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Jalisi reassigned after court decision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. A freshman Maryland lawmaker has been moved off the House Judiciary Committee after being ordered by a judge to stay away from his teenage daughter as a result of an alleged domestic violence altercation.

Del. Jay Jalisi, D-Baltimore County, agreed to the year-long protective order Monday, but has denied any wrongdoing and is not facing criminal charges.

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"I just chose to be the parent and end the dispute with my child and save my family from more trauma," Jalisi said in a text message Monday night. "There was no finding of guilt by the court. And I am sure everything would be normalized within my family soon since the media spotlight would not be on us after today."

In a statement, House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said Jalisi had been reassigned to the House Environment and Transportation Committee "in light of the action taken by the courts . . . the sensitive nature of the issues before the House Judiciary Committee and the best interests of the Maryland House of Delegates."

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Among other things, the judiciary committee reviews legislation that deals with domestic violence.

Jalisi's daughter, 18-year-old Alizay Jalisi, applied for the protective order after her father allegedly slapped her last month during an argument, The Associated Press reported, citing court documents.

As a result of the court order, Jalisi can not have any contact with his daughter and must stay away from her school and the Lutherville home where she lives with her mother and brother.

Jalisi, who is separated from his wife, said he lives in Owings Mills. Jalisi said the order allows him to go to the Lutherville home in order to pick up his son.

Jalisi, 49, was elected in November. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor and a small-business owner who supports a free medical clinic for the uninsured, according to his campaign Web site.

In Annapolis, he is the co-sponsor of a number of bills related to domestic violence and the primary sponsor of a measure dealing with sexual assaults and cyberstalking.

The delegate said he was "thankful" to Busch for the reassignment, and was looking forward to serving on a committee that he is "passionate about."


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