Sen. Crisco has proposed that domestic violence shelters be staffed twenty-four hours per day. I expect this bill, which seems like an excellent idea to me, will be shot down on the basis that it costs money. Unfortunate.
Rep. Janowski is proposing a bill that would increase ECS grants to towns participating in the Open Choice program, to compensate those towns for complying with Open Choice and magnet school mandates.
Reps. Berger and Mazurek are proposing a bill that would allow DPUC to take over community access TV stations, when those stations request it.
Rep. Gonzalez is proposing that former heads of state commissions not be allowed to serve on those commissions for a certain period of time. What’s the story there?
Rep. Drew wants to enact a tax credit for employers to encourage the use of mass transit.
Rep. Morin is proposing a bill to increase the digits on our license plates from six to eight. Are we out already?
In other transportation news, Rep. Chapin is proposing that certain low-speed “mini-vehicles” (i.e., scooters and the like) be allowed on state highways, excluding interstate highways. So that means you can take your scooter on Route 9, but God help you if you take it on I-91.
Several legislators in both houses are proposing Veterans’ Day be a day off from school. When I was a teacher, we’d have a big ceremony on Veterans’ Day with local veterans and students out at the flagpole behind the school. It was really pretty great, and the kids seemed to get a lot out of it. The one just after 9/11 was especially touching, I remember. …On Memorial Day, the kids stayed home and got nothing out of it. My $0.02.
Lastly, Rep. Green is advancing a resolution that the General Assembly apologize for slavery and other wrongs done to black citizens.