With the 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly completed, the GBC has begun its interim work. First, we will complete an assessment of how we performed for GBC members. Were we effective advocates on behalf of the business community? How can we improve our overall efforts?
Looking forward, the GBC will engage our membership and partners to update and improve upon the legislative priorities we establish prior to the start of every session. We want to ensure the priorities reflect GBC members’ priorities in a multitude of areas that affect the business climate, including taxes, transportation, workforce, economic development, public safety, entrepreneurship, innovation and tourism. The GBC also seeks to effectively communicate these efforts to members, elected officials and the public.
The interim is also a time to sharpen the focus on the development of policies that could improve the business climate and create jobs. GBC policy staff will be monitoring the legislature’s interim activities and will seek to influence outcomes of a number of legislative committees, task forces and commissions. The GBC’s standing policy committees,which focus on transportation, education and workforce, innovation and technology, bioscience, economic development, public safety and health care, meet throughout the year with the goal of developing policy recommendations
that make a positive impact on the Greater Baltimore region.
This is also an election year, with significant turnover in the Maryland General Assembly anticipated. In fact, before a vote is cast, the legislature will have at least 11 new Senators and 30 new Delegates. More changes are sure to come following the primary election on June 26 and the general election on November 6. The GBC will be working hard to get to know newly elected legislators and continue to build relationships with those who return for another four-year term.