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The coffee was real. The meeting was virtual. The discussion was engaging and optimistic.

Prince George’s County Council Chairman Calvin S. Hawkins II met with a collection of G.S. Proctor & Associates clients on Friday to share his vision for the county and answer questions from the attendees.

With the 2021 Legislative Session concluding earlier this month, this was the perfect opportunity for Hawkins and many of the county’s key business leaders to assess the impact that recent legislation will have on the county. It was also a chance to lay the groundwork for important issues and initiatives yet to come.

“We want to thank Chairman Hawkins, as well as everyone who joined us for this event,” G.S. Proctor & Associates President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Proctor said. “We want to do everything we can to foster thoughtful, productive conversations between our clients and local leaders.”

The hourlong session included more than two dozen attendees, representing a wide range of industries. Each brought unique perspectives to the conversation. 

For our clients, it’s one more way that we can ensure that their voice is heard and that they continue to be part of the discussion as leaders at every level make decisions that shape the future of our region.

Each year, G.S. Proctor & Associates compiles for our clients a detailed report analyzing key developments in the legislative process affecting the issues and industries that matter most in the state of Maryland.

Here is a breakdown of this year’s key developments related to the state’s response to COVID-19. Select a link below to see additional areas of interest or download a PDF of the full report here.

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COVID-19

This time last year, the novel coronavirus upended the U.S. economy and our way of life causing historic levels of unemployment and challenging many public officials on what kind of economic and social activity was reasonable considering the circumstances.

The pandemic has shifted political and business priorities globally and in Maryland. The Maryland State Senate and the House of Delegates considered legislative proposals to stimulate a resurgence in struggling industries and to reinforce support systems for vulnerable communities.

A number of aspects surrounding the pandemic were introduced this Legislative Session such as unemployment, funding for small businesses, and protections for essential workers. Senate Bill 496 – Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on February 15th.

The $1.5 billion package included economic stimulus, grants for small businesses and non-profits, and direct relief checks for many Marylanders. Then on March 11th, less than a month later, the Federal American Rescue Plan Act was passed and $6.355 billion was allocated to Maryland, with $4 billion sent directly to the state and $2.3 billion to county and municipal governments.