JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE

Monday, February 4, 2013

The House of Representatives was called to order at 11: 49 o'clock a. m. , Representative Janowski of the 56th District in the Chair.

Prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Jonathan M. Salomone of Newington, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Let us pray. Almighty Lord, we ask for Your divine assistance so the decisions that are made in this powerful Chamber are for the good of all. We ask for Your guidance so our leaders can focus on their important duties. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jonathan M. Salomone of Newington, Connecticut.

REPORTS

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

Report - Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut - Annual Report to the General Assembly - February 1, 2013. (Pursuant to Chapter 12, Section 1-123 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Public Act 10-117. ) Date Received: February 1, 2013

Referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Report - Department of Consumer Protection - Report to the General Assembly's Energy and Technology and Environment Committees. (Pursuant to Section 16a-21b(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 1, 2013

Referred to the Committees on Energy and Technology and Environment.

Auditor's Monthly Report - Matters Reported Under Section 4-33a Dated January 30, 2013. (Pursuant to Section 4-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes. ) Date Received: February 4, 2012

Referred to the Committees on Appropriations and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS

On motion of Representative Demicco of the 21st 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.

BANKS

H. B. No. 5392 (COMM) BANKS. 'AN ACT PROVIDING CONSUMER PROTECTION TO CLIENTS OF EXCHANGE FACILITATORS FOR TAX DEFERRED EXCHANGES', to require persons and entities to comply with best practices and standards when they facilitate tax deferred exchanges in this state.

H. B. No. 6337 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE AND THE ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER ACT', to clarify the interaction of Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act of 1978.

H. B. No. 6338 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE FINANCE AND BANKING DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AND THE CONNECTICUT FINANCE CENTER', to encourage financial service companies and banks to establish business operations in Connecticut or to charter or organize under the laws of this state.

H. B. No. 6339 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING BANKS AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF LOAN PRODUCTION OFFICES', to make certain revisions to the banking statutes and foster the economic development of loan production offices.

H. B. No. 6340 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM SECURITIES ACT', to reflect changes in federal law and clarify the notice and filing requirements for closed-end companies, the securities offerings of which the United States Congress preempted the states from reviewing or registering.

JUDICIARY

H. B. No. 6341 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT ADOPTING THE UNIFORM CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR VESSELS ACT', to adopt the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act in this state.

H. B. No. 6342 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE', to strengthen the penalties associated with an individual's failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Proposed H. B. No. 6343 REP. JUTILA, 37th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING A PROPERTY TAX FREEZE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS', to provide a municipal option for a property tax freeze to all seniors over the age of seventy.

APPROPRIATIONS

Proposed H. B. No. 6344 REP. FLEXER, 44th DIST. ; REP. WALKER, 93rd DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE POSTHUMOUS GRANT OF SERVICE CREDIT IN THE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS', to allow the Teachers' Retirement Board to grant additional service credits posthumously at the request of a local board of education.

EDUCATION

Proposed H. B. No. 6345 REP. FLEXER, 44th DIST. ; SEN. CASSANO, 4th DIST. 'AN ACT CONCERNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR GENERAL EQUIVELENCY DIPLOMAS', to expand affordable opportunities for GEDs and adult education diplomas and to ensure that recent changes to the GED do not prevent the Department of Education from having access to the examination and related data.

BANKS

S. B. No. 313 (COMM) BANKS. 'AN ACT PROHIBITING MORTGAGE LENDERS FROM IMPOSING ESCROW FEES ON BORROWERS WHO DO NOT ESCROW PROPERTY TAXES OR INSURANCE', to prohibit mortgage lenders from imposing escrow fees on borrowers who do not escrow property taxes or insurance.

S. B. No. 526 (COMM) BANKS. 'AN ACT ALLOWING VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT ACCESS TO BANK AND CREDIT UNION ACCOUNT FUNDS', to protect individuals whose identity has been stolen by granting them access to their bank and credit union account funds.

S. B. No. 826 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE STRENGTHENING OF CONSUMER CREDIT LICENSE PROTECTIONS', to authorize the Banking Commissioner to use the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry for licensing or registration of any person engaged in a financial services industry within the jurisdiction of the commissioner.

S. B. No. 827 (RAISED) BANKS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC DEPOSITS', to update public deposit laws.

JUDICIARY

S. B. No. 828 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS GRANTED TEMPORARY LEAVE BY THE PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY REVIEW BOARD', to require a person found not guilty of a sexual offense by reason of mental disease or defect who is granted temporary leave to a residential setting by the Psychiatric Security Review Board to register as a sexual offender with the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

S. B. No. 829 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW', to clarify the elements of the offense of unlicensed practice of law and increase the penalty for such offense.

ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Representative Demicco of the 21st District, the House adjourned at 11: 51 o'clock a. m. , to meet again at the Call of the Chair.

COMMUNICATION RECEIVED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

The following communication was received from the Attorney General and filed in the Clerk's office on the date indicated:

February 4, 2013

Settlement Agreement entered into by the United States of America, acting through the United States Department of Justice and on behalf of the United States Department of Education, and the State of Connecticut, acting through the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and on behalf of the Connecticut State Department of Education - Relating to the Claims the United States has Against the State of Connecticut Arising Out of Certain Federal Grants the State Received Under the Migrant Education Program. (Pursuant to Section 3-125a(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes. )

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:

HOUSING. H. B. No. 5427 AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Education.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H. B. No. 5714 AN ACT CONCERNING PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

HOUSING. H. B. No. 5916 AN ACT CONCERNING LANDLORD ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP OF PROPERTY.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H. B. No. 5969 AN ACT AUTHORIZING TAX ABATEMENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Housing.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. H. B. No. 5970 AN ACT CONCERNING THE POWERS OF MUNICIPAL FAIR RENT COMMISSIONS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Housing.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. H. B. No. 6252 AN ACT AUTHORIZING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY FIRE SCHOOL.

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

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:

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 296 AN ACT CONCERNING RESERVE FUND BALANCES AND CHANGES TO MUNICIPAL BINDING ARBITRATION.

The bill was the referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Employees.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 352 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL SEWERAGE SYSTEMS.

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

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 355 AN ACT REPEALING A REQUIREMENT THAT MUNICIPALITIES PAY FOR POLICE OFFICER TRAINING.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. S. B. No. 622 AN ACT CONCERNING LOW INTEREST LOANS TO MUNICIPALITIES TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF TO SENIORS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Commerce.

HOUSING. S. B. No. 674 AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Commerce.

HOUSING. S. B. No. 703 AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY DEPOSITS IN CERTAIN EVICTION CASES.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. Proposed S. B. No. 746 AN ACT CONCERNING EXTRADITION OF FUGITIVE CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS.

The bill was then referred to the Committee on Judiciary.