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Council Committee Meetings for Sept. 12

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12. Individuals interested in attending a committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at tinyurl.com/CountyCouncilMeetings or by calling the Council’s Communications Office at 240-777-7931.

Meeting: Education and Culture (E&C) Committee
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
E&C Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
Topic:
Supplemental appropriation to MCPS’ FY19 Operating Budget, Entrepreneurial Activities Fund - $3,500,000 for School Bus Safety Camera Program
The E&C Committee will review a supplemental appropriation of $3.5 million for Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) school bus safety camera program. This appropriation would provide MCPS with spending authority for payments to the contractor based on actual revenues collected. The Council previously approved a fiscal year 2019 supplemental of $5.6 million for this purpose in June 2019.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee and Education and Culture (E&C) Committee
Time: 9:40 a.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (Chair), Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando
E&C Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
Topic:
Expedited Bill 19-19, Economic Development - Workforce Development - Amendments
The PHED and E&C Committees will meet jointly to review Expedited Bill 19-19, which would allow the Council to designate a nonprofit corporation, a public educational institution, or both, as the County’s workforce development organization. The lead sponsor is Council President Navarro. Councilmember Jawando is a cosponsor. The goal of this bill is to better align County resources to ensure that the County’s workforce development efforts meet the talent attraction, development and retention needs of strategic industries; meet the needs of the underemployed and unemployed; and develop efficient and effective career pathways that lead to sustainable wage jobs that support a thriving economy.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
GO Committee: Council President Nancy Navarro (Chair), Councilmember Andrew Friedson and Council Vice President Sidney Katz
Topic:
Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2019-11, Cost of Retiree Health Care Benefits
The GO Committee will review Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2019-11, Cost of Retiree Health Care Benefits. The report responds to the Council’s request for a comprehensive review of current and projected OPEB costs and the identification of possible strategies to control the growth of these expenses. The Council specifically directed staff to provide recommendations on structural safeguards that the County can implement to assure continuous funding for OPEB at appropriate levels throughout the fiscal year.

OPEB are non-pension benefits offered by an employer to qualified retirees, such as retiree health insurance.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council 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 web site at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.

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Release ID: 19-290
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931