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The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) is a statewide advocacy network of Unitarian Universalists. We work to educate, mobilize, and coordinate UUs on specific issues before the Maryland General Assembly. Working in coalition with established state and national organizations, we as UUs model a reverence for the interdependent web of all existence which fosters justice, health and equity in society. We encourage you to join us on this journey as we engage Marylanders, expand freedom and nurture an inclusive, life affirming system of government. Read more.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland wholeheartedly supports SB 676/HB021, entitled the "Death with Dignity Act". In keeping with the basic civil rights of Marylanders, this bill honors the dignity of the life of an individual. This bill creates a process by which a “qualified patient” may request and receive “aid in dying” from the patient’s attending physician within strict guidelines. While the bill exempts from civil or criminal liability state-licensed physicians who act in compliance with specified safeguards, it clearly includes criminal penalties for violating the provisions of the bill. Such protections administer a respectful responsiveness to a clear need within the constituency.
The Maryland General Assembly Website
The Maryland General Assembly website is full of useful information.
In addition, by scrolling down under "What's Happening Now" to the boxes titled "In the General Assembly" and "In Committee", you can watch hearings and listen to the floor debates. When you click on the headphone icon for the Senate or House floors or the video camera icon for committees, you can then select the committee or floor debate that you want to follow.
To follow a particular bill, on the Home page, insert the number of the bill in the box indicated. Once you are on the bill page, you will see a brief summary of the provisions of the bill, the name of the committee that is hearing the bill and you can follow it's progress by going to "History."
Adrienne Ellis, Mental Health Association of Maryland
Robyn Elliott, Public Partners
Leni Preston, Coalition Chair
Ellen Weber, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Drug Policy Clinic