CBIA 6.30.16 Legislative Status Report

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Information about CBIA 6.30.16 Legislative Status Report

Published on July 1, 2016

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1. CBIA’s Legislative Status Report Bills listed as of July 1, 2016 Connecticut Business & Industry Association | 350 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103-1126 | 860.244.1900 | cbia.com 1 Budgetary Matters (State & Municipal) SB 474 Reduces the known fiscal year 2016 budget deficit by $220 million through budget reductions, as well as fund sweeps and transfers. Enacted PUBLIC ACT 16-1; CBIA supports. SB 501 Reduces the anticipated budget deficit by nearly $1 Billion for FY 2017. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-2; CBIA supports. SB 502 Implements the FY 2017 deficit mitigation package. Adopts numerous provisions formely in SB 1 to create an innovation ecosystem in the state. This measure permits the creation of Knowledge Enterprise zones and extends the angel tax credit for an additional three years Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-3. Business Law & Liability SB 15 Protects the DCP occupational licensing boards and commissions, including their members, from antitrust liability by requiring a government official who is not an "active market participant" review and approve any recommended decisions. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-185; CBIA supports. HB 5259 Adopts the Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-97; CBIA supports. HB 5564 Allows consumers to redeem for cash gift cards with balances under $3.00. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 15-140. HB 5606 Adopts CT. Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-145. Campaign Finance & Ethics HB 5612 Makes a technical change to a statute concerning elections. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16- 181. Commerce/Economic Development SB 303 Establishes an entrepreneur learners permit program where certain fees and requirements would be waived for two years. Enacted; SPECIAL Act 16-1; CBIA supports. SB 502 Implements the FY 2017 deficit mitigation package. Adopts numerous provisions formely in SB 1 to create an innovation ecosystem in the state. This measure permits the creation of Knowledge Enterprise zones and extends the angel tax credit for an additional three years Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-3. Education & Workforce Development SB 24 Allows independent colleges to streamline the approval process for new programs allowing them to more quickly react to employer training needs. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-36; CBIA supports. SB 379 Continues the work of the Minority Recruitment Taskforce, creates a Minority Recruitment Policy Oversight Council, includes new requirements for alternative routes for certification. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-41; CBIA supports. SB 383 Streamlines the hiring process for teachers at technical high schools. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-42; CBIA supports. SB 398 Requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to analyze the impact the loss of casino jobs has on eastern Connecticut’s workforce, evaluate how to move former employees to new jobs, in part, in the health and manufacturing sectors, and determine the necessary training. Enacted; SPECIAL Act 16-12; CBIA supports. HB 5070 Requires the Office of Higher Education to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to expand opportunities for online training programs. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-120; CBIA supports. HB 5072 Requires the Board of Regents and the Office of Higher Education to work toward creating acreate a consistent system for certificate programs providing the employer community with a more usable system for new hires. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-44; CBIA supports. HB 5423 Establishes a group of key stakeholders to strategize and implement how to recruit middle and high school students into manufacturing careers, to report on available training programs. Requires the Dept. of Labor to update its apprenticeship website. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-114; CBIA supports. HB 5468 Establishes a taskforce to study barriers to manufacturing teacher recruitment and hiring and establishes a task force to study professional development requirements. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-9; CBIA supports in part. Energy & Telecommunications SB 366 Makes various changes to the governance and capabilities of the Connecticut Green Bank, including removing it as an entity operated under Connecticut Innovations. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-212; CBIA supports. SB 394 Authorizes charges to electric ratepayers of an additional $5 million (beyond the current $10 million “cap”) per year to fund municipally hosted virtual net metering projects that were submitted and approved prior to Dec. 1, 2015 but after the $10 million cap was reached. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-216. HB 5311 Streamlines the telecommunications reporting requirements to the Public Utilities Regulatory Control Authority. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-101; CBIA supports. HB 5427 Clarifies that the cost of the shared solar pilot program authorized by 2015 legislation shall be paid for by Connecticut electric ratepayers over the next 20 years. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-116. HB 5496 Requires certain virtual net metering projects approved on or before Dec. 21, 2015 to become operational within 18 months from the date of receiving final permit from DEEP. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-134. HB 5640 Provides certain privacy protections to subscribers with telecommunications carriers or of remote computing services and provides law enforcement officials the ability to file an application directly with the service provider to obtain geo-location data related to a subscriber under limited circumstances. Enacted Public Act 16-148. Environment & Land Use SB 233 Creates a task force to study reduction of consumer packaging in the waste stream. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-6. SB 301 Directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations defining what spills have to be reported to the state. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-199; CBIA supports.

2. CBIA’s Legislative Status Report Bills listed as of July 1, 2016 Connecticut Business & Industry Association | 350 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103-1126 | 860.244.1900 | cbia.com 2 Financial & Credit Issues SB 461 Mandates $25 million of the bond authorization for the Small Business Express program be used to create a revolving small business minority owned loan fund. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-128. HB 5296 Requires gas stations notify customers that a hold may be placed on their payment card. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-50. HB 5425 Creates a Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank to help stimulate the acquisition, cleanup and sale of brownfield sites on behalf of municipalities. Vetoed PUBLIC ACT 16-115; CBIA supports. Healthcare SB 433 Sets new requirements for health insurance carriers provider networks. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-205. HB 5051 Adopts the National Association of Commissioners Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact, streamlining the regulatory process for insurance companies. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-119; CBIA supports. HB 5233 Raises health insurance premiums for smaller employers by adding more mandates. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-82; Opposes. Labor SB 42 Modifies amortization payment schedule for unfunded accrued liability for certain pensions in Bridgeport. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-16. SB 101 Enables certain sole proprietors who do not carry workers' compensation insurance to perform on public works projects if certain conditions are met. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16- 73. SB 211 Allows an employer to pay employee wages using a payroll card provided the employee accepts that option. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-125; CBIA supports. SB 220 Makes various changes to the unemployment compensation appeals process. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-169. SB 222 Eliminates certain labor department reporting requirements. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-170. SB 262 Requires businesses to allow family members of deployed veterans to take 16 weeks of family and medical leave rather than the 12 weeks they are allowed under current law. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-195. HB 5075 Provides disability insurance coverage for uniformed members of fire departments otherwise ineligible for WC coverage for certain types of cancer. Governor's Desk Public Act 16-10. HB 5237 Prohibits questions about criminal history on employment applications unless a federal or state law prohibits the hiring of an individual with such background. Creates a task force to look at "ban the box" issues. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-83. HB 5261 Codifies that referees and coaches of youth athletic events are independent contractors absent an agreement to the contrary. Vetoed Public Act 16-98; CBIA supports. HB 5364 Streamlines the filing of municipal Workers’ Compensation claims. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-112. HB 5591 Requires businesses to incur the cost of automatically enrolling any employee not eligible for an employer sponsored retirement plan into a new state sponsored plan that will eliminate private sector businesses that sell these same plans. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-29; Opposes. Manufacturing SB 233 Creates a task force to study reduction of consumer packaging in the waste stream. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-6. HB 5423 Establishes a group of key stakeholders to strategize and implement how to recruit middle and high school students into manufacturing careers, to report on available training programs. Requires the Dept. of Labor to update its apprenticeship website. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-114; CBIA supports. HB 5468 Establishes a taskforce to study barriers to manufacturing teacher recruitment and hiring and establishes a task force to study professional development requirements. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-9; CBIA supports in part. HB 5638 Allows certain manufacturers that missed filing deadlines for MME exemptions to file after deadlines have passed. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-15; CBIA supports. Regulatory Development SB 302 Requires state agencies when proposing regulations that impact small businesses, to rigorously assess the practical impact on such businesses using the same analysis as that followed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-32; CBIA supports. HB 5498 Requires state agencies to periodically review its regulations and report to the appropriate legislative committee its recommendations on how it may substantially reduce the number and length of its existing regulations. Also streamlines process for adopting emergency regulations and for making technical changes to regulations and for revoking regulations. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16- 58; CBIA supports. Taxes (State & Municipal) SB 1 Intends to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the state by establishing impaCT and StartupCT. Bill does numerous other things as well, including raiding bond funds from the manufacturing Assistance Act and Manufacturing Investment Fund. CBIA opposes taking of manufacturing program dollars. Merged into SB 502 Awaiting Action SB 303 Establishes an entrepreneur learners permit program where certain fees and requirements would be waived for two years. Enacted; SPECIAL Act 16-1; CBIA supports. SB 397 Permits municipalities to provide tax abatement to encourage development of arts and culture properties. Vetoed PUBLIC ACT 16-177; CBIA supports. SB 502 Implements the FY 2017 deficit mitigation package. Adopts numerous provisions formely in SB 1 to create an innovation ecosystem in the state. This measure permits the creation of Knowledge Enterprise zones and extends the angel tax credit for an additional three years. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-3. HB 5177 Moves the deadline from December 31, 2015, to December 31, 2016 for municipalities to submit its land value taxation plan. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-80. HB 5596 Requires the Department of Revenue Services to study certain state tax laws. Enacted; SPECIAL ACT 16-14.

3. CBIA’s Legislative Status Report Bills listed as of July 1, 2016 Connecticut Business & Industry Association | 350 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103-1126 | 860.244.1900 | cbia.com 3 HB 5627 Eliminates the sales tax on parking fees at municipal parking lots and seasonal parking fees at federal and state parking lots. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-72. HB 5637 Makes minor and technical changes to the state tax statutes. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-146. HB 5638 Allows certain manufacturers that missed filing deadlines for MME exemptions to file after deadlines have passed. Enacted; PUBLIC ACT 16-15; CBIA supports.

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