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Ready Report, March 28. 2017

There are less than two weeks left of the 2017 Session. These final two weeks are the equivalent of the two-minute warning in a football game and the Democrat majority in the General Assembly is running a hurry-up offense. I am fighting hard to be sure we stop bad bills and my Senate Republican colleagues and I are trying slow the process down so that all details and consequences of these proposals are considered carefully.

Below you can find information regarding Governor Hogan’s contribution to Carroll County Public Schools in the supplemental budget,  my weekly video on the preparation for the upcoming sanctuary status debate, and our petition opposing the sanctuary state legislation that’s being considered in the Senate, and details on upcoming community events


Senator Ready testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday


Hogan Helps Carroll County Schools

Over the weekend Governor Hogan reached an agreement with the Maryland General Assembly to provide additional funding to 10 counties and Baltimore City through a supplemental budget. In this allocation, Governor Hogan contributed an additional $1.6 million in funding to Carroll County Schools. This funding will help offset money lost because of declining enrollments. Thank you Governor Hogan for recognizing that taxpayer dollars should expended fairly and equitably- helping the entire state. 

Fight Turns to Sanctuary State Bill

This week we prepare to debate the highly controversial legislation that would make Maryland a sanctuary state. This is another highly partisan driven effort by the General Assembly to interject Maryland into Federal politics. If this legislation passes, state and local law enforcement officials in Maryland would be prohibited from responding to any hold, notification, or transfer request from ICE or Homeland Security.

I am firmly against any legislation that allows criminals to take shelter in our state. Regardless of your views on illegal immigration, I think that everyone can agree that Maryland should not become a safe-harbor state for rapists, murderers, and criminals. This bill is sitting in the Senate Committee  awaiting a vote before going before the Senate body. You can be assured that I will fight against it. To watch my weekly update video regarding this topic, click on the picture below.



Opposition to Sanctuary City Petition

Violent criminals and those on the run from authorities should not be allowed to take shelter in Maryland. Sign your name on our online petition to stand with me against making Maryland a Sanctuary State. To sign the petition click on the graphic below.


Community Events

CCPS  Drug and I.T. Forum

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Oklahoma Road Middle School will be hosting a Drug and I.T. Forum. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about these issues from the perspective of law enforcement, the Health Department, high school administration, and a parent advocate who lost her son to drugs. This event is free to the public, but is designed for adults only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm.

Carroll Arts Center Presents 10th Annual Peep Show

From April 7th-19th, the Carroll Arts Center will display their annual exhibit of art made by marshmallow Peeps. The event will run from 10am-7pm daily. Please take the time to go check out some of Carroll’s most creative and delicious works of art.  

Third Annual Drug Overdose and Prevention Vigil

On Tuesday, 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.

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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.


Senator Justin Ready