Del. Nic Kipke, an Anne Arundel Republican who sits on the ethics committee, said “the report speaks for itself.” Kipke, who is minority leader in the House, said lawmakers would vote on the resolution of reprimand Wednesday.
The report’s findings include that Jalisi forced his staff to work overtime, but then would not sign off on their time cards. It also says he refused to allow an employee to leave the office on a snow day, even though state employees were granted liberal leave.
The report cited one of Jalisi’s staff who described a work environment that was “toxic” and said Jalisi had “no patience” and “no self-control.”
Earlier this year, according to the report, Jalisi called a staffer “stupid” and “incompetent” and made the staffer stand in the delegate’s office and repeat: “I am incompetent. I am incompetent.”
Also, Jalisi did not participate in an anger management program that House Speaker Michael Busch requested that he complete, according to the ethics report. As a result, Jalisi was not permitted to have staff paid by the General Assembly.
The House of Delegates publicly censured Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti for her use of a racial slur, which members said “brought dishonor to the entire General Assembly of Maryland.” After the vote, the Democrat said she would not resign,
In 2016, Del. Jalisi “verbally abused, bullied and was belligerent with staff for the ethics committee,” and, in 2018, Jalisi failed to attend meetings with the speaker and the majority whip about his conduct, according to the report.
“Delegate Jalisi could have avoided this public shaming if he had simply accepted and tried to learn from the advice and guidance so many have offered him,” the report states. “Delegate Jalisi’s continued verbally and emotionally abusive conduct has simply become unmanageable and is unlikely to change, thereby requiring the Ethics Committee to recommend more severe action to address his behavior and protect the General Assembly’s staff.”
A Baltimore County candidate for the House of Delegates paid a $2,500 fine for writing checks from his campaign account, which is against the law.
By By Pamela Wood
Oct 08, 2014 at 2:31 PM
This isn’t the first time Jalisi’s actions have been scrutinized.
In 2014, the year he was first elected as a delegate, Jalisi paid a $2,500 fine after acknowledging that he wrote checks from his campaign account, which was a violation of campaign finance law. Typically, checks can only be written by a campaign treasurer or chairman, so long as the campaign chairman is not also the candidate — which was the case for Jalisi’s campaign. Jalisi wrote 28 checks from his campaign account from February through April of that year.
Baltimore County police were called to the family’s Lutherville home after the argument. No criminal charges were filed.
Following that incident and the court order, Busch removed Jalisi from the Judiciary Committee — which reviews domestic violence laws, among other issues — and placed him on the Environment and Transportation Committee.
If the House of Delegates reprimands Jalisi, it will be the second time that delegates discipline one of their own this session.
On Feb. 28, the House voted to censure Lisanti, who was alleged to have described part of Prince George’s County as a “n----- district” during an after-hours gathering at an Annapolis cigar bar earlier in the year.
Short of expulsion, a censure is the General Assembly's strongest form of discipline. Many politicians from both parties, as well as groups in Prince George’s and Harford counties, have called on Lisanti to resign or be expelled. Lisanti has said she won’t resign and would instead work to rebuild trust. She has kept a low profile since the censure.