Delegate Don Dwyer
I am considered one of the most conservative members of the Maryland General Assembly. I serve District 31 in Anne Arundel County. I will stand for upholding the Constitution- both the United states Constitution and the Constitution of Maryland. I am currently serving my second term as a State Delegate and will seek re-election in 2010.
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Join Judge Roy Moore for “Learning and Living the American View: Practical Approaches to Restore Liberty”
Please consider joining Judge Roy Moore, Larry Pratt (Gun Owners of America) and Commissioner Richard Rothschild at a one day conference of seminars designed to equip you with the tools to define liberty and defend freedom.
Many years ago, I was in the Alabama Court room when Judge Roy Moore was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a small concrete monument of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building. I consider him to be a personal friend and I can tell you first hand that he is a wealth of knowledge. Likewise, Larry Pratt is another man who I am honored to call a friend. Like Moore, he too is well equipped to provide a treasure trove of useful information. Commissioner Rothschild is elected here in Maryland and is walking the walk and talking the talk regarding protecting the Constitution and defending Liberty.
The opportunity to hear from these three men in the same place on the same day and here in Maryland, is a priceless opportunity. I am personally recommending that you attend this one time event.
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Does the President or the Federal Government have the right to arrest a person, imprison them and throw away the key? All without charging them with specific crime and denying them the right to see a lawyer?
The Federal Government says they have that right and they made it into “law”. Each year they pass the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA which among other things authorizes defense spending. It also authorizes the Government to imprison indefinitely any person they label a “terrorist”. Who does the Government think might be a terrorist? Tap here for the FBI’s flyer for potential terrorist activity for Coffee Shops
I have introduced a bill for the second time which would Nullify the Indefinite Detention of Maryland Citizens without due process.
HB1011- Maryland Liberty preservation Act has a hearing on Friday, March 7 at 12:30 pm in Health and Government Operations Committee. Please contact my office at 410-841-3047 if you are interested in testifying in favor of this bill. Contact members of the Committee to express your support for HB 1011
Introduced last session as HB 558- here are last years committee votes.
Ted Cruz opposed NDAA 2013 because it retained the Indefinite Detention Clause.
Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act. I am deeply concerned that Congress still has not prohibited President Obama’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens arrested on American soil without trial or due process.
“The Constitution does not allow President Obama, or any President, to apprehend an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, and detain these citizens indefinitely without a trial. When I ran for office, I promised the people of Texas I would oppose any National Defense Authorization Act that did not explicitly prohibit the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Although this legislation does contain several positive provisions that I support, it does not ensure our most basic rights as American citizens are protected- Ted Cruz (R) Texas regarding NDAA December, 2013
I desire a strong defense, however everyone should be afforded the protection of the 4th Amendment as laid out in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. With Department of Homeland Security funding studies like this one done in 2011 by the University of Maryland, its clear that the Federal Government is actively pursuing justification for redefining “terrorist” to include virtually anyone they want.
(Note: this study was funded by the Department of Homeland Security- essentially, you have the federal government funding studies to give “legitimacy” to redefining terrorists and terrorism any way they want.)
Further news articles:
HB 1265- is being called the Bathroom Bill because in the effort to provide anti discrimination and equality to people who identify with the opposite gender from which they were born, the legislation could potentially allow men and women to utilize the public restroom of their choice.
As you may guess, I have been getting emails and calls on this one. This bill is crossfiled as SB212. SB212 has already passed in the Senate apparently without much opposition.
Because the bill does not specifically exempt public restrooms, I will vote no.
I often get questions from people who want to be active and involved but are overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to sift through the number of legislation introduced each year in the House and Senate. When juggling work and family, trying to be an informed citizen and voter is often a daunting task. Luckily, there are resources to use which will help cut the time and make it easy to stay involved. From time to time I will spotlight some of the activist resources that are available to Maryland Citizens.
Maryland Legislative Watch is an excellent resource for people wanting to take a look at what the Legislature is doing in Annapolis.
This a group of dedicated Citizens doing the work of many in order to facilitate transparency and access between State Government and Citizens. The site makes it easy to read a bill and with one click send an email to your representative to tell them what you think.
Gun bill day in the House is tomorrow, March 4th in the Judiciary Committee hearing room at 1pm. If you are able brave the weather and come to testify, or come stand with your fellow gun owners and patriots. Last year you came in droves to protest SB281 and you were not heard by those in Annapolis who wish to be your overlords. Do not let them break your conviction and your will. Don’t let them silence you!
For a complete list of legislation being heard tomorrow,tap here.
My bill, HB995- Firearms Freedom Act is on the docket. This bill’s intention is to declare that Maryland will not participate in any Federal gun ban. This does not affect gun laws passed in Maryland- Delegate Smigiel has introduced several important pieces of legislation seeking to restore gun rights in Maryland and I co- sponsored and support them fully.
HB 955 was important to introduce because it deals with the possibility of an Unconstitutional Federal ban on guns or types of guns. I want Maryland Citizens protected from Federal action should this come to pass. Please consider testifying in FAVOR of HB 955 while you are in Annapolis tomorrow.
If you have any questions or would like to testify, please call my office at 410-841-3047
If you can’t come, you can watch the hearings online. Tap here and select Judiciary once the hearing starts.
On February 19th, HB 1010- Industrial Hemp, had a hearing in front of the Environmental Matters Committee. At the time HB 1010 was the only bill addressing industrial hemp. As I have stated, this bill would be a great economical and ecological benefit to Maryland. I was sure that I would be able to get supporters on both sides of the aisle because it is an important issue given the many benefits of Industrial Hemp. Turns out the Dems really like my idea. On February 21st, just two days after the hearing for HB1010, and well after the final drop date for filing bills, HB1472- Industrial Hemp- Pilot Program was introduced by Delegate Fraser- Hidalgo who just by chance maybe, sits on the Environmental Matters Committee.
HB 1472 differs from mine in a couple of ways, but over all the intent is identical. The most important difference is that HB1472 does not afford protection by the State of Maryland for farmers who grow hemp from potential action by the Federal Government which is still enforcing an Unconstitutional ban on growing hemp.
Now, it could be that his bill was in the works, even late for filing deadline, however it is typical that Delegates request co-sponsorships by email, and I did not receive such a request.
Consumers should have the absolute right to permanently opt out of smart meters without having to pay a fee. There are many concerns with the smart meter including privacy issues. Delegate Glen Glass has for the last three years championed consumer rights regarding smart meters.
HB 332- prohibits an electric company from charging a penalty or fee
HB 331 prohibits an electric company from selling data from smart meters to a third party.
I co-sponsored both of these and will continue to support them and vote YES. Both Bills have a hearing on March 6 in the Economic Matters Committee If you would like to come testify, please contact Delegate Glass at 410-841-3280. Please call or email the members of the committee to express your support of these two bills.
Below is information from Delegate Glass.
As you may know, the Public Service Commission (PSC) recently came out with their decision regarding consumer opt-outs in the installation of smart meters. The PSC decided to allow consumers to permanently opt-out of getting the smart meter but consumers would have to pay excessive fees. All opt-out customers will pay an initial $75 fee divided into three monthly payments. BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power & Light and SMECO customers will then have to pay $11 per month, $14 per month, and $17 per month, respectively.
It is a victory that we were able to pressure the PSC to allow permanent opt-outs. The problem, still, is the issue of fees, especially the endless monthly fees. Thus, I will continue to fight hard to keep the fees to opt-out as reasonable as possible for utility consumers. My House Bill 332 (which was cross-filed as Senate Bill 880) aims to address the opt-out fees.
I will also continue to fight for House Bill 331, which was cross-filed as Senate Bill 280. House Bill 331 aims to protect consumers by prohibiting utility companies from selling the smart meter usage data to third parties. The bill would protect the privacy of consumers and keep “Big Brother” at bay.
Yesterday, I presented HB733- A bill which would require mandatory minimum sentence for all elected officials. I introduced this bill because members of the legislature,from both sides of the aisle and including leadership have expressed support for holding public officials to a higher standard. I heard from the public who want elected officials willing to hold themselves to a higher standard. Though the bill has obvious Constitutional conflicts, as evidenced by this letter of opposition by the Maryland Judicial Conference, I was hopeful that it would pass based on the Legislators willingness to to be held to a higher standard of the law.
The Gazette also ran a story, but it seems that the only thing newsworthy was the fact that the Chairman invited me to sit among my colleagues.
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:24 pm | Updated: 9:44 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.
By ALEX JACKSON email@example.com
It was just like old times.
There was Del. Don Dwyer, R-Pasadena, sitting with his old pals on the House Judiciary Committee, listening to testimony behind his “D. Dwyer” nametag.
As Dwyer waited to testify on a bill he introduced, he looked like a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Read the rest of the Gazette Article
There is no mention of the legislation at all, just a very kindergarten like complaint asserting that I sat in the wrong place and looked like I was… well a Delegate. I would have thought that the Gazette would be interested in the bill and where the lawmakers stand on it, but the Gazette is well known for simply attacking me, rather than focus on anything of substance, like my voting record.
I was grateful and honored to be invited to sit among my colleagues. I regret the effect that my personal issues have had on them and I am truly thankful for their kind treatment of me. While I was seated, I did not participate in hearings by asking any questions or or casting any votes.
Finally, I’d like to mention that I was surprised to have one supporter come to testify in favor. Megan Simonaire, the daughter of Senator Simonaire, who according to her website is a 20 something “lifelong conservative” said in committee that she was in favor of the bill, and then in actuality testified that the bill was so bad it needed an unknown amount of amendments to “make it good”. Megan is running to unseat me.
Nullification under the “Doctrine of Interposition”, is very simply the Legislatures of the individual States voting to not comply with Unconstitutional Acts by the Federal Government. The bills I have introduced last session and this session are considered Nullification Legislation, by which the State of Maryland would refuse to comply with Federal “laws” for which the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to impose. The legislation also prohibits the State to use and resources to assist the Federal Government in taking action against Maryland Citizens who are not complying with any Unconstitutional Federal Act.
For Example, HB 1010 – Hemp Freedom would nullify the federal prohibition of growing and selling hemp withing the borders of Maryland. It also protects farmers who do so by Maryland’s refusing to assist any entity of the Federal Government in pursuing punitive or legal action against them.
Legislation such as this is necessary in the pursuit of liberty and freedom. We have given the Federal Government power outside of the Constitutional limitations. The Tenth Amendment says that powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.
Does the Constitution give the power to the Federal Government to prohibit the production and sale of Hemp? Does it give the Federal Government the authority to indefinitely detain Citizens without due process under the law? Does it give the Federal Government the authority to ban certain firearms or impose a national registry of lawful gun owners? Does it give the Federal Government the authority to ban the use of marijuana? Does the Constitution grant authority to mandate healthcare, or education standards? The answer of course is no, it does not. The best example of this is from our own history. In 1920 The Federal Government desired to ban alcohol. Having no Constitutional authority to do so, Congress had to pass a Constitutional Amendment in order to lawfully ban the sale and consumption of alcohol, the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution (Prohibition) once so amended, it became, Constitutionally, the law of the land and when the policy failed it took another amendment, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution to repeal prohibition. To date, there are no Amendments to the Constitution giving authority to ban hemp, marijuana, firearms or types of firearms or to mandate the purchase of health care, or to adopt indefinite detention under legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act.
The rightful remedy to the ever increasing over reach of the Federal Government is nullification, under the “Doctrine of Interposition” whereby the States interpose between its citizens and the unlawful reach of the Federal Government.
“…but where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that without this right they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them”- Thomas Jefferson
Nullification is not an act whereby a state simply refuses to comply with a Federal law it does not like, it is the claim that the law is not a law at all because it is unconstitutional.
To read more about Nullification and Interposition
I oppose the common core standards that are now being imposed on students and families in Maryland. Common core is the new standardized public school curriculum proposed by the Federal Government. Based on the fact that the Federal Government has no authority to dictate or control school curriculum- this needs to be done at the local level, district by district based on the needs of the children. Currently, participation of states is voluntary, but the ultimate goal is for all states to adopt common core standards, giving the Federal Government unprecedented control over education, and effectively cutting parents out of the equation. Of course Maryland has already hopped on board.
At at recent presentation for common core, Dr. Jack Smith, representing the State Department of Education told the joint House and Senate Republican Caucus, that under common core standards, a student does not have to understand that 2+2 equals 4. The statement stunned me. Essentially, common core standards take into account the work that the student did to arrive at their answer, even if mathematically incorrect.
Common core also requires that by grade 12, students’ reading of classic literature is cut to 30% with 70% of the reading being informational text. This means that your child may not have the opportunity in school to read the works of Shakespeare, Salinger or Steinbeck.
There are serious concerns being raised by both parents and educators all over the country that believe that this curriculum may be detrimental to the education of America’s children.
There are a few bills being considered in Maryland during this Legislative Session.
HB 76 – Delegate Smigiel -Prohibition on the implementation of Common Core
The bill was heard in Ways and Means and awaits a vote. You can contact the members of Ways and Means if you support this bill.
HB764- Delegate McDonough- Prohibition on the implementation of Common Core
This bill has a hearing tomorrow in Ways and Means at 1pm