Special Session Update – October 17

The Maryland General Assembly convened in Annapolis today for a special session to approve a congressional redistricting plan. It looks like the special session will focus on congressional redistricting, but there were additional bills introduced in both houses – 32 bills in the Senate, 21 bills in the House. 

It’s our understanding from what the presiding officers said today that bills unrelated to congressional redistricting will remain in the rules committee without further action. 

During a press conference this morning, Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch discussed the need for a plan to spark job creation in Maryland. We don’t have all the plan details yet, but it looks like it will focus on increased transportation infrastructure and construction projects. 

Hearings will be held tomorrow in Annapolis on the topics of transportation infrastructure needs, economic development and job creation. In addition, the Governor issued an executive order calling for a 60-day review of state regulations. Last week, the Governor’s Commission for Small Business sent out a survey to Maryland small businesses asking about regulations that hinder their businesses. If you have any feedback on the topic, complete the survey by October 24.

The Maryland Chamber is happy to see state leaders focused on job creation. We are also grateful that they are taking a deliberate approach by not trying to squeeze this discussion into the confines of a special session. We look forward to learning more about the Governor’s jobs plan and providing the Chamber’s feedback.

Maryland Chamber staff will be at the hearings tomorrow and we will post updates on the Chamber Action Network website. If you would like to get Chamber Action Network updates sent to you via email, you can sign up here.

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About Will Burns

Communications Director
Maryland Chamber of Commerce