- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Why does Maryland State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, Montgomery Democrat, subvert the democratic process?

A very important bill is being considered in the Maryland House of Representatives. House Bill 332 - “An Act concerning Victims of Crime - Burglary and Crimes of Violence - Civil Immunity” would provide important protection for the law-abiding residents of Maryland. If a resident is forced to defend himself from a violent offender, House Bill 332 would prevent the violent attacker or his family from seeking damages that might arise during the attack. Simply put, this bill protects the rights of law-abiding residents against frivolous lawsuits that might be filed by criminal attackers. This bill was passed last year as HB1060 with a 135-0 vote.

When is the last time you witnessed a vote pass with every House representative voting yes? This bill was then ignored by Mr. Frosh as the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. This bill would have passed easily through the Senate and become law if it weren’t for Mr. Frosh subverting the democratic process by not allowing the bill to come up for a vote.

It is time for the residents of Maryland and Montgomery County to let Mr. Frosh know that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. One senator alone should not be deciding what direction Maryland takes in the future.

JUSTIN SUTTER

Columbia, Md.

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