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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...

Ready Report, September 6, 2019

I hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day with friends and family. I always find the return to school and Fall routines bitter sweet. Please say a prayer for those effected by Hurricane Dorian. If you are interested in helping, The Bahamas Red Cross is accepting donations.   Hogan Will Not Raise Taxes to Fund Kirwin Commission Education...

Ready Report, August 16, 2019

No to Sanctuary Counties I was disgusted this week to hear another story of an illegal immigrant who should have been deported (he had a final deportation order going back a couple of years) committing a heinous, evil act – story here. I plan to introduce legislation next Session with some of my colleagues to end the practice of...

Ready Report, August 2, 2019

On Tuesday, July 30th, President Trump joined members of the Virginia General Assembly to celebrate an important milestone in American history - the 400th Anniversary of the First Representative Assembly in Jamestown, VA and the first deliberative body in what would become the United States of America. The event marked the birth of American democracy and free speech in Virginia’s...

Ready Report, July 25, 2019

Dear Friends, I hope you enjoying your summer and the break in the heat. For our family, summer is the perfect time to be with extended family and be outside. Included this week is my recent OpEd in the Carroll County Times, an announcement of funding for Bollinger Park, information on the Carroll County fair, and back to school shopping...

2019 Senatorial Scholarship Recipients

Senator Ready Announces Legislative 2019 Scholarship Award Recipients   Annapolis: Senator Justin Ready of the Maryland General Assembly, District 5 is pleased to announce the award of college scholarships to students from Carroll County for the academic year of 2019-2020.  “I wish these students all the best as they pursue their education and appreciate the hard work of my scholarship...

Ready Report 6/20 - Bladensburg Cross, Board of Public Works, and More!

I hope all the dads out there enjoyed their Father’s Day this past Sunday and got to spend some time with their families.     I got a big surprise with great cards and gifts from Brooklyn & Caleb (supervised of course by my amazing bride Ruth). What...

Ready Report 6/5 - Business Breakfast and Community Events

Good Afternoon -- I hope you're enjoying the nice weather we're (finally) experiencing.  Week in Review:  Last week I was thankful to be a part of the Manchester Valley High School Awards Ceremony, where 12 seniors were presented with Senatorial Scholarships chosen by our scholarship committee. This week I'll be at several other awards ceremonies and community events. Congratulations to...

Ready Report 5/28 - Memorial Day, Handgun Review Board, and More!

Good Afternoon -   I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend with their family members, neighbors, friends, and loved ones. We know that Memorial Day is all about honoring the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our freedom in the United States. Of course...

Carroll County Times: Legislative Session Summary

It has been just over a month since the conclusion of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session. Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to update you on some of the actions taken.   The victory I am probably most proud of was the passage of Laura and Reid’s Law, legislation that was inspired by the highly publicized murders...

Ready Report 05/14 - Great News!

Good evening -  Yesterday, we had some great news for all those who care about protecting vulnerable women and unborn children. Governor Larry Hogan signed into law, Senate Bill 561, Laura & Reid’s Law, legislation I filed working with the Wallen Family. Laura Wallen was a beloved teacher from Howard County who was murdered by her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier. Tessier...

Laura & Reid's Law Signed by Governor Hogan: Legislation Protects Expectant Mothers

For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 May 13, 2019   Laura & Reid’s Law Signed by Governor Hogan Legislation Protects Expectant Mothers   Annapolis – Today, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law, Senate Bill 561, Laura & Reid’s Law, sponsored by Senator Justin Ready, (R-District 5). With the passage of Laura & Reid’s Law, a crime of violence...

Ready Report May 1st - Synagogue Shooting and Massacre of Christians in Sri Lanka Plus Disaster Relief and More

I hope everyone had a great Easter the other weekend, remained safe during our tornado-like weather, and are enjoying time with family as the school year winds down.   Statement on Synagogue Shooting and Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack The past two weeks have featured awful attacks on people of faith. From bombings...

Ready Report: End of Session Recap

Good Afternoon! As of midnight this past Monday, the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session has officially come to a close. Below is the link to a summary of some of the most important legislative takeaways to come out of this year’s session; including an overview of the state budget, analysis of the Kirwin Commission’s education recommendations, listing of our victories...

Laura & Reid's Law Overwhelmingly Passes General Assembly on Final Day

For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 April 9, 2019   Laura & Reid’s Law Overwhelmingly Passes General Assembly on Final Day  Legislation Protects Expectant Mothers   Annapolis – Last night, a few minutes before the 2019 Session ended, Senate Bill 561, Laura & Reid’s Law, sponsored by Senator Justin Ready, (R-District 5), passed the Maryland State Senate and...

March 29: Ready Report: Hogan's Vetos, Bad Bills, and More

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...

Press Release: Carroll County Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Priorities in the State's Budget

March 30, 2018 For Immediate Release: Contact: Matthew Schwartzman (410) 841-3683   Carroll County Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Priorities in the State’s Budget Annapolis: Last week, the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact Governor Hogan’s FY2020 Operating & Capital Budgets. The Carroll County Delegation worked closely with...

Ready Report March 25th - Assisted Suicide, Fight for $15, and More

Good Afternoon! This week’s legislative session brought a lot of hot-button issues to the Senate floor or votes in my committee. 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.  NOTE: To stay up to date with the latest news...

Ready Report March 18th- Tax Relief, Fetal Homicide, and More!

Good Afternoon! With a little less than one month left in the 2019 legislative session, we are barreling our way to April 9th. We've had some victories, one I'll mention below - but also there are a number of bad bills that are moving I'm still working to defeat. My team and I will make sure to keep you...

Press Release: Laura & Reid's Law Passes State Senate

For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 March 15, 2019   Laura & Reid’s Law Overwhelmingly Passes State Senate – Legislation Protects Expectant Mothers Annapolis – Today Laura & Reid’s Law, Senate Bill 561, sponsored by Senator Justin Ready, (R-District 5), passed the Maryland State Senate by...

Ready Report March 8th - March for Life, Styrofoam, and More!

This week in the State Senate had a little bit of everything from an inspiring March for Life to odd/silly bills about "bird-safe buildings" - see video below - and banning some kinds of polystyrene. The House of Delegates, in a 96-44 vote, approved HB166, which would gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15...

Announcement: Senator Ready Press Conference - Laura & Reid's Law - Thursday, February 21, 2019, 11:30 am

Media Advisory For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 February 19, 2019   Family of Slain Howard County Teacher Support Legislation Protecting Pregnant Women and Their Unborn Children Laura & Reid’s Law, Named for Laura Wallen and her unborn son, Reid, would change the prosecution of manslaughter to include the murder of an unborn child at any...

Senator Ready Introduces Broad-Based Income Tax Relief

February 15, 2019 For Immediate Release: Contact: Matthew Schwartzman (410) 841 3683   Senator Ready Introduces Broad-Based Income Tax Relief     Annapolis- Yesterday, Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll) introduced SB 951 legislation that would reduce Maryland income tax by .25% for every taxpayer. "SB 951 is a modest but broad-based tax cut...

Ready Report February 15th: Guns, Bad Bills, and More

Ready Report February 15th Good morning! I hope you had a great Valentine's Day with your loved ones. We are nearly halfway through the 2019 General Assembly Session, and after some snow and ice, the weather hopefully seems to be clearing up - at least for a few days. Yet, despite recent inclement weather, the dropping of legislation surely hasn’t...

Ready Report February 5th: News from Annapolis

Ready Report February 5thGood Afternoon! We are rocking and rolling one-third of the way through the Session. Thousands of pieces of legislation have dropped in Annapolis. Our team will be working hard to ensure that we are standing up for the values and rights of working families, retirees, and job-creators  across the State.    Senator Ready Reaction to...

Senator Ready Reaction to Governor Hogan's State of the State

January 30, 2019 For Immediate Release: Contact: Andy Baranauskas 410-841-3683   Senator Ready Reaction To Governor Hogan’s State of the State Address Annapolis: On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his fifth annual State of the State Address. Governor Hogan emphasized the progress Maryland has made over his tenure as Governor. Senator Justin Ready (R- District 5) was in attendance for...