Senate agrees to death penalty compromise
Senate Prez. Mike Miller and Sen. Ed Kasemeyer announced this morning that the two sides had reached a compromise in the death penalty debate. They will move forward with the amendments offered yesterday by Sens. Jim Brochin and Bobby Zirkin, which limit the application of the death penalty to cases with physical evidence, a move designed to reduce the risk of executing an innocent person. No more amendments will be accepted, and Miller promises no more reconsideration of the issue, and no conference committee to hash out some kind of compromise with the House.
(This is, for those of you keeping score, somewhat reminiscent of the "my way or the highway" negotiating posture Mike Busch took on a slot machine gambling bill the House passed during the Ehrlich administration, which caused Miller's head to pop off and fly around the room.)
We'll see what the House -- and Gov. O'Malley -- think of this.