End-of-Life Bill Withdrawn in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients in Maryland to legally end their lives failed to garner enough support from state lawmakers to advance in the General Assembly. On March 3, Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-District 13), both from Howard County, pulled the Richard E. Israel and Roger… Read More

End-of-Life Hearing in Md. General Assembly Draws Passionate Testimony

Doug Tsitouris suffers from advanced emphysema and says with certainty that he isn’t afraid to die. But when the time arises, he wants to go out on his own terms. Tsitouris, 68, of Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County, was diagnosed with his terminal illness about seven years ago. But an oxygen tank with… Read More

Maryland Legislators Tackle Paid Sick Leave

Jeffrey Rubin counts himself among the fortunate who have benefited from paid and family sick leave. As a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, he was afforded those benefits at a time he was caring for his sick father. Rubin, 64, of Potomac, used that time to find his father a well-qualified… Read More

Advocacy Day Amplifies Jewish Voices in Annapolis

Jonathan Allen and Avi Schneider normally plan their own lobbying trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday night, the pair of University of Maryland, College Park, sophomores decided to shake things up and head to Annapolis. Allen, 19, and Schneider, 20, the president of and vice president, respectively, of Terps for Israel,… Read More

Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More

Orthodox Rabbis Join Opposition to Assisted Death

The debate over death with dignity, also known as assisted suicide, will be reignited in Maryland this year, as state legislators plan to reintroduce the End-of-Life Option Act. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicide, a group representing more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis came out against the practice, calling it “murder.” In a recent statement,… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More

Annapolis 2014

With the fast-approaching 2014 midterm elections looming over local politics, the Maryland General Assembly will have a lot on its agenda when it goes into its 434th session Jan. 8. Last year, the state legislature repealed the death penalty, adjusted campaign finance rules that more closely regulate how much any one entity can give to… Read More