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Swan Song: What's the hold-up?

February 14, 2020

 

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I took my daughter to get her driver's license a couple of weeks ago.  We arrived when it opened at 8 a.m.  

 

The line had already formed outside.  We got in, took a number, and sat down waiting for the other 30 or so people in front of us to take care of their business.  Our number was called about 11:30.  

 

Now, this was at a satellite facility I assume was set up to help ease overcrowding.   My daughter finally got her license but that’s a story for another day.  

 

If you read social media, the criticism of DMV offices is off the charts.  During our visit, the workers were nice enough -- just overwhelmed.  

 

Well, the Legislature has a chance to offer some relief -- except for one thing.  House speaker Phillip Gunn doesn’t support the proposal.  

 

There is a bill to move the DMV responsibility from the Department of Public Safety to the Secretary of State’s office -- leading to more locations, more manpower, etc. But Gunn doesn’t want to move it.  So essentially it’s dead on arrival.  

 

It’s a shame one person can control the outcome of a bill that on the surface could make folks’ lives a lot easier.  Maybe he’s been watching too much TV about politics and is letting the power of the House Speaker go to his head -- if you know what I mean.   
 

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