March 11, 2019
Fate of Many Bills Will be Determined Today

It's "crossover day" in Annapolis.  This is the day that will determine whether or not many bills move forward or die in committee.  Legislators will meet in numerous marathon sessions to vote on countless bills. Legislation that is not voted out of the chamber where it originated will not be guaranteed a hearing in the other.  To date, lawmakers have introduced 2,475 bills. More than 600 bills have already been passed by one chamber or the other. Here's where just a few of the bills GSSCC is following stand.

State Minimum Wage - (HB166/SB280) Companion bills ramping the minimum wage in Maryland up to $15 per hour have passed both chambers, but they now differ. Neither would impact current law in Montgomery County because both versions provide a longer phase-in period than is in place here.  The State bills will now be considered by a conference committee. The House of Delegates appointed Economic Matters Chair Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's), Majority Leader Kathleen M. Dumais (D-Montgomery) and Del. C.T. Wilson (D-Charles) to the committee. The Senate will likely appoint conference committee members today.

Nullifying Employee Non-Compete/Conflict of Interest Clauses for Small Businesses -  (HB38/SB328) This measure, introduced by Del. Al Carr (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Will Smith (D-Montgomery County), has already passed both houses and will crossover. It would nullify noncompete and conflict of interest clauses that would restrict the ability of an employee to take a position with another employer or become self-employed in a similar business. It applies to employees making $15 per hour or less, or $31,200 annually.

Requiring Diaper Changing Facilities - (HB1244/SB330) An amended bill that would require all public buildings to provide diaper changing facilities has passed Second Reading in both houses and is awaiting final vote today.  The original bill would have also required all "places of pubic accommodation" (hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail establishments) to provide these facilities. 
GSSCC Members Connect@Lunch at Eggspectation

(L to R) Jedd Narsavage, Greensweep, Melissa Patil, Transworld Business Advisors of DC Metro, Safia Ghanim, USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, and Andrea Dunathan, Dunathan Consulting.

(L to R) Erika Clore, Sandy Spring Bank, RuthAnn Eisner, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Megan Hill, The DoubleTree by Hilton, and Debbie Keller, Revere Bank.
Showcase Your Business; Host a GSSCC Event

Interested in bringing GSSCC members to your business?  Join GSSCC to host a Coffee & Cards or Business After Hours networking event. GSSCC is accepting applications from members in good standing to host these morning or evening networking opportunities through 2019.  Want to learn more?  Click here for details about Coffee & Cards; click here for details about hosting a Business After Hours. 
* Grace Studios is moving to the Auras Building (8435 Georgia Avenue) on Saturday, March 30. Classes will continue at the current location through March 29. On Saturday, March 23, Grace will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. and give away coupons for a free class during its grand opening week at the new space.

* Is it a cold? Or, is it an allergy? Patient First offers some advice to determine which. Click here to learn more. 
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Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21. Montgomery County Planning Department's research team will present its latest report: County Trends - A Look at People, Housing, Jobs since 1990

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26
About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
Thank you to our 2018-2019 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; HiTouch Business Systems
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