Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Update

Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:55 AM

HB5001 An Act Ensuring That Students In This State Receive High-quality Skills Training. - MONITOR
Status: HED Public Hearing: Tue 2/5 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E (2/1)

To ensure that students in this state receive high-quality skills training in order to achieve well-paying careers in this state.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/5 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E


HB5003 An Act Implementing A Paid Family Medical Leave Program. - OPPOSE
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (2/20)

To establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB5004 An Act Raising The Minimum Fair Wage. - OPPOSE
Status: Vote to Draft (1/17)

To raise the minimum fair wage in the state of Connecticut.

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HB5099 An Act Authorizing Bonds Of The State For The Renovation Of The Thomaston Opera House. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/10)

To provide a grant of funds to the town of Thomaston for the renovation of the Thomaston Opera House.

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HB5108 An Act Phasing Out The Hospitals Tax Over Three Years. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/10)

To phase out the hospitals tax over three years.

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HB5207 An Act Eliminating The Board Of Regents For Higher Education. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (1/11)

To eliminate the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

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HB5226 An Act Clarifying Certain Unemployment Compensation Provisions As Applicable To Independent Contractors. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/11)

To clarify unemployment tax law so that certain independent contractors are not improperly treated as employees.

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HB5228 An Act Authorizing Bonds Of The State For The Construction Of A Water Line On Jackson Street In The Town Of Thomaston. - MONITOR
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (2/1)

To construct a water line on Jackson Street in Thomaston.

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HB5407 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Employers That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave Benefits And A Family And Medical Leave Accounts Program. - MONITOR
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/6)

To establish a tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave benefits and to authorize the Treasurer to establish a family and medical leave benefits accounts program.

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HB5410 An Act Concerning Preparation Of The State Budget Act. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/16)

To require that preparation of the state budget commence in the Finance Committee.

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HB5450 An Act Requiring The Use Of Seat Belts In All Positions Of A Vehicle. - MONITOR
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Transportation (2/1)

To require the use of seatbelts in all positions of a vehicle.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 1/31 10:30 AM @ ROOM 1E


HB5537 An Act Concerning The Prevailing Wage And Public Works Projects Funded By Private Bequests. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/17)

To encourage charitable giving for the benefit of public works projects.

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HB5595 An Act Authorizing And Regulating The Retail Sale Of Marijuana. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/18)

To authorize and regulate the sale and adult use of marijuana in this state.

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HB5638 An Act Implementing A Paid Family Medical Leave Program In The State Of Connecticut. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/18)

To implement a paid family medical leave program in the State of Connecticut.

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HB5639 An Act Raising The Minimum Wage In Connecticut. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/18)

To raise the minimum wage in Connecticut.

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HB5677 An Act Concerning Payments In Lieu Of Taxes To Municipalities For Manufacturing Machinery And Equipment. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Appropriations (1/22)

To assist municipalities with the cost of providing the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption, provide property tax relief and encourage growth in manufacturing.

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HB5692 An Act Authorizing Bonds Of The State For The Construction Of A New Police Department In Plymouth. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/22)

To provide funding for the construction of a new police department in Plymouth.

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HB5694 An Act Authorizing Bonds Of The State For The Railroad Museum Of New England In Thomaston. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/22)

To provide funding to the Railroad Museum of New England in the town of Thomaston for construction and renovations to the museum.

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HB5712 An Act Concerning The Connecticut Clean Slate Law. - MONITOR
Status: HSG Public Hearing: Thu 2/7 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B (2/1)

To provide for the automatic sealing of a person's criminal record for certain offenses after seven years.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/7 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B


HB5713 An Act Concerning Inquiries About The Criminal Convictions Of A Prospective Tenant. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/19)

To prohibit landlords from inquiring about a prospective tenant's criminal convictions before an offer of housing or conditional offer of housing is made.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/7 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B


HB5722 An Act Establishing A Public Health Insurance Option. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate (1/22)

To establish a public health insurance option.

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HB5822 An Act Concerning Legislative Approval Of Certain Grants To Private Companies. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections (1/23)

To ensure oversight of government distribution of taxpayer funds.

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HB5828 An Act Establishing A Green Jobs Career Ladder. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/7)

To link employers in the green technology industry with institutions for higher education to increase job opportunities, improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/5 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E


HB5833 An Act Expanding Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Programs At Regional Community-technical Colleges. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/7)

To increase accessibility to advanced manufacturing certificate programs and meet industry demand for skilled workforce.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/5 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E


HB5882 An Act Concerning Employee Family And Medical Leave. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/23)

To provide enhanced financial security to Connecticut families.

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HB5921 An Act Requiring Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Businesses. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security (1/23)

To promote the safety of workers and customers by ensuring that businesses are equipped with carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment.

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HB5964 An Act Concerning Defined Contribution Retirement Plans, Pension Contributions By Employees And Longevity Payments. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Appropriations (1/24)

To put all new state employees into a defined contribution retirement plan, increase contributions to pensions for current state employees to be level with other surrounding states, and end longevity payments.

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HB6023 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Employers That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave Benefits And Authorizing A Family And Medical Leave Accounts Program. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/24)

To establish a tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave benefits and to authorize the Treasurer to establish a family and medical leave benefits accounts program.

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HB6111 An Act Authorizing Employers To Enroll Employees In Direct Paycheck Deposit Programs. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/19)

To allow employers to control their costs of doing business by allowing them to automatically enroll their employees into direct paycheck deposit programs.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB6112 An Act Concerning Unemployment Compensation. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/24)

To update and reform unemployment compensation law and protect the solvency of the Unemployment Trust Fund.

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HB6113 An Act Prohibiting Employers From Inquiring About Date Of Birth Or Date Of Graduation On Employment Applications. -
Status: Vote to Draft (2/19)

To reduce age discrimination in job hiring.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB6116 An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation Benefits For First Responder Dive Teams And Canine Search And Rescue Personnel. -
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To provide workers' compensation coverage for first responder dive teams and canine rescue personnel.

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HB6118 An Act Concerning The Prevailing Wage Threshold For State Repair And Renovation Projects. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/24)

To update the prevailing wage threshold for state repair and renovation contracts.

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HB6186 An Act Concerning The Department Of Economic And Community Development's Grant Application Process For Small And Medium-sized Businesses. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Commerce (1/25)

To require the Department of Economic and Community Development to post grant applications for small and medium-sized businesses online and to specify the timeframe within which the Department of Economic and Community Development is required to respond to applications.

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HB6188 An Act Concerning The Development Of A State-wide Marketing Strategy. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Commerce (1/25)

To encourage business development in Connecticut.

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HB6189 An Act Concerning The Implementation Of The Learn Here, Live Here Program. - MONITOR
Status: CE Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/8)

To encourage higher education graduates to live and work in Connecticut.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2E


HB6190 An Act Concerning The Definition Of A Town's Minimum Budget Requirement. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Education (1/25)

To define a town's minimum budget requirement as the amount of such town's appropriation for education.

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HB6264 An Act Concerning The Prorating Of Certain Taxes Paid By A Business Entity That Closes. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/25)

To require certain taxes paid by a business entity that closes be prorated to the date the business entity closes.

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HB6265 An Act Concerning The Deduction And Withholding Of Personal Income Tax From Nonpayroll Distributions. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/25)

To eliminate the requirement that payers of nonpayroll distributions deduct and withhold personal income tax from such distributions.

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HB6276 An Act Reducing Occupational License Fees. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/25)

To reduce all existing fees for occupational licenses by fifty per cent.

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HB6299 An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary (1/25)

To prohibit an employer from coercing employees into attending or participating in meetings sponsored by the employer concerning the employer's views on political or religious matters.

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HB6336 An Act Authorizing The Workers' Compensation Commissioners To Set Deadlines. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/25)

To authorize worker's compensation commissioners to set deadlines when hearing claims to facilitate a speedier disposition of claims heard in the district.

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HB6360 An Act Establishing An Annual Tourism Incentive Grant. - MONITOR
Status: CE Public Hearing: Thu 2/21 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B (2/15)

To establish an annual tourism incentive grant program.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B


HB6406 An Act Concerning The Elimination Of The Requirement That A Superintendent Provide Authorization For The Employment Of Sixteen And Seventeen-year-old Students. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Education (1/28)

To eliminate the mandate that a school superintendent provide a certificate to authorize students who are sixteen and seventeen years old to be employed.

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HB6408 An Act Establishing A Task Force To Study Fund-raising Restrictions On The Technical Education And Career System. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Education (1/28)

To establish a task force to explore funding options for the Technical Education and Career System.

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HB6433 An Act Prohibiting The Use Of Disposable Single-use Plastic Bags And Promoting The Use Of Reusable Bags. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment (1/28)

To reduce pollution from single-use plastic bags and shift consumer behavior toward the use of reusable bags.

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HB6436 An Act Establishing A Carbon Pricing Program. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment (1/28)

To assess the true cost of carbon energy on fossil fuel users.

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HB6444 An Act Concerning Carbon Pricing And The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment (1/28)

To achieve cooperative reduction of fossil fuels among the states in the northeast.

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HB6454 An Act Concerning Treatments For Roads During Ice And Snowstorms. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment (1/28)

To implement the recommendations of the most recent study of ice treatments for roads during snow and ice storms.

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HB6474 An Act Concerning The Merger Or Closure Of Institutions Within The Connecticut State Colleges And Universities. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (1/28)

To prohibit the merger or closure of institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities without the review and approval of the General Assembly.

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HB6653 An Act Implementing Certain Recommendations Of The Commission On Fiscal Stability And Economic Growth. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/29)

To adopt recommendations of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth that will put the state on a more stable fiscal path.

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HB6724 An Act Concerning State Apprenticeship Programs And Large, State-assisted Construction. - MONITOR
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Government Administration and Elections (2/11)

To link state apprenticeship programs with major state-assisted construction.

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HB6725 An Act Concerning Unemployment Benefits While Receiving Severance Pay. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To protect the solvency of the Unemployment Trust Fund.

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HB6728 An Act Increasing The Minimum Earnings Necessary To Qualify For Unemployment Benefits. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To increase the minimum earnings necessary to qualify for unemployment benefits.

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HB6731 An Act Concerning Paid Family And Medical Leave. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To create a paid family and medical leave program for certain employees.

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HB6735 An Act Exempting Historic Properties From Prevailing Wage Requirements. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To exempt historic properties from prevailing wage requirements.

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HB6736 An Act Increasing The Prevailing Wage Thresholds. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To raise the thresholds at which public works projects must abide by the prevailing wage laws.

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HB6738 An Act Increasing The Prevailing Wage Threshold For Remodeling And Renovation. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To increase the prevailing wage threshold for certain public works projects.

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HB6740 An Act Concerning Municipal Employers, Unemployment Compensation And The Appeals Process. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To ensure that municipal employers are reimbursed for any unemployment benefits paid to an individual if, upon appeal, it is determined that the individual has no claim to such benefits.

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HB6741 An Act Concerning Notice To Employers Regarding Unemployment Compensation Claims. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To provide adequate notice to employers when an employee files for unemployment compensation benefits.

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HB6769 An Act Concerning Funding For The Firefighter Cancer Relief Program. - MONITOR
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Appropriations (2/8)

To restore funding for the firefighters cancer relief program.

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HB6850 An Act Creating A Reciprocal Occupational Licensure Agreement With New England States For Trade Licenses. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on General Law (1/30)

To create a reciprocal occupational licensure agreement with New England states for trade licenses.

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HB6851 An Act Exempting Certain Trade License Holders From Continuing Education Requirements. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on General Law (1/30)

To exempt certain trade license holders from continuing education requirements.

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HB6852 An Act Concerning Contractor And Apprentice Hiring Ratios. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on General Law (1/30)

To reduce the hiring ratio for apprentices.

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HB6863 An Act Concerning The Legalization, Taxation And Regulation Of The Retail Sale And Use Of Marijuana. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on General Law (1/30)

To legalize and regulate the retail sale of marijuana and to utilize the current infrastructure to facilitate retail sales.

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HB6888 An Act Concerning The Merger Or Closure Of Institutions Within The Connecticut State Colleges And Universities. - SUPPORT
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (1/30)

To prohibit the merger or closure of institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities without the review and approval of the General Assembly.

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HB6910 An Act Improving Anti-harassment Training Of Employees. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/30)

To improve anti-harassment training of employees and increase penalties for employers that fail to protect employees from harassment at work.

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HB6912 An Act Concerning Liens For Unpaid Employee Wages. - MONITOR
Status: Change of Reference, Senate to Committee on Judiciary (2/11)

To allow employees to easily file liens for unpaid wages.

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HB6913 An Act Concerning Covenants Not To Compete. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/19)

To prohibit employers from requiring certain employees from signing unfair covenants not to compete.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB6914 An Act Concerning Noncompete Agreements. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/30)

To allow certain employees to find jobs after they leave their current employer.

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HB6916 An Act Expanding Remedies And Potential Liability For Unreasonably Contested Or Delayed Workers' Compensation Claims. - MONITOR
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To (1) prevent injured workers from losing their jobs due to undue delay in care, (2) limit the number of times doctors and attorneys attend hearings to ensure injured workers receive timely medical care, (3) prevent injured workers from going on long-term disability and losing their jobs, (4) help employers retain well-trained staff, and (5) prevent shifting the cost of workers' compensation insurance coverage to the Medicaid program.

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HB6917 An Act Applying The Minimum Wage To Tipped Employees. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/30)

To apply the minimum wage to employees who receive tips.

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HB6918 An Act Expanding The Ages For Minors To Be Employed. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/30)

To expand the ages at which minors may be employed.

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HB6922 An Act Concerning Recipients Of Unemployment Compensation Benefits. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/30)

To ensure that only unemployed persons who are actively seeking employment are receiving unemployment benefits.

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HB6924 An Act Prohibiting On-call Shift Scheduling. - OPPOSE
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To prohibit the unfair employment practice of on-call shift scheduling.

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HB6928 An Act Concerning Temporary Employment Agencies And Paid Sick Leave. - MONITOR
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 02:00 PM @ ROOM 2C (2/8)

To ensure that day and temporary workers are provided paid sick leave annually from temporary employment agencies and their subsidiaries.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB6933 An Act Requiring Disclosure Of The Salary Range Of A Vacant Employment Position. - MONITOR
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Thu 2/21 02:30 PM @ ROOM 2C (2/15)

To require employers to disclose to applicants the salary range for an advertised vacant employment position.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 2:30 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB6955 An Act Adopting The International Property Maintenance Code. - MONITOR
Status: PS Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D (2/8)

To adopt the International Property Maintenance Code.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 11:00 AM @ ROOM 1D


HB7038 An Act Concerning Statutory Standards For Reasonable Noncompete Agreements. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/31)

To establish statutory standards for reasonable noncompete agreements.

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HB7040 An Act Increasing The Minimum Fair Wage. -
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/31)

To increase the minimum fair wage.

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HB7041 An Act Concerning Paid Family And Medical Leave. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/31)

To create a paid family and medical leave program for certain employees.

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HB7042 An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/31)

To prohibit an employer from coercing employees into attending or participating in meetings sponsored by the employer concerning the employer's views on political or religious matters.

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HB7043 An Act Concerning Breastfeeding In The Workplace. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/19)

To support women in the workforce who wish to breastfeed.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


HB7044 An Act Concerning Sexual Harassment In The Workplace. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/31)

To remove obstacles that keep victims from reporting workplace sexual harassment.

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SB1 An Act Concerning Paid Family And Medical Leave. - OPPOSE
Status: Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office (2/20)

To establish a paid family and medical leave system in Connecticut.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


SB2 An Act Increasing The Minimum Fair Wage. - OPPOSE
Status: Vote to Draft (1/17)

To establish a minimum wage of fifteen dollars per hour in the state.

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SB5 An Act Concerning A Workforce Pipeline And Job Creation. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (1/24)

To prepare the state's future workforce for well-paying manufacturing and technical jobs in Connecticut.

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SB6 An Act Concerning Net Neutrality Principles And Internet Privacy. - MONITOR
Status: ET Public Hearing: Tue 2/19 10:15 AM @ ROOM 1D (2/15)

To require Internet service providers to register and pay registration fees, to require the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to apply net neutrality principles to Internet service providers and enforce such principles with civil penalties and to prohibit Internet service providers from taking certain actions with respect to a consumer's personally identifying information.

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Hearing Date(s):
Tue 2/19 10:15 AM @ ROOM 1D


SB17 An Act Authorizing Sports Wagering, Internet Gambling And Internet Keno. - MONITOR
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To provide for additional revenues and jobs from the operation of sports wagering, Internet gambling and Internet Keno; enhance the revenue to the state from agreements between the state and federally recognized Indian tribes in Connecticut; ensure that Connecticut's gaming and tourism industries remain competitive with those in surrounding states; and ensure age and physical location verification for participation in Internet gaming.

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SB64 An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings. - OPPOSE
Status: Vote to Draft (2/7)

To prohibit an employer from coercing employees into attending or participating in meetings sponsored by the employer concerning the employer's views on political or religious matters.

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SB68 An Act Establishing Women's Economic Equality. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/17)

To establish economic equality for women.

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SB69 An Act Concerning A Study Of The Feasibility Of Opening The State Employee Health Plan To Additional Residents Of This State. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/17)

To create more affordable, high-quality health care options for small business owners and their employees, as well as incentives for millennials to live and work in this state, by requiring the Comptroller to study the feasibility of opening the state employee health plan to additional residents of this state.

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SB74 An Act Establishing Carbon Pricing. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment (1/17)

To accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy.

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SB83 An Act Concerning The Outsourcing Of Delivery Of Social And Behavioral Health Services. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Human Services (1/17)

To outsource delivery of social and behavioral health services whenever private, nonprofit vendors demonstrate they can provide cost-efficient, quality services.

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SB134 An Act Opening The State Employee Health Insurance Plan To Small Business Employees. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (1/24)

To enable small business employees in this state to enroll in the state employee health insurance plan.

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SB136 An Act Establishing A State-operated Reinsurance Program And Requiring That This State Apply For A State Innovation Waiver. - MONITOR
Status: INS Public Hearing: Thu 2/21 01:00 PM @ ROOM 2D (2/15)

To establish a state-operated reinsurance program and require this state to apply for a state innovation waiver to fund such program.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 1:00 PM @ ROOM 2D


SB157 An Act Concerning Nonprofit Organization Employee State Vehicle Use. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections (2/21)

To authorize employees of nonprofit organizations to use state fleet vehicles when not providing state services.

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SB164 An Act Including Certain Mental Or Emotional Impairments Within The Definition Of "personal Injury" Under The Workers' Compensation Statutes. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (2/21)

To expand workers' compensation coverage in certain situations that result in mental or emotional impairment.

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SB171 An Act Expanding The Definition Of Injury In The Workers' Compensation Act. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/22)

To expand the definition of injury in the Workers' Compensation Act to include certain mental or emotional impairments.

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SB206 An Act Increasing The Property Tax Credit. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding (1/23)

To increase the property tax credit for taxes paid on a primary residence or motor vehicle to five hundred dollars.

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SB273 An Act Concerning Debt-free College. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (2/21)

To enable in-state recent high school graduates enrolled in regional community-technical colleges to graduate without student loans and to implement a program to encourage residents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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SB274 An Act Requiring The Establishment Of The Learn Here, Live Here Program. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (2/14)

To require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish the Learn Here, Live Here program to help graduates of any institution of higher education or certain certificate programs of private occupational schools save toward a down payment on their first home in the state by segregating a portion of their state income tax payments for up to ten years after they graduate.

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SB357 An Act Increasing The Minimum Earnings Necessary To Qualify For Unemployment Benefits. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/23)

To increase the minimum earnings necessary to qualify for unemployment benefits.

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SB440 An Act Prohibiting Captive Audience Meetings. - OPPOSE
Status: Vote to Draft (2/1)

To prohibit an employer from coercing employees into attending or participating in meetings sponsored by the employer concerning the employer's views on political or religious matters.

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SB449 An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Businesses That Offer Student Loan Repayment To Graduates Of Institutions Of Higher Education And Private Occupational Schools In The State. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement (1/23)

To establish a tax credit for businesses that provide student loan repayment assistance to graduates of institutions of higher education and private occupational schools in the state.

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SB470 An Act Concerning Animal Adoptions By Persons Convicted Of Animal Abuse. - OPPOSE
Status: Change of Reference, House to Committee on Judiciary (2/14)

To prohibit persons convicted of animal abuse from adopting animals.

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SB475 An Act Increasing The Sales Tax Rate And Dedicating The Additional Revenue To Municipalities. - MONITOR
Status: FIN Public Hearing: Wed 2/13 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2E (2/8)

To increase municipal revenue.

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Hearing Date(s):
Wed 2/13 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2E


SB496 An Act Concerning The Legalization, Taxation And Regulation Of The Retail Sale And Recreational Use Of Cannabis. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary (1/24)

To provide for the legalization, taxation and regulation of the retail sale, personal growth and recreational use of cannabis by individuals twenty-one years of age or older.

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SB509 An Act Establishing A Paid Family And Medical Leave Program. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/24)

To establish a paid family and medical leave program.

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SB511 An Act Concerning The Unemployment Reduction Amount. - MONITOR
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To increase unemployment compensation benefits for individuals working part-time.

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SB513 An Act Requiring The Comptroller To Offer The Partnership Plan To Small Employers. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/24)

To require the Comptroller to offer the partnership plan to small employers.

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SB518 An Act Concerning A Municipal Option For Property Tax Abatements For Arts And Culture. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Planning and Development (2/21)

To permit municipalities to provide a property tax abatement for real property used for arts and culture.

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SB547 An Act Concerning The Granting Of Zoning Variances. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Planning and Development (1/24)

To provide that a zoning variance may be granted by a zoning board of appeals if the literal enforcement of a zoning regulation would create an exceptional difficulty or unusual hardship because of a unique characteristic of the subject property.

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SB607 An Act Concerning Apprenticeship Pathways To Earning A Bachelor's Degree. - MONITOR
Status: HED Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 02:30 PM @ ROOM 1E (2/8)

To establish a nontraditional pathway to earning a bachelor's degree, which incorporates apprenticeships.

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Thu 2/14 2:30 PM @ ROOM 1E


SB610 An Act Concerning The Creation Of A Task Force To Study The Use Of Noncompete Agreements By Employers In The State. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary (1/25)

To promote entrepreneurship in Connecticut.

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SB613 An Act Allowing The Creation Of A Reserve Fund For Payment Of Employee Sick Leave. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/25)

To allow employees to save funds to use during unpaid sick leave, with a possible employer match.

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SB659 An Act Concerning Predictive Scheduling. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/25)

To increase stability for working families by allowing them to better balance work hours, income and child care.

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SB696 An Act Concerning The Solvency Of The Unemployment Trust Fund. - MONITOR
Status: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (2/7)

To ensure that the Unemployment Trust Fund remains solvent in future years.

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SB697 An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements In The Workplace. - MONITOR
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 02:00 PM @ ROOM 2C (2/8)

To prohibit the silencing of victims in the workplace and to prevent sexual harassment by repeat offenders.

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Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


SB699 An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation Coverage For The Treatment Of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder For Police Officers And Firefighters. - OPPOSE
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/28)

To allow police officers and firefighters to use workers' compensation coverage for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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SB744 An Act Concerning The Palliative And Recreational Use Of Marijuana. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on General Law (1/29)

To amend the palliative marijuana program and to establish and regulate a recreational use of marijuana program.

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SB749 An Act Requiring Legislative Approval For The Merger Or Closing Of Institutions Within The Connecticut State Colleges And Universities. -
Status: HED Public Hearing: Thu 2/21 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E (2/15)

To require legislative approval for the merger or closing of institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/21 12:30 PM @ ROOM 1E


SB761 An Act Establishing A Private Right Of Action Against An Employer Who Fails To Provide Honest Recommendations When Asked To Provide A Reference For A Job Applicant. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/15)

To ensure that an individual who provides a reference for an employee does not intentionally conceal information concerning acts of sexual harassment or assault committed by the employee.

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SB762 An Act Increasing The Minimum Earnings Necessary To Qualify For Unemployment Compensation. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To increase the minimum earnings necessary to qualify for unemployment compensation.

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SB763 An Act Concerning The Solvency Of The Unemployment Trust Fund. - MONITOR
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees (1/29)

To update and reform unemployment compensation law to ensure that the Unemployment Trust Fund remains solvent in future years.

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SB765 An Act Ensuring Fair And Equal Pay For Equal Work. - MONITOR
Status: LAB Public Hearing: Thu 2/14 02:00 PM @ ROOM 2C (2/8)

To ensure all employees receive fair and equal pay for equal work.

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Hearing Date(s):
Thu 2/14 2:00 PM @ ROOM 2C


SB792 An Act Creating A Task Force To Study Discrimination On The Basis Of Gender Identity Or Expression That Occurs In State Workplaces And Schools. - MONITOR
Status: Vote to Draft (2/15)

To establish a task force that shall examine how state laws may be enhanced in order to strengthen protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression that occurs in workplaces and schools.

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SB856 An Act Requiring The State Board Of Education To Consider Manufacturers' Workforce Needs When Evaluating Public School Educational Programs. - MONITOR
Status: CE Public Hearing: Thu 2/21 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B (2/15)

To require the State Board of Education to (1) consider manufacturers' workforce needs when evaluating public schools' educational programs; (2) educate elementary school students about careers in manufacturing; (3) increase representation of manufacturers on the board's advisory committees; and (4) evaluate the effectiveness of the board's program to introduce middle school and high school students to careers in manufacturing.

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Thu 2/21 11:00 AM @ ROOM 2B