2020 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum

  • January 27, 2020
    7:30 am - 9:30 am

Join the Greater Baltimore Committee for its annual Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum. This event will highlight upcoming key policy issues for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly legislative session.

Join the dialogue on such controversial topics as:
  • The Kirwan Commission
  • Pimlico/Preakness Legislation
  • Legalization of Sports Betting
  • Maryland’s Budget
  • Tax Increases or Elimination of Tax Credits
  • Transportation Projects and Public/Private Partnership Legislation

The discussion will be moderated by Jeff Salkin, Maryland Public Television.

Confirmed speakers include Senator Bill Ferguson, Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz, Senator J.B. Jennings, Delegate Eric G. Luedtke and Delegate Stephanie Smith.

Senator Bill Ferguson

Bill Ferguson was elected President of the Maryland Senate on January 8, 2020, becoming the first new president since 1987. He has been a member of the Maryland Senate since 2011, serving most recently as Vice-Chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee. Ferguson earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.



Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz previously served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and is also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County. As a member of the House of Delegates, Schulz served on the Economic Matters Committee from 2011-2015. Then-Delegate Schulz took special interest in legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions, business, occupations and professions, economic development, labor and employment, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation.



Senator JB Jennings

J.B. Jennings has served as a member of the Senate of Maryland since 2011 and as Minority Leader since 2014. He is a member of several committees, including the Finance Committee, Legislative Policy Committee and Joint Committee on Spending Affordability. Prior to his election to the Senate of Maryland, he served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2011. Senator Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.



Delegate Eric G. Luedtke

Eric G. Luedtke has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011 and as Majority Leader since 2019. A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he chairs that committee’s Revenue Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Spending Affordability Committee. Luedtke earned a bachelor’s degree in government and history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Delegate Stephanie SmithStephanie Smith has been as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since January 9, 2019. Smith serves as Chair of the Baltimore City House Delegation, and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, and a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.



When: Monday, January 27, 2020; 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. program

Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, Md., 21202

Cost: Members: $75 individual, $700 table of 10; Non-members: $125 individual, $1,250 table of 10

To be eligible for a refund, the Greater Baltimore Committee requires a 72-hour cancellation notice.

For event and sponsorship information, contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820 ext. 40.

Event Sponsors:

Ambassador: University of Maryland Medical System

Signature: AT&T, BGE, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, MedStar Health, Merritt Companies

Contributing: Comcast

Media: The Daily Record

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