9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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With the start of the General Assembly’s new term this month, we have a distinct opportunity to gain new allies in the fight to keep businesses alive in this state. Now, more than ever, it is important that Maryland businesses set the right tone.

We are here, we are strong.

Be part of the movement. Your collective support can effectively wield political influence through strength in numbers. Let’s make our presence known in the State House and stand up for a more competitive Maryland.

Meet the State is a full day, immersive experience with the General Assembly and our Government Affairs team. You’ll not only learn about upcoming issues that impact your business, you’ll engage in informed discussions with your state legislators about how those issues affect you directly.

  • First, experience the process of how bills are presented in the House and Senate.
  • Then, learn how your business will be affected by upcoming 2019 legislative session bills, like $15 Minimum Wage or updates to Mandatory Paid Leave.
  • Attend focused panels on the biggest issues of the 2019 session: Learn about sponsoring panel discussions
  • Then, put your advocacy skills to work as you meet 1×1 with your local legislators!
  • Finish the day with our high-level Meet the State reception and join influencers like state secretaries, state delegates, senators, and policymakers. Learn about sponsoring the reception

Here are some helpful reminders:

  • Registration will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. in the House of Delegates office building located at 6 Bladen Street, Room 180, Annapolis, MD, 21401. Content will begin at 9:45 a.m.
  • You can download a detailed agenda and event map here.
  • Parking can be a challenge during session, please give yourself ample time to find an available parking garage.
  • You must bring a valid picture ID to access all state buildings. We will be passing through security check points and bags will be inspected.
  • If you are interested in setting up a 1×1 meeting with your legislator, please let us know by the end of the day on Friday, January 18. You can send your request to James McKitrick at jmckitrick@mdchamber.org.
  • Please note that the MCEAC Meeting, Executive Meeting and Board of Directors meeting are by invitation only. All other sessions are open to all attendees.
  • The Maryland Chamber office is available for all attendees to work during the break from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Our office is within walking distance of the event and is located at 60 West Street, Suite 100, Annapolis, MD, 21401.
  • The dress code for Meet the State is professional. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes, as we will be walking to/from several locations around the capitol.
  • There will not be a secure location to store personal items. Please be prepared to carry any valuables with you.

Download the agenda and map here


Come rally with the Maryland Chamber on January 23rd at Meet the State, make the next four years count and make your voice heard!


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8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

MCEAC meeting*

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks   

Presented by: Christine Ross, President & CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

House & Senate floor session experience

The Maryland Chamber will reserve seats in both the House & Senate galleries for the business community so that you can witness elected officials debate the very laws that directly impact you and your business. 

10:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1×1 meetings with your legislator

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to let your elected officials know why your business matters in the State of Maryland. Put your advocacy skills to work ensuring your business objectives are heard!

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

2019 Legislative Agenda overview

Presented by: Larry Richardson, VP, Government Affairs, Maryland Chamber of Commerce & James McKitrick, Sr. Policy Analyst, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Chamber’s government affairs team will make sure you are aware of what is coming in the 2019 legislative session. Get a focused look at the upcoming bills that will need to be on your radar.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Networking break

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Panel Presentations

Moderated by: Gracelyn McDermott, Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente

Speakers: Senate President Mike Miller, Speaker of the House Mike Busch, House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, and Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings

The 2019 Session will be the first for 18 new members of the Maryland Senate and 43 new members of the House of Delegates.

Hear from the Leadership (both Majority and Minority) of both the Senate and the House and their thoughts as to what role – and impact – these newest Legislators will have on the legislative process, what they envision for the 2019 session, and what direction the see for our state in the coming years.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel Presentations

Moderated by: Monica Schmude, President, Cigna

Speakers: The Honorable Delores Kelley, Chair, Senate Finance Committee, The Honorable Dereck Davis, Chair, House Economic Matters Committee, The Honorable Bobby Zirkin, Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, and The Honorable Luke Clippinger, Chair, House Judiciary Committee 

The 2018 Elections brought some significant changes to the Maryland General Assembly.

Hear from the chairs of several committees that will make the decisions on legislation critical to the needs and issues of the business community, and what you can do to ensure that your voice is heard as they decide the future of our state.

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Group State House photo 

Networking lunch 

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Keynote presentation:

Presented by: Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Executive Board meeting**

3 p.m. – 5 p.m

Board of Directors meeting***

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Legislative Reception

Join us for our wildly popular Legislative Reception where members and guests have the opportunity to mingle with elected officials and we roll out the Maryland Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. 

Location: Calvert House

Note: programming is open to all, unless specified

* MCEAC members only

** MDCC Executive board members only

*** MDCC Board members only


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Meet the State sponsorship opportunities!