2:40 p.m. UPDATE: Read a recap of the Connecticut panel’s meeting on lohud.com.
PREVIOUS POST: Two discussions on reducing gun violence are happening online today — one featuring experts on the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, and the other featuring Vice President Joe Biden.
Streaming at 10:30 a.m. on the Connecticut Network website, that state’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, convenes the first meeting of his Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.
The panel, meeting in Hartford, is charged with reviewing state laws and policies after the deadly school shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown and preparing a list of recommendations on school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention by March 15.
On the agenda, according to The Associated Press:
— Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Denver’s district attorney at the time of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
— Virginia Law Professor Richard Bonnie, who consulted for his state’s governor after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. He is director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and is chairman of the Virginia Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.
— Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, who is to brief the panel on the status of the Newtown investigation.
Later, at 1:45 p.m., Biden hosts a “Fireside Hangout” on Google+, something Google’s blog describes as “a 21st-century spin on FDR’s famous radio addresses” that brings “top Administration officials to Google+ to discuss the most important issues in the country, face-to-face-to-face with fellow citizens.”
For directions on how to submit questions before the discussion, read the Fireside Hangout post on the Official Google Blog.
For more on Google+ Hangouts, read Google’s explanation.