Mask Mandate Should Be A Local Decision
Last week, the State Board of Education took action to hold an emergency meeting and overturn decisions made by elected county boards of education regarding masking. This violates the element of local control by school boards elected by their constituents. Meanwhile, other schools in our state have had consistently failing schools for decades and the State Board has never thought to intervene in these situations The District 5 Delegates (Krebs, Rose & Shoemaker) and I publicly supported Carroll County's Board of Education as they made masks optional for the coming school year.
The next step in the regulatory process - now that the State Board has passed it - is a vote in the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR). This committee is made up of a selection of Delegates and Senators from both parties. I am not a member of AELR but Delegate Shoemaker is and he has already raised an objection so that there has to be a public hearing before the committee votes. That public hearing and vote will take place on September 14th.
Here is a link to list of AELR Committee members: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Details?cmte=aex. I encourage you to make your voice heard by contacting them directly.
On Monday, I was interviewed on the C4 and Brian Neman Show on WBAL Radio about this very issue. You can listen to my interview by clicking on C4 and Bryan NehmanWBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5, scroll down to "podcast from August 30th" and go to the 25:40 minute mark.
Recreation & Parks to Hold Community Listening Sessions for 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan
Westminster, MD, Monday, August 30, 2021 – Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks is working to update its Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) for 2022. As a part of this effort, the department will host two (2) listening sessions for community members to discuss the types of activities, programs, and parks they would like to see in Carroll County. The sessions are family-friendly and will be held outside at park pavilions on the following dates and times:
Freedom Park rear pavilion (Eldersburg) Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Leister Park pavilion (Hampstead) Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm
WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS: Listening sessions will be held rain or shine under the pavilions. If severe weather conditions are present in the area, sessions will be rescheduled. Check ccrecpark.org or Carroll County Recreation & Parks social media pages, @ccrecpark, or call 410-386-2103 for updated LPPRP Listening Session information. For more information, please visit ccrecpark.org or contact the Recreation & Parks at [email protected].
Money for Upper Patapsco Legacy Area
On Wednesday, September 1st, the Board of Public Works approved a request to provide a $305,003.40 grant to Carroll County for the acquisition of a 82.82 –acre conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area. Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, as well as 2,152 linear feet of forested stream buffers along unnamed tributaries to the Gunpowder Falls and the Prettyboy Reservoir.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Sen. Justin Ready