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Local lawmakers dish about their plans for town hall meetings

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Lawmakers across the nation have faced angry crowds at town hall meetings. 

Constituents are demanding answers to questions in person. 

News 4 reached out to local lawmakers to find out if they are planning future town hall meetings. 

A representative with Congressman Mike Bost (R) office provided the following statement. 

In-person town hall meetings have been derailed across the country in an effort to disrupt the honest conversation that representatives need to have with their constituents.  Rep. Bost wants to ensure that conversation continues unimpeded and is open to receiving feedback - both positive and negative - from the constituents he represents. That is why this week he met with health care professionals at two Southern Illinois hospitals in three locations, hosted an Agricultural Advisory Board meeting with local farmers, spoke with students at Murphysboro High School, and had 12 individual constituent meetings. Among the constituents he met with were protesters who demonstrated outside of his Belleville office. Additionally, Rep. Bost recently hosted a telephone town hall meeting, which reached over 85,000 Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in Southern Illinois. Constituents who would like to participate in the next telephone town hall are welcome to sign up at bost.house.gov.

A representative for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) office provided the following the statement. 

Listening to and responding to his constituents are top priorities for the Congressman. Blaine has personally held over 1,000 meetings in the district in the last eight years and takes live questions on radio shows that air throughout central and eastern Missouri every month. Blaine also frequently holds Tele-Townhall meetings, including one last night, where he answers live questions from constituents and roughly 8,000 callers are on the line at any given time. In addition, the Congressman’s staffers, based in three district offices, are regularly out and about in all 13 counties, attending public events and meeting with constituents. Constituents who email Blaine or call one of his offices will receive a response; more than 5,000 responses were sent out in January alone. Lastly, Blaine also has an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve found that these are all effective and efficient ways to serve the 762,000 constituents that live in Missouri’s 3rd District.”

A representative for Congressman John Shimkus (R) told News 4 "the congressman prefers one-on-one or small group meetings instead. He's been doing both over this district work period."

A spokesperson for Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R) told News 4 she will be attending Lincoln Days in Springfield this weekend, and the office is in the process of getting "tele-town halls" on the calendar. 

A spokesperson for Senator Roy Blunt (R) told News 4 the senator is in Europe but he will be back in Missouri this weekend. Blunt's office doesn't have any public appearances scheduled for the weekend, but his staff added, "The senator is constantly at public events talking to his constituents." 

A spokesperson for Senator Claire McCaskill (D) told News 4 "I can tell you that Claire's a big fan of town halls, and she'll have plenty more of them moving forward." At this time McCaskill's staff doesn't have a town hall scheduled, but News 4 will let you know if that changes. 

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