Westin Hotel Annapolis Maryland attended by the MdHIMA’s Advocacy Committee and board members on November 14, 2017.
Alexander & Cleaver Government Relations and Legal Division was proud to host its 22nd Annual Policy Maker Breakfast and Legislative Kickoff. The A&C Team routinely coordinates events like this to provide a steady stream of opportunities for our clients to interface with members of the Maryland General Assembly and Executive Branch in a more intimate setting.
This year A&C hosted Chief Legislative Officer Christopher Shank from the Hogan Administration, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker Mike Busch.
Other key note speakers included:
- Chair of Senate Finance Mac Middleton
- Chair of House Ways and Means Anne Kaiser
- Chair of House Environment and Transportation Kumar Barve
All speakers gave their perspective on what the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session would hold. Common themes across all the participants were that budget deficits need to be addressed, health care and its relationship with Federal funding needed to be addressed, workforce development should remain one of Maryland’s top priorities, and multiple components of education need funding. Some of the speakers delved even deeper into the specific issues that are coming before the respective bodies they preside over including, Paid Sick Leave veto override, a possible Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard increase, tackling issue of early childhood education, and tax relief efforts.
A&C is proud to represent its clients before the General Assembly and Executive Branch. We are gearing up for the upcoming session and look forward to working with you every step of the way. We hope that you join us for our next event January 10th for our annual Opening Day Reception at our offices in Annapolis.
Included are specific discussion points that each speaker brought:
Chief Legislative Officer for the Governor, Chris Shank
- Governor Hogan is recommitting efforts to workforce development and job training.
- He will continue to champion “Hometown Heroes” initiatives
- Continue to push for better business environment in Maryland as well as a State where residents will be comfortable retiring to
- Aiding in education initiatives for the ultimate goal of workforce development
Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mike Bush
- The hectic nature an election year brings to the legislative process. Bills, goals, and initiatives are easily derailed or pursued with great tenacity during this time.
- The need for the legislature to address the impending tax reforms at the Federal level. He also mentioned that Federal changes to healthcare will need to be addressed at the State level.
- The various bi-partisan efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic in Maryland.
Senate President, Mike Miller
- The necessity to address Federal funding in healthcare.
- The State is on schedule to deal with an $850 million deficit by 2020. The respective committees will be looking at this issue intently.
- Confident that the Medical Marijuana legislation will finally pass early in session.
Chairman of Senate Finance, Mac Middleton
- The state of healthcare and the Federal Government’s impact on it.
- Sponsored legislation that created a taskforce to specifically monitor the state of federal funding in healthcare to ensure that Maryland is prepared for any changes.
- His committee would surely be taking up renewable energy issues, specifically expansion of current mandates for Maryland to be even more renewable and less reliant on fossil fuels.
Chairwoman of House Ways & Means, Anne Kaiser
- The quirkiness that comes with legislating during an election year. There are many unforeseen stances and arguments that are had on issue that may not receive a lot of light any other Legislative Session.
- Education initiatives and the need for school construction funding to ensure that students are learning in the best environment.
- There needs to be a conversation on making students career and college ready, not necessarily solely focusing on college paths but also the trades.
Chairman of House Environment & Transportation, Kumar Barve
- The review of the renewable energy mandates in the coming Session.
- The nature of an election year there will be even more bills introduced and considered than in a normal year.
- His committee will address tax fairness in the upcoming session for individuals and businesses alike.
Respectfully submitted by:
Government Relations Consultant & Policy Analyst Alexander & Clever Law Offices
Vicki Reynolds, RHIT
Advocacy Chairman MdHIMA
Linda Metro, RHIA