Set back by two days of the state being closed, the subcommittees of the General Assembly’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention & Children’s Safety will report out their recommendations to legislative leaders this week. The leaders will then decide what makes it into legislation.
The super committee’s working groups—one for gun violence prevention, one for mental issues and the other for school safety—held jammed-packed meetings at the state capitol that dominated the political landscape. The last hearing was held in Newtown. The issues have overshadowed the legislature’s other work such as the contentious state budget.
Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney, who chaired the gun violence prevention working group, says despite the delay by the blizzard, they are still expecting to have legislation ready by the end of the month. “That’s the expectation. We lost two days but we expect to still have the recommendations ready by midweek.”
The proposals from the working groups are by no means the final product. “The recommends will go to leadership to be further negotiated,” Looney said.
The timetable is very tight. From its formation, the task force set a self-imposed deadline of the end of this month. Leaders had already planned to take up the resulting legislative proposals via “emergency certification” or e-cert. That allows them to bypass he committee process.