By SUSAN HAIGH | AP
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has formed an advisory commission that will review and recommend changes to state laws and policies in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Malloy announced Thursday he has appointed Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson to chair the panel. An initial report is due to Malloy by March 15, in time for the General Assembly to take action during the next session.
The group plans to examine gun laws, school safety measures, gun violence prevention and mental health services.
Additional members of the commission will be announced later. Malloy said they will include experts in education, mental health, law enforcement and emergency response.
A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school on Dec. 14.
The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.