Proposed Bills: 1/12

A few proposed bills of note in the House and Senate:

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.

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14 responses to “Proposed Bills: 1/12

  1. Who knows anything about Domestic violence shelters? How long are they opened now? Perhaps there are a couple available 24/7? I don’t have enough info.

    License plates – I’m betting they just want more vanity plate options. There’s gotta be plenty of combinations available, especially with letters included in the 6 digit scheme. I tihnk there’s what… 1 million vehicles registered? Even if the combinations were only numeric, that’s 999,999 combinations.

    What are Chapin and Green thinking???

  2. License plates – I’m betting they just want more vanity plate options. There’s gotta be plenty of combinations available, especially with letters included in the 6 digit scheme. I tihnk there’s what… 1 million vehicles registered? Even if the combinations were only numeric, that’s 999,999 combinations.

    With six digits, there are approximately 2.2 billion combinations. With seven digits, there are over 78 billion. With eight, there are over 2.8 trillion.

    I’m wondering if there’s a better use for our legislature’s time.

  3. Who knows anything about Domestic violence shelters? How long are they opened now? Perhaps there are a couple available 24/7? I don’t have enough info.

    I believe that at their news conference they said there was only two shelters that were open 24/7 — Hartford and New Britain.

    They also said that Connecticut is only 1 of 5 other states that do not have 24/7 coverage.

  4. I’m wondering if there’s a better use for our legislature’s time.

    The bill might be at the request of the DMV Legislative contact; they (the DMV) has been talking about this off and on for a few years.

    This bill should take -0- time and just as much effort.

  5. The bill might be at the request of the DMV Legislative contact; they (the DMV) has been talking about this off and on for a few years.

    That’s fair. I don’t mind bumping it up to eight, although eight would be a little more difficult for law enforcement officials to read (narrower numbers and letters), and also might require computer upgrades at the DMV and or in the towns. But, if the DMV is asking for this, I’m sure they’ve given this some thought.

  6. Lastly, Rep. Green is advancing a resolution that the General Assembly apologize for slavery and other wrongs done to black citizens.

    Considering Connecticut’s history on that subject is one helluva lot better than most states, maybe we should also “apologize” for sending our young men south to kick those Slave owning crackers asses during the Civil War.

    While we’re at we should “apologize” for John Brown and the pride so many have in his being a Connecticut native son.
    The Torrington Town Seal is a graphic of the 1800 Brown home with the words” Birthplace of Abolitionist John Brown”.

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    Speaking of bigotry; has anyone been to a Naturalization Ceremony?
    I watched my friend Hajaj A. & 60 others become a US citizens last Friday.

    Getting everyone all set, who’s there, who’s late etc takes a while so I was able to chat with several new Americans – it became obvious to me that we’re systematically looting the brightest and best from virtually every other nation on the face of the earth.

    It was a great experience.

    1st Friday, Federal Court House (Main St) Hartford, 4 ceremonies.
    2nd Friday ” ” ” *where ever that is), New Haven, 4
    3rd Friday same as above, Bridgeport.

    If you’ve never seen it, you should go and welcome our newest fellow citizens; you’ll probably be impressed with many of them too.

  7. 1st Friday, Federal Court House (Main St) Hartford, 4 ceremonies.
    2nd Friday ” ” ” *where ever that is), New Haven, 4
    3rd Friday same as above, Bridgeport.

    The federal court house in New Haven is on the Green – you can’t miss it – there are two buildings that are obviously courthouses, one municipal, one federal.

  8. The federal court house in New Haven is on the Green – you can’t miss it – there are two buildings that are obviously courthouses, one municipal, one federal.

    Thanks!

    I was disturbed by how few of our newest citizens had anyone with them; as if it was no big deal.

    Yet when Judge Droney asked if anyone had a camera including cell-phone camera, and would like to wait after the ceremony he would be happy to have a photograph taken with them handing them their certificate.

    *EVERYONE* lined up – so it *is* a big deal to them; but we seem to take it for granted.

    I would encourage anyone who hasn’t ever seen it to do so, and for heavens sakes if you KNOW someone about to become a citizen take the time to go and bring a decent camera.
    (You might get them a card and their first American Flag too.)

    One thing for sure; the experience will counter any “we stink” thoughts anyone might have. If we did we wouldn’t be attracting 600 – 900 new citizens a month to this state alone.

  9. Just to add my $0.02 as well…….

    While I assume getting Veterans’ Day off would not be just another day off from school but a day added to either the front, back, or someplace during the school year I must ask do our kids really need another day off from school to disrupt their studies in the middle of the school year esp in November?

    As I look at the 2009 calendar I see Tuesday Nov 3rd is election day. At least in my town the public schools already have that day off. Then we a week later would have Veterans’ Day Wednesday Nov 11th, if what is being proposed here were adopted. Then two weeks latter we have the Thanksgiving week……….. With so many interruptions to the actual classroom during the month how does one get into any learning grove?

    Not that what I ask here is without it’s own set of problems, but what better way to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and give it meaning beyond just another day to sleep in, or go to the mall, but to try to find a way to combine Election day and Veterans’ day each year? After all isn’t Election day a very real example of as well as a manifestation of the efforts those veterans so unselfishly served our country for?

  10. Not that what I ask here is without it’s own set of problems, but what better way to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and give it meaning beyond just another day to sleep in, or go to the mall, but to try to find a way to combine Election day and Veterans’ day each year? After all isn’t Election day a very real example of as well as a manifestation of the efforts those veterans so unselfishly served our country for?

    That is a very good idea.
    And perhaps while they’re at it, the Legislature could apologize to the taxpayers for making the most indebted in the country

  11. And perhaps while they’re at it, the Legislature could apologize to the taxpayers for making the most indebted in the country

    Is this comment related to anything, either in this thread or in this state? I’m not even sure that’s a sentence. Also.

  12. Would you be opposed to say….a bill addressing childhood obesity?

  13. Is this comment related to anything, either in this thread or in this state? I’m not even sure that’s a sentence. Also.

    Your correct. The grammar stinks. It should read” making Connecticut the most indebted state in the country.” (on a per capita basis). I was distracted by working to pay my taxes.
    However, since the thread raised the subject of apologies, I think it’s very relevant. The taxpayers deserve one.

  14. Many of the absolutely silly bill proposals are done for constituents. They aren’t going to pass, so who cares if they are floating around out there…What’s the harm?

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