CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY TO HIKE STATE MINIMUM WAGE While such a campaign failed in the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year, advocates for an increase in the state minimum wage have launched another aggressive campaign focused on securing approval of similar legislation in the next General Assembly session which starts in January 2014. RAIN TAX REPEAL EFFORT IS LIKELY NEXT YEAR The Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee in the State House of Delegates expects a "very strong push" to repeal Maryland's rain tax when the General Assembly returns in January. The Chair also vows to fight any such effort. The law currently applies to Baltimore City and the state's nine largest counties. EXPANDED GAMBLING UPDATE -- PART ONE The state Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has approved a restructuring of Penn National Gaming that allows Penn National to continue operating Hollywood Casino Perryville and to submit a bid for the license for a new casino in Prince George's County. EXPANDED GAMBLING UPDATE -- PART TWO The state Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has approved poker tables at Rocky Gap Casino. The Casino at Ocean Downs will be seeking Commission approval of a 50,000 square feet casino expansion, more table games (not including poker) and a racetrack side restaurant with simulcast wagering. EXPANDED GAMBLING UPDATE -- PART THREE MGM Resorts International has released more details on their proposal for a casino at National Harbor. MGM's plans include an eighteen story glass tower hotel, a seven story parking garage, restaurants, high end retail, entertainment, and a reflecting pool with fountains that could be used for winter ice-skating. MARYLAND TOURISM AND TRAVEL SUMMIT IS NOVEMBER 6 - 8 The Summit is Maryland's premier tourism industry conference for tourism professionals from across Maryland and the Mid Atlantic region. For details on schedules, speakers, registration, awards, location, accommodations and sponsorship opportunities go to http://mtc.mdtourism.org/ and click on the MTTS Summit tab.