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Ready Report: Redistricting, State Budget and "Shall Issue" Legislation

I hope you and your family are doing well. We've completed the first full week of the 2022 General Assembly Session and there have been a number of developments I wanted to make you aware of. There will be more to come in the weeks ahead. Redistricting Update The bulk of the time spent on the Senate floor this week...

Ready Report: 2022 Session Week 1 & Carroll County Delegation Meeting Next Week

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the first week of session, an announcement about our Carroll County Delegation meeting next week with the agenda, and more: Ready in the Press:  Earlier this week, I was on two different Baltimore television stations talking...

Merry Christmas

“For unto us a child is born, unto to us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,...

Democrats Release their State Legislative Redistricting Map

Last night at 5:30 during the week of Christmas, Annapolis Democrats released their state legislative map proposal. This is the map of all the State Senate/House of Delegates districts which have to be within +/- 5% of an exact population. Unfortunately,...

Ready Report: Special Session Update

Yesterday, the Maryland General Assembly convened for a Special Session specifically to address Congressional Redistricting.  Also on the agenda were overrides for bills that Governor Hogan vetoed at the end of last Session.  Here is my video update from yesterday.  After this video was made the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee voted in favor of the Legislative Redistricting...

Alert: Opportunity to Testify for Fair Congressional Maps - Sign Up

I've been doing my best to keep you informed about what is happening with congressional redistricting in Maryland and fighting to stop Democrat efforts to gerrymander us again. This Monday, the Maryland General Assembly will meet for a Special Session specifically to address Congressional Redistricting. They will be having a hearing on the Democrats proposal which you can see 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good afternoon, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Even though we should be thankful to God for our family, friends and the blessings we have - Thanksgiving helps us really stop and reflect. As we gather with our loved ones, we can pray for...

Ready Report: County Commissioner and Congressional Redistricting

As we head into the weekend, I hope you and your family are doing well. I wanted to make you aware of the outcome of our Carroll County Delegation hearing this past week, primarily the county commissioner redistricting map. Also, I'm sharing a Carroll County Times article about a rally I participated in with other local leaders about getting a...

Ready Report: Your Input Needed on Redistricting Maps, Delegation Public Hearing & More

I have two main items to call your attention to - one is about statewide Congressional redistricting and the other is a reminder about our Carroll County Delegation public hearing this coming Wednesday where, among other items, we will be discussing options for the Carroll County Commissioner districts. You taking the time to give input on both of these items below...

Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests Agenda Includes Once-a-Decade County Commissioner Redistricting Map

The Carroll County Delegation will hold their Annual Local Public Hearing on proposed county legislation on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  The hearing will take place in the Reagan Room of the County Office Building , 225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD. The Delegation will be discussing Carroll County-specific bill requests for the December 2021 Special Session and the 2022 Maryland General Assembly...

Ready Report: Pre-Session Issue Survey, Re-Fund the Police & More

Maryland Senate Republicans Pre-Session Issues Survey As you may know, I was elected to be the Senate Minority Whip recently. My fellow Republican Senators and I are fighting to bring balance and conservative reform to the Maryland General Assembly. We are seeing Annapolis continue to lurch to the left and advance a progressive agenda that is out of step with...

Ready Report: December Special Session, Local Bill Hearing in Carroll County & More

December Special Session of the General Assembly Announced: I wanted to make you aware of the upcoming Special Session to be held December 6-15th for the purpose of passing a new congressional legislative map.  The Maryland General Assembly will consider two maps, one presented by the Citizens Redistricting Committee and one by the Legislative Districting Committee. Maps have been proposed by...

Ready Report: Police Week, State Funds for Carroll County, Community Shred Event & More

This week (October 13-17th, 2021) we've marked National Police Week, I am thankful for our law enforcement - we appreciate their bravery and hard work! For more information visit www.policeweek.org.   New State Funding Secured for Carroll County Parks, Playgrounds and Hashawha Nature Center On Wednesday, October...

Ready Elected Minority Whip + More on Redistricting

On Monday, I was honored to be elected Senate Minority Whip by my Republican colleagues, to serve with our Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire as the Maryland Senate Republican leadership team, replacing my friend Senator Hough who stepped away from this position to focus on his final year in the Senate and his campaign for Frederick County Executive. I am thankful...

Ready Report: Carroll Community College Ranked #1, Citizens Redistricting Committee Update & More

This week, I wanted to share my remarks from Taneytown’s September 11th Commemoration.  I’ve also shared the news about about Carroll Community College’s #1 Ranking in the state of Maryland! – and the final weeks of the Citizen’s Redistricting Committee. Remembering September 11th On Saturday, September 11th,  I was honored to be asked to speak at Taneytown's September 11th Commemoration. It...

Ready Report: County and State Redistricting Commissions Invite Public Input & Masking Update

It’s been an eventful week both locally and in state government. As always, I want to do my best to give you information and ways you can make your voice heard in local and state government. Redistricting County Commissioner Districts  This year, following the release of the decennial census, county representatives...

Ready Report: Remembering September 11th & Additional Constituent Information

  It is hard to believe it was 20 years ago that we saw vicious evil and hatred and then uncommon heroism and valor demonstrated right in front of our eyes. I know I’ll never forget where I was, in the hallway on the second floor of Carroll Community College’s main building when a friend came up to me after...

Ready Report: Mask Mandate Update + Carroll Recreation & Parks Listening Session

Mask Mandate Should Be A Local Decision Last week, the State Board of Education took action to hold an emergency meeting and overturn decisions made by elected county boards of education regarding masking.  This violates the element of local control by school boards elected by their constituents.  Meanwhile, other schools in our state have had consistently failing schools for decades...

Message from Wednesday, 8/25, Maryland Board of Education Voting on Statewide School Mask Mandate Tomorrow

Recently, our Carroll County School Board had decided to make masks optional for students this coming school year. I and our District 5 Delegates supported and agree with their decision. We are one of 9 counties in Maryland to come to that conclusion. Unfortunately, the Maryland State Board...

Ready Report: District 5 Team Rated Best for Small Business, Safeguarding Elections & More...

This week I wanted to highlight our District 5 legislators who all earned record Pro-Business scores based on how they vote on business legislation, a panel discussion being held next week by the Maryland Young Republicans on safeguarding elections, Maryland Tax-Free week, and Carroll County restaurant week. District 5 Team has Best  Pro-Job Creator Rating in General Assembly Last week,...

Press Release: District 5 Legislators Receive Highest Pro-Job Creator Rating in General Assembly

Ready, Krebs, Rose & Shoemaker Achieved 96% Cumulative Score for Small Business Voting Record Annapolis – Maryland Free, formerly known as Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a statewide non-profit and nonpartisan political research organization with their publication Roll Call (their scorecard for legislators’ voting record on key business issues), has scored Legislative District 5's Senator Justin Ready, Delegate Susan Krebs,...

Ready Report: Small Business Voting Ranking Release, Shoemaker Announcement, Carroll County 4-H Fair & More

As we continue deeper into the summer of 2021, I hope you and your family are well. I wanted to update you today on some political items including the latest rankings for small business-related voting records in the General Assembly and Delegate Haven Shoemaker's announcement that he will be running for Carroll County State's Attorney next year.  Also this week...

Repeal the Netflix Tax and Deadline to Renew Licenses

I hope you had a relaxing weekend. This week I’m highlighting a massive tax on Marylanders passed during the 2021 Legislative Session by the Democratic Majority right as we were recovering from the pandemic, the deadline for renewing driver’s licenses, and a new drop off for Habitat for Humanity. Stop the Madness - Repeal the "Dem" Netflix Tax Now! Unbelievably...

Ready Report: More on Policing Changes & Maryland Democrats Announce Rival Redistricting Commission

I hope that you, your family, and friends all had a wonderful Independence Day celebration. This week, I wanted to share a lengthy Carroll County Times article on “police reform” - including my comments in the article and let you know about the latest efforts of Maryland's Democrat establishment to try to keep our gerrymandered legislative and congressional map in...

Ready Report: Independence Day, Fair Maps Maryland Launch & More

First, I want to wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and happy Independence Day.  While I think we all know in our hearts that freedom is NOT free and that we are blessed to live in this great country, the July 4th Independence Day celebrations are a great reminder and a cause for celebration. Freedom is also not...

DeLeonardo Named to Circuit Court, 4th of July Events, & Emergency Broadband Program

Brian DeLeonardo Named to Carroll County Circuit Court. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he has appointed Brian DeLeonardo to serve on the Carroll County Circuit Court.“Brian DeLeonardo has a long and distinguished record of service, and will make an outstanding addition to the circuit court,” said Governor Hogan. “I am pleased to enthusiastically appoint him to serve the people of Carroll...

Ready Report: State of Emergency Lifted, Redistricting Public Hearing & More

We are heading Father's Day weekend - happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, now more than ever we need fathers in our society and I'm very thankful for mine.  Here are a few important items both from the last week and looking ahead: Regional Public Meeting of Redistricting Committee - Carroll County focus: Last week, I told...

Redistricting Commission Meeting - Make Your Voice Heard

Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Holds Virtual Regional Meeting for Cecil, Harford, and Carroll County Residents on June 16 Dear Friends, The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, a nonpartisan commission created by Governor Larry Hogan to draw fair and representative legislative and congressional district maps for the 2022 elections, will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 16, at 6 p.m....

Ready Report: Call to End Mask Mandates in Schools & State Reinstates Work Search Requirements

I hope that you and your family had a happy Memorial Day weekend.  It’s a relief to have two pieces of news this week that highlight that we are recovering from the recent pandemic.  It’s time to get back to normal – kids learning in a normal environment and people back to work.  District 5 Team Supports Lifting Mask Mandate...

Ready Report: Happy Memorial Day plus Hogan Vetoes Bad Bills

I want to wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and happy Memorial Day. As we finally seem to be returning to normal we must always remember to be thankful for the countless blessings we have in our country. Perhaps the biggest blessing we have been given is the sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our our...