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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.

In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.

The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.

The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative subcommittee is set to consider a proposal to arm public school employees.

Del. Bob Marshall's bill would require school boards to designate one person in every school who would be authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The Prince William County Republican submitted the legislation after the mass school shooting in Connecticut.

A historically pro-gun House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee is scheduled to consider the proposal late Thursday afternoon.

BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for federal gun control reforms.

Bloomberg outlined his proposals Monday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at a summit on reducing gun violence.

The two-day summit began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Bloomberg is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to increase background check requirements for firearms purchases.

The Cambridge Town Council unanimously approved “Fix Gun Checks Acts” legislation that would require strong background checks for those seeking to buy guns.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley told WBOC that she hoped it would send a message to state and federal officials that it is time for them to act.

The Mayor said the legislation is something that she should on the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.

She told WBOC that it would help heighten guns safety starting in her town that she hoped would then spread nationwide.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.

The proposal to end the so-called gun show loophole is one of several announced by state officials Monday following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month. Other include banning military-style, assault-type weapons and ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and 10 rounds for handguns.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other state officials in unveiling proposed gun legislation for Delaware.

Following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month, officials have been looking at how to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and how to reduce gun violence, particularly mass shootings.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are gathering in Dover to convene a new legislative session. The 147th session of the Delaware General Assembly is to be gaveled to order Tuesday afternoon.

As usual, a key issue for lawmakers this year will be the state budget, with stagnant revenues and rising costs putting a squeeze on Delaware's fiscal forecast.

Other thorny issues likely to surface this year include gun control and gay marriage.

 

            Maryland Attorney General Doug Ganlser is asking a federal judge to keep the state’s gun law in effect while his office appeals the court’s decision that found the measure unconstitutional.

            This week Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that under the Second Amendment Maryland’s law requiring state residents to show a good and substantial reason to carry a handgun is unconstitutional.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the judge said that the right to bear arms extends outside of the home.

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