Just a month after the tragic murder of twenty children and six teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle announced that they have assembled a bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety.

Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) has been named to serve on the newly-formed panel, which will conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security and ensure the availability of mental health services in Connecticut.

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"I look forward to my role on the task force as well as working with other leaders from the House and the Senate in a bipartisan matter. Being the Ranking Member on the Human Service Committee, I hope to represent the mental health prospective on the force. We all feel a tremendous responsibility to do what we can to lessen gun violence in our world today," Rep. Wood said.

The task force, which includes Democratic committee chairs and Republican ranking members, will provide recommendations to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February.

The task force has designated three working groups which focus on the three core issues of gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. Each caucus will appoint as many as four members to each group.

The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday, January 18th at 1:30 PM in Room 2E.