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Maryland Lt. Gov. Schedules Town Hall In Rockville

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will discuss the governor’s public safety agenda during a town hall Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Rockville.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown will host a public town hall in Rockville to discuss Gov. Martin O’Malley’s public safety priorities for the 2013 legislative session.

The town hall is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Nancy Navarro are expected to attend, according to a press release from Brown’s office.

Wednesday’s panelists include State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown, State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein.

The Rockville town hall caps a trio of town halls advocating the O’Malley-Brown administration’s public safety legislative package—proposed laws that address gun safety, school security and mental health services.

Similar events were scheduled in Baltimore City and in Prince George’s County, according to the lieutenant governor’s office.

Background: The O’Malley-Brown Public Safety Agenda

As part of O’Malley’s legislative agenda, the administration proposes a ban on all assault weapons with tighter restrictions on licensing and ammunition sales.

The governor’s 2014 budget proposes setting aside $25 million of school construction funds for school security enhancements such as cameras at entrances, automatically locking doors, shatterproof glass, and buzzer entrance systems, the governor’s office announced in January.  There is also a proposal for the Maryland state Department of Education and Maryland State Police to review the school districts’ emergency plans.

Regarding mental health, the governor proposes better information sharing between federal and state law enforcement agencies for background checks, and expanding crises intervention services.

More information about the O’Malley-Brown administration’s public safety agenda is available at the governor’s website, Governor.Maryland.gov.

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If you go 

What: Lt. Governor Brown, County Executive Leggett, Council President Nancy Navarro to Hold Montgomery County Public Safety Town Hall
Where: Montgomery County Council Office Building,  Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6
More: Those interested in attending the town halls can get additional information and access the RSVP form online

Clarence R Swann February 01, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I was at the Baltimore City Town Hall meeting last night. They talked up about how great this bill is and did so for 45 minutes before opening up the floor to the audience. I'm convinced that, at that point, they were expecting the people to gladly accept what was being fed to them, but boy was I wrong. The majority was a diverse crowd of black & white, men & women — who with each their own unique perspective — spoke out in complete opposition to SB281. One thing that stood out was that the Secretary of MD State Police, Marcus L. Brown could NOT define what an "Assault Weapon" was, no, he specify cited that they were "Military style weapons capable of rapid fire and burst fire with one pull of the trigger" — which your civilian AR-15 and AK-47 are not capable of since they are only semi-automatic which discharges one round per pull of the trigger. I could not believe that an officer of the law, a top representative of the State Police mind you, could not properly define what it was he supported the ban of, nor was it evident that he had even read the bill. They looked bad, the seemed embarrassed, and I do not think that they expected the majority to speak out against this bill. They were so zealous as to even passing out literature with graphics showing that Marylanders were 58% in favor of banning "Assault Weapons" and 78% in favor of Handgun Licensing. This was obviously not true, as their imagined "majority" was not present in the room last night

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