Legislation that would have mandated union representation on all Strategic Industry Partnerships as it related to the Maryland Earn Program was defeated in the Senate Finance Committee. Strategic Industry Partnership is a collaboration that brings together a regional group to identify common workforce needs and develop and implement strategies to meet these needs. The EARN program stands for “Employment Advancement Right Now” and is a major initiative of Governor Hogan. ABC opposed the legislation arguing the existing structure allows for needed flexibility when appointing individuals to these partnerships. Any questions, contact Bob Zinsmeister at 301-595-9711.