Ready Report, February 13, 2017
We’re about to start the sixth week of the 13-week 2017 session. Last week was an eventful week here in Annapolis. There are dueling paid leave plans, one that was proposed by Governor Hogan and another that is being pushed by the Democrat Majority, that are in the process of debate in both chambers. It will be interesting to see which bill prevails. Below you can find the link to my weekly update video, my statements of the walkout of Senate Proceedings that I participated in, and details on District 5 Night in Annapolis.
Weekly Video Update:
My video update this week gives details on the legislation I introduced in the Senate to protect the accuracy Maryland’s voter registration. I also touch on the legislation I introduced to make Maryland a Right to Work State. To watch my video in its entirety, click here.
Ready Statement on Senate Walkout
“On Thursday I did something I've never done – I walked off of the Senate floor. The Democrat majority was attempting to push through a Resolution that would give Maryland's Attorney General unlimited power to sue the Trump administration without approval from the Governor. Normally, the General Assembly authorizes the AG to take specific action and/or the Governor approves action. This bill just had a hearing and was voted out of committee only yesterday. It's a radical change done for partisan, political purposes that have nothing to do with our job as state legislators. I and other Senators, including at least one Democrat, requested a "special order" of the bill for one day so we could review this significant proposal. This is normally granted, especially this early in Session. The Democratic leadership refused - despite allowing special orders on other bills today. By a 28-18 vote they denied our request so the bill moves forward to a final vote tomorrow. 9 of us protested by leaving the Senate floor. Whatever anyone thinks about President Trump or Governor Hogan, the constant attempt to attack and delegitimize the President or go after the Governor's power is out of control. We should be working on improving our state - and doing the job that taxpayers send us to Annapolis to do, not trying to be congressmen and U.S. Senators.”
An Evening in Annapolis with District 5 Representatives
You are cordially invited to join us from 5:30 to 7:30 on Monday, February 20th, 2017. The event will be held in room 180 the lower House Office Building 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis MD, 21401. Please plan to stay, and observe either the House or the Senate proceedings which begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, this is a free event. Please bring a photo ID.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or 410-841-3683.
Connecting With Us:
To stay up to date with the latest goings on in Annapolis and our area, I hope you’ll like my Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/SenatorReady - and follow me on Twitter – http://Twitter.com/JustinReady - and Instagram - http://Instagram.com/JustinReady. It’s a great way to stay informed and also to get in touch with me when you have concerns.
I consider it a great honor and responsibility to serve you in Annapolis and welcome your thoughts and opinions. Please feel free to contact me or my staff with any questions, or concerns that you have.