State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, will help pave the way for changes in Connecticut that could make schools and communities safer.
Rebimbas, the 70th District representative, has been named to the legislature's new Special Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention & Children's Safety.
The task force, convened by the leadership of both the House and Senate, 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.
"The issues we will be looking into affect each and every one of us in Connecticut, from school children to seniors, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the general assembly to find the best solutions to these incredibly difficult issues," Rebimbas said in a news release. "Gun violence, access to mental health services and the safety and security of Connecticut's residents are concerns we all share."
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 to 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. House Minority leader Lawrence (Larry) Cafero has assigned Rebimbas to the gun control working group.
Rebimbas told Patch she is a supporter of the 2nd Ammendment, but she believes the state needs to do a better job at enforcing the laws we already have.
'"As for the recent tragic events, I am open to listening to different ideas, proposals and debate on new legislative proposals, but I will not simply support something just to say something was done," she said. "It must be meaningful and that makes sense, otherwise we are doing justice to no one."
The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2E.
Rebimbas has been named ranking member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee by Cafero.
Rebimbas, an attorney with her own law practice with offices in Naugatuck and Danbury, will be the first woman to serve as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee since Antonina “Nina” Parker held the position in 1984.
To contact Rep. Rebimbas call toll free: 1-800-842-1423 or log on to: www.RepRebimbas.com where you can also sign up to receive her e-blast newsletter.
- Information contained in this article comes from a news release from Jamison Bazinet at the House Republican Office. Naugatuck Patch editor Paul Singley contributed reporting.