POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START UPDATE State Comptroller Peter Franchot is launching a statewide petition drive to affirm public support for a post Labor Day school start in Maryland. The launch is August 14 in Ocean City. Per the Comptroller's request, MH&LA will attend the event and will provide more details on the drive as they are available. TAXI CABS AND CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS UPDATE Taxi cabs in Baltimore City and in Baltimore County will be required to install new meters by the end of this year to allow customers to pay with debit and credit cards. The new meters will also be required to print out receipts through a rear-seat payment center. 2016 NAACP CONVENTION IN BALTIMORE IS NOT FOR SURE Contrary to previous reports, the NAACP 's 2016 annual national convention may not be held in Baltimore. The uncertainty is the result of continuing efforts to have Baltimore selected as the site for Major League Baseball's 2016 All Star Game, the date for which may conflict with the convention. WELCOME NEW AND THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS NEW — The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond. RENEWING — Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Best Western BWI, Bel Alton Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, Hilton BWI and Prince George's Community College. REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE GOLF OUTING AND FISHING TOURNAMENT Both are on Monday October 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge. For more details on registration options, special pricing on overnight accommodations and special discounts on pre event rounds of golf click here. HELP US HELP YOU ... RESPOND TO OUR MEMBERSHIP DATA BASE UPDATE SURVEY To ensure MH&LA's ongoing state and local advocacy efforts on your behalf will be even more effective, we need your help. When you receive your email survey or are called by MH&LA, please give us no more than the 5 minutes we need to update our membership data base. Thank you.