House leadership announced new committee and leadership appointments Friday, a list that included a few changes prompted by illness, retirement and, in one case, legal troubles.
Anne Arundel Del. Don H. Dwyer (R-Dist. 31) of Pasadena was moved from the Judiciary Committee to the Ways and Means Committee in the wake an August boat collision for which Dwyer has been charged with operating a boat while under the influence.
A State House aide said this week that it would have been inappropriate for Dwyer to continue serving on the committee that oversees drunken-driving legislation.
Howard County Del. Frank S. Turner (D-Dist. 13) of Columbia, who formerly headed the subcommittee that covered gambling issues, is now the vice chairman of the full Ways and Means Committee.
Prince George's Del. Anne Healey (D-Dist. 22) of Hyattsville was named chairwoman of the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, which reviews late-filed legislation before referring it to standing committees and makes recommendations on nominations made by the governor.
Healey takes over for Baltimore city Del. Hattie N. Harrison (D-Dist. 45), who has been ill. Harrison was named chairwoman emeritus.
“I feel very honored to follow in her footsteps,” Healey said. “I'm very grateful that the speaker had confidence in me to take this on as a new challenge.”
New Prince George's Del. Alonzo T. Washington (D-Dist. 22) of Hyattsville took over the seat on Ways and Means once held by his predecessor, former Del. Justin D. Ross, who retired in November.
Ross was also a chief deputy majority whip, and this year Dels. Benjamin S. Barnes (D-Dist. 21) of College Park and Shawn Z. Tarrant (D-Dist. 40) of Baltimore will hold that title.
In the Senate, the only major change was the reassignment of Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington from the Finance Committee to the Judicial Proceedings Committee, a move expected to clear the way for an offshore wind proposal expected from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to be debated on the Senate floor.