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Comment Re:Why "smart" IDs are a bad idea (Score 1) 135

Same idea but, this is my pet peeve with the license plates in Connecticut.

They're designed to be human readable and have special codes for everything.

School Buses have a custom plate with a picture of a school bus, Interstate Taxis are prefixed and suffixed with "Z", In-state Taxis are prefixed and suffixed with "T", Trucks have a special plate, Combination passenger/work trucks have another plate. Passenger cars have three styles, XXX{Space}XXX, XXXXXX and a new one XX-XXXX. Municipal cars have a number and a seemingly arbitrary suffix denoting the town (GW for Greenwich, NW for Norwalk, BPT for Bridgeport, WTD Wethersfield-

Absolute madness.

Comment Re:Something I don't understand (Score 1) 166

There sure as shit should be a fully automated and publicly available diff system for all legislation, Federal and State. Ideally in a normalized format, but that's probably a pipe dream

Connecticut does a somewhat job when they publish the HTML text of the bills, but this is only after they are signed and become park of the statutes

As an example All the Public Acts that were proposed and then signed into law amending this statute are in the tan color, some background history and the changes made are in purple, citations in case law and other statutes are in red.

It's better than nothing but it's not hyperlinked or graphed or anything fancy to actually understand how each thing relates to the rest.

Comment Re:Tax Tires (Score 2) 837

I like it but, I could see this getting very messy when you have a blowout due to the already abysmal conditions existing on the roadways. Do I have to pay another round of taxes on the replacement tire even though it didn't make it to EOL? Is the State partly responsible because I paid tax on the tires with the expectation that they would spend the money on improving the roadways?

If no, do I have to get a signed affidavit from my tire place that this is a certified blowout replacement? How long until unscrupulous tire shops start helping customers evade the taxes then? How much is enforcement going to cost at that point?

If the avoidance and enforcement end up costing more than the road maintenance then you end up back in the same situation again

Comment Re:Regular Wallet (Score 2) 272

It's my hope that we can get past all of that as well. GEICO, Cigna and Liberty Mutual have apps for your insurance cards already. I'm hoping that one day the various DMVs can move to an electronic ID card as well. It works for Estonia doesn't it?

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