HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bi-partisan group of Connecticut lawmakers has announced plans to free up $5 million in state bonding to increase security at houses of worship.
The move comes in response to Sunday's fire at New Haven's Diyanet Mosque, which is being investigated as arson. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says evidence of incendiary material was found on the site.
State Sen. Saud Anwar, a Democrat from South Windsor and one of the main sponsors of the legislation, says the money will help create a sense of resiliency and protection at churches, synagogues and mosques across the state.
The legislation would establish a competitive grant program similar to one that already makes money available to schools to install such things as remote door entry systems, video monitoring and shatter-proof windows.