A few area lawmakers are being recognized by an advocacy work for their efforts during the legislative session. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has announced its “2016 Legislators of the Year”. 14 Connecticut lawmakers were recognized for their contributions toward preventing drunk driving tragedies. Brookfield state Representative Steve Harding, New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith and State Senator Tony Hwang were honored for their work on two different laws. One was to create a law beefing up the penalty for impaired drivers who have child passengers. Another creates a diversionary program for underage drinking and motor vehicle violations.