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Prohibition on Performance Animals is Focus of Committee Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Prohibition on Performance Animals   
is Focus of Committee Meeting
on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Also on Nov. 9: Pop-up job center in the East County
and an initiative to end chronic homelessness

ROCKVILLE, Md., November 8, 2017—The Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety (PS) Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9 to review Bill 23-17, Animal Control – Performance Animals – Violations, which would prohibit the use of performance animals and amend the provisions concerning animal cruelty. The PS Committee is chaired by Councilmember Elrich and includes Councilmembers Hucker and Katz. The Committees will meet in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room.

Councilmembers Rice and Leventhal are the lead sponsors of Bill 23-17. Councilmembers Katz, Navarro, Elrich, and Hucker, Council Vice President Riemer, and Council President Berliner are cosponsors. The PS Committee previously reviewed the bill in a meeting on September 11, and recommended several amendments, including an exemption for agricultural fairs and educational animal exhibits integral to school curriculum; an exclusion for some reptiles (snakes); an exclusion of any animal raised for food or animal fiber; and an explicit exclusion for ponies.

The staff report can be viewed at:

The Health and Human Services (HHS) and Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committees will meet jointly at 2 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room. The HHS Committee is chaired by Councilmember Leventhal and includes Council President Berliner and Councilmember Rice. The PHED Committee is chaired by Councilmember Floreen and includes Councilmember Leventhal and Council Vice President Riemer.

The HHS and PHED Committees will receive an update from WorkSource Montgomery about a pop-up job center in the East County. WorkSource Montgomery holds at least ten employment activities each month and serves at least 600 program participants per contract year. These activities are part of the East County Opportunity Zone, a $250,000 initiative by the Council to increase service delivery in the East County in several areas including employment, access to health and social service programs, and transportation.

The staff report can be viewed at:

The Committees also will receive an update on the Countywide effort to reach “functional zero” for chronically homeless individuals. Inside (Not Outside) is a new initiative led by the Interagency Commission on Homelessness aimed at ending chronic homelessness in the County by the end of March 2018. It builds on the County’s Zero:2016 campaign to end homelessness for veterans.

The staff report can be viewed at:

The Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment (T&E) Committee, which is chaired by Council President Berliner and includes Councilmembers Floreen and Hucker, will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room to discuss Executive Regulation 24-16, Residential Permit Parking Guidelines. These guidelines would allow one additional visitor parking permit per household, to provide residents with more flexibility with visitors. It also would separate Employee Permits and Contract Work Permits. The new Employee Permit is intended for residents who operate a home business and/or employ someone in their home. This change would help the County Department of Transportation to better evaluate proper issuance of these types of permit.

The staff report can be viewed at:

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 .

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Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926