Maryland Chamber of Commerce Claims Successes in 2001 Session

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Maryland Chamber of Commerce

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by
 Arthur D. Ebersberger, 2000-2001 Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce:
 
     The Maryland Chamber can proudly claim considerable success in promoting
 and protecting the interests of our members in the 2001 General Assembly
 session.  Through the active involvement of our Board of Directors,
 Legislative Committee, CAN grassroots network and outstanding lobbying team,
 the Chamber created victories for the business community in Maryland in the
 areas of legal liability, workforce recruitment and retention, transportation,
 taxes and the environment
 
     Among more than 200 bills we lobbied this session, the Maryland Chamber:
 
     *  Strongly supported a bill to create a task force to outline
        responsibilities for a regional transportation authority for suburban
        Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 
     *  Led statewide grassroots effort to support legislation to provide a
        study of critical skill shortages in Maryland and subsequent tax
        credits for Marylanders seeking training to fill those shortages.
 
     *  Successfully pushed for on-site drug testing for job applicants to
        provide employers with a more convenient and less costly option to
        laboratory testing.
 
     *  Soundly defeated bill that would have abolished the defense of
        contributory negligence in favor of comparative fault.  This victory
        was among several bills that were defeated in order to preserve the
        good legal liability climate for business in Maryland.
 
     *  Killed a bill that would have allowed unemployment insurance for
        voluntary quits.
 
     *  Served as lead opponent in successfully defeating legislation to
        provide unemployment insurance benefits for 12 weeks of parental leave.
 
     *  Led opposition to successfully defeat legislation that would have
        imposed up to $300,000 in compensatory damages on employers under the
        state's anti-discrimination law.
 
     *  Provided business opposition to expanding collective bargaining rights
        for teachers, which was defeated.  Our opposition to collective
        bargaining for university employees was not successful.
 
     *  Protected the business community's interests by raising concerns about
        the cost of the working uninsured and the rising cost of health care.
        Strongly supported legislation for a study by an independent consultant
        to compare the performance of Maryland's small group health insurance
        market reform law to other states.
 
     *  Won passage of a single sales factor bill for Maryland-based
        manufacturers.
 
     *  Preserved a business-friendly regulatory climate through effective
        opposition to strongly biased environmental legislation.
 
     We are grateful to the willingness of many legislators to listen to our
 positions and work with us on these and other bills during the session.
 
 

SOURCE Maryland Chamber of Commerce
    ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by
 Arthur D. Ebersberger, 2000-2001 Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce:
 
     The Maryland Chamber can proudly claim considerable success in promoting
 and protecting the interests of our members in the 2001 General Assembly
 session.  Through the active involvement of our Board of Directors,
 Legislative Committee, CAN grassroots network and outstanding lobbying team,
 the Chamber created victories for the business community in Maryland in the
 areas of legal liability, workforce recruitment and retention, transportation,
 taxes and the environment
 
     Among more than 200 bills we lobbied this session, the Maryland Chamber:
 
     *  Strongly supported a bill to create a task force to outline
        responsibilities for a regional transportation authority for suburban
        Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 
     *  Led statewide grassroots effort to support legislation to provide a
        study of critical skill shortages in Maryland and subsequent tax
        credits for Marylanders seeking training to fill those shortages.
 
     *  Successfully pushed for on-site drug testing for job applicants to
        provide employers with a more convenient and less costly option to
        laboratory testing.
 
     *  Soundly defeated bill that would have abolished the defense of
        contributory negligence in favor of comparative fault.  This victory
        was among several bills that were defeated in order to preserve the
        good legal liability climate for business in Maryland.
 
     *  Killed a bill that would have allowed unemployment insurance for
        voluntary quits.
 
     *  Served as lead opponent in successfully defeating legislation to
        provide unemployment insurance benefits for 12 weeks of parental leave.
 
     *  Led opposition to successfully defeat legislation that would have
        imposed up to $300,000 in compensatory damages on employers under the
        state's anti-discrimination law.
 
     *  Provided business opposition to expanding collective bargaining rights
        for teachers, which was defeated.  Our opposition to collective
        bargaining for university employees was not successful.
 
     *  Protected the business community's interests by raising concerns about
        the cost of the working uninsured and the rising cost of health care.
        Strongly supported legislation for a study by an independent consultant
        to compare the performance of Maryland's small group health insurance
        market reform law to other states.
 
     *  Won passage of a single sales factor bill for Maryland-based
        manufacturers.
 
     *  Preserved a business-friendly regulatory climate through effective
        opposition to strongly biased environmental legislation.
 
     We are grateful to the willingness of many legislators to listen to our
 positions and work with us on these and other bills during the session.
 
 SOURCE  Maryland Chamber of Commerce