House and Senate approve versions of body armor bill...

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March 27, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

House and Senate approve versions of body armor bill

People convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking would be prohibited from purchasing or using bulletproof body armor, under legislation that cleared the House of Delegates on a vote of 112-23 yesterday.

On a vote of 43-2, the Senate gave final approval last night to a bill that would ban any convicted felon from possessing the armor. The House and Senate will have to resolve differences in the bills.

Senate OKs resolution sympathetic to Armenians

Wading into an international dispute, the Senate approved without debate last night a resolution declaring April 24 as a "day of remembrance" for the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century.

The measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Perry Sfikas, a Baltimore Democrat, seeks to memorialize the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who perished in the last days of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The bill, though largely symbolic, has generated an outcry from Turks and their supporters.

Gun clubs get protection in bill approved by Senate

The Senate approved a bill last night that would exempt gun clubs from state noise restrictions.

The bill was sparked by a dispute between neighbors and a gun club in Queen Anne's County. Supporters said the measure is needed to protect gun clubs from being put out of business as development builds up in nearby areas.

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