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Council to introduce bill that would prohibit manufacturers from distributing flavored electronic cigarettes to retail stores near middle and high schools, parks, libraries and recreation facilities on Oct. 1 at 1p.m.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Also on Oct. 1: Council scheduled to vote on bills relating to purchasing program for minority owned businesses, cybersecurity tax credit, bond authorization and introduce a zoning measure on telecommunication antennas

The Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Individuals interested in attending a Council meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7832. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md) in the third floor hearing room, unless otherwise noted.

The Council is scheduled to introduce the following items:

Bill 32-19, Health and Sanitation - Flavored Electronic Cigarettes
The Council will introduce Bill 32-19, which would prohibit electronic smoking device manufacturers from distributing flavored electronic cigarettes to retail stores within a mile of any middle or high school, library, park, playground or recreational facility in the County. Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Gabe Albornoz are the lead sponsors. Councilmember Tom Hucker is a cosponsor. Manufacturers have used flavored electronic cigarettes as a way to appeal to a younger demographic and influence the purchasing of their products. The goal of this legislation is to protect the health of young people and limit their ability to purchase nicotine vaping products. The Council also will introduce a Board of Health Regulation to adopt Bill 32-19.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

#VapeFreeMontgomery is being used for this bill on social media.

Resolution to adopt Bill 31-19, Health and Sanitation - Electronic Cigarettes - Distribution, Use, and Possession as a Board of Health Regulation
The Council introduced Bill 31-19, Health and Sanitation - Electronic Cigarettes - Distribution, Use, and Possession, at its meeting on September 24. Councilmembers Tom Hucker and Gabe Albornoz are the lead sponsors. Councilmember Craig Rice, Council Vice President Sidney Katz, Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Evan Glass, Will Jawando and Council President Nancy Navarro are cosponsors. Bill 31-19 would prohibit the distribution of any tobacco product, coupon redeemable for a tobacco product, cigarette rolling paper, or electronic cigarette to any individual under 21 except under certain circumstances. This resolution is being introduced to adopt Bill 31-19 as a Board of Health Regulation.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council is scheduled to vote on the following bills:

Expedited Bill 19-19, Economic Development - Workforce Development -Amendments
The Council is scheduled to vote on Expedited Bill 19-19, which would which would allow the Council to designate a nonprofit corporation, a public educational institution, or both, as the County’s workforce development organization. Council President Navarro is the lead sponsor. Councilmembers Will Jawando, Hans Riemer, Gabe Albornoz, Craig Rice and Council Vice President Sidney Katz are cosponsors. Existing law mandates that the Council must designate a single nonprofit corporation to perform this function. 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 and 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.

#MoCoWorkforce is being used for this bill on social media.

Expedited Bill 15-19, Contracts and Procurement - Minority Owned Businesses - Sunset Date – Amendments
The Council is scheduled to vote on Expedited Bill 15-19, which would extend the sunset date for the County’s minority-owned business purchasing program. Council President Nancy Navarro is the lead sponsor, at the request of the County Executive. The goal of Bill 15-19 is to extend the minority-owned business purchasing program while the County Executive evaluates the need to continue it further.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

#MoCoMinorityOwnedBizPurchases is being used for this bill on social media.

Bill 23-19, Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Supplement – Amendments
The Council is scheduled to vote on Bill 23-19, which would allow a qualified investor to receive the cybersecurity investment incentive tax credit supplement. Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Andrew Friedson and Will Jawando are the lead sponsors. The Cybersecurity Tax Credit Supplement Program is Montgomery County’s local incentive program aimed at spurring job and business growth in the cybersecurity sector. The County offers a local supplement to the Maryland Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit to qualified Maryland cybersecurity companies that receive a final Maryland tax credit certificate and have their headquarters and base of operations in the County.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

#CybersecurityTaxCredit is being used for this bill on social media.

The Council is scheduled to introduce the following zoning measures:

Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-07 – Telecommunications Towers – Limited Use
The Council will introduce ZTA 19-07, which would amend the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance to do the following:

  • allow certain telecommunications towers as a limited or conditional use in certain residential zones;
  • revise the standards for telecommunications towers allowed as a limited or conditional use;
  • revise the conditional use findings required for the replacement of a pre-existing pole; and
  • generally amend use requirements to address certain telecommunications towers.

This ZTA would allow poles with antennas as a limited use in residential zones where the pole for the antenna would replace a pre-existing utility pole, streetlight pole, or site plan-approved parking lot light pole. This ZTA also would change the standards and procedures for poles that require conditional use approval.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

View the full press release here.

#TelecommunicationsTowers is being used for this bill on social media.

Historic Preservation Amendment (HPA) 19-1 - Historic Resources Preservation Commission - Technical Corrections
The Council will introduce HPA 19-1, which would correct technical, typographical, grammatical, reference and codification errors in, and make stylistic, clarifying and conforming amendments to, provisions related to the Historic Resources Preservation Commission.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council will also hold several public hearings starting at 1:30 p.m.:

•  Declaration of No Further Need - Disposition of Land on Hawkins Creamery Road, Gaithersburg (Davis Airport/Laytonsville Airport, LLC). On August 26 the Council received the County Executive’s recommended DNFN for 17.47 acres of County-owned property on Hawkins Creamery Road. Laytonsville Airport, LLC (also known as Davis Airport) needs this property to extend its runway and comply with required safety zones. The Council is scheduled to vote following this public hearing. The Council staff report can be viewed here.

•  Expedited Bill 28-19, Technical Corrections. Bill 28-19 would correct technical, typographical, grammatical, reference, and codification errors in, and make stylistic, clarifying, and conforming amendments to, various provisions of County law. The Council staff report can be viewed  here.

•  Expedited Bill 26-19, Bond Authorization
The Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on Expedited Bill 26-19, Bond Authorization. The County Executive requested that the Council introduce Expedited Bill 26-19 in conjunction with a Resolution to Consolidate Previously Authorized Notes for Sale and Issuance as a Single Issue to implement the FY20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Expedited Bill 26-19 increases the bond authorization up to $339,200,000 in certain public facilities categories as defined in the County Code.

The resolution allows the County Executive to consolidate previous bond authorizations and increases the total bond authorization to include Expedited Bill 26-19. The expedited bill and the resolution must be adopted to implement the FY20 CIP. The staff report for Expedited Bill 26-19 can be viewed here. The staff report for the resolution can be viewed here.

The Council meeting 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 Council meeting 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: 19-315
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931