No Action Yet on Homicide Bill in Maryland Senate

Lead advocate Adiva Sotzsky was pleased with the hearing on House Bill 363 yesterday in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Committee staff had previously told her that the public could only submit written testimony, and that the only oral presentation would be from Delegate Simmons, who sponsored the bill in the House. But the Chairman made time for all who had submitted written testimony to make an oral presentation. It was clear from the questions that the Senators asked that they were reading the written testimony. Senator Christopher Shank (R-Washington) for example, mentioned the table of court cases in the WABA testimony. A favorable hearing does not, however, mean favorable action. The General Assembly’s web site shows that the committee passed 7 bills last night, and amended another 7 bills. But the Committee took no action on House Bill 363.