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Schools, Guns and Transportation Top Kamenetz 2013 Agenda

The Baltimore County executive asks legislators for $128 m in school construction money and presses for his gun control requests.

School construction, gun control initiatives and transportation projects will be the focus of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's 2013 General Assembly priorities.

The county executive is expected to announce a list of priorities later today and dicuss them during a noon appearance on the Midday with Dan Rodricks show on WYPR radio.

The priority list is expected to include $128 million in school construction projects including air conditioning requests for eight schools:

  • Timonium Elementary
  • Fort Garrison Elementary
  • Middleborough Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Sussex Elementary
  • Hebbville Elementary
  • Woodmoor Elementary
  • Middlesex Elementary

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that his budget for the year begining July 1 would include a proposed $336 million for school construction and renovation projects. The announcement at Overlea High School included $25 million for air conditioning projects in schools around the state.

Baltimore County is unlikely to receive state funding for its entire request. Last year, the county received about $50 million or 12.8 percent of the total amount of state funds available in the current budget year.

Kamemetz is also asking legislators to address legislation dealing with background checks for firearms, military-grade assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

The county executive also is expected to ask state legislators for transportation funding geared toward three areas:

  • Expanded MARC Train Station in Middle River
  • Improvements to Reisterstown Road and its associated intersections
  • Improvements to I-695 and I-83
Jimmy January 10, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Let's see if someone can come up with a historically accurate citation of the last massschool/multiple shooting that was committed with a legally obtained firearm. I am sure they are few and far between if there are any at all. I know the 4 most recent ones I can think of were all committed with illegally obtained firearms.
Freddy January 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Frank, Here are positive gun stories http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/20506821/homeowner-shoots-intruder-in http://gunssavelives.net/self-defense/phoenix-home-owner-kills-intruder-better-story/ http://www.examiner.com/article/texas-homeowner-shoots-intruder-self-defense You can continue to post names of insane idiots but with every negative story you can find a positive.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM
"Seung Hui-Cho legally obtained his guns, even though he had failed to disclose information on the background questionnaire about his mental health that required court-ordered outpatient treatment at a mental health facility." What? This is an example of how the mind of a liberal works. IT doesn't work at all. The concept of legal and illegal is not distinguished by these damaged brains. We see it with illegal v legal aliens. We see it in the damaged brains of those who say 9th from the top out of 51 is "nowhere near the top". The distinctions are lost on damaged brains. If a man LIES on a background check Frank, he did NOT obtain the firearm legally. If you cannot grasp that fact there is no hope.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM
If a man LIES on a background check Frank, he did NOT obtain the firearm legally. If you cannot grasp that fact there is no hope.
Dennis Gilpin January 10, 2013 at 01:51 PM
If you look at it...the media plays too much into the "reason" for a gunman to take the lives of innocent people.Easy targets and lots of publicity.In most cases the shooters don't want to face the consequences and take their own life.More focus on the grieving families and treating the shooter as a non-person. This includes work place shootings and "tragically" going into our schools with guns..Many people see a problem and don't want to be bothered with notifying the authorities.With so many guns available,they will not disappear but will only be traded as the 'need" arises.We have to be more vigiliant in reporting problems to the authorities.Everytime an "incident" happens the citizens buy more guns and add to the potential of a gun getting into the wrong hands. Just buying a gun doesn't mean you have the proper training in making the right decision when and how to use it.Too many "disputes" end up with lives being taken because a gun is available.Assault weapons are at the top of the radar "for the politicians" but what law will "really" change anything with the NRA having so many supporters ? I guess we all have to be prepared for whatever comes out of this. I just hope in the "end result" it is positive.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Frank, tell us again how a man buys a firearm "legally" when he lies on his background check paperwork? You last comment is a comment of surrender and defeat.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 03:52 PM
More red herrings Frank. You were wrong and now you go to another topic to distract form your being wrong again. Surrender and defeat is your life.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 04:12 PM
More red herrings Frank. You were wrong and now you go to another topic to distract form your being wrong again. Surrender and defeat is your life.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Ms Lanza bought her firearms legally. Her son STOLE them so he too was in possession of them them illegally. You are not the sharpest knife in the drawer Frank. Your surrender and defeat is your life style.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Surrender and defeat again for Frank. Proven wrong again.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Frank accepts surrender and defeat again.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
OH MY!!! Look at these "gun nutters" will you!!?? What kind of stupid people want armed police in their schools other than the NRA? Newtown parents demand police presence at schools. "Parent Amy Roman implored both the Police Commission and the Board of Education Tuesday night to continue to provide two police officers at each of the district's six schools. Roman, who has two young sons, said she moved with her family to Newtown three years ago because of the schools. In the wake of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that left 20 children and six faculty members dead, Roman said she and other parents want to ensure their children are safe in whatever school they are assigned. "We feel this has gone from a want to a need," Roman told both the commission and the board. She was not alone. A couple of other parents expressed similar sentiments, and the district has received close to 300 emails, many of them voicing concern about long-term security and police presence in the schools. Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson said this presence is "indefinite," with Newtown's department supplemented by officers from other departments."I've told the police we need them," Robinson said, noting that children have not ventured outside for recess "because of anxiety." www.newstimes.com/local/article/Newtown-parents-demand-police-presence-at-schools-4180701.php#ixzz2HbjtfXN8 The NRA has been vindicated by none other than the parents of the school shooting victims.
FIFA January 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM
A new report from California today: "At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the shooter, a 16-year-old student at the high school, entered a science classroom at around 9 a.m. that morning armed with a 12-gauge shotgun" Two were injured, sure glad he came with the shotgun instead of the AR15 with a 30+ round magazine, teachers talked him into laying down the gun.
Sanchez January 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I cannot fathom someone could be as ignorant and closed minded as you are Frank. Armed guards can be a police officer a Sheriff,a Deputy a hired guard or any other number of people that the PARENTS and the local school boards and governments decide are qualified to do the job they are hired for. Why don't you open your eyes and see the forest for once instead of looking to play your childish liberal word games. Pick a few words and attack like a rabid dog. Look at IDEAS instead of making yourself feel better by finding someones spelling or grammer mistakes. Open your EYES and mind Frank and your small closed world will be brighter.
Steve January 11, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Some of these Nutters have no problem with sending armed criminals to protect the schools. Like Whackjob Arpaio.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/joe-arpaio-school-patrols_n_2425100.html
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Another "gun nutter" saying schools should have armed guards! “If a school district wants to have a community policing presence, I think it’s very important they have it,” Boxer said in an interview Thursday. “If they want uniformed officers, they can do it. If they want plainclothed officers, they can do it.”
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:37 PM
More "gun nutters" putting armed guards in their schools. "After Newtown shootings, Pennsylvania county hires armed school guards" http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/after-newtown-shootings-pennsylvania-county-hires-armed-school-guards/2013/01/10/72ba2a6c-5b4d-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story_1.html
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:39 PM
More rabid "gun nutters".They are coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches. White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown. "The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks." http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-considers-funding-for-police-in-schools-after-newtown/2013/01/10/e0044e58-5b3f-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:41 PM
NRA’s Wayne LaPierre said the same thing and look at what the civil rights deniers said about him. Now others are following suit and..........crickets.....
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM
But NRA’s Wayne LaPierre was not the first to broach the topic was he? Clinton Pledges Funds to Add Police to Schools Violence: President also earmarks money for child-counseling programs. GOP critics say youth problems should be addressed at home. 4-16-2000 http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/16/news/mn-20323
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 04:48 PM
STILL have that sand inside you nether regions Bugger Frank? Nothing but vitriol to others and no life, no friends, no family so you sit 24/7 here insulting and accusing others of falsehoods. What a sad sad way to lice your life in total ignorance and shuttered from reality. When you can discuss the issues feel free to do so, so far you have done nothing but surrender and seem fine being defeated regularly.
Eastsider January 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
This is why you don't tread on my 2nd amendment rights. Home intruder shot. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/10/shoot-him-again-shoot-him-husband-coaches-wife-to-shoot-home-invader-in-chilling-911-audio/
Steve January 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This is why your 2nd Amendment rights should be limited to your home. http://www.kctv5.com/story/20534382/man-with-gun-permit-accidentally-shoots-wife-at-lenexa-steakhouse
Steve January 11, 2013 at 07:32 PM
He's probably getting ready for "Gun Appreciation Day" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pIwcfyrX4Ms
Eastsider January 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Another uneducated gun owner. I wont dispute with you there are some people that SHOULD NOT own guns. But for people like myself and my family that was educated in weapons should not have to pay the price for a few. Guess next your going to want to ban dogs like my attack trained German Shepherd because he might just kill someone.
Steve January 12, 2013 at 12:03 AM
This Gomer isn't uneducated, he had to take a class before Kansas would issue him his Concealed Carry Permit.
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM
So your saying everyone that graduates is educated? NO He took a class and passed doesn't make him educated.....
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM
A weapon has multiple purposes as well. Yes it's main purpose is to kill but me and my family gets great enjoyment shooting at the range or taking to the woods.
FIFA January 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Eastsider, here is the simple non abrasive answer to you We, liberals, don't give a single hoot about you wanting to hunt or target shoot. But when you arm yourself with an AR15 firing military ammunition with high capacity magazines or 30 round magazines in handguns like a Glock, you don't even care. You want to hunt with a bolt action rifle, that's not for me, but go for it. You want a revolver in your home for protection, go for it. But when you want weapons that can be easily used for mass killings of innocents, like Emilie Parker, we have a problem with your "2nd Amendment rights". What is it that you don't understand
Eastsider January 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM
What I understand is that you and others are wanting a ban semi auto weapons and that's fine and I as well as many others enjoy the use and protection they give. So who will win? I would say the best lobbyist will and you or I will lose. I will agree with you I don't need a 30 round magazine for my weapon. Why doesn't the people have a problem with the 21st amendment, alcohol kills more people then guns? Speed on highways and roads kill thousands every year but car manufactures build faster and faster cars and no one complains.

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