As the Maryland Chamber of Commerce gears up for the upcoming General Assembly session, it is adding two policy committees to its internal portfolio, reflecting a broadening of issues business leaders plan to follow closely in Annapolis.
The chamber announced Tuesday that it is creating a policy committee for health care and Pharma, and another for cyber and technology. The chamber is looking for industry experts to serve on these committees and guide the business group as it charts its advocacy strategy for the session. Committee members work with the chamber’s government affairs team throughout the session.
For the health care and Pharma committee, key issues will include:
- potential modifications to Maryland’s health care delivery and financing systems resulting from federal health care law changes
- additional mandated benefit demands
- Unnecessary and onerous restrictions on pharmacological research and development
For the cyber and technology committee, key issues will include:
- Data privacy and net neutrality
- Industry investment tax credits
- Small cell/5G regulations
These two new committees join existing chamber policy committees on: business regulation and operations; civil liability; education and workforce development; energy and environment; labor and employment; general legislation affecting business; taxation; transportation; and workers compensation and unemployment insurance.