On January 28, 2019, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) hosted its annual Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum. The GBC holds this event a few weeks after the start of the Maryland General Assembly legislative session to provide members and guests the opportunity to hear from political “insiders” about the most important and controversial issues facing the policymakers.
The event featured leading figures from the Executive and Legislative branches from both parties. The panel consisted of Senior Advisor Keiffer Mitchell representing Governor Larry Hogan (R), Senator Bill Ferguson (D-46), Senator J.B. Jennings (R-7), Delegate Ben Brooks (D-10), Delegate Eric Bromwell (D-8), Delegate Nic Kipke (R-31B) and Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D-37A). Added this year were leaders from the Women Legislators of Maryland (Delegate Sample-Hughes) and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (Delegate Brooks) to add the perspective of those organizations’ priorities.
The speakers addressed a wide range of issues with a focus on what is important to the Greater Baltimore region. Nearly 300 attendees heard about matters including public safety and violent crime in Baltimore City, income tax relief, health care, public education, veteran’s issues and investment in economically-stressed communities.
The GBC will be active throughout the legislative session serving as the voice of business and protecting Maryland’s competitive business environment. To follow the GBC’s work in Annapolis, including positions on priority legislation and access to written testimony, visit our legislative tracking page. Also, take a moment to visit the GBC’s legislative webpage where members can access the 2019 legislative agenda and important information about the Maryland General Assembly.