Sen. Welch named to Special Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety

January 16, 2013

Hartford, CT – Senator Jason Welch (R-Bristol) has been named to special bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety. Sen. Welch, as ranking member on the Public Health Committee will be crafting policy as part of the working group focused on mental health issues.

“I am honored to be chosen as one of the many members working on this task force. As a parent, I want to do all that I can to ensure the people of Newtown, the state of Connecticut and our nation that we will do our job and do it in a thoughtful and deliberative way,” said Sen. Welch.

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders joined this week to announce the creation of the special bipartisan task force. The group, formed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, will conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security and ensure the availability of mental health services in Connecticut.

The task force will provide recommendations to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February.

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