A local lawmaker is looking to end a practice she sees as limiting transparency in government.
5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is the Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She is leading the call against legislative language, known as riders, from being included in appropriations bills that would block efforts to reduce gun violence. Esty and more than 100 colleagues sent a letter to House leaders urging them to oppose gun-related riders in bills for Fiscal Year 2015.
Esty says in previous years gun-related riders were included without any public debate.
The Task Force is recommending that Congress repeal those and restore funding for public safety and law enforcement initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence. The Task Force also wants Congress to fund law enforcement's efforts to reduce gun violence while supporting federal research into the cause of such violence.