Death penalty committee vote most likely on Friday
Sen. Brian Frosh told Julie Bykowicz of the Baltimore Sun that a Judicial Proceedings vote on a death penalty repeal is most likely on Friday. That's mainly because Frosh, the chairman, is concerned about two absenses on the 11-member committee today, which could affect the outcome. Democrat Jamie Raskin and Republican Nancy Jacobs have other obligations today.
Bykowicz also reports in today's Baltimore Sun that the procedural move that would bring the repeal to the floor of the Senate has been settled. If the committee votes "unfavaorable," there would be a motion on the floor of the Senate to reject that committee report, and substitute the full bill in its place.
Senate President Mike Miller is gritting his teeth, but says he'll go along with the manuever even though it violates the committee process. Miller says Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is leading repeal efforts, deserves to have his day in the legislature.
That's magnanimous of Miller, but the Senate president often shows no remorse about standing in the way of governors. Did side deals lead to Miller's decision -- over, say, a gubernatorial appointment or two to the lawmaker's allies? Or is the Senate president earning a chit he can cash in later?