The 2014 Maryland General Assembly session adjourned this week. It was a good session for the business community. The Maryland Chamber took positions on 156 of the 2,672 bills introduced. Special thanks to our lobbyists Mathew Palmer and Deriece Pate Bennett, as well as all of the volunteers on our Legislative Committee and other public policy committees, who lent their time and expertise in support of the Maryland Chamber’s business agenda.
Our advocacy efforts this session focused on making Maryland a competitive leader in economic growth and job creation. Highlights include:
Legislation to recouple Maryland’s estate tax with the federal law.
A package of bills to increase collaboration between the business community and higher education community to strengthen Maryland’s position as a leader in innovation and technology.
Action to boost the research and development tax credit and biotechnology tax credit to ensure Maryland remains a leader in research and health sciences.
Working to defeat several employer mandates that would have been detrimental to our State’s competitiveness and costly for our businesses, as well as bills that would have created a more hostile legal environment for business.