Senate committee delays vote on PAS bill

Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee was expected to vote this week on HB 399/SB 311 — the bill that would legalize the dangerous practice of physician-assisted suicide in Maryland — but the committee delayed consideration until next week.

Proponents of the bill, the heavily-funded Oregon-based group Compassion and Choices, issued a press release on Thursday, March 14, calling on the committee to not make any "excessive amendments" to the bill, amendments which it specifically said included protections for those with mental illness. The committee was likely going to meet to discuss amendments that same day but postponed.

The delayed vote pushes the issue into the final three weeks of the 2019 legislative session. However, the House version of the bill has already crossed over from the House to the Senate ahead of the Monday crossover deadline, an important hurdle each session. 

"Thank you to each and every person who has taken the time to speak up against this dangerous bill," said Jennifer Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "We know that each message sent has an impact and this committee has heard loud and clear that many of us in this state don't support physician-assisted suicide."

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