GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION UPDATE The 434th session of the Maryland General Assembly started on January 9th and will end on April 7th. During the Session, MH&LA will review every bill introduced to determine potential impact on the lodging industry and will aggressively advance industry positions on those bills that are actively considered. POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START LEGISLATION UPDATE Final recommendations from a State Task Force on a Post Labor Day School Start for Maryland Public Schools are now expected to be sent to the Governor and Legislative Leaders in February 2014 instead of June 2014. This will allow the General Assembly to address this issue in the current Session. THANK YOU PATRICK LEARY Patrick recently wrapped up two years of service as Chair of the MH&LA Board of Directors. Under Patrick's leadership, the Board adopted a new Strategic Plan, a new Vision and a new Mission; all of which will help transform MH&LA from a good association to a great association. STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINATIONS DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31 The 25th Annual STARS of the Industry Awards Program is a once a year opportunity to honor outstanding accomplishments by lodging industry professionals and lodging industry properties in Maryland. For more details on the Awards categories or to submit nominations online click here. REMINDER -- TOURISM DAY IN ANNAPOLIS IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 This free grassroots advocacy event is a great opportunity for tourism industry professionals from across Maryland to meet with state legislators and share the positive impact of tourism on Maryland's economy. To register or for more details on sponsorships go to http://mtc.mdtourism.org/tourism-day-is-13114/. VISIT BALTIMORE EXPECTS 2014 TO BE A "BANNER YEAR" FOR TOURISM In addition to a significant number of large conventions, Baltimore City will also host a wide range of special events this year such as the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the Army-Navy football game, the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four and the CAA Men's Basketball Championship.