Government Reform...
How Securing and Protecting Your Rights...So, You Can Protect Your Family
This is the proper role of government and as Governor, it will be an obligation of mine from day one. As prescribed in the Maryland Declaration of Rights, Article 12, “That for the redress of grievances, and for amending, strengthening, and preserving the laws, the legislature ought to be frequently convened.” In Article 13, it qualifies this desire of the framers of our Constitution by further stating, “That every man hath a right to petition the legislature for the redress of grievances in a peaceable and orderly manner.” It cannot be argued that our founders provided the citizens with the right to redress actions of our legislature in an effort to address problems with legislation that result in those grievances. In fact, it is incumbent upon us to do so, which compels my candidacy, as a means to that end. Article 13 of the Maryland State Constitution states:

“That the Inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to the Common Law of England, and the trial by Jury, according to the course of that Law, and to the benefit of such of the English statutes as existed on the Fourth day of July, seventeen hundred and seventy-six; and which, by experience, have been found applicable to their local and other circumstances, and have been introduced, used and practiced by the Courts of Law or Equity; and also of all Acts of Assembly in force on the first day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven; except such as may have since expired, or may be inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution; subject, nevertheless, to the revision of, and amendment or repeal by, the Legislature of this State. And the Inhabitants of Maryland are also entitled to all property derived to them from, or under the Charter granted by His Majesty Charles the First to Caecilius Calvert, Baron of Maryland.

What exists is barely a shadow of what the Common Law was at the time the Constitution was ratified and as the people have given the legislature the power to make laws for the good of the whole, our rights been stripped away through amendments to the Constitution and through judicial action. By insidiously legislating it away and enacting the Annotated Code of Maryland, the People’s rights are being taken and every citizen should have the opportunity to redress the legislature, as is currently prescribed, before that right is taken away from us, as well. In his pamphlet entitled Common Sense, published in 1776, Thomas Paine remarked that, “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” Without the right to redress, we only make that suffering worse.

As a means to enable the People to have more control over how the state conducts business, the People need to be more involved in what is going on in Annapolis. Over the past 2 decades, our elected officials have slowly diminished the power of the Community Advisory Boards or eliminated them altogether and the People's voice has been virtually silenced. Now, deals that cost us millions of dollars are being discussed behind closed doors and in direct violation of the Open Meetings Act. Surprisingly, or not depending who you are, nobody is ever held accountable. That needs to stop.

The Community Advisory Boards will be a vital decision-making partner whose members will be chosen by the citizens to represent them. They will assume important responsibilities, such as forming a steering committee that makes overall policy, making executive and procedural decisions and utilizing subcommittees that are formed to address project-specific issues.