Good Afternoon! This week, we were proud to celebrate the 385th Anniversary of Maryland's founding. On a non-political note, we bid farewell to Senator Will Smith of District 20 as he departs for deployment to Afghanistan with his Naval Reserve unit. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and all of those who proudly serve in our Armed Forces. We wish him a safe and smooth deployment and pray for his quick and safe return.
With just over one week left in the 2019 Session, my team and I will make sure to keep you updated so you can spread the word on what’s happening here in the Maryland General Assembly.
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Testifying Before House Judiciary Committee
On Tuesday, I presented three bills of mine to the House Judiciary Committee. SB561 (Laura & Reid’s Law), SB152, and SB228. Laura & Reid’s law is legislation that would make a crime of violence on a woman who is pregnant an additional felony to the underlying crime with a prison sentence of up to ten years. SB152 authorizes a court to order a defendant convicted of specified animal cruelty offenses to pay all reasonable costs incurred in removing, housing, treating, or euthanizing an animal confiscated from the defendant. SB228, is a bill that would prohibit a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a defendant who is required to register as a sex offender in Maryland. All three hearings went extremely well, and I hope to have a favorable vote on this very soon to send it to the House of Delegates.
General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto’s
On Wednesday, Governor Hogan vetoed three important pieces of legislation that were overridden by the General Assembly the following day. In a 32-15 party line vote, the Senate override the Governor’s veto of the controversial $15-an-hour minimum wage bill (I call it Youth & Retiree Job Elimination Act). The bill increases the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Small businesses (with 14 employees or less) have until 2026. This legislation will cost our State more than 100,000 jobs and hurt Maryland’s competitiveness by making our small business climate even more difficult than it already is in many areas of our state.
HB1052 is legislation that simply takes alcohol regulatory authority away from the Office of the Comptroller and transfers it to the newly established Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. This is clearly a partisan act of political retribution and will end up costing Maryland Taxpayers millions of dollars. SB128 is legislation that would rescind Governor Hogan's executive order establishing start times for school post-Labor Day. I supported all of the Governor’s vetoes, and am disappointed with the outcome.
BAD BILL ALERT: SB1000
On Monday, the Senate approved SB1000, legislation that would effectively repeal the civilian handgun permit review board. This review board provides an essential check for law-abiding citizens who simply seek to protect their families and property. This bill is yet another highly partisan attempt to weaken 2nd amendment rights for Marylanders. I voted AGAINST this bill.
Senator Ready Video on Bills to Watch Out For
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Sen. Justin Ready