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.
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.