HARTFORD- State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) joined her fellow members of the Animal Welfare Caucus and the Connecticut Humane Society and announced their legislative priorities for the 2018 session.
Some of the proposals the Animal Welfare Caucus endorsed are:
• A bill requiring adequate shelter for animals in extreme weather
• A bill prohibiting the use of Accelerated Rehabilitation in cases of felony animal cruelty
• A bill to indemnify those who rescue animals locked in hot or freezing cars
• A bill specifying that bestiality be considered a felony crime
“Although the focus of the session will be on fixing the state budget, the committees of cognizance will be taking up these animal welfare proposals. I, along with the other animal advocates believe these are serious state issues, as many who abuse animals move onto violent crimes against humans,” said Rep. Staneski, who is the proud and loving own of two dachshunds.
HARTFORD- To address the long wait times and inefficiencies at the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and to better serve state constituents, State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) has proposed a bill this legislative session to privatize some of the services done by the state agency.
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The proposal has been referred to the legislature’s Transportation committee for further consideration and possible public hearing.
“Today I join many of my colleagues and my constituents, who for years, have asked for the legislature to move toward privatizing the Department of Motor Vehicles. We cannot continue to accept 4-hour wait times to do simple tasks like renew a license or register a car,” said Rep. Staneski. “I owe it to my constituents to make sure state government works for them.”
“A 4-hour average wait time to do business with DMV has an economic impact, and just irks people. Let’s fix it, it won’t be easy, but it can be done,” said Rep. Staneski.
The DMV is still struggling to recover from problems that plagued it a few years ago, eroding public confidence in the agency to properly do its job. The department was unable to absorb the tens of thousands of new applicants for drive-only licenses once the legislature had approved a measure for undocumented immigrants to be eligible for them. This resulted in hours-long waits in lines at all DMV offices across the state, despite many services being available online.
Soon after that, all DMV offices across the state closed for over a week to upgrade their computer software, only to roll out a system full of bugs. This resulted in numerous state residents’ motor vehicle registrations being suspended for non-insurance, when in fact they were properly insured. It also caused several motorists to be ticketed and have their vehicles towed when they were actually in compliance with the law.
Rep. Staneski said, “It is abysmal that even after a full computer system done in 2015, with a sole purpose of improving efficiency and shortening wait times, that we see NO CHANGE—the DMV struggles to serve the very people whom they should be accountable to—the taxpayer. This is the 21st century—technology has come a long way, so why have we not seen movement within the DMV?”
Dear residents of Milford and Orange,
This week Governor Malloy released his proposed state budget adjustments, which includes new taxes, higher fees and more sweeps of state funds in order to balance the state budget.
I sit on the Appropriations committee and now we will be reviewing governor’s adjusted budget proposal over the next month. As a member of the Appropriations committee, which is charged with writing the state budget in the legislature, I will be attending the public hearings on the governor’s budget. Input from the public, local leaders, state agency heads and other interested parties will help us craft a budget that will be forwarded to the full body for consideration.
I am hopeful that after listening to the people of the state the General Assembly will put forth a clear and positive state budget proposal that provides long-term sustainability and a path forward.
The governor’s proposal includes massive cuts to both Orange and Milford municipal and educational state grants. The money from these proposed cuts are to be redistributed to some of the worst financially-run cities in the state.
The Appropriations committee will be having public hearings all week beginning February 15th. Please check here for their budget-hearing schedule.
I hope you will consider sharing your thoughts with the committee and me. Your voice matters, here are some pointers on how to testify, click.
If you plan to attend any of the state budget public hearings, please submit 30 copies of written testimony at the time of sign-up, but not later than 2:00 P.M. on the day of the public hearing. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.
If you cannot testify but wish to submit testimony, please email your written testimony in Word or PDF format to APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov and copy my office Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov on the email.
The Appropriations committee has a deadline of April 5th to report out a state budget.