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June 27, 2021

Libertarian Party of Maryland
2021 Summer Picnic Central Committee Meeting Minutes
Date: Sunday, June 27 th , 2021

3:30 PM – David Dull presents credentials committee report. 24 members are physically present, plus 12 proxies, bringing the
total to 36 out of a maximum of 74 central committee members. Quorum is present
3:39 – Stu Sims motions to approve agenda, seconded by Bob Johnston, motion passes
3:41 – Eric Blitz gives chair report
4:41 – Dan Fishman raises a point of information. In paraphrase, “Can we use the secretary of state Voter Registration data for
voter registration activities?”
3:52 – James Cook discuses campaign win for Rock Hall City Council
4:00 – Kyle Walker raises a point of information – Is there a public comment [for electronic signatures for voter registration]?
4:01 – Bob Johnston raises a point of information – Myren family has arrived and should be added [to the list of voting central
committee members.]
4:04 – Old Business
4:08 – Amendments to the platform. Note that they each proposal from the platform committee can be debated, but not
amended.
4:09 – Debate and vote on zoning amendment. 5 vote in the affirmative, 19 vote in opposition, motion fails
4:15 – Mr. Cole presents the addition of an education plank, debate, vote, 21 votes in the affirmative, 2 votes in opposition, the
amendment is adopted.
4:16 – Jeffrey has arrived and been added to the central committee.
4:28 – Zach Mooney raises a point of information, “Where is the [national] guard amendment?”
4:29 – Dan Fishman raises a point of information, “I thought we only voted on the guard amendment, if amendment 12 fails.
4:31 – Krystal Woodward moves to correct the platform committee minutes
4:31 – Eric Blitz, chair, rules out of order due to constitutional requirements
4:37 – David Dull appeals the ruling of the chair, then rescinds his motion
4:40 – Krystal Woodward raises a point of information, “How soon can we call the next platform committee meeting?”
4:40 – Bob Johnston moves to close debate on proposal twelve. 5 votes in the affirmative, 21 in the negative, motion fails, debate
continues
4:47 – Brian Krahling moves to close debate, there is no opposition, motion passes
4:48 – Vote on platform proposal twelve, 27 votes in the affirmative, 12 in opposition, amendment is adopted
4:57 – Debate and vote on amendment P1, which eliminates “promote medical treatment… substance use disorder” in section 3.4.
There are 14 votes in the affirmative, 21 in the negative, amendment is not adopted
4:59 – Debate and vote on amendment P2, which changes the last sentence in section 3.4 to “legalize and deregulate all drugs
including natural plants and medicines, such as cannabis and entheogens.” 39 votes in the affirmative, 0 votes in opposition, the
amendment passes
5:02 – Debate and vote on replacing “discouraged” with “eliminated” in section 3.3. With 35 votes in the affirmative, and 0 votes
in opposition, the amendment passes
5:05 – Debate and vote on P3 to add a new section 3.8 on Jury Nullification. With 31 votes in the affirmative, and 0 votes in
opposition, the amendment passes
5:08 – Sarah arrives and is added to the central committee
5:10 – Announcements
Davil Dull – Goal of 50k registered voters, asks for help with voter registration drive, Anne Arundel Parade Changed to July
5 th , Anne Arundel meet up on the 2 nd Tuesday of every month
Hartford County meet up is also on the 2 nd Tuesday of every month
Valerie Durham – Montgomery County meet up on the 3 rd Wednesday of every month
Otto Dassing – Spike Cohen will be in attendance at the Crab and Chicken Feast on the 11 th of September.

Tim Miller – Midshore meet up will be on July 16 th at Washington Street Pub
5:24 – Motion to adjourn by David Dull, seconded by Ozzie. Motion passes

— Kyle O’Donnell (not yet approved by the Central Committee)

April 17, 2021

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland —

Saturday, 17 April 2021
Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the Bavarian Brauhaus in Hanover, Maryland. The meeting was called to
order at 3:29 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.
Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Dean Ahmad. It validated that 45 Central Committee
members were in attendance for the meeting. 13 proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 70 members. (Five minutes of
attendance identification deleted from audio recording.)
Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanks Phil Dassing, Krystal Woodworth, and Stu Simms for putting on this convention. He welcomes Executive
Director Tyler Harris, Dan Fishman, LNC Chair Joe Bishop-Henchman, LNC representative Susan Hogarth, and Dr. Lark. We have 166 members
and 15,675 registered voters. We are a recognized party and need 1% registrations or 1% vote for governor to maintain status. All partisan state
offices are up for election next year, interested candidates contact Bob. Eric reports no ballot access law bill made it out of committee; he is
requesting the BoE to continue accepting electronic signatures, gives it a 50% chance. The MdLP decided not to go with the national LP’s CRM,
we will have our own along with a new website from Krystal Woodworth..
The agenda: was agreed upon unanimously.
Minutes: The minutes of the 18 July and 17 October 2020 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.
Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Eric Blitz after he distributed and described budget documents.
Bylaws change: Motion made by Dean Ahmad and Robert Glaser to amend the Bylaws as follows. In the “Transferable Ballot Method of
Proportional Representation” bylaw, change this: “N offices; C candidates; B ballots: each ballot is a list of candidate names in order of preference
with no minimum or maximum number. The voting algorithm is as follows:” to this: “N offices; C candidates; B ballots: each ballot is a list of
candidate names in order of preference with no minimum or maximum number. ‘None of the Above (NOTA)’ is always included as a voting
option, is treated as a candidate, and is never dropped. The voting algorithm is as follows:”; passed unanimously on a voice vote.
Officer Elections: Eric Blitz and Kyle O’Donnell were nominated for Chairman; Blitz 51, O’Donnell 10, NOTA 0; vote totals discrepancy noted,
the body unanimously agreed to accept the results; Eric Blitz is elected. The following were nominated as officers: Kyle O’Donnell, Krystal
Woodworth, Phil Dassing, Alexander Schlegel, David Dull, Robert Johnston III, Robert Glaser, and Stuart Simms. Ballots were distributed and
tabulated: Krystal Woodworth, Kyle O’Donnell, Phil Dassing, Robert Glaser, David Dull, and Robert Johnston III are elected. (Voting from 5:03-
5:11 deleted from audio recording.)
Tyler Harris, LP Executive Director: heartening to be in the room. Is very pleased to see that this growth is typical of what is being seen across
the country. They are strengthening the pipeline of individuals who come to National. National wants to support the affiliates; has a team to assist
in electing Libertarians. They are building out the infrastructure. Implores all to join National or become a monthly pledger.
Dan Fishman: proud to be an MdLP member; May 1 is national libertarian day of service; working towards joy People4Liberty.org/nldos.
Eric Blitz: Bob Johnston has been working very hard for this party for 14 years, thanks him. Presents a card for Bob and beer from various
members for him is outside.
Dr. Lark: Congratulates Eric and thanks Bob, a good captain who takes responsibility and shares credit.
Joe Bishop-Henchman, LNC Chair: due to the pandemic, who do we need to hire, and who do we need to sue; Jorgensen/Cohen were on the
ballot in all 50 states. We’re growing 5-8% per year, Democrats 2%, Republicans 0%. 1 in 90 Americans voted for Jo. We have overcome ballot
access challenges and being more pro-active on that issue. Working on getting elected to state legislatures: now we have two. National is rolling
out a 16-course state campaign certification training program.
Chase Award: Dean Ahmad described the history of the Samuel Chase Award. Lorenzo Gaztañaga presented this year’s award to Shawn Quinn
for running for Governor so heartily twice; “he campaigned like it was the end of the world.” Shawn pointed out that “You can’t do it by yourself.”
Constitutional Amendment:
In V6B, replace : “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee may call a meeting of the State
Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” with “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee
as of the close of the previous Central Committee meeting may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” The
Investigating Committee of Bob Johnston, Dean Ahmad, Eric Blitz, David Dull, and Brian Krahling recommend passage. The vote passes
unanimously on a voice vote.
Recess from 5:23-5:46
Resolution: Phil Dassing offers: “Whereas the instituting of a database of citizens’ personal healthcare decisions that tracks your health status is
not a Constitutionally recognized function of government, and Whereas the collusion between government and private business in creating and
implementing such a database creates an intrusive surveillance system and could result in a tyrannical medical caste system, and Whereas a resulting
vaccine passport system infringes upon the peoples freedom of movement and to go about their normal lives, Therefore, the Libertarian Party of
Maryland opposes, in the strongest possible terms, any and all attempts to institute a vaccine passport system in the state of Maryland.” Passes on a
voice vote.
Eric Blitz: because we do not have time to consider the Platform Committee’s report as required by our Constitution, moves to suspend the
Constitution’s requirement to consider it at the convention and instead consider it at the next Central Committee meeting, which violates the 90-day
Constitutional timeline; requires a 2/3 vote. Passes on a voice vote, the platform will be voted on at the picnic.
Outgoing Chair: Bob Johnston thanks donors, petition collectors, and most of all our candidates; candidates get the message out. The average
person hears about the LP from candidates.
Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 5:59 pm.
–Robert E. Glaser

July 18, 2020

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 18 July 2020

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Agenda and Treasurer’s report were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:44 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Dean Ahmad. It validated that 29 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 54 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 15 March 2020 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 123 members and 13,900 registrations. We settled a lawsuit against the BoE to accept 5,000 petition signatures by Aug. 3; we have 4,700 on hand, need about another 1,800. We have 8 U.S. House seats and some Balto. City and Cecil county offices up for election. Has formed a PAC and are $200 away from the maximum $2800; more received immediately.

Susan Hogarth, incoming LNC regional rep: traveled from NC, discussed the Orlando convention.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Dan Fishman (LP Director): entreats us to email 10 friends to sign our petition. We now have over 20,000 national members. Promotes National lifetime membership, presented David Lasher with a lifetime pin; David Lasher, Jim Lark, and Dan Fishman donated funds to make Bob Johnston a lifetime member also.

Constitutional Amendment:

Append the following sentence to V6B: “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” This was approved at the last CC meeting and this vote is up or down for final adoption. The Investigating Committee reports: We support proposed amendment provided it be amended to read: “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee as of the close of the previous Central Committee meeting may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” Reason: The added phrase will avoid disagreements over the number of signatures needed or the eligibility of signers in a prudent manner. Approved on a voice vote.

Presidential Electors: The following 10 were nominated as Presidential Electors committed to Jo Jorgensen: Eric Blitz, Doug Stanley, Kyle Wagner, Muir Boda, Dean Ahmad, Brian Krahling, Chris Gannon, Robert Glaser, Phil Dassing, and Paul Eads; approved on a voice vote without dissent.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment: In V6B, replace : “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” with “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee as of the close of the previous Central Committee meeting may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” Approved unanimously on a voice vote. The Investigating Committee is Bob Johnston, Dean Ahmad, Eric Blitz, David Dull, and Brian Krahling.

Chris Gannon presented two alienated parents resolutions: #1 The Maryland Libertarian Party condemns inappropriate governmental interference in parental custody including but not limited to incentivizing unreasonable child support orders via Title IV-D funding and parental alienation without due process. #2 Libertarians stand with wrongfully alienated parents advocating for their inalienable right to equal shared parenting. Both passed unanimously on a voice vote.

David Dull on Orlando Convention: There was discord and division at the beginning, but solidarity at the end; Alex Merced respected all. There were 11 MdLP delegates present in Orlando. Presented Dean Ahmad with a retired Maryland stanchion from the national convention.

Nominations for Public Office: Leo Dymowski for Circuit Court judge in Baltimore county; approved on a voice vote.

Phil Dassing: expresses thanks for help in Orlando.

James Lark, outgoing LNC regional rep: Dr. Lark was disgusted at ugliness he viewed from Orlando; we need the highest standards of intellectual honesty, sees dishonesty on social media; we must treat people right, with respect. Our liberties are vanishing at a great rate, we can’t afford to let silly things come between us. Bob Johnston nominates James Lark for lifetime MdLP membership; approved.

Announcements: Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale. Kyle O’Donnell offers Jorgensen signs and more.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:08 pm.

—Robert E. Glaser

March 15, 2020

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Sunday, 15 March 2020

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the Cambria Hotel Arundel Mills/BWI in Hanover, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 2:34 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Dean Ahmad. It validated that 33 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. One proxy was represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 52 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 10 August 2019 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanks Stu Simms and Krystal Woodworth for putting on this convention. He welcomes Tyler Harris, Executive Director Dan Fishman, and LNC representative Dr. Lark. It was agreed without objection to: nominate delegates as a slate if we have exactly 20 nominees; and to allow Dr. Lark to act as parliamentarian. The modified agenda was agreed upon unanimously. We have 112 members and 17,931 registered voters. The MdLP lost the federal lawsuit over petition requirements. We thank the national party for providing $15k and David Lasher for donating $10k towards the petition, with $5k coming from the MdLP. Once we get back on the ballot, we will have the Presidential and U.S. House candidates, plus elections in Baltimore City and Cecil County. We will have a tight timeline nominating candidates after hopefully regaining ballot access. We are having success with some of our local groups. He thanks Michael Linder who is stepping down as Treasurer after ten years.

Platform Committee’s report: The committee recommended no change to the State Platform.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as amended by Michael Linder.

Constitutional Amendment:

V5D append: “The Treasurer is authorized to expend funds as directed in a budget approved by the Executive Board or by a separate resolution of the Executive Board.” V5F, replace “Any action” with “The Executive Board shall authorize the expenditure of Party funds by adopting a budget, which shall be published to the members of the Central Committee by email 10 days prior to its adoption, or by separate resolution. Except for the funds already expended, any action”. Remove all references to the Finance Committee. The vote passes unanimously on a voice vote.

Delegates to the National Convention: Alex Schlegel, Arvin Vohra, Bob Johnston, Chris Gannon, Chris Wallace, Clif Keller, David Dull, David Griggs, David Lashar, Dean Ahmad, Ed Fochler, Eric Blitz, Jared Schneiderman, Jordan Appler, Kyle O’Donnell, Lorenzo Gaztanaga, Matt Beers, Michael Downs, Michael Linder, Paul Eads, Phil Dassing, Rose Mooney, Stu Simms, Susan Gaztanaga, Tim Miller, and Tim Mooney were nominated as delegates. Ballots were printed and distributed. After the first ballot David Griggs withdrew; after a total of five ballots successively removing the candidate with the fewest votes each time, the following were voted in as delegates: Bob Johnston, Phil Dassing, David Dull, Dean Ahmad, Chris Wallace, Stu Simms, Eric Blitz, Susan Gaztanaga, Jared Schneiderman, Tim Miller, Lorenzo Gaztanaga, Alex Schlegel, Clif Keller, Michael Downs, David Lashar, Chris Gannon, Michael Linder, Matt Beers, Tim Mooney, and Jordan Appler. We are allotted 20 delegates plus 50 alternates.

LNC Representative Dr. Lark: “We live in interesting times.” Questions about coronavirus interference with meetings and national convention; unknown, looking into contingencies and bylaws. Compared to Europe, the U.S. is still the bastion of liberty, but there are a number of young self-identified libertarians. He invites contact at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Questions about court cases nationally about coronavirus impacting petition gathering: Dan Fishman replied that National is looking into this on a state-by-state basis; report voter reticence at LP.org/report (Ballot Access Problem Hotline).

Presidential Candidates: five minutes was provided during the vote count for each of the candidates and others who purchased table space to speak during a rules suspension.

Officer Elections: Robert S. Johnston III was nominated for Chairman; elected unanimously on a voice vote. The following were nominated as officers: Michael Linder, Eric Blitz, Stuart Simms, Krystal Woodworth, David Dull, Phil Dassing, and Robert Glaser. David Dull withdrew, leaving six candidates for six positions. It was agreed to vote as a slate, which was elected unanimously on a voice vote.

Eric Blitz serves as Secretary while Robert Glaser works on ballot tabulation.

Bylaws change: Motion made by Bob Johnston to Amend the Bylaw on Delegates to the National Convention to change the words “smaller than” to “less than or equal to”; passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Motion by Dean Ahmad proposing a constitutional amendment, to amend Article V, Section 6 Subsection B, to provide a mechanism by which 10% of the members of the State Central Committee could submit a petition to call for a meeting of the State Central Committee. After debate, an amendment to the motion was accepted by Dr. Ahmad and the following motion was made: Append the following sentence to V6B: “A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.” The motion passed unanimously by voice vote and the motion was referred to an investigating committee pursuant to Article X, Section 1, Subsection B. The following members of the State Central Committee were appointed to the investigating committee: Bob Johnston, Dean Ahmad, Eric Blitz, David Dull, and Brian Krahling.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:22 pm.

—Robert E. Glaser/Eric Blitz

Minutes of the Investigating Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland

The investigating committee of Bob Johnston, Dean Ahmad, Eric Blitz, David Dull, and Brian Krahling reports:
We support proposed amendment provided it be amended to read:
“A written petition of twenty percent or more of the members of the State Central Committee as of the close of the previous central committee meeting may call a meeting of the State Central Committee for a specific stated purpose.”
Reason: The added phrase will avoid disagreements over the number of signatures needed or the eligibility of signers in a prudent manner.

August 10, 2019

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 10 August 2019

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report was distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:42 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Scott Spencer; and Dean Ahmad. It validated that 15 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 36 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 28 April 2019 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 88 members. The federal lawsuit was thrown out and we filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals, which is not expected to be heard until next year. We need 10,000 petition signatures by the first Monday in August 2020. We’re going to hire a paid petitioner. The 2020 national convention is on Memorial Day weekend, rooms are being booked now. We’ll have about 22 delegates to be determined at our spring convention. In 2020 Maryland will have 8 U.S. House seats and some Balto. City offices up for election and we will be looking for nominations for those offices.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: Dr. Lark first paused to remember Bill Buzzell. Financially, National is still treading water. Several are interested in the presidential race. The courts are not helping us with ballot access, it takes from $250,000 to $500,000 just to get our candidates on the ballot. He offers to help us with petitioning and provides jwLark*virginia.edu for help. Q&A followed.

Constitutional Amendments:

#1 replace the word “Program” with “Platform” in all appearances (14 occurrences: V7A, V7A3, V7A3, V7A3, V7A3, V8, V8A, V8A, V8B, V8B, V8C, V8C, V8C, V8C). This was approved at the last CC meeting, was recommended by the Investigating Committee, and this vote is up or down for final adoption. Approved unanimously on a voice vote.

#2 Change the sentence in VII1 “At the time of filing, and continuously through the date of the corresponding General Election, all candidates of the Maryland Libertarian Party to public office must be registered Libertarian as defined in the qualification for Central Committee membership stated in Article IV, Section 2.” to “At the time of filing, and continuously through the date of the corresponding General Election, excepting judicial nominations, all candidates of the Maryland Libertarian Party to public office must be registered Libertarian as defined in the qualification for Central Committee membership stated in Article IV, Section 2.” This was approved at the last CC meeting, was recommended by the Investigating Committee, and this vote is up or down for final adoption. Approved on a voice vote.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment:

(Eric Blitz/Dean Ahmad): Several sections regarding Treasurer’s duties, a budget, and an elected Finance Committee. Robert Glaser offered an amendment to the proposal to instead have the Finance Committee appointed by the Executive Board: vote 6 Yes, 6 No; the amendment fails. David Dull/Krystal Woodworth offered an amendment to the proposal to instead eliminate the Finance Committee plus provide 10-day notification of CC members of any budget changes: approved unanimously on a voice vote.

The final amendment to be voted upon is: V5D append: “The Treasurer is authorized to expend funds as directed in a budget approved by the Executive Board or by a separate resolution of the Executive Board.” V5F, replace “Any action” with “The Executive Board shall authorize the expenditure of Party funds by adopting a budget, which shall be published to the members of the Central Committee by email 10 days prior to its adoption, or by separate resolution. Except for the funds already expended, any action”. Remove all references to the Finance Committee.

Approved on a voice vote. The Investigating Committee is Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, David Dull, Jonathon Woodworth, Eric Blitz, and Dean Ahmad.

Resolution (Bob Johnston, Krystal Woodworth takes gavel for this vote): For their pro bono service in the ballot access lawsuit efforts, Mark Grannis and Eric Blitz are granted MdLP Life Membership. Approved unanimously on a voice vote.

Announcements: Bob Johnston models the MdLP new tee shirts designed by Krystal Woodworth for sale. Krystal Woodworth reminds us of the Cornhole tournament on Aug. 24. Mark Leonard introduced the vice-chair of Northern VA LP Martin Overstrum who runs outreach activities; he invites our participation. David Dull advises of an AA county meeting on Monday. Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 6:34 pm.

—Robert E. Glaser

Minutes of the Investigating Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 10 August 2019

Opening: The Investigating Committee met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 6:55 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Investigating Committee consisted of: Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, David Dull, Jonathon Woodworth, Eric Blitz, and Dean Ahmad.

The Committee recommends passage unanimously and suggests an additional amendment that permits CC members to call a CC meeting.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 7:12 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

April 28, 2019

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Sunday, 28 April 2019

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe in Mount Airy, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 2:41 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Dean Ahmad. It validated that 19 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 35 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 18 August 2018 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston welcomes LNC representatives Dr. Lark and Joe Bishop-Henchman. He reports that Michael White passed away this week. We have 88 members. We had 22,483 registered voters at the time of de-certification by the BoE. The MdLP is suing the state of Md. over the petition requirement; Eric Blitz explained. If the lawsuit fails we must collect 10,000 petition signatures. The 2020 election is for President, Congress, and partisan seats in Baltimore City. We have electoral muscle in that in a number of instances Libertarians received more votes than the difference between the winner and second-place finisher.

LNC Representative Dr. Lark: At the national level, the LP is sort of skating along; things are okay, we are recovering from some budgetary problems. We have a new executive director, Dan Fishman. Party membership in 2014 was 14,260; now it is 14,271. Next year is going to be extremely challenging for us election-wise. The great frontier for recruiting young prospects is in the high schools. He invites contact at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Program Committee’s report: The committee recommended one change to the State Program: Under State Government, change the fifth bullet point from “End exclusionary ballot access laws to foster a strong and vibrant democratic process.” to “End exclusionary ballot access laws and encourage ranked choice voting to foster a strong and vibrant democratic process.” Approved unanimously on a voice vote.

Officer Elections: Robert S. Johnston III was nominated for Chairman; elected unanimously on a voice vote. The following were nominated as officers: David Dull, Michael Linder, Robert Glaser, Stuart Simms, Krystal Woodworth, and Scott Spencer. It was agreed to vote as a slate, which was elected unanimously on a voice vote.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments:

#1 (Robert Glaser): replace the word “Program” with “Platform” in all appearances (14 occurrences: V7A, V7A3, V7A3, V7A3, V7A3, V8, V8A, V8A, V8B, V8B, V8C, V8C, V8C, V8C). Approved on a voice vote.

#2 (Robert Glaser): Change the sentence in VII1 “At the time of filing, and continuously through the date of the corresponding General Election, all candidates of the Maryland Libertarian Party to public office must be registered Libertarian as defined in the qualification for Central Committee membership stated in Article IV, Section 2.” to “At the time of filing, and continuously through the date of the corresponding General Election, excepting judicial nominations, all candidates of the Maryland Libertarian Party to public office must be registered Libertarian as defined in the qualification for Central Committee membership stated in Article IV, Section 2.” Approved on a voice vote.

#3 (Dean Ahmad): in IV2, after “is registered as a Libertarian” add “or Other-Libertarian”. 8 for, 8 against; amendment Fails.

The Investigating Committee for amendments #1 and #2 is Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Tom Ashwell, Jonathon Woodworth, and Tony Spezio.

Proposed Bylaw (Eric Blitz): Budget amendment tabled until the next meeting.

Announcements: Bob Johnston says the proposed date for the picnic is Saturday, August 10 at the Sten’s. Eric Blitz advises of a June 8 volunteer class in Crofton. AA county meeting May 13 at Libations. Baltimore City meeting May 20 at Govans library. Baltimore County meeting May 17 at Pizza John’s. The AA group will participate in the Annapolis Memorial Day parade May 27. Stu Simms advises of a proposed March 14, 2020 Spring Convention in Frederick. Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 3:54 pm.

—Robert E. Glaser

Minutes of the Investigating Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Sunday, 28 April 2019

Opening: The Investigating Committee met at the Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe in Mount Airy, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 4:03 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Investigating Committee consisted of: Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Tom Ashwell, Jonathon Woodworth, and Tony Spezio.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment #1: 4 Yes, 1 No. Committee recommends passage.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment #2: 3 Yes, 1 No. Committee recommends passage.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 4:05 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

August 18, 2018

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 18 August 2018

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the home of David Sten, in North East, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 4:24 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Scott Spencer, Stuart Simms, and I. Dean Ahmad. It validated that 22 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 49 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 3/10/2018 and 6/7/2018 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted, without objection.

Treasurer’s Report: Michael Linder delivered the Treasurer’s Report, which was accepted as corrected. The correction was the deletion of a duplicate “8” to the left of the decimal in the total balance. The corrected total balance was $8,268.88.

Eric Blitz asked the Treasurer whether we had a deficit or surplus from the convention. The Treasurer confirms that we lost money on the event.

Chairman reminded candidates that they could receive matching funds from the state party for campaign expenses.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 111 members. We have 21,404 registered voters as of July, which is a little over 1,000 more than this point last year. We now have 0.54% of registered voters. Since we’re still short of 1% of registered voters, we need Shawn Quinn to get at least 1% of the votes in the general election to maintain ballot access.

In Pennsylvania, Steve Scheetz and another candidate had their ballot access signatures challenged by the Republican Party, and were forced to drop out of the race, due to insufficient time and funds to fight the challenge.

In Virginia, it was estimated by LNC Representative Dr. James Lark that candidates faced $15,000 to $20,000 each for ballot access.

We have 20 candidates, including a full slate of candidates for federal office again. The chairman stated that the candidate for Prince Georges County Circuit Court Judge was nominated incorrectly, because the candidate is a registered Democrat. However, this is for a non-partisan race.

The chairman reported that former Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson, is running for US Senate in New Mexico.

LNC Representative: Dr. Jim Lark spoke about his recent trip to Krakow, Poland. He spoke about the successful national convention the previous month.

Chairman Johnston asked about the LNC finances. Dr. Lark replied that, because of the “tremendous year” in 2016, we had built some ambitious programs, but we’re not where we’d like to be. We have an “okay” reserve, but are “not in great shape, by any means”. He finds nothing on the horizon that could put us in a bad situation, and is optimistic about Gary Johnson’s race in Arizona.

The Chairman talked about regular meetings of several county groups.

David Dull asked about Larry Sharpe’s campaign for Governor of New York. Dr. Lark replied that Mr. Sharpe is doing better than candidates in New York have in the past. He believes that Mr. Sharpe is likely to retain ballot access for New York, with upwards of 50,000 votes.

New Business: Chairman Johnston asked Dean Ahmad to chair the meeting temporarily.

Bob Johnston moved that the Maryland Libertarian Party endorse the organization “We Do Better”. The founder also was involved in starting PANDA (People Against the NDAA). The organization identifies nonprofits that provide social services better than does the government. They lobby state governments to create tax credits for funds donated to these non-profit organizations. The Georgia LP has already endorsed the organization.

Mr. Linder asked if there was any bill that was already being proposed in Maryland, but it appears that there is not.

Ms. Woodell asked if this would create any further obligation to support them or a future proposed bill. There would not. It would simply allow them to put on their website that they have been endorsed by the Maryland Libertarian Party.

Motion passed by voice vote, and Mr. Ahmad handed the gavel back to Chairman Johnston.

Mr. Linder asked if there was a planned election night party. Shawn Quinn said that he’s working on one.

Announcements: Mr. Lashar is streaming live at 8 pm tonight.

Baltimore Libertarian Group will have a table at the Essex Day Festival.

Doug Stanley is having a Water’s Edge event in the future, date TBA.

Mr. Pepino reported an attempt to get into the Severn Multicultural Festival next weekend.

Mr. Randers-Pearson has Jenica Martin signs in his trunk if anyone wants one. He will be at a Maryland Cannibis event on August 30.

Shawn Quinn reported that we are 80 days from the election, and encouraged everyone to continue fighting. He talked about his work on the election, and about successes he’s had.

Mr. Lashar said that he’s finding it when individuals “Like” a campaign page on Facebook, because it helps with optics and metrics. He’ll be on WYPR Mid-day on September 23.

Krystal Woodworth said that there’d be a town hall on September 15 for Jenica Martin and Shawn Quinn at the Kent Island Public Library in Queen Anne’s County.

David Dull spoke about social media, suggesting that it helps when there are likes on “boosted” posts. He’s trying to compile a list of group and candidate pages, to coordinate people “Liking” these pages’ posts.

Stu Simms said that we’re looking at April 6, in Frederick, for the next State Convention.

Krystal Woodworth talked about having a booth at the Renaissance Faire next year, as a group of Libertarians, and the theme would be Robin Hood and his Merry Men. She encouraged people to wear Libertarian shirts, if they’re not cosplaying.

Chairman Johnston recognized Life Members present: Dean Ahmad, Stu Simms, and David Sten.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:14 pm.

–Scott Spencer

June 7, 2018

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Thursday, 7 June 2018

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Robert Glaser’s home in Owings Mills, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 7:12 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee validated that 10 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. One proxy was represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 40 members.

Nominations for Public Office:  April Ademiluyi for Prince Georges County Circuit Court Judge: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Jeremy Harbaugh for State Delegate 3A: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Leo Dymowski for Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge: nominated unanimously on a voice vote.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 7:32 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

March 10, 2018

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 10 March 2018

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 4:23 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 32 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 54 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 26 August and 2 December 2017 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 110 members. We have 21,040 registered voters, and are just over halfway to the 1% threshold. Looking for more county and regional groups. Chelsey Snyder is working on a new website, rolling it out in two weeks. Has asked Lorenzo Gaztañaga as spokesperson to promote the MdLP candidates. We have 7 of 9 federal candidates on the ballot with two more to be voted on today, plus local and state candidates. Asks for us to contribute to our candidates’ campaigns. We are on the map and the D’s and the R’s know it.

Program Committee’s report: The committee recommended no change to the State Program.

Delegates to the National Convention: Stuart Simms, Derek Pomery, Chelsey Snyder, Dean Ahmad, Chris Wallace, Scott Spencer, David Lasher, Jenica Martin, Eric Blitz, Kyle Wagner, Maria Edenbo, Jason Summers, Ben Krause, Janai Hall, Shawn Quinn, Kristina Smith, Randie King, Connor Knox, Jacqueline Morris, Matt Geiger, and Bob Johnston were nominated and approved as delegates. Cornelius Fletcher, Chris Haag, and Krystal Woodworth were nominated and approved as alternate delegates. The Secretary is directed to fill out the delegate and alternate lists with remaining Central Committee members. We are allotted 21 delegates plus 50 alternates.

Nominations for Public Office:  David Lashar for U.S. Congress, District 3: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Dr. David Griggs for U.S. Congress, District 7: nominated on a voice vote. Lauren Drew (drewfor22.org) for state Senate, District 22: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Douglas Stanley for Baltimore County Council, District 7: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Christopher Randers-Pehrson for state Senate, District 35: nominated on a voice vote. Michael Lyden for state Delegate, District 6: nominated 21-6. Matthew Chrest for Harford County Council, District 3: nominated on a voice vote. Holly Harris for Montgomery County Council, District 5: nominated on a voice vote.

Officer Elections: Robert S. Johnston III was nominated for Chairman; elected unanimously on a hand count. The following were nominated as officers: Krystal Woodworth, Robert Glaser, Michael Linder, Stuart Simms, Chelsey Snyder, Scott Spencer, and David Sgambellone. Dean Ahmad and Nick Sarwark analyzed the ballots after the meeting was postponed; subsequently Dean Ahmad announced that the winners were Stuart Simms, Robert Glaser, Chelsey Snyder, Krystal Woodworth, Michael Linder, and Scott Spencer.

Resolution: Ben Krause proposed a resolution which was divided and amended into two parts: (1) to restrict the Board on behalf of the Central Committee from contributing to Arvin Vohra’s senatorial campaign, passes 17-9; and (2) The MdLP regrets the comments made by Mr. Arvin Vohra, the U.S. Senate candidate – passes on a voice vote.

Announcements:  Krystal Woodworth promoted an Upper Eastern Shore group event 1-4pm Sunday May 6; Chris Wallace promotes firearms training; Jenica Martin is speaking at the national convention; Chris Haag is sponsoring Periscope interviews at 7pm Thursdays, and running a tournament at the national convention (peacehook.com). Ben Krause is running a Facebook Live show with candidates, contact him to be included; Jason Summers asks for volunteers for Shawn Quinn’s gubernatorial campaign; Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale.

Meeting postponed: for ballot analysis at 6:23 pm. Resumed at 6:59 pm to announce officer election results.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 7:01 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

December 2, 2018

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 2 December 2017

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Robert Glaser’s home in Owings Mills, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 7:22 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 12 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 48 members.

Nominations for Public Office:  Jasen Wunder for U.S. Congress, District 8: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Jenica Martin for U.S. Congress, District 1: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Thomas Ashwell for Harford County Circuit Court Judge: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. David Bishop for U.S. Congress, District 4: nominated unanimously on a voice vote. Jacob Pulcher for U.S. Congress, District 5: nominated unanimously on a voice vote.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

August 26, 2017

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 26 August 2017

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report was distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:40 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 18 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Four proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 50 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 29 April 2017 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was approved as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 124 members and 20,446 registered voters as of 7/31/2017 – just over 0.5%. Need 1% in the gubernatorial election to maintain ballot access. We have five nominated candidates presently. We have until July 2, 2018 to get candidates on the ballot. Goal is to run a full slate of candidates for federal office and also some local races. The 2018 General Assembly starts in January, contact Eric Blitz about legislation. Baltimore City is in play for the 2020 LP National Convention.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: Had LNC meeting last week. Took questions: still assisting international libertarian groups; fundraising is okay.

Nominations for Public Office:  Kevin Caldwell for U.S. Congress, District 6: nominated unanimously on a voice vote; Michael Carney for U.S. Congress, District 2: nominated on a voice vote. Arvin Vohra for U.S. Senate: nominated 15 For, 4 Against.

Samuel Chase Freedom Award: was presented to Dave Sten by Ron Kean and Bob Johnston after an historical description by Dean Ahmad.

Announcements:  Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:22 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

April 29, 2017

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 29 April 2017

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Red Hot & Blue in Laurel, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 4:36 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 33 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Two proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 47 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 30 July 2016 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 136 members. We have 20,162 registered voters as of 3/31/2017, and are a little over halfway to the 1% threshold. The LP now has more legitimacy than we’ve had before, great time to be part of it. Would like to run a full slate of Congressional candidates, state Senate too; looking for candidates.

Vice-Chair’s Report: We returned to the legislature, was a difficult year as everyone is gearing up for the partisan governor’s race. Worked very hard on a number of bills. Tim Sutton worked on bail reform (monetary bail), beat the bail industry’s bill working with other partners. Gun legislation: gun free zones on college campuses. Ballot access bill: formed a coalition to pass the bill we’ve sought for the past three years (10,000 registrations instead of 1%); got endorsements; R/D’s still see no reason to help us, but was close. Second year in a row worked on police rights (open government) bill; pared away into nothing, might get summer study. Testified on marijuana legalization bills. Lot of other bills worked on.

Jim Lark, LNC regional rep: It is only a group of friends that would entice him to drive through DC traffic to get here. Took questions on LNC activities, some electoral successes. Thanks Scott Spencer for his LNC work.

Program Committee’s report: The committee recommended no changes to the State Program.

Constitutional Amendment: (to be voted up or down) Replace section V4B with the following:

B. Election of the Chairman and Executive Board: At the regular spring meeting of the State Central Committee, a separate vote shall be held for the Chairman and the remaining members of the Executive Board. The vote for the Chairman shall be held first. Nominations for Chairman and Executive Board membership can be made by any Central Committee member, including the person seeking the office. The Chairman and members of the Executive Board shall be elected to one year terms. Votes shall be cast by the Transferable Ballot Method of Proportional Representation as shall be described in the bylaws. The Executive Board shall take office simultaneously and immediately at the conclusion of the Central Committee meeting, and assign offices among themselves as required by Section 4-A of Article V. If the period of nomination for Executive Board members has closed, and the number of candidates is equal to or lesser than the number of vacancies, all candidates may be elected as a slate by majority vote, with two-thirds approval of the assembly.
The Investigating Committee for this proposal is Chelsey Snyder, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser; it unanimously recommends a vote FOR the amendment.
Vote: unanimous FOR on a voice vote, passes.

Proposed Bylaw: The Constitutional Investigating Committee for the approved amendment proposes the following bylaw to complete the amendment’s requirement:

Transferable Ballot Method of Proportional Representation

N offices; C candidates; B ballots: each ballot is a list of candidate names in order of preference with no minimum or maximum number. The voting algorithm is as follows:

BALLOT <== 0
Repeat

THRESHOLD = B * N/(N + 1)
BALLOT <== BALLOT + 1
COUNT <== 0
CANDIDATE_VOTE_TOTALS <== 0 (C values)
Repeat
COUNT <== COUNT + 1
Select highest unelected not eliminated choice on each ballot (can be none)
Add selection on each ballot to CANDIDATE_VOTE_TOTALS
For each candidate, If (CANDIDATE_VOTE_TOTAL > THRESHOLD)
Then candidate is elected
Until (Offices all filled) OR (COUNT == N)
If (Offices not all filled) Then
If at least one candidate does not withdraw
Then candidate (or candidates if equal) with lowest CANDIDATE_VOTE_TOTAL eliminated
N <== remaining offices
C <== remaining candidates
Until (Offices all filled)

Unresolved ties are handled by coin toss.

The above algorithm takes precedence, however the following textual description is provided as an explanation:

The Threshold for election into office is the number of total ballots cast (B) times the number of offices being filled (N) all divided by the number of offices plus one.

The First Ballot:

All those eligible to vote shall cast their ballot as a list of desired candidates, starting with the most preferred. NOTA may be included.

Ballot 1, Count 1:

The highest unelected and not eliminated candidate on each ballot shall be identified and given one count for each appearance. If the count for any candidate at the end of the totaling is above the threshold, then that candidate is elected. No candidates need be elected in this count.

Ballot 1, Count N:

Each subsequent count shall be performed in the same manner, adding to the candidate totals, until all offices are filled or until the count number reaches N (the number of offices being filled).

Subsequent Ballots:

At the end of each ballot (given all offices are not filled) one candidate must withdraw. If no candidate wishes to withdraw, the candidate with the lowest vote total in Count N shall be eliminated from the candidate list. A new Threshold is calculated at the end of each ballot using the number of remaining offices (Nr) and the number of ballots cast in the same way as initially. No candidate need be elected in a ballot, so Nr may equal N. The subsequent ballots shall be performed the same as the first, starting with zero candidate totals using the new Threshold and performing counts up to Count Nr. This process shall be repeated until all offices are filled or some remain vacant. Vacancies can occur when either all candidates have been eliminated and therefore further ballots cannot be constructed, or NOTA is elected.

Should the election process result in one or more vacancies, the body may immediately hold another election, nominating candidates who were not defeated in the prior election. Otherwise, Article V, Section 4D applies.

Vote: passed on a voice vote.

Nominations for Public Office:

Shawn Quinn for Governor/Christina Smith for Lt. Governor; nominated on a voice vote.
Joseph Sandy for state delegate 42B (Baltimore county (JDforliberty.com); nominated unanimously on a voice vote.
Thomas Parks for state delegate 35B; nominated unanimously on a voice vote.
Christopher Wallace for state senate 30; nominated unanimously on a voice vote.

Officer Elections: Robert S. Johnston III was nominated for Chairman; elected unanimously on a voice vote. The following were nominated as officers: Robert Glaser, Michael Linder, Stuart Simms, Shawn Quinn, Chelsey Snyder, Scott Spencer. As there were no more than six nominations and there were no objections, the nominations were voted upon as a slate; a unanimous voice vote approved the slate.

Announcements: July 29 picnic at the Stens’; Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale; Jim Lark offers to assist with college events (email hidden; JavaScript is required); Eric Blitz promotes Young Libertarians of Maryland.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:19 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

July 20, 2016

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 30 July 2016

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report, agenda, and proposed Constitutional amendment were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:59 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 19 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 42 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 12 March and 29 June 2016 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was approved as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 121 members including a total of $245/month pledgers; we have 16,621 registered voters as of 6/30/2016 and need 1% in the presidential race to maintain ballot access. The state extended the candidate filing deadline to August 1. We will have 7/8 House, the Senate seat, and Baltimore City candidates. It is not too early to think about the 2018 election; the Republicans usually cannot fill as many as 10 seats in the state legislature which gives us a two-party competition. Volunteers for helping the Johnson/Weld campaign should contact Bob – the election is in 100 days.

Vice-Chair’s Report: Eric Blitz is organizing counties as an ad-hoc committee of the state; leaders of each group will be a member of that committee. We have leaders in six counties so far and want to use the excitement of the election to bring in new people. Young Libertarians of Maryland is still operating.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: Dr. Lark is modeling his Liberalstene t-shirt from Norway. He thanks Scott Spencer for serving as an alternate for two terms, and Arvin Vohra who continues as the National Vice-Chair. The LNC had a meeting about two weeks ago; money is coming in faster now. The Johnson/Weld campaign has gotten lots of earned media for us. Took questions.

Candidates: Arvin Vohra, Matt Beers, and David Howser provided updates on their campaigns.

Presidential Electors: The following 10 were nominated as Presidential Electors committed to Gary Johnson: Eric Blitz, Dean Ahmad, Robert Glaser, Chelsey Snyder, Stuart Simms, Shawn Quinn, Robert Johnston III, Matthew Beers, Ron Kean, and Ben Krause; approved on a voice vote without dissent.

Nominations for Public Office: Ben Krause was nominated for U.S. House, 4th district; approved by voice vote without dissent. Leo Dymowski was nominated for Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge; approved by voice vote without dissent.

New Proposal for Constitutional Amendment:
The following proposal (Robert Glaser) passes on a voice vote:
Replace section V4B with the following:
B. Election of the Chairman and Executive Board: At the regular spring meeting of the State Central Committee, a separate vote shall be held for the Chairman and the remaining members of the Executive Board. The vote for the Chairman shall be held first. Nominations for Chairman and Executive Board membership can be made by any Central Committee member, including the person seeking the office. The Chairman and members of the Executive Board shall be elected to one year terms. Votes shall be cast by the Transferable Ballot Method of Proportional Representation as shall be described in the bylaws. The Executive Board shall take office simultaneously and immediately at the conclusion of the Central Committee meeting, and assign offices among themselves as required by Section 4-A of Article V. If the period of nomination for Executive Board members has closed, and the number of candidates is equal to or lesser than the number of vacancies, all candidates may be elected as a slate by majority vote, with two-thirds approval of the assembly.
The Investigating Committee for this proposal is Chelsey Snyder, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser.

Announcements: Leo Dymowski advised that he is getting a Libertarian kidney donated by Dave Sten next week. Eric Blitz notes that there will be a training session on legislative advocacy on August 31. Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale. Dave Sten thanks his neighbors Damon and Laura Brown for assistance setting up the picnic.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:52 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

June 29, 2016

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the home of Stuart Simms in Laurel, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 7:46 pm by Chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio (not present). It validated that 13 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Two proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 39 members.

Nominations for public office:

April Ademiluyi (ElectAprilAdemiluyi.com) for Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge (non-partisan race): eight years practicing law; stresses integrity and reform. Nomination approved by voice vote.

Jason Summers, U.S. House 5th congressional district: most passionate about educational freedom. Nomination approved unanimously by voice vote.

David Howser, U.S. House 6th congressional district: new to LP; very interested in 2nd amendment issues; problem with HUD. Nomination approved unanimously by voice vote.

Announcements: Robert Glaser has license plate applications and MdLP caps for sale; newsletter submissions are due July 5. Eric Blitz advises that Gary Johnson will be at the National Press Club and The Loft in DC on July 7.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 9:18 pm.

–Robert Glaser

March 12, 2016

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 12 March 2016

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Squire’s Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 5:11 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Stuart Simms; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 23 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 36 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 9 January 2016 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chairman’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 81 members and $240 in monthly pledges. We have 16,866 registered voters as of 1/31/2016, have doubled the Green Party registration, and are about halfway to the 1% threshold. We have six candidates on the ballot with two more to be voted on today. The Baltimore City Comptroller race is one-on-one.

Vice-Chairman’s Report: Eric Blitz reports that a lot of our legislative work comes from working with coalitions, including: the ACLU of Md.; Common Cause; and the Maryland, Delaware and DC Press Association. People in the legislature are giving us credit for wins. Many Marijuana bills, this probably will be a multi-year fight. Corporate tax reduction. Ballot access testimony is tomorrow, probably will not go forward this session. We are getting asked for support on various matters now, when we get Ballot Access legislation up for a vote we will ask for similar assistance.

Scott Spencer, LNC alternate rep. (Jim Lark away): new logo rolled out as in LP News, more polished and professional. A new contractor is working on affiliate support, creating templates for state party’s websites. An ad hoc committee was formed to take bids on rebuilding the LP website. We had ballot access in the most ever states – over 30 – out of the last election cycle. Oklahoma is looking good as is Illinois; we are likely to have at least 48 states if not 50. Some state chairs are reporting an upswing in membership, National is down.

Program Committee’s report: The committee recommended by a 6-1 vote to change the State Program bullet under Health Care to: “Promote a free market system that respects the freedom of individuals to control their own health care, end of life choices, medicines, treatments, and health insurance.” Passes unanimously on a voice vote.

Nominations for public office: Scott Soffen for U.S. House, 7th district; approved unanimously on a voice vote. Arvin Vohra for U.S. Senate; approved unanimously on a voice vote.

Delegates to the National Convention: Arvin Vohra, Chelsey Snyder, Tim Sutton, Dave Sgambellone, Jackie Cook, Scott Spencer, Tom Olson, Eric Blitz, Kelly Shine, Colleen Quinn, Shawn Quinn, Christopher Gannon, Angela Reese, Micah Reese, Mike Linder, Jason Summers, Scott Soffen, Megan Soffen, Patricia Soffen, Dean Ahmad, Derek Pomery, and Stuart Simms were nominated and approved as delegates. The Secretary is directed to fill out the delegate and alternate lists with remaining Central Committee members. We are allotted 22 delegates plus 50 alternates.

Officer Elections: Robert S. Johnston III was nominated for Chairman; passes unanimously on a voice vote. The following were nominated as officers: Eric Blitz, Robert Glaser, Michael Linder, Stuart Simms, Shawn Quinn, Chelsey Snyder. As there were no more than six nominations and there were no objections, the nominations were voted upon as a slate; a unanimous voice vote approved the slate.

Shawn Quinn: plans to put a banner on his R.V.: Quinn for Governor 2018 Libertarian Party of Maryland; asked for approval, no objections.

Resolution: The Maryland LP would like to thank Dr. Jim Lark for his service to the Maryland LP as LNC rep.

Announcements: Eric Blitz asked for help with PA petitioning; the Gary Johnson campaign is looking for a Md. Director; a gun bill rally on Tuesday in Annapolis with two bills coming up. Scott Spencer announced that the PA convention is in Philly next weekend. Stuart Simms advises that the John Stossel debate with LP presidential candidates will air on April 1. Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:37 pm.

–Robert Glaser

January 9, 2016

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 9 January 2016

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at the home of Stuart Simms in Laurel, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 12:09 pm by Chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 12 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 30 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 8 August and 5 December 2015 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: all presented bills have been paid; the state report is ready to be submitted on 1/13.

Chairman’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that membership is at 68, and we have 16,843 registrations – almost the halfway point. Feb. 3 is the filing deadline for Declaration of Intent. The convention is March 12, 1-9 pm.

Vice-Chairman’s Report: Eric Blitz informs that Wed. Jan.13 the General Assembly convenes. We have six bills to testify on, including: body cameras; MJ legalize, tax, and regulate; and SWAT team bill; will post on website shortly.

Nominations for public office:
Doug McNeil, Baltimore City Mayor: will lock up the criminals. Approved on unanimous voice vote.
Jon Bombach, Baltimore City Comptroller: will conduct audit. Approved on unanimous voice vote.
Susan Gaztañaga, Baltimore City Council President. Approved on unanimous voice vote.
Jasen Wunder, U.S. House District 8: gun rights, privacy rights, taxation. Approved on unanimous voice vote.
Kristin Kasprzak, U.S. House District 2. Approved on unanimous voice vote.
Jack Jones, U.S. House District 5. Approved on unanimous voice vote.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments:
1. Replace all instances of “Chair”, “chair”, “chairman” with “Chairman”: found in sections V4D, V5A, V5B, V7A3. Vote: passes on a voice vote.
2. Direct election of Chairman. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
3. Local CC’s. Vote: 5 for, 5 against, 2 abstentions; fails.

Expenditure: (Eric Blitz): $150 for a piggyback poll question on MJ approved.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 2:31 pm.

–Robert Glaser

December 5, 2015

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 5 December 2015

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Stuart Simms’ home in Laurel, Maryland for a special meeting for the purpose of nominations. The meeting was called to order at 8:10 pm by Chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee validated that 18 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. One proxy was represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 29 members.

Nominations of Candidates for Office:  Matthew Beers was nominated for the House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District. Matthew made a brief presentation and took questions from the floor. The vote was unanimous in favor of the nomination, by voice vote.

The Chair, Robert Johnston, noted that the next Central Committee meeting will be held on January 9th and that a formal announcement would follow. He also stated that the annual convention would be held on March 12th at Squires and that two of the featured speakers would be Mary Ruwart and David Boaz.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

–Eric Blitz (acting Secretary)

August 8, 2015

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 8 August 2015

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report and proposed Constitutional amendments were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:36 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 15 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 29 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 14 March 2015 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: there were some addition errors on the submitted report, approval was suspended until the next CC meeting.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 64 members; we have 15,935 registered voters as of 6/30/2015: that is 0.4%,we need 1%. We are on the ballot for 2016, need 1% in presidential election to retain status. We are working on legislation to change the 1% registration threshold to 10,000. In that regard, Eric Blitz notes that we need more people to write their state delegates and senators to get it to a vote. Bob thanks Eric for handling so much legislative activity. In next year’s election we will have openings for eight House, one Senate seat, and Baltimore City candidates. Delegates Robin Grammer and David Moon spoke with our group in forums last Thursday and a month ago, respectively.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments: one proposed amendment from the last meeting is to be voted up or down:
Article V, Section 7, sub-paragraph A3. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.

New Proposals for Constitutional Amendments: 

1. (Robert Glaser) Replace all instances of “Chair”, “chair”, “chairman” with “Chairman”: found in sections V4D, V5A, V5B, V7A3. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
2. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Direct election of Chairman. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
3. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Budget and Finance. Vote: Tabled with a 6-5 vote.
4. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Local CC’s. Vote: passes with a 6-5 vote.
5. (Eric Blitz, see attachment) Voting Method. Withdrawn to reformulate.
The Investigating Committee for these proposals is Eric Blitz, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: thanks the Stens once again for arranging the picnic and commends Scott Spencer for serving as LNC alternate. The LNC met in the DC area in July; it adopted a new logo; is raising funds for Oklahoma ballot access, we have a fighting chance. Membership and finances have been going down for both the national and state parties, they don’t know why. Took questions.

Executive Board Vacancy: Tim Sutton resigned over time constraints. Nominated as his replacement were Shawn Quinn and NOTA; Shawn Quinn elected by a unanimous voice vote.

Finance Committee: Bob Johnston appointed Dean Ahmad, Stuart Simms, and Michael Linder to this standing committee.

Announcements: Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:31 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

[See the PDF version for new proposed amendments 2-5]

Minutes of the Investigating Committee on proposed Constitutional Amendments

The Investigating Committee of Eric Blitz, Bob Johnston, Stuart Simms, Dean Ahmad, and Robert Glaser met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland on August 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm.
Proposals 1 and 2: The committee was in favor solely because it is the language and methods detailed in Maryland law.
Proposal 4: three members are in favor and one opposed.
The Committee adjourned at 7:19 pm. –Robert E. Glaser

Minority report on Proposal 4:

This proposal should be defeated because it centralized power in the party, it and undermines the fabric of the party that has served us well for the over three decades that it has been in effect.

Under the current structure, any member of the state central committee is simultaneously a member of the local committee unless the local membership chooses not to organize. The proposal states the power to organize away from the local central committee members and akes local committee membership (should there be any), non-synonymous. It would have the following undesirable effects: It would be harder to form local central committees and it would make them financially dependent on the state party. Requiring people who have already been aproved as state central committee members from locality to again be approved as a local central committee by a majority of state central committee is not ony bureaucratic, it is insulting. As to forbidding local committees for having their own dues, it should be no more acceptable than woud be a similar rule by the national LP prohibiting the state parties from having their own dues and mandating that they depend upon the national party for their finances.

I. Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.

March 15, 2015

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Partyof Maryland — Saturday, 14 March 2015

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Squire’s Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 3:36 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 19 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. One proxy was represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 29 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 26 April 2014 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as submitted

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 72 members; we have 15,324 registered voters as of 2/28/2015. We are the only party that has been growing in the last two years. July 1st is the filing deadline for 2016 candidates, has some potential candidates now. The National Convention is the last week in May 2016, we will have about 21 delegates. The candidates present who ran in 2015 spoke briefly: Shawn Quinn, Leo Dymowski Scott Soffen.

Vice-Chair’s Report: Eric Blitz reports that we are working with Delegate David Moon on a ballot access bill to change the current 1% registration requirement to 10,000. We don’t know whether it will get out of committee this year, but are cautiously optimistic. We are collaborating with other groups on marijuana bills: legalization, decriminalization fix bill, expungement.

Jim Lark, LNC rep: commends our progress; we are seeing a membership drop nationally and statewide even though we had many fine candidates; is concerned, though might not be a significant problem. In 2015 trying to ramp up outreach efforts. Doesn’t know of any new presidential candidates for 2016.

Program Committee’s report: the Program Committee recommended no changes to the State Program.

Officer Elections: the following were nominated as officers: Robert S. Johnston III, Mark Grannis, Michael Linder, Robert Glaser, Eric Blitz, Stuart Simms, Tim Sutton. As there were no more than seven nominations and there were no objections, the nominations were voted upon as a slate; a unanimous voice vote approved the slate.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments:
1. (Proposed by Robert Glaser) Article V, Section 7, sub-paragraph A3:
Was: … Notice of this meeting shall state the time and place of the meeting and shall be mailed to all members of the State Central Committee at least ten days prior to the meeting, addressed to the residence of each member…
Proposed: … Notice of this meeting shall state the time and place of the meeting and shall be mailed or emailed to members of the State Central Committee at least ten days prior to the meeting, addressed to the postal address or email address of each member on file…
Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote

2. Eric Blitz proposed an amendment to Article VI regarding Local Central Committee formation; requires extensive discussion, withdrawn for future submission.

The Investigating Committee for the proposed amendment is Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Shawn Quinn, Dave Sten, Jack Jones.

Dave Sten: is working on a research project to determine the effectiveness of registration drives; will be using mailers and facebook advertisements against a precinct not targeted to determine a dollar value per registration. The project is to be complete by end of April, so will start within two weeks.

Announcements: Eric Blitz asks for emails of those interested in debating the proposed local affiliate amendment; OAI is looking for volunteers to take over Maryland. Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the Central Committee thanks Bob Johnston for arranging the convention; the meeting adjourned at 5:04 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

Minutes of the Investigating Committee on proposed Constitutional Amendment

The Investigating Committee of Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Shawn Quinn, Dave Sten, and Jack Jones met at Squire’s Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland on April 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm.
Proposal 1: there was no objection.
The Committee adjourned at 5:15 pm. –Robert E. Glaser

July 26, 2014

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Partyof Maryland — Saturday, 26 July 2014

Opening:  The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The Treasurer’s report and proposed Constitutional amendments were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 4:52 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance:  the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 16 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 34 members.

Minutes:  The minutes of the 5 April 2014 and 8 July 2014 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: was accepted as presented.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanked Dave and René for hosting the picnic; he reports that we have 74 members; we have 14,067 registered voters as of 5/31/2014. We need 1% in the governor’s race to maintain our state status. We are looking at Facebook ads for candidates. Nick Sarwark is now national chair; Arvin Vohra is Vice-Chair; Scott Spencer is an LNC rep alternate. Bob thanks Mark Grannis for website and Facebook work; Eric Blitz who has been on the road on the marijuana legislation campaign; and Scott Spencer for serving as alternate.

James Lark, LNC regional rep: thanks Scott Spencer for outstanding alternate work; sees some good signs with the younger crowd, has 7 candidates for congress in Virginia.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments: three proposed amendments from the last meeting are to be voted up or down:
1. Article V, Section 6, sub-paragraph C. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
2. Article V, Section 4, sub-paragraph D. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.
3. Article V, Section 5, sub-paragraph F. Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote.

Nominations of Candidates for Public Office: Lorenzo Gaztañaga nominated and Susan Gaztañaga seconded the nomination of Ronald Owens-Bey for Md. House of Delegates, district 45; the nomination passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Dave Sten: is working on a proposed thesis to find the most cost effective means to market registrations for third parties in Md. He will select targeted areas for analysis; is open to ideas, i.e. mailings, social media, tax delinquency lists; his intent is to have the research done by the end of August and paper by October.

Shawn Quinn: requests volunteers for the gubernatorial campaign.

Announcements: Michael Linder reminds members that it is state law that forces our requests for employer info. Robert Glaser has license plate applications and extra newsletters on hand, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 6:08 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

July 8, 2014

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Partyof Maryland — Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Opening:  The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Stuart Simms’ home in Laurel, Maryland for a special meeting for the purpose of nominations. The meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm by Chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance:  the Credentials Committee validated that 9 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Two proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 30 members.

Nominations of Candidates for Public Office:  William Welch spoke and requested our nomination for Garrett County Commissioner (3rd District). The nomination was by Stuart Simms, seconded by Bob Johnston. The vote was unanimous in favor of the nomination, by voice vote.

Adjournment:  the meeting adjourned at 8:26 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

April 5, 2014

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Partyof Maryland — Saturday, 5 April 2014

Opening:  The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Squires Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland.  The meeting was called to order at 4:40 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance:  the Credentials Committee consisted of:  Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Tony Spezio.  It validated that 21 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting.  No proxies were represented.  The Central Committee rolls consist of 34 members.

Minutes:  The minutes of the 27 July 2013, 9 November 2013, and 29 March 2014 Central Committee meetings were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: question about portion of pledge money to go to BLP; will need to do an accounting.  Report accepted subject to correction of the double period shown in General Account balance.

New website:  Mark Grannis described the new LPmaryland.org website.  We have 578 likes on Facebook.

Chair’s Report:  The MdLP joined the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland (MarijuanaPolicyinMd.org) group.  The SB1032 ballot access bill in the General Assembly to lower the 1% threshold to 10,000 registered voters for state recognition is dead this year, but will continue with renewed effort next year.   Bob Johnston reports that we have 83 members; we have 13,549 registered voters as of 3/31/2014.

Program Committee’s report: the Program Committee made 13 recommendations (see attachment).  Votes: 1-4, 7-11, 13=passes unanimously on a voice vote; 5=passes on a voice vote; 6=passes 11 to 8; 12=passes 9 to 7.

Candidate Nominations:  Leo Dymowski for Attorney General; issues are Drug War and 2nd amendment; approved on a voice vote.  Leo Martin for Garret County Commissioner district 1; approved on a voice vote.

Delegates to the National Convention:  Arvin Vohra, Colleen Quinn, Shawn Quinn, James Harris, Scott Spencer, Michael Linder, Eric Blitz, Mark Grannis, Stuart Simms, Dave Sgambolone, Janice Dymowski, and Leo Dymowski were nominated and approved as delegates.  The Secretary is directed to fill out the delegate and alternate lists with remaining Central Committee members.  We are allotted 21 delegates plus 50 alternates.

Officer Elections: the following were nominated as officers:  Robert S. Johnston III, Mark Grannis, Michael Linder, Robert Glaser, Eric Blitz, Stuart Simms, Tim Sutton.  As there were no more than seven nominations and there were no objections, the nominations were voted upon as a slate; a unanimous voice vote approved the slate.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments:  Robert Glaser and Eric Blitz proposed:

1.  Article V, Section 6, sub-paragraph C:

Was:  Notice of meetings shall set forth the time and place of the meeting and shall be mailed to members of the State Central Committee at least ten days prior to the meeting, addressed to the residence of each member.

Proposed:  Notice of meetings shall set forth the time and place of the meeting and shall be mailed or emailed to members of the State Central Committee at least ten days prior to the meeting, addressed to the postal address or email address of each member on file.

Vote:  passes on a voice vote

2.  Article V, Section 4, sub-paragraph D:

Was:  Vacancies:  Vacancies on the Executive Board caused by death, resignation, or any other reason, may be filled by the State Central Committee at the next meeting following the occurrence of the vacancy, or at a meeting called for that purpose.  After the vacancy has been filled, the Executive Board may, at its discretion, reassign the offices among themselves.  Prior to the next State Central Committee meeting, the Chairman will appoint a new member to the Executive Board to fill any vacancy.  The specific appointment is subject to a positive vote of all the Executive Board.

Proposed:  Vacancies:  Vacancies on the Executive Board caused by death, resignation, or any other reason, shall be temporarily filled by the appointment of a replacement by the Chairman (or Vice-Chairman if the vacancy involves the Chair), which shall be made within 30 days of the vacancy.  The appointment shall be subject to confirmation by the Executive Board at its next regular meeting, or at a special meeting called for that purpose.  The temporary appointment shall end at the next regular meeting of the Central Committee, or at a special meeting called for that purpose, wherein the Central Committee shall elect a replacement member who shall serve the balance of the term.

Vote:  passes on a voice vote

3.  Article V, Section 5, sub-paragraph F:

Was:  Duties of the Executive Board:  The Executive Board shall oversee and act in respect to all matters pertaining to the Party.  The business of the State Central Committee between meetings shall be conducted by the Executive Board.  A majority of the total number of votes authorized to be cast by the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.  All questions coming before the Executive Board shall be decided by a majority vote of those present and voting.  Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held regularly and minutes of the meetings shall be made available as may be required by law.  The Secretary shall send written notice of the time and place of the Executive Board meeting at least one week in advance (seventy-two hours for emergency meetings.)  Any action of the Executive Board may be overruled by resolution adopted by a majority vote of the State Central Committee.  No proxies will be counted in Executive Board meetings.

Proposed:  Duties of the Executive Board:  The Executive Board shall oversee and act in respect to all matters pertaining to the Party.  The business of the State Central Committee between meetings shall be conducted by the Executive Board.  A majority of the total number of votes authorized to be cast by the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.  All questions coming before the Executive Board shall be decided by a majority vote of those present and voting.  Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held regularly in person, by teleconference, or a combination of both, and minutes of the meetings shall be made available as may be required by law.  The Secretary shall send written notice of the time and place of the Executive Board meeting at least one week in advance (seventy-two hours for emergency meetings.)  Any action of the Executive Board may be overruled by resolution adopted by a majority vote of the State Central Committee.  No proxies will be counted in Executive Board meetings.

Dean Ahmad proposed this addition to the proposed amendment: “Any member of the Central Committee can notify the Secretary to be notified of such meetings.”  Vote on the amendment to the proposed amendment:  fails on a voice vote.

Vote: passes unanimously on a voice vote

The Investigating Committee for the three proposed amendments is Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Dean Ahmad, James Harris, and Eric Blitz.

Announcements:  Michael Linder notes that we need to ask for employer info and advises members not to get upset over the request.  Eric Blitz is looking for a replacement for a Md director of issue advocacy for Our America Initiative.  Bill Buzzell requests volunteers for a 4/26 9-10am Adopt-a-Highway outing; plans for us to participate in the July 4 Dundalk parade.  Robert Glaser has license plate applications on hand and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment:  the Central Committee thanks Bob Johnston for arranging the convention; the meeting adjourned at 6:59 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

Minutes of the Investigating Committee on proposed Constitutional Amendments

The Investigating Committee of Bob Johnston, Robert Glaser, Dean Ahmad, James Harris, and Eric Blitz met at Squires Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland on April 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm.

Proposal 1:  a minority wanted an opt-in requirement but the committee majority was in favor.
Proposal 2:  all in favor.
Proposal 3:  one member has a reservation about the absence of a clause permitting Central Committee members to request notification but the committee majority was in favor.
The Committee adjourned at 9:40 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

March 29, 2014

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 29 March 2014

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Stuart Simms’ home in Laurel, Maryland for a special meeting for the purpose of nominations. The meeting was called to order at 12:22 pm by Chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee validated that 14 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Three proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 33 members.

Nominations of Candidates for Office:

David Sgambellone was nominated for Anne Arundel County Council (2nd District). The nomination was by Eric Blitz, seconded by Mark Grannis. David made a brief presentation and took questions from the floor. The vote was unanimous in favor of the nomination, by voice vote.

Steven Haddox was nominated for the House of Representatives in the 8th Congressional District. The nomination was by Gerald Schneider, seconded by Stuart Simms. Steven made a brief presentation and took questions from the floor. The vote was unanimous in favor of the nomination, by voice vote.

Peggy O’Donnell was nominated for the Calvert County Board of CountyCommissioners (2nd District). The nomination was by Gerald Schneider, seconded by Stuart Simms. Peggy made a brief presentation and took questions from the floor. The vote was unanimous in favor of the nomination, by voice vote.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 1:25 pm.

 –Eric Blitz (acting Secretary)

November 9, 2013

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 9 November 2013

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Stuart Simms’ home in Laurel, Maryland. The minutes of the 27 July 2013 Central Committee meeting were distributed. The meeting was called to order at 1:24 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

 

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Eric Blitz; and Tony Spezio. It validated that 18 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. One proxy was represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 33 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 27 July 2013 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: Michael Linder reported that there is little change in the treasury since the picnic meeting; we have about $600 in the federal and $3600 in the general accounts. The report was accepted.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston thanks the Simms for hosting the meeting; reports that we have 82 members to date and 12,836 registered voters – up 50% in three years. The LPVA gubernatorial candidate got 6.5% and lots of attention. Maryland candidates must file intent papers at the BoE by 2/25/2014 to run next year.

Scott Spencer/Arvin Vohra, LNC/alternate reps: no meeting since our picnic meeting, not a lot of action. Next meeting is first weekend in December in Dallas.

Nominations of Candidates for Statewide OfficeShawn Quinn was nominated for Governor and Lorenzo Gaztañaga was nominated for Lt. Governor. They both spoke. It was agreed to nominate the two offices as a slate. The ticket was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Scott Soffen for U.S. House 7: said this time he would be more than a paper candidate; goal is to promote the LP. Vote: 11 FOR, 6 NAY; nominated.

Arvin Vohra for U.S. House 4: The nomination was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Announcements: Eric Blitz noted that there is an open volunteer working group for campaigns; either the group will work together or send volunteers to the campaigns. He also anticipated a bigger Program Committee meeting next year, contact him to participate. Robert Glaser has forms with him for MdLP license plates, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 2:54 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

July 27, 2013
Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland — Saturday, 27 July 2013

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Arvin Vohra’s home in Bethesda,
Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 4:14 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Eric Blitz; and Tony Spezio. It validated that
14 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. Two proxies were represented. The Central
Committee rolls consist of 31 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 6 April 2013 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: the revised report for 7/28/2012–4/5/2013 and the report for 4/6/2013–7/25/2013 were
accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 85 members to date; we have 12,108 registered voters as
of June 30; registrations have gone up 48% in 3 years. We are caught back up on renewals. We will be
running a slate of candidates in 2014: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and U.S. House; currently have 3
locks for House, plus 2 other possibilities; the state deadline is 2/25 for the Declaration of Intent filing; all
interested in running contact Bob. We thank Arvin for hosting the picnic. Present from the LNC are Jim
Lark, Bill Redpath, Arvin Vohra, and Scott Spencer.

Eric Blitz: Volunteer Coordinator Eric has organized 5 working groups: Social Media and Outreach;
Fundraising; Social Events; Data, Polling, Research; and Membership. Follow through is going slowly.
Planning on holding a physical meeting shortly. Some university outreach.

National Rep. Jim Lark: thanks Scott and other colleagues for work on the LNC. At the LNC meeting in
Las Vegas on 7/14, it was determined that Wes Benedict will become Executive Director on 8/1; Carla
Howell will become the Political Director. Update on purchasing a new national office.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment: At the April 6, 2013 meeting of the Maryland Libertarian Party, the following amendment was proposed to be added as a new paragraph K to section 6, article V:

“Except when meeting in a closed executive session, the Executive Board may not exclude any
Central Committee member from attending to observe its deliberations.”

The committee finds that the proposal gives strength to the ability of the Executive Board to be open and yet
maintain its integrity and that open governance is consistent with our advocacy of open government. The
committee notes that concern has been expressed that an observer who doesn’t like a hard decision and could
make a deal about it before the Central Committee, but we see this as a virtue not a flaw. As to concerns as to
whether the amendment would impose new notice requirements, we do not see that this is the case, but the
time and place of EB meetings should be given to Central Committee members who ask.

We unanimously recommend the passage of the amendment.

–Dean, Lorenzo, Scott, Stuart, Robert

The amendment passes on a hand count.

Tony Spezio: on campaign literature; suggests a more unified approach for our candidates; inquiry about
status of national buttons, etc.

Announcements: a reminder of upcoming events: Reisterstown parade Sept. 7, Essex Day Sept. 15. Robert
Glaser has forms with him for MdLP license plates, and MdLP caps for sale. Michael Linder informs that
monthly pledges can now be handled by the user on our website. Jim Lark mentions that Virginia candidates
could use help on election day 2013. Ben Parker provided a list of liberty oriented websites.

Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 5:37 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

March 19, 2012

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 19 May 2012

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Robert Glaser’s home in Owings Mills, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 1:25 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: 13 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting; two proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 40 members.

Nominations of Candidates: The following candidates were nominated: Senate, Dean Ahmad; House, Muir Boda (1st), Leo Dymowski (2nd), Paul Drgos Jr. (3rd), Scott Soffen (4th), Nickolaus Mueller (6th) on the condition that he register Libertarian by May 29, Ronald Owens-Bey (7th). Each was approved unanimously by a voice vote.

Presidential Electors: The following were voted as Presidential Electors committed to Gary Johnson: Bob Johnston, Tanuja Paruchuri, Robert Glaser, Michael Linder, Susan Gaztañaga, Steve Boone, Bill Buzzell, Stuart Simms, Lorenzo Gaztañaga, and Eric Blitz.

Bill Buzzell: upcoming fairs: Sunday June 17 Gay Pride in Druid Hill park $175 for booth; Wednesday 4th of July $25; both voted Yes. Reisterstown Festival Saturday Sept. 8 ($250) voted No for fair, Yes for parade. Sunday Sept. 16 Essex Day $80 voted Yes. Fells Point Oct. 6/7 (Sat./Sun.) $100-$150 voted Yes.

Resolution: The MdLP opposes the current congressional redistricting plan and encourages all with an interest in this issue to sign the online petition opposing the current plan and to vote in favor of the referendum to repeal it in the Nov. election. Passes on a voice vote.

Adjournment: the Central Committee meeting adjourned at 3:14 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

March 3, 2012

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 3 March 2012

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met at Squire’s Italian Restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 5:14 pm by chairman Bob Johnston. The Treasurer’s report, Program Committee recommendation, 8/13/2011 CC minutes, National Convention Delegate applicant list, and Agenda were distributed.

 

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Mark Grannis; and Doug McNeil. It validated that 22 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. The Central Committee rolls consist of 35 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 13 August 2011 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer’s report was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reported that membership is 88 as of 2/12; registration is 9,795 as of 1/31. We have spots for nine candidates: 1 U.S. Senate, 8 U.S. House. To run candidates, we must have ballot access; thanks to Mark Grannis, we do – although we await the Court of Appeals decision on yesterday’s hearing. Two times Bob was ready to seriously quit the party and movement: first was the death of a college roommate in a car accident; doesn’t know why, just lost interest in politics for a month. The second was the day after election day, Nov. 2010. Despondent, he felt like we had taken a step back. Spoke with several: Muir, Lorenzo, Robert G., Bill R., Mark G. Dean called later and cheered him up. 16 months later, more optimistic than ever about rolling back govt. The Ron Paul movement presents a 10-20% voting block with a young and passionate following. We need to harness this Libertarian block. It is enough to effect change. We don’t need to win elections (nice, but…); if we can get just a 10% vote for federal office consistently (without money or celebrity), or 5% for President, it will Force D’s & R’s to alter just to survive (Dems: gun control; Kratovil; Mark Warner, VA). Doubt 2012 is “the year”, but something significant will happen within the next three pres. cycles (2020). We need to get organized, when a chunk of voters are ready for an alternative. We are positioned to be that alternative. He has a positive outlook for freedom.

Jim Lark: Dean Ahmad asked about the floor fee for national delegates. Dr. Lark is against it, but is not sure about the rest of the LNC. Good report from a recent Students for Libertymeeting.

Delegates to the National Convention: Lorenzo Gaztañaga, Chris Doscher, Mark Grannis, Scott Soffen, Eric Blitz, Stuart Simms, George Reynolds, Erin Carrington Smith, Tim Sutton, Dean Ahmad, Scott Spencer, Bruce Majors, Mike Linder, Arvin Vohra, Tanuja Paruchuri, Michelle Classe-Friend, and Derek Pomery were nominated and approved as delegates. Steve Boone and Darlene Nicholas were nominated and approved as alternates. The Secretary is directed to fill out the delegate and alternate lists with remaining Central Committee members. We are allotted 20 delegates plus 50 alternates.

Nominations of Candidates for Statewide Office: Mike Calpino was nominated for U.S. Congress 1st district; the nomination was rejected on a voice vote. Arvin Vohra was nominated for U.S. Congress 5th district; the nomination was approved on a voice vote. Mark Grannis was nominated for U.S. Congress 8th district; the nomination was approved on a voice vote.

Officer Elections: The following were nominated as officers: Robert Johnston III, Stuart Simms, Tanuja Paruchuri, Robert Glaser, Michael Linder, Arvin Vohra, and Mark Grannis. As there were no more than seven nominations and there were no objections, the nominations were voted upon as a slate; a voice vote approved the slate.

Resolution: Dean Ahmad proposed the following resolution: “Whereas the Libertarian Party bylaws do not authorize a floor fee for delegates, whereas in forty years of LP conventions no attempt to impose a floor fee on delegates has ever been sustained, and whereas the imposition of any floor fee constitutes an unjustified interference in the right of the affiliate parties to select their own delegates to the national convention, therefore the Maryland LP hereby rebukes the convention oversight committee’s attempt to impose such a fee as a condition of delegates performing their function at the business meeting, urges the LNC to reverse the proposed floor fee, and instructs our delegates to oppose, and if necessary make motions from the floor to invalidate, any such fee as it may be used to prevent any delegate from access to the business of the convention.” The resolution was passed on a voice vote.

Program Committee’s Report: the Program Committee recommended:

Proposed change 1

      : Add a fourth bullet to the

Land Use, Transportation, and the Environment

     section: “Insisting on maintaining local control of zoning decisions.” PASSED on a voice vote.

 

Proposed change 2

      : Replace “within the government public school system” with “in education” in the first bullet in the

Education

     section. PASSED on a voice vote.

Announcements: Susan Gaztañaga asked for more time to raise money to nominate Dean Ahmad for U.S. Senate; Michael Linder notes that logic tests are scheduled at various county Boards of Elections; Robert Glaser reminded all that MdLP license plates are available to our members, contact him for the authorizing MVA form; he also has MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the Central Committee meeting adjourned at 6:48 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser

August 13, 2011

Minutes of the Initial Governing Body of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Initial Governing Body of the Libertarian Party of Maryland met on the grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 3:54 pm by chairman Bob Johnston. Of the 25 members, 15 were present plus 8 proxies were presented. Robert S. Johnston III, Muir Boda, Robert E. Glaser, Michael Linder, Lorenzo Gaztañaga, Mark Grannis, and Arvin Vohra were nominated as officers; all were subsequently elected by a voice vote. The Libertarian Party of Maryland’s Constitution as submitted to the Board of Elections (revision date 11 August 2007) was approved by a voice vote. The meeting adjourned at 3:56 pm.

 

Minutes of the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
Saturday, 13 August 2011

Opening: The Libertarian State Central Committee of Maryland met on the rainy grounds of Dave Sten’s home in North East, Maryland. The meeting was called to order at 3:57 pm by chairman Bob Johnston.

Attendance: the Credentials Committee consisted of: Robert Glaser; Arvin Vohra; and Doug McNeil. It validated that 13 Central Committee members were in attendance for the meeting. No proxies were represented. The Central Committee rolls consist of 32 members.

Minutes: The minutes of the 12 March 2011 Central Committee meeting were accepted as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer’s report was accepted as submitted by Michael Linder.

Chair’s Report: Bob Johnston reports that we have 89 members as of 7/31/11; 9,343 registered voters as of June 30. Ballot Access: AA court ruled in our favor 6/21, and had us put back on the ballot. The BoE filed an appeal; Mark Grannis is trying to get a “prospective relief” ruling, where the court will instruct the BoE on what to do in the future, while maintaining the lower court’s ruling; the case won’t be heard for several months. The important thing is we have retained all of our registrations and are strengthening our status as Md.’s numerical third party. We are running four candidates for Balto. City Council (Lorenzo Gaztañaga/President, Doug McNeil/11, Scott Spencer/12, Ronald M. Owens-Bey/13). For the Nov. elections congressional maps should be ready before Thanksgiving; will call a CC meeting to nominate candidates to federal office – have commitments for four House and one Senate race now.

Constitutional Amendment:

    Append to Article VII Section 1: At the time of filing, and continuously through the date of the corresponding General Election, all candidates of the Maryland Libertarian Party to public office must be registered Libertarian as defined in the qualification for Central Committee membership stated in Article IV, Section 2. Should any candidate fail to meet this qualification after nomination and if the state has already been notified of that nomination, the Chairman and Secretary are directed to notify the State Board of Elections that the Party’s nomination is rescinded.

 Append to Article VII Section 2: Should the Local Central Committee of the corresponding jurisdiction not exist, or not be recognized by the appropriate County or State Board of Election, or the jurisdiction crosses the boundary of more than one such Local Central Committee, or the duly authorized Chairman of an empowered recognized Local Central Committee so request, the State Central Committee may nominate such candidates in the same manner as described in Section 3 of this Article.

The Investigating Committee of Bob Johnston, Dean Ahmad, Stuart Simms, Robert Glaser, and Mike Calpino unanimously recommends passage on the grounds that the first part strengthens and clarifies our procedures, and the second part formalizes the procedure we have been following and which should have been in the constitution all along. The amendment PASSES on a voice vote.

 MdLP Pens: Bill Buzzell suggested we purchase customized pens for fair give-aways, as they will be kept and not immediately tossed. The CC authorized $250 to have 500 pens manufactured.

Announcements: Susan Gaztañaga asked for booth help at upcoming events: Chesapeake Pride Festival, Essex Day, Fells Point, and Reisterstown. Robert Glaser has forms with him for MdLP license plates, and MdLP caps for sale.

Adjournment: the Central Committee meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm.

–Robert E. Glaser