cent and to conduct a public hearing on such request.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 242 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING EAR PIERCING OF YOUNG CHILDREN', to prohibit the ear piercing of children who are twelve years of age and younger.

Proposed S. B. No. 243 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING SMOKING IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS', to prohibit smoking in private buildings and require persons who smoke to do so outside in order to allow others to avoid second hand smoke.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 244 SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. ; SEN. FONFARA, 1st DIST. ; REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. ; REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE NAME OF ROUTE 99 IN WETHERSFIELD AND ROCKY HILL', to rename Route 99 in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill to recognize the volunteer fire departments in each municipality.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 245 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. ; SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PENSION PRESERVATION', to enact the Pension Preservation Act to safeguard retirement benefits for future state retirees.

Proposed S. B. No. 246 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to provide enhanced security in the public schools.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 247 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING MAGNET SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR CERTAIN DISTRICTS', to increase interdistrict magnet school transportation grant amounts for districts that are not located in the Sheff region.

Proposed S. B. No. 248 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDRAISING FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICES TO SCHOOLS', to foster the use of private fundraising to provide portable communication devices to schools.

Proposed S. B. No. 249 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADDITION OF A COURSE ON MORTGAGE LENDING AND PERSONAL DEBT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS', to educate students of the state about the excessive use of debt and the home mortgage lending process.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed S. B. No. 250 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING APPLICANTS OF ELECTRIC GENERATION, TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES TO PERFORM ENERGY ANALYSES', to provide analytical tools to assist in minimizing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed S. B. No. 251 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AN APPEAL OF A PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT', to provide property tax relief to a local small business.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 252 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT RESTRICTING PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO A SINGLE SUBJECT MATTER', to allow the public to have a better understanding of proposed legislation by requiring bills to address only one subject matter.

GENERAL LAW

Proposed S. B. No. 253 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING THE POSTING OF STATE AND FEDERAL TAXES AT GASOLINE PUMPS', to require notice at the gas pump of the amount of taxes in the price of a gallon of gasoline.

Proposed S. B. No. 254 SEN. WITKOS, 8th DIST. 'AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN SMALL BUSINESSES FROM BOTTLE BILL REQUIREMENTS', to exempt small businesses holding permits allowing on-premises consumption of alcoholic liquor from bottle bill requirements.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 255 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS', to require school administrators to undergo emergency and crisis response training.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 256 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE CONNECTICUT HOME CARE PROGRAM', to analyze the efficacy of the state home care program for the elderly and the need for results-based budgeting.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE

Proposed S. B. No. 257 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PRIVATE TRANSFER FEES ON CONVEYANCES OF REAL PROPERTY', to prohibit the imposition of private transfer fees on conveyances of real property in this state.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 258 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES', to eliminate the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Proposed S. B. No. 259 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT HEARINGS HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE FILING OF PERIODIC ACCOUNTS FOR TRUSTS', to eliminate the hearing requirements applicable to small trusts when the costs of such hearings exceed income earned by the trust.

CHILDREN

Proposed S. B. No. 260 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE EFFECTS OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES ON YOUTH BEHAVIOR', to create a task force charged with studying the effects of violent video games on youth behavior.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed S. B. No. 261 SEN. MARKLEY, 16th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING PROPERTY TAX SURCHARGES ON LANDLORDS WHO DO NOT RESIDE IN TOWN', to prohibit the extra taxation of landlords who do not live in town.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed S. B. No. 262 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE BY PSYCHIATRISTS CONCERNING PATIENTS THAT MAY POSE A THREAT TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS', to require psychiatric professionals to provide notice to authorities when a patient is a threat to himself or herself or to other persons.

Proposed S. B. No. 263 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FOOD ALLERGY INFORMATION AND RESTAURANTS', to make restaurants more food-allergy aware and safe.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S. B. No. 264 SEN. CHAPIN, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DUTIES OF LOCAL BUILDING OFFICIALS', to clarify the duties of local building officials and ensure that all inspections are performed by properly qualified inspectors.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 265 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION AND FUNDING OF THE NEW BRITAIN-HARTFORD BUSWAY', to prevent additional funding for and the continued construction of the New Britain-Hartford busway.

Proposed S. B. No. 266 SEN. FRANTZ, 36th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE FOR UNPAID OUT-OF-STATE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN A STATE WITH A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT WITH CONNECTICUT', to prevent the suspension of a person's Connecticut driver's license and the imposition of any restoration fee after such person makes payment for traffic violations in another state with a reciprocal agreement with Connecticut.

Proposed S. B. No. 267 SEN. CHAPIN, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE ADULT INSTRUCTION PERMIT REQUIREMENT', to clarify that the adult instruction permit requirements only apply to drivers who have never been issued a driver's license in Connecticut.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. J. No. 18 SEN. MCLACHLAN, 24th DIST. 'RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CURRENT ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM AS THE BEST WAY TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES', to firmly show support for the current form of the electoral college.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Santiago of the 84th District, the House adjourned at 11: 41 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:

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5026 AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN FOR RENOVATIONS TO VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5143 AN ACT AUTHORIZING ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS TO UTILIZE EMERGENCY LIGHTS AND SIRENS ON THEIR VEHICLES WHEN TRANSPORTING INJURED ANIMALS.

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

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5146 AN ACT CONCERNING OPEN SPACE REQUIRED TO BE SET ASIDE BY LAND DEVELOPERS.

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

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5148 AN ACT CONCERNING A CONTRIBUTION OF INCOME TAX REFUNDS TO THE SAVE CONNECTICUT'S PETS ACCOUNT.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5202 AN ACT REQUIRING EUTHANIZATIONS OF CATS AND DOGS TO BE PERFORMED IN A HUMANE MANNER BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.

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

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Proposed H. B. No. 5268 AN ACT REQUIRING THE MAINTENANCE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE BY FIREARM OWNERS AND ESTABLISHING A SALES TAX ON AMMUNITION.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed H. B. No. 5285 AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF TREES BY HOMEOWNERS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

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:

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed S. B. No. 73 AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN DOG GROOMING BUSINESSES FROM THE STATE SALES TAX.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

ENVIRONMENT. Proposed S. B. No. 86 AN ACT REQUIRING SOCIAL WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE.

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