Maryland mulls 40 amendments, but most won't make ballot
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: According to reports, the Maryland Legislature has filled up its plate with almost 40 amendments under consideration for placement on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Some of the proposed constitutional amendments include a definition of marriage amendment, a question on whether or not to allow table gambling in the state, a proposed limitation on the state's power to raise taxes and a proposal to allow a freedom of health care choice to residents. Reports have stated that many of these constitutional amendment will not receive passage to the ballot.
Delegate Luiz Simmons, commenting on the unusually high number of amendments, said "I believe that these amendments are a symptom of this spiraling lack of consensus." Senator Jamie Raskin stated, "People use the constitutional amendments to draw a line in the sand. It's like planting a flag in some place and saying this is a fundamental value we want to organize around."