Jack Kevorkian

'Death with dignity' bill extinguished without a vote

'Death with dignity' bill extinguished without a vote

Hope ended Wednesday for those who wanted Maryland to pass a "death with dignity" law this year.

Leaders of two key committees considering a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe medicine to help terminally ill patients end their lives decided not to vote on the proposal, effectively killing it.

The move ends an emotional debate in the General Assembly — for now. House and Senate leaders plan to convene a work group that will present another proposal in January. That spares the legislature a complex floor debate in the waning days of the session this year.

"It's a good approach," Del. Shane Pendergrass, a Howard County Democrat who...