Task force to hold public hearings

Theresa Conroy
Theresa Conroy

HARTFORD — The legislature’s Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety is holding a series of public hearings in the days ahead.

The task force was created to help channel the flow of ideas and initiatives prompted by the Newtown shootings in December. The task force 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. The task force held its first meeting Jan. 18.

The task force is comprised of three separate working groups to focus on the issues of gun violence prevention, school security evaluations and mental health screening and services.

The gun violence prevention working group is holding a hearing Monday at 10 a.m. in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building. The mental health working group is holding a hearing Tuesday at 10 a.m. in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building. The full task force is holding a hearing Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Newtown high School.

State Rep. Theresa Conroy (D-105) urged residents to share their thoughts on the issues.

“Please consider attending any or all of these important hearings,” Conroy said in a statement. “Your voice and insight on these issues can shape the discussion.”

Anyone who can’t make the hearings can email testimony to asaferconnecticut@cga.ct.gov.