Montgomery County Advocacy

MCCC closely monitors business issues being addressed at the local level in Montgomery County. The Chamber works proactively with the County Executive and the County Council to promote a business-friendly environment.

Action Alert:

Energy Tax

The proposed FY 2016 Operating Budget includes an energy tax at the same level as FY 15 - an almost 100% increase from the taxes levied in 2010. The energy tax was passed in 2010 with the understanding that it would sunset in two years. Five years later, it is still intact and now represents the third highest source of tax generated revenue for the county.

Tell the County Council this tax adds to the cost of doing your business and needs to be sunset as originally planned.

Read the energy tax fast facts here.

A Resolution to Reduce the Fy2016 Receipts for the tax by 10% has been proposed by Councilmember Nancy Floreen (At-Large) and co-sponserd by Councilmember Sidney Katz (District 3).

The public hearing on the resolution is May 5 at 1:30. 

Key Areas Where MCCC Engages:

Economic Development

Click here for the letter MCCC sent to the county executive regarding economic development in the County.

Operating Budget

Each year the County Executive proposes a budget and the County Council enacts it. MCCC provides oral and written testimony in the spring.

Read MCCC's testimony on the FY 2016 Operating Budget here

Capital Improvement Program

The Capital Plan is done in six year cycles with amendments offered in the intervening years.

FY 2013-2018 Testimony (February 7, 2012)

Master Plans

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan

White Oak Master Plan

White Flint Master Plan and White Flint Financing Plan

Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan

Council Legislation

2015

For a full list of legislative action by the Montgomery County Council in 2015, click here

Bill

Title

MCCC Position

Date

MC 24-15

Montgomery County – Transit Authority

No Position

January 30, 2015

2014

For a full list of legislative action by the Montgomery County Council in 2014, click here

Bill 36-14 Human Rights and Civil Liberties – Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards (Oppose; provided amendments)

This bill would:

  • Prohibit certain employers from conducting a criminal background check or otherwise inquiring into an applicant's criminal record before making a conditional offer of employment;
  • Require certain employers to provide prior notice to an applicant or employee when taking an adverse action concerning the applicant's or employee's employment;
  • Provide for enforcement by the Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission;
  • Authorize the Human Rights Commission to award certain relief; and
  • Generally regulate the use of criminal records in the hiring process by certain employers.

Materials:

Status: Bill 36-14 passed unanimously and was signed into law. It is effective January 1, 2015.

Bill 29-14 Contracts and Procurement - Wage Requirements ­ Reporting (Oppose)

This bill would require a County contactor subject to the Wage Requirements Law to report summary wage data, including data by gender and race, paid to their employees who work on County contracts. It would also prohibit a County contractor from retaliating against an employee who discloses salary information to another person or employee under certain circumstances.

Materials:

Bill 14-14 Contracts and Procurement - Wage Requirements - Health Insurance – Amendments (Oppose)

This bill would:

  • Require certain County contractors or subcontractors to provide health insurance or a cash equivalent for employees who perform work on a County contract;
  • Limit the employee's share of the health insurance premium for certain employees working on a County contract; and
  • Eliminate the credit against the wage requirements for the employer's share of health insurance for certain employees working on a County contract.

Materials:

Bills 2-14Environment Bills Package Testimony (Provided amendments)

The package of 13 energy/environmental measures are designed to ensure that Montgomery County remains at the sustainability forefront. The measures focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, and government accountability.

Most bills passed by 9-0. See http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/leg/bill/index.html for individual votes.

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2013

For a full list of legislative action by the Montgomery County Council in 2013, click here 

Bill 27-13, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Dollar Amount Testimony

Materials:

More information on Montgomery County Legislation in 2013.

Bill 19-12, Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Displaced Service Workers (Oppose)

This bill states that contractors (of services such as janitorial, security, maintenance, etc.) who have lost their contract to another contractor must inform their employed workers of the change at least 15 days prior to the termination of the contract. The successor contractor must also retain the previous contractor's employees for at least 90 days.

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