Public Safety and Security Committee, Connecticut General Assembly

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The Public Safety and Security Committee is a Joint standing committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and contains members of the Senate and the House. In the Connecticut Legislature, there are no separate chamber committees.

Per each chamber's rules, committees of the Connecticut General Assembly are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[1][2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] Neither the President nor the Speaker is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules
DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules
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A committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and (B) civil preparedness and homeland security, state police, the state-wide organized crime investigative task force, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code, the state building code, legalized gambling and military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.[4][5]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Public Safety and Security Members, 2013
Democratic members (16)Republican members (9)
Joan Hartley, Co-ChairAnthony Guglielmo, Ranking Member
Stephen Dargan, Co-ChairJanice Giegler, Ranking Member
Andres Ayala, Jr., Vice ChairPenny Bacchiochi
Joe Verrengia, Vice ChairAnthony D'Amelio
David Arconti, Jr.Tony Hwang
Elizabeth A. BoukusBrenda L. Kupchick
Charles ClemonsKevin Witkos
Louis EspositoDave Yaccarino
Minnie GonzalezLezlye Zupkus
John Hampton
Ed Jutila
Steve Mikutel
Frank Nicastro, Sr.
Linda Orange
Catherine Osten
Daniel S. Rovero



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