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July 7, 2010
Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg Cites 'Legislative Privilege' in Refusing to Answer Ethics Commission
Beyer's lawsuit asks
The lawsuit states that the investigation is ongoing. Beyer claims that the county's Ethics Commission is investigating her solely because she is transgender and therefore treating her differently. Formerly known as Wayne Bernard Beyer, she is suing under the county's new non-discrimination law, which now includes "gender identity" as a result of Trachtenberg's sponsorship of a gender identity bill which became law despite the request for a referendum by
According to the lawsuit, Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government (MCRG) filed a complaint against Beyer with the Ethics Commission, alleging that "Beyer had attempted to discourage citizens who were collecting signatures for the petitions to put [the gender identity bill] to referendum." See MCRG Press Release and accompanying video.
The publicly filed lawsuit states that the Ethics Commission has made a finding against Beyer and "ordered that a full adjudicatory hearing be held." It also reports a "threatened investigation" by the county's Inspector General. In response, Beyer accuses the county of "harassing" her in the performance of her duties as Trachtenberg's special policy advisor.
"No one is above the law, including our public officials," said Dr. Ruth Jacobs of MCRG. "It is a sad day for
"MCRG opposed the 'Gender Identity Special Rights' bill because it permitted individuals to bring frivolous lawsuits to intimidate those who protect the citizens of our county. The County Council must rescind this flawed 'gender identity' law and prevent
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