Maryland Bill History


The Maryland Legislature considered bills in both the House and Senate to authorize medical aid in dying in 2023.

The Maryland End of Life Option Act (SB845), aka The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings and the Honorable Shane E. Pendergrass Act, was introduced in the Senate on February 6, 2023. The House companion bill (HB933) was introduced on February 13. Despite a flurry of hearings in committees in both chambers, our bills did not advance.
We thank our legislative champions and all of the supporters who advocated for this compassionate option. Almost 100 supporters attended our first hybrid lobby day (in person and online), and continued to tirelessly speak up at committee hearings, to Senate leadership and much more. 

Legislative Activities in 2023

On February 21, the Compassion & Choices Action Network held a hybrid lobby day called “The Time is Now” in Annapolis at the Maryland Comptroller's office. We had a packed house, with 80 in attendance and 16 online. Speakers included our Senate bill sponsor Jeff Waldstreicher and House cosponsor Nicole Williams, Diane Kraus (terminally ill volunteer), Linda Lampkin (wife of Ron Dickey, who recently passed away advocating for this bill), the president of United Seniors of Maryland, and Compassion & Choices Action Network’s Chief Advocacy Officer Charmaine Manansala and State Campaign Director Donna Smith. 

On February 23, after Donna presented to them, the Montgomery County Commission on Aging affirmed they will send a letter of endorsement for the bill in time for its first hearing.


In February 2022, Team Maryland hosted a virtual lobby day for the End of Life Option Act. President and CEO Kim Callinan, Chief Advocacy Officer Charmaine Manansala, and other Compassion & Choices staff joined this event. Kim Callinan had the opportunity to share the newly released State of Maryland poll. Of significance, the poll results demonstrated that 57% of Marylanders want this option for themselves. Also attending were bill sponsors State Delegate Shane Pendergrass and State Senator Jeff Waldstreicher, who discussed the importance of the End of Life Option Act, why this bill must pass and the work that must be done. 

Other speakers for this lobby day included Elizabeth Weglein, President of the United Seniors of Maryland. Over 80 volunteers and supporters attended this virtual event, which can be viewed here.


Compassion & Choices kicked off the 2020 campaign to pass the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option Act by sponsoring the Annapolis Summit to mark the opening day of the legislative session on Jan. 8, 2020.

Compassion & Choices held a hugely successful lobby day on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Annapolis. Over 185 supporters and 15 bill sponsors in yellow t-shirts walked the halls of Annapolis urging their legislators to pass the End of Life Option Act chanting, “The Time is NOW!”

On February 28, 2020, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard the End of Life Option Act. Kim Callinan testified alongside Rev. Joseph Kitchen, Dr. Ilana Bav Levav, MD and terminally ill advocates Alexa Fraser and Debra Cirasole, with many many more Compassion & Choices supporters.

There was unprecedented momentum to pass these bills, with changing leadership in the House and Senate and unparalleled support from people like you. Sadly, three bill champions died in 2019: Speaker Michael E. Busch, U.S. Representative/former Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Cummings, and Compassion & Choices’ terminally ill volunteer Marcy Rubin. We continue to honor their legacy and say the time is now to pass this bill.


The Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option Act was reintroduced in the state House and Senate on January 30, 2019. On January 29, Compassion & Choices held a successful Lobby Day with over 150 attendees donning our signature yellow. Our supporters, volunteers and staff canvassed the halls of the legislative services building, spoke to their representatives and garnered support for the bill.

On March 7, 2019, the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act (SB311/HB399) passed a full House vote (74-66). The bill moved to the Senate where it failed to pass in a tie vote on March 25.


Maryland Delegate Pendergrass, along with 44 cosponsors, introduced House Bill 370, the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life option Act, on January 25, 2017. Senator Guy Guzzone with 13 cosponsors introduced a companion bill, Senate Bill 354. Senator Guzzone decided to withdraw the bill on March 3, 2017, because there was not enough support to get it out of committee.


The 2016 campaign for medical aid in dying in Maryland demonstrated a surge of support for expanded end-of-life options. As lawmakers considered the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act (HB0404 and SB0418), Compassion & Choices supporters, joined by a broad, diverse array of backers, met with lawmakers, testified, rallied and made their views known. Over 100 supporters showed up to Lobby Day, and seven media outlets covered that day of events.


The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act was first introduced in the 2015 session by Delegate Shane Pendergrass in the Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO) and in the Judiciary Committee by Senator Ron Young. Despite getting a record number of cosponsors (52 in 2015), the bill did not come up for a vote.

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