Maryland death penalty supporters announced they will petition for a referendum, a day after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a repeal measure into law.
The state of Maryland will no longer execute criminals convicted of the most heinous crimes. Governor Martin O’Malley officially signed the death penalty repeal into law Thursday morning, along with dozens of other bills.
Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.
Laws in 2012 prompted Maryland’s first statewide ballot referendum in 20 years, allowing marriage equality, the Dream Act and congressional redistricting to be upheld by voters.
After years of trying, Gov. Martin O’Malley finally has won legislative approval of two priorities of his administration: a ban on capital punishment and a measure to develop offshore wind.
Maryland is about to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.
The House of Delegates on Wednesday night advanced legislation to repeal the death penalty in Maryland after delegates rejected nearly 20 amendments, mostly from Republicans, aimed at keeping capital punishment for heinous crime.
The Maryland House of Delegates will decide whether to repeal Maryland’s death penalty. Lawmakers open their debate in Annapolis Wednesday evening.
Gov. O’Malley’s bill to repeal the death penalty is making headway, gaining approval from a Maryland House Committee.
Death penalty opponents are celebrating a victory. Wednesday in a 27-20 vote the Maryland Senate approved Governor Martin O’Malley’s bill to end capital punishment in the state.
Gov. Martin O’ Malley’s efforts to repeal the death penalty were buoyed Friday when senators in favor of repeal rebuffed an amendment that would allow execution in certain cases.
Gov. O’Malley’s bill to repeal the death penalty inched one step closer to becoming law when a Senate committee passed the measure in a 6-5 vote.