Legislative Updates for 4/29/17

Bill Summary Latest Action
CT H 5198
Belsito (R)
Property Tax On Motor Vehicles

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Eliminates the property tax on motor vehicles.

01/05/2017 :·  INTRODUCED.

·  To JOINT Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING.

CT H 5210
Slap (D)
Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters

HOUSE
Concerns various pay equity and fairness matters; strengthens provisions of the law concerning pay equity and fairness; prohibits an employer from inquiring about a perspective employee’s wage and salary history before an offer of employment with compensation has been negotiated; provides that time spent on leave due to a pregnancy related condition or protected parental, family, and medical leave shall not reduce seniority.

03/13/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 66.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 50.

CT H 5422
Siegrist (R)
Use of Magnesium Chloride

Joint Committee on Transportation
Requires the use of natural alternatives to magnesium chloride for melting ice on state highways; develops and implements a plan to eliminate the use of magnesium chloride on any state highway.

03/28/2017 :·  To JOINT Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
CT H 5519
Duff (R)
Property Tax On Motor Vehicles

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Eliminates the property tax on motor vehicles.

01/12/2017 :·  INTRODUCED.

·  To JOINT Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING.

CT H 5544
Berthel (R)
Exemption From Civil Liability For a Blood Sample

Died
Provides an exemption from civil liability for a person taking a blood sample in a matter where a driver is suspected of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

04/07/2017 :·  Failed Joint Favorable deadline.
CT H 5591
Aresimowicz (D)
Pay Equity In The Workforce

SENATE
Concerns pay equity in the workforce; helps ensure pay equity in the workforce by requiring employers to provide equal pay to employees in the same workplace.

04/17/2017 :·  Senate Calendar No. 346.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 626.

CT H 5906
Hoydick (R)
Budget Reserve Funds and Unappropriated Surplus

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Concerns the use of budget reserve funds and unappropriated surplus; eliminates future special assessments that may be imposed on businesses to pay the interest due on amounts the state borrows from the federal government for unemployment compensation benefits.

01/19/2017 :·  INTRODUCED.

·  To JOINT Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING.

CT H 6058
Guerrera (D)
Electronic Tolls

HOUSE
Concerns electronic tolls; establishes electronic tolls on state highways.

04/05/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 295.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 422.

CT H 6206
Rose (D)
Age Discrimination In Hiring Practices

Joint Committee on Judiciary
Concerns age discrimination in hiring practices; reduces the incidence of age discrimination in hiring practices by prohibiting an employer from requesting a prospective employer’s date of birth or age on an initial employment application.

04/19/2017 :·  To JOINT Committee on JUDICIARY.
CT H 6208
Vargas (D)
Minimum Wage Increase

HOUSE
Increases the minimum wage.

03/09/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 51.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 23.

CT H 6212
Lesser (D)
Family and Medical Leave Compensation Program

HOUSE
Establishes a Family and Medical Leave Compensation Program; provides for the Family and Medical Leave Compensation Trust Fund which provide compensation to covered employees who take leave; relates to any covered employee, self-employed person or sole proprietor participating in the program.

03/27/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 170.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 217.

CT H 6215
Morin (D)
Paid Sick Leave to School Tutors

HOUSE
Requires employers to provide paid sick leave to school tutors; adds school tutors to the list of workers who qualify for paid sick leave under state law.

03/13/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 70.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 54.

CT H 6461
Rutigliano (R)
Unemployment Compensation

HOUSE
Concerns unemployment compensation; updates and reforms unemployment compensation; relates to benefit rates; includes construction workers.

03/28/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 198.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 258.

CT H 6519
Lesser (D)
Employer Credit Inquiries

HOUSE
Prohibits the use of credit reports by employers to deny employment to employees or prospective employees for positions involving access to certain non-financial assets.

03/22/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 115.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 120.

CT H 6614
Hoydick (R)
Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Concerns a tax credit for businesses that provide paid family and medical leave; establishes a tax credit for businesses that provide paid family and medical leave benefits to employees.

02/17/2017 :·  Public Hearing Scheduled 0224.
CT H 6656
Stafstrom (D)
Notice of a Claim for Worker Compensation

Died
Concerns an employee’s duty to provide notice of a claim for workers’ compensation to his or her employer; streamlines the filing of workers’ compensation claims by expanding the reach of public act 16-112 to include all employers.

04/07/2017 :·  Failed Joint Favorable deadline.
CT H 6664
Morin (D)
Safety and Occupational Violation Information

HOUSE
Concerns safety and occupational violation information; ensures that companies doing business with the state provide information on any safety or occupational violations such companies have incurred.

04/13/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 387.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 585.

CT H 6666
Johnson S (D)
Unreasonably Contested Workers’ Compensation Claims

Legislative Commissioner’s Office
Expands remedies and potential liability for unreasonably contested or delayed workers’ compensation claims; allows individuals seeking compensation for a workers’ compensation claim to bring an action against an employer or insurer that has unreasonably contested liability or unreasonably delayed payments or adjustments of such compensation.

04/26/2017 :·  Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

CT H 6918
Vargas (D)
Unpaid Employee Wages Liens

Died
Concerns liens for unpaid employee wages; allows for liens against employers that fail to pay employee wages.

04/07/2017 :·  Failed Joint Favorable deadline.
CT H 6937
Klarides (R)
Municipal Financial Efficiencies

Joint Committee on Education
Permits municipalities to initiate and implement certain financial efficiencies; provides municipalities with a means of creating financial efficiencies.

04/18/2017 :·  To JOINT Committee on EDUCATION.
CT H 6956
Kupchick (R)
Motor Vehicle Child Restraints Use

HOUSE
Concerns the use of child restraint systems; protects children in the state by expanding the existing statute requiring child restraint systems in motor vehicles.

04/05/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 297.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 424.

CT H 6975
Joint Committee on Environment
Rolling Coal by Truck Drivers

Legislative Commissioner’s Office
Prohibits the practice of rolling coal by truck operators; provides that no person shall install any device or equipment, including any switch or button, intended to cause or facilitate a visual exhibition of smoke that consists of the release of soot, smoke or other particulate emissions to the air and onto roadways, other motor vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians, or to operate a motor vehicle in a manner that causes a visual exhibition of smoke that obscures visibility and creates a hazard to operators.

04/27/2017 :·  Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis.
CT H 7132
Joint Committee on Judiciary
Duty To Provide Notice Of Claim for Worker Compensation

HOUSE
Permits an employer to post notice of the address where an employee’s claim for compensation should be sent; provides an employer, other than the state or a municipality, may opt to post a copy of where notice of a claim for compensation must be sent by an employee in the workplace location where other labor law posters required by the Labor Department are prominently displayed; provides an employer opting to post where notice of a claim for compensation by an employee must be sent.

04/20/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 420.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 656.

CT H 7200
Joint Committee on Education
Task Force on Life Threatening Food Allergies

HOUSE
Implements the recommendations of the task force on life-threatening food allergies in schools.

04/11/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 348.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 508.

CT H 7276
Joint Committee on Education
Education Mandate Relief

HOUSE
Concerns education mandate relief; provides state education mandate relief; makes implementation of the uniform regional school calendar optional; eliminates the requirement that an alternative educational opportunity for expelled students shall be nine hundred hours; requires the Department of Education to purchase a digital school management and reporting software; requires only certain school employees who have direct contact with students to complete training in the restraint and seclusion.

Notes: Section 1

04/11/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 352.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 512.

CT H 7293
Joint Committee on Planning and Development
Regional Consolidation Efforts

Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees
Concerns regional consolidation efforts and municipalities; encourages and promotes regional municipal consolidation efforts.

04/18/2017 :·  To JOINT Committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
CT H 7317
Joint Committee on Aging
Wine Sales and Shipments To Consumers

Legislative Commissioner’s Office
Concerns wine sales and shipments to consumers in the state; permits out-of-state retailers to procure a permit to sell and ship wines to consumers in the state.

04/28/2017 :·  Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
CT H 7322
Joint Committee on Aging
State and Local Revenue

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Concerns state and local revenue; increases the rate of the sales and use taxes and repeal certain exemptions; imposes a rate of fifty-five per cent for state-owned real property and college and hospital property for the purposes of grants in lieu of taxes payments; requires regional councils of governments to submit collaboration plans and establish a regional collaboration account to fund such plans; makes various revisions to methods of funding municipalities and municipal projects.

Notes: See sections 7, 26

04/21/2017 :·  Public Hearing Scheduled 0425.
CT HJR 41
Guerrera (D)
Misuse of State Transportation Funds

Legislative Commissioner’s Office
Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution limiting the use of moneys in the special transportation fund; proposes a constitutional amendment to prevent the misuse of state transportation funds.

04/10/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
CT HJR 100
Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections
Transportation Funds Protections

HOUSE
Resolves to approve a state constitutional amendment to protect transportation funds.

04/11/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  HOUSE Calendar No. 356.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 516.

CT S 1
Looney (D)
Paid Family and Medical Leave System

SENATE
Establishes a paid family and medical leave system in the state; provides for the Family and Medical Leave Compensation Trust Fund which provide compensation to covered employees who take leave; relates to any covered employee, self-employed person or sole proprietor participating in the program.

03/27/2017 :·  Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  Senate Calendar No. 153.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 236.

CT S 76
Suzio (R)
Mileage Tax Study

SENATE
Concerns a mileage tax study; prohibits the expenditure of state funds for a mileage tax study; provides for a federal study, paid for in part with state matching funds, to determine the feasibility and implementation of a mileage-based user fee on motor vehicles operated on state highways.

04/04/2017 :·  Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

·  Senate Calendar No. 221.

·  Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 399.