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Progress on Sandy Hook Shooting Response

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(Courtesy Department of Social Services)

(Courtesy Department of Social Services)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders say they remain optimistic about reaching an agreement on legislation that addresses the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Thursday marked the second closed-door meeting in a row for the lawmakers since three subcommittees forwarded recommendations on law and policy changes affecting gun violence, school safety and mental illness. The leaders tentatively planned to meet again on Friday.

Senate President Donald Williams said leaders “were continuing to make progress” and discussed specific details about each issue, “trying to resolve, one by one, elements that would be in the bill.” No details were provided.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. called the meeting “very productive.”

Leaders said a vote by the full General Assembly could happen next week or the week after.


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