Member News – September 3, 2013

PER DIEM UPDATE
FY 2014 GSA per diem rates which take effect October 1, 2013 are now available. For a copy of the Maryland rates contact David Reel at 410.974.4472 or at dreel@mdassn.com. GSA’s Government Travel Advisory Committee is meeting again today on government travel policies and per diem methodology.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FREE ADA WORKPLACE ISSUES WEBINAR
The webinar, with Darryl McCallum of Shawe and Rosenthal, will be on Tuesday September 17 at 10 AM. Topics include but are not limited to a new Maryland law requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. Details and registration email to follow.

MH&LA MEETS WITH KEY U.S. SENATE STAFF ON H2B PROGRAM
Michael James, President of Hospitality Partners and MH&LA President/CEO David Reel met recently with Teri Weathers, Counsel to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski to discuss the impact on the lodging industry from the U.S. Department of Labor’s current Interim Final Rule for the H2B program.

REGIONAL BID FOR 2014 SUMMER OLYMPICS MAY BE LAUNCHED
DC 2024, a Washington, D.C. based group is exploring a regional bid from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Potential sites for Olympic events in Maryland include Camden Yards, FedEx Field, the University of Maryland, Inner Harbor, Annapolis and Garrett County.

MARYLAND LIVE PROJECTS SIGNIFICANT REVENUE BOOST FROM POKER ROOM
Maryland Live Casino projects that their overall gaming revenue will increase by more than $1 million per month with the addition of a new Poker Room. The 14,800-square-foot Poker Room, which opened last week, has 52 tables, varied limits, high-profile partnerships and will host tournaments.

AMERICAN HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION (AH&LA) HAS NEW CHIEF LOBBYIST
Vanessa Sinders is the new AH&LA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She has served as Chief of Staff at the Fix the Debt Campaign, Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Policy Director for former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg and as an analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

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