JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Senate was called to order at 10: 32 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: This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind ---let it be something good.

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 January 15, 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.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS EXCELLENCY

THE GOVERNOR

The following communications were received from His Excellency, the Governor, read by the Clerk and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations.

January 14th, 2013

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-4 and 46a-13k of the 2012 Supplement to the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint JAMEY BELL from Bloomfield, as Child Advocate, to serve a term ending June 30th, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Jeanne Milstein.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 14th, 2013

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-5 through 4-8 and 31-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint SHARON PALMER from Quaker Hill, to be Commissioner of the Department of Labor, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor, but no longer than March 1, 2015, or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Glen Marshall, who resigned.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 14th, 2013

TO THE HONORABLE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Pursuant to Sections 4-1, 4-7 and 16-2 of the Connecticut General Statutes, I have the honor to nominate and, with your advice and consent, appoint MICHAEL A. CARON from West Hartford, to be a member of the Public Utility Regulatory Authority, to serve a term ending June 30, 2017 or until a successor is appointed and has qualified, whichever is longer, in succession to Kevin M. DelGobbo.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

January 14th, 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 GERALD T. WEINER, ESQUIRE from Woodbridge, 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.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

REPORTS

The following reports were received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committee indicated.

State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts. Audit report Department of Economic and Community Development for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 and 2010. Report received January 14, 2013.

The report was referred to the committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.

State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Report on the First Five Plus Program pursuant to section 32-4l(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes. Report received January 14, 2013.

The report was referred to the committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Commerce.

State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts. Report on DAS Collection Services DCF and DSS Claims pursuant to section 2-90 of the Connecticut General Statues. Report received January 14, 2013.

The report was referred to the committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Appropriations.

State of Connecticut State Board of Education. Report of Recommendations Regarding the Definition of Region for Purposes of Attendance in the Connecticut Technical High School System, pursuant to section 10-4r of the Connecticut General Statutes. Report received January 14, 2013.

The report was referred to the committee on Education.

State of Connecticut Office of Fiscal Analysis. Report on the status of the on-line searchable database, as required by PA 12-1. Report received January 15, 2013.

The report was referred to the committee on Appropriations.

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:

APPROPRIATIONS

S. J. No. 8 SEN. WILLIAMS, 29th DIST. 'RESOLUTION PROPOSING APPROVAL OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND RESIDUAL EMPLOYEES UNION (A&R)'

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5281 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT REDUCING THE EQUALIZED NET GRAND LIST NUMBER IN THE CALCULATION OF THE EDUCATION COST SHARING GRANT FOR CERTAIN TOWNS', to amend the definition of equalized net grand list for purposes of calculating the education cost sharing grant.

Proposed H. B. No. 5282 REP. DAVIS, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ATHLETIC DIRECTORS', to require all persons employed as athletic directors to meet certain standards and to create an athletic director permit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5283 REP. DAVIS, 117th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STANDARDIZATION OF POOL SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR SWIMMING CLASSES OFFERED AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS', to develop improved safety requirements for swimming classes offered as part of the physical education curriculum.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 5284 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ALTERNATIVE SITES FOR ELECTRIC AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES', to require the acceptance of certain alternative sites for electric distribution and telecommunications facilities when such sites are proposed by municipalities.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5285 REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MAINTENANCE OF TREES BY HOMEOWNERS', to require homeowners to remove dangerous or unhealthy trees on their property.

Proposed H. B. No. 5286 REP. MORIN, 28th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REDEMPTION OF BOTTLES AT BOTTLE REDEMPTION CENTERS', to facilitate the redemption of recyclable bottles.

FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING

Proposed H. B. No. 5287 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPEAL OF THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT', to provide budget relief by eliminating the earned income tax credit.

Proposed H. B. No. 5288 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF A DEBIT CARD TO ISSUE A TAX REFUND', to prohibit the Department of Revenue Services from requiring taxpayers to receive their tax refunds by means of debit cards.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 5289 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE TIMING OF CERTAIN SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS', to save municipalities money by allowing them to combine elections that fall within thirty days of one another.

Proposed H. B. No. 5290 REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING "BEAUTIFUL CONNECTICUT WALTZ" AS THE SECOND STATE SONG', to establish "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz" by Joseph Leggo as the second state song.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed H. B. No. 5291 REP. STALLWORTH, 126th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY PRICE GOUGING DURING RELEASE OF FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FUNDS', to study whether certain supermarkets engage in price gouging to maximize profits from federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 5292 REP. LABRIOLA, 131st DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING NOTIFICATION OF FEDERAL AUTHORITIES UPON CONVICTION OF AN ILLEGAL ALIEN', to require local or state authorities to notify federal authorities when an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

Proposed H. B. No. 5293 REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. ; REP. LOPES, 24th DIST. ; REP. GUERRERA, 29th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF LOST WAGES TO PART-TIME EMPLOYED JURORS', to require that a part-time employed juror be compensated for lost wages attributable to his or her jury service.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 5294 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING FEES FOR EMERGENCY CALLS', to prohibit municipalities from charging landlords fees for excessive emergency service calls made by tenants.

Proposed H. B. No. 5295 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSSESSIONS OF EVICTED TENANTS', to repeal the requirement that municipalities store the possessions of evicted tenants.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Proposed H. B. No. 5296 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO PARENTS OF ABORTION PROCEDURES PERFORMED ON MINORS', to establish parental notification requirements for abortion procedures performed on persons who are less than eighteen years of age.

Proposed H. B. No. 5297 REP. SHABAN, 135th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY LYME DISEASE TESTING', to establish a task force to study Lyme disease testing.

Proposed H. B. No. 5298 REP. NAFIS, 27th DIST. ; SEN. DOYLE, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INVOLUNTARY SHOCK THERAPY', to prohibit the administration of shock therapy without the permission of the individual patient.

Proposed H. B. No. 5299 REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF ANTIEPILEPTIC MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL SETTINGS', to facilitate prompt medicinal response to an epileptic seizure to certain children attending public and nonpublic schools in the event that a qualified school nurse is not present to administer the required medication in a timely manner by authorizing a trained unlicensed surrogate to administer the medication.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed H. B. No. 5300 REP. ZIOBRON, 34th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION OF ALCOHOL-RELATED INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE', to enable the Department of Consumer Protection to determine whether a permit authorizing the sale of alcoholic liquor to the public should be suspended, revoked or refused following the serious injury or death of a person under the age of twenty-one who was served alcohol by a permittee prior to said person's injury or death.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed H. B. No. 5301 REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. ; REP. STEINBERG, 136th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF REVENUES FROM BUS AND RAIL FARE INCREASES', to require that the scheduled bus and rail fare increases be used for bus and rail operations, maintenance and service upgrades.

ADJOURNMENT

The Senate at 10: 37 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.