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December 8, 2015

Dear Friends,


In an effort to continue to keep you updated on news and events on issues and events going on in Annapolis and locally in Carroll County, this update contains information about the Carroll County Commissioners, state legislators and School Board meeting December 8th, Carroll County meeting to discuss proposed legislation for the upcoming session, Heroin task force report, regulatory reform commission report, and BGE Smartmeter opt out and assistance.


Carroll County School Closure Public Hearings:

On Tuesday, December 8th, the Carroll County commissioners, school board and state legislators will meet at 1:00 P.M. at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Room K100, Westminster, Maryland, 21157 to discuss Governor Hogan’s recent announcement of funding to help Carroll County work through their decision making process.


Carroll County Delegation Proposed Legislation Meeting

The Carroll County Delegation will meet at 4 P.M. on Tuesday, December 8 to review local bill requests for the upcoming 2016 legislative session.  The meeting will be held at the Mount Airy Town Office, 110 S. Main Street, Mt. Airy, MD 21771.


Heroin Task Force Final Report

Governor Hogan's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force has released its final report and recommendations regarding heroin abuse in Maryland. Overall there are 33 major recommendations divided into 7 distinct categories. To read the final report in its entirety, please visit or visit the Governor's website at


Regulatory Reform Commission Initial Report

Governor Hogan's Regulatory Reform Commission recently released its first report on the state of business regulation in Maryland. Their recommendations included the streamlining of business regulations to make it easier to open businesses and maintain them in the state. To read the full report, please visit or visit the Governor's website at


BGE Smartmeter Opt-out and Assistance Rebates

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered BGE to reduce by half the monthly charge paid by residential and small commercial customers who choose to opt-out of a smart meter installation. The current charge of $11.00 will be reduced to $5.50 a month effective with the January 2016 billing cycle. The one-time, initial opt-out charge of $75.00 was not part of this interim adjustment. The charges are billed to customers who affirmatively choose not to have a smart meter installed or who have not responded to BGE's efforts to schedule an installation appointment. For more info please visit 

Additionally, the BGE Energy Savers program is offering holiday rebates on energy saving appliances including $500 rebate on select ENERGY STAR certified hybrid heat pump water heaters, $100 and $150 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators, $75 and $100 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers, $50 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified electric clothes dryers, $150 and $400 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps.


Government House Holiday Open House

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan invite Marylanders and their families to join them for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Government House. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and no reservations are required. The First Family asks that guests consider bringing unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need during this holiday season. On behalf of Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting donations under a tent by the front gate.   


Carroll County Farm Museum Holiday Tours

The Carroll County Farm Museum will have holiday tours December 1-20, 2015.  Come see the farmhouse decorated in traditional American fashion based on Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.  For more information, click here.


Keeping you informed is a responsibility that I take seriously and always appreciate your interest and feedback on my updates. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you have. 



Senator Justin Ready