The following was submitted by House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz.
House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D - Berlin, Southington) joined with Democratic and Republican legislative lawmakers today to announce the creation of a special bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children's safety.
"Last month's tragic events in Newtown have left all of us asking how it could have been prevented," said Rep. Aresimowicz. "As a father of two elementary school age children and someone who works with children in the school system, I'm confident that Republicans and Democrats can work together to ensure that our schools and children are kept safe."
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.
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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, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
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