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Gun Rights – Regretfully, Maryland refuses to recognize the legitimate and inalienable right to Keep and Bear Arms. Last year’s sweeping gun ban passed despite huge opposition from the public has done little to address or curtail violence in Maryland, and has had a huge negative effect on personal liberty and private property.
There is no Constitutional provision that supports Maryland’s position that all firearms must be registered with the State and that you must hold a State issued permit to lawfully carry a firearm. I have always held and voted that every Law-Abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm without a permit. After all, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Oklahoma, do not require a permit to carry a firearm in public. Additional information on Constitutional Carry states.
Gun Bills Introduced in MD- keep in mind this list will grow as session continues.
Maryland Shall Issue is the leading local activist group in Maryland dedicated to restoring gun rights to citizens. They are a great resource of information regarding this issue.
Maryland Legislative Watch does a great job summarizing proposed legislation and provides links to email your legislator all in one convenient place.
The Chesapeake Bay and the Rain Tax– For decades now, we have heard about the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The Legislature over that time has implemented various forms of taxes and fees intent on addressing the issue of water quality. Unfortunately this has been a ruse. In fact the money spent has primarily been used to grow the Maryland Department of the Environment to the point that it now employees 937 State employees. Regretfully the growth of MDE has done little to nothing to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
HB11- authorizes Bay Restoration funds to be used to disconnect septic systems and to connect those homes to municipal waste water treatment facilities. The untold story is that it is those municipal facilities that dump hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated raw sewage into the bay every year. Now HB11 proposes to add additional load to an already failing municipal facility.
HB12-On the surface this bill would appear to provide funding for the implementation of the latest technology in septic systems within local jurisdictions whereby a percentage of the cost is paid by the government. What this bill and all of the issues pertaining to Bay Restoration fail to recognize (not by accident) is the fact that the primary cause of contamination in our waterways are the failures of waste water treatment plants and infrastructure. See the links below for overflow reports for 2013 alone.
SB01- Rightly recognizes that a homeowner using the latest nitrogen removing technology in a septic system should be exempted from any further expense related to environmental fees. The cost of the latest technology can run upwards of 20 thousand dollars. Because the State is only interested in raising revenue, its unlikely to pass.
A bond bill is a piece of legislation that starts with the words “Creation of State Debt” The fact that bond bills are debt should be enough that no Legislator would sponsor such a bill when we continue to raise taxes and fees claiming all along that we simply don’t have enough revenue to support the needs of the State. These Bills are the “Pork Projects” of your local State Legislators.
For this reason no Legislator should ask for or support any such legislation. I will NOT support any Legislation that increases state debt
Continue to check back as I will regularly update with new information and legislation to keep an eye on.
I’m pleased to announce that Maryland Business for Responsive Government has once again awarded me the John Shaw award in recognition for my votes on business related legislation.
This award is given out to legislators who have an excellent record in voting for legislation that would promote businesses as well as the free market system in the State of Maryland. I have a 100% rating for 2013 and an cumulative rating of 90% since my first Legislative session in 2003. I will continue to support legislation which would improve the business environment in Maryland and Anne Arundel County. To see the rating of every legislator check out ROLL CALL.What is Roll Call and past years scorecards.
Press Release from Maryland Business for Responsive Government
Maryland Business for Responsive Government Honors Delegate Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. for 2013 Pro-Business Voting Record
He received prestigious John Shaw Award in Annapolis on February 5
COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 – Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), a statewide nonpartisan organization, honored Delegate Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. for his exemplary track record of supporting pro-business legislation in 2013. He received the prestigious John Shaw Award at a ceremony in Annapolis on February 5.
Throughout the year, MBRG’s 20-member State Advisory Council selects recorded votes from the most recent General Assembly session that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce.
MBRG identifies the selected bills in a publication, Roll Call, and analyzes the votes to produce a score for each legislator. For the 2013 analysis, Roll Call analyzed ten Senate votes and twelve House votes, including SB 683 (Labor and Employment – Maryland Wage and Hour Law – Payment of Wages) and HB 226 (Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013).
Delegate Dwyer was chosen based on the scorecard standards set by MBRG: he achieved a cumulative score of 90 percent along with a minimum four years of service.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize those elected officials – both Republican and Democrat – who are consistently working to improve the climate for business owners in Maryland, and therefore, our state economy,” said President MBRG, Duane Carey.
In recognition of his pro-business voting record, Delegate Dwyer received a certificate, a lapel pin, support materials for his campaign, and special recognition in Roll Call.
The award is named for John Shaw, an exemplary citizen and legislator who served his country more than 200 years ago when Annapolis was the nation’s capital. He is best known for creating a distinctive American flag with an eight-pointed star, which is the inspiration for the lapel pins awarded to the honorees.
About Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG)
MBRG is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and individuals. Its purpose is to inform Maryland’s business community, elected officials, and the general public about the political and economic environment needed to foster economic development and job creation in Maryland. Annual evaluations of the voting records of Maryland’s state and federal legislators enable MBRG and its members to hold politicians accountable for the state’s economic well-being like no other organization.
About Roll Call
Roll Call is compiled by an independent advisory council of roughly 20 organizations (companies, chambers of commerce, and other business and trade organizations) involved in the 90-day session in Annapolis. The purpose of Roll Call is to educate, inform, and empower Maryland employers, business owners, and others to engage in a dialogue with elected officials on issues critical to a healthy economic development climate in Maryland. MBRG has been issuing its annual report card since 1987.
First I want to say thank you to all who supported me by purchasing tickets, or selling tickets or spreading the word. However you helped, it is much appreciated from the bottom of my heart.
The drawing was held today at 1pm in front of a small but enthusiastic group of patriots. Special thanks to Fifers Seafood for letting us use their parking lot and for all their help. Please show them some love the next time you are in the mood for good seafood!
I am happy to congratulate Aaron McDonagh of Crownsville and Peter Clark of Arnold for winning the AK-47 and AR-15!
Again, sincerest appreciation to all!
In January of this year I sent a letter to the Maryland Sheriffs Association urging them to take a stand, as the duly elected law enforcement officers of the people of Maryland to defend and protect the citizens rights to kep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. I am so pleased and honored to know that Maryland Sheriffs Association has come out in strong oposition to the Governors gun ban initiatives. A big thank you goes out to Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis, and all the Sheriffs who stand with him and with the citizens of Maryland. ( I will identify each of the Sheriffs in a later post)
It was my great pleasure to present the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association with a Citation for standing up to defend the Constitution.
Press Release: Citizen Delivers over 20,000 Pages of Testimony in Opposition to O’Mallys Gun Grabbing Agenda
Today, Delegate Don Dwyer received and delivered to the House Judiciary Committee, about 20 thousand sheets of written testimony submitted by Mr. Mike Endzel of Easton on behalf of citizens opposing the many gun ban bills being heard on Friday March 1st, including HB 294 the Governor’s so called “Firearms Safety Act”
Mr. Endzel and Chris Dingler created a website www.nationalbands.com to provide a venue for people who are not able to come to Annapolis in person, to submit written testimony for what has become a galvanizing issue for many Marylanders.
Mr. Endzel had not previously participated in the Legislative process, but was moved to do so because of this issue and had come to Annapolis on February 6 along with close to 4,000 other citizens. He said that his inspiration for the idea came after he stood in line to sign up to testify for over 5 hours but in the end was not afforded the opportunity to speak. Mr. Endzel said that he received emails from disabled veterans who stated that they would not be physically capable of coming to Annapolis to testify in person, thanking him for providing a means to have their voice heard. Mr. Endzel committed to printing the required 70 copies at his own cost and delivering the testimonies to Delegate Dwyer.
“I think it is a wonderful thing he has done. The Legislature has never before seen the amount of emails, phone calls and people out in opposition to these “gun control” bills. I commend Mike for what he has done to help give people a voice in the process.” Said Delegate Dwyer
You numbered so many that they had to close the building for safety reasons at the request of DGS Police and State Police because of the fire code capacity.
This has never happened in Annapolis! And you all did it!
I want to assure each of you that came and signed in but was not able to speak- your name is recorded and entered in the record as opposing this legislation. Please do not go away with the thought that because you couldn’t testify, your voice was not heard, or that your time was wasted. More than individual testimony, it was critically important that you show up in solid numbers, you did and your voice was heard!
I will call on you again- this is not a one day fight, but an ongoing battle. These bills and many others will be heard in the House of Delegates and I will contact you when the date of the hearing is announced. We need each of you to come back and bring more people. We can show them that we won’t back down defending our civil rights.
Don H. Dwyer, Jr.
Many Marylanders’ (mainly staunch conservatives) have expressed to me their belief that there is no reason to stay in Maryland. This attitude permeates from a conviction that the politicians have ceased to care about the voters. They have come to feel that the hope of ever having politicians adhere to the Constitution is long gone.
Unfortunately, many elected officials do not even understand the basic rights of Marylanders’ as granted in the State Constitution. Worse yet, they pass legislation that directly violates citizens’ rights and freedoms. In some cases, this is simply because of ignorance; in other cases it is intentional with no regard for the Constitution.
All elected officials take an Oath of Office to uphold and defend the State and U.S. Constitutions. Sadly most have no idea what an Oath is. Many voters and elected officials alike are confused in their understanding of the Oath of Office, believing that the Oath is made to the people, as a promise to legislate wisely and justly.
The Oath that I took, when I was sworn in as a State Delegate each term is as follows:
I, Don Dwyer, Jr. do swear and affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States; and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of Maryland, and support the Constitution and Laws thereof; and that I will, to the best of my skill and judgment, diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of State Delegate according to the Constitution and Laws of this State, that I will not directly or indirectly, receive the profits or any part of the profits of any other office during the term of my acting as Delegate.
Webster’s Dictionary (1828) defines an Oath:
A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. A false oath is called perjury.
The Oath of Office is a declaration to God, that the words in the oath be true. The oath is an affirmation to be held accountable by God, should the Oath be broken.
In order that the rights of all Maryland Citizens may be protected in the future, I am introducing legislation that will require that every elected official in the state, take a limited class prior to being sworn in, that covers;
A) Upholding the Oath of office.
B) A primer on the Maryland Declaration of Rights.
C) A primer on the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Encourage your elected representatives to support this legislation and to defend your rights under the State Constitution.
Below I am posting the letter that I have sent to the Maryland Sheriffs Association regarding their Oath of office to uphold the Constitution and urging them to defend the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights against any unconstitutional law which infringes on that right.
Maryland Sheriffs’ Association
Sheriff Michael A. Lewis
410 Naylor Mill Road Salisbury, MD 21803
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dear Sheriff Lewis,
In light of President Obama’s intent to infringe the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Citizens across America by way of Executive Orders, I am calling on you and the members of the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association to follow the lead and example of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association in defending the Constitutional rights of Maryland’s Citizens.
I have enclosed a copy of the letter dated 1/17/2013 and sent by the Utah Sheriffs’ Association to President Barack Obama, whereby they refuse to deny the Citizens of their state, the Constitutional protections of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and are prepared to take all action to defend those rights.
It is my hope that the duly elected Sheriffs will remember and honor their vow to uphold the Constitution, rather than enforce any unconstitutional laws stripping Americans of their rights.
On behalf of the Citizens of the State of Maryland,
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Hearing for SB 281
Feb 6th 1pm
You will be given 3 minutes to speak. If you are submitting written testimony you must bring a copy for each of the Senators who sit on the committ…ee (11 copies) and submit them to Committee staff before noon so they can make sure all of the Senators have the materials on their desks.
There are various parking garages in Annapolis, or you can park at the Naval Academy Stadium and ride the Annapolis Shuttle/Trolley to Lawyers Mall- The Senate Building is right across the Street.
George Washington and his army marched barefoot in the snow to make a treacherous nighttime crossing of the Frozen Delaware river to Trenton, NJ to launch a surprise attack on the British encampment which eventually turned the tide of the American Revolution, ensuring the birth of the United States- will you give up a day at work to preserve what they fought to leave us?
Isnt it frightening to hear the words “200 million in cuts to education” or hundreds of millions in cuts to services such as police departments and libraries? It is important to note that these “cuts” are cuts in projected spending, not real belt tightening cuts to existing departmental budgets. The total budget passed by the legislative body being called a doomsday budget is by no means a true doomsday budget, it includes $700 million in growth! That’s right, growth!
According to the Department of Legislative Services, even with the cuts included in the “Doomsday Budget”, total state spending still increases by nearly $700 million over last year. Total state spending in FY 2012 was $34.7 billion, in FY 2013 total spending increased to $35.4 billion.
Education spending under this budget grows from $4,948.70 in FY 2012 to $4,950.50 in FY 2013- this is by no means a cut to education. Furthermore, the reconvening special taxing session of the General Assembly will result in the shift of teacher pensions from the state to the counties which will ultimately result in additional county tax increases.
Over the course of this Governor’s administration, Annapolis’s solution to the state’s fiscal problems is to dig deeper into the citizens’ pockets. Taxes, tolls, and fees have increased multiple times since Governor O’Malley came to office and spending has increased by over $1 billion every year. This year was no exception. During the regular 90 day legislative session, Governor O’Malley’s budget as proposed, included over $300 million in higher taxes and fees and shifted $238 million of the costs of teacher pensions to the counties, guaranteeing a tax increase at the local level as well. This is money Marylanders can ill afford at this time of economic leanness. Because his tax package was not passed, we will convene again on Monday at a cost of over 20 thousand dollars a day to overburdened taxpayers, in order to “ get it done” as he has been quoted.
Recent polls show that 96% of Marylanders feel that they pay enough taxes. They are now under the shadow of even more tax hikes and I promise you that I have heard from hundreds of my constituents who have asked for NO SPECIAL TAXING SESSION. For this reason I will not be supporting any tax increases, or any part of the Governor’s special taxing session agenda.