Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In the News: Franklin election season starts Aug 1; RMV had a broken process

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"While most towns in the area have put their election seasons behind them, Franklin is just getting the ball rolling with the approach of its biennial election this fall. 
Town Clerk Teresa Burr said she expects to see a lot of activity right off the bat as she begins distributing nomination papers. Papers will be available starting Thursday for anyone considering a run for any of the town’s upcoming open positions. 
The election is set for Nov. 5. 
Burr, who is among those whose position is up for election, said she plans to be the first to pull papers this year. And she expects others to start collecting papers throughout the day Thursday, “just hearing from word of mouth.”

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"Officials within the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles grappled for years without success to clear chronic backlogs in the processing of notifications sent by other states of infractions by Massachusetts drivers, according to testimony on Tuesday at an oversight hearing prompted by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. 
Members of the Legislature’s transportation committee sought to learn why information that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had been arrested for drunken driving in Connecticut weeks before the June 21 crash — which could have triggered a suspension of his commercial driver’s license — was not acted upon by the Massachusetts agency. 
Registry officials acknowledge that tens of thousands of such out-of-state notices have gone unprocessed for years, instead left to pile up in boxes stored in a state office."

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