2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION RECAP HANDOUTS AVAILABLE The handout from MH&LA's recent conference call with details on the wide range of lodging industry issues considered or enacted during the 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session is available on the MH&LA website. To access it, click here. MH&LA MEMBER IS FINALIST FOR TWO MARYLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS The Plamondon Companies is a finalist for a Business Breakthrough Award for a company with 200+ employees and a Business Breakthrough Award for a Large Employer Partner in Business. The awards recognize excellence in innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit of Maryland's small businesses. BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES "BAN THE BOX" LEGISLATION The legislation requires private employers with 10+ workers to remove the check box on job applications requiring applicants to disclose a criminal record and also prohibits asking a candidate about a criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made unless the history would bar a candidate from the job. MARYLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO Brien Poffenberger, President/CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, will start at the State Chamber in June. His top priority is the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition, an alliance of 60 organizations (including MH&LA) that are focused on making Maryland more competitive. PETITION DRIVE LAUNCHED FOR REFERENDUM ON TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION LAW The goal of the petition drive is to secure a number of signatures equal to or exceeding 3% of the number of voters in the last race for governor. If successful the result will be a statewide referendum on the new state law banning gender identity based discrimination in employment, housing, hotels and restaurants. BALTIMORE CITY'S LARGEST TOURISM EVENT EVER MAY OCCUR THIS FALL Baltimore tourism officials project the Star-Spangled Spectacular that marks the end of a three year commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial could surpass the Star-Spangled Sailabration in 2012. That event attracted 1.5 million visitors and resulted in an estimated $166 million economic impact.