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Guidance on Governor's New Executive Order

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, earlier than the scheduled date of April 6, 2020.  Maryland legislators returned to their districts following the direction of the Governor to avoid large gatherings. While we don’t know how long the crisis will last, we can all do are part by staying informed and following the directions...

Carroll County Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Priorities in the State’s Capital Budget

Annapolis: Prior to adjournment on Wednesday, the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact Governor Hogan’s FY2021 Capital Budget. The Carroll County Delegation worked closely with Governor Hogan and in a bi-partisan fashion in the General Assembly to secure key funding for a series of projects. Below are some highlights of what projects will receive Capital funds: -$1,000,000 – Carroll County...

Ready Report: COVID19 and Session Ending

Good afternoon, Greetings from Annapolis.  The Maryland General Assembly was scheduled to end on April 6, 2020.  As a result of the current health crisis, the historic decision was made to adjourn this, Wednesday, March 18.  Legislators have remained in Annapolis all weekend to ensure that necessary legislation is passed - however, as my video below shows, we are doing...

Ready Report: Important COVID-19 Update

Certainly the tone and tenor of the 2020 Legislative Session has changed dramatically with the events of the last 48 hours regarding COVID19. It's possible we will be adjourning here early, or that we will go for a little while longer. It now seems very unlikely that we'll be in Session through the April 6th normal end date. The focus...

Ready Report: Some Good News on Crime & Taxes, Plus Weekly Video

We are one week away from "crossover", the date that each chamber (House and Senate) sends the other chamber the bills that they plan to pass favorably. There will be a lot of long days up until crossover as legislators work to get their bills through. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com. I have two pieces...

Press Release: Senator Justin Ready Presents Legislation to 'Strike at the Heart of Gun Violence'

SB 672 Makes Theft of a Handgun a Felony    Annapolis- On Tuesday, Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll) presented SB 672  before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, legislation that would reclassify the theft of a handgun as a felony offense from its current level of simple misdemeanor theft. “Senate Bill 672 is bipartisan legislation that strikes at the heart of gun violence – illegal...

Ready Report, February 28, 2020

We’ve passed the halfway point in the 2020 Session. It’s been an extremely busy year as we try to sort out the Kirwan education plan, sanctuary for illegal aliens, crime in Baltimore City, and as of last week, a proposed massive tax increase. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com. Ready OpEd in Carroll County Times: General...

Ready OpED in Carroll County Times: General Assembly Focus Misplaced

We have reached the halfway point of the 2020 General Assembly Session in Annapolis. In my view, one of our main priorities should be stemming the violent crime plaguing Baltimore and accountability for those who are perpetrating these acts – or refusing to take action to stop it. Instead, the General Assembly has spent an inordinate amount of time on...

Ready Report: Largest Tax Increase in MD History

We’re now at the half way point in the 2020 Session. This past week, Governor Hogan submitted 124 “Green Bag” appointments (appointments to leadership positions) to Maryland State Senate. Dating back to 17th-century England, the term “Green Bag” refers to the green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. Many of these...

Ready Report, February 13, 2020

We’re now the fifth week of the 2020 Session. The Senate has had over 1,000 bills introduced and in the House of Delegates, more than 1,500. In Maryland, every bill receives a hearing, so all legislators are busy hearing and vetting bills in their respective committees. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com. Weekly Video Update: General...

Ready Report, February 5, 2020

I hope you and your family are doing well. We’re into the fourth full week of the 2020 Session. We’ve just passed the date to allow bills to be introduced in the Senate. Senators are still able to introduce bills but the bill will go to the Rules Committee and the sponsoring Senator will need to explain why the bill...

Press Release: Senator Ready Reaction to Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address

Annapolis- Today, Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll) praised Governor Hogan’s sixth State of the State address – in particular for its focus on real solutions the out-of-control crime in Baltimore and delivering tax relief for Maryland retirees. “The Governor’s speech was a clarion call to the General Assembly to get serious about stopping violent crime and illegal gun trafficking as well as...

Press Release: Senator Ready Introduces Legislation Requiring Local Authorities to Abide by DHS Detainers

  Senator Ready Introduces Legislation Requiring Local Authorities to Abide by DHS Detainers    Annapolis- Today, Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll) presented SB 332 before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The legislation seeks to address a major public safety problem that has developed in Maryland because of the application of “Sanctuary County” policies to convicted or suspected criminals being held by local law enforcement...

Ready Report, January 28, 2020

I hope you and your family are doing well. We are into our third full week of the 2020 Legislative Session. Below are some things that I’m working on and an event I want to be sure you know about with our District 5 Team. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com. Stopping “Sanctuary City/County” Practices in...

Ready Report, News From Annapolis

  Governor Hogan Proposes Over $1 Billion in Tax Relief for Retirees –Senator Ready Co-Sponsoring! Late last week, Governor Hogan took the next step toward eliminating all retirement taxes in Maryland. The Retirement Reduction Act of 2020 will eliminate all state tax on the first $50,000 of income for retirees making up to $100,000 in federally adjusted gross income. Retirees...

Ready Report, January 10, 2020

On Wednesday, January 8th at noon, Maryland’s 441st Legislative Session began. Over the next 88 days I will do my best to keep you updated on what is happening in Annapolis and how it can affect...

OpEd:Community Voices (Ready): Education, crime, transportation key issues facing 2020 General Assembly session

Community Voices (Ready): Education, crime, transportation key issues facing 2020 General Assembly session By Justin Ready Carroll County Times

Happy New Year

  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with friends and family and are looking forward to 2020! There have been many dramatic changes in leadership in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates during the interim – with a turn to the left. I...

Merry Christmas

With all of the divisiveness in our country, during this holiday season, I am focusing on how truly blessed we are to be Americans. I am especially thankful for the brave men and women who serve in the military. While we...

Weekly update, December 16, 2019

Session Preview: Addressing Drugged Driving Currently in Maryland if a police officer suspects a driver is under the influence of drugs in a routine traffic stop, they must call for a an officer who is a drug recognition expert. This has had the consequence of less frequent testing for drugs or controlled dangerous substances than testing for alcohol. I currently...

Weekly Update, December 6, 2019

Kirwin Update: Conversation Should be about Oversight before Spending As I’ve explained in earlier emails, The Kirwin Commission will be one our biggest issues in the upcoming 2020 Session. One of the least talked about recommendations in the $4 billion per year plan is the implementation of an Independent Oversight Board with authority to develop a comprehensive plan for implementing...

Happy Thanksgiving, November 27, 2019

The image of the first Thanksgiving is one of two very different communities coming together to celebrate peace and God’s blessing of prosperity after a difficult time. In today’s time in our country where we are facing a...

Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests

For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 November 22, 2019 Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests The Carroll County Delegation will hold their annual public hearing on proposed county legislation on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The hearing will take place in the Reagan Room of the County Office...

Ready Report, November 18, 2019

2020 Legislative Initiative: Ending the Practice of Sanctuary Counties In the State of Maryland Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County all protect illegal immigrants from ICE when they are in their custody. This allows dangerous criminals to be released back into the community and has had some very serious consequences including rape, murder, and violence. I...

Kirwin Commission OpEd, Carroll County Times, November 7, 2019

The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly is just around the corner, beginning in January. Every year legislators, including myself, travel down to Annapolis for a 90-day session where we tackle issues from balancing the state budget, to criminal justice to health care policy.  The biggest issue on the horizon is how policy makers will handle recommendations from the...

Ready Report, November 8, 2019

Senator Ready OpEd on Kirwin Commission Over the past few weeks, I’ve been updating you on my thoughts on the Kirwin Commission’s education recommendations. In my recent OpEd in the Carroll times, I discuss the need for state legislators and activist groups — including education establishment groups spending millions promoting an “all-or-nothing” approach to Kirwan — to embrace a realistic,...

Ready Report, October 18, 2019

First of all – I want to thank everyone who came out to our Annual Fall Family event on Wednesday evening with Lt. Governor Rutherford. We had a successful event with a great crowd. Lt. Governor Rutherford’s message of fiscal responsibility, government accountability and fighting for common sense reform in state government was right on point. It’s an honor to...

Ready Report, October 11, 2019

Senator Ready’s Fall Fundraiser with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford It’s not too late to join me Wednesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. at Libertore’s Restaurant in Westminster for my annual fall fundraiser.  For details or to purchase tickets, visit www.JustinReady.com/fall2019 Kirwin Commission Update The Kirwin Commission is due to give their final results on October 15th.  As...

Ready Report, October 4, 2019

Hundreds of Maryland laws went into effect Tuesday, October 1st  spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to the state's medical cannabis commission. These include but are not limited to increasing the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes to 21, The application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will switch from a hand-written

Ready Report, September 21, 2019

I’ve had an interesting last week- to give you a look at what I do off session in addition to my regular job. Last Friday I spend the day touring the city of Taneytown with several stops including City Hall, local small businesses and Memorial Park. In sharp contrast, this past Tuesday, I spent the day at our Maryland Senate...