MONROE, Conn. – At a public hearing of the legislature’s Public Health Committee last month, state Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112, Newtown and Monroe) appeared before committee members to testify on two bill proposals.
Sredzinski first spoke on House Bill 5269, an act concerning instructions for multiline telephone systems to access 9-1-1. Many phones on a multiline system require the user to first dial “9” or “8” to access any outside number, including 9-1-1. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that they must dial this additional number before calling 9-1-1, especially in the chaos typically surrounding an emergency situation.
The proposal would require the administrator of these multiline systems to display clear instructions on how to dial an outside line to ensure people are able to access emergency services in the most effective manner. Sredzinski, who is the public safety dispatch supervisor for the Town of Stratford, offered a professional’s opinion on the need for this legislation.
“In the event of a life-threatening emergency, every second counts,” said Sredzinski. "They should not be spending valuable time trying to determine how to reach an outside line in order to get help.”
Sredzinski also testified on HB 5212, an act concerning the licensing of food vendors, which seeks to reduce the burden of obtaining multiple licenses for those operating food trucks within numerous jurisdictions. This bill directs the Department of Public Health to develop a process that allows vendors to obtain a single license to serve in multiple towns instead of going through the current onerous process of securing multiple authorizations.
Sredzinski cited that a food vendor could serve breakfast in Trumbull, lunch in Bridgeport, and dinner in Fairfield and would have to go through three different inspections with three different fees.
“This is a simple, straightforward bill that encourages cooperation between local health officials and food vendors to come up with a solution that works well for all parties involved,” Sredzinski testified before the committee. “With the proper cooperation, we can adequately serve our public health, our economy and our consumers looking for quality food from a truck.”