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2017 Legislative Session Agenda

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The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for business in Maryland, representing more than 400,000 Marylanders through our member-companies, institutions and organizations. The Maryland Chamber’s mission is to support business and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through effective advocacy, high-level networking and timely and relevant communication. 

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is committed to cultivating Maryland’s culture of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to help drive our economy and develop more jobs.

Click here to download a PDF of the Chamber's 2017 Legislative Session Agenda.

2017 Agenda Issues

For the 2017 session of the General Assembly, our agenda issues are based upon the work of the Chamber's issue committees, Legislative Committee and the continued support of our Board of Directors, members and staff to help advance Maryland’s business climate. To that end, these top issues are:


The Chamber is partnering with a coalition of businesses to represent concerns of the business community affected by a statewide sick leave mandate.


The Chamber has opposed efforts over the past several years to enact prohibitions on the hydraulic fracturing process.


Last session, the General Assembly introduced several pieces of civil liability-related legislation.


Qualified Research and Development (R&D) Expenses – Credit Amounts

Income Tax Credit – Eligible Employees – Eligible Internships


As introduced last session, this legislation sought to impose a system of mandatory unitary combined reporting for corporate income taxes on those retail sales and food service corporations.