JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

Friday, March 1, 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, Brittany Kaplan of Enfield, Connecticut.

The following is the prayer:

Dear Lord understanding is one of the greatest accomplishments of life and with it comes wisdom. Amen

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 March 1, 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.

REPORT

The following report was received, read by the Clerk and referred to the Committees indicated:

State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts. Auditors Report Commission of Fire Prevention and Control for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as required by Public Act 09-166. Report received February 28, 2013.

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

FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE

CHANGE OF REFERENCE

HOUSE BILL

The following favorable reports on House Bill Recommending a change of reference was received from the Joint Standing Committee indicated, the report of the Committee accepted, and the bill referred as recommended.

INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. H. B. No. 5638 (COMM) AN ACT DECREASING THE TIME FRAME FOR PAYMENT BY AN APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY TO AN APPRAISER.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Banks.

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:

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

S. B. No. 70 (COMM) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT RESTORING BENEFITS TO VETERANS DISCHARGED UNDER "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"', to ensure that Connecticut law pertaining to veterans' benefits is consistent with current federal law after the repeal of 10 USC 654, commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell. ".

S. B. No. 303 (COMM) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES', to ease the requirements for obtaining a motorcycle endorsement for members of the armed forces on active duty.

S. B. No. 386 (COMM) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT CONCERNING HONARY DIPLOMAS FOR VIETNAM VETERANS', to honor Vietnam Era veterans who left school early to join the armed forces.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

S. B. No. 1044 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY', to permit the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority to issue debt for health care projects in contiguous states for a health care institution with a parent domiciled in this state and to expand the definition of a qualified project for a participating health care institution to include construction and renovation in addition to equipment.

S. B. No. 1045 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AND THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM', to require a study of the different graduation requirements of the public institutions of higher education within the Connecticut State University System and the regional community-technical college system.

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

H. B. No. 5188 (COMM) VETERANS' AFFAIRS. 'AN ACT PROVIDING FREE ADMISSION TO AND PARKING AT STATE PARKS FOR ALL CONNECTICUT VETERANS', to expand the benefit of free entry to and parking at state parks, forests and recreational facilities to all Connecticut veterans.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

H. B. No. 6562 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING ADULT EDUCATION AND TRANSITION TO COLLEGE', to provide a less expensive option for postsecondary developmental education by allowing students who need additional preparation for a college program to enroll in an adult education program.

H. B. No. 6563 (RAISED) HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE OFFICE OF WORKFORCE COMPETITIVENESS', to move the Office of Workforce Competitiveness from the Labor Department to the Office of Policy and Management.

ADJOURNMENT

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