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Newtown delegation, 2 Danbury lawmakers part of task force

All of the members of the Newtown delegation in the State House are members of a bipartisan task force to recommend possible legislation to prevent gun violence, provide mental health care and improve school safety.  State Representative DebraLee Hovey has a background in education and school psychology.


The group's first meeting is tomorrow.


Hovey says legislative calendar ticks on no matter what is happening in the world.  But she says all of the proposals will have to go before the appropriate committees and will have public hearings.


The group could propose a comprehensive bill for a vote by the end of February.


Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan and Danbury state Representative Jan Giegler are also members of the bipartisan task force.  McLachlan has set up meetings with educators and law enforcement in Western Connecticut to get their feedback.  From what he's been told so far, McLachlan says there are plans in place now that could work well, but they need funding to be implemented.

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