Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Controversial Transgender to Face Ethics Hearing


Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government

October 13, 2010



Duchy Trachtenberg's Assistant to Face Ethics Commission


Government Ethics Hearing of Dana Beyer Open to the Public


Rockville, MD - The Montgomery County, Maryland Ethics Commission will hold an ethics hearing on October 15, 2010, against Dana Beyer, the policy advisor to Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg.


judgeMaryland Citizens for a Responsible Government (MCRG) had filed a complaint against Beyer with the Ethics Commission, alleging that Beyer harassed citizens who were collecting signatures for petitions to put the County's controversial "gender identity bill" to referendum.


MCRG's complaint against Beyer and Trachtenberg can be viewed here. The complaint details the active harassment and interference by Beyer against Montgomery County residents


MCRG filed the complaint under Montgomery County Ethics Law Sec. 19A-14, which states that "a public employee must not intentionally use the prestige of office for private gain" and "a public employee must not intimidate, threaten, coerce or discriminate against any person for the purpose of interfering with that person's freedom to engage in political activity."  See MCRG Press Release and accompanying video


As a transgender formerly known as Wayne Bernard Beyer, Dana Beyer assisted Trachtenberg in sponsoring the gender identity special rights bill which became law despite the request for a referendum by Montgomery County residents who wanted to vote on the proposed law.  That "gender identity" law is now being used by Beyer in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the County.


After the Ethics Commission found 'reasonable cause' to proceed with MCRG's complaint, Beyer claimed to be protected by legislative privilege, held a press conference attacking the Ethics Commission's process, and filed the $5 million lawsuit against the County, citing emotional distress and gender identity discrimination. 


Beyer is the first person to sue the County based on the special rights "gender identity" law.  Beyer has been quoted as stating, "I helped craft the bill, and I'm the first person to use it...That's a delicious irony."  (Gazette, Nov. 18, 2009)


"MCRG opposed the 'Gender Identity Special Rights' bill because that law gives special rights to certain people while ignoring the rights of others," said Dr. Ruth Jacobs of MCRG.  "The County Council should rescind this flawed 'gender identity' law and prevent Montgomery County taxpayers from facing millions of dollars in lawsuits."


The ethics hearing is open to the public and will begin at 9:30 AM at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue , Rockville , Maryland, 7th floor hearing room.



Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government



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