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.
First Lady Yumi Hogan will join persons with Down syndrome, their families and advocates on Thursday, Feb. 21 to recognize World Down Syndrome Day in Maryland.
More than 50 persons with Down syndrome, family members and advocates will come to Annapolis to commemorate the day.
Last year was the first year that Maryland recognized this important day, which seeks to bring awareness to the importance of persons with Down syndrome, their contributions and role in our society.
In addition to First Lady Hogan, Senator Doug "J.J." Peters (D-23) and Del. Nicholas Kipke (R-31B) will present resolutions in their respective chambers recognizing March 21, 2019 as World Down Syndrome Day in Maryland.
World Down Syndrome Day has been officially recognized by the United Nations since 2012 on March 21 each year.
Wondering what you can do to recognize this important day and raise awareness of Down syndrome? Join with people across the globe by wearing funky socks on Thursday, March 21. The socks help open the conversation about Down syndrome, the day and the movement for inclusion of persons with Down syndrome.
Be sure to take picture of your socks and post them on social media with the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19 to share your support of World Down Syndrome Day.
To learn more about the Lots of Socks movement that is part of World Down syndrome Day, CLICK HERE!