Republican Legislators File Federal Suit Against Hogan Administration

Delegates Neil Parrott, Dan Cox, and Warren Miller are among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed against the Hogan Administration.

The Republican Delegates join Reopen Maryland, Adventure Park USA, Antietam KOA, and a slew of religious leaders in filing the lawsuit.

Governor Larry Hogan, Health Secretary Robert Neall, Deputy Health Secretary for Public Health Frances Filler, and State Police Superintendent Woodrow Jones have been named as the defendants in their official capacities.

The most explosive of the allegations comes from Delegate Cox, who claims that

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Delegate Cox was then warned by a senior law enforcement official that the “Governor has his sights on you” and that if I attend, ride along and speak at the Reopen Rally, I would potentially be arrested because certain individuals had indicated they may stop cars “and arrest you.”Delegate
52Cox then confirmed with the Governor’s senior advisor Andrew Cassilly and Chief Counsel Mike Pedonethat if Del. Coxattends and speaks at the Reopen Rally he may be arrested, with the response referring Del. Cox to the Governor’s March 17thExecutive Order forbidding “large gatherings”and exposing delegates Cox to criminal sanctions of one year in jail and a $5000.00 fine for exercising his duty of speaking with the public as a Maryland StateLegislatorconcerningany matter of concern including but not limited to matters of public policy that are immediately and imminently threatened by the Governor’s ultra vires Orders.

In a Facebook post, Cox states:

Today, on behalf of thousands of Marylanders represented by 18 brave Plaintiffs, I regrettably had to file suit to seek to rein in the overreaching of the Governor’s Orders. As a Delegate I have fought hard in my Judiciary Committee for the Governor’s legislative policies, I’ve co-sponsored nearly all his legislation, and I even gave a Floor speech in defense of his budgetary authority which the Left was taking away this Session. However, the line of freedom that the Supreme Court has explained is sacred to our American values and our natural liberty, has been crossed. On behalf of 22,000 Marylanders and millions who agree in this State, it’s past time Mr. Governor to lighten the heavy hand of your Executive Orders and stop picking winners and losers, and Reopen Maryland. Marylanders will not stand for continued house arrest and lock-downs and the destruction of our businesses and way of life.

We are smart enough to protect the elderly, those in nursing homes and those with vulnerable health conditions while also ensuring that the health and freedom of ALL Maryland is protected. This is not a partisan issue, this is our shared American way of life and we will keep it, so help us God.

A copy of the complaint is embedded below.

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