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Benson outlines plan to reduce wait times

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson testified today before a legislative committee about long wait times at branch offices and some possible remedies. Benson told the House Oversight Committee the COVID-19 crisis helped put in sharp relief some long-standing problems.

Benson said her office is experimenting with staggered hours, pop-up offices, and moving more services online. But she also said, with limited staff and resources, her office can’t meet all the demands when and where people want them.

“We’ve got short-term needs and short-term solutions that we can explore and then then we’ve got long-term vison that I think we can hopefully work towards.”

Benson said some possible solutions would require the Legislature’s approval. Her proposal to raise driver’s license record search fees to help pay for that got a cool reception from Republicans on the committee.

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