HBS

Maryland

The HBS Maryland team is well connected to the legislative, regulatory, and business environment of the state, and are known for their keen understanding of Maryland policy, politics, and government.

HBS Maryland has extensive relationships and contacts across the state, including the Executive Branch, Maryland General Assembly, and throughout the counties and municipalities in Maryland. This distinct advantage helps position clients to successfully pursue important conversations, priorities, and opportunities. Sarah, Lisa, Javon, and Bill have helped clients navigate complex issues, including countless legislative initiatives, regulations, and matters relating to procurement. Some top issues include medical cannabis, cybersecurity, transportation, health care, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and labor, among others.

The HBS Maryland team invests the time to understand the interests and intricacies of each client and is a reliable partner in successfully developing and implementing winning strategies.

HBS Maryland Team Members

Principal
Managing Principal
Senior Consultant
Principal

Resources

Case Studies

Client

A statewide association of healthcare practitioners devoted to supporting and advocating for health care and their health occupation in Maryland.

Objective

Given the dynamics of patient care, especially considering COVID-19, the Association sought to allow nursing or other technical tasks to be performed by certain qualified individuals to provide high quality, evidenced based health care to more patients.

Strategy

Sarah Peters and Bill Pitcher worked with the Association to introduce a bill that would delegate a nursing or other technical task to an assistant if (1) the assistant performs only the tasks that the assistant is trained to perform and (2) the delegating APRN provides instruction to and on-site supervision of the assistant performing the delegated task.

HBS MD and the Association worked closely with the bill sponsors, to share the benefits and importance of the bill to the General Assembly, with a targeted advocacy strategy to the Health and Government Operations Committee, and the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Matters Committee.

Result

The legislation was passed unanimously by the legislature and became law without the Governor’s signature.

Client

A Maryland and D.C. regional trade association focused on financial services felt critical policy decisions were occurring without the input of their members.

Objective

To raise the profile of the Association and to ensure they had a seat at the table when industry-impacting bills are introduced and considered.

Strategy

Sarah Peters worked with the Association to coordinate meetings with D.C. Councilmembers to educate them on matters impacting the Association and to advocate for their current priorities. Sarah and the Association implemented a strategy to “localize” the issues for the Councilmembers by educating them on the Association’s members and the services they offer in D.C. and in each of their Wards.

Result

Legislation was introduced before the D.C. Council by the D.C. Mayor, which directly impacted the Association and its membership. The Association was at the table for one of the first times working with the D.C. Council to advise on the formation of the legislation. The bill passed with no opposition in 2020.

Client

A trade association with 400+ member companies devoted to maintaining and growing the cybersecurity industry in Maryland.

Objective

Given Maryland’s unique proximity to federal, commercial and cyber assets, often called the Cyber Capital of the World, and with an increased number of data breaches impacting businesses and consumers, the Association wanted to incentivize small businesses to become cyber secure while helping Maryland-based cyber companies keep their footing in Maryland.

Strategy

Sarah Peters worked with the Association to introduce a nationally unique cyber tax credit bill which would provide a tax credit against the State income tax to qualified small businesses who purchase Maryland-based cyber technology or services. In this way, Maryland technology businesses were receiving additional business and small businesses were better equipped to mitigate cyber breaches. Sarah and the Association worked closely with the bill sponsor, the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, and the Administration to merge two cyber-focused bills while mitigating concerns from legislators.

Result

The bill successfully passed both chambers and Sarah and the Association worked with the Maryland Department of Commerce to promulgate the necessary regulations.

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