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October 21, 2009

Help Build the Maryland Green Registry

Maryland businesses of all sizes are launching unique and innovative programs to make their workplaces and facilities more sustainable. Thanks to the Maryland Green Registry, we now have a... More»

September 3, 2009

Chamber Supports Nuclear Joint Venture

Maryland Chamber President & CEO Kathy Snyder, CCE voiced the Chamber’s support for a nuclear joint venture between Constellation Energy and EDF Group last night during a Public Service Commission... More»

June 22, 2009

Maryland Chamber Board Visits Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

Members of the Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors visited Constellation Energy’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant last week and received an outstanding presentation about a proposed new nuclear unit... More»

April 15, 2009

2009 Maryland General Assembly Session Recap

The 2009 General Assembly session ended earlier this week. During the 90-day session, the Maryland Chamber took positions on 209 of the 2,674 bills and joint resolutions introduced. You... More»

April 4, 2009

This Week in Annapolis - April 3

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: One Size Fits All Shift Breaks Bill DefeatedThe House Economic Matters Committee voted yesterday to defeat... More»

March 28, 2009

This Week in Annapolis - March 27

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: Small Group Reforms MovingLegislation to introduce market-based reforms into the Small Group Health Insurance Plan were... More»

March 20, 2009

This Week in Annapolis

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: False Claims Bill Headed to Senate FloorThe Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved an amended version of... More»

March 12, 2009

Updating Our 2009 Priority Bills

We are doing most of our legislative blogging over on the Chamber Action Network website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, visit www.chamberactionnetwork.com. Here is an update on some... More»

December 6, 2008

Chamber Board Approves 2009 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the 2009 Business Agenda during its November meeting. The Business Agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and guides the organization’s... More»

November 13, 2008

Legislative Leaders Preview 2009 Session

The Maryland General Assembly’s Democratic and Republican leaders discussed the upcoming legislative session during the Maryland Chamber’s Business Policy Conference last week. The leaders all expect the state’s budget deficit... More»

October 30, 2008

Maryland Chamber Launches Green Business Blog

The Maryland Chamber launched a new blog this week dedicated to discussing environmentally friendly business practices, environmental legislation affecting Maryland businesses, and tips on how to “go green.” Earlier this... More»

September 5, 2008

Potential Calvert Cliffs plant to meet Maryland's future energy demands, promote economic growth

Constellation Energy and UniStar Nuclear Energy representatives met with the Maryland Chamber to discuss the Calvert Cliffs Unit 3 Project, a potential new nuclear power plant in Calvert County that... More»

August 27, 2008

Environmental Task Force discusses expectations for 2009 Legislative Session

Last night, Delegate Dereck Davis, Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, and Lindsay Major, Analyst with the Governor’s StateStat Office, met with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Task... More»

July 7, 2008

Complete Our Green Business Survey

The Baltimore Sun’s Jay Hancock, in his July 4 column, said that organizations like the Maryland Chamber should do more to promote teleworking initiatives. We think he’s right. One... More»

June 4, 2008

NAM Call to Action: Lieberman-Warner Bill

The National Association of Manufacturers sent a letter to the U.S. Senate yesterday, opposing S. 3036, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act. NAM opposes this bill because of the harmful economic... More»

May 16, 2008

Maryland Chamber Launches Environmental Task Force

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors has launched a board-level task force to research and evaluate environmental issues and promote more balanced environmental policy. There was a lot of debate... More»

March 21, 2008

Global Warming Bill Updated to Require MDE to Obtain Legislative Approval

SB 309 was amended on the Senate floor yesterday. As amended, the bill states that the Maryland Department of the Environment may not implement new emissions reduction measures until the... More»

March 20, 2008

Debate on Global Warming Bill Continues

Here are a couple updates on the debate over SB 309 from WBAL Radio: Steelworkers Protest Global Warming Bill Global Warming Bill Delayed This legislation mandates a 25 percent reduction... More»

March 18, 2008

Global Warming Bill Would Cost Maryland Jobs

The Maryland Senate will vote on SB 309 tomorrow. This legislation mandates a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. It also sets a goal of a 90... More»

February 19, 2008

MD Chamber Opposes Unrealistic Global Warming Bill

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce testified today before the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in opposition to SB 309 - Global Warming Solutions - Reductions in Greenhouse Gases.... More»

December 17, 2007

Maryland Chamber's 2008 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors recently approved its 2008 Business Agenda. Priorities for the 2008 General Assembly session include: Repealing the hastily adopted sales tax on computer services. Revising... More»

November 19, 2007

Special Session Results in $800 Million in New Business Taxes

The General Assembly concluded its 3 week special session today by enacting $1.4 billion in new taxes, $400 million in possible future state budget reductions, and authorizing slots at up... More»

November 2, 2007

Green Fund Costly For Business

The Green Fund bill is being heard in the House Environmental Matters Committee today. The bill would impose an impervious surface fee assessed on residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties.... More»

October 30, 2007

Maryland Chamber Opposes the Elimination of Electric Generation Tax Grants

Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Ron Wineholt provided testimony today in opposition to provisions of the Budget Reconciliation Act (SB1/ HB1) that would eliminate $31 million in annual... More»

July 25, 2007

Maryland Energy Summit

The Baltimore Sun’s Jay Hancock is at the Maryland Energy Summit, and he has posted an update to his blog. Read more here. According to a press release, the Governor... More»

June 21, 2007

NAM: The Energy Bill Turns Bad

The National Association of Manufacturers issued a “Key Vote” letter today opposing the energy bill being debated in the U.S. Senate. On its blog, www.shopfloor.org, NAM said, “H.R. 6, the... More»

April 11, 2007

2007 Session Recap

We’ve posted a preliminary recap of the session. We’ll expand on it later this week.... More»

March 23, 2007

News & Notes for March 23, 2007

Rascovar: Showdown over health insuranceMiller says this extra tobacco tax revenue will be needed to close the state’s $1.5 billion budget deficit next year. He also notes the tobacco tax... More»

March 16, 2007

News & Notes for March 16, 2007

Opponents decry tax proposalTestifying against the bill was Karen Syrylo, a tax consultant with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, who said 40 percent of current state sales tax revenue is... More»

March 8, 2007

Business Coalition Opposes Rubber Ducky Bill

The Maryland Chamber joined together with a number of business groups to oppose HB 833, legislation that seeks to ban a wide range of popular consumer products that contain Bisphenol-A... More»

February 27, 2007

News & Notes for February 27, 2007

Tax-increase discussions under wayThe Maryland Chamber of Commerce has called on the General Assembly to tap economists and accountants to undertake a comprehensive study of the state’s tax structure. Kathleen... More»

January 26, 2007

News & Notes for January 26, 2007

New year, new governor, new outlookBusiness leaders are hopeful that more can get done this year on issues such as reducing the cost of health insurance for employers, while keeping... More»

January 25, 2007

California Car Bills to be Heard Today

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold a hearing on clean car legislation (SB 51 and SB 103) today at 2 p.m. I posted some details, courtesy of the Maryland... More»

January 23, 2007

Are California Cars Coming to Maryland?

Maryland Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) President Peter Kitzmiller briefed the Chamber’s Legislative Committee yesterday on SB 51/HB 44, the Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007. There’s already been a lot... More»

October 23, 2006

2007 Business Agenda Released

During last week’s meeting of the Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors, the Board adopted the Chamber’s 2007 Business Agenda. The agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and... More»

April 12, 2006

Highlights and Lowlights of the 2006 General Assembly Session

The Chamber took positions on 169 bills this session. Click here for the highlights and lowlights. Related info: The Gazette: Annapolis ’06: A collapse at the wire Assembly minds business... More»

March 21, 2006

AG: Bills Targeting Liquid Natural Gas Facilities Preempted by Federal Law

In a letter requested by Sen. John J. Hafer (R-Dist. 1), Maryland Assistant Attorney General William R. Varga stated that he believes legislation introduced to prohibit the construction of operation... More»