ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is nearing a vote on a measure that would repeal the state's death penalty.
The committee could vote as soon as Thursday.
Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers in both the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee to ban capital punishment, calling the practice costly and a poor deterrent of violent crime.
The Democrat governor has said that he believes the General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the nation is not better off than it was four years ago.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
And he blamed Republican policies in appearances Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union." CBS' Bob Schieffer asked O'Malley if he could honestly say people are better off today than four years ago. The Democratic governor said without a doubt the nation is not as well off as before job losses and deficits he blamed on the Republican Bush administration.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says it cannot support Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 6 percent tax hike on gasoline, unless there is a constitutional amendment that would ensure the increased revenue goes to the needs of the state transportation system.
The automobile association said that the protections in the bill to prevent the use of these funds for other purposes are too weak, adding that the Trust Fund has already seen borrowing for expenditures unrelated transportation.