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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...

Ready Report: Defending Law Enforcement, Approval of Funds for Carroll County & Voting Information

Defending Law Enforcement I wanted to update you on the bill hearings held this week that will seek to further restrict law enforcement and their ability to engage in proactive policing.  Again, only Democrats were permitted to have bills presented this week.  These hearings were a major departure from the Senate’s usual practice of dedicating summer hearings to bi-partisan studies...

Ready Report: State Senate Progressives Attacking Police, Letter on Reinstating High School Sports, & Voting Information

Maryland Senate Progressives Assault on Police Shootings and violence in Baltimore continue, we have a dire shortage of police officers, but next week Maryland Senate Progressives are putting forth a group of bills that will seek to further restrict law enforcement and their ability to engage in proactive policing under the guise of "reform". Maryland already passed significant police reform...

Ready Report: Remembering 9-11 and Voting Information

It is hard to believe it was 19 years ago that we saw vicious evil and hatred and then uncommon heroism and valor demonstrated right in front of our eyes. September 11th, 2001 must never - ever - be forgotten. Our country and the world changed forever. Let us always remember those brave men and women who ran toward the...

Ready Report: Phase III, Whittaker Chambers Memorial Request & Funding for Carroll County

This week’s news includes the Governor’s long-awaited announcement to move to Stage Three reopenings, my recommendation for a Whittaker Chambers memorial, and the announcement of some recently approved funding for Carroll County. Governor Hogan Announces Stage Three Reopenings This week, Governor Hogan announced that effective Friday, September 4th at 5 PM, Maryland will begin the initial entry into Stage Three. ...

OpEd: Senators Hough & Ready Urge Creation of Whittaker Chambers Memorial – Anti-Communist Hero and Carroll Countian

Senators Hough & Ready Urge Creation of Whittaker Chambers Memorial – Anti-Communist Hero and Carroll Countian   Pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order, the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes has asked state and local leaders to make recommendations on historical figures who should be honored with a monument, statue or featured in...

Ready Report: Voting Issues, Opioid Grants for Carroll & More...

I wanted to share a letter sent to the Board of Elections last week outlining concerns about inhibiting the rights of in-person voters.  I’ve also provided information about how to obtain a mail-in ballot if that is your choice, and how to apply to be an election judge. Senate Republican Caucus Letter to the State Board of Elections Recently, my...

Ready Report: Ready: OpEd on Police and Violence, Carroll Re-Zoning News & More...

I hope you are doing well as we reach mid-August. As crazy as this year has been for all of us, I'm sorry that summer is in it's later phases now.  I wanted to share my OpEd from the Carroll County Times this past weekend.  Also, please take note of the need for election judges to support in-person voting in...

OpEd: Ready: To improve dialogue, concede most police have good intentions, crime is a problem in many cities

We’ve been through a lot in 2020 – that’s an understatement. In the last two months there have been both peaceful protests and unacceptably violent riots following the indefensible death of George Floyd. There have been some good discussions about how all of us can work together better to make sure everyone feel safe and valued in our society. Sheriff...

Ready Report: Violence in Baltimore, Schools, & Hurricane Isaias

I hope you made it through the storm safely. I wanted to update you on press release sent out by the Senate Republican Caucus last week, also below, I wanted to pass along information on Carroll County Schools decision to begin with virtual learning this fall and tips if you have storm damage. Maryland Senate GOP Statement on in Baltimore...