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Ready Report-  February 5, 2018

We are about to start week number five of the 2018 Session. If you want all the best access and inside scoop on what’s going on in Annapolis, I invite you to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. You can always reach me with your thoughts directly at [email protected].

Senator Ready Introduces Laura and Reid’s Law

Laura Wallen was a beloved teacher and an expectant mother. On September 3rd, 2017, Laura and Reid Wallen were taken from us. She was excited to welcome her baby boy into the world before her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, murdered her and took away two generations from the Wallens. Tessier was charged with first degree murder for Laura’s death, but since Reid was only 14 weeks in development, and not yet viable outside the womb, the State’s Attorney cannot charge him with Reid’s murder.

On Tuesday, Senator Justin Ready introduced SB 533 to expand the application of prosecution for the murder or manslaughter of a pregnant woman’s fetus. The legislation has been carefully written to protect babies like Reid.

This Bill could meet significant opposition from pro-abortion lobbyist groups who do not want to recognize that a fetus is human life. Regardless if you are Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, this is a bill that everyone can support because it focuses on the protection of pregnant women from violent criminals. We ask that you like the “Support for Laura and Reid’s Law” Facebook page and share your support by using the hashtag #ReidToo.

You can watch the news story here

Senator Ready Attends Annual State of the State Address

On Wednesday, Governor Hogan delivered his fourth annual State of the State Address to the General Assembly. Senator Ready was present for the Governor’s Address on Wednesday, and he made the following comments.

“Overall I think the Governor did a fantastic job emphasizing a bipartisan and common-sense agenda that the General Assembly should be able to support. Over the three years of the Hogan Administration we have worked closely on many important issues and pieces of legislation. This includes providing record funding for K-12 education each year, fighting for Maryland families and job creators by creating a friendlier business environment, and taking on the opioid crisis with essential and innovated policies.”

District Night 2018:

This year we will be hosting our second District Night in Annapolis. Last year we had a great turnout, and Governor Hogan even stopped by for a visit! Please come out on Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The District 5 Delegation will be there to discuss the Session and to enjoy great Carroll County BBQ.  

The event will be in the Miller Senate Office Building, please bring photo ID for security purposes. You can park at Navy Marine Corp Stadium and take the $1 trolley ride to the Capitol.

After dinner, please stay to watch either the Senate or House proceedings from the gallery. To RSVP or receive more information please reach out to my office at 410-841-3683 or [email protected] I hope you can make it!


ICYMI: Senator Ready Championing Redistricting Reform with Governor Hogan

Over the three years of the Hogan administration, the Governor has been a strong advocate of good government initiative. The General Assembly passed Governor’s ethics reform legislation last year. One initiative that the Legislature has neglected to enact serious change to is Redistricting Reform. Maryland has the worst gerrymandered Congressional Districts in the country.

Last year, former MD Gov. O’Malley even admitted that he felt that it was his duty to draw the districts in a manner that it would be more likely for a Democrat to win rather than a Republican when he redrew districts in 2010.

For the second year in a row, the Governor has introduced legislation to enact real and genuine bipartisan redistricting reform. The bill would establish a Commission would have the authority to redraw MD Congressional Districts in an ethical and honest manner. I support the Governor’s redistricting initiative. Gerrymandering is a national problem, and Maryland can step up and be a leader on this issue.


Do you Know a College Student?

The 2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship Application is now open. Please contact Emily Van Horn at 410-596-0037 or email at [email protected] for more information

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Sen. Justin Ready