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Conn. Senators tout school safety funding in budget bill

Connecticut two U.S. Senators are touting several gun violence prevention provisions in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by the Senate Thursday night.  There is $128-million for the FBI to conduct background checks and $58-million for states to improve their criminal background check databases. 

 

The bill also includes $115-million for the President's Now is the Time initiative to expand access to mental health services. 

 

$75-millionis set aside for the National Institute of Justice to conduct a new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to study the causes of school violence and provide pilot grants to test state and local school safety initiatives,  $15-million was included in the bill to train police on how to respond to active shooter situations.

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