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.
Come rally with the Maryland Chamber on January 23rd at Meet the State, make the next four years count and make your voice heard!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Volvo Group Trucks
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
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.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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.
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
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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.
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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