Chamber Hosts Legislative wrap-Up
May 1, 2023
On Thursday, April 27th, The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Legislative Wrap-Up event, sponsored and hosted by Harford Community College. The event featured a panel of Maryland Delegates and Senators to discuss the results of the 2023 Maryland Legislative Session. The panel consisted of Senator Jason Gallion – District 35, Senator J.B. Jennings – District 7, Delegate Susan McComas – District 34B, Delegate Andre Johnson – District 34A, Delegate Steve Johnson – District 34A, Delegate Mike Griffith – District 35A.
Harford Chamber Board Chair, Mary Ann Bogarty of Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan, welcomed guests and recognized dignitaries in attendance. Dr. Theresa Felder, President of Harford Community College offered sponsor remarks, and Reverend Cordell Hunter, Harford Community College Trustee, led the prayer and pledge. Harford County Executive Bob Cassilly shared opening remarks, thanking the senators and delegates for their hard work this session. Harford County Council President Patrick Vincenti also shared remarks, commenting on the importance of local business involvement and budgetary needs of the county.
Each panel member discussed key legislation that they sponsored or co-sponsored this session, shared the highs and lows of the session, and responded to audience comments and questions. At the forefront of the discussion was the recently passed bills on a state-wide $15 minimum wage, the legalization of cannabis, the family medical leave act, and funding gaps throughout the state budget. Delegates Griffith, Johnson, and Johnson, all shared their efforts in increasing aid for veterans and encouraging retired military personnel to remain in Maryland. Newly passed legislation includes housing for the disabled, increased mental health resources, and prioritizing minority and veteran owned business contracts. Delegate McComas and Senator Jennings commented on funding gaps throughout the state budget that will need to be covered over the next 5 years.