The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.
This story was updated since its first posting to reflect that Newtown has received confirmation of this state bonding initiative.
First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since 12/14. And her office confirmed Thursday morning that the state had committed to that bonding initiative.
The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.
While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases, tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.
A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research finds that an overwhelming majority of voters surveyed oppose the release of graphic photos and audio from emergency calls related to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook School to the public.
According to the poll, 68 percent of voters surveyed believe this information should be kept private. Opposition crosses party lines, with 69 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Independents, and 65 percent of Republicans rejecting the release.
On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. For information, contact the town clerk’s office at 203-270-4210. Shown on a stairway at Edmond Town Hall are: at top, Rakesh Vali, DVM, of Mt Pleasant Hospital For Animals; veterinary assistant Mary Simpson, who is holding Porsche, a seven-month old female brindled Great Dane; and Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia.
There was muted enthusiasm, but enthusiasm nonetheless as referendum moderator Carol Mattegat read off the third round referendum results Tuesday evening about 30 minutes after the polls closed at Newtown Middle School.
After two disappointing failures, the district finally found overwhelming support as its twice modified budget request passed by a margin of 1,181 votes. The vote was 3,259-2,078.
With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents.
The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm.
Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits.