MD State of the State, Repeal of Death Penalty

Jan 30, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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State of the State Address

Governor Martin O’Malley is set to give his seventh State of the State address to the General Assembly at noon today.

Legislators will be looking to see what the governor has to say about funding transportation projects which could include a hike tax hike.

Unlike previous years the state is not facing a dire budgetary shortfall that at one point approached $2 billion.

The Maryland Democrat has also joined other counter parts in proposing gun control measures and school safety legislation.

And observers are looking for the governor to urge repeal of the death penalty.

Sister Helen Prejean

Death Penalty

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Author and death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean plans to visit Annapolis to call for a repeal of capital punishment in Maryland.

The author of "Dead Man Walking" plans to listen to Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State address on Wednesday. Prejean also plans to meet with legislators to show her support for legislation to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

O'Malley said earlier this month that he believes the General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session. The governor's last effort stalled in 2009.

Maryland has five men on death row. Maryland's death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 court ruling found the state's lethal injection protocols weren't properly approved by a legislative committee. Executions can't resume until the protocols are approved.