Kane: Common sense proposals could become law

I am pleased to report that several of the bills I have authored are still “alive” and making their way through the legislative process.
The first bill is my proposal to allow easier access to the ballot box for overseas military personnel. The bill, “An Act Concerning On-Line Voting for Military Personnel Stationed Out of State,” received a public hearing Feb. 22 by the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
Currently, members of Connecticut’s military can submit applications for absentee voting online, but cannot cast their ballot over a secure website. I feel that allowing military personnel serving overseas to return their ballots electronically will help solve the problem of military absentee ballots which sometimes arrive too late to be counted.
We owe this to the men and women who fight for us and put their lives on the line for our country. They are overseas defending our freedoms, including that precious freedom so many of us take for granted – the freedom to vote.
My second bill seeks to develop a “Connecticut Antiques Trail” and it received a Feb. 19 public hearing by the legislature’s Commerce Committee. A few years ago, we placed signs on Interstate 84 that began this process. I explained to the committee that this is just another step in the process to place signs for a trail along Route 8 from Seymour to Torrington.
The trail would include Seymour, Oxford, Southbury, Woodbury, Roxbury, Washington, Bethlehem, Morris, Litchfield, Bantam and Torrington. We want to emulate the wine trail that has been created and I believe it’s a good piece of economic development for the entire region. There are a lot of area small businesses which stand to see a big boost through this designation.
My third bill would allow members of the armed forces who have earned motorcycle endorsements while in the armed forces to have that endorsement qualify for a Connecticut motorcycle license.
Most members of our armed forces are not able to take multiple days off to take a DMV class and test when they’ve already proven in a different branch of government that they have the skills required to operate a motorcycle safely.
Our current law results in a frustrating and duplicative process which requires members of the armed forces to take a short leave of absence that they really shouldn’t have to take. This is a common sense measure which will make serving our state and our country a little easier for those who choose to ride motorcycles.
The idea for the bill came from Christopher Curtin of Bridgewater, who is an active duty Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune. I am proud to say the state’s Motorcyclists Rights Organization, the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association (thecmra.com) supports this bill.
If you have any questions or comments on these proposals or any other issues, please feel free to contact me at Rob.Kane@cga.ct.gov or at 800 842 1421.

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Republican State Sen. Rob Kane represents the 32nd District, which includes parts of Seymour. He lives in Watertown.

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