JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 40 o'clock a. m. , Representative Sear of the 47th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Saterria A. Simmons, a 10th grade student at Bridge Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, make us worthy of the trust placed in us by our constituents. Guide us to make decisions that will be beneficial to all. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lynnisha J. Webb, an 11th grade student at Bridge Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

REPORTS

The following reports were received on the date indicated, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

Report - Connecticut Airport Authority - Connecticut Airport Authority Annual Report, 2012. (Pursuant to Public Act 11-84. ) Date Received: January 15, 2013

Referred to the Committees on Transportation and Commerce.

Report - Connecticut Airport Authority - Connecticut Airport Authority Amended Annual Report, 2012. (Pursuant to Public Act 11-84. ) Date Received: January 16, 2013

Referred to the Committees on Transportation and Commerce.

Report - Division of Criminal Justice - Office of the Chief State's Attorney - Chief State's Attorney's Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. (Pursuant to Section 54-41o(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: January 29, 2013

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

Report - Department of Energy & Environmental Protection - Decision in Docket No. 12-06-12 - PURA Investigation of the Feasibility of the Establishment of a Program to Reimburse Residential Customers for Spoilage Loss of Food Items or Refrigerated Medications Caused by a Lack of Refrigeration During Electric Service Outages. (Pursuant to Section 13 of Public Act 12-148. ) Date Received: January 30, 2013

Referred to the Committees on Energy and Technology and Public Health.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Lopes of the 24th 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.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 5500 (COMM) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. '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.

ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Proposed H. B. No. 6304 REP. CLEMONS, 124th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AND BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS', to exempt from property tax Class I renewable energy installations for commercial, industrial and municipal use and to lower the building permit fees for Class I renewable energy projects.

ENVIRONMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6305 REP. WIDLITZ, 98th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING HUNTING IN PROXIMITY TO WILDLIFE PRESERVES', to authorize the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations to prohibit hunting in proximity to wildlife preserves in the state.

JUDICIARY

Proposed H. B. No. 6306 REP. SAMPSON, 80th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS', to protect elementary and secondary school students by clarifying that existing law permits school officials to establish protocols permitting school personnel to possess weapons on school grounds.

Proposed H. B. No. 6307 REP. CAFERO, 142nd DIST. ; REP. CANDELORA, 86th DIST. ; REP. KLARIDES, 114th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S PRISON POPULATION', to provide transparency regarding the status of the state's prison population by requiring the Commissioner of Correction to report on the number of inmates released and the rate of recidivism.

Proposed H. B. No. 6308 REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST. ; REP. FAWCETT, 133rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MILITARY STYLE WEAPONS', to ban the private purchase or possession of certain military style semiautomatic pistols, rifles and shot guns.

Proposed H. B. No. 6309 REP. HOVEY, 112th DIST. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILD NURSERY FACILITY AT THE CONNECTICUT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, NIANTIC', to establish a nursery facility at the Connecticut Correctional Institution, Niantic for the purpose of caring for children born to women detained at such institution.

Proposed H. B. No. 6310 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. ; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. ; REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. ; REP. HURLBURT, 53rd DIST. ; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. ; REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. ; REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ANIMAL ADVOCATES IN COURT PROCEEDINGS', to allow for the appointment of a court advocate to act on behalf of an animal whose welfare or custody is the subject of a civil or criminal court proceeding.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6311 REP. URBAN, 43rd DIST. ; REP. CAMILLO, 151st DIST. ; REP. LAVIELLE, 143rd DIST. ; REP. RYAN, 139th DIST. ; REP. RILEY, 46th DIST. ; REP. ROSE, 118th DIST. ; REP. GROGINS, 129th DIST. ; REP. KUPCHICK, 132nd DIST. ; REP. HURLBURT, 53rd DIST. ; REP. HENNESSY, 127th DIST. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING MUNICIPALITIES FROM ADOPTING BREED SPECIFIC DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCES', to prohibit towns from addressing the issue of dangerous dogs in a breed specific manner.

COMMERCE

Proposed S. B. No. 786 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. ; REP. CLEMONS, 124th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS', to attract video game developers to the state.

Proposed S. B. No. 787 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE MANUFACTURING REINVESTMENT ACCOUNT', to make the manufacturing reinvestment account available to all small manufacturers and eliminate the tax on withdrawals from such accounts.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 788 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM', to cease the award of earned risk reduction credit for all inmates.

Proposed S. B. No. 789 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT ELIMINATING THE EARNED RISK REDUCTION CREDIT PROGRAM FOR VIOLENT CRIMINALS', to eliminate the earned risk reduction credit program for any inmate sentenced for a violent crime.

Proposed S. B. No. 790 SEN. KANE, 32nd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING', to provide that no public housing authority shall be required to accept a person with a history of criminal activity as a tenant in a public housing unit solely on the basis of a provisional pardon or similar certificate that indicates suitability for specific employment or housing.

Proposed S. B. No. 791 SEN. LINARES, 33rd DIST. 'AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR THREATENING WITH RESPECT TO A SCHOOL', to increase the penalty for any person who threatens to commit any crime of violence with respect to the premises of a public or private elementary or secondary school or the occupants of such school.

Proposed S. B. No. 792 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE SENTENCE FOR ANY PERSON WHO CAUSES DEATH OR SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY AS A RESULT OF OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE', to prohibit the award of earned risk reduction credit to reduce the sentence of any person who caused death or serious physical injury as the result of operating a motor vehicle, vessel or aircraft while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug, or both.

Proposed S. B. No. 793 SEN. LOONEY, 11th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR', to protect children from exploitation.

Proposed S. B. No. 794 SEN. CHAPIN, 30th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DOG', to clarify the calculation of monetary damages for damages to animals and poultry caused by a dog.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

Proposed S. B. No. 795 SEN. LEBEAU, 3rd DIST. ; REP. ROJAS, 9th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AMOUNT OF THE PREPAID WIRELESS E 9-1-1 FEE', to make the fees charged to fund the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program more equitable as between consumers who purchase prepaid wireless telecommunications service and subscribers of telecommunications service.

TRANSPORTATION

Proposed S. B. No. 796 SEN. WELCH, 31st DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF MOTOR VEHICLE RECORDS THROUGH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEM', to provide that motor vehicle records be available to authorized parties through the criminal justice information system.

EDUCATION

Proposed S. B. No. 797 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A REGIONAL ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL IN BRIDGEPORT', to create a regional alternative high school in Bridgeport that will help school districts save money by not having to create individual alternative programs for students.

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

Proposed S. B. No. 798 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT ENHANCING STATE COMMUNICATION WITH ITS DIVERSE POPULATION', to enhance state communication with its diverse population.

HUMAN SERVICES

Proposed S. B. No. 799 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING NOTIFICATION TO NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS', to require the Department of Children and Families to notify noncustodial parents of investigations involving their children.

JUDICIARY

Proposed S. B. No. 800 SEN. AYALA, 23rd DIST. 'AN ACT REQUIRING CERTAIN CONTACT INFORMATION IN DEEDS', to assist municipalities with notifying property owners of problems with their property, including blight.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Lopes of the 24th District, the House adjourned at 11: 43 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:

HUMAN SERVICES. H. B. No. 5068 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTAINMENT OF CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

HUMAN SERVICES. H. B. No. 5222 AN ACT CONCERNING AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM.

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

LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. H. B. No. 5235 AN ACT CONCERNING ONLINE PERMIT SYSTEMS FOR LICENSED CONTRACTORS.

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

HUMAN SERVICES. H. B. No. 5360 AN ACT CONCERNING AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM.

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

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:

HUMAN SERVICES. S. B. No. 115 AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR RESIDENTIAL NURSING FACILITIES SERVING INMATES AND MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS.

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

HUMAN SERVICES. S. B. No. 141 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF HOME HEALTH CARE COMPANIES.

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