Bargaining rights for college employees passed by...

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April 07, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bargaining rights for college employees passed by Assembly

The General Assembly gave final approval last night to Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal to extend collective bargaining rights to employees at Maryland's public colleges and universities.

The House of Delegates voted 103-35 to approve the bill. The Senate approved the same measure Thursday, 30-14.

When the bill is signed by Glendening, about 10,000 janitors, clerical workers and other support personnel on the state's campuses will join Maryland's other public employees in earning the right to negotiate such issues as wages, benefits and working conditions.

House gives final approval to bill on gay rights

A wave of applause flowed through the House of Delegates last night after its members gave final General Assembly approval to legislation that will extend Maryland's anti-bias law to include gays and lesbians. The vote was 91-46.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening lobbied hard for the legislation, inspired by the memory of his brother, Bruce, who was gay and died of AIDS in 1988.

Bill approved to exempt gun clubs from noise rules

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation that would exempt existing gun clubs and shooting ranges from Maryland's noise regulations.

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

The Senate approved the measure 40-6. A spokesman for the governor said he has not looked at the legislation to decide whether he will sign it into law.

House panel again kills bill to provide lawyers for poor

For the fourth year in a row, the House Judiciary Committee has killed a bill that would have required the state to provide lawyers for poor people when they appear for bail hearings.

Poor defendants receive such representation in Baltimore City and in Harford, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties. The legislation, which was supported by the state's top judges, called for spending $900,000 to hire 14 additional lawyers for the public defender's office.

Committee members said they saw no need to pass the bill because the governor had not included money to pay for it in next year's budget.

Resolution would set aside day to honor Armenians

The House passed a resolution last night to set aside April 24 as Maryland Day of Remembrance for hundreds of thousands of Armenians who died in the last days of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Although both chambers have passed a version of the resolution, neither has taken the crucial step of considering the other's bill.

Assembly OKs legislation on wearing of body armor

The General Assembly gave final approval last night to legislation that will prohibit violent offenders and drug dealers from wearing body armor.

The bill, which was proposed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, also will make it a misdemeanor to wear the bullet-resistant vests in the commission of a drug-related or violent crime.

The governor's original bill would have prohibited anyone but law-enforcement personnel from owning the vests.

Legislators give loud cheer for Williams, Terps players

One of the loudest cheers of the General Assembly session came not for a piece of legislation, but for members of the Maryland Terrapins basketball team as they trooped into the Senate chamber yesterday to be honored for their success in the NCAA tournament.

Coach Gary Williams and the players - Steve Blake, Juan Dixon and Byron Mouton - signed Terrapins T-shirts for legislators and were commended in a resolution for being a "source of pride" for the state.

Williams thanked the Assembly for funding a new arena for the team, which reached the Final Four before losing to Duke.

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