Women's commission up for vote

February 21, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- A committee of the General Assembly's Women's Caucus will meet today to discuss whether to support a bill that would create a Carroll County Commission for Women.

Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a Democrat who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties, said Friday he has asked each female House member to support the bill.

Mr. LaMotte submitted House Bill 1423 after the Carroll delegation voted earlier this month not to file the measure.

It was requested by the county commissioners.

Mr. LaMotte was the only one of the six Carroll legislators to vote in favor of introducing the bill.

He went against legislative procedure by introducing the measure after the delegation voted it down.

In a letter to female House members Thursday, Mr. LaMotte wrote, "I know that this is a bit unorthodox, but I feel strongly that the citizens of Carroll County should have the opportunity to [fully] express their views on this issue."

The Women's Caucus legislative committee reviews bills weekly that affect women and children.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. today in Room 431 of the Lowe House Office Building.

Bills that the legislative committee votes to support will be considered by the full Women's Caucus, which is composed of 36 delegates and 10 senators, at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. LaMotte's bill would allow the commissioners to establish a 15-member Commission for Women. The commission would provide information about services available to Carroll women and would bring women's issues to the attention of politicians in the county.

The measure will be heard by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee at 1:15 p.m. March 17.

The state and 13 Maryland counties already have women's commissions.

Mr. LaMotte made one change from the bill submitted by the county commissioners.

He proposed that they would appoint eight members of the women's commission and the women's commission itself would choose seven of the members.

In the county commissioners' bill, they would appoint seven members and the women's commission steering committee would name seven. The remaining member would be appointed by agreement of both groups.

Mr. LaMotte's bill also includes a provision that would allow the county to give the women's commission money and in-kind services.

Most Carroll delegation members said the county should not give the women's commission anything.

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