2018 "Veto Session" over.
 
        
DEMOCRATS PRIMARY MINI GONZALES (C.) 

The Senate might have voted the same way without her recusal.  Her vote (c.) made the Judiciary Committee a tie (rejected Governor's first nominee).

NOW WE KNOW:  There will be a challenge to those who dared to oppose Gov. Malloy:
http://www.courant.com/politics/government-watch/hc-pol-lender-angel-morales-questions-20180627-story.html



T H E M E    S O N G    O F    T H E    V E T O    S E S S I O N

THE PARTY THAT DOESN"T STAND FOR INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT - JUST UCONN FOOTBALL
Yes, there is a difference between standing up for what you believe in (Guardian Ad Litem action scrutiny, top, center)  and doing what they did.



HOUSE BILLS
Rules same as usual, joint, expenses, printing of journals.  Many did not want to cross their man. 

Majority Leader announces some info: 
Members stuck in traffic, have fewer bills (2)  we would bet they'll wait until after lunch for Senate that has more to do (5).  House Democrats in caucus.  As are Republicans.

      

HOUSE OVERRIDING VETO HB5171103 votes YES.  (The big vote was 101 to "vote to reconsider" - wonder who the two legislators were who switched?)
Alliance Districts.  Home Rule on the block as Majority Leader point out that Towns can open their Charters for one item date change for budget adoption.  Also look for a Special Session.

House batting 50-50...





SENATE
Although a late start, it was over after 2pm with no overrides and they did not override the one bill the the House had overridden (see comment on HB5171 below).

SB188
Sen. Fasano.  Repassage - children protected.  OVERRIDE FAILS (PARTY LINE VOTE)

SB453
Sen. Boucher.  Sen. Bye voted yes, but now will vote no.  Six (6) absent but override requires 2/3 of ALL Senators.  4 D (Kennedy, Gerrantana, Cassano, Leone) and 2 R (Suzio and Martin)

      

HB5171
Bye no, Slossberg yes, Osten no, Duff yes...NO OVERRIDES 19-11 (needed 24 as noted already). 

SENATE strikes out.



Proud that the House at least did the right thing - good for you Mr. Speaker.





WESTON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JUNE 12, 2018

 
OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS:
  https://www.cga.ct.gov/ofa/
OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/

BILLS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
All bills that pass both chambers must then be reviewed by Governor who may veto them and then cause the Legislature to return for a "VETO (OVERRIDE) SESSION"

Passed both chambers:   https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00103&which_year=2018

PLEASE NOTE:  OPINIONS EXPRESSED BELOW ARE THOSE OF ABOUT TOWN.  C.G.A. PAGE LINK BELOW LEFT. 
WE FOLLOW FOUR (4) COMMITTEES  - PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY&TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPORTATION.


C . G . A .    SHORT  SESSION;  SEN. HWANG CALLS  IT  LIKE  IT  IS...
"Short Session" began Feb. 7, 2018 and supposedly ends May 9, 2018.  Inquiring minds wonder what happens when the Legislature cannot agree on modifications to the biennial budget?



CONTENTS






NEWS FLASH - There was a rat after all!!!




P.H. Transcripts needed?  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180607_lawmakers_stand_firm_on_elimination_of_public_hearing_transcripts/

 
IMPLEMENTER BILL - OUR OWN ANALYSIS AS TO WHAT SOME OF IT MEANS FOR WESTON IN TERMS OF OPPORTUNITIES/THREATS
A new name to us!  http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/budget/fac/fy2018/facmeetingdates-2017-18.pdf

Sec. 34. Subsection (b) of section 16 of public act 17-89 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(b) On and after the date the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management finds that a minimum of [four] seven million five hundred thousand dollars has been deposited in the municipal gaming account pursuant to subsection (c) of section 15 of [this act] public act 17-89, the Office of Policy and Management shall provide an annual grant of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to each of the following municipalities: Bridgeport, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, South Windsor, Waterbury and Windsor Locks. [; and each of the following distressed municipalities: East Hartford and Hartford.] The amount of the grant payable to each municipality during any fiscal year shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants exceeds the amount of funds available for such year.

Sec. 49. Subsection (a) of section 17b-282c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2018): 
Department of Social Service allows now max. $1000 dental services per adult qualifying - before there was no limit?

Sec. 68. Subsection (a) of section 10-183l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage and applicable to appointments made on and after said date):
(a) (1) On and after July 1, 1991, the management of the system shall continue to be vested in the Teachers' Retirement Board...NEW:  

one of whom shall be the mayor, first selectman or chief elected official of a municipality. On and after the effective date of this section, the Governor shall fill the next vacant position on the board that is appointed by the Governor with a person who is the mayor, first selectman or chief elected official of a municipality.

Sec. 107. Section 2-32c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
[Not] On and after January 1, 2019, the Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, established pursuant to section 2-79a, shall, not more than ninety days after adjournment of any regular or special session of the General Assembly or September first immediately following adjournment of a regular session, whichever is sooner, [the Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, established pursuant to section 2-79a, shall] submit to the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the minority leader of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the Senate a report which lists each state mandate enacted during said regular or special session of the General Assembly. Within five days of receipt of the report, the speaker and the president pro tempore shall submit the report to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and refer each state mandate to the joint standing committee or select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of the subject matter of the mandate. The secretary shall provide notice of the report to the chief elected official of each municipality.

ACIR
Rearranging deck chairs on the good ship "Land of Steady Habits?"  Delay in products usually required in other sections of the Implementer.

Sec. 108. Section 12-7c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(a) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall, on or before February 15, [2018] 2020, and biennially thereafter, submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, and post on the department's Internet web site a report on the overall incidence of the income tax, sales and excise taxes, the corporation business tax and property tax. The report shall present information on the distribution of the tax burden as follows:  The change was in pushing to 2020 rather than 2018, the Commission of Revenue Services' report - since he is leaving momentarily?

Sec. 110. Section 7-100k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):  A case of the State taking away power or not?
(a) [Any] Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act, municipal charter or ordinance, any town, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough, regional council of governments or any combination of towns, consolidated towns and cities or consolidated towns and boroughs may, by town or borough meeting vote, or, in those municipalities in which there is no such meeting, by a two-thirds majority of the members of the legislative body thereof, provide for the appointment of one or more [but not more than five] assessors. Any such municipality or municipalities or regional council of governments may establish the qualifications and compensation of such assessor or assessors, and may provide for the appointment by the assessor or board of assessors of clerical and other assistance within the limits of the appropriation therefor, provided, if there is more than one assessor, such assessors shall choose one of their number to be chairman of the board of assessors.
(b) Any assessor appointed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his or her duties by the clerk or clerks of the [town] municipality or municipalities that provided for the appointment of such assessor, or, in the case of a regional council of governments, by the clerk of each participating municipality.

Sec. 111. Subsection (a) of section 7-168a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):  Taxing on top of admission price "for any event that is held at a facility located within the municipality."
(2) As used in this section, "admission charge" means the amount paid, whether in the form of a ticket price, license fee, skybox, luxury suite or club seat rental charge or purchase price, or otherwise, for the right or privilege to have access to a place or location where amusement, entertainment or recreation is provided, exclusive of any charges for instruction, and including any preferred seat license fee or any other payment required in order to have the right to purchase seats or secure admission to any such place or location. Places of amusement, entertainment or recreation (A) include, but are not limited to, theaters, auditoriums where lectures and concerts are given, amusement parks, fairgrounds, race tracks, dance halls, ball parks, stadiums, amphitheaters, convention centers, golf courses, miniature golf courses, tennis courts, skating rinks, swimming pools, bathing beaches, gymnasiums, auto shows, boat shows, camping shows, home shows, dog shows and antique shows, but (B) do not include motion picture shows.

Sec. 152. Subsection (a) of section 10-157 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):  Regionalization move?
(a) [Any] Each local [or regional] board of education for a municipality with (1) a population of ten thousand or more, (2) three or more public schools located in the municipality, and (3) two thousand or more resident students, as defined in section 10-262f, shall provide for the supervision of the schools under its control by a superintendent who shall serve as the chief executive officer of the board. A local board of education for any other municipality may (A) provide for the supervision of the schools under its control by a superintendent who shall serve as the chief executive officer of the board, or (B) receive direction concerning the supervision of the schools under its control by a superintendent employed by another local board of education, provided the legislative body of such other municipality authorizes the use of such superintendent. Each regional board of education shall provide for the supervision of the schools under its control by a superintendent who shall serve as the chief executive officer of the board.

Sec. 153. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Upon the approval of the legislative body of a municipality and the local board of education for such municipality, such legislative body and local board of education may enter into a cooperative agreement relating to the performance of administrative and central office functions for the municipality and the school district.  The Weston Board of Ed not very interested in this.

Sec. 157. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Any local board of education shall file forthwith a signed copy of any contract for administrative personnel with the town clerk, which town clerk shall post a copy of any such contract on the town's Internet web site. Any regional board of education shall file a copy of any such contract with the town clerk in each member town, which town clerk shall post a copy of any such contract on the town's Internet web site.

Sec. 160. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any special act, municipal charter or home rule ordinance, the legislative body of a municipality and the local board of education for such municipality shall consult when possible regarding the joint purchasing of property insurance, casualty insurance and workers' compensation insurance. For the purpose of this section, "municipality" means any town, city, borough, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough.

Sec. 161. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Any local board of education for a municipality, after going out to bid for a good or service and receiving submissions, shall consult with the legislative body of such municipality if such municipality provides or uses such good or service, and, if the equivalent level of such good or service is provided by such municipality or through a municipal contract for a lower cost than the lowest qualified bid submission received by such local board of education, such board of education shall consider a cooperative agreement with such municipality for the provision of such good or service. For purposes of this section, "good or service" includes, but is not limited to, portable classrooms, motor vehicles or materials and equipment, such as telephone systems, computers and copy machines.

Sec. 162. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Each local board of education for a municipality shall consult with the legislative body of such municipality prior to purchasing payroll processing or accounts payable software systems to determine whether such systems may be purchased or shared on a regional basis.

Sec. 196. Subsection (a) of section 10-145t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_behavior_analyst

Sec. 227. Subdivision (33) of section 10-262f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(33) "Fully funded grant" means the sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation [level] and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, and (B) the town's regional bonus.
Sec. 228
    
We note that "Aging" in statute is now being lumped with "Social Service" Sec. 296 as an example - and we are taking a break...hope to finish with a "part three" this weekend.

They didn't vote on anything from F.S.E.G. in 2018?
Sec. 250. (Effective from passage)
(a) There is established a Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth which shall develop and recommend policies to achieve state government fiscal stability and promote economic growth and competitiveness within the state. The commission shall study and make recommendations regarding state revenues, tax structures, spending, debt, administrative and organizational actions and related activities, including relevant municipal activities, to (1) achieve consistently balanced and timely budgets that are supportive of the interests of families and businesses and the revitalization of major cities within the state, and (2) materially improve the attractiveness of the state for existing and future businesses and residents...

g) Not later than March 30, 2018, the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce, planning and development, finance, revenue and bonding and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies shall either hold one joint public hearing or individual public hearings on the commission report. During the 2018 regular session, (1) one or more of said committees shall originate and, following an additional public hearing, report at least one bill drafting the report's recommendations that are relevant to the cognizance of said committee, and (2) the General Assembly shall vote upon any such bill.

Sec. 252 a.(1) -  Does this help Weston?
 If a town experiences an aid reduction, as described in subsection (d) of section 10-262i, such town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the aid reduction;

Sec. 253

(d) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, (A) if the amount of the equalization aid grant a town is entitled to pursuant to section 10-262h is greater than its base grant amount, the difference between the amount of such equalization aid grant and such town's base grant amount shall be the aid increase for such town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and (B) if the amount of the equalization aid grant a town is entitled to pursuant to section 10-262h is less than its base grant amount, the difference between such town's base grant amount and the amount of such equalization aid grant shall be the aid reduction for such town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, (A) if the amount of the equalization aid grant a town is entitled to pursuant to section 10-262h is greater than the equalization aid grant amount such town received for the previous fiscal year, the difference between the amount of such town's equalization aid grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and the equalization aid grant amount such town received for the previous fiscal year shall be the aid increase for such town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and (B) if the amount of the equalization aid grant a town is entitled to pursuant to section 10-262h is less than the equalization aid grant amount such town received for the previous fiscal year, the difference between the equalization aid grant amount such town received for the previous fiscal year and the amount of such town's equalization aid grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, shall be the aid reduction for such town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.



Sec. 267 and a few after this explaining how to go about sharing a Superintendent.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act, municipal charter, local ordinance, home rule ordinance or other ordinance, or the provisions of chapters 170 and 171, any board of education that jointly employs a superintendent of schools under this section may hold regular joint meetings, at least once every two months, with any of the other boards of education that are jointly employing such superintendent for the purpose of reducing the expenses of such boards of education and aligning the provision of education by such boards of education.

Sec. 331. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2018)
There is established an account to be known as the Passport to the Parks account which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. Moneys in such account shall be used to provide expenses of the Council on Environmental Quality, beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and for the care, maintenance, operation and improvement of state parks and campgrounds, the funding of soil and water conservation districts and the funding of environmental review teams. Any moneys in such account may be expended only pursuant to an appropriation by the General Assembly. All funds collected from the Passport to the Parks Fee established pursuant to section 14-49b of the general statutes, as amended by this act, shall be deposited into the Passport to the Parks account. Such account shall contain all moneys required by law to be deposited in such account. Such account may receive funds from private or public sources, including, but not limited to, any municipal government or the federal government. Such account shall contain subaccounts as required by section 23-15b of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Section 332

(B)(4) Each house of the General Assembly shall permit not more than six hours of total time for debate of a resolution to approve or reject an agreement or award filed with the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate pursuant to this subsection. Those speaking in favor of such resolution shall be allocated not more than three hours of total time for debate, and those speaking in opposition to such resolution shall be allocated not more than three hours of total time for debate. A vote shall be taken on the resolution upon the conclusion of the debate.

(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (4) of this subsection, if the debate on such resolution occurs during the last three days of the thirty-day period, each house of the General Assembly shall permit not more than four hours of total time for debate of such resolution. Those speaking in favor of such resolution shall be allocated not more than two hours of total time for debate and those speaking in opposition to such resolution shall be allocated not more than two hours of total time for debate. A vote shall be taken on the resolution upon the conclusion of the debate.


Crumbling Foundations

Sec. 335 and all other to 339 ((d) below "crumbling foundations - we believe to be funded by increased fees to every homeowner in the state...and...
(d) Notwithstanding any municipal charter, home rule ordinance or special act, no municipality shall collect an application fee on a building permit application to repair or replace a concrete foundation that has deteriorated due to the presence of pyrrhotite.

Sec. 340 and...
L) If the foundation of the property is made of concrete, a statement that the prospective purchaser should have the foundation inspected by a professional engineer licensed pursuant to chapter 391 who is a structural engineer, for deterioration of the foundation due to the presence of pyrrhotite.

(M) A question as to whether the seller has knowledge of any testing or inspection done by a licensed professional related to a foundation on the property.

(N) A question as to whether the seller has knowledge of any repairs related to a foundation on the property.

Sec. 342 and...
and (xxi) to the extent properly includable in gross income for federal income tax purposes, the amount of any financial assistance received from the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund or paid to or on behalf of the owner of a residential building pursuant to sections 337 and 343 of this act.

Sec. 343. (NEW) (Effective from passage) as well as...
(a) Two or more municipalities may, subject to the provisions of section 10a-185 of the general statutes and chapter 187 of the general statutes and the approval of the legislative body of each such municipality, jointly borrow from any source for the purpose of paying for all or part of the cost of any project entered into jointly to abate a deleterious condition on real property that, if left unabated, would cause the collapse of a concrete foundation due to the presence of pyrrhotite and damage the housing stock in such participating municipalities to such an extent that a negative impact on such participating municipalities' economies would result.

Sec. 344 and...
Any municipality may authorize the issuance of bonds, notes or other obligations in accordance with the provisions of this chapter for the [purpose] purposes of (1) funding a reserve fund for property or casualty losses established pursuant to section 7-403a, or (2) funding for all or part of the cost of any project undertaken by such municipality to abate an actual or potential deleterious condition on real property that, if left unabated, would cause the collapse of a concrete foundation of a residential building due to the presence of pyrrhotite and damage the housing stock in such municipality to such an extent that a negative impact on such municipality's economy would result.

Sec. 345. (Effective from passage)
(a) There is established a working group to develop a model quality control plan for quarries and to study the workforce of contractors engaged in the repair and replacement of concrete foundations that have deteriorated due to the presence of pyrrhotite.

Sec. 346. (NEW) (Effective from passage)
If the federal Army Corps of Engineers, National Institute of Standards and Technology, ASTM International or other nationally recognized standards bureau establishes a standard for the presence of pyrrhotite in concrete intended for use in foundations of residential buildings and the State Building Inspector adopts such standard into the State Building Code, any person selling or offering such concrete for sale shall provide the purchaser or potential purchaser with written notice that such concrete is in compliance with such standard.

Sec. 347. (NEW) (Effective from passage)
There shall be a special homeowner advocate within the Department of Housing. Said advocate shall be responsible for: (1) Coordinating the efforts of the state to provide assistance to owners of residential buildings with concrete foundations that have deteriorated due to the presence of pyrrhotite, (2) working with the federal government regarding any support provided by the federal government to the owners of such residential buildings, (3) advising and assisting the owners of such residential buildings in making claims for financial assistance pursuant to section 336 of this act, (4) assisting the owners of such buildings in accessing any other available assistance or support, (5) referring the owners of such residential buildings to any entity that provides assistance or support, (6) assisting in the resolution of complaints concerning the operations of the captive insurance company established pursuant to section 336 of this act, (7) filing a report, not less than annually, with the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance, finance, planning and development, housing and public safety describing any trends in the complaints described in subdivision (6) of this section and making recommendations to improve the efficiency, fairness or operations of the captive insurance company established pursuant to section 336 of this act, and (8) testifying at any hearing held by one or more committees of the General Assembly regarding the report described in subdivision (7) of this section.

Sec. 348. (NEW) (Effective from passage)
The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall, in consultation with the Labor Commissioner and within available appropriations, establish a training program for contractors engaged in the repair and replacement of concrete foundations that have deteriorated due to the presence of pyrrhotite.


There are four tiers, "tier 1" being in the best shape...and this may not be where this fits, but SB528 gets his 5th 
V E T O
Sec. 360. (NEW) (
Effective from passage)
(a) The chief elected official of a municipality may apply to the secretary to request designation as a tier I municipality if any of the following conditions exist: (1) The municipality has no bond rating, or its highest bond rating is A or above, provided the municipality has no rating that is not investment grade, receives less than thirty per cent of its current fiscal year general fund budget revenues in the form of municipal aid from the state, has a positive fund balance percentage, and has a municipal revenue increase in fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, as a per cent of revenues of two per cent or more, (2) the municipality has no bond rating or its highest bond rating is A, provided the municipality has no rating that is not investment grade, receives less than thirty per cent of its current fiscal year general fund budget revenues in the form of municipal aid from the state, and had a positive fund balance percentage of less than five per cent, or (3) the municipality's highest bond rating is AA or above, provided the municipality has no rating that is not investment grade, receives thirty per cent or more of its current fiscal year general fund budget revenues in the form of municipal aid from the state, has an equalized mill rate of less than thirty, has a positive fund balance percentage, and has a municipal revenue increase in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, as a per cent of revenues of two per cent or more.

(b) The secretary shall refer any municipality which has requested designation as a tier I municipality to the Municipal Finance Advisory Commission, pursuant to the provisions of section 7-395 of the general statutes. In addition to the requirements of section 7-394b of the general statutes, such municipality shall prepare and present a three-year financial plan to the Municipal Finance Advisory Commission for its review and approval.

Below "M.A.R.B.":  FWIW, (l) Not running for re-election and (r) appointed by the Governor, who is not running again.


Sec. 367. (NEW) (Effective from passage) and here are some definition/lingo
(a) There is established a Municipal Accountability Review Board, which shall be in the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only and which shall be comprised of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee, who shall be the chairperson of such board, the State Treasurer, or the State Treasurer's designee, who shall be the cochairperson of such board, five members appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be a municipal finance director, one of whom shall be a municipal bond or bankruptcy attorney, one of whom shall be a town manager, one of whom shall have significant experience in representing organized labor and who shall be selected from a list of three recommendations by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and one of whom shall have significant experience as a teacher or representing a teacher's organization and who shall be selected from a list of three joint recommendations by the Connecticut Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Connecticut, and one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate and one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. Each member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall have experience in business, finance or municipal management. All appointed members shall serve for terms of six years and until a successor is appointed except that two of the five initial appointments by the Governor shall each be for a term of three years with all subsequent appointments being for a term of six years. The filling of any vacancy shall be for the remainder of the applicable member's terms. If there are two or more designated tier II, III or IV municipalities, the Governor may appoint alternates for one or more of the appointments made by the Governor pursuant to this section. Such alternates shall have the same qualifications as the member for whom they serve as an alternate and the term of each such alternate shall coincide with the term of such member. The members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in performance of their duties. Expenses of the board related to its work with designated tier III or IV municipalities, including any staff, consultants and other expenses adopted by the board, may, following consultation with such municipalities, be charged to such municipalities by the board and may be paid from the proceeds of any deficit obligation or debt restructuring bonds.

Sec. 374. Section 7-578 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
Within one year of initial participation [in] as a certified tier I or tier II municipality, a participating municipality may develop a comprehensive economic development plan designed to increase the tax base of the municipality to a level that will allow the municipality to provide an adequate level of municipal services. The plan shall be approved by the legislative authority of the municipality. If at any time after the comprehensive economic development plan has been completed and the municipality fails to show substantial progress in meeting the goals of the plan, the state may suspend further assistance to the municipality. The secretary, in consultation with the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, shall evaluate the comprehensive economic development plan annually. The secretary lyme. may provide qualified staff and financial assistance to the qualifying municipality for purposes of developing a comprehensive economic development plan.

Sec. 432. (Effective from passage):
(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred twenty million dollars, provided sixty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2018.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Office of Policy and Management for grants-in-aid to municipalities for the purposes set forth in subsection (a) of section 13a-175a of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2018. Such grant payments shall be made annually as follows: 

Guess how much Weston gets?  FY18 and FY19 we're given $453 each of these two years.  ZERO goes 11 others (Cornwall, Darien, Hampton, Kent, Lyme, North Stonington, Preston, Sharon, Sherman, Union, Westport) plus 4 other  towns and 5 entities getting less than we are inked in for.  We note the "CT CREDIT CARD" is getting a haircut or am I misunderstanding this?

Sec. 491. Section 1 of public act 13-239, as amended by section 214 of public act 15-1 of the June special session and section 161 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 2 to 7, inclusive, of public act 13-239, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$300,456,261] $297,885,986.

Sec. 527. Section 12 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 201 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 13 to 19, inclusive, of public act 15-1 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$376,600,000] $353,092,050.

Sec. 530. Subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of section 13 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 205 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(3) For the Brownfield Remediation and Revitalization program, not exceeding [$16,000,000] $20,000,000;

Sec. 531. Subsection (f) of section 13 of public act 15-1 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(f) For the Department of Housing: For the Main Street Investment Fund established by section 4-66h of the general statutes, not exceeding [$5,000,000] $2,000,000.

Sec. 532. Subdivision (1) of subsection (i) of section 13 of public act 15-1 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(1) Grants-in-aid for the purpose of capital start-up costs related to the development of new interdistrict magnet school programs to assist the state in meeting the goals of the current stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., for the purpose of purchasing a building or portable classrooms, subject to the reversion provisions in subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 10-264h of the general statutes, leasing space and purchasing equipment, including, but not limited to, computers and classroom furniture, not exceeding [$20,000,000] $15,000,000;

Sec. 533. Subdivision (3) of subsection (i) of section 13 of public act 15-1 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(3) Grants-in-aid to the American School for the Deaf for alterations, renovations and improvements to the buildings and grounds, not exceeding [$5,000,000] $2,492,050.

Sec. 536. Section 27 of public act 15-1 of the June special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 28 to 30, inclusive, of [this act] public act 15-1 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$135,000,000] $120,000,000.

Sec. 537. Section 31 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 219 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 32 to 38, inclusive, of public act 15-1 of the June special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$298,250,000] $282,750,000.

Sec. 540. Subsection (m) of section 32 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 230 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(m) For the Connecticut Port Authority: Grants-in-aid for improvements to ports, harbors and marinas, including dredging and navigational improvements, not exceeding [$13,500,000] $6,750,000, provided not less than $5,000,000 shall be made available to the ports, harbors and marinas in the state other than the deep water ports in the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven and New London.

Sec. 541. Subsection (a) of section 57 of public act 15-1 of the June special session, as amended by section 234 of public act 16-4 of the May special session, is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate [twenty-six million dollars, provided fifteen million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2016] twenty million eight hundred seventy-five thousand dollars.

Sec. 543. Section 1 of public act 16-4 of the May special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 2 to 7, inclusive, of [this act] public act 16-4 of the May special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$250,200,000] $249,500,000.

Sec. 544. Subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 2 of public act 16-4 of the May special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
(2) For improvements to the Trout Brook Canal area in the town of West Hartford, not exceeding [$1,200,000] $500,000.

Sec. 545. Section 8 of public act 16-4 of the May special session is amended to read as follows (Effective from passage):
The State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 9 to 15, inclusive, of [this act] public act 16-4 of the May special session, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding [$47,500,000] $37,000,000.


Sec. 556. Section 12-71b of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (h) as follows (Effective from passage):  An opportunity?
(
NEW) (h) If the assessor in any town determines that a motor vehicle that is not registered in this state is subject to property tax pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, such assessor shall make a reasonable effort to provide information regarding such motor vehicle's out-of-state registration to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. After receipt of such information, the commissioner shall make a reasonable effort to provide such assessor with information regarding such motor vehicle's make, model, model year, vehicle identification number and the name and mailing address of the registered owner of such motor vehicle. Such assessor shall (1) determine the value of such motor vehicle for purposes of property tax assessment if the information provided by the commissioner is sufficient to make such a determination, and (2) add such value to the taxable grand list in such town for the immediately preceding assessment date. The tax thereon shall be levied, collected and payable and may be appealed, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (f) of this section. One per cent of such collected tax shall be paid by the town into the Special Transportation Fund, established pursuant to section 13b-68, to fund the administrative costs associated with the registration of motor vehicles registered out of state.

Sec. 563. Section 12-170d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):  Another example of the State passing on costs/responsibilities to towns?

Sec. 564. Section 12-170e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):  Another example of the State passing on costs/responsibilities to towns?
(a) (1) A renter qualifying under section 12-170d shall be entitled to a payment from the [state] municipality equivalent to the lesser of the maximum amount in the following table or thirty-five per cent of the sum of all charges for rents, electricity, gas, water and fuel actually paid during the preceding calendar year less five per cent of the qualifying income received during the preceding calendar year.
                   
Sec. 588. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, the total grants paid to municipalities from the moneys available in the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund established by section 3-55i of the general statutes shall be as follows: 
Weston zero for 2019

Sec. 589. (Effective from passage) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, each municipality shall receive a municipal stabilization grant payable not later than October thirty-first of each year. The total amount of the grant payable is as follows: 
Weston gets about $2000 more than 2018 in 2019

Sec. 641
(see you in Court, Federal Government???):

Sec. 665. Subsection (d) of section 7-34a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective December 1, 2017):

d) In addition to the fees for recording a document under subsection (a) of this section, town clerks shall receive a fee of [three] ten dollars for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality. Not later than the fifteenth day of each month, town clerks shall remit [two-thirds] two-fifths of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Fund and two-fifths of the fees paid pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar month to the State Librarian for deposit in a bank account of the State Treasurer and crediting to the historic documents preservation account established under section 11-8i. [One-third] One-fifth of the amount paid for fees pursuant to this subsection shall be retained by town clerks and used for the preservation and management of historic documents. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any document recorded on the land records by an employee of the state or of a municipality in conjunction with [said] the employee's official duties. As used in this section "municipality" includes each town, consolidated town and city, city, consolidated town and borough, borough, district, as defined in chapter 105 or chapter 105a, and each municipal board, commission and taxing district not previously mentioned.

SECTION 673:
(c) Not later than January 1, 2018, the commissioner shall establish fees for any application submitted to the Department of Transportation or the Office of the State Traffic Administration for a state highway right-of-way encroachment permit for an open air theater, shopping center or other development generating large volumes of traffic pursuant to section 14-311. Such fees shall mirror the amounts charged for such permits by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

SECTION 704:
2) Whenever the amount in the Budget Reserve Fund equals five per cent or more of the net General Fund appropriations for the current fiscal year, the General Assembly may transfer funds in excess of the five per cent threshold from the Budget Reserve Fund, for the purpose of paying unfunded past service liability of the state employees retirement system or of the teachers' retirement system as the General Assembly, in consultation with the Treasurer, determines to be in the best interests of the state. Such payments shall be in addition to any other contributions or payments required pursuant to section 5-156a or 10-183z or subdivision (1) of this section.

SECTION 712:
(f) (1) (A) On and after July 1, 2018, the Treasurer may not issue general obligation bonds or notes pursuant to section 3-20 or credit revenue bonds pursuant to section 714 of this act that exceed in the aggregate one billion nine hundred million dollars in any fiscal year. Commencing July 1, 2019, and each fiscal year thereafter, the aggregate limit shall be adjusted in accordance with any change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers for the preceding calendar year, less food and energy, as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CLOSING DAY INCLUDED PASSAGE OF AN IMPLEMENTER BILL - OUR REVIEW OF WHAT WE FOUND OF INTEREST (ABOVE)
OPENING DAY
SESSION DAYS


Graphic above shows the JF deadlines for all Committees we watch.  From these 4, a total of 105 bills are now sent to the floor...
Planning & Development/38,
Environment/38,
Energy & Technology/12,
Transportation/17
       
To track our bills go to COMMITTEE PAGESWHAT ARE C.G.A. RULES?  CHECK OUT HOUSE "GO LIST" AND SENATE "LIST OF BILLS" DAILY...a Special Session in the cards 2018?

In a word, "yes" - and see if you can figure out how many spots in the process allow for legislative "sleight of hand" and by the way, then there is the budget process and revisions to it.
OTHER
BUDGET REVISIONS:  APPROPRIATION/FINANCE REVENUE & BONDING
TO THE FLOOR:  All bills proposed are referred to Committee by the House and Senate.  The Committees vote to send bills to Public Hearing or not.  The full explanation of  "how a bill becomes a law") here:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/html/bill.pdf
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RUN UP TO THE SESSION






DAY BEFORE END OF SESSION, STILL NO BUDGET SECOND YEAR REVISION:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/05/08/will-democrats-republicans-beat-buzzer-budget-deal/


OPENING DAY MESSAGE - "MOVING FORWARD" (Translation:  "Connecticut 'Resistance' is alive and well or 'hey, no problems in CT'!")


A NEW PARADIGM OR NOT REALLY?  We note these:  Phone it in democracy?  How many towns will there be in Connecticut by May 2018?  2020?  Sen. Hwang's  critique.  Questions about rail car deal...
Senate session getting in their 2 cents, thanking Lt. Gov. for her years of service.  Graphic above left of the introduction of past Speakers of the House.
Senate adjourns to join the House for Gov. Malloy's address at 12 noon.
Read Gov. Malloy's address here.
12:51pm "Joint Convention dissolved" first by Senate, then House.





SHOWN BELOW IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:  2018 SESSION DAYS LINKS:  2-21-18;  3-7-18;  3-12-183-21-183-27-184-10-18 4-11-184-18-184-19-18; 4-24-184-25-184-26-184-30-185-1-185-2-18; 5-3-185-4-18 5-5-185-7-185-8-18; 5-9-18.




BUDGET REVISIONS MADE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION BETWEEN HOUSE & SENATE AS THE CLOCK STRUCK (ALMOST) MIDNIGHT...

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Half a budget?  Do we need judges?   BRANFORD/MILFORD delegation checks out.
https://ctmirror.org/2018/04/19/speaker-ct-may-need-tap-surging-april-income-tax-receipts/

In a Short Session the budget is adjusted and we think only bills that were brought up in the Long Session may be reconsidered...



HOUSE starts after noon. 

First a question of procedure - might have been quick action that bypassed rules???  Or was this just to make sure Republicans couldn't bring it up later?.


SB302LCO4938amendment (we believe Rep. Johnson voted no - this is a bill for computer literate).
Telehealth - new trend.   Initial prescription not telehealth then what? Since this is a discussion from the now adopted amendment we're pretty sure we can't find it.

145-1 no, NV4...ceremony for retiring representatives


HB5348asamended
147-1 NV2


House Session rolling along with Tony Guerrerra in the Chair. - he is running for the Senate.




passes


118-32


lco5960HB5339 voice vote.
Passes. 105-43 NV1

lco5251SB549
Sen. Boucher and Sen. Slossberg made it a study.  Finger print records with school employees - consent calendar...House adopts method used in Senate on the last day and also does a great job at sounding like double-sspeak the whole time.  And they still came up short to those they'd made promises to.






SENATE meets at 12 noon
5321 'A' & 'B'...and others...

CONSENT CALENDAR (some of them - I miss some switching between chambers).  VOTE: 

The consent calendar looks to me that it will be bigger than an encyclopedia.

So many bills on consent calendar.


Mirrors brownfield legislation.


High hazard dams reform


HA - now municipal abiliy to rgulate intersection on state highways (as I understand it)


Senior centers, massage therapy, 


And it's a wrap!!!  Budget zips through - will the Governor veto it?  Probably no.
https://ctmirror.org/2018/05/09/leaders-unveil-bipartisan-budget-deal-8-hours-deadline/







HOUSE members not running (running for the Senate) to be "Speaker for a day" well, until lunch.

HOUSE SET FOR 11AM MAY 8 and on time


SB468
- joking around.  No fiscal impact.  The whole morning spent in a bipartisan way thanking Rep. Ziobron.  Lots more...language...giving.  Business begins at lunchtime, only 1 NV.  Then memorial for Bruce Morris




"Substitute" language: Not online.
A lot of don't know answers.  "Period" starts upon conception (no pun intended - Rep. Dubitski even got this idea).







SENATE SET FOR 11AM MAY 8 - or not.  We are pretty sure thst the budget is coming...
Who isn't runnning for reelection..bumpstock debate in Senate;  casino bill dead...for now.

After 5pm and nothing up...WE SUSPECT THE BUDGET WILL SUDDENLY APPEAR.  Lots of farewells in the Senate plus "infomercial " on budget negotiations (at right).

Commercial for budget talks.




substituteHB5542 - "Bumpstock" (above our generic gun symbol).  What is it?  More like a "Gatling Gun"

10:16pm and we're out of here. 







HOUSE May 7, 2018
To be called?  SB421

HOUSE members not running to be "Speaker for a day" - 5 1/2 hours on..and on.
substituteSB455 - Minority Teacher recruitment - unan - NV4

substituteSB352 -
no problemo

substituteHB5449 -
no problemo

We are shifting to the Senate to make sure we don't miss HB5045 in the event it surfaces...now Senate stands in recess...




And we head back to watch the Senate....they are in caucus...and back to the House.





After dinner by now...
147-0 NV3






SENATE May 7, 2018

Very impressive and excellent debate..

SB520 - LCO5378
Underlying bill is about restoring voting privileges to former inmates.PT'd... carved out 4 crimes as non-starters...now brought back.  20-16 in favor of amendment and then the bill itself as amended.


substituteSB357
- lead poisoning and other environmental threats.  Passed on to "Consent Calendar"


substituteSB17 - sexual assault kits  LCO5329


SB341 as amended - unan.
 
SB345
- LCO4841
Climate Change in the curriculum watered down, no cost.


HB5334 education
"risk of injury" mandated reporter...


SB106 on consent.


Now in recess for caucuses (4:44pm)








HOUSE & SENATE meet Saturday May 5, 2018

HOUSE set to start...lots of empty seats...I wonder why (haha).



Amendment includes not just crumbling foundations - other things included
Tricky tricky - Democrats (Insurance) trying to slip crumbling foundations thru without fiscal note on 5209 substitute language. PT'd "in order to go to a memorial service."

Absent not voting - 18;  15;  12;  10;


Just a comment:  Don't you see a combination of increasing need and decreasing fiscal capability here?

3:47pm we are out of here...







SENATE IN CAUCUS at 1:18pm, May 5th




STRIKE MONDAY UNLESS...
LCO5066 'A' amendment goes down;  underlying bill will pass.


HB5460 - underlying bill support



3:46pm we are out of here...



Back to the Senate:  HB5421???  We are watch this debate in its entirety.  Recounts?  "Every vote counts." 



HB5421 - National Popular Vote - Senate Debate

Non-member states?  Disenfranchises them.  California.  Legal Train Wreck.




21 - 14 YES





HOUSE May 4th 11am - caucus...until after lunch.


substituteHB5384
- "making lives better" - more regulation.  Proprietary info?.




Back story? 
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180504_will_casino_vote_end_session/



PT'd last night - HB5305 - RFP for casino gaming in CT.  Hail Bridgeport and another roll of the dice.  Bridgeport not named.  Market analysis?  Bait and switch?  Fixed revenues - zero sum game.

We're out of here...http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180504_casino_bill_squeaks_through_the_house/








SENATE May 4th at 2pm...

We tuned in around 10pm...substituteHB5386 pay equity)...


More Saturday.





SENATE, Thursday, May 3rd...not in session yet, but soon...and an interesting item:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180503_municipal_lobby_makes_final_push_to_preserve_emergency_reserves/




OK, the Senate is shoving through all judicial branch nominees...Tracy Lee Dayton of Weston approved by both House and Senate

Senator Osten does not apologize for nasty comment.

SENATOR DUFF SPEAKS UP FOR WESTONITE
BREAKING NEWS:  Tracy Lee Dayton approved for Superior Court Senate (already by approved by the House);  new Chief Justice (Robinson) approved by Senate.







We note that the House majority is something like 7 votes...did you ever notice that Republicans are more punctual - generally?
HOUSE in Session Thursday, May 3rd.  Test vote right at the start (10:30am or so).  Don't hold your breath 'cause it looks as if more Democrats aren't there yet...now absent 11:43am 9D  1R; vote 11:48am,  (NV8)


In the Chair. Ass'tSpeaker

Re-appointments to judiciary sail thru.  NV 5...

Renominations...after noon...still not enough Dems to shove stuff thru?  By 1:18 "NV3"



74-72, Eric Coleman







HOUSE SESSION, May 2nd, 11:30am



CT MIRROR
Veto override not going to happen for bill preventing cut to ECS funding after budget adopted.


HB5405 - substitute -LCO4008:  Banks, credit union...this bill seeks to...non-voting 3


HB5515 - Brightness of advertising signs and billboards.  Rep. Candelaria in the Chair. during this very interesting debate.  Statutes silent?

"PT'd".  I think because someone brought up fiscal note issue.


SB471 -
Any obligation on local Police to find cause or liability in accident death case?  148-0 NV2

substituteHB5563 - spoofing bill, anti-robo call.- 1 NV


Another judge - 76-73 1 NV;  and another...and another...


HB5356 - Dam bill.

DEM CAUCUS UNTIL 3:30pm...



WHERE IS THE BUDGET?
The SEIU strike. How to distract from the budget adjustment process.

We're out of here...





SENATE SESSION, May 2nd, 12 noon

Bond Funding re-committed?  State Police gun range where?  References made to this:  http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-north-haven-explosion-0503-story.html

SB424
Not in the State ForestSenator Winfield points out that cities get unpleasant uses all the time.  Sen. Duff doesn't like it when others are sarcastic (he is a walking sarcasm-bot);  Sen. Larson shocked that shooting ranges sound like cars backfiring and OMG police have to be in the mud to fire guns - isn't this a result of CLIMATE CHANGE? 

LT GOV breaks tie to defeat bill.






SENATE Tuesday, May 1st, 11am - but not yet as the Democrats are in caucus...2pm, judges. 


First 10 minutes Sen. Hartley in the Chair.


SENATE APPROVES FIRST JUDGE 23-13.

EDITORIAL:  http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-lawmakers-get-six-figure-pensions-when-named-judges-20180430-story.html#nws=true

We didn't see it, but we believe the Chief Justice was approved unan.



The kind of stuff going on:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180502_senate_fails_to_pass_fair_scheduling_bill/






HOUSE SESSION ON MAY DAY, 12 noon.



HB5430
- strike all loc3982.  Health insurance task force? .Who's on it?  More questions on bill than words in amendment.


DEMOCRATS TO WORK WITH GOVERNOR ON BUDGET REVISIONS???
...4pm House still in recess during caucus.  Since the Republicans won't be conned into a back room, watch what happens.
 






HOUSE SESSION,  April 30, 11am.  Starts on time.


Happy Birthday wishes to 2 representatives.



HB5203
- 139-3 -. NV 8  - using smart phone to show license info. and debate.  CT one of two States not officially permitting this - but in practice done...if cell phone breaks it is on the owner not the police.  And an illegal search if the police find a text message about, say, a drug buy...



HB5219
- LCO4364 'A'  - 142 - 2,  NV 6.  Security officer unarmed.


HB5440
- LCO4452 - streamline.- task force bill - looks unan. but at this point we're watching the number of "not voting" six absent.



CAUCUS at 12:26pm
- back in business at 3:07pm
I suspect that neither side will "give in" on their principles on a number of things:  One Party has no problem passing  a spending down of newly enlarged "Rainy Day Funds."

 
HB5235 - national guard to be allowed to have weddings at facilities - how many present after "lunch"  147-0;  NV3

                  
H.J.R. 156 - Judge from Weston.  Backlog in Superior Court.  No line item for judges.  28 vacancies in Superior Court.    Lack of staff.  Fiscal mandate.  .   77-70 NV3.  4:51pm and we're out of here.

Just the beginning of 30 more judges with no support staff.  Will the Senate do likewise or might the 18-18 tie with Lt. Gov. voting be what happens...tomorrow???


Probably 5 or 6 in...

Speaker just said they would be adjourning once the judges were all voted upon.  "Judges" included the House vote on new Chief Justice.


New Chief Justice approved - on to Senate.






HOUSE SESSION Thursday, April 26 at 10:30am.


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN QUOTED
Shout out to Capitol Police et al. "...And to the Republic for which it stands" violation of Constitution.  "A Republic if you can keep it"



Debate on "Compact"   - how is this going to happen?
With Mr. Double-Speak, end-run around Constitution.  Follow the rules. Compact awards vote by electors who are "faithless  electors?"  Electors no longer have rights.


GOTCHA!  "Assigned" votes not in Constitution.  Regional divisions trick.
End result ain't the point.  Unconstitutionality clear to me!  "Compacts" by States have to be reviewed in Washington?  "Encroachments?"  Survey.  Wrong, wrong.  But then the other side.


AND THEN AMENDMENTS.  HAVE WE SOUGHT THE OPINION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL?  NO.
"It remains the unfinished business..." President Donald Trump in favor of the national popular vote - reports Rep. Lesser.  270 toal.  105 more votes still needed.  Rep. Fishbein lays bare t he nonsense.  All states not involved.


A very practical solution proposed.  Compact Clause.  VOTE:  77-73




NONE OF THE COSTS OF TUITION ARE SEPARATED FROM OTHERS
Agreement for graduate assistant union package.  $40k, free-tuition, 20hrs per week plus 4wks paid vacation (?)







HOUSE April 25, 2018...their Session went twelve (12) hours.




HOUSE (10:30am)

HB5265 - a test to see who is present?  What do you think is the purpose of re-instituting "may" language in contracts private as well as public construction and shortening the time for payment to 25 days?  That they had last year made mandatory for subcontractors' benefit?  I would expect it is a case of mismnanaged expectations...it didn't work and by the way, this is another way to get at town late action (30 to 25 days)???

SubstituteHB5342 passes.


SubstituteHB5334 - What the PTO has been crying out for...no contractors can be close to kids.  "Mandated reporters?"  Fiscal note?  Enforcement?  Liability?  Reason (bus driver arrested).  Moral turpitude?  Why watering down?  Purpose?



Where does the union get involved?  Contractor liable? " PT'd." which means pass temporarily. 


SubstituteHB5244
- it sure stinks getting old.  Unan.


Introduces women's basketball high school team



This is a very very long debate. 
$140,000,000 funds available state-wide to CT colleges/university system - enrollment declining.- Speaker showed up at 3:30pm and then left.  This will probably be PT'd???  Nope, voting at 4:30pm


DEBATE on underlying bill to come...or not. 
If you arrived here  illegally.  Dollars collected all spent?  YES.  So some might be denied?  NO - lower amount.  Instate tuition to undocumented graduates of CT high schools.  30% set aside?  17% UCONN, ECSU 30% average CC 15%   Are these taxpayer dollars or not?  Tuition being redistributed to undocumented???  Social Laundering of money?  Not fair to CT taxpayers.

FILLING SEATS.  This is a House debate that is critical of the Senate's compromise bill. (I would guess that it will pass by a lot.)  Boarder states Texas, New Mexico and California have this legislation.

Bill passes 90 - 60.  And we're out of here...




April 25, 2018


SENATE (12 noon but they started after the House finished at dinner time, 4-25-18  A rare happening: A bill removed from the consent calendar - like a George Raft movie title?

SB196 - reconsideration - the bill, taken off the "consent calendar" which means no one is opposed, gets an up or down vote "YES" of...19-16






HOUSE (10:30am) 4-24-18
We note that there are still quite a few not in attendance after the first hour...
Prayer, pledge and then...



Speaker hands off to...and now...148-0 (2 NV)

Nominations to Commuter Rail Council done.

HB5438 - unan. (technical)



HB5148
  - pregnant women living will - lots of talk related to advance directives - unan.
Substitute HB5297 - mandate on physicians (Steinberg's dad was a doctor) - any ambulance chaser opening?  Why gastric cancer?
78-70

State Referee - 140-6.



Substitute HB5130
- sewage spill bill - educating operators.  Cost?  $100 per trainee.  And then comes the hard stuff..."as appropriate" notification. 
Amendment passes (7 no votes - all 150 members present)...We went to lunch.  Returning, we find P&D bills being called, Mary Mushinsky no longer with the gavel..


HB5442 - worker cooperative bill out of P&D - so what is the purpose?  Apparently, someone in New Haven who provides a service wanted this??? 149-0.



HB5230 - amendment made then withdrawn (not worth the time so late in the Session would be my reason why withdrawn???)  Not unan. (28 no votes)

Announcements.


Substitute HB5222 - if you suffer from anything you bought, you can sue???


Substitute HB5221 - for expediting dissolution of marriage.  149 - 0



HB5045 - "How many towns would not be in compliance?" asks Ranking member.  "Don't know exactly" - maybe more than 130.  PT's" = pulled temporarily (or whatever the exact term is) by Majority Leader.


HB5262 - Contracting standards board...148-0






HB5045
- the answer - 25 Exactly what?  Three plus unit or accessory dwelling units.  "Discretionary funding" at risk - not E.C.S.  Easton and Weston on the list. 

              
LCO4089 'B' offered
.  Removes penalty.  "Punishment doesn't fit the crime" FRIENDLY AMENDMENT by Lemar.  Rep. Johnson.  Rep. O'Neill.  Multifamily housing is going to pass - but they keep saying apartments qualify??? Vote your district.

76-72. 2 NV


CLICK TO READ HB5045, MINUS THE ABOVE AMENDMENT





SENATE (12 noon), 4-24-18 - not yet in Session after 2pm...we never tuned in.
We used our previous most accurate method of retrospectively to follow where bills went and/or what actions were taken - by reading the Senate Journal






HOUSE IN SESSION April 19th, 11:30am - 4hrs 47 minutes

EARLY VOTING DEBATE - 3/4 vote in both House and Senate required to have it on the ballot in November.  This joint resolution is a real "talker"


ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW?

"I don't know" about drivers license - this is an attack on grandmothers.  PHOTO I.D. argument.  Any evidence that there is voter fraud?  "Yes" in Bridgeport.  Party line vote on amendment.so we go to the underlying bill.68-78.


UNDERLYING "BILL" REFERRED TO AN "ENABLING LEGISLATION"
Dubitsky skewers Fox but will this matter?  He points out that this will eliminate Town Meeting form of government.  What about if you get sick or have to work overtime, etc, -

DIRECT REFERENDUM - withdrawn.



PAY EQUITY (4 no votes)
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180419_pay_equity_sails_through_house/

And we have to step away from live reporting now...





HOUSE IN SESSION April 18th, 10:30am.  Began with statement in memory of Barbara Bush.


Substutute HB5185 - substitute language not submitted to Republicans in general.  Federal supremacy over state law inconsistent with other policies?
Federal regs say 21, ours says 18.  Probate Court requested this.  Juvenile is 21???  "Henry B." case?    If the Court was able to act, why do we have to have to do it?  Amendment proposed...asking,i suspect, that immigration laws are the responsibility of the Federal Government.  TRUST ACT removal...Ritter pulls the bill.


HB5439
- crowd funding for business on State website.  Unan.


HB5290
- Health Strategy.    93-51 (6nv)

Unan.  Lunch...





"We recognize the supremacy of Federal Law."  CT California wanna be - remember which way they voted...
Democrats do not agree, apparently.  Fiscal cost?  Bridgeport can't afford to take care of its own needs.  Rep. O'Dea - "trust act" is a catch and release thing.

VOTE ON HB5185:  Passes with almost no no votes.


And a lot of other uncontroversial nominations.  We are awaiting...


Rep. Mushinski in the Chair.
Whoa!  They are actually paying attention!!!  Discussion of state human rights referee nominee.  Call for machine vote.  Passes on Party lines sort of.


EARLY CHILDHOOD

HB5450 - unan.


HB5533 - State plan of housing and community development
unan.

HB5193 - bingo now local under cops.  $60 bazaar permit for full days of bazaar.  Unan..



HB5507
- South Central Regional Water Authority.  Unan.

4:35pm adjourn.





SENATE SESSION April 18th, 12 noon

4pm Senate is in Session!

A two hour plus session that started 4hrs late.  Prayer for Barabara Bush.  Appointments.  Judges. 





Amendment passed.
Access to college tuition grants for non-citizens who have served in the armed forces.  One hour plus down in a two hour plus Session.


Another; 9-29 fails
Vote on final bill 30 - 6.

SENATE CONSENT PROCESS:  Since there are only 36 members who sit in a circle, they are able to decide which bills are not contentkous
Consent calendar #1 vote unan.

Substitutes, lots of bills put on a second consent calendar.  VOTE:  unan.  Bills sent to other Committees.

And adjournment.  

NEXT SESSION DAYS:  Tues. and Wed. next week at 12 noon (April 24th and 25th).








APRIL 11th - HOUSE CONVENES (10:40am) - Canine service dogs honored.




HB5377
- Taskforce to look into unused satellite dishes' removal. Is this really a problem...

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HB5331 - Childrens' Report Card.  Approved unanimously with no "NO" votes.

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HB5364 -
Horseshoe crabs bill.  One "NO" vote?  Nope, unanimous.




HB5592 - recisions, penalties because MBR violated -  this is for the three towns that went below MBR last recision.  Bill passes.

HB 5402
- Credit delinquency.  Telecommunications and utility companies different.  Unanimous. 

We stopped for lunch at 12:44 - 1:46 now.  More done, we are sure.

HB5177 two "NO" votes


LAST BILL TODAY (@1:45pm
HB5205 - long-term care insurance protection..no "NO" votes yet...







APRIL 11th SENATE
Hamden honored for dance as well as basketball teams.



Beginning late, after 2pm, (perhaps they were waiting for ther House to finish first?) the Senate begins with judicial appointment (unan.) and referee - divided Senate but "yes" on referee. 

HB5592 - Emergency certified - blame on Governor although Governor, in his remarks on the subject, questioned, based upon the records of their general fund balances, the true need of the two communities granted relief.  Bye voted "NO"


SENATE CONSENT CALENDAR
More Judicial nominations - to the "Consent Calendar."  ...we'll have to see if they did anything else.










Prior to the Session, Speaker and Majority Leader suggest tolls on the agenda today.

TUES. APRIL 10, 2018 AT 10:30am...lunchtime by now, still on judges/referees...


JUDGES AND ALL REAPPOINTMENTS FIRST - there are now 9 members not present (noon).  "National Lawyers' Day" (since 2008) notes Rep. O'Dea (l) of New Canaan.  Who is not a lawyer above?
Probably won't get to the meaty ones or issues until after lunch if then (?). Rep. opposes all judicial appointments and reappointments until courtroom safety addressed.  What do you call 1000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea?

WHAT IS A CT JUDICIAL REFEREE:  https://law.justia.com/codes/connecticut/2012/title-52/chapter-910/section-52-434/



HB5167
- To allow Boards of Ed (but not Regional Boards of Ed) to squirrel away 2% and has nothing to do with MBR plus it was the Board of Finance who previously dealt with this.  10 no votes.


HB5192 - automated booze bill.  Bipartisan support (l).  32 oz.  Questions of proponent regarding assurance of supervision. Like a wine tasting.  34 no, 6 not voting



HB5184 - open local Charters only for budget consideration matters.  No "no" votes.

And that's about all we saw...live.  Three more bill were voted on/approved/ - link to what each bill says...







4 hrs 35 min session






Hon. Richard Robinson, member of the CT Supreme CT
Gov. Malloy's 2nd try at naming new Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180405_malloy_nominates_robinson_to_chief_justice/


When is a vote not legitimate in Democrat leadership's eyes? 
Threats not so veiled - maybe they forgot that this was a vote for Chief Justice?



And this from the Monday CT MIRROR:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/03/26/gop-tells-malloy-will-block-confirmation-mcdonald/

SENATE, March 27, 2018, 11am...make that closer to 12 noon.

And now 11:49...prayer, pledge, personal privilege.


Football Championship...Killingly H.S.


DEBATE:  "JUST NOISE"
Recuses herself.  Vote in negative in concurrence with the House...Governor should be allowed to do whatever.  " Clinton-esque".  "Captain's Persona" argument. 


Court picks evidence. 
Bye yada yada.  Markley history.  Why?  "In my DNA;"  Flexer and Leone, both from Killingly, have that working class CT accent...Cassano "I wasn't going to speak but..."



DAVID SLOSSBERG
Wrongfully fired.  Stock options.  Emotion.  Recuse?  Motion.  Written decision to sit. 


JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Cases:  Santiago (death penalty prospective).  Facts should not be determined by Supreme Court...Edmunds Case:  15 facts added.


DEATH PENALTY
Should have recused himself. 


WE NEVER APPROVED A JUDGE WHO GOT A NEGATIVE VOTE FROM JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Yes, Andrew can serve as a judge.  Doesn't support judicial activism.  Lobbying meeting - three areas of concern:  Santiago? 


QUOTES NEWSPAPER
Why do all call Judge McDonald "Andrew?"  That's the kind of thing people to do women - that familiarity and fake intimacy.


SECOND TIME: SENATE LEADERS CLOSE DEBATE
No judge ever got a negative recommendation from Judiciary Committee and was seated.- Zarella case Democrats wouldn't take it up...death penalty.



VOTE 19-16 @4:30pm - not confirmed.










;  almost 10am
HOUSE, March 21, 2018 at 10:30am changed to 9:30am but now 10am and nada as they  probably went into caucus...or not, as the voice comes on saying that the "House will convene in 5 minutes"...



VERY ENTERTAINING
Questions from GOP debaters frustrated by OPM "mendacity" in other areas parried by nimble Rep. D'Agostino (second from left)  Democrat from rural district says it is A-OK to her.

.
WHAT ABOUT THE FISCAL CRISIS?  Ans.  Governor's "lapses" will cover this second year of the biennial budget,  "But what about the out years?"
And the very best contributions to this debate came from urban legislators who explained that having a union and the education supplied by this formalization of the profession created a new industry for cities - families being paid to take care of themselves in addition to other government programs.   Below: New  London Rep. expains how this is good for his district, Hartford Rep.  explains why this is such a great thing for cities followed by Chair. of Labor and Public Employment who excoriates the House for even debating this (r. below - saying the "Senate finished") - or perhaps she was taking a jab at the Senate - known to be more conservative than the House???.



POINTS MADE:  PROCESS HIJACKED - E-CERT?  THE BUDGET FISCAL NOTE?  "Lapse?"  OPM GUESSWORK?


  must go into effect MOU




SENATE, March 21, 2018 at 11am changed to 9:30am.  They are meeting at the same time and we'll have to wait to find out.

SENATE WINS!!!  Of course, there are 4 times as many Reps...





March 7...


SENATE, March 7, 2018, 12:30pm - oops, change to the 6th (19 minutes long - did they approve Chief Justice in 19 minutes???  Nope.)







HOUSE, March 7, 2018, 1PM / HOUSE, March 12, 2018 at 10am



                 
We tuned late...First vote was to hear the appointment.  Passed.  Then...Butler very very effective, whacks McDonald...on religious liberty.

Debate on Andrew McDonald and his Peter Malkin zoning public discussion.
Recusals - when is it necessary to check out stuff?  Fairfield Merritt View - how can you believe this guy - "negative feelings" simple search would have figured this out.

UNDER CT LAW YOU CAN HAVE A REPLACEMENT FROM APPEALS COURT
This is an evolving standard on disqualifications.  Evolution of this standard.  When in doubt, recuse, yourself.  In 1977 in Alabama, George Wallace was getting divorced, the judge was asked to recuse himself.  Personal relationships are standard reasons.  We cannot trust Associate Justice McDonald to recuse himself.  It is our duty to hold him accountable.  If not us, who... Federal Appeals Court allows Senior Appellate judge steps in.  CT Supreme Court like the Federal Appeals Court.

FRIEND
As it turns out, Greenwich Representative made the difference 75-74 in favor of nomination.

Outside the record to support his opinion

Rep. Smith dagger - Justice Espinosa condemns how McDonald legislates from the bench.

Death Penalty
This may be critical.  "Shame on Justice McDonald.  BAIT AND SWITCH.

Juducial Code of Conduct
Unintelligible  attack "grounds for recusal"  Yada yada yada.  Letter from UICONN professor.  Second try at "grounds for recusal" (Rebutted by Rep. Rebimbas effectively.)

Religion
Rep. Morris - importance of prayer.
 

       
I thought this was very impressive
So what are we talking about here?  It was not ideological, political or anything but a debate (3 1/2 hours the Courant says).  Debate leaders above (L & R).


Rep. Linehan surprise
As we have mentioned elsewhere, CT Republicans do not vote as a bloc.  What might have been the deciding vote but for Greenwich...
"...In a statement, she said she had every intention of voting for McDonald Monday.

"However, after a conversation with Petit she began to doubt she was making the right choice.

"'I have listened to the concerns raised by Rep. Petit and others about Judge McDonald’s record on the death penalty, and his decision not to recuse himself from that court case despite his previous legislative advocacy. Based on these concerns, and these concerns only, I voted against his confirmation,' Linehan said.

"Linehan, who didn’t speak at all during the debate, hails from the district where Petit lived in 2007 when he was bludgeoned and his family was murdered.

"In a statement, she said he had every intention of voting for McDonald Monday...".
It was reported in the Norwalk HOUR that Rep. Linehan got permission from Majority Leader to vote "no" once he had determined that her vote would not negatively affect Judge McDonald's approval by the House.




FEB. 21


Came to order 55 minutes late.
JUDGES and appointments.  Unanimous.  Everyone there, almost -  35-0.  Adjourn.






      
House came to order on time and is doing the same things.   So what we think is the House has different rules.
Very few "no" votes appointing judges, but one Representative (l) questioned appointing judges when their support staff has been disappeared due to the fiscal crisis.
141-3 on one judge.  142-2.  on another... 

A BLAST FROM THE PAST:  REP. WOOD SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF FORMER SWRPA TRANSPORTATION GURU
Sue Prossi - Johnson, Commuter Rail Council re-appointed unanimously..

Adjourn, 2:10pm









BIENNIAL BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS - JUST OVER THE NEXT MOUNTAIN PASS...



SB376 and others referred from other Committees...

SECOND CHANCE SOCIETY APPROACH TO LEGISLATING
If you wondered about what happens to bills that get passed from Committee to Committee.  And then the inevitable revival of bills previously screeened by Committee Chairs. after screening rejected them - why bother screening?






NO BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS BY JF DEADLINE...NO WORRIES.  JUST VOTE "YO"
Combined thinking of Appropriations and Finance, Revenue & Bonding ready by APRIL 20th.  All four caucuses coming back to Appropriations Committees after actual deadline in joint effort...NOT


As much as they squirmed, because any number of these legislators work for entities opposed to this Commission's report, it may have gotten JF'd.

AT THE APRIL 5TH APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WHICH LEGISLATOR (PICTURED BELOW) SUPPORTED BOTH BILLS MOST STRONGLY?


JF deadline time, Appropriations Committee punts to Finance Revenue & Bonding
Bills sent to the floor but not...the modifications to the biennial budget.  However, they promised to have it by April. 20th. "Deficiencies."  MJ bill...lots of others sent to the floor "need work.".


So let's see if by April 20th the Approps/FR&B  Committees can come up with a spending/taxing regime that satisfies a majority of all legislators...




APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING DELAYED FOR THIS SOLUMN EVENT?
Considering that the Majority Party intended to "split" the Joint Committee and not include the Senate in voting on the Democrat budget proposal, we think not.

APRIL 20, 2018, HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE
Holocaust Memorial took place in Senate Chamber - very moving.  Senator Slossberg presided.  The House Chair. did not say "Holocaust Remembrance Day" later when Approps came to order, as a reason explaining why they had been delayed "in caucus" for so long.  But then again, how many legislators attended "Holocaust Remembrance Day" anyway???. How many members don't know anything about why this was a significant event?



MAY 9th - prior to budget adjustment debate if any.
F,R & B meeting to approve budget projections - hard to tell if anybody voted on it....



IN CAUCUS UNTIL WAY AFTER LUNCH


MEETING OF APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO JF BUDGET TO THE FLOOR, APRIL 20, 2018
BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS - TO BE MADE BY ONE HOUSE AT A TIME?


Democrat's Press Conference announced they have the answer.  GOP replies  - "not so fast you don't."
We note this perhaps related bill (opening Charters) from P&D:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/2018HB-05184-R00-HB.htm


Which Senators and Representatives are on Approps?  House Chair. and Senate Co-Chairs., above. 


ABOUT AS THEATRICAL AS IT GETS IN THE CT GENERAL ASSEMBLY - SENATORS ON APPROPS AGREED NOT TO PARTICIPATE?
Why is this "splitting the Committee" being done?  To make sure 2 female Senators (Democrats) cannot speak in opposition.

LEGAL STAFF WHO WERE PERHAPS KEPT IN THE DARK ON THE GRILL

VOTING BY HOUSE MEMBERS ONLY ON DEMOCRAT AMENDMENT (LCO3924) - a slam dunk because they already had a test vole to discuss splitting the Committee 21-19.

THEN THE REPUBLICANS SET OUT THEIR PACKAGE (GIVEN TO DEMOCRATS BEFORE ORIGINAL STARTING TIME OF 11:30AM) - OF IDEAS FOR APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE THAT HAD BEEN REVIEWED BY LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE AS WELL...WE DIDN'T CATCH THE LCO NUMBER.



O.F.A. Director supports the Republican budget proposal's veracity when items questioned.

52 members (the entire Committee) voting on Republican budget:  25-27.

Adjournment.


Previous Sub-Committee Meeting...

ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BIENNIAL BUDGET
Appropriations Committee has been going over the whole thing transportation included.


WHAT THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED $$ AS BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS:

And here's a hot one:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180207_lawmakers_unhappy_with_move_to_change_second_decd_job/





LIST OF FIRST DAY BILLS REFERRED TO COMMITTEES:  From here on in, we will be watch the four (4) Committee pages for news of new bils and decisions.
HOUSE:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/lob/h/2018HLB00208-R00-LOB.htm
SENATE:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/lob/s/2018SLB00208-R00-LOB.htm







"TIMES UP" MOVEMENT LEADER


#METOO  comes to the C.G.A.  Public input revealing - former prison guard not pictured who claimed unions discriminated against their female members.
Maybe I'm missing something, but this was actually very entertaining.   One thing I learned was that  the National Conference of State Legislatures did a survey and we think we heard only 26 of 50 responded.








FROM CTNEWSJUNKIE:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180406_finance_committee_moves_to_delay_bond_covenant/
Thursday's F,R & B meeting did not JF HB5590 by one vote.  We quote:  "...Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, who was the main proponent of the bond covenant, said he was the most concerned about the volatility cap and that won’t be delayed.  'This was all for me about the volatility cap,' Fonfara said following Thursday’s vote.  He said the legislation leaves the volatility cap in place and at the moment that’s more important than having the bond covenant for all of the caps." 
Testimony on this bill here.




GETTING DOWN TO DEADLINE...10 HR AND 45 MIN. PUBLIC HEARING, MON., APRIL 3, 2018.  Senator Fonfara in charge at the end.




FINANCE, REVENUE & BONDING PUBLIC HEARING, APRIL 2, 2018
Thirty bills including a curious bill related to the Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Commission...or HB5587 - how everything is ground to dust, JMO.  First hour on this bill;  Elliot asks about Tax Incidence Study - income inequality not in the centerpiece of this study.  "Economic growth" definition? 



SB536 - Entrepreneurship.  UCONN not in favor but would work to make it a better bill (sure).


SB540 - DISJOINTED TESTIMONY on sports betting.- junior from staff of lottery first.  Interim CEO (R) testified after.  Why?  Since the order of speakers is determined by...picking numbers!  He picked the better number.


SB527 - Transportation Center (Stamford) - testimony on south end and lagging for 10 yrs on transportation center-parking garage.


               
HB5582 - Legalizing pot taxation; 2 testified already.  RECREATIONAL. Electronic payment at dispensaries of MJ...and more sweet smell of weed.

Consumer Counsel testifies on we forget which of these 30 bills...it is 5 and 1/2 hours and we've had enough. 





   

We are back after 5pm.  Sports betting...Foxwoods testifies.



SB525
- AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CT INVESTMENT BOARD - not in favor.

We're out of here after a total of 7 hrs...only to pick it up @9 and 1/4 hrs in.



HB5591 - Sec. 8 - surcharge and cost increase in marriage license fee - "METOO" movement opposes this.




HB5585 - Stamford Economic Development Director - in summary, we are saying this, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to writing economic development standards.



SB536 - AAUP pressed by Sen. Fonfara.



HB5590 - Medicade coverage.  Ties Appropriation Committee budget to FR&B.  Makes Alex Knopp's point.

SB540 - Lottery sales online affecting convenience store sales.of other items.  Notes as to why this same bill failed two years in a row, previously.  It was noted by the chairman at this point that previously it had been a case of support for mj - now we are talking about the budget.

HB5582

HB5587 - last speaker at the end of a more than ten hour public hearing from unions supporting this bill - unfair because no union membership on Commission.

10hours,  6 minutes and 37 seconds.  Over.  This is how CT will devise a plan to pay for Appropriations Committee's budget revisions.  And we note for the record that we missed some testimony prior to this.





GENERAL LAW

LEGALIZING POT 2018 IN CT
http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-committee-on-pot-20180320-story.html#nws=true






  
"National Popular Vote"  Compact:  Where are we now in 2018?


G.A.E. March 19, 2018




WE TUNED IN @11am plus
No speaker except one who was not in favor...


Lawyer from Texas, Tara Ross.
All power corrupts argument.  Small states against the big states.  Part of Congress role in the Constitution.  Too much centralization.  Early voting?  Racist?  Like Europe?  What color favors it?

HB5526 - "DARK MONEY"
HB5522 - C.E.P. restoration

SEEC Exec. Director and staff with lots of bills and lots of Q&A. - the one-year limit to investigate a problem.

3pm and we're out of here...




JUDICIARY 2-25-18
              
THIS WAS AT LEAST A THREE-PORTRAIT EVENT IT TOOK SO LONG - THE DAY, THE COURANT  AND THE CT POST.
We watched this for almost 11 hours straight - it went on for a total of 13 hours and 33 minutes including a vote taken at the end - 20-20. Portraits of recusal, brave crossing of Party lines and a possible change coming.  Click here
for play-by-play.  FWIW we watched the very interesting last hour or so where the public who waited until the clock struck midnight, or so it seemed, to get in their 2 cents worth. 


PURGE?
Here is a link to COURANT artical 2-28-18:  http://digitaledition.courant.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pubid=e1bdb9a0-d9e0-4569-842b-54331efd8091



  
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE called to order by Senator Doyle at 10am on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.
Appointment of new Chief Justice to be heard.  Will anyone recuse themselves?  No-death penalty/death penalty by state graphic from 2012 (r) above.
It was that year the retrospectively designed bill passed that would not let death row inmates take a pass.  The Santiago case is the one that the Supreme Court in CT voted 4-3 to find the 2012 bill in error.
So this is the big show today.  How many members of the Judiciary Committee are running for the Democrat AG nomination?  Republicans?

Intersection of law and public policy.

                   
"RACIAL DISPARITIES IN DEATH PENALTY TEEING UP FUTURE OPINIONS" AND FRIEND OF DANNEL.
Sen. Tong questions: 
Sen. O'Neill questions: 
Sen Gomes:


Sen. McGlachlan
:  More fencing...

  
Senator Kissel reminds Committee to not be, in my words, prosecutorial.  More questions from Rep. Smith asks why another state's decision given more weight than CT opinions.

Sen. Markley
:

4pm and still going strong.  Where are we going in finding consistency.

     

Rep. Smith:

5:22pm

 

Rep. Gonzalez:

After dinner...


Sen. Suzio

Rep. Srinivasin



Rep. O'Neill


Rep. Stafstrom


Rep. Rebimbes:

           
MORE REPORTS TUESDAY FEB. 27th:  THIS WAS A THREE-PORTRAIT EVENT IT TOOK SO LONG - THE DAY, THE COURANT  AND THE CT POST

We only watched this for almost 11 hours - it went on for a total of 13 hours and 33 minutes including a vote taken at the end - 18-18 - or maybe 20-20. A recusal, and one crossing Party lines.


CT POST MOST INFORMATIVE
Upon reading the daily newspapers' online, The Day, that was not with it 'til the end, COURANT and CT POST (20-20) - the best report - we find that as was to be expected, at the very end was the kicker that might be the final blow to this nomination...  

        
NOW WE PICK UP 11:30 hrs INTO THE PROCEEDINGS ...

        

THIS IS INTERESTING
Appointments to Supreme Court and Appeals Court interviewed who were interim appointments.

Public Comment: 

VOTE ON CHIEF JUSTICE - WE WATCHED IT TUESDAY MORNING...


BEFORE THE VOTE:

MEMBERSHIP OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/

Comment:  http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-rennie-mcdonald-justice-nomination-20180228-story.html









HOLD THE PHONE - U.S. SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN
Sports Wagering an issue not gaining traction in the State:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5307&which_year=2018

PLAY THAT NUMBER (957) AS B.I.A. in D.C. GIVES ITS BLESSING (May 31, 2018)

Snake eyes for Public Safety and Security Legislative Committee - roll it for Hartford, East Windsor or  Bridgeport...
Never underestimate the power of rolling the dice - bills from Long Session back  in the mix - at right, a previous supporter of second from left.



     
February is for Committee work, March is for Public Hearings...our Legislators cover issues for Weston - P&D, Housing & Energy&Technology;  Environment;  Transportation.



OUTSIDE AGENCY DEFINITION:  F.S.E.C. AFTER MARCH 1 - "CONNECTICUT RISING INC." (from the ashes)? 

        
FISCAL STABILITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMISSION:  PUBLIC HEARING 2-9-18
Opening with AFL-CIO, C.E.A. and AFSCME.  Ideas?  Tax Internet sales, regionalize education so no longer a property tax burden (a canard, or "outside agency"). 





Meeting on Friday, April 6th at noon to review bills referred by other Committees (from the floor).

But here's the LIST of 38 bills JF'd:   https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommJFList.asp?comm_code=pd

"NOT ALL WILL BE JF'D"...First meeting included 31 bill concepts (2-14-18) which included HB5045: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/pddata/ca/2018CA-00214-R001300PD-CA.htm
Legislative history:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05045&which_year=2018




JF REPORTS DUE 3-26-18?

So far, C.G.A. website lists 23 bills out of 38 with full JF reportsWe especially want to note, in addition to the Governor's Bill, (no JF report for 5045 yet) this one:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/jfr/h/pdf/2018HB-05283-R00PD-JFR.pdf

Looking forward to seeing how a few of the others morph...
(If they had public hearings they are in play...)





WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS...
LOTS OF LOOPHOLES BUT...THERE WAS ONE AMENDMENT OFFERED THAT BARELY PASSED IN THE HOUSE;  THE SENATE NEVER BROUGHT AMENDED BILL UP

What does this bill say?  It says by-by C.G.S. 8-2 - "No more money from the State of Connecticut" for any town that does not do the following:

1. Requires them to demonstrate, or risk losing discretionary state funding, that their regulations comply with the bill's requirements concerning the (a) provision of varied housing development opportunities and (b) promotion of housing choice and economic diversity in housing;

2. Requires the regulations to provide for, rather than encourage, a variety of housing development opportunities to meet local and regional needs;

3. Requires the regulations to be designed to affirmatively further fair housing (which the bill does not define, see BACKGROUND);

4. Eliminates a requirement that the regulations be made with reasonable consideration as to the “character” of a district; and

5. Prohibits the regulations from imposing on mobile manufactured homes and associated lots conditions that are substantially different from those imposed on other residential developments.

ANALYSIS:
 
From the Office of Legislative Research:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/BA/2018HB-05045-R000347-BA.htm

An Act Establishing Accountability for Fair and Affordable Housing Through Zoning Regulations:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/FC/2018HB-05045-R000347-FC.htm




PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT JF DEADLINE MEETING, MARCH 26, 2018


LONG MEETING WITH 30 BILLS TO BE VOTED UPON
With Ranking Member making motions to put bills on Consent Calendar, the meeting began at  10:37am.  Will be held open for votes until 3:45pm.

Did you know that the C.G.A. website lists only 3 bills JFS's ("S" standing for substitute) to the floor as of today?  One of which involves "NRD" applications and protection to neighbors who oppose these developers? 

AGENDA 3-26-18

#1, #2(?), #6, #8, #9, #11, #13, #17, #18, #21, #22, #23, #25, #27 - consent calendar..

              
INTERESTING DISCUSSION ABOUT COVENANTS IN DEEDS
JF'd after discussion and vote (technically no official until the end of the day).  Very interesting discussions and we know direct consequences for Weston's Town Plan Update.

5488 - TOD
5045 - Multi-family housing - anti-local zoning.  Override of local zoning. 
5482 - yada yada (see above - emphasis on "5 pillars" of "Fair Housing" but some were sent to other committees for separate bills - will we end up with a three-legged stool or just...stool {referring to need for septic systems/waterlines?)

5510 - Why does one Senator who works for Aquarion want to locate intense facilities in all areas?
SB182 - Lawyer bill - you have to hire an attorney to question assessments

We had to take off...Got back to see what was to me the endangerment of volunteerism.  "Gestures"



450 - volunteers allowed to do stuff (along party lines).
5537 - shared solar with airport.

We will provide more comment if there are any surprises.






JF date:  3-26-18
P&D March 19th PH
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/PDdata/pha/pdf/2018pha00319-R001115PD-pha.pdf






JF date:  3-26-18




SB421

"Rainy Day" fund.  Fifteen percent exempt from labor negotiations. 1/4 percent difference in each down grade.  Debt service.  Wealth of Community but not tough the first 15% of fund balance.  Lots.  CCM testifies in favor.  15% is the limit,



AFFORDABLE HOUSING & INCLUSIONARY ZONING

HB5482
Task Force Bill.  Transit Oriented Development.  Advocate for homeless supports.  Builder:  Your don't make any money on it - not going to happen.  Fair housing person is concerned about delays.

HB5405
Governor's Bill.  High housing costs.  How man Towns don't?  27 do not have any multi-family units.  Adopt one district for 3 or more units per parcel (?);  one district for mixed use;  accessory dwelling unit by right. You only have to adopt zone.  Homelessness related to lack of affordable housing.

LAND BANK AUTHORITY
Hartford does this with help from CT, blighted properties.

SB420
Commercial Solar against this bill.  Assessor.

HB5508
Obstructed water view bill

HB5509
WPCA - foreclosures research by Sen Moore.  Put it under PURA Stamford rep, also resident.  Dissolve WPCA...



BLAST FROM THE PAST - FORMER SPEAKER LOBBYIST NOW


And we're out of here at 5pm...



Above what we think...
Forum on Regionalism:  Shared services and shared "efficiencies" Feb. 27, 2018.  Over @3pm.  Caucus called.

                 
NO MORE CARROTS ONLY STICKS
Don't expect anything much here - in the sense that this is a Short Session.  "That being said" kudos to AFL-CIO and unions.  School transportation:  Required to transport kids to school however, they, families, can switch anytime.
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DON'T EXPECT "EFFICIENCIES" TO EQUATE TO SAVING $$, IF AFL-CIO HAS A HAND IN IT...IN FACT IS IT A WORD?
Meanwhile, testimony regarding what might be done appears to be falling by the wayside - how many years have we been hearing about this?



PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 26, 2018 10am

NOTE:  We would have watch this on CT-N but CT-N was covering Judiciary and Transportation instead.  Such is the appeal of planning...


 
P&D NOT ON CT-N BUT WE GOT A REPORT ON SB181 FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE.
Sen. Cassano quoted:    Between "a rock and hard place on this.  By 9:49 there were 800 phone calls against it and 3 for it." 






HERE WE GO AT P&D

Planning & Development starts taking parts of Governor's Bill to move Fair Housing into Zoning Statutes and doing separate bills...but tomorrow the Governor's Bill #5045 actually gets its public hearing!

"Concepts" to be drafted (see agenda for today;s meeting).   We assume they did these things.

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/pddata/ca/pdf/2018CA-00223-R001000PD-CA.pdf

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FOR PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 26


LIST OF BILLS TODAY (TUES. FEB. 21)

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GOVERNOR'S BILL - AFFORDABLE HOUSING
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/pdf/2018HB-05045-R00-HB.pdf





Co-Chairs. of Environment will meet Friday next (2-16) and concepts approved - see link to Committee page showing agenda/minutes and bills.

Remember Sen. Flexer's uncalled amendment to SB522 in 2017 Long Session?  More bill concepts raised in 2018 including Litchfield Bear Hunting...speaking of which:  In the zoo of the Environment Committee  turtles, crabs, shellfish, dog (pounds), bear, deer, fish, coyotes, litterbugs I(Committtee Bill to be drafted).

JF REPORTS
38 JF'd;  all 38 have reports posted.as of April 9th.




Friday Feb. 23 Public Hearing:  Oops.  We forgot this Committtee hears bills in numeric order...

H.B.5128 - rubber modified asphalt.  We missed the hydraulic fracturing bill but watched on rerun.  see below:

SB103 - HYDRAULIC FRACTURING - CCM testimony.
Expensive to adopt ordinances town by town.  "Opportunity Costs" - CCM position.   Doesn't make sense.  Fracking moratorium does not deal with gas v. oil.

      
PERSON WHO ADDRESSED SELECTMEN - 21st century Erin Brockovich, but educated.
36 of 37 ordinances the same.  Suggests that DEEP is in the pocket of fracker lobby.

SB104 Pesticide Misters


SB104 - EPA won't regulate it.


SB103 - HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND OTHER FROM LEGISLATORS IN FIRST HOUR OR SO
Transport thru the state still an issue.  Solar on farm land issue.  More to come.

SOLAR
Change between good of farming v. good of energy.  Siting Council does not now have to consider farming in conversion of farmland to solar farm







GOVERNOR'S BILL - CLIMATE CHANGE
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/s/2018SB-00007-R00-SB.htm







We note the following commentary:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180213_lawmakers_express_remorse_over_energy_fund_sweeps/


JF REPORTS

12 bills JF'd;  10 have reports posted



E&T COMMITTEE P.H. 3-1-18
March 1, 2018

10am and we tuned in at 4pm...now watching live.  We quit for dinner, and they are still talking...

 
S O L A R   B E I N G    C H A S E D
CONNECTICUT ENERGY FUTURE
SB9 - https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/s/2018SB-00009-R00-SB.htm

Pro and con.
United Illuminating
"Behind the meter generation"
Older hydro projects? 
CT has missed the boat. - repeal the measure we lucked out on!!!
Off shore wind - CT missing the boat.  Eversource thinks SB9 is wonderful.
So what we always knew that the power company didn't want competition is...true.  Onsite storage???  Net Metering to the fore!

Coming attractions:

PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM in Room 2E of the LOB

BILLS FOR REVIEW

1. S.B. No. 331 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RENEWABLE ENERGY CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES.
2. S.B. No. 332 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING SOLICITATION FOR NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION CAPACITY.
3. S.B. No. 334 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL AND STATE COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRICITY, NATURAL GAS, RENEWABLE ENERGY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE AND OTHER ENERGY-RELATED PRODUCTS BY NONPROFIT ENERGY BUYING CONSORTIA.
4. S.B. No. 336 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY SHARED SOLAR.
5. S.B. No. 337 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING A RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD, A PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUALITY STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS AND THE PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRICITY GENERATED FROM A BIOMASS FACILITY.
6. H.B. No. 5348 (RAISED) AN ACT MAKING USEFUL THERMAL ENERGY GENERATED FROM BIODIESEL A CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE AND CREATING A HOMEOWNER-GENERATED USEFUL THERMAL ENERGY PROGRAM.
7. H.B. No. 5349 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF THE PERMITTING OF FARM-BASED ANAEROBIC DIGESTERS.
8. H.B. No. 5350 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING SHARED SOLAR FACILITIES AND MUNICIPAL AIRPORTS.
9. H.B. No. 5353 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROPANE FUEL DELIVERIES IN CASES OF EMERGENCY.
10. H.B. No. 5351 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF ENERGY SOURCES.





INFORMATIONAL HEARING

    
Net Neutrality Bill, tax credits for renewable energy...forum on this here.  FCC v FTC discussion....


GOVERNOR'S BILL - "ENERGY FUTURE" - PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 1, 2018 at 1PM, Rm 2E, L.O.B.
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/s/2018SB-00009-R00-SB.htm

CT Strategy
http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=4405&q=500752&deepNav_GID=2121

Governor's other bill
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2018&bill_num=sb7







Short (6 minutes) first meeting.  And Feb. 26, 2018, FORUM on transportation matters...

JF REPORTS

17 bills reported out and all now posted as of April 9th.



NOPE - THE DEMOCRATS BLINKED.
Force people to use mass transit?  After teaching people how to be safe, make it more expensive to drive than take the...subway - oh, we don't have one!

Previously...



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WHAT'S UP WITH THIS?
http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-news-rail-car-controversy-hearing-20180411-story.html

WHAT'S UP AT TRANSPORTATION?
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180322_tolling_bills_move_forward_along_party_lines/

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GOVERNOR'S BILL - INCLUDING TOLLS
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/TOB/h/2018HB-05046-R00-HB.htm







How long have we been saying this is coming?

PRE-SESSION or outside the Session itself - lobbying groups' forum


        
Congestion Pricing-only gantries in front of every exit Westport to Greenwich...since the Merritt Pkwy is in play, how about adding plastic ivy atop the gantries there?
One possible scenario:  Using CT connections to present to Sec'y of Transportation, argument might be made that this is not a means of raising revenue but rather of increasing highway safety on roads other than the Boston Post Road.





JUST A WEEK AWAY...
Enjoy the calm before the ravages of this Session.  Something tells me that the historic designation of the Merritt Parkway not suitable to tolls.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Democrats-Tolls-key-to-state-s-economic-12533473.php

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-tolls-push-hard-session-20180129-story.html




          
"WILL THE BILL GET CALLED FROM THE 'GO LIST' in 2018?" asks Bambi.  "First they came for the bears..."  Sen. Flexer's clever amendment borrowed from GOP, without attribution.


Hartford COURANT story today.  What's important to some Democrats, more than  CT fiscal situation?  Remember her amendment on the bear hunting bill? 

Inquiring minds want to know:  Where does CT stand?  According to this news report (near the end of the article) we have one of the shortest windows (5 yrs) for criminal cases.

But there are exceptions including no limit if DNA evidence surfaces.





OLIVER TWIST MIGHT HAVE ASKED FOR ANOTHER OF THE ABOVE ON A DAY LIKE TODAY
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/three_towns_seek_help_after_being_shortchanged_in_state_budget_2018_01_04/




      
"LAND OF STEADY HABITS"
House Minority Leader, Speaker, expect mean* Short Session 2018.  New paradigm for CT?
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* = That is "mean" in the sense of compromise in finding a way out out the "permanent fiscal crisis" (a phrase O.P.M. Secretary blurted out early in the first term of this administration).


In the month plus prior to resuming budget wrestling...on Feb. 7, 2018



NEWS:  Pre-pay July 1, 2018 tax bill?  Nope.  Norwalk HOUR article on this (our tax collector already explained it - no can do).  Stamford does it, however.  I.R.S. does not appear inclined to permit it.  NYTIMES says Democtat states will sue!!!