Town Heals and Remembers

Public Hearings Planned in Wake of Newtown School Shooting

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    A bus traveling from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14 shooting, in Monroe, Conn., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Chalk Hill School in Monroe was overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Members of the bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety will be conducting public hearings on issues related to the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, including one hearing at Newtown High School.

    During the hearings, residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on topics relating to each of the three newly formed subcommittees on school safety, gun control and mental health.

    The following public hearings are scheduled:

    • Friday, Jan. 25: School Safety Public Hearing, Legislative Office Building, Hartford, 9:30 a.m. in Room 2C
    • Monday, Jan. 28: Gun Violence Prevention Public Hearing, Legislative Office Building, Hartford, 10 a.m. in Room 2C
    • Tuesday, Jan. 29: Mental Health Public Hearing, Legislative Office Building, Hartford, 10 a.m. in Room 2C
    • Wednesday, Jan. 30: Full Bipartisan Task Force Public Hearing, Newtown High School, 6 p.m.

    The parameters for public testimony will be released in the coming days.

    Those unable to attend the public hearings are encouraged to watch proceedings live on the Connecticut Public Affairs television network, CT-N, or stream them online.

    The purpose of the group is to conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security and ensure proper mental health services in Connecticut. The Task Force will provide recommendations for a bipartisan emergency certified bill in March.

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