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Legislators arriving in Annapolis, Richmond for beginning of legislative sessions

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Legislators are arriving in Richmond for a legislative session that will features debates on education, transportation, guns and uranium mining.

Those are just a few of the prominent issues on the agenda for the 2013 General Assembly, which convenes at noon Wednesday. Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

Lawmakers will consider the Republican governor's plans to boost funding for transportation and give teachers more money but less protection against being fired. Guns are expected to be a big issue in the aftermath of last month's Connecticut school shooting. Legislators also will weigh a hotly contested proposal to lift the state's ban on uranium mining.

The assembly won't adopt a new two-year budget until 2014, but will make adjustments to the current one.

The annual legislative session is also starting in Maryland.

The Maryland General Assembly convenes on Wednesday at noon in Annapolis for the first day of the session, which is scheduled to end April 8.

Lawmakers are expected to grapple with transportation funding problems, gun control measures and a push to repeal capital punishment.

A push to help develop offshore wind off the coast of Ocean City also is expected to come before lawmakers for the third year in a row.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are scheduled to talk about the session early Wednesday morning on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA-FM. Gov. Martin O'Malley also is scheduled to be on the program after the presiding officers.

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