INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL CHANGES CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM REQUIREMENTS The changes require carbon monoxide alarms where there is a potential for carbon monoxide exposure and removes requirements for carbon monoxide alarms where there is little risk of exposure. MH&LA will use these changes in ongoing advocacy efforts on this issue in the Maryland General Assembly. SPOTLIGHT ON UNLIMITED RESTORATION -- AN MH&LA BRONZE SPONSOR Unlimited Restoration, Inc provides full service emergency response/disaster recovery, exclusively for hotels and other commercial/industrial locations that have been damaged by fire, water, smoke or mold. For more information click here. NO STATEWIDE REFERENDUM ON NEW TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION LAW Efforts to place a recently approved state law banning gender identity based discrimination in employment, housing, hotels and restaurants on a statewide referendum have failed. MH&LA will host a compliance seminar on the new law prior to its' effective date -- October 1, 2014. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE BALTIMORE CITY "BAN THE BOX" SEMINAR The presenter is Darryl McCallum who will provide an overview of the new city ordinance, compliance guidelines and answer questions. It is June 24 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Shawe Rosenthal, One South Street, Suite 1800, Baltimore MD. For more information or to register contact firstname.lastname@example.org. MARYLAND'S GDP GROWTH RANKED 49TH IN THE COUNTRY LAST YEAR The most recent U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates on the state's real gross domestic product (GDP) showed zero change in 2013. During the same time frame West Virginia was up 5.1%, Delaware was up 1.7%, Pennsylvania was up 0.7% and Virginia was up 0.1%. In 2012 Maryland's GDP rose 2.4%. EARLY VOTING FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS ENDS THIS WEEK Early voting for the primary election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, all members of the General Assembly, all Maryland members of the U.S. House, and a wide range of local offices is available until Thursday June 19. Early voting locations are open daily from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM.