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Malloy Signs Bill Creating Newtown Responders’ Fund

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Officials at the governor's signing of a bill creating the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Officials at the governor’s signing of a bill creating the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A measure to create a special fund to help people dealing with trauma from their work related to the Newtown school shooting has been signed into law by Connecticut’s governor.

Lawmakers, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra and others joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at the signing ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol.

The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Program will be privately funded and administered by the Office of Victim Services within the state’s Judicial Branch. It will benefit first responders, school employees and others dealing with mental health issues as a result of the tragedy.

Donors including several major corporations have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the fund.

Both chambers of the General Assembly voted unanimously in favor of creating the fund.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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