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Md. Senate panel kills death-threat legislation

March 18, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - A Senate panel on Thursday killed legislation to protect state employees from death threats.

Earlier this month, Washington County social workers told the Judicial Proceedings Committee that angry parents have threatened to kill them.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said he was disappointed, but not surprised, that the legislation was voted down

Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Leo E. Green, D-Prince George's, said the bill was too broad.

It's already a crime to threaten elected officials, but this bill would have included every state employee.

"He's driving at the right place, but we already have a bill on the floor," Green said.

Green's bill, which has already passed the Senate, makes it a crime to threaten law enforcement officers and appointed officials. The penalty is up to three years in prison.

Munson said he will try again next year.

- Laura Ernde

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