Archive for May, 2010
You tell me what you think happened. Oh well, I will keep fighting and the Democrat Leaders will keep teaching me lessons
The following are bills that I personally sponsored during the 2010 legislative session. Every bill was killed by the Democrat majority that controls Maryland. Enjoy reading the list for common sense pro Constitution legislation. Click on the links to go to each bill’s summary page.
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Beitzel, Boteler, Burns, Costa, DeBoy, Eckardt, Elliott, Frank, George, Haddaway, Howard, Impallaria, Jameson, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, Love, McComas, McConkey, McDonough, Minnick, Montgomery, Norman, O’Donnell, Schuh, Serafini, Shank, Shewell, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Stocksdale, Stukes, Stull, Vaughn, Waldstreicher, Weir, and Wood
Entitled Hunting and Fishing – Veterans – Complimentary Licenses
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Burns, Costa, Elliott, Impallaria, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, McConkey, Miller, Minnick, O’Donnell, Schuh, Shank, Shewell, and Stocksdale
Entitled Maryland Personhood Amendment
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Beitzel, Boteler, Burns, Costa, Eckardt, Elliott, Elmore, Frank, George, Haddaway, Jenkins, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, Myers, Norman, O’Donnell, Schuh, Serafini, Shank, Shewell, Sossi, Stocksdale, and Stull
Entitled Maryland’s Marriage Protection Act
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Beidle, Costa, Frush, George, King, Kipke, Love, McConkey, Pena-Melnyk, Schuh, and Sophocleus
Entitled Anne Arundel County – Drug-Free Zones Pilot Program - Recreation Areas
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Anderson, Barnes, Beidle, Boteler, Bronrott, Carter, Conaway, Costa, Dumais, Eckardt, Frank, Heller, Hubbard, Jennings, Kach, Kelly, Kipke, Kramer, Krebs, Levi, McComas, McConkey, Olszewski, Pena-Melnyk, Riley, Robinson, Rosenberg, Schuh, Shank, Shewell, Simmons, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Valderrama, Vallario, Waldstreicher, and Wood
Entitled Victims’ Rights – Fatal Vehicular Accident – Suspension of License
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary Passed / Senate Passed
The Governor killed it at bill signing
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Costa, George, King, Kipke, McDonough, and Schuh
Entitled Property Tax Credit – Property Leased to Nonprofit Schools
Committee Assignments House: Ways and Means Unfavorable
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Beidle, Kipke, Love, Schuh, and Sophocleus
Entitled Criminal Law – Statewide Definition of Criminal Gang Member
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegate Dwyer
Entitled Maryland’s Health Insurance Freedom Act
Committee Assignments House: House Rules and Executive Nominations
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Eckardt, Frank, Haddaway, Impallaria, Jennings, Kach, Krebs, McConkey, McDonough, Miller, Norman, Shewell, Smigiel, Sossi, and Stocksdale
Entitled Articles of Impeachment of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler Committee
Assignments House: Judiciary
Today, the Maryland Human Resources Manager sent an e-mail notification to all members of the State legislature indicating that the state would now accept valid marriage certificates from other states.
This action was initated back on February 24th when Attorney General Gansler determined (against current law) that Maryland would recognize out of state same sex marriages for the purpose of benifits. I brought Impeachment Charges against the A/G for violating Maryland law.
Now I must consider bringing a law suit against the state for violating Maryland and Federal law by allowing certain tax and health benifits to same sex couples.
From: O’Connor, Robyn
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:27 AM
To: MD House of Delegates; Senate of Maryland; Walker, Joy; Oakes, Barbara
Subject: FW: IMPORTANT BENEFIT UPDATE CONCERNING SAME-SEX SPOUSES
As you know, the State recently determined that it can accept valid marriage certificates for same-sex couples. In late April, the Employee Benefits Division in Baltimore received legal advice on what actions were needed to allow for the enrollment of same-sex spouses in the benefit program and have begun implementing those changes. In order not to delay offering this opportunity to State of Maryland employees and retirees, we are accepting enrollment of same-sex spouses for a July 1, 2010 effective date, immediately.
Those individuals who already possess a valid marriage certificate from a jurisdiction that authorizes such unions, may complete an enrollment form to cover the spouse for a July 1, 2010 effective date. Human Resources will forward completed forms to the Employee Benefits Division. All forms must be received by close of business on June 2, 2010.
Following Open Enrollment, as individuals marry their same sex partners, they can add the spouse under the usual qualified family status change process (i.e. submit the enrollment form, spouse tax affidavit and valid marriage certificate within 60 days of the marriage).
Please note that unless the same-sex spouse qualifies as a tax dependent as determined by the IRS, imputed income will still apply to the portion of the State subsidy attributable to the same-sex spouse’s coverage in the same manner it applies for domestic partners. For a same-sex spouse to be entitled to federal pre-tax/tax-free benefits coverage as a dependent, the individual must meet the following requirements:
1) The individual does not meet the “qualifying relative” tests in relation to the employee/retiree;
2) The individual must live with the employee/retiree all year as a member of the employee’s/retiree’s household (and the relationship must not violate local law); and
3) The employee/retiree must provide more than half of the individual’s support for the year.
Employees with questions may contact Human Resources
Lori L. Mathis, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Maryland General Assembly
Department of Legislative Services
90 State Circle – Rm 311
Annapolis, MD 21401
Most candidates crave widespread name recognition when running for elected office. In fact, they spend thousands of dollars to insure that they obtain a certain level of name recognition. They buy television spots, signs, banners and regularly mail annoying political propaganda to targeted audiences.
It is true; name recognition does make the difference between winning and loosing in most political campaigns. It is also true that in most cases it costs lots of money to obtain a winning amount of name recognition in a specific market. On the other hand, there is what is known as earned media. That is where the things you do or say are news worthy and as result cost you nothing but time.
Because of my politically incorrect approach to most issues, I have earned lots of media attention and have widespread name recognition. My name is known at some level across the state of Maryland.
Now comes the problem. Yes I have name recognition but, most voters only know me by what they have read or heard reported about me. Unfortunately the liberal media does not tend to report on conservatives in a positive manner. They often distort my view on issues and have portrayed me as a hateful, bigoted racist yet when I meet people in person they are always surprised to see that I am exactly opposite of the medias portrayal.
I often joke that “I don’t have a name recognition problem, I have an identity crisis” it’s true! If you have read the stories or the editorials of the Maryland Gazette, you know what I am referring to. Fortunately for me, the voters in my district are for the most part conservative themselves and as result, they like what they read regarding my actions and views on many issues.
Most politicians spend lots of time and money trying to find out what you want to hear.
I have a reputation as a no nonsense conservative politician. Don’t ask me any question that you really don’t want to know where I stand on the issue. I have and will always tell you what you need to know. I refuse to tell you what you want to hear.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
There are some who call me a far right radical, most however, realize that my views are American. Yes, I am a conservative and I am proud of it. To read click http://delegatedwyer.com/My Views or the page ” My Views on Issues” in the header above.