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Newtown Rep. Sredzinski Backs Elimination Of Wasteful Use Of Troopers

State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski has voted in favor of a bill abolishing the requirement that state troopers notify legislators of special sessions.
State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski has voted in favor of a bill abolishing the requirement that state troopers notify legislators of special sessions. Photo Credit: Contributed

HARTFORD, Conn. -- State Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) voted on Friday in support of legislation that will eliminate the requirement that state troopers deliver notice of a special session of the General Assembly in-hand to state legislators.

“It is wasteful in this day and age to spend state troopers’ valuable time on a task that can easily be completed with technology,” said Sredzinski, who represents Newtown and Monroe. “Most of time, members of the legislature will already know that a special session is being held anyway, so why should we continue this inefficient practice? This bill is a common sense, fiscally responsible measure.”

In accordance with the legislation, the secretary of state can notify legislators of the call of a special session through email as long as he or she does so at least 72 hours in advance.

In addition, the secretary of state would retain the right to send notices through first class mail or through a state police officer, a state marshal or a constable.

The goal of the legislation, however, is to help ensure that such measures would only take place in extreme circumstances.

The bill now awaits action in the state Senate.

The legislative session concludes at midnight on Wednesday.

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