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Town Hall Meeting with Local Lawmakers Filled Up City Hall

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Nearly 100 people packed into Kennewick City Hall Saturday morning for a town hall meeting with local lawmakers.

The town hall meeting saw a much higher attendance than usual.

Senator Sharon Brown, Representative Brad Klippert and Representative Larry Haler.

Came together to talk about the issues being discussed in the legislature now.

One topic that got a heated response by the public is education.

State funding is down and a recent school grading system has educators upset. Many spoke up about their frustrations and asked the lawmakers to be accountable for their constituents requests.

"What we are really focusing on in the senate is jobs, education and the budget. We're really trying very hard to keep social issues out so we can get legislation through that's going to help the state of Washington create more jobs," said Sen. Sharon Brown.

While education issues dominated the conversation Saturday, other bills regarding bee keeping to elderly living were brought up by citizens.

The legislators also expressed their plans to protect the second amendment in the house and senate this session.