Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-256

Title:

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN LIMITED DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES FUNCTIONS BY TOWN CLERKS.

Vote Date:

3/18/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/29/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill establishes a task force to study the possibility, costs, and benefits of authorizing town clerks to perform certain limited tasks that are normally assigned to the DMV. The task force must submit references to the GAE and Transportation committee by Jan. 1, 2017.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

No testimony

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Joe Camposeo, Past President, Connecticut Town Clerks Association:

The Connecticut Town Clerks Association is in favor of the study. Mr. Camposeo stated that the task force will conduct a thorough review of issues that could lead to certain DMV transactions being handled by municipal clerks. The municipal clerks already have a proven record and established relationships with many state agencies and look forward to establishing a relationship with the DMV through this study. The Town Clerks Association believes the ability exists to produce revenue for participating municipalities while offering an additional convenience to our state residents.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Brian Anderson, Council 4, AFSCME:

Mr. Anderson from Council 4 AFSCME, had concerns about this bill. He states this bill has the appearance of another bill prompted by the DMV computer conversion. His union represents the frontline DMV workers and if the study is conducted he said it would be beneficial to have the union added as part of the task force. His members know the DMV inside and out and will bring valuable experience to such a task force.

Gene Bove, Council 4, AFSCME:

Mr. Bove was speaking for the union that represents rank and file department of Motor Vehicle employees and is part of Council 4, AFSCME. In his testimony he opposes this bill. He states by outsourcing or privatizing out state employee work will yield shoddy work and cause layoff of DMV workers.

Reported by: Carolyn Gaetano

Date: March 29, 2016