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OpEd:Community Voices (Ready): Education, crime, transportation key issues facing 2020 General Assembly session

Community Voices (Ready): Education, crime, transportation key issues facing 2020 General Assembly session By Justin Ready Carroll County Times

Happy New Year

  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with friends and family and are looking forward to 2020! There have been many dramatic changes in leadership in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates during the interim – with a turn to the left. I...

Merry Christmas

With all of the divisiveness in our country, during this holiday season, I am focusing on how truly blessed we are to be Americans. I am especially thankful for the brave men and women who serve in the military. While we...

Weekly update, December 16, 2019

Session Preview: Addressing Drugged Driving Currently in Maryland if a police officer suspects a driver is under the influence of drugs in a routine traffic stop, they must call for a an officer who is a drug recognition expert. This has had the consequence of less frequent testing for drugs or controlled dangerous substances than testing for alcohol. I currently...

Weekly Update, December 6, 2019

Kirwin Update: Conversation Should be about Oversight before Spending As I’ve explained in earlier emails, The Kirwin Commission will be one our biggest issues in the upcoming 2020 Session. One of the least talked about recommendations in the $4 billion per year plan is the implementation of an Independent Oversight Board with authority to develop a comprehensive plan for implementing...

Happy Thanksgiving, November 27, 2019

The image of the first Thanksgiving is one of two very different communities coming together to celebrate peace and God’s blessing of prosperity after a difficult time. In today’s time in our country where we are facing a...

Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests

For Immediate Release Contact: Meg Butler (410) 841-3683 November 22, 2019 Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests The Carroll County Delegation will hold their annual public hearing on proposed county legislation on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The hearing will take place in the Reagan Room of the County Office...

Ready Report, November 18, 2019

2020 Legislative Initiative: Ending the Practice of Sanctuary Counties In the State of Maryland Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County all protect illegal immigrants from ICE when they are in their custody. This allows dangerous criminals to be released back into the community and has had some very serious consequences including rape, murder, and violence. I...

Kirwin Commission OpEd, Carroll County Times, November 7, 2019

The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly is just around the corner, beginning in January. Every year legislators, including myself, travel down to Annapolis for a 90-day session where we tackle issues from balancing the state budget, to criminal justice to health care policy.  The biggest issue on the horizon is how policy makers will handle recommendations from the...

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...