MH&LA Update – March 18, 2014

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS UPDATE MH&LA continues to work with key legislators to delete a provision in proposed state legislation mandating carbon monoxide alarms in every hotel guest room. MH&LA is proposing carbon monoxide alarm requirements that help ensure the health and safety of guests without imposing excessive and unnecessary costs. BED BUG LEGISLATION UPDATE Proposed legislation in the General Assembly requiring lodging property owners with evidence of past or current bed bugs to contract with a licensed pest management professional for "reasonable" remediation measures will NOT be considered any further in this Session. FOCUS ON MINIMUM WAGE BILL SHIFTS TO STATE SENATE COMMITTEE Following House passage, the amended bill is now being considered by the Senate Finance Committee. Based on expectations the bill will be amended further in Committee and possibly on the Senate Floor, final approval of a minimum wage bill is not expected prior to the closing days of the Session. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERY STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINEE At the 25th Annual STARS of the Industry Award Luncheon 70 individuals were recognized as nominees for a STARS Award. While not every nominee was a STARS award winner, all were duly recognized for being nominated. For the slide show from the event of all nominees and award sponsors click here. MARYLAND BASED HOTELIERS TO SHARE LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Arne M. Sorenson, President/CEO of Marriott International and W. Edward Walter, President/CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts will speak at the Maryland Chamber's CEO Spotlight Breakfast on April 3. The event will be at the Bethesda North Marriott. For more details contact Kristen at GAMBLING REVENUE DOWN SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH February 2014 total revenue numbers for Maryland's four operating casinos was $66,014,094, down from January revenue of $66,222,363. Maryland Live! was the revenue leader with $52,329,054 in revenue last month, the 10th consecutive month their revenues have exceeded $50 million.

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