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Kissel Named to Gun Violence and Children's Safety Task Force Subgroup

The Republican state senator from north central Connecticut will sit on the gun violence panel.

State Sen. John Kissel, who represents East Granby, Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks, has been named to the gun violence subgroup of the state legislature's bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children's safety.

The task force, which is charged with formulating recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety and increase access to mental health care, also announced a series of public hearings. The following hearings are scheduled for Room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford:

  • School safety, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.
  • Gun safety, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Mental-health issues, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

Here are the rest of the subgroup appointments:

Gun Violence

  • Sen. Martin Looney (D—Hamden, North Haven, New Haven), Co-chair
  • Rep. Craig Miner (R—Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury), Co-chair
  • Rep. Gerald Fox III (D—Stamford)
  • Rep. Stephen Dargan (D—West Haven)
  • Rep. Bob Godfrey (D—Danbury)
  • Rep. Toni Walker (D—New Haven)
  • Rep. Rosa Rebimbas (R—Naugatuck)
  • Rep. Janice Giegler (R—Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield)
  • Rep. Dan Carter (R—Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding)
  • Sen. Eric Coleman (D—Bloomfield, Hartford, Windsor)
  • Sen. John Fonfara (D—Hartford, Wethersfield)
  • Sen. Joan Hartley (D—Middlebury, Naugatuck, Waterbury)
  • Sen. John Kissel (R—East Granby, Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks)
  • Sen. Scott Frantz (R—Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford)
  • Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R—Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock)
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos (Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington)

School Safety

  • Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Co-chair (D—West Hartford)
  • Sen. Toni Boucher, Co-chair (New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton)
  • Rep. Roberta Willis (D—Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington)
  • Rep. Patricia Widlitz (D—Branford, Guilford)
  • Rep. Diana Urban (D—Stonington, North Stonington)
  • Rep. Tim Ackert (R—Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon)
  • Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R—Avon, Canton)
  • Rep. Whit Betts (R—Bristol, Plymouth)
  • Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R—Newtown)
  • Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D—Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown)
  • Sen. Andrea Stillman (D—Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford)
  • Sen. Beth Bye (D—Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford)
  • Sen. Andrew Maynard (D—Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown)
  • Sen. Art Linares (R—Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook)
  • Sen. Mike McLachlan (R—Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman)
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos (R—Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington)

Mental Health

  • Sen. Toni Harp, Co-chair (D—New Haven, West Haven)
  • Rep. Terrie Wood, Co-chair (R—Darien, Norwalk)
  • Rep. Susan Johnson (D—Windham)
  • Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D—Berlin, Meriden)
  • Rep. Robert Megna (D—New Haven)
  • Rep. Betsy Ritter (D—Montville, Waterford)
  • Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R—Glastonbury)
  • Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R—Monroe, Newtown)
  • Sen. Terry Gerratana (D—Berlin, Farmington, New Britain)
  • Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D—Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge)
  • Sen. Joe Crisco (D—Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge)
  • Sen. Rob Kane (R—Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury)
  • Sen. Kevin Kelly (R—Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford)
  • Sen. Joe Markley (R—Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott)
  • Sen. Jason Welch (R—Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston)
Spiff January 24, 2013 at 02:54 PM
@ Hope and IRTURONG, the list of suggestions was rhetorical, but I hope it got you thinking about the underlying causes of the breakdown of our communities.
Spiff January 24, 2013 at 03:05 PM
@ Hope, does the list of tools you're referring to include 5 Gallon buckets of gasoline and matches? Because Adam Lanza could have harmed as many people with those items as well. The issue goes much deeper than the media or the politicans are suggesting.
IRTURONG January 24, 2013 at 03:31 PM
i think i have a pretty good handle of alot of the problems.parents trying to be more of a friend than a parent,disciplining your child is hard .parents need to work together.most of my generation were raised by a stay at home mom,as were my 20 somethings it wasnt easy but i think has paid dividends.nothing is cast in stone as the perfect answer.evil will always be right around the corner,but should be delt with quickly and harshly so that the dregs of society get the message
Hope Rice January 24, 2013 at 04:16 PM
No easy answers for complex problems, but as long as humanity exists, more problems are on the may. The more people, the more problems. Moms have been forced to enter the work force with the economy the way it is and with husbands and fathers walking out of their commitment because too many of them are simply not able to cope with the selfless sacrifices of being a parent. Reality Check!
IRTURONG January 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Hope i know of a few instances where the mommy walked out so lets not cherry pick.we have reaped what we have sown,the old 60's saying,if it feels good do it! is now biting us in the ars

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