Monroe teenager among beneficiaries of state’s driving bill
HARTFORD, CT — State Representative Tony Scott, R-112e, issued the following statement Tuesday after the House advanced SB 333, “An Act Respecting the Recommendations of the Department of Motor Vehicles” on Monday.
Part of the larger bill will allow people who use bioptic lenses to acquire a driver’s license. The bill awaits the governor’s signature to pass.
Macular degeneration, which leads to the use of biopsy, can happen to anyone and is more likely to occur with age. According to the National Eye Institute, rates of age-related macular degeneration have increased in the United States over the past 20 years and are expected to reach 5 million by 2050 due to an increase in our aging population.
“When people speak up, it can lead to progress and real change. On Monday, I spoke in favor of SB 333, part of which will give people who use bioptic lenses the ability to get their driver’s license,” Scott said.
He continued, “This legislation, which passed unanimously and has already passed the Senate, is the result of my Monroe constituents, Sandra Gabriel-Busa and her son, Max, coming forward and l have brought to my attention. Under current law, Max, who is on the high school wrestling team and involved in scouts, cannot take his driving test in Connecticut because he was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration in age 10 and needs bioptic lenses to get behind the wheel.
“His vision is below average, but his sight loss has plateaued. Because he can’t drive, his ability to see friends, get to college, or find a job is limited. .
“Working with Max and his mother, we introduced this truly life-changing legislation that – as long as it is signed by the Governor – will require the DMV to issue driver’s licenses to people who wear glasses with bioptic lenses. whether the applicant otherwise meets regulatory vision standards and licensing requirements.
“I was proud to work on this with Max and encourage anyone with their own issue to reach out to me so we can implement this change together.”
The state budget passes to the Chamber
State Rep. Tony Scott, R-112e, released the following statement after the House advanced a proposed state budget, which passed along party lines early Tuesday morning.
Republicans proposed an amendment to that budget document that would have prevented the implementation of certain taxes and reduced state income taxes, among other proposals that would have provided immediate relief, according to Scott, who said that he had failed in the direction of the party.
“This is a budget proposal with hundreds of sections spanning over 600 pages,” Scott said. “It was dropped on us at 5am on Monday morning, hours before we were debating it. It is almost impossible for anyone to read this document with close attention to detail so that we can honestly discuss and debate it on behalf of taxpayers.
He continued, “While this budget includes some Republican initiatives — from extending the gas tax suspension to relief for middle- and low-income residents — it clearly doesn’t go far enough. With all the extra tax revenue we have due to inflation, we should be doing more to give people their money back in the form of extra tax cuts immediately.
“To be clear, this is in no way a bipartisan budget. The majority party chose not to include Republican leaders in the process when writing this document. We weren’t even allowed to enter the room to discuss.
“Some elements of this massive document were rejected in committees by Democrats and Republicans, but they were quietly pushed back, ignoring and circumventing the proper process.
“And this budget represents a 6.4% increase in spending and includes significant increases for public sector employees. For example, judges will receive a 5% increase, but they just received a 4.5% increase last year. It’s just one expense in a bloated document that was composed without input from the Republican minority.
“Some of the proposed reductions included in this budget are also only guaranteed for one year and do not consider the long-term financial future of our state. It just doesn’t go far enough to provide relief to families who are struggling financially due to rising prices in almost every aspect of their lives.
Tax Relief Plan
Ahead of the budget vote, Scott and fellow Senate and House Republicans proposed a $1.2 billion tax relief package “for working and middle-class families.”
Scott said the proposal would reduce state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduce state sales tax and eliminate the meal tax, extend the suspension of gasoline tax, reduce diesel tax, expand property tax relief, eliminate the new state truck tax, accelerate the elimination of pension income tax, and rents, and reduce the burden on job creators.