Governor O'Malley today issued the following statement after the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously voted in favor of SB 337, part of the O'Malley-Brown Administration's bill legislative package. The bill enhances the penalty for committing a crime of violence in the presence of a minor at least two years of age (note: the General Assembly previously passed HB 307 and HB 309, the other components of the O'Malley-Brown Administration's comprehensive package combat domestic violence):
"I'd like to thank the General Assembly for voting in favor of SB 337. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable home -- because of this bill, we'll hold more abusers accountable while ensuring stable healthy homes for Maryland children."
Editor's Note: When the O'Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007, they set a goal to drive down violent crime against women and children 25 percent by 2012, compared to 2006 levels. Together with the hardworking men and women of Maryland law enforcement, we have driven down juvenile homicides 44 percent since 2006 and female homicides 9 percent. In total, we've driven down the key metric for this goal, the sum of juvenile and female homicides, 23 percent since 2006. In 2013 Gov. O'Malley renewed our commitment to protecting women and children by setting a new goal to drive down violent crimes committed against women and children by 25% by the end of 2018, compared to 2012 levels. You can track progress on that goal here: https://data.maryland.gov/goals/violence