FORECAST FOR RAIN TAX CHANGES IS NOW VERY LIKELY In a spirit of bi partisan cooperation that may bode well for the future, Governor - elect Larry Hogan and Senate President Mike Miller are discussing Miller's idea to allow local governments to fund EPA mandated storm water control projects with general fund dollars in lieu of a tax on property owners. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS NEW -- Courtyard Fort Meade, Holiday Inn BWI and Home2Suites Lexington Park RENEWING -- Marriott Annapolis Waterfront, Hampton Inn Lexington Park, Sleep Inn Laurel and Leading Edge Wealth Advisors REMINDER -- POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START PETITION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE To access the online version of the petition to affirm public support for a post Labor Day school start for Maryland public schools click here. We need a minimum of 10,000 signatures from across Maryland prior to the start of the next General Assembly session in January 2015. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 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 Tuesday January 13, 2015 10:30 AM to Noon at the Residence Inn Frederick, 5230 Westview Drive, Frederick, MD. To RSVP click here. STATE HOTEL SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS REGULATION REVISIONS UPDATE A fifth and final work session hosted by Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) on a wide range of revisions to these regulations will be held on December 16. MH&LA has been and continues to be involved in this process. Details on the work session outcomes will follow ASAP. NO SURPRISES AT STATE FILM TAX CREDIT PUBLIC HEARING As expected, the General Assembly's Department of Legislative Services (DLS) has recommended to a Joint Tax Credit Evaluation Committee that Maryland's film and television production tax credit end as scheduled in July 2016. Governor - Elect Hogan has not yet taken an official position on the credit.