The session opened Wednesday with social and budget issues among lawmakers' top priorities.
Wednesday, January 9
By Lucas High, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS—Gun control, the death penalty, transportation and environmental legislation were expected to be top priorities for state lawmakers as the Maryland General Assembly convened for its 433rd legislative session Wednesday in Annapolis. In the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, CT, in December, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to push for tighter firearm restrictions, including a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Sen. Brian E. Frosh said there will be a reintroduction of a bill he sponsored last legislative session that prohibits the sale of guns with magazines of 10 rounds or more. “[The proposed bill] can protect people, save lives and it certainly does not infringe on Second …
Comptroller Peter Franchot will volunteer at Gaithersburg's Manna Food Center to mark Sept. 11 and launch his "Economic Listening Tour."
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will make a special appearance as a volunteer at Gaithersburg's Manna Food Center on Tuesday to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Franchot's visit also kicks off his "Economic Listening Tour," according to a news release. As part of the tour, the comptroller will hear from Manna's staff and discuss the impact of the economic downturn on the services they provide. He will be joined Tuesday by Minerva Delgado, executive director of Manna Food Center, along with state and local elected officials. Franchot (D) will tour the state to hear directly from businesses, organizations and individuals about economic conditions.