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Another Aspect of Sen. Verda Welcome

Re: A Visit to Verda’s Place, Feb. 28,2019;

I was pleased to read the article on former Sen. Verda Welcome in the February 

28 Bay Weekly. Welcome, the first African American woman elected

to a state senate, was ahead of her time in many ways. For example, in

the mid-1970s she was the prime sponsor of tobacco-control legislation in the

Maryland General Assembly. This took extreme courage because at that time

the topic was very controversial. Maryland was a tobacco-growing state, and

few of her male compatriots had the courage to address the issue. She holds

a special place in the pantheon of the tobacco-control movement. I regret

that this wonderful woman did not live to see the state Clean Indoor Air Act

signed into law in 2007.