February 10, 2024

Ready Report: State of the State & Update on Key Issues in Annapolis…

The fourth full week of the 2024 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session has concluded. Here is a brief update on what happened this week in Annapolis.

Weekly Video Update

Click the image below to watch this week’s video update from Annapolis.

Ready in the Press – State of the State Address

On Wednesday, Governor Moore offered his State of the State address before the full General Assembly body. While the speech touched on several pressing issues, it lacked concrete details on the administration’s plans to solve them. You can read more about the Governor’s State of the State address, and some of my thoughts by clicking here.

Industrial Sludge Legislation Proposed

Maryland has become a dumping ground for unregulated industrial sludge, which is spread on farm fields without clear knowledge of what’s in it or how much is being applied. This is why I have sponsored SB 1074, which creates a new permit program for the hauling, storage, and proper application of “dissolved air flotation” (DAF) material. It’s also being co-sponsored in the House of Delegates by our three District 5 Delegates – Eric Bouchat, April Rose & Chris Tomlinson. Unlike other forms of byproduct and things like chicken litter which are regulated and permitted, we have no way of knowing the origin or makeup of the materials being transported from places like Delaware and Virginia – where it IS regulated. In fact, a large number of states have taken this step but not us yet.

Carroll County residents – including a number of farmers – brought this issue to my attention and helped me understand that, due to the horrific odor and health concerns, we are on the front lines of this issue. You can read more about this bipartisan legislation, which has the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, by clicking here. I look forward to keeping you updated as Session continues.

Standing up for Parental Rights in Annapolis

On Thursday, parents from around Maryland, including Carroll & Frederick Counties came to Annapolis to a rally organized by Moms for Liberty in support of several key pieces of legislation that protect parental rights. This includes a bill that I am sponsoring, SB 438, which codifies parents’ right in state law to direct the upbringing, education, care, and welfare of their children. It was an honor to speak to this group of amazing activists – thanks Moms for Liberty for putting it on and the invitation.

You are Invited to District 5/Carroll County Night in Annapolis

You are cordially invited to attend “An Evening in Annapolis with the Carroll County Delegation!” This is a free event where refreshments will be served. All Carroll County and District 5 residents are invited to this event on February 19th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis MD. Refreshments will be served. (After the 2022 election District 5 now includes the Frederick County portion of Mt. Airy as well)

The Carroll County Delegation includes District 5 Senator Justin Ready, Delegate April Rose, Delegate Chris Tomlinson, and Delegate Christopher “Eric” Bouchat. Additionally, District 42C Senator Chris West and Delegate Josh Stonko will be in attendance which is why we’re calling this District 5 AND Carroll County Night.

The delegation will offer remarks about the legislative session. Around 7:45 PM, the delegation will have to walk over to the Statehouse for a floor session, which you are more than welcome to attend. Please bring a photo ID if you plan to enter the Statehouse.

RSVP: Senator Justin Ready at 410-841-3683 or email [email protected]

Senatorial Scholarships Available

If you are or know a high school senior or college student, please consider applying for a Senatorial Scholarship.  For more information or to request an application, email Emily Van Horn at [email protected] and include your full address.  Scholarships will be accepted up to April 15, 2024.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime. My office can be reached by emailing [email protected], and my staff and I will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. Have a great rest of the week!

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