This week the Maryland Senate passed SB 276, a bill to repeal the death penalty. The Maryland Senate is the first legislative body in the American South to call for repeal of the death penalty!
The bill now goes to the Maryland House Judiciary Committee where it has strong support. From there it goes to the floor of the Maryland House of Delegates where it could be debated and voted on next week. Hopes are high that it will pass and be sent to Governor Martin O’Malley to sign.
Governor O’Malley, a Catholic, is opposed to the death penalty and has actively sought to end the policy in the state. If the repeal is signed into law Maryland will become the 6th state in six years, and the 18th overall, to abandon capital punishment.