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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 House of Burgesses, the oldest continuously operating legislative body in North America. Four centuries later, the great American Experiment of democratic principles that began in Jamestown continues to thrive.  From local city councils and State capitols to the halls of Congress, legislative bodies across our country continue to deliberate and represent the will of the people.  God Bless America.

Capital One Data Breach

Earlier this week, Capital One announced that a hacker had accessed about 100 million credit card application files.  The hacker, based in Seattle, has already been arrested and, according to a complaint filed by the FBI, no evidence has yet been revealed that the stolen information was sold or disseminated by the hacker to any third party.  For more information, visit www.capitalone.com/facts2019/.  

Marylanders who believe they may have been affected by a data breach should consider taking the following steps to protect their information:

  • Obtain a free credit report at annualcreditreport.com or by calling 877-322-8228.
  • Put a fraud alert on your credit file (you only need to contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, or Transunion) to place a fraud alert).
  • Place a security freeze on your credit file (for more information about freezes, visit http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/IdentityTheft/freezing.aspx).
  • Take advantage of any free services being offered as a result of the breach.
  • Use two-factor authentication on your online accounts whenever available.

Maryland Retains AAA Bond Rating

On July 29, 2019, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp announced that the three major bonding agencies (S&P, Moody’s & Fitch) have reaffirmed Maryland’s AAA bond rating. The lower interest rates that the State will achieve on its bonds due to its outstanding credit rating will save Maryland residents millions of dollars and allow those dollars to be directed to investment in our local communities, notably our schools, libraries, institutions of higher education, healthcare facilities and cultural projects important to the residents of our State.

Carroll County Fair

Visit the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair July 27th-August 2 at the Carroll County Ag Center. The fair will be celebrating its 121st year. Exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, food, and exhibits. Back by popular demand: Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, Chain Saw Carver, and much more. Visit their website for more information and schedule.

Back to School Shopping - Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week

The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2019 is August 11-17th. Qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. The first $40 of a backpack or bookbag is also tax-free.

It is my honor to represent you in the Maryland General Assembly. Please always feel free to pass along your thoughts and ideas to senatorready@gmail.com.

Carroll County Restaurant Week

August 11th -18th, several restaurants around Carroll County will offer a prix fix menu. For list of restaurants and menus, click here.