MH&LA Update – May 13, 2014

GOT VALUE? MH&LA MEMBERSHIP CERTAINLY DOES

One MH&LA Lodging member has quantified the significant costs that his hotel would have incurred if MH&LA’s recent advocacy efforts on state legislation to mandate carbon monoxide alarms in every hotel room in Maryland had not been successful. For more details, click here.

NEED ANSWERS ON RENTING ROOMS TO MINORS?

Go to the “Members” header on the MH&LA website (www.mdlodging.org), select “Legal, HR & Operations” from the dropdown, and click the link for “Innkeeper’s Rights and Duties”. NOTE: This information is an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. For assistance contact amy@mdassn.com.

MH&LA TO HOST COMPLIANCE PROGRAM ON BALTIMORE’S “BAN THE BOX” ORDINANCE

Darryl McCallum of Shawe Rosenthal will discuss new rules in Baltimore that prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose a criminal record on job applications and prohibits asking about a criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made. Details on the date time and venue to follow.

NATIONAL HARBOR CASINO SECURES KEY APPROVAL

The Prince George’s County Planning Board has unanimously approved MGM Resorts International’s casino plans for National Harbor. The approval followed a 5 hour hearing where some County residents raised concerns on proposed signage at the site. Next up is a County Council public hearing in June.

CASINO REVENUE IS UP AND DOWN

Maryland casino revenue was $71.46 million in April, the second best month on record. Leading the way was Maryland Live!, which collected $56.5 million. April revenue at the Casino at Ocean Downs and the Hollywood Casino Perryville were each down by nearly 9%.

BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C

The 2017 tournament will be at the Verizon Center and is the first time since the postseason tournament was launched almost 20 years ago that it will be held in a city other than Indianapolis or Chicago. This is also the first in a series of Big Ten efforts to establish a greater presence on the East Coast.

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