Member News – October 15, 2013

REMINDER — HOWARD COUNTY REGIONAL MEETING IS TUESDAY OCTOBER 22
The meeting is 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the Sheraton in Columbia. It is a great networking opportunity and a time to learn more about current and emerging issues that impact your bottom line. There is no fee to attend but RSVPs are requested. Go to https://mdlodging.org/events/calendar-of-events/.

REGIONAL CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY FOR LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES
County Council members in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties along with Washington DC City Council members have joined together in an effort to have a regional $11.50 per hour minimum wage. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour in both counties and is $8.25 per hour in Washington DC.

REMINDER — NEW ADA WORKPLACE POSTING IS AVAILABLE
MH&LA has a sample posting for compliance with a new Maryland law on reasonable accommodations for pregnancy related disabilities. Go to https://mdlodging.org/members/, go to Legal, HR and Operations and scroll down to the HR section. This information requires member log in to access.

MARYLAND CASINO REVENUE WAS DOWN LAST MONTH
The $65.3 million in September is down from $71 million in August. The drop has been attributed to a significant seasonal drop off in business at resort casinos like Ocean Downs and Rocky Gap, but September revenue at Maryland Live Casino was also down almost 5% from August of this year.

APPLICATIONS FOR A PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CASINO LICENSE MOVE TO NEXT LEVEL
Applications from MGM Resorts International, Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing have been approved by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission and now go to the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission for review. A final decision is expected by the end of the year.

NEW REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THE MARYLAND SENATE
State Senator David Brinkley of Frederick County has been elected by the Republican Caucus in the Maryland Senate to serve as their new Minority Leader. Senator Joseph Getty of Carroll County has also been elected by the Caucus to serve as their new Minority Whip.

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