Sen. Bill Ferguson and Sen. Will C. Smith speak on the Maryland Senate floor on Thursday, March 28, 2019, about Smith's impending deployment to Afghanistan with the Navy. (Pamela Wood, Baltimore Sun video)
A measure that would have legalized medically assisted suicide in Maryland was defeated on a dramatic tie vote in the state Senate. Sen. Will Smith, the bill’s sponsor, said he hoped senators will build on this year’s work on the bill as they debate the measure in future years.
Then Smith, a Montgomery County Democrat, turned serious and recalled how the Sept. 11 attacks inspired him to join the military. He was a sophomore in college at the time and, at his family’s urging, waited to join the Navy until after he graduated from law school. He was directly commissioned as an officer.
Smith said his work with the military has given him a deeper appreciation for America’s “experiment” in democracy. He said it’s been the “honor of a lifetime” to serve in the Senate and participate in democracy each day.
In Annapolis, Smith is vice chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Senate chairman of the General Assembly’s Veterans Caucus.
Maryland state Sen. Will Smith, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, will deploy to Afghanistan before the end of the General Assembly session. Smith has received orders to deploy in support of Operation Resolute Support, in which U.S. troops are providing assistance for Afghan security forces.