A bill has been advanced by the legislature's Public Health Committee that would have teachers, police, fire and other public employees who witness a traumatic incident have their mental health treatment covered by the state's worker's comp law. The bill is in response to the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Public Safety Committee co-chair Representative Stephen Dargan says it's getting hard for municipalities to find volunteer emergency responders. He says people don't want to volunteer if they're not backed up by their employer if they are hurt.
Those critical of the bill call it an unfunded mandate on towns and cities. The bill still needs approval from the full House and Senate.