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:
Invited 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.
Thank you to our supporting sponsors!
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: TBD*
Incoming Senate President, Bill Ferguson
Senate Minority Leader, J.B. Jennings
Speaker of the House, Adrienne Jones (invited)
House Minority Whip, Del. Nancy Szeliga
11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Maryland Chamber Legislative Priorities Overview
Presented by: Ashley Duckman, Vice President, 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
12 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Briefing from the Maryland Department of Labor
Presented by: Tiffany Robinson (invited)
12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Group Photo & Networking Break
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Governor Hogan (invited)
2 p.m. –4:30 p.m.
Fireside Chats with Committee Chairs
Senate Budget & Taxation Committee | House Ways & Means Committee
Sen. Nancy King, Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee (invited)
Vice Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee (TBC)
Del. Anne Kaiser, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee (invited)
Del. Jay Walker, Vice Chair, House Ways and Means Committee (invited)
Senate Finance Committee | House Economic Matters Committee
Senator Delores Kelley, Chair, Senate Finance Committee (invited)
Senator Brian Feldman, Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee
Del. Dereck Davis, Chair, House Economic Matters Committee (invited)
Del. Kathleen Dumais, Vice Chair, House Economic Matters Committee
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee | House Judiciary Committee
Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (invited)
Sen. William Smith Jr., Vice Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (invited)
Del. Luke Clippinger, Chair, House Judiciary Committee (invited)
Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee (invited)
Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee | House Environment & Transportation Committee
Sen. Paul Pinsky, Chair, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (invited)
Sen. Shirley Nathan – Pulliam, Vice Chair, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (invited)
Del. Kumar Barve, Chair, House Environment & Transportation Committee
Del. Dana Stein, Vice Chair, House Environment & Transportation Committee (invited)
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Travel to Calvert House
5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Delegate Kumar Barve
Chair, House Environment & Transportation 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 Kathy Szeliga
House Minority Whip