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An Anne Arundel County lawmaker who is facing criminal charges that he drove his boat while drunk has been removed from the House committee that oversees drunken-driving legislation.

Del. Don H. Dwyer (R-Dist. 31) of Pasadena announced Thursday that he has been moved from the House Judiciary Committee to the Ways and Means Committee, which handles education, transportation and budgetary issues.

Dwyer faces five charges stemming from an August boat collision that injured seven people, including three children. A charge of operating a boat while intoxicated carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

At the time of the collision, Dwyer had a blood alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit, according to police.

A State House aide said it would have been inappropriate, under the circumstances, for Dwyer to work on legislation related to issues such as drunken driving.

“I am certainly going to miss serving on the House Judiciary Committee after service there for 11 years,” Dwyer said in a statement Thursday. “However, I understand [House Speaker Michael E. Busch’s] position and welcome the opportunity to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee to the best of my ability.”

Dwyer is not expected to face any punitive action from the legislature until his legal case is resolved. No court date has been set.

dleaderman@gazette.net