LAST CALL FOR 2013 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECAP WEBINAR The free 1 hour webinar on key lodging industry issues from the 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session is Wednesday June 5, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. For more details or to register go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7222337091000777472 ADA WEBINAR ON SERVICE ANIMALS An ADA Webinar on “Service Animals: Beyond the Traditional Guide Dog,” will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For more information or to register contact the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 or visit their website at adahospitality.org. WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF MH&LA! MH&LA needs to hear from YOU on a "Taking MH&LA from Good the Great" strategic planning process that will result in a new vision, mission, strategic goals and a new funding model for MH&LA for 2014 and beyond. Please help us help you by completing a pre-retreat member survey as soon as you receive it. BALTIMORE CASINO UPDATE Construction on the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore has begun. While ongoing legal challenges on environmental issues delayed the start of the ground breaking, casino officials maintain the new casino with slot machines, table games and a “World Series of Poker” room is on track for opening in mid-2014. BAY BRIDGE LIFE EXPECTANCY STUDY The Maryland Transportation Authority will do a two year analysis of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge spans to determine if and when replacement bridges need to be built. Locations for bay bridge crossings will not be addressed since that would trigger an environmental impact study at an estimated cost of $28 million. FOOTBALL BOWL GAME MOVING TO ANNAPOLIS The annual Military Bowl Football Game is moving from Washington DC to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The game is Friday December 27, 2013 and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. All other Military Bowl events currently held in Washington will continue to be done there. NOTE: Repeat Annual Partner recognition at bottom of update the same way as last issue. This will be a recurring feature in every update.