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I’ve had an interesting last week- to give you a look at what I do off session in addition to my regular job. Last Friday I spend the day touring the city of Taneytown with several stops including City Hall, local small businesses and Memorial Park. In sharp contrast, this past Tuesday, I spent the day at our Maryland Senate Caucus retreat touring Baltimore City including a meeting with Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison. Then, on Wednesday, I was in Annapolis for meeting of a workgroup I’ve been assigned to dealing with Shelter and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors. I enjoy continuing to learn about the many aspects of State and how best to serve my constituents.

State Releases 2019 Second Quarter Fatal Overdose Data – Some Good News:
Opioid, Heroin, and Fentanyl-Related Deaths Continue to Decline

The Maryland Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center released its 2019 second quarter report, which shows that Maryland has experienced its first six-month decline in the total number of opioid-related fatalities in at least a decade. “Though the continued decline in fatal overdoses is welcome news, the heroin and opioid epidemic remains a crisis and we will continue to respond with all the tools at our disposal,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The fight against heroin and opioid overdoses has torn apart communities and families throughout our state and across the nation. Together, we can and we must do more in order to save the lives of thousands of Marylanders.”

Hogan Administration Announces Second Consecutive Decrease in Health Insurance Premiums
Maryland Insurance Administration Announces 10.3% Average Decrease for Individual Market in 2020; Consumers Benefit from Year Two of State Reinsurance Program. On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has approved an average 10.3% premium rate decrease for individual health insurance plans with an effective date of January 1, 2020. This means that, for the second consecutive year, all individual insurance rates in Maryland will see important decreases. The new rates reflect the impact of the State Reinsurance Program, which has helped to lower rates and stabilize the individual health insurance market after years of major premium increases. Coupled with last year’s decrease of 13.2%, the two-year cumulative impact is a rate decrease of more than 22% versus 2018 premiums.

Carroll County Receives a Grant for Rural Legacy Acquisition

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the Board of Public Works approved a request to provide a $383,709 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of an 85.14-acre conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area.  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, as well as 2,073 linear feet of vegetative stream buffers along unnamed tributaries to the South Branch of Gunpowder Falls.

50th anniversary of the Lunar Moon Landing Corn Maze
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 www.carrollcountyagcenter.com or call 410-848-6704 for more information.

Annual Ready Fall Fundraiser with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Please join me Wednesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. at Libertore’s Restaurant in Westminster for our Annual Fall Fundraiser. This year our special guest is Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. For more information or to register, visit www.JustinReady.com/Fall2019.