Lawmakers in the House and Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to pass an emergency certified bill to establish a privately-funded foundation to assist school staff and first responders suffering from psychological trauma as a result of the Newtown shooting.
The foundation will be funded through private donations and will help people directly impacted by the Dec. 14 murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Legislative leaders announced the bill at a press conference Wednesday morning. The bill cleared the House in a 143-0 vote and the Senate 35-0 later in the day.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the goal was to help cover missed work and out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by workers compensation. Mental health impairments are not covered as standalone issues under workers compensation.