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County Minimum Wage Bill is Focus of Committee Meeting on Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 6, 2017

County Minimum Wage Bill is Focus of Committee Meeting on
Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Also on Monday: Committee review begins on White Flint Sector 2 Plan

ROCKVILLE, Md., October 6, 2017—The Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. on October 9 to review Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage – Amount – Annual Adjustment, which would, among other things, increase the County minimum wage for many workers to $15 per hour by 2020. A public hearing on Bill 28-17 was held on September 26.

The HHS Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember Leventhal and includes Councilmember Rice and Council President Berliner, will meet in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room.

Councilmember Elrich is the lead sponsor of Bill 28-17. Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer, Hucker and Navarro are cosponsors. The bill would increase the County minimum wage for many workers to $15 per hour by 2020; require the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the County minimum wage rate each year; and require the Office of Legislative Oversight to conduct an annual analysis of the impact of the County minimum wage.  The current minimum wage in the County is $11.50 per hour. There are currently no requirements in County law for further minimum wage increases.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y76aupxy

On October 9 at 2 p.m. the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will review the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. The PHED Committee is chaired by Councilmember Floreen and includes Councilmember Leventhal and Council Vice President Riemer.

The White Flint 2 Sector Plan complements the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan by recommending opportunities for infill and transitional development at key locations. The 460-acre sector plan would transform commercial properties along Rockville Pike into mixed-use urban spaces. Two major roadways, Rockville Pike (MD 355) and Montrose Parkway, bisect the bowtie-shaped sector plan area north to south and east to west, respectively.

The plan would link MD 355 with a proposed network of bike lanes and public open spaces, and would also take advantage of future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on MD 355. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is currently planning its BRT system routes, with the first such route expected to become operational in 2020.

The staff reports can be viewed here:
http://tinyurl.com/yca682er and
http://tinyurl.com/ya6cyous
     
The Committee meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 .

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Release ID: 17-304
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926