OCTOBER 2013 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 October 2013. 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. KEY BUSINESS ISSUES IN NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION The Chair of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and the Vice Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee predict that changes in the subchapter-S small business pass-through tax rate, changes in the rain tax and a minimum wage increase will be addressed in the 2014 General Assembly Session. LAUNCH OF SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH EXCHANGE DELAYED AGAIN The opening of Maryland's small business health insurance marketplace -- Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) -- has been delayed until April 1, 2014. This is the second delay for the launch. The original launch date was October 1, 2013, which was later pushed to January 1, 2014. THANK YOU MH&LA BOARD MEMBER PAUL PATEL Paul hosted a meeting on proposed legislation in the Prince George's County Council to increase the local minimum wage rate to $11.50 per hour. Following a briefing on the proposal from MH&LA staff, Paul recruited a large contingent of hoteliers to testify at the Council's public hearing on this issue. THANK YOU O'CALLAGHAN HOTEL ANNAPOLIS General Manager Albert Montone and his team served as the host hotel for MH&LA's recent Anne Arundel County Regional Meeting. For more information on future opportunities to host Regional Meetings contact Amy Rohrer at 410.974.4472 or at email@example.com. THANK YOU UNLIMITED RESTORATION INC. Account Executive Rene Carter and her team at Unlimited Restoration Inc. sponsored the Anne Arundel County Regional Meeting. For more information on future opportunities to sponsor Regional Meetings and other MH&LA Signature Events contact Amy Rohrer 410.974.4472 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.