Business advocacy organizations express concerns about protocols for the 2021 legislative session
NFIB joined more than a dozen organizations which advocate on behalf of businesses throughout Maryland in asking the presiding officers to establish a workgroup on how the legislature will conduct its annual session in 2021.
The letter stemmed from an opinion by the Attorney General’s office back in August which threw into question if the General Assembly is required by law to maintain long standing traditions on bill hearings and public participation, among others.
According to counsel to the General Assembly, the legislature could hold committee hearings in which the public is prohibited from attending in person or given the opportunity to speak during bill hearings. These committee meetings have long afforded NFIB members the opportunity to provide testimony on bills directly impacting their business but given the health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the manner of these meetings may change drastically.
The Speaker of the House and President of the Senate are consulting with health officials and other interested parties on ways to ensure public input but mitigate health risks posed by COVID-19.
The letter send to the presiding officers can be accessed HERE.