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Ready Report- January 18, 2018

Good afternoon!

We hit the ground running last week as the 2018 Legislative Session is now in full swing. I want to hear from you about ideas to improve our state. You can always reach me with your thoughts directly at [email protected].

Help Us Stop Harmful Sanctuary State Legislation

The Annapolis Democrats are at it again. In a never-ending effort to insert Maryland into national politics, the majority party is discussing introducing the Sanctuary State Bill again this year.

Last year, thanks to your help and support, we were able to defeat this Bill in my Judicial Proceedings Committee-by ONE vote. Once again, we will be calling on you- the people of Maryland- to stand up to this terrible legislation.

I think we all can agree that Illegal Aliens who are arrested for committing a VIOLENT CRIME, should be handed over to ICE for deportation.

I will once again be fighting on the front lines to protect Maryland from this bill. We need your support once again to stop this from becoming State Law. Please click on the link and Tell the Annapolis Democrats NO to Sanctuary States.

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. Parking is open at the Calvert Street Garage after 6p, or 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!


Senator Ready’s Comments on FY18 Budget

Governor Hogan has put nearly $100,000 of additional funding in his budget proposal for Carroll County Public Schools. The Governor is trying to help school systems struggling with declining enrollments and other problems with the current formula and is supplying some extra help on top of the extensive support he's already worked with our Carroll delegation on.

This is in addition to the formula change that we were able to pass last year that gave Carroll about $5 million in "hold harmless" funding over the next three years (this current year and next two).

This amount is much appreciated, again it is on top of nearly $8 million in additional school funding Governor Hogan has helped us secure over the past two legislative sessions


Senator Ready with Governor Hogan last week.

General Assembly Democrats Override Governor Hogan’s Sick Leave Veto

Last week, the majority party in the legislature was unable to put partisanship aside. The Democrats voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto on the paid sick leave bill regardless of the effect it would have on small businesses. Three Democrats voted with us, but we fell two votes short of stopping this harmful legislation. We fought to defeat the bill, but the majority party was more concerned about defeating Governor Hogan than protecting Maryland job-creators.

Governor Hogan said last week that he will be working on ways to help small businesses handle paid leave. On Friday, the Governor created the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance, to help Maryland companies understand and implement the new Paid Leave Policy.

If you are a small business owner in need of assistance, please contact at [email protected]

Volunteers Needed for Redistricting and School Closure Committee

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) has been asked to nominate five Carroll County Public School System parents to serve on the Redistricting and School Closure Committee (RSCC). The Board has decided to form a committee of representatives to conduct the next study of potential school closures and redistricting.

The CAC serves as a channel for public concerns, advice, and information to and from the Board. Every Carroll County public school has a representative on the Council.

The committee will develop and present multiple options for comprehensive redistricting and school closures to the Board and the Superintendent. CAC is being asked to nominate one parent from each of the following areas of the county – Hampstead/Manchester, Taneytown/FSK area, Mt. Airy, Sykesville/ Eldersburg, and Westminster – to serve on the committee.

Interested parents should contact Carmen Shanholtz, CAC Chair, at [email protected] no later than noon on Monday, January 22, 2018. Questions should be directed to Carmen Shanholtz or your school’s CAC representative or  your school principal.


Senator Ready and Delegate Shoemaker with the owners of Rock Salt Grille of Westminster in Annapolis on Monday night.

ICYMI: Hogan Announces Good Government Initiative

Over the past three years I have been working hard with Governor Hogan to break up the Annapolis Establishment and root out Government corruption. Last year we enacted the Public Integrity Act of 2017 which was the most important and transformative ethics reform legislation in decades.

This year Governor Hogan will be introducing a series of legislative initiatives to improve Government accountability and transparency. This legislative package would establish term limits for members of the General Assembly and require all sessions and hearings to be livestreamed.   

Veteran Services in Carroll County

You are invited to a Provider Forum for Veteran Services in Carroll County to be held Friday, January 26, 2018 in Room K100 at Carroll Community College. A Continental Breakfast will be available starting at 8:30am with the forum beginning at 9am and ending at 12pm.

Do you Know a College Student?

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

ICYMI: BGE Reacts to Trump Tax Reform- will provide Federal Tax Reduction Benefits to Customers

Last week BGE filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission to pass around $82 in million tax savings to customers. This is in response to the recent Federal Tax Reform Legislation that President Trump signed into law in December. If this is approved by the PSC, the average BGE residential electric customer can expect to see an estimated $2.31 decrease on their monthly bill.

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 - and follow me on Twitter - and Instagram
- It’s a great way to stay informed and 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.


Sen. Justin Ready