The lodging industry is committed to sustainability, as demonstrated through Responsible Stay. However, in 2023, statewide legislation requiring recycling at hotels was introduced and opposed by MHLA due to its punitive nature and inability for some hotels to comply based on factors outside of their control. MHLA highlighted all that the industry is doing to impact sustainability and successfully defeated the bill.
Over the course of many years, MHLA has successfully advocated in multiple counties and statewide for the right of hotel operators to determine their own lifeguard needs at small hotel pools. In 2022, MHLA opposed and defeated SB139, which proposed requiring a lifeguard at all hotel pools in Maryland. On average, these efforts have saved hotels with a seasonal outdoor or year-round indoor pool an average of $20,000 – $45,000 annually if a lifeguard is not needed.