Legislative Updates

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 800 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 2021 legislative session.

The Legislative Committee, along with the Board of Directors, are in the process of identifying the priorities for the 2021 legislative session.

2021 Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Legislative Issues / Priorities

Click Here to view the  OC Chamber Legislative Priorities 2021  Full Document

A quick glance at our Top Priorities for 2021
1. Increase Tourism Promotion Funding
2. Monitor Kirwan Commission implementation of recommendations and local funding formulas
3. Support a seasonal exemption/relief for Unemployment Insurance and reduce the Unemployment Insurance rating increase that could result as a result of the pandemic
4.  Support any legislation that would support and preserve the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program and retain local workforce
5. Support Legislation Regulating Airbnb Type Platforms
6. Monitor local/county rental licensing and tax legislation
7. Monitor legislation that would create or increase any taxes or fees burdening small business members

During the 2021 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 Zoom sessions with our lobbyist to stay abreast of any changes or action that needs to be taken. We also plan to work closely with our elected officials and strengthen relationships with other statewide legislators that have similar priorities in their districts.

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

Weekly Reports & Updates

Legislative Links

Contact Information:

Legislative Committee Chair – Sal Fasano      Email:   salvatorefasano1980@gmail.com

Executive Director – Lachelle Scarlato, 410-213-0144 x102   Email: lachelle@oceancity.org

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

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


Your local elected officials:

State Senator – District 38
Mary Beth Carozza ( R)
(410) 841-3645
James Senate Office Building, Room 314
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
State Delegate – District 38C
Delegate Wayne Hartman (R)
(410) 841-3356
House Office Building, Room 308
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
State Delegate – District 38A
Delegate Charles Otto (R)
(410) 841-3348
House Office Building, Room 321
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
State Delegate – District 38B
Delegate Carl Anderton (R)
(410) 841-3431
House Office Building, Room 321
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401