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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Inches Closer to Final Report

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Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met on Friday. The panel is getting closer to finishing a final report, but more details remain.

Much of the meeting turned into a debate on whether the report should be dedicated solely to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook elementary, or whether it should also include shooter Adam Lanza and his mother Nancy.

Panel member Dr. Harold Schwartz suggested adding Nancy Lanza as an asterisk to the 26. "Why would we not consider Nancy Lanza to have been a victim?" he asked.

Panel member Dr. Adrienne Bentmann had a different perspective on the issue. "What will it mean to the 26 families to have their name on this page, and Nancy Lanza's name on this page?" she asked.

In the end, the panel agreed to limit the dedication to the 20 children and six educators who died at the school in 2012.

The commission also gave final approval to recommendations in the areas of law enforcement, mental health, and school design and operations.

With a final report still weeks away, the governor was asked by a reporter whether time was running out this legislative session to turn the panel's recommendations into policy." Some of those (recommendations) can be acted on administratively," Malloy said. "Some of them will have to be acted on legislatively. I think there are sufficient bills to attach some of those recommendations to."

The commission, created by Malloy two years ago, was supposed to be ready with a final report by the end of last year. Now they say their work should be complete sometime in February.

Watch footage of the commission's meeting below, as well as footage of the governor's press conference following the Bond Commission meeting, via CT-N:

Ray Hardman is Connecticut Public’s Arts and Culture Reporter. He is the host of CPTV’s Emmy-nominated original series “Where Art Thou?” Listeners to Connecticut Public Radio may know Ray as the local voice of “Morning Edition”, and later of “All Things Considered.”

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