HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEE HEARINGS SET FOR MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION The House Economic Matters Committee hearing is February 11 and the Senate Finance Committee hearing is February 13. While General Assembly approval of some increase is certain, there is no consensus yet on the amount of an increase, when it will take effect and automatic future increases. MH&LA TESTIFIES AGAIN IN SUPPORT OF STATE TOURISM PROMOTION FUNDING At a recent hearing before a key House subcommittee, MH&LA presented testimony in support of full funding of all elements of the Governor's proposed FY15 budget that promote travel and tourism and opposing recommendations or efforts to reduce funding for the Maryland Tourism Development Board. MANY ARE FILED, FEW ARE PASSED BUT ALL ARE REVIEWED More than 2,500 bills are introduced in the annual 90 day Maryland General Assembly session. MH&LA reviews each and every one to assess their impact on the lodging industry and then aggressively advocates the lodging industry's position at the appropriate times and places in the legislative arena. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AND ALLIED MEMBER TRADE SHOW The date is Tuesday March 4, 2014 and the location is the historic and majestic Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore. Click here for more details and to register online. SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER AT THE STARS OF THE INDUSTRY LUNCHEON Singer/songwriter Toby Lightman will perform courtesy of BMI. Toby has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show and Second Cup. She has also toured with Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn and Prince. BWI THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT CLOSING IN ON NEW AIRPORT HOTEL The airport authority will be selecting contractors soon for a new "airport hotel." The new hotel will not replace the former Four Points by Sheraton that closed late last year. It will be built near the hourly parking lot, a location that will allow guests to walk to and from the terminal.