NJ lawmakers push for mental health legislation

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is prompting action from New Jersey lawmakers on mental health initiatives. Today, state Sens. Shirley Turner and Ray

The bill is an attempt to prevent any more tragedies such as the Newton, Conn. school shooting.

The bill is an attempt to prevent any more tragedies such as the Newton, Conn. school shooting. (12/19/12)

TRENTON - The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is prompting action from New Jersey lawmakers on mental health initiatives.

Today, state Sens. Shirley Turner and Ray Lesniak introduced plans for a bill aimed at expanding involuntary commitments and mental health courts. The goal is to help the mentally ill receive treatment before they resort to violence.

Supporters of the bill say it's a proactive attempt at preventing another shooting like last Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

The bill would also ask the federal government to pass an assault weapons ban and declare gun violence a "health hazard."

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