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.

Key Areas Where MCCC Engages:

Earned Sick and Safe Leave

On Thursday, July 2, County Executive Ike Leggett will signed Bill 60-14 that will require most employers doing business in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the County.

MCCC worked with other business organizations to modify the bill to address key concerns of the business community.

Important changes from the original bill include:

  • An employer may use a Paid Time Off (PTO) policy as long as it meets the minimum requirements of the bill
  • An employer that provides up to 56 hours (at the accrual rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked) at the beginning of the year is not required to carry over unused earned sick and safe leave
  • The effective implementation date is October 2016
  • An employer may notify employees of accrued sick leave through electronic means
  • Very part time workers (those working less than 8 hours a week) are exempt
  • Probation period of 90 days before an employee can use earned sick and safe leave
  • Reinstatement of leave for those employees involuntarily laid-off without cause if rehired within 9 months
  • Small Business concession:  Employers with less than 5 employees will be required to provide a maximum of 4 days (32 hours) of earned sick leave and an additional 3 days (24 hours) unpaid leave (with the accrual rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked)

To see the video of the County Council session when the bill was enacted on June 23, 2015, click here.

Economic Development

Economic Development Reorganization: On Tuesday, June 30, the Montgomery County Council, at the request of the County Executive, passed Bill 25-15 (the bill will be posted here) to reorganize economic development responsibilities into a new non-profit organization.  The legislation transfers certain duties of the current Department of Economic Development to a new Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), ends the tenure of the Montgomery Business Development Corporation (MBDC) and creates a new Office of Agriculture in the Office of the County Executive.

In both a letter to the County Executive and testimony to the Council during the public hearing, MCCC provided guidance to further the success of the new entity, specifically that it be publically funded and that the focus be on attracting employers to the county.

While the amendments we offered were not accepted, we look forward to working with the Board of Directors of the newly created MCEDC as they begin the work of writing the bylaws and standing up this new organization.

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

Energy Tax

The 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. 

Thank you to all who testified alongside MCCC asking the County Council to sunset this tax that adds to the cost of doing your business.

Read MCCC's testimony here. 

Read the energy tax fast facts here.

Watch the May 13, Full Council, Vote on Energy Tax here.

Watch the May 7, T&E/GO Committee, Discussion of Resolution to Amend Energy Tax here. 

Read the Bethesda Magazine article "County Council Votes Against Reducing Energy Tax" 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.

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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.

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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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