9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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Make your voice heard in Annapolis.

With the start of the General Assembly’s new term this January, 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 will not only learn about upcoming issues that will impact your business, you will engage in informed discussions with your state legislators about how those issues will 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 the panel discussion
  • 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 where influencers like Gov. Larry Hogan, state secretaries, state delegates and senators, policymakers and others are invited to attend.

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

Download the agenda here

The early bird gets the—good rates:


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

Proposed Speakers: Senate President, Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel Presentations

Invited Speakers: Chair, Senate Finance Committee, Chair, House Economic Matters Committee, Chair, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, and Chair, House Judiciary Committee

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Group State House photo 

Networking lunch 

Keynote presentation: anticipated speaker, Gov. Larry Hogan

2 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

* MDCC Executive Board Members Only

**MDCC Board Members Only


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