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Hundreds of Maryland laws went into effect Tuesday, October 1st  spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to the state's medical cannabis commission. These include but are not limited to increasing the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes to 21, The application process for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit will switch from a hand-written paper application to the Maryland State Police online licensing portal, and expanded laws governing on-line harassment.

Laura & Reid’s Law

In the 2019 Session, my number one legislative priority was a bill named in Laura and Reid’s law in honor of Laura Wallen and her unborn son, Reid.  After meeting the Wallen family, the shocking statistics of increased risk of abuse/and or harm when a woman becomes pregnant made it clear that we need to do more to protect these women and their children.  This law takes a major step in protecting pregnant women and their unborn children from domestic violence, making intended assault against a pregnant woman a felony, with an extended penalty of up to 10 years. To watch my interview from Tuesday, click here.

REAL ID Update

The October 1st, 2020 federal REAL ID deadline is now only a year away.  The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) remains focused on ensuring all Marylanders are educated about and prepared for REAL ID.  Marylanders can check their REAL ID status by entering a driver’s license or identification card number in the REAL ID Lookup Tool at If required to bring in documents, customers should visit to collect the correct documents and schedule an appointment. With an appointment, customers are guaranteed to be seen within 15 minutes of that scheduled time. To learn more about REAL ID, including our REAL ID toolkit with fact sheets, explainer videos and more, visit

50th anniversary of the Lunar Moon Landing Corn Maze –Carroll Co Ag Center

Open weekends September 29th until November 3rd. Hours: Friday: 6-10PM, Saturday: 2PM-10PM, Sundays: 12PM-5PM
Saturday afternoon and Sunday will include family activities. Admission: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 5-15, under 5 free.
Go to or call 410-848-6704 for more information.

Senator Ready’s Fall Fundraiser with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Please join me Wednesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. at Libertore’s Restaurant in Westminster for my annual fall fundraiser.  For more information or to register, visit