I have two main items to call your attention to - one is about statewide Congressional redistricting and the other is a reminder about our Carroll County Delegation public hearing this coming Wednesday where, among other items, we will be discussing options for the Carroll County Commissioner districts. You taking the time to give input on both of these items below would be both welcome and appreciated. Directions on how and where to send that input are included below.
General Assembly Redistricting Committee Releases Congressional Map Options - Preserves Gerrymanders - Your Input Needed
Previously, the Citizen’s Redistricting Committee, Governor Hogan’s non-partisan Commission presented their Congressional Map that Governor Hogan will submit to the General Assembly. That map was geographically fair, more balanced politically and did not look like a Rohrshach Test. Unfortunately, this week, the General Assembly Redistricting Committee - made up of predominantly Democrats including the Senate President and Speaker of the House released four draft Congressional map options for the state. You can see for yourself (drop down menu at top of this link to review all four) that they are outrageously gerrymandered.
They General Assembly Democratic Leadership states that these maps are open for public comment. Commission members will hold a statewide virtual public hearing on Monday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Email testimony can be emailed to [email protected]. I would strongly encourage anyone concerned about having fair congressional districts in our state to review the maps and submit comments to [email protected] about the need to keep communities of interest like Western Maryland and rural areas together and not have them split up and combined with slices of the D.C. suburbs just to preserve a 7-1 Democrat congressional advantage (or in some cases make it 8-0). Again, the Governor has proposed a fair map put together by a nonpartisan commission - you can review it here.
Next Week: Carroll County Legislative Delegation to Hold Public Hearing on Local Bill Requests
The Carroll County Delegation will hold their annual public hearing on proposed county legislation on Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00 pm. The hearing will take place in the Reagan Room of the County Office Building , 225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD.
The Delegation will be discussing possible Carroll County-specific bill requests for the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session. These legislative requests are ones made by the County Board of Commissioners, local non-profit organizations, and individual Delegation members. IMPORTANT: We will also be discussing and taking public input on proposed maps for new County Commissioner Districts. We will putting drafts out for review in advance of the meeting.
Here is link to the full agenda - including links to the two draft commissioner maps we will be reviewing and taking input on. Click here to review agenda and see the links to the maps. As noted in the agenda, please send feedback and input to both [email protected]s and [email protected].
Secured State Funds for Bark Hill Park, Leister Park, and the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center
On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Board of Public Works approved several items impacting Carroll County, including:
$256,000 from the Department of Natural Resources Project Open Space funding for a $17,000 for the construction of a new 8 foot wide and 3,800 foot long trail at Bark Hill Park including benches, signs, and dog waste stations, and $81,000 to construct and additional 8 foot wide and 4,700 long trail segment at Leister Park for an ADA compliant connection to the surrounding neighborhood.
$1,000,000 grant to the Board of County Commissioners of Carroll County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of phase II of the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center.
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