The legislative session is up and running and with that come the myriad of bills. Please take time to review the attached legislative summary and get back to me and your Legislative Committee with comments, concerns, questions and direction.

We have been actively meeting with the Leadership and legislators these past two weeks and have many meetings lined up for the coming weeks.

Several reminders:

1.      I sent a request for “your stories” along with Danny Bramble’s letter for your thoughts. Barbara and I have used Danny’s letter to advance the Industry’s plight and position. I have received very little feedback otherwise which, frankly weakens our position when we relay the somber to depressed condition of our members and the bleak outlook for 2010 and beyond without funding now, and into the future. PLEASE help us help you. Send us “your story”

2.      Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the JOINT LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST February 3, 2010 at the Governor Calvert House. The event begins at 7:30am. We will be inviting Legislative Leadership and ask that each of you contact your Delegations and your specific legislators and invite them.

Your invitations will be coming to you early next week.

Thank you for your help and support.

Jim

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