Last night marked the end of the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly. In an otherwise quiet close of the session, the only drama was the proposed film tax credit legislation designed to attract the film industry in Maryland. It was also known as the “House of Cards” bill after the wildly popular Netflix series (yes, I am a fan). In fact, one tweet at the close of the session summed it up well:
“Anyone else thinking ‘House of Cards’ special session? Think of the headlines!”
That bill was one of the only major pieces of legislation that did not pass last night. But CPAs fared well in the past 90 days, accomplishing our entire agenda and one extra.
During CPA Day in Annapolis on Jan. 15, we identified five major objectives:
- Stop sales taxes on services (if introduced).
- Protect the contributory negligence doctrine of our liability law.
- Prevent combined reporting without lead time for implementation and education.
- Prevent any unnecessary CPA legislation from unintended consequences.
- Promote the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition’s work to create a compelling vision for Maryland’s future.