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.
In the first hours of the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.
Newtown State Rep Mitch Bolinsky and First Selectman Pat Llodra were among officials to issue responses upon the passage of Senate Bill 1149, An Act Making Technical Changes to the Statutes Concerning Public Records. The new law will impose protections and limitations regarding the release of certain crime scene evidence from the Sandy Hook School shootings on 12/14 and homicide investigations statewide.According to a Connecticut Mirror report, in the first hours of June 5, the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.The Senate passed the bill, 33 to 2. The House quickly followed with a vote of 130 to 2.
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 the tragic shootings of 12/14.
She said the town was in line to receive funding “not to exceed $50 million.”
“This is not a typical school construction bond but a special bonding provision,” she told The Bee. “And while the proposal is for $50 million, we will try to not have to use all those resources.”
Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7. Police encourage Newtown residents to come out and cheer for them along the Newtown leg of the event, which will come into town from Bethel on Route 302, travel across Glover Avenue, onto Queen Street, and then down Church Hill Road before heading into Southbury to continue its route into Hamden and New Haven.
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 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.The House and Senate adopted a series of technical changes Monday with broad bipartisan support.The changes:Allow people who purchased assault weapons on large-capacity magazines on April 4 – the day the governor signed the gun control measure – to register and lawfully possess them.Allow sworn and duly certified state and local police officers...
A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research two days ago 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. Meanwhile, eight families who lost children or loved ones on 12/14 are making a final plea to Connecticut lawmakers through an online petition that has collected more than 78,500 signatures since June 1.
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.
Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7.
The event is intended to raise public awareness of the Special Olympics Summer Games which will run from June 7 through 9 in New Haven and Hamden.
At approximately 11:15 am on June 7, Bethel police will hand off the Special Olympics torch to Newtown police at the Dodgingtown Firehouse at 55 Dodgingtown Road (Route 302).
State Reps Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2) invite Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the legislative session that ends on Wednesday, June 5. The legislative update will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center.