GENERAL ASSEMBLY HEADS INTO FINAL DAYS WITH KEY LODGING ISSUES UNRESOLVED Final decisions are yet to be made on proposed legislation requiring carbon monoxide alarms in all hotel guest rooms, increasing the state minimum wage and state tourism promotion funding. Following the session, MH&LA will issue our advocacy efforts report card on these issues as well as many others. FEBRUARY 2014 STR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE MH&LA WEBSITE To view the report go to mdlodging.org, click on Members - Statistics and Research and look for Maryland Monthly Statistics February 2014. NOTE: This report is provided as an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. For assistance with your member log in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. REMINDER -- 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 email@example.com. GAIL SMITH - HOWARD IS A RECIPIENT OF MARYLAND'S TOP 100 WOMEN AWARD The award recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Gail was recently elected to serve as a member of the MH&LA Executive Committee and is the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START STUDY TASK FORCE UPDATE The Task Force met again yesterday to continue discussions on their final report which is due to the Governor and General Assembly Leadership no later than June 30, 2014. MH&LA staff continues to work with key stakeholders on efforts secure favorable recommendations in the final report. NEW HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER IS PLANNED AT UNIVERSITYOF MARYLAND The Board of Public Works has approved a land swap deal which is a key step in plans to build a luxury hotel and conference center on Route 1, across from the main campus gates at College Park. The project still needs additional Board of Public Works approvals which are expected in the next 45 days.