Lawmakers wrap legislative session with bill reducing DMV visits

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State lawmakers began to finish up the 2019 legislative session Wednesday night, this time with a budget in place.

Unlike past years when the budget was still undecided, Democrats this year were able to get the plan passed a day before the end of the session. They also approved new gun control laws, a hike in the minimum wage and a new family medical leave program.

Late Wednesday evening, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill restricting how police can use their weapons when dealing with suspects in cars. They also gave final approval to giving more protection for health insurance customers with pre-existing conditions.

In the closing minutes of the session, lawmakers approved a measure to make residents' experience at the DMV a bit easier. License renewals are now every  eight years, while registrations are every three years.

“Connecticut residents spend too much of their valuable time waiting in line at the DMV, and I am determined to fix that,” says Gov. Lamont. “Reducing visits to the DMV not only creates more convenience for those who will no longer have to take time out of their day visiting one of these offices, but it will also result in wait times being shortened for people who actually do need conduct business in person.

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