Let’s keep working together for a stronger, more competitive state
The General Assembly of Maryland will convene at noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and begin the process to make legislative changes that directly affect the business community.
Meet the State is the premier gathering of General Assembly leadership, state government agencies and Maryland’s business community at the beginning of session that will set the tone for our ability to advance Chamber legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session. This event is our opportunity to discuss and inform legislators on what we do as a business community on behalf of our economy and the communities in which we live.
Your collective support can effectively wield political influence through strength in numbers. Let’s make our presence known in the State House and ensure our views and opinions are top of mind as legislative decisions are being made.
Meet the State is a full day, immersive experience where attendees can expect to:
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Come rally with the Maryland Chamber on January 22nd at Meet the State and make your voice heard!
Meet the State by the numbers
Wondering who you will connect with at Meet the State? Check out the information below to get a glimpse at who attends this event by company size, industry and title.
Interested in sponsoring the event? Fill out the form below to receive a packet containing available opportunities.
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting*
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Registration – All attendees
10:45 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Welcome & opening remarks
Presented by: Christine Ross, President & CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
General Assembly Leadership Panel
Moderated by: Gracelyn McDermott, Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente
Senate President-designee Bill Ferguson
Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings
Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones
House Minority Whip Nancy Szeliga
11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Maryland Chamber Legislative Priorities Overview
Presented by: Ashley Duckman, Vice President of Government Affairs, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Briefing from the Maryland Department of Commerce
Presented by: Secretary Kelly Schulz
11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Briefing from the Maryland Department of Labor
Presented by: Secretary Tiffany Robinson
12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Senate Small Business Workgroup Presentation
Senators Katie Fry Hester, Doug Peters, Chris West, Mary Beth Carozza, Cheryl Kagan, Briand Feldman & Guy Guzzone
12:50 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller
2 p.m. –4:30 p.m.
Fireside Chats with Committee Chairs
Senate Budget & Taxation Committee | House Ways & Means Committee
Moderated by: Chris Carroll, Regional Director, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T
Sen. Guy Guzzone, Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee (invited)
Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Vice Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee
Del. Anne Kaiser, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee
Del. Alonzo Washington, Vice Chair, House Ways and Means Committee (invited)
Senate Finance Committee | House Economic Matters Committee
Moderated by: Sean Looney, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Comcast
Senator Delores Kelley, Chair, Senate Finance Committee (invited)
Senator Brian Feldman, Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee
Del. Kathleen Dumais, Vice Chair, House Economic Matters Committee
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee | House Judiciary Committee
Moderated by: Carville Collins, Partner, DLA Piper
Sen. William Smith Jr., Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, Vice Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (invited)
Del. Luke Clippinger, Chair, House Judiciary Committee
Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee
Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee | House Environment & Transportation Committee
Moderated by: John Quinn, Director of Governmental & External Affairs, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Sen. Paul Pinsky, Chair, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
Sen. Cheryl Kagan, Vice Chair, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
Del. Kumar Barve, Chair, House Environment & Transportation Committee
Del. Dana Stein, Vice Chair, House Environment & Transportation Committee
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Travel to Calvert House
5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary
Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee
Delegate Kumar Barve
Chair, House Environment & Transportation Committee
Senator Jim Rosapepe
Vice Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee
Delegate Kathleen Dumais
Vice Chair, House Economic Matters Committee
Senator Brian Feldman
Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee
Senator Bill Ferguson
Senator J.B. Jennings
Senate Minority Leader
Kelly M. Schulz
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce
Delegate Dana Stein
Vice Chair, House Environment & Transportation
Delegate Kathy Szeliga
House Minority Whip
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor