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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut lawmakers, facing pressure to address the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, are closing in on recommending possible changes to state laws and policies affecting guns, school security and mental health.

Three subcommittees to a legislative task force are in the process of identifying areas of consensus in hopes of holding a vote this month or early March.

Deliberations come as hundreds of gun control advocates are expected to descend on the state Capitol Thursday, demanding changes to Connecticut's gun laws. Democratic and Republican legislative leaders are expected to attend the rally, as well as family members of Sandy Hook victims and survivors of other mass shootings.

On Wednesday, the school safety subcommittee received some final recommendations from two experts who said not all security measures need to be expensive.

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