Bipartisan ceremony for Sandy Hook aid bill

A bipartisan deal on gun violence remains elusive, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators held a ceremony Tuesday to mark last week’s unanimous passage of a bill creating the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund.

“I want to commend the members of the General Assembly for coming together in a bipartisan manner to provide relief to those who have been affected by this tragedy,” Malloy said, surrounded by legislative leaders and others, including Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra.

Backed by private donations, the fund will supplement a workers’ compensation system that does not reimburse for lost wages and other expenses caused solely by mental trauma.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who represents Newtown, said a friend who teaches at Sandy Hook Elementary School thanked him for the bill.

“There was some weight taken off her shoulders,” McKinney said.