REMINDER -- SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER AT THE BALTIMORE CITY REGIONAL MEETING Chad Barnhill, General Manager of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will discuss what to expect next as the casino approaches an opening in August or September of this year. The meeting is June 10 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. To register online click here WASHINGTON POST SLAMS POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START -- MH&LA RESPONDS MH&LA challenged a wide range of negative and incorrect conclusions in a recent Post editorial on the benefits of and outcomes from a post Labor Day School Start for Maryland public schools. For a copy of the editorial and a copy of MH&LA's response click here. LEGAL CHALLENGE POSSIBLE TO HARFORD COUNTY AUTHORITY TO ENACT A ROOM TAX The state Attorney General's office has opined that an amendment in an omnibus budget bill allowing Harford County to enact a hotel occupancy tax violates the state Constitution's one-subject rule for legislation. The bill is now law but the amendment could still be subject to a future legal challenge. 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 in Baltimore. For more information or to register contact email@example.com. MH&LA MEMBER RECOGNIZED BY THE MARYLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Congratulations to The Plamondon Companies who recently received a 2014 Business Breakthrough Award from the State Chamber. The award is presented annually to recognize competitiveness in the market and contributions to the community. FAREWELL GAIL SMITH - HOWARD AND WELCOME KEVIN KENNEDY Gail, who was honored as MH&LA's Hotelier of the Year while serving as the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, will be the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Kevin is Gail's successor at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.