Here’s an update on what’s happening in Annapolis at the end of the tenth week.
Weekly Video Update: Criminal Apologist Bills, Sanctuary State + Some Positive News:
Click on the photo below for my weekly video update.
Letting Murderers and Child Sexual Offenders Out of Jail Early – SB 494 & SB 202:
I am extremely disappointed that the Senate of Maryland passed legislation that would make it impossible for a juvenile to receive a life sentence with no possibility of parole. I would generally not want a juvenile to be sentenced as an adult but some crimes would certainly warrant it.
I offered two amendments saying that if you commit first-degree murder, or first-degree rape of either children or vulnerable adults as a juvenile, you could still receive life without parole. Both amendments failed.
We are also debating a bill (SB 202) that takes the Governor out of the parole process of people convicted to life in prison with possibility of parole. This includes 1st degree murder, 1st degree rape and Jessica’s Law (serious child sex offenders). I am doing all I can to stop these continued assaults on our system of justice for victims.
Between these efforts and attempts to demonize all police because of the actions of a small minority, the Democrat majority in the General Assembly has gone all in on a very extreme, liberal agenda that I fear will harm public safety but also eliminates standards we have set for society. I will continue to fight for common sense, speak up for victims and support our law enforcement.
MD 27 (Manchester Road) Surface Improvements:
On Monday, the Maryland Department of Transportation began improving the road surface of a nearly three-mile section of MD 27 (Manchester Road). Crews began patching the roadway between MD 482 (Hampstead Mexico Road) and MD 140 (Baltimore Boulevard) on Monday morning. The project is expected to be complete by April.
The Maryland Department of Transportation is asking motorists to stay alert, focus on driving and look for reduced speed limits in the area, as well as pattern changes. So, drive like you or a loved one works there! More information is provided here.
Watching the 2021 General Assembly in Action:
In the 2021 General Assembly Session every Senate/House floor session, committee hearing, and committee voting session are being live-streamed. Here is a link to a short video, created by Sam Jones from my staff, that shows where to go to watch both live floor Sessions and committee action. You can click here to view the video.
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 be 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