Jan
22
9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Annapolis
Lowe House Office Building & Calvert House

MEET the STATE

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:

  • Hear directly from General Assembly leadership
  • Interact with leaders from state agencies
  • Receive a briefing on our legislative priorities and our plans to address them
  • Meet 1×1 with your local legislators
  • Network with legislators and members of the business community at the event reception

 

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Senate President Bill Ferguson
  • Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones
  • Kelly Schulz, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Tiffany Robinson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor
  • Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland
  • Del. Kathy Szeliga, House Minority Whip
  • Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Vice Chair, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee
  • Del. Anne Kaiser, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee
  • Sen. Brian Feldman, Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee
  • Del. Kathleen Dumais, Vice Chair, House Economic Matters Committee
  • Sen. William Smith Jr., Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
  • Del. Luke Clippinger, Chair, House Judiciary Committee
  • Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, Vice Chair, House Judiciary Committee
  • Sen. Paul Pinksy, 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

Check out highlights from 2019!

 

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 platinum sponsor!

Thank you to our presenting sponsors!

Thank you to our lanyard sponsor!

Thank you to our reception sponsors!

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!

 

       

 

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: Gracelyn McDermott, Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente

Panelists:

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.

Networking Break

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Senate Small Business Workgroup Presentation

Presented by:

Senators Katie Fry Hester, Doug Peters, Chris West, Mary Beth Carozza, Cheryl Kagan, Briand Feldman & Guy Guzzone

12:50 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Lunch

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.

Legislative Reception

                                   

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

Senate President-designee

 

 

 

Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tiffany Robinson

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor