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April 14, 2013

2013 legislative session a disaster for Maryland

This legislative session in Annapolis has been the worst for Marylanders in recent memory, certainly the worst of my 11 sessions.

We have been pushed far to the left by Gov. O’Malley, who is more concerned with winning the 2016 Democratic primary and scoring political points than governing our state.  

The biggest issue was gun control legislation (SB281), one of the most hostile in the nation toward gun owners. This violates our liberty and places an extreme burden on citizens’ guaranteed rights.

Republicans in Annapolis and across the country faced fierce criticism and were viciously attacked when we proposed a bill that would require ID to vote. Imagine the outrage that would have ensued if we had proposed requiring fingerprinting to vote.

 Imagine the outrage that would rightfully occur if we made people take a four-hour course on “civility in speech” before granting freedom of speech.

Since it is second amendment, and not another that is under attack, Democrats could care less because it is a constitutional right they seem to disagree with.

To buy a handgun in the future you must be fingerprinted, pay for a background check and take (and pay) for a four-hour safety course.  

We made common sense changes to the bill such as exempting all law enforcement officers and all active duty military personnel over 21. All current guns and guns purchased by Oct. 1 are exempt.

 I am proud to have voted against this bill with every other Delegate from Western Maryland. I received hundreds of calls to my office from residents of Allegany and Washington counties and not one supported this bill.

 The gas tax (HB1515) is to nearly double from 23 cents per gallon to 44.5 cents per gallon by 2017. When you fill up your 20-gallon tank you will be paying $12 in state and federal gas taxes. This is the last thing we need.

 Democrats previously resisted efforts for a Transportation Trust Fund “lock-box” which would have stopped O’Malley from raiding over $1 billion dollars from transportation. This year they created a lock-box of their own (SB829), but they hold the key. Money can be taken out with a three-fifth majority vote, which Democrats can easily do.

An additional charge on all Maryland electric bills will begin in 2018. We subsidize a massive off-shore wind project costing ratepayers of $112 million a year. This form of energy is more than twice as expensive as conventional forms of energy and the project is expected to lose more than $1.4 billion over its 20-year life.

 SB 715 authorizes the MVA to issue drivers licenses and identification cards to illegal immigrants. They could not be used for federal purpose such as purchasing a firearm, boarding a flight, or entering a federal building. I opposed it because there is no way to reliably verify an applicant’s identity, multiple licenses could be issued to the same person.

Maryland is the only state on the East Coast to issue licenses to illegal immigrants and becomes a gateway for those seeking to obtain ID for questionable purposes.

The two-tiered ID system downgrades all Maryland-issued drivers licenses and IDs and makes Maryland non-compliant with the Federal REAL ID Act. When it goes into effect, no Maryland-issued ID may be used for federal purposes, including boarding a plane or entering a federal building.

Our amendments to require fingerprinting of illegal immigrants who were issued an ID and make the second-tier ID a different color were soundly rejected.

 Thank you for your continued support. I am lucky to have constituents who understand how bad this governor has been for Maryland. Now we need the rest of Maryland to figure that out.

 Delegate LeRoy Myers

District 1-C Allegany/Washington counties

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    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?

    Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.

    April 17, 2014

  • Which approach to the school makes sense?

    What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
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    April 16, 2014

  • H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June

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    April 16, 2014

  • Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking

    I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.

    April 16, 2014

  • Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for

    The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”),  I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.

    April 16, 2014

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

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