We are wrapping up the 7th week of session. Below I’ve included some thoughts on activity in the General Assembly and information about local events. My session weekly update video can be seen here.
Update on Attempted Power Grab
Last week I reported on the Democrats attempt to wrest control of executive appointment decisions away from Governor Hogan and politicize the non-partisan selection of the State Superintendent of Education. They were pushing a bill that would give the State Senate confirmation powers over the appointment of the Superintendent, overturning 100 years of educational policy in Maryland. After three days of debate, the bill was sent back to committee, not dead, but unlikely to pass. It did not make much sense and was roundly criticized by the press. I will continue to stand with Governor Hogan to fight for real change in our state and against partisan attempts to obstruct his progress.
Seeking Transparency in the General Assembly
I do my best to keep constituents informed about what’s happening in Annapolis. That’s why I support Senate Bill 467 and House Bill 316, sponsored by Senator Michael Hough and Delegate Kathy Szeliga that proposes to provide livestream video and archiving of debate and voting sessions of the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate. Maryland is one of only seven states that do not stream video of debate in either house. Currently you can listen online but it does not identify who is speaking. I hope the General Assembly will take action on this common sense, pro-transparency proposal.
The deadline to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship is fast approaching. To be eligible for a Senatorial Scholarship, you must attend a Maryland college or university, a private career school, or a school out of state that offers a “unique major” not currently found in the Maryland University System. Students may use the Senatorial Scholarship towards undergraduate studies or graduate studies, and may attend full or part-time while pursuing a college degree. For more information regarding scholarships, or to obtain an application for a scholarship please contact Emily Van Horn at [email protected]. Scholarship applications are due no later than March 31, 2016.
Upcoming Events in Carroll County
March 6, 2016: Maple Sugarin’ Festival, Hashawha/Bear Branch Nature Center, Westminster, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
March 12: Westminster Downtown Irish Celebration: Celtic Canter 9 am-2pm, Leprechaun Chase 9:30 am, Irish Celebration 10am-2pm along Historic Main Street.
March 12 & 13: Taneytown VFD Annual Toy Auction & Toy Show, VFC Carnival Grounds, 2pm auction Saturday, 9am-2pm show Sunday.
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