- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A panel created to develop policy recommendations following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings is looking into a holding a hearing in Newtown, although commission members cautioned Friday against scheduling such a meeting close to the upcoming second anniversary of the tragedy.

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Chairman Scott Jackson said it needs to redouble efforts to communicate with victims’ families after some complained that not enough information was reaching them. A subcommittee was asked to look into logistics for holding a Newtown meeting to gather input from victims’ families and others.

Christopher Lyddy, a commission member and former state representative from Newtown, urged a meeting be held well before the anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of 20 children and six educators.

“We’re approaching an anniversary,” he said. “For many people in Newtown, that anniversary starts well before 12/14.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy established the 16-member advisory commission to make recommendations in areas including public safety, mental health and gun violence prevention. It has been meeting since January 2013.

While some commission members said victims’ relatives may want to avoid the publicity of an open hearing, Jackson said the commission would accept communication in any form.

Jackson said his commission is not likely to finalize any recommendations until after the release of a report from the Office of the Child Advocate, which has been reviewing the shooter’s schooling records.

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