Several bills pending before Maryland legislators could have a major impact on the Baltimore business community.
This morning, the Greater Baltimore Committee wants to tell you about them at its "Legislative Forum: A Look at the 2004 General Assembly Session," to be held at Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St.
"Our top issues include state support for strengthening the life-science industry in the Baltimore region, which includes support for the planned East Side biotech park," said Gene Bracken, a GBC spokesman. "Other topics are the continuation of the heritage rehabilitation tax credit for commercial properties -- and we're interested in improving regional transit.
"And, we want to keep a very close eye on how the General Assembly may or may not adjust business taxes in order to deal with the deficit, " Bracken said.
Panelists will include Sen. Ulysses Currie, chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee; House Minority Leader George Edwards; Rep. Maggie McIntosh, chairwoman of the Environmental Matters Committee; Rep. Sheila E. Hixson, chairwoman on the House Ways and Means Committee; and James C. "Chip" DiPaula, secretary of the state Department of Budget and Management.