Last week, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) held its annual Legislative Forum. Nearly 350 Baltimore business leaders heard from a panel of leading policymakers about the major issues of the 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session in Annapolis.
The panel consisted of: Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Chair, Economic Matters Committee, Maryland House of Delegates; Senator J. B. Jennings, Minority Leader, Senate of Maryland; Delegate Nicholaus Kipke, Minority Leader, Maryland House of Delegates; Senator Richard Madaleno, Vice Chair, Budget and Taxation, Senate of Maryland; and Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., Senior Advisor, Office of the Governor.
Each provided an overview of the key issues they see on the horizon, which include Governor Larry Hogan’s legislative agenda, mandatory paid leave, repeal of the transportation ranking legislation, balancing the budget and a possible special session to address possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Many of the panelists recommended that businesses and Maryland residents get involved in the lawmaking process, get to know their legislators and share their priorities. Without feedback from constituents, policymakers may not be aware of how their actions affect the business community.