Meyer Marks: Opposing Frosh

[Ed.: In this case, while I am not necessarily endorsing this political announcement, I think it is an option you may wish to consider.]

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – Maryland’s #1 advocate against guns and Jessica’s Law now has a Republican challenger. In Maryland’s District 16, Meyer Marks, a government affairs consultant for health care and tort reform, will file with the Board of Elections to run against a personal injury lawyer. As a State Senator, Marks’ goal is to create a more conducive environment for businesses with greater fiscal accountability and government transparency. Marks is also concerned that Maryland ranks as a violent haven for criminals in the United States.

“Frosh has grown seriously out of touch with the needs of the voters,” says Marks. “Probably because of being a personal injury lawyer, he has not adequately addressed crime issues in Maryland, either. Frosh seems more interested in protecting criminals than he is protecting victims of crime.”

Frosh has been in the General Assembly since 1994 and has opposed broadly-supported legislation to tighten restrictions on criminals with Jessica’s Law, a bill that strengthened sentences for sexual crimes committed against children. For instance, during a hearing on the bill by the Senate Judicial Committee, chaired by Frosh, advocates of the bill were treated so poorly that the President of the Maryland Senate later apologized. When the bill came to a vote by the entire Senate, Frosh was one of only three people to vote against strengthening the sentences. In the Maryland House, the bill was adopted unanimously. In addition, Frosh is an ardent supporter of gun control laws, declaring that anyone who wishes to carry a gun (other than police) is “nuts.”

Meyer Marks was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Central Arkansas. In addition, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Georgetown University. In 1988, he founded Marks and Associates, a government relations firm that specializes in health care and educational issues. He is also the caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, sensitizing him to the illness. In 2008, Marks was a candidate for U.S. Congress in Maryland’s Eighth District. For over 25 years, Marks has worked to craft public policy on the state and federal levels. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marks’ event will be on Maryland Day, Thursday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4242 East-West Highway in Chevy Chase. Street parking and public parking is limited. Contact him at 240-476-5533 or meyer@marksformaryland.org or www.MarksForMaryland.org.

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Taxpayer Protection Act

This Bill will require 3/5ths Majority in General Assembly to Raise Taxes

Annapolis –This week, Senator Andy Harris (R-7) and Delegate Steve Schuh (R-31), with joint support from the Republican Caucuses in the State Senate and House of Delegates, introduced the “Taxpayer Protection Act”. The bill numbers are SB 747 and HB 684.

This exciting piece of legislation would require a 60% vote in each chamber to raise existing taxes or create new ones. It is important to note that the damaging tax increases passed during the 2007 Special Session did not receive such a majority. Had this legislation been in place, Maryland’s economy would be better off today.

“Once again, the Republicans in the Maryland General Assembly have shown their dedication and commitment to the hard-working taxpayers of Maryland,” stated Chairman Pelura. “Governor O’Malley is dangerously relying on bailout money from the federal government to balance his budget. When that dries up, he’ll be coming back to the taxpayers to demand more from them.”

Pelura continued, “I urge all Marylanders to call their state senators and delegates and tell them to support this legislation to stop Governor O’Malley and his Democrats allies in the General Assembly from taking any more of our hard-earned dollars.”

March 9 Legislation To Be Heard

Please Contact Members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee!

On Tuesday, March 9, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear two bills seeking to codify the “Castle Doctrine” principle into Maryland state law.

Senate Bill 386, sponsored by State Senator Nancy Jacobs (R-34), would provide civil immunity to a person who uses force, including deadly force, against someone who enters their dwelling or business with the intent to commit first, second or third degree burglary or a crime of violence.

Senate Bill 411, sponsored by State Senator Thomas Middleton (D-28), would provide immunity from damages when force, including deadly force, is reasonable under the circumstances to repel an attack.

Over the years the Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, State Senator Brian Frosh (D-16) has consistently put these bills in his pocket, never to be brought up for a vote.

It is time for Senator Frosh to bring these bills up for a vote! Please contact the members of the Committee and respectfully urge them to support your right to self-defense and to bring these bills up for a vote.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee:

State Senator Brian E. Frosh (D-16), Chair
(410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3124 (toll free)
brian.frosh@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Lisa A. Gladden (D-41), Vice Chair
(410) 841-3697, (301) 858-3697, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3697 (toll free)
lisa.gladden@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Alexander X. Mooney (R-3)
(410) 841-3575, (301) 858-3575, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3575 (toll free)
alex.mooney@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Larry E. Haines (R-5)
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3683 (toll free)
larry.haines@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Norman R. Stone, Jr. (D-6)
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3587 (toll free)
norman.stone@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Jennie M. Forehand (D-17)
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3134 (toll free)
jennie.forehand@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20)
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634 (toll free)
jamie.raskin@senate.state.md.us

State Senator C. Anthony Muse (D-26)
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3092 (toll free)
anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire (R-31)
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3658 (toll free)
bryan.simonaire@senate.state.md.us

State Senator Nancy Jacobs (R-34)
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3158 (toll free)
nancy.jacobs@senate.state.md.us

State Senator James Brochin (D-42)
(410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648, 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3648 (toll free)
jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us