State senator named to legislature’s school safety task force

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Jan. 28, 2013
State Sen. Art Linares (R-33) participating in the Jan. 25 hearing. Photo courtesy of Linares' office. - Contributed Photo

State Sen. Art Linares (R-33) was recently named to the school safety working subgroup of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force.

According to Linares’ office, he will assist legislative leaders in their review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to improve school safety. This effort stems from the Dec. 14 shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Linares said in a statement on his website. “My goal as state senator is to do all I can to protect the citizens of this state from another such tragedy. There are steps that can be taken to make our schools and our communities safer, and I look forward to serving on the school safety working group."

According to an e-mail from Linares’ office, on Jan. 25, “he listened to state residents who gathered at the State Capitol public hearing to express their thoughts on how to improve school security policies.” This hearing was attended by teachers, public safety officials, mayors and first selectmen from across Connecticut.

Information about the different task force subgroups and their memberships can be find on the website These groups were created to develop recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety and increase access to mental health care. Task force public hearings on Jan. 25 focused on school safety, Jan. 28 focused on gun safety, Jan. 29 focused on mental health issues, and the full bipartisan task force was scheduled to meet on Jan. 30.

Linares was elected in November and was sworn in this month on the opening day of the new General Assembly session. He represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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