JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Senate was called to order at 10: 07 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, Carmela Balducci of Deep River, Connecticut.
The following is the prayer:
Lord, make us see that while the law seems to curb our freedom, it is necessary for maintaining a peaceful and happy society. Keep responsibilities to those they serve. 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 April 10, 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.
FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE
The following favorable report was received from the Senate Committee indicated, read the second time and tabled for the calendar.
S. R. No. 24 RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE NOMINATION OF EDITH PRAGUE OF COLUMBIA, TO BE COMMISSIONER ON AGING.
FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following favorable report on a Senate 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:
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. Substitute for S. B. No. 774 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION CONCERNING VOTING RIGHTS TO PERSONS BEING RELEASED FROM DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION FACILITIES.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
FAVORABLE REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE
CHANGE OF REFERENCE
The following favorable report on a House Bill recommending a change of reference was received from the Joint Standing Committees indicated, the reports of the Committees accepted, and the bill referred as recommended:
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS. H. B. No. 6673 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
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:
S. B. No. 1166 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING INSTALLATION, USE AND ENFORCEMENT REGARDING IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES', to: (1) Establish a heightened penalty for a fourth or subsequent conviction of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, (2) prohibit persons arrested for crimes involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug from operating a motor vehicle unless it is equipped with an ignition interlock device, (3) establish a specific identifiable operator's license or special operator's permit for persons subject to a restriction on such license or permit that restricts operation of a motor vehicle unless it is equipped with an approved ignition interlock device, (4) permit the forfeiture of a motor vehicle used by a person required to install an ignition interlock device who fails to do so, and (5) require daily electronic sobriety monitoring for persons who claim to have no motor vehicle and therefore do not install an approved ignition interlock device in a motor vehicle.
H. B. No. 6699 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING PRETRIAL DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS AND SOLICITATION OF CLIENTS IN CRIMINAL MATTERS', to: (1) Revise the pretrial drug education program by redesignating the program as a pretrial drug education and community service program and revising eligibility and participation requirements for the program, (2) limit eligibility for the community service labor program to enumerated offenses after conviction, (3) revise the eligibility criteria for accelerated rehabilitation, (4) expand mediation programs in criminal prosecutions to all geographical area court locations, (5) permit a court or prosecutor to consider the fact that a defendant has made a monetary contribution to a private nonprofit charity or other nonprofit organization, in a manner currently permitted for the consideration of community service work, and (6) require criminal defense attorneys to wait thirty days after an arrest of a defendant in a criminal matter before sending a written communication to solicit the defendant as a prospective client.
H. B. No. 6700 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING THE DRAM SHOP ACT', to clarify the meaning of intoxicated person for purposes of the dram shop act.
H. B. No. 6701 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD ENDANGERMENT WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR DRUGS', to establish enhanced penalties for persons who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, or both, with a child sixteen years of age or younger in the motor vehicle.
H. B. No. 6702 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT', to: (1) Provide that a restraining order may include provisions to require the subject of the order to maintain household and personal expense payments on behalf of the applicant; (2) require probation officers to provide certain notices of probation violations to assigned victim advocates; (3) require that the family violence training program for Judicial Branch personnel be available to guardians ad litem; (4) extend the ability to terminate a rental agreement because of family violence to victims of a sexual assault; (5) replace statutory references to battered women and batterers for consistency with current terminology; (6) add one member to the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission; (7) require an assessment of Judicial Branch family violence intervention programs in accordance with data from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative's analysis of such programs; (8) require the Chief Court Administrator to maintain a separate secure waiting area in courthouses for victims of family violence crimes; (9) revise the protocol for surrender of a firearm by a person who is subject to a restraining order, protective order or a foreign order of protection; and (10) require a study of on-going training for judges and Judicial Branch personnel.
H. B. No. 6703 (RAISED) JUDICIARY. 'AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH VIOLENCE AND GANG ACTIVITY', to: (1) Reduce youth violence and gang-related activity; and (2) establish a criminal offense for a person to recruit a minor to participate in a gang.
The Senate at 10: 12 a. m. adjourned under provisions of Senate Rule 9(b) subject to the call of the chair.