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Council Committee Meetings for the Week of Oct. 7

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for the week of Oct. 7. 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: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor conference room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz (Chair), Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness and Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice
Topic:
Bill 12-19, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - Building Maintenance Worker - Minimum Work Week
The HHS Committee will continue its review of Bill 12-19, which would require an employer to provide a minimum work week of at least 30 hours for each employee working as a janitor, building cleaner, security officer, concierge, doorperson, handyperson or building superintendent at an office building occupying at least 350,000 square feet in the County. Councilmember Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Tom Hucker, Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Craig Rice are cosponsors. The bill also would apply to a County government employee working as a building maintenance worker in an office building of at least 350,000 square feet. The bill would not apply to a person working in a building owned by the United States, any state or any local government. The goal of this bill is to increase the availability of full-time work with health insurance for the above types of workers..

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

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

Meeting: Joint Education and Culture (E&C) Committee and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
E&C: Councilmembers Craig Rice (Chair), Will Jawando (Lead for Libraries) and Council President Nancy Navarro
HHS Committee: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz (Chair), Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness and Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice
Topics:
Linkages to Learning and other School-Based Services
The E&C and HHS Committees will meet jointly to review the Linkages to Learning program and other school-based services. Linkages to Learning is a community school partnership with an integrated focus on health, social services, community engagement and leadership to support student learning, strong families and healthy communities. The joint HHS and E&C Committees expressed the need to expand school-based health, mental health and social services in a seamless, intentional way and requested that a workgroup convene this summer to develop recommendations for the rollout of Linkages services and schools to inform discussions of the fiscal years 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program. The Committees also requested cost estimates and feasibility determinations for Linkages program space at school sites that are showing as top priorities for expansion.

Those expected to attend the meeting include the following: Raymond Crowel, director, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Travis Gayles, County public health officer and chief of Public Health Services; Monica Martin, acting administrator, Child and Adolescent School and Community Based Services, DHHS; Regina Morales, manager, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, DHHS; and Maria Navarro, chief academic officer, Montgomery County Public Schools.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Implementation of the County’s Early Care and Education Initiative
The Joint E&C and HHS Committee will close out its meeting with an update on the Early Care and Education Initiative. On March 7, 2019, Council President Navarro and County Executive, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College, jointly announced the Montgomery County Early Care and Education Initiative (ECEI), a four-year action plan to significantly expand quality early care and education (ECE) options for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, provide greater access to more families, and support schools and community-based providers.

Council President Navarro has been an ardent advocate for dedicated funding for early childhood and pre-K. This year she presented the Montgomery County Early Care and Education Initiative for a comprehensive system of high quality accessible and affordable early childhood education.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.


Meeting: Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor hearing room
HHS Committee: Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz (Chair), Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness and Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice
Topic:
Health and Human Services Boards and Commissions
The HHS Committee will meet with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services’ boards and commissions to discuss how the County’s advisory boards and commissions can further the County’s policy priorities. Dr. Raymond Crowel, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, is among those expected to attend.

The Council staff report will be available here on Oct. 7.

Meeting: Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee
Date/Time: Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
T&E Committee: Councilmembers Tom Hucker (Chair), Evan Glass and Hans Riemer
Topic:
Bill 36-18, Transportation Management – Transportation Demand Management Plan – Amendments
The T&E Committee will review Bill 36-18. Councilmember Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor, at the request of the County Executive. Bill 36-18 would do the following:

  • expand transportation demand management to reduce traffic congestion and automobile emissions, support multi-modal transportation and non-automobile travel goals, enhance the efficient use of transportation infrastructure and promote the sustainability of existing and future development; and
  • establish the requirements for a transportation demand management plan for development in certain areas of the County.

The goal of this legislation is to reduce traffic congestion and automobile emissions and to support multi-modal transportation.

The Council staff report will be available here on Oct. 7.

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: 19-321
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931