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Connecticut Lawmaker Opposes Efforts To Limit Access To 911 Tapes

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Sign outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. - Dec. 14, 2012 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sign outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. – Dec. 14, 2012 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney says he opposes efforts to limit public access to emergency 911 tapes, despite recommendations from a task force created after the Newtown school massacre.

Looney is the possible new president of the Connecticut Senate next year. He says he believes the tapes are crucial to determining whether police responses are appropriate.

Last year, the General Assembly agreed to block the release of certain crime scene photos from homicides, at the urging of the Newtown victims’ families. That provision remains.

Senate President Donald Williams, who is retiring, helped block legislation adding more restrictions on the release of information from homicide. If banning the release of 911 tapes is proposed next year, Williams said he “might have to come back as a private citizen and testify against it.”

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