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Newtown privacy debate to resume for lawmakers

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 11:27 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The emotional debate over victim privacy rights that came about after the Newtown school massacre is expected to resume in coming weeks at the Connecticut state Capitol.

Lawmakers are expected to soon begin discussing recommendations from a task force to restrict public access to certain crime scene photos, 911 recordings and other information about homicides.

Disagreements are already developing.

Democratic Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. says he doesn't support the all the proposals. He calls it "ill-advised" to restrict public access to 911 recordings related to homicides.

But House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, another Democrat, hasn't made up his mind. He says he's sensitive to the concerns of both the media and the families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, whose privacy worries originally prompted the debate.