State Sen. Slossberg named to task force on gun violence and children’s safety

State Senator Gayle S. Slossberg (D-Milford) was selected this week by Senate Democratic Leadership to be a member of the Special Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. Leaders from both parties in the House and Senate gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to announce the creation of the new task force.

“In the wake of recent events in Newtown and ongoing issues with mental health services in Connecticut, it is encouraging that both parties are willing to come together to work on these problems,” said Senator Slossberg. “It is unfortunate that we have been brought to this moment by such a tragedy, but we can no longer avoid having a conversation about the availability and delivery of mental health services in our state,”

Members of the task force will conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security, and ensure the availability and delivery of mental health services in Connecticut. Recommendations will be provided to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February.

The task force has designated working groups to focus on three core issues: gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. Senator Slossberg will serve on the mental health working group.

“The obstacles facing those who need help are unacceptable, and this is a discussion that I plan to continue as Chair of the Human Services Committee,” said Senator Slossberg. “I wish to thank Senators Williams and Looney for affording me the opportunity to participate on this critical task force.”

The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday, January 18 at 1:30 PM in Room 2E.

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