More Than Two Dozen Bills In Response To Newtown

St. Rose of Lima Church vigil in Newtown. Photo by Jim Dietter.


The deadline to submit legislation has passed and so far Connecticut lawmakers have submitted an estimated 27 bills aimed at preventing gun violence and improving school safety and mental health.


The legislation is a response to the shooting that claimed the lives of 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.


There are currently eight bills that deal directly with school safety issues. The aim of the bills is to increase and improve school security to make schools more resistant to intruders.


All of the proposals call for an increase in funding safety improvements — a measure which has largely been left up to municipalities. Other ideas include increasing funding for school resource officers in elementary schools, and requiring schools to report to the state about intruder drills and lockdowns.


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