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Ready Report, March 15, 2017

I hope everyone was able to stay safe at home yesterday during the snow day. Session 2017 is still rolling in full force regardless of whatever weather we may face. There is about a month left of the Legislative Session and I am working hard to ensure Maryland is friendly for families, job creators, and retirees.

Below you can find the link to my weekly update video, my OpEd in the Carroll County Times regarding Heroin and Opioid addiction, and an invitation to a Drug Overdose and Prevention Vigil hosted by the office of the Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo.


Sen. Justin Ready arguing against the Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill on Friday


Weekly Session Video Update:

We have spent the last week on the Senate Floor debating and challenging the mandated paid sick leave bill. The idea of paid sick leave sounds great in theory, but implementing this policy would be crippling to our small businesses. This legislation would require all companies with more than 14 employees to provide all employees that work more than 12 hours a week at least 5 sick days a year. This bill would be extremely detrimental to job creators in our community. To see my full analysis of the Mandate Paid Sick Leave Bill, click on the picture below.


Ready OpEd in Carroll County Times: "Addressing Heroin & Opioid Epidemic" 

Last week, Governor Hogan declared a State of Emergency to increase state and local coordination and make additional grant funding available to curtail the heroin and opioid crisis which has been ravaging our entire state – particularly illustrated by overdoses that we have sadly seen first-hand in Carroll County. This action is the next in a series of steps to equip our communities, health providers, and families with information and resources to combat heroin and opioid addiction. To continue reading, click here.

Third Annual Drug Overdose and Prevention Vigil

On Thursday, May 23rd, 8 Time Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry will be sharing his story of addiction and recovery at the Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster. Doors will open at 6:30p and be followed by a reception. I would like to thank State’s Attorney DeLeonardo for his effort and commitment to helping those who struggle with addiction.

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 also 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