Task force on gun violence prevention, children’s safety to meet Jan. 18

HARTFORD — Democratic and Republican legislative leaders joined today to announce the creation of a special bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety.

The task force, formed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, will conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security and ensure the availability of mental health services in Connecticut.

“I have had the privilege of representing Newtown, Connecticut in the state Senate for the past 14 years, and the tragic events that occurred there on Dec. 14 require a response from our government and our society at large,” said state Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield). “I am pleased that this task force is set up to work across party lines to make legislative recommendations based on facts and evidence in the areas of mental illness, school safety and gun control.”

The task force, which includes Democratic committee chairs and Republican ranking members, will provide recommendations to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February.

The task force has designated three working groups which focus on the three core issues of gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. Each caucus will appoint as many as four members to each group.

The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2E.



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