Sen. Kelly to serve on task force formed in wake of Newtown tragedy

State Sen. Kevin C. Kelly (R-21st District) was selected to serve on a bipartisan task force, formed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, that 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.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on this task force,” Kelly said in a release from the Senate Republicans office. “In the wake of such an unimaginable tragedy, we must come together to resolve the challenges facing our state today and help those who suffer from mental illness to receive proper assistance.”

Kelly was appointed to serve on the Mental Health Working Group of the new Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety.

Formed on Jan. 15, the task force includes Democratic committee chairs and Republican ranking members and will provide recommendations to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February, according to the state legislature.

“Over the next few weeks and months, I look forward to gathering information and hearing from experts on how we can improve the state’s mental health laws,” Kelly said.

The task force has designated three working groups with focus on the three core issues of gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. Each task force has public hearings scheduled, and the public is encouraged to attend, in an effort to keep the discussion open, Kelly said. A full bipartisan task force public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at Newtown High School.

The working groups of the task force will also hold public hearings in the next few days at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

The School Safety Working Group public hearing is Friday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C. The Gun Violence working group’s hearing is Monday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., also in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building. The Mental Health Group public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., also in Room 2C.

Kelly said constituents who have questions or need information may call his office at 800-842-1421. For more on the task force, visit