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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andy Baranauskas (410)-841-3683

April 12, 2017

Carroll County A Big Winner in 2017 Session:
Working with Governor Hogan, Carroll Delegation Achieves Major Progress on Long-Standing Priorities

Annapolis- Monday Night at Midnight, the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session came to a close. The 2017 Session was extremely productive in achieving progress on critically important Carroll County priorities. Members of the Carroll County Delegation also played a key role in defeating a number of bad bills that would have had a negative impact on the entire state. “This Session will go down as the most productive Carroll County has had in well over a decade,” said Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll). “We were able to work together with Governor Hogan and our counterparts on the other side of the aisle to secure three-year “hold harmless” funding for Carroll County Public Schools, secure a permanent increase in grant funding for Carroll Community College – starting in FY2019 - and secure $1.6 million in Capital Budget funding for the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center. These all will help relieve some of the burden placed on our county’s budget and county property taxpayers.”

“In addition, we played a central role in defeating legislation that would have been harmful to the county and the state of Maryland,” said Senator Ready. “From the sanctuary state bill to bills further restricting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners to requiring BAT septic systems for all houses, Carroll’s Senators and Delegates stepped up to the plate and firmly, persuasively represented the common sense values of the people we represent – and more often than not, we were successful.

“While we are disappointed we couldn’t stop every bad bill, we were able to help pass many of Governor Hogan’s legislative initiatives,” continued Ready. The General Assembly passed ethics reform legislation, a repeal the highly intrusive transportation scoring system passed in 2016 (The “Road Kill” Bill), and the More Jobs for Marylanders Act, all bills championed by Governor Hogan.

“This was my seventh Session as a member of the General Assembly and it was by far the most successful in accomplishing many of our key priorities,” concluded Senator Ready. “I am thankful for all of the hard-work that was put in this year by the Carroll County Delegation, our staffs, and Governor Hogan, as well as the courtesy and openness to helping our county that I saw from legislators in both parties. Now we’re all looking forward to getting back to our regular lives and spending time back in our districts working with constituents to keep making progress on changing Maryland.”