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Proposal to privatize DMV services receives public hearing

Car dealers could take on more DMV services for customers. 


A proposal to privatize some DMV services has received a public hearing last week.  Monroe state Representative JP Sredzinski co-sponsored the bill and was among the lawmakers who signed a petition to force a hearing on the bill after the Transportation Committee's Democratic leaders refused to raise the bill for a public hearing. 


Complaints about the DMV spiked after the agency installed new computer software this summer in order to reduce wait times, but many problems led to longer wait times.


Danbury Representative Jan Giegler asked if car dealers, who already do a partial registration, could fully register the vehicles they sell.  Sredzinski responded that it shouldn't be forced on the businesses if they don't have the capability to do so.  But he said if there was a dealership that wanted the opportunity to, that would be warranted.


18 other states already have at least some of their DMV services provided by outside contractors.

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