ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR "STARS" AWARDS LUNCHEON/ALLIED MEMBER TRADE SHOW The date is Tuesday March 4, 2014 and the location is the historic and majestic Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore. The Allied Member Trade Show opens at 10 AM and the STARS Luncheon is at Noon. Click here for more details and to register online. POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START LEGISLATION UPDATE Recent efforts at the State Task Force on a Post Labor Day School Start for Maryland Public Schools to finalize and present a report to the Governor and Legislative Leaders prior to the end of the 2014 General Assembly session have stalled. The report will be completed by the original due date -- June 2014. MH&LA OPPOSES BALCONY INSPECTION BILL ... AGAIN For the third year in a row, MH&LA is working to defeat state legislation to mandate balcony inspections at lodging properties. In testimony presented recently to a Senate Committee, MH&LA noted there is no research indicating any need for additional balcony inspections in Maryland. CASINO REVENUE IS UP AND DOWN Maryland's four operating casinos generated $66.2 million in gambling revenue last month. That figure is up 43% over January 2013 but is also the third lowest monthly total since the casino at Rocky Gap opened in May of 2013. Statewide revenue from slot machines was down almost 7% from last January. NO LEGAL CHALLENGES ON PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY CASINO LOCATION DECISION Two of the applicants who vied for the new casino license in Prince George's County will not sue the state Video Lottery Facility Location Commission over the decision to select MGM Resorts International. This clears the way for MGM to start construction at National Harbor following receipt of County approvals. BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING CHANGES TO "TAXI TAX" Changes under consideration include changing the current tax rate from 25 cents per passenger to 35 cents per trip and setting a fee for limousine and for-hire sedan companies at $1.50 per trip. If approved the changes will take effect on July 1, 2014.