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Leadership Role for Wood on Shooting Panel

State Rep. Terrie Wood will co-chair the group on mental health in the state's Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Task Force, after the shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook School.

Concerned about mental health and safety in the wake of the Newtown school shooting? Well, you might want to let Terrie Wood, who represents Darien in the state Legislature, know about it.

Wood has been named to a leadership role as Connecticut seeks to bring about legislative and policy changes in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

A Republican representing the 141st District, Wood has been named co-chair of a group charged with examining mental health issues. The group is one of three created under the auspices of the newly formed Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Task Force.

The other groups will be examining gun safety and school safety issues, two of the hot button topics that have developed locally and nationally since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the life of 20 students and six educators.

As part of its work, the task force has scheduled a series of public hearings — all of which will take place in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The schedule is as follows:

  • School Safety: Jan. 25 at 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 take place at Newtown High School on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. Darien has already started reviewing steps to improve security at town schools, and more measures are under consideration. Meanwhile, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also created the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to look into the aforementioned issues.

The newly created subgroups and their membership are as follows:

Gun Violence

  • 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

School Safety

  • Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Co-chair
  • Sen. Toni Boucher, Co-chair
  • Rep. Roberta Willis
  • Rep. Patricia Widlitz
  • Rep. Diana Urban
  • Rep. Tim Ackert
  • Rep. Tim LeGeyt
  • Rep. Whit Betts
  • Rep. Mitch Bolinsky
  • Sen. Dante Bartolomeo
  • Sen. Andrea Stillman
  • Sen. Beth Bye
  • Sen. Andrew Maynard
  • Sen. Art Linares
  • Sen. Mike McLachlan
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos

Mental Health

  • Sen. Toni Harp, Co-chair
  • Rep. Terrie Wood, Co-chair
  • Rep. Susan Johnson
  • Rep. Cathy Abercrombie
  • Rep. Robert Megna
  • Rep. Betsy Ritter 
  • Rep. Prasad Srinivasan
  • Rep. DebraLee Hovey
  • Sen. Terry Gerratana
  • Sen. Gayle Slossberg
  • Sen. Joe Crisco
  • Sen. Rob Kane
  • Sen. Kevin Kelly
  • Sen. Joe Markley
  • Sen. Jason Welch

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