I want to wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and happy Memorial Day. As we finally seem to be returning to normal we must always remember to be thankful for the countless blessings we have in our country. Perhaps the biggest blessing we have been given is the sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our our freedom. We are forever grateful for those who died for the Unites States of America and their families who have to live with it every day. May their courage and dedication never be forgotten.
Here are some items that I wanted to share with you as we head into the weekend:
Governor Hogan Vetoes Four Bad Bills
On Wednesday, Governor Hogan vetoed four bills that would have had an extremely negative impact on public safety and the fight against the heroin epidemic.
Here is what the Governor vetoed:
-HB 16 - would impede local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement as it relates to detaining and housing illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.
-HB 23 - would impede law enforcement’s ability to conduct investigations.
-SB 420 - would legalize the possession and distribution of heroin paraphernalia.
-SB 202 - would remove the Governor from the state’s parole process, making it less accountable to the public.
The good news is, none of these bills will be law...this year. However, the sad reality is that all of these bills passed during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session on mostly party-line votes. It shows the reckless, extreme-Left direction that too many in the General Assembly Democrat majority want to take the state of Maryland. I support Governor Hogan’s decision to veto these pieces of legislation, and will fight to sustain these vetoes during the 2022 session.
You can read the Governor’s press release and statements about vetoes here.
Local Transportation Notice - Carroll Transit Increases to 100% Capacity on June 1st
Westminster, MD, Monday, May 24, 2021 – Effective Tuesday, June 1st, Carroll Transit System (CTS) will lift the 50% capacity restriction on all buses and will operate at 100% capacity.
As a reminder, all CTS drivers and riders must continue to follow the Governor’s orders requiring a mask or facial covering to board a CTS vehicle, regardless of vaccination status. Facial coverings must stay in place for the entirety of the trip, including entering and exiting the vehicle. CTS reminds all riders to wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze, and if you are feeling sick, been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, or running a high temperature, please stay home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
If services are adjusted further due to COVID-19, notices will be posted on our website and on all buses. Passengers are encouraged to call dispatch to confirm a ride at (410) 386-5550.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me anytime at [email protected]. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Sen. Justin Ready