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Ready Report: Crucial Supreme Court Case, Presidential Speech and Tim Scott Response, Survey for Transportation Master Plan & More

I hope you and your family had a great weekend. It is wonderful to see much nicer weather finally here. Below is an update on several issues happening both at the national, state and local level that could impact all of us directly. Supreme Court to Hear Right to Carry Big news for those who have been concerned about 2nd...

Ready Report: Protecting Due Process, Carroll Community Centers Reopening & More

I hope you and your family are doing well as we head into the weekend. Now that we are officially out of the 2021 Legislative Session, work begins back in my district as well as getting back into the flow of family life. Below...

Ready Report: Full End-Of-Session Recap & More...

Our 90-day legislative session ended at midnight on Monday night. As I've communicated with you throughout the Session, there was good, bad and...ugly. Below I've tried to summarize the major issues we dealt with in my recap... End-of-Session Recap: This week I put together a full recap of the...

End Of Session Recap

On midnight Monday, the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session officially came to a close. The purpose of this letter is to highlight the major legislative initiatives deliberated over the last 90 days by the 47 Senators and 141 Delegates. It is an honor to serve as your State Senator. My top goal to keep you informed and represent our shared...

Ready Report: Policing Legislation, Stopping the “Paint Tax” & More

We’ve wrapped our final full week of the 2021 Session. We have a Saturday session and then Monday, April 12th at midnight is Sine Die. It’s been a whirlwind week in Annapolis.  We’ve had late nights trying to pass good bills but – in most cases – trying to stop bad legislation.  One of the biggest issues debated this week was...

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

Carroll County Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Priorities in State Capital Budget Annapolis: This week, the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact the FY2022 Capital Budgets. The Carroll County Delegation worked in a bi-partisan fashion in the General Assembly and with the Governor to secure key funding for a series of important community projects ranging from helping underprivileged...

Ready Report: Happy Easter – Entering Last Week of Session

This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate Easter. We remember the sacrifice of Jesus’ death, the miracle of Jesus' resurrection and what it means for us. I want to wish you and your family a happy and restful Easter. It’s been a whirlwind week in Annapolis.  We’ve had...

Ready Report: Crossover, Weekly Video Update, and Legalizing Drug Paraphernalia

Monday, March 22nd was the Maryland General Assembly’s "Crossover" deadline. Crossover is the deadline for a bill to pass out of the Senate and get over to the House (or vice versa) in plenty of time for it to be passed there.  A bill can still get passed but it's much more unlikely. Consideration of bills in the opposite chamber...

Ready Report: Lines We Should Not Cross

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the tenth week.   Weekly Video Update: Criminal Apologist Bills, Sanctuary State + Some Positive News: Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.   Letting Murderers and Child Sexual Offenders Out of Jail Early...

Ready Report: Raiding the "Flush" Fund, Police Fight Continues & More...

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the ninth week. Weekly Video Update: Global Warming, Police Fight Continues & More Bad Crime Bills: Click on the photo below for my weekly video update. Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 414) This...

Ready Report: Republicans Fighting Crime + Update on Policing Legislation

Good afternoon, Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the eighth week. As always, I appreciate the opportunity to represent you and want to do my best to keep you informed. Weekly Video Update: Anti-Crime Legislative Package Introduced + Update on Policing Bills: Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.

Senator Ready in Carroll County Times - Kirwan Proposal a $40B Statement of Educational Aspiration with No Definition of Success or Failure

In March 2020, right before the outbreak of COVID19 caused an early end to the legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 1300, the Kirwan Commission’s education bill – committing Maryland taxpayers to as much as $40 Billion in new education spending over the next decade on top of the billions of dollars we already spend each year...

Ready Report: Making Maryland Retirement Friendly, Supporting Police & More

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the seventh week. Weekly Video Update: Making MD Retirement Friendly & Standing Up for Police: Click on the photo below for my weekly video update. FOX 45 Appearance on Anti-Parent Children’s Counseling Bill:...

Ready Report: Another Tough Week in the Maryland General Assembly

Good afternoon, Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of our sixth week. It has been another difficult week, but I will continue to keep you updated to the best of my ability. Weekly Video Update: More Unfortunate News; Taxpayer Funded Payments to Illegal Immigrants, Police Reform, and Removal of School Resource Officers: Click on the...

Senator Ready and Delegate Shoemaker Propose Additional Year of Athletic Eligibility for High School Seniors

Senator Ready and Delegate Shoemaker Propose Additional Year of Athletic Eligibility for High School Seniors Annapolis- Responding to the unusual circumstances of the past year and the sacrifices that our students have made, Senator Justin Ready and Delegate Haven Shoemaker have introduced SB759/HB817 to grant current high school seniors one more year of athletic eligibility. The student participating would...

Ready Report: Weekly Video Update, Veto Overrides, and Kirwan’s $40 Billion in New Government Spending

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of our fifth week. It has been a very long and difficult one – I will do my best to summarize some of the issues below:  Weekly Video Update: Details on Veto Overrides – Results Sadly Falling Along Party Lines: Click on the photo below for my weekly video...

Ready Report: Weekly Video Update, Election Safeguards, & More Veto Overrides

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of our fourth week.  Weekly Video Update: Details on Our Efforts to Make our Elections More Secure and the Kirwan Education Veto Override Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.   Senate Republicans...

Ready Report: Weekly Video Update, Reopening Schools, & Dining Curfew Lifted

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis.  In my video, I’ll give you my take on bills to watch this session. Weekly Video Update – Sanctuary State and Other Nonsense Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.   Watch the 2021 General Assembly...

Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Voting Session on Local Bill Request

The Carroll County Delegation will hold a voting session on proposed county legislation on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting is open to the public.  There will be a zoom link for those wishing to speak and a YouTube link for those wishing to watch The Delegation will be voting on Carroll County-specific bill requests for the...

Ready Report: Weekly Video Update, Veto Override, & Watch the 2021 Session

The 2021 legislative Session is full swing.  Below see my weekly video update, a veto override watch, and our tutorial on how to watch hearings and floor sessions. Weekly Video Update Click on the photo below for my weekly video update. Watch the 2021 General Assembly The...

Ready Report: Update on 2021 Legislative Session

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at noon, the 442nd Legislative Session began.  As you can imagine, this year looks very different from past years with all meetings virtual with the exception of meeting on the Senate and House floors and some committee sessions.  Below you will find information about legislation this session and links that allow you to access virtual committee...

Merry Christmas Merry Christmas from my family to your family

This year has not been easy for any of us, but for many people in our community it’s been incredibly difficult. However, the meaning of Christmas Day is unchanged - it’s still about God coming to earth in the most humble way possible, as a baby born to extremely poor parents in a stable where animals sleep. The birth of...

Ready Report: Legislative Preview: Veto Overrides & Voter ID Legislation

First off, yesterday was the beginning of Hanukkah. I want to wish all my Jewish friends and neighbors a wonderful Festival of Lights and holiday season. Today I have some updates on legislative issues for the upcoming 2021 General Assembly Session which begins in January and some local news as well. Carroll County Times OpEd – Fighting Tobacco & Digital...

Ready Report: Happy Thanksgiving & Update from Sheriff DeWees

Good evening -  Thanksgiving begins with the simple yet important idea that we take time to count our blessings. We thank God for what He has given us, even as we experience an incredibly difficult year. I know I am incredibly thankful for my wife Ruth, children Brookly and Caleb, family and friends - as well as the opportunity to...

Ready Report: Legislative Action Alert – Digital Ad Tax & Funding for Important Carroll County Needs

I hope you have had a very good week in spite of all the things happening in our community and around the country. As we head into Thanksgiving week, we have more to be thankful for than we realize sometimes, so many are going through difficult times. If I can be helpful to you or your family, please do not...

Ready Report: Celebrating Veteran’s Day, More Federal "Cares Act" Funding Announced, Stormwater Money Approved, & County Hazard Survey

As the debated continues over the Presidential election, my staff and I are beginning to prepare for the 2021 Legislative Session.  Many bills come from our constituents who share ideas and issues which need to be fixed through legislation.  We enjoy hearing from you and welcome your thoughts all issues.

Ready Report: Important Voting Information & Opportunities to Volunteer

Early voting in Maryland began last week and runs through Monday, November 2nd with Election Day to follow November 3rd. This is a change from the usual schedule in previous elections where early voting stops on the Thursday before the election. The polls are open from 7:00 AM-8:00 PM and that includes Saturday and Sunday. In Carroll County there are...

Ready Report: Voting Information, Opportunities to Volunteer & Program Open Space Funding

Early voting in Maryland starts THIS Monday, October 26th and runs through Monday, November 2nd with Election Day to follow November 3rd. This is a change from the usual schedule in previous elections where early voting stops on the Thursday before the election. The polls are open from 7:00 AM-8:00 PM and that includes Saturday and Sunday. In Carroll County...

Ready Report: Carroll County Schools to Open October 19, Fall Family Event Next Week, Rural Legacy Fund Grant, & Voting Information

Carroll County School Board Committed to October 19th Reopening I continue to advocate to return students to in-person instruction. Carroll County Board of Education leaders reiterated Wednesday night that they are committed to reopening under a hybrid model on October 19th.  The current model has students returning to in-person learning two days a week with students continuing to receive virtual...

Ready Report: Important Election Info, Child Care Gets Full Capacity Go-ahead, Family Event

We have a bunch of news to get into but first, with the first big round of absentee ballots coming out, I wanted to be sure to share some important info about what's on the ballot besides the Presidential and Congressional races in Maryland. First, I'd like to ask you to join me in supporting Richard Titus for continuance as our Carroll...