This year, the bill was introduced as SB 845 / HB 933 - End–of–Life Option Act (The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings and the Honorable Shane E. Pendergrass Act) - Last year, Governor Wes Moore stated in a public forum that he was supportive and the Lt. Governor Aruna Miller was a cosponsor of the bill. Even though the bill was not passed in 2023, we are hopeful that it will be passed in the upcoming legislative session.
The bill was introduced in 2019 as the HB 399/SB 311 - End-of-Life Options Act - Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer Act, and testimony from Task Force Chair Rev. Alexa Fraser and Chair Steve Buckingham added to the many people who supported its passage. The House Bill was heavily amended and passed to the Senate, which adopted its own amendments to SB 311 and reported it to the Senate Floor. Unfortunately, the bill failed on a tie vote with one Senator abstaining.
In 2020, the bill was introduced again as SB 701/ HB 643 - End-of-Life Options Ac- Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Act. However, the Legislative Session was shortened due to the Coronavirus and the bill failed to make it out of committee.
In 2021, the bill was not introduced so that lawmakers could focus on the issues raised by the pandemic.