Recently, the Maryland State Senate passed legislation to “mend, but not end” (as one might say), the death penalty. The debate was the first in three decades on the subject on the Senate floor, and although State Senate president Mike Miller has demanded that the House pass the new law without further amendments, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario asserted the House’s independence on the matter.
A total of five men have been executed in the state of Maryland in the past thirty-two years. Five more remain on death row, three of whom have been there since 1983. In any given year, only sixty people are administered the death penalty in the entire United States of America.
The Maryland House Republican Caucus welcomes this opportunity to debate this issue, which will no doubt result in a debate of great passion and heartfelt conversation. Perhaps, President Miller should check his copy of the state’s Constitution and revisit that part about the two equal branches.