Maryland General Assembly heads in to final days of 2019 session

Maryland's General Assembly has just 18 days remaining to wrap up its 2019 legislative session and a lot of issues remain unresolved. Sine Die, the last day of the 90-day session, is Monday, April 8. 

"We are in the home stretch and there is still a lot our legislators are working to finish before the clock strikes midnight on April 8," said Jennifer Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference.

Most notably, the General Assembly has not reached a final decision on whether or not it will pass or reject legislation that would legalize the practice of physician-assisted suicide. The House passed the bill in early March, but the measure has yet to get approval from the Senate. The bill was being considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee this week, which debated more than 30 amendments. 

Also undecided is the final funding amount for BOOST Scholarships. Read more about the status of that funding HERE.

Other Conference priorities remained outstanding including Laura and Reid's Law — the bill that would provide additional penalties for those who violently attack a pregnant woman — and a number of bills that seek to combat human trafficking in Maryland. 

Earlier in the session, Maryland House Speaker Del. Michael Busch (D-30A) withdrew a bill that would have put a question on the 2020 ballot for voters to decide whether or not to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, a win for pro-life advocates.