State Reps. Lawrence Cafero, R-142, and Thomas O'Dea, R-125, and state Sens. Scott Frantz, R-36, and Toni Boucher, R-26, recently hosted an old-fashioned town hall meeting attended by more than 50 New Canaan residents at New Canaan Library.

The lawmakers, all of whom represent New Canaan, discussed the state budget deficit, Connecticut's job creation record and pending legislative proposals on gun violence, school security and mental health treatment. The legislators explained the complexity of each of the issues regarding the Newtown shooting tragedy and answered questions from attendees.

"It is always helpful to talk directly to the people we represent and exchange ideas on how best to go about the peoples' business. I always look forward these opportunities and want to thank all who took the time to come out," said Cafero.

O'Dea added, "I wish to thank those who joined my colleagues and me for a productive discussion of state and local matters. I took to heart the comments and suggestions that folks offered, and will keep them in mind when considering the issues that affect New Canaan and surrounding communities."

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representing New Canaan, Frantz said, "I believe it is important to provide you with an update on the current budget proposal and to bring your thoughts and concerns back to Hartford. In an effort to produce the best budget possible and avoid situations such as allowing New Canaan to lose $3.5 million in car tax revenue, I will be sharing your input with other legislators in the coming weeks and months."

As the co-chairman of the school safety and security working group of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, Boucher was charged with providing recommendations in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

"I was pleased to see many in the audience take an active interest and role in the legislative process," she said. "This unique bipartisan process considered input from all stakeholders; including teachers, parents, school administrators, mayors and first selectmen, police, fire, and threat assessment experts. We considered all suggested improvements and developed a consensus document that was delivered to the chairs of the bipartisan task force, which included: Allowing school construction grants to include safety features; ensuring the development of emergency plans; providing intensive, individualized interventions for the most high risk students."