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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...

Ready Report: Follow-up on OpEd, Work Search Requirement Reinstated, Carroll 101 , and Hampstead Day Returns

I hope you and your family had a great weekend. Below you will find a follow- up interview on police “reform”, good news for employers on unemployment requirements, information on Carroll County operations, and the return of Hampstead Day. Interview on my Police “Reform” OpEd Last week, I shared my OpEd on the Maryland General Assembly’s radical passing of police...

Mask Mandate Removed and OpEd on Police "Reform"

Good morning - I hope you and your family had a great weekend. On Friday we got very good news regarding the mask mandate and COVID19 protocols. I have been pushing for a loosening of restrictions for some time. I'll have more below about this welcome news. I'm hopeful more progress will be made regarding schools soon. Ready OPEd on...

Senator Ready OpEd on Police "Reform" in Carroll County Times

The 2021 Legislative Session concluded just over a month ago. It was a very difficult session for a whole host of reasons. The idea of balanced, reasonable approaches to tough, controversial issues was swept aside in a rush to push a more “woke”, progressive agenda. The battle over Police “Reform” was probably the best example of this problem. I have...

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.