Proposed legislation (odd things happening this time around!).

Posted by Jonathan at 22 January 2013

Category: CT Legislation, Issues - State of CT

In a normal session at the Connecticut legislature, we have a little time to prepare for testimony. The session is usually six months with the first two months having bills generated and sent to committees. then, we have approx 2-3 months where we may attend hearings and testify on proposed legislation (of course, we never stop contacting our legislators about proposed bills). During a normal session, we often have at the very least, a bill title so we have something to “work with” to prepare testimony.

We will still have the opportunity to testify during the normal session. Since the tragedy in Newton at Sandy Hook, there is now a special committee being developed BEFORE the normal committee hearings. This committee is called “Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention And Children’s Safety”. The committee will be broken down into three subgroups: Gun violence, school safety and mental health. Each committee has been assigned a bipartisan panel of state representatives and senators. This is new territory and something I have not seen before. There are some proposed bills so far, but those haven’t been moved out of committee and a public hearing has not been planned as of yet.

The meetings are as follows:

school safety on January 25 at 9:30 a.m.
gun safety hearing on January 28 at 10:00 a.m.
mental health issues January 29 at 10:00 a.m.

All in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School on January 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Attend as many as possible, of course our focus is on the Gun Safety hearing. Here are the legislators assigned to this committee:

Sen. Martin Looney, Co-chair
Rep. Craig Miner, Co-chair
Rep. Gerald Fox III
Rep. Stephen Dargan
Rep. Bob Godfrey
Rep. Toni Walker
Rep. Rosa Rebimbas
Rep. Janice Giegler
Rep. Dan Carter
Sen. Eric Coleman
Sen. John Fonfara
Sen. Joan Hartley
Sen. John Kissel
Sen. Scott Frantz
Sen. Tony Guglielmo
Sen. Kevin Witkos

CCDL is compiling a list of proposed bills. Depending on how the hearing is organized, I wouldn’t write full blown testimony on each proposal. Focusing on the proposed ideas in general and how it effects each gun owner PERSONALLY is very important.
Please remember, the data is on our side. You can use a lot of facts to prove your points, but also let the legislators know how the proposed legislation would effect you, a LAW ABIDING citizen.

I look foreword to seeing many of you at these hearings. It’s going to be at tough session, more than any before. We’ve been doing well the past few years in preventing anti-gun legislation from passing in our legislature. It’s going to take A LOT more effort this time around. With your support, we have the strongest prospects at successfully defeating poorly drafted legislation that will have ZERO impact on any crime.

Yours in liberty,

Jonathan

 

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