From the office of Del. J.B. Jennings:
House bill 1037 has been introduced to the State Legislature that would give the Governor the power and ability over the Federal Government as well as the President of the United States to request the return of National Guard Troops to the control of the State if the use of military force has expired or the Federal Control is no longer valid.
Delegate Jennings is staunchly opposed to this bill. Citing problems with the context of the bill, particularly in paragraph 3 in the preamble stating “Whereas, The maintenance of Maryland National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan, a mission for which they were not trained”. Delegate Jennings, serving in the Air National Guard as an E3 Airman first class, takes offense at the language over the assumed lack of training the members of the National Guard have had in preparing them for the battle fronts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The training that the men and women serving in the National Guard receive is the same as any other instruction given in any branch of military service.
The question of bill’s constitutionality arises since in certain aspects it gives the Governor potential power and ability to transcend the power of the Federal Government as well as the President of the United States. For these reasons as well as those aforementioned, Delegates Jennings opposes House Bill 1037.