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Tuesday, January, 12, 2010:
O'Malley and the congressional delegation look to the future and see cybersecurity; Busch eyes better gang protections; and Rawlings-Blake seeks to avoid the mistakes of the past
Maryland lawmakers say state's ripe for cybersecurity jobs
On Monday, Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) launched perhaps the most coordinated effort since their party took control of the White House to harness a swelling stream of federal funding and a growing job sector, billing Maryland as the logical destination for thousands of new cybersecurity posts," writes The Post's Aaron Davis. "The governor appeared with Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, all Maryland Democrats, at the Gaithersburg headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They said that since the National Security Agency -- as well as high-tech defense and intelligence installations -- are based in the state, Maryland should also become the home of the fledgling U.S. Cyber Command, which could bring 24,000 to 28,000 new jobs. .... The effort might present the best chance in years for Maryland's congressional delegation to capitalize on a growing list of leadership posts: Mikulski is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Cardin is chairman of the Senate Judiciary's terrorism and homeland security committee, and Ruppersberger is chairman of the House Intelligence subcommittee on cybersecurity."
More coverage: The AP; The Daily Record; The Gazette; Baltimore Business Journal.
Busch confirms he'll focus on gang legislation
In addition to balancing the budget and efforts to spur job creation, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said Monday that legislation to rid schools of gangs will be a focus when the General Assembly convenes. Fighting gangs "has become a pet issue for Busch, who would like police to share intelligence on suspected student gang members with teachers and school administrators," writes The Post's John Wagner. "'Currently, there is recorded gang activity in every county in the state of Maryland and studies show that the average recruitment age is between 12 and 14 years old,' Busch says in the e-mail, which was distributed by the Maryland Democratic Party. "New legislation will focus on reducing communication barriers to better enable our schools to be safe havens for students, as well as strengthening the current criminal gang statute to prosecute criminal gang offenders."
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Aaron C. Davis
January 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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