As the Maryland General Assembly begins its 2007 session, the Greater Baltimore Committee will host two events in January to enable GBC members to meet legislators and officials in the O’Malley administration and to preview key issues that will surface in Annapolis this year.
The GBC will host a legislative reception and open house for lawmakers in Annapolis on January 16. The GBC will present its 2007 Legislative Forum in Baltimore on January 29, offering a preview of issues and politics expected to shape this year’s session.
The GBC’s January 16 legislative reception will be at 5:30 p.m. at Harry Browne’s restaurant on State Circle. GBC members will have a chance to meet legislative leaders and members of the General Assembly, including many of the more than 40 newly-elected lawmakers.
“This presents an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with legislators and offer business perspectives in an informal, social setting,” said GBC president Donald C. Fry.
The January 29 GBC Legislative Forum will be a 7:30 a.m. breakfast event at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore hotel. Leaders from the legislature and administration will preview the session and discuss issues ranging from increasing health care access to transportation funding.
Other issues of interest to the GBC that lawmakers will face this year include addressing infrastructure needs to accommodate an influx of jobs to Maryland resulting from federal base realignment and closure (BRAC), strengthening funding and incentives for bioscience industry development, expanding availability of commercial historic rehab tax credits, and developing incentives to attract math and science teachers for public schools.
Sponsors for the GBC Legislative Forum are GBC 2007 Corporate Sponsor MedStar Health; Premier Sponsor BD Diagnostic Systems; and Patron Sponsors Baltimore Opera Company, Comcast, The Daily Record, DLA Piper, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.; Mahogany, Inc.; Maryland Hospital Association; Morgan State University, Reliant Energy, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Villa Julie College.
For more information on the January 16 GBC legislative reception, contact Chris Fabula at 410-727-2820, x 36. For GBC Legislative Forum sponsorship information, contact Jay Stewart at 410-727-2820, x35.