Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the eighth week. As always, I appreciate the opportunity to represent you and want to do my best to keep you informed.
Weekly Video Update: Anti-Crime Legislative Package Introduced + Update on Policing Bills:
Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.
MD Senate & House Republicans’ Crime Package - Go After the Bad Guys!
The Senate & House Republican Caucuses have rolled out several bills during the 2021 Session – including one of my own - that would make certain crimes a felony, create a new unit in the state attorney general’s office, and close loopholes that have been exploited by repeat violent criminals. We held a press conference this week highlighting the provisions. The following bills have been introduced by GOP lawmakers this year as part of this package:
- SB 560 –My bill that bumps the charge of theft of a handgun to a felony charge with a minimum sentence
- HB 678 – Crimes of Violence – Parole (Stopping Dangerous and Violent Criminals Act of 2021) – Alters parole eligibility for inmates sentenced for a violent crime
- HB 1236 – Violent Crimes Special Prosecution Unit for Baltimore City
- SB 852 – Crimes – Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2021) – Alters provisions and penalties pertaining to several firearms-related offenses
Ready in the Press:
Maryland Matters Story on Police Reform Bills Passing – comprehensive article about the bills including my comments supporting our police.
Watching the 2021 General Assembly in Action:
In the 2021 General Assembly Session every Senate/House floor session, committee hearing, and committee voting session will be live-streamed which is unprecedented.
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 accepted up to April 15, 2021.
My staff and I can be always reached at [email protected] or by calling 410-841-3683. My personal email is [email protected]. Both email and voicemail are checked regularly. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Sen. Justin Ready