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By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,Staff writer | January 29, 1991
County Executive Robert R. Neall is an abortion opponent. But he says he will not stop an appointed women's commission from lobbying for abortion-rights legislation at the state level.That is good news for women's activists who hope the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women -- barely visible for much of the 1980s -- is becoming more forceful and influential.The commission took its most vocal, public stand in years during the 1990 General Assembly session, when it lobbied in support of pro-abortion rights legislation.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2002
It's been 16 years since Howard County elected Elizabeth Bobo as Maryland's first female county executive, but young women enrolled at the county's community college still strongly agree that "it's a man's world," according to a new county-sponsored study of women's status and needs. The study results suggest that although American women have made progress, they still don't feel close to being equal to men - even in one of America's wealthiest and most progressive communities. "We're all working women, and we know how true that is," said Deborah Lewis, vice chair of the county's 11-member women's commission that sponsored the study, using $10,000 in county funds.
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NEWS
November 7, 1993
County Executive Robert R. Neall has appointed Dr. Louise A. DePodesta of Severna Park and Christine Davenport of Glen Burnie to the Anne Arundel County Commission on Women for terms ending Dec. 30, 1995.Dr. DePodesta operates a private gynecology practice in Severna Park, and is a board member of the Annapolis chapter of the American Cancer Society.Ms. Davenport has been a county school teacher since 1972and is a founder and president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Glen Burnie Chapter.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 4, 2000
The Justice Department is investigating complaints from women held at the Krome Service Processing Center near Miami who said they had witnessed or were victims of sexual assaults by Immigration and Naturalization Service guards. While the latest investigation began last month, lawyers and advocates for immigrants, as well as some Krome employees, have been expressing concerns about abuse of detainees and corruption at the center for years. The more recent accusations came in a report released yesterday in New York City by the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, an international advocacy group.
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November 22, 1993
We may never know why Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge interjected religion into the discussion of whether lawmakers should approve enabling legislation to create a women's commission on the county level. Now that it is out on the table, however, the issue needs to be discussed. And in the words of H. Ross Perot, it should take but a minute to kill this snake.From what Mrs. Gouge said, it appears opponents of the proposed commission are waging war against it on two fronts. On one level, the community has had an open discussion about the necessity, mission and cost of a panel to examine issues affecting women.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | January 16, 1994
Carroll legislators want to hear what residents think about a county women's commission, right-to-farm laws and school board management audits.The delegation will sponsor a public hearing on legislation proposed by the county commissioners from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in Room 07 of the County Office Building at 225 Center St., Westminster.Del. Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, the delegation chairman, said he will distribute a survey with a short description of the nine proposed bills at the hearing.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | January 28, 1994
ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll legislators voted 5-1 yesterday not to introduce a bill in the General Assembly to create a county women's commission. They said the commission would evolve into a taxpayer-supported lobbying group.Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a District 5B Democrat, voted for the commission and was incredulous that his colleagues opposed it."This is 1994, and we're discussing whether or not there should be a commission for women in Carroll County. Most places had that discussion 20 years ago," he said.
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By BRIAN SULLAM | February 6, 1994
Debating whether or not creating a women's commission in Carroll County is good public policy is a moot issue now, but the problems facing this county's women remain.Since five of the county's six legislators -- Sens. Charles Smelser and Larry Haines and Dels. Richard Dixon, Donald Elliott and Richard Matthews -- refused to introduce legislation that would have authorized a county commission, they now have a duty to address those issues the commission would have handled.However, if they are going to be of any use to Carroll's women, these five males will need to raise their consciousness quite a bit. They will have to immerse themselves in some of the pressing needs of Carroll's women, which differ quite a bit from the characterizations leveled by the opponents of the proposed commission.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
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.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
ANNAPOLIS -- Some members of the General Assembly's Women's Caucus agreed yesterday that Carroll County should have a women's commission, but they weren't sure they should break protocol to support it.Members of the legislative committee of the Women's Caucus said they wanted to know more about why the Carroll delegation voted against introducing a bill to create a county women's commission.Del. Nancy K. Kopp, a Montgomery County Democrat, said she could not remember a time when the Women's Caucus supported a bill that a local delegation had rejected.
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By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 8, 1996
OSSIE CLAY of the Howard County Women's Commission invites civic organizations, businesses and individuals to submit nominations for the commission's first "Howard County Women's Hall of Fame." The event is designed to pick women who will serve as role models for future women leaders.Basic qualifications are that each woman should be either a Howard County native or a resident of the county for at least 10 years, and that she agrees to be nominated.Her contributions and achievements -- county, state or national -- mayn be drawn from education, law, medicine, business, arts, government, science, sports, community leadership and volunteer work.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | March 20, 1994
Attempts by local women's advocates to establish a Carroll County women's commission ended Friday when a House of Delegates committee killed a bill to set up the group.Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, the only member of the county's legislative delegation to support the bill, said the defeat in the House Commerce and Governmental Matters Committee did not surprise him."The committee was put in an uncomfortable position because of the protocol issue, and that's the reason [for the bill's defeat]," said Mr. LaMotte, a Democrat who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1994
A bill to establish a Carroll County women's commission got a favorable reception from a House of Delegates committee yesterday. But committee members worried aloud that only one of the six Carroll delegates is sponsoring the bill.In contrast, a bill to establish a women's commission in Garrett County sailed through a brief hearing before the House Commerce and Governmental Matters Committee without opposition.Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a Democrat who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties, told the committee that he was surprised by the controversy the women's commission proposal generated in Carroll County.
NEWS
March 6, 1994
Carroll County Needs A Women's CommissionOn Jan. 22, I attended the open public meeting at the County Office Building. I had to see for myself what would be presented on the women's commission issue.I felt privileged to personally thank Sen. Larry Haines and Dels. Richard Matthews, Richard Dixon and Lawrence LaMotte for answering my letters to them following the shocking outcome of my divorce here in Carroll County. These men do care. I believe they are truly aware of the issues of concern facing women; but it takes much more than a firm handshake and encouraging words to bring about constructive change.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
ANNAPOLIS -- Some members of the General Assembly's Women's Caucus agreed yesterday that Carroll County should have a women's commission, but they weren't sure they should break protocol to support it.Members of the legislative committee of the Women's Caucus said they wanted to know more about why the Carroll delegation voted against introducing a bill to create a county women's commission.Del. Nancy K. Kopp, a Montgomery County Democrat, said she could not remember a time when the Women's Caucus supported a bill that a local delegation had rejected.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
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.
NEWS
March 6, 1994
Carroll County Needs A Women's CommissionOn Jan. 22, I attended the open public meeting at the County Office Building. I had to see for myself what would be presented on the women's commission issue.I felt privileged to personally thank Sen. Larry Haines and Dels. Richard Matthews, Richard Dixon and Lawrence LaMotte for answering my letters to them following the shocking outcome of my divorce here in Carroll County. These men do care. I believe they are truly aware of the issues of concern facing women; but it takes much more than a firm handshake and encouraging words to bring about constructive change.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1994
A bill to establish a Carroll County women's commission got a favorable reception from a House of Delegates committee yesterday. But committee members worried aloud that only one of the six Carroll delegates is sponsoring the bill.In contrast, a bill to establish a women's commission in Garrett County sailed through a brief hearing before the House Commerce and Governmental Matters Committee without opposition.Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a Democrat who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties, told the committee that he was surprised by the controversy the women's commission proposal generated in Carroll County.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 13, 1994
The women who worked to start a Carroll County Commission for Women didn't want to create a million-dollar fund or overthrow the county government.They wanted the county's blessing -- and maybe some office space and a phone -- to help women solve certain problems and to keep women's issues high on the local politicians' agendas.They expected some opposition in a conservative county such as Carroll, but were surprised at the vehement statements made at a public hearing last month."Listening to that forum, you would have thought this was a new political party," said Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a Democrat who represents Carroll and Baltimore counties.
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By BRIAN SULLAM | February 6, 1994
Debating whether or not creating a women's commission in Carroll County is good public policy is a moot issue now, but the problems facing this county's women remain.Since five of the county's six legislators -- Sens. Charles Smelser and Larry Haines and Dels. Richard Dixon, Donald Elliott and Richard Matthews -- refused to introduce legislation that would have authorized a county commission, they now have a duty to address those issues the commission would have handled.However, if they are going to be of any use to Carroll's women, these five males will need to raise their consciousness quite a bit. They will have to immerse themselves in some of the pressing needs of Carroll's women, which differ quite a bit from the characterizations leveled by the opponents of the proposed commission.
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