Newtown public information bill remains in limbo

In this Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo, officials stand outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where authorities say gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school killing 20 first-graders and six educators at the school, and killed himself as police arrived. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In this Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo, officials stand outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where authorities say gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school killing 20 first-graders and six educators at the school, and killed himself as police arrived. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Key lawmakers say they doubt a compromise will be reached on whether to place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides to protect the privacy rights of Connecticut victims.

Sen. Anthony Musto and Rep. Ed Jutila, co-chairmen of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, said Thursday they don’t believe all sides can reach an agreement before the legislature adjourns on May 7. The debate was originally prompted by the Newtown school massacre.

Musto said lawmakers’ opinions are firm about whether to further restrict or loosen the rules for releasing information to the public.

If no action is taken, certain crime scene photos from homicides will remain exempt from public release.

The GAE Committee approved a bill Friday that theoretically keeps the issue alive for a last-minute compromise.

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