The Maryland Senate moved a little closer to a majority willing to vote for full repeal of the death penalty Friday as 21 senators -- four more than last year -- agreed to co-sponsor the legislation in that chamber.
This year the bill also has the full-fledged support of Gov.
Twenty-four votes are needed to pass a bill in the Senate. Senate President
According to a documents obtained by The Sun, the four senators who signed on as co-sponsors this year, but not last, are Democrats
A 22nd senator, Republican Minority Whip
Repeal backers are looking to a group of about four or five swing voters to put them over the top. But before they can celebrate victory, proponents will have to hold their votes together for full repeal in the face of a flurry of proposed amendments trying to carve out exceptions such as the killing of a correctional officer by a prison inmate. Co-sponsors are not bound to vote against all amendments, or even for the bill itself. So there will be plenty of suspense when and if it comes to the floor.