Legislative Affairs

The mission of the Greater Ocean City, Maryland Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic growth of the region by providing leadership, inspiration, education and development opportunities to support and promote all segments of the tourism and business community. We represent more than 875 regional businesses in a variety of industries, with Tourism being a driving force.

The Chamber has an active Legislative Committee as well as a contracted lobbyist, Dennis Rasmussen, who works on our behalf in Annapolis. The committee maintains contact with our Eastern Shore Delegation as well as Federal representatives on issues that could impact our membership.

The Legislative Committee, along with the Board of Directors, has identified the following priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Click on the links below to view Full documents:

Legislative Updates & Testimony

We also encourage you to contact your local Senator & Delegates regarding issues- they need to hear from you!

During the 2016 session, the chamber will communicate with membership on a weekly basis and include an updated list of bills that may affect our region. In addition, the Legislative Committee will participate in weekly conference calls with our lobbyist to stay abreast of any changes or action that needs to be taken.

2016 Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Legislative Issues / Priorities

  • Tourism and State Tourism Budget
  • Taxes, business licensing & regulatory issues
  • Arcade and Amusement Regulations
  • Post Labor Day School Start Date
  • Seasonal unemployment, workers compensation, unemployment insurance
  • Minimum wage and prevailing wage issues .. Workforce development/job creation
  • Healthcare
  • Environmental Issues including beach replenishment & alternative energy (hydraulic fracking, solar facilities, wind energy)
  • Additional priority issues that may impact area businesses
  • Click Here to View detailed 2016 Legislative Issues/Priorities

2016 Legislative Updates

Contact Information:

Legislative Committee Chair- Brett Wolf, 410-641-4300  
Executive Director- Melanie Pursel, 410-213-0144   

You may also visit the General Assembly of Maryland website for more information on the Maryland General Assembly and the 2016 Session.

Please also visit the Maryland State Archives for information on the Legislative process.

Your local elected officials:

www.Maryland.gov

State Senator (District 38)
James N. Mathias, Jr.
(410) 841-3645, (301) 858-3645
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3645 (toll free)
e-mail:james.mathias@senate.state.md.us

State Delegate – District 38
Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R)
(410) 841-3356
House Office Building, Room 203
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
e-mail: mary.beth@senate.state.md.us

State Delegate – District 38
Delegate Charles Otto (R)
(410) 841-3348
House Office Building, Room 321
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
e-mail:charles.otto@senate.state.md.us

State Delegate – District 38
Delegate Carl Anderton (R)
(410) 841-3431
House Office Building, Room 321
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
e-mail:carl.anderton@senate.state.md.us

Legislative Links