"We have enough votes," said Mr. Rosenberg, Baltimore Democrat. "It's time we moved on to deal with other criminal justice issues that have far greater effect on people's daily lives."
Delegate Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg has spent seven years fighting for bills to repeal the death penalty, and he said he expects this year's legislation -- which was sponsored by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and a near-majority of lawmakers -- to pass without any notable changes.