Responding to my inquiry further clarify their ruling regarding the legitimacy of a Parliamentarian who is also a member of the voting body as well as a member of the Majority Party, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics sent this:
” The Joint Committee determined that the position of the House Parliamentarian is informal and strictly advisory. The actual decision on a procedural ruling is made by the Speaker, subject to challenge by the membership of the House. essentially, the Speaker himself is the de facto Parliamentarian.”
” The Joint Committee found no conflict of interest in the Speaker’s action is designating More >
I have been asked about the status of my inquiry into the ethics question regarding the House Parliamentarian being a voting member of the Legislative body, as well as being a member of the ruling majority Party. Below I have posted excerpts from the letter that I sent to the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics ( Co-Chaired by Senator Norman Stone and Delegate Brian McHale) as well as their reply.
While researching in preparation of my impeachment of Maryland’s Attorney General, I came across an interesting situation. One that has led me to file an ethics complaint against House Speaker Michael Busch, regarding the appointment of the House Parliamentarian.
At issue are concerns regarding the House Parliamentarian and the fact the she is a voting member of the majority Party who, when asked questions of procedure, has always ruled in favor of the Speaker and the Democrat Party.
In fact, Maryland is the only legislature in the Nation whose Parliamentarian is a voting member of the body.
In order for the parliamentarian to rule fairly More >