MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AND ALLIED MEMBER TRADE SHOW The date is Tuesday February 24, 2015 and the venue is the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Submit your nominations by January 30 and be sure to review the NEW awards criteria. For more details on the nomination process or to sponsor/register – click here. REGISTER OPEN FOR THE FREDERICK & WASHINGTON COUNTIES REGIONAL MEETING The free event has updates on current/emerging industry issues and networking opportunities for General Managers, their senior-level staff, and Allied Members. It is January 13, 2015 10:30 AM to Noon at the Residence Inn Frederick, 5230 Westview Drive, Frederick, MD. For more details click here. BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORDINANCE As proposed, the ordinance requires registration of all hotels in the City; prohibits short term (less than half day) sleeping room rentals, requires all hotel employees to be trained on how to identify human trafficking activities and victims; and requires certification that all employees have been trained. MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER MANDATED PAID SICK LEAVE BILL The Council has set a public hearing on the local ordinance for January 29, 2015. Earlier this year, state legislation on this same issue was introduced in both houses of the General Assembly but following public hearings none of the the bills were reported from Committee. WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THE POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START PETITION We are very close to securing 10,000 signatures from across Maryland to affirm public support for a post Labor Day school start for Maryland public schools. We need your help to reach that goal before the start of the next General Assembly session. To access an online version of the petition click here. THANK YOU GAYLORD NATIONAL RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER Gaylord hosted a tour for Hospitality and Tourism program students at the Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. The program includes experience with industry mentors and a wide range of hospitality courses. For more information contact Bonnie Kelly at email@example.com.