ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel) has been removed from his position on the House Ways and Means Committee, the latest fallout following his conviction last year on various drunken boating and drunk driving charges.
Dwyer's removal came from House Speaker Michael Busch, who refused to place him on a different committee. The move takes away Dwyer's ability to act on any bill in any committee.
"My job as Speaker is to protect the integrity of the institution of the House of Delegates," Busch said in a statement. "Delegate Dwyer's actions have reflected poorly on the House and, as Speaker, I feel it is important that there are consequences to those actions. I hope that Delegate Dwyer is finding help but we cannot allow the general public to lose confidence in the effectiveness of their leaders. "
In a statement released by Dwyer, the lawmaker admits that Busch finds himself in a very difficult position and understands why he was removed.
"I agree with the court that as an elected official I should be held to a higher standard of public conduct as a condition of my public office, as should every elected official," said Dwyer in a statement. "I completely accept the Speaker's disciplinary action to remove me from my standing committee. I look forward to continuing to serve as I have done in the past.
"I want to reassure my constituents that I will continue to review every piece of legislation and remain fully informed on all issues. As a result I will be fully prepared to vote for or against legislation that comes before me on the House floor."
Dwyer is in the midst of spending 20 weekends in jail as part of his sentence related to two his two alcohol-related convictions. The first was a boat crash in Augsut 2012 that injured seven people along the Magothy River. The second offense occurred about a year later when he was charged with a DUI while driving near his Pasadena home.
"Delegate Dwyer is accepting the consequences of his actions," according to a statement released from the House Republican leadership. "We will be working with Speaker Busch to address the impact on the legislative process as Session begins."