Government Lobbying

RAM is your advocate at the state, county and local levels of government. RAM and its members educate lawmakers to help influence decisions and avoid legislation that would have a negative impact on restaurants and their employees.


​RAM's Government Affairs Team Is Here For You


Decisions are made in Annapolis and in County Councils across the state that can have major impacts on restaurants and their employees. The reality is that most business owners don’t have time to monitor every proposal that comes out of the Legislature. That’s where the RAM Government Affairs team comes in.


The Purpose of the RAM Government Affairs Team is to:

  • Fight burdensome regulations
  • Advocate for policies that are good for business and foodservice employees
  • Educate lawmakers about restaurants' role in the economy
  • Help members interpret and comply with laws and regulations



​Business Licenses, Permitting & Certifications


Local Agencies & Offices

Each Maryland county and Baltimore City issues various permits and licenses in accordance with local ordinances. The issuing authority varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Click the link box for a complete list of local issuing authorities in the State of Maryland, organized by county.







Maryland Elected Officials

​Knowing who your elected officials are and contact them to express industry concerns about important legislative issues is critical to RAM's lobbying/grassroots efforts on your behalf. The links below are useful for getting to know your elected officials and pending legislative issues.