A Maryland freshman delegate, who was ordered by a judge on Monday to stay away from his teenage daughter as a result of an alleged domestic violence altercation last month, has been reassigned committees.
Del. Jay Jalisi (D-Baltimore County), who did not admit any wrongdoing, agreed to the year-long protective order Monday.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said in a statement Monday night, “In light of the action taken by the courts today, the sensitive nature of the issues before the House Judiciary Committee and the best interests of the Maryland House of Delegates, Delegate Jay Jalisi has been reassigned to the House Environment and Transportation Committee.” Jalisi previously served on the House Judiciary Committee, a panel that reviews domestic violence legislation.
The court order stemmed from an incident between the delegate and his 18-year-old daughter.
According to court documents, Jalisi’s daughter, 18-year-old Alizay Jalisi, applied for the protective order after her father allegedly slapped her late last month during an argument, the Associated Press reported. He was not criminally charged in the case, and Jalisi has denied the allegations.
“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 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.”
Jalisi, 49, was elected in November. 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.
Jalisi 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.
He said in a statement that he was “thankful” to Busch for the reassignment, to serve on a committee that he is “passionate about.”