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Conn. Bill Calls for Study of Violent Video Games

Entertainment-Video GamesHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a task force charged with studying any links between violent video games and violent behavior in young people.

The bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Scott Frantz of Greenwich, comes in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, played violent video games but it’s still not clear what led to the massacre.

The General Assembly’s Children Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Thursday on that bill and several others concerning children with behavior problems. One bill would create a hotline that parents of children exhibiting behavioral health issues could call for support and education.

Another bill would require screenings of every child for social, emotional, behavioral and mental health.