By JAMES MOSHER
State Sen.-elect Cathy Osten plans to sponsor a bill modeled on Montville safety ordinances, and concerns heightened by Friday’s Newtown school massacre will increase the likelihood of its passage, she said.
Osten said she has agreed to continue the work of Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, in creating “safety zones” designed to prevent interactions between registered sex offenders and senior citizens and children.
- So a person murders kids and you want to punish ex-sex offenders? That makes no sense whatsoever! Except if you are exploiting the issue to hopefully help yourself look better to the sheeple? Do you really think "safety zones" are going to protect kids from a sick individual who is intent on committing a crime?
The Montville Town Council passed two ordinances — one governing children and the other covering senior citizens — in October. The council voted 4-2 on Dec. 10 to adopt amended versions of the ordinances.
Osten is taking Prague’s seat, having been endorsed by Prague shortly after her retirement announcement earlier this year and defeating Republican Chris Coutu at the polls in November.
“I do think it’s very important to make our most vulnerable populations as safe as possible,” Osten, who is also Sprague’s first selectman, said Monday. “I really want to get started. After Friday, safety has become the No. 1 issue.”
A similar bill passed the state Senate last year but was not acted upon by the House of Representatives. Prague said she has asked the clerk of the Aging Committee, of which she is currently co-chair, to bring up the bill once the General Assembly is sworn in on Jan. 9. Prague said she plans to push the issue as a private citizen.
“It’s an important issue,” she said Monday. “Just because I’m retiring doesn’t mean I’m going away.”