Lesbian Avengers target delegates who killed equal rights...

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February 22, 1996|By From staff reports

Lesbian Avengers target delegates who killed equal rights bill

Legislators who helped kill an equal rights bill for homosexuals have been targeted by a group called The Lesbian Avengers, which has distributed posters accusing them of being bigots.

Most of the 14 state delegates who voted to kill the bill in committee say posters were mailed to them or plastered around their legislative offices and homes over the past week.

The posters contain a picture of each delegate with the word "bigot" printed in capital letters across the forehead. At the bottom is a picture of a bomb with a lighted fuse.

Kim Donahue, a volunteer with The Lesbian Avengers, said the group is trying to educate people about their lawmakers' actions. The Free State Justice Campaign, which lobbied for the bill, criticized the poster campaign.

Bill would limit automated calls by telemarketers

Consumers could receive fewer mystery phone calls under a bill before the House Environmental Matters Committee.

The measure would put an end to telemarketers' practice of using automatic dialing to call potential customers, only to have them answer to dead silence or a recording before a human voice comes on the line.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard Democrat, would prohibit anyone from dialing someone without being on the line when the call is picked up. Violations would be punishable by a $1,000 fine for the first offense.

MADD supports ID sticker on unlicensed drivers' cars

Representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said yesterday they support a proposal that would allow police to place a striped "zebra" sticker on the license plate of any Maryland motorist caught driving with a suspended license.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum, D-Montgomery, would authorize police to apply the sticker the first time someone was caught driving without a license. The sticker would give a police officer reasonable cause to check the driver's license.

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