Montgomery County Advocacy

MCCC works closely with the County Executive, County Council, Board of Education, Planning Board and many county government departments to support business success. Key issues revolve around:

  • Economic Development
  • Annual Operating Budget (including the 100% Energy Tax begun in FY10)
  • Annual Capital Budget
  • Master Plans
  • County Council Legislation

Of Note

Earned Sick and Safe Leave goes into effect October 1, 2016. All employers with employees who work in Montgomery County need to understand this new law.

Background: On Thursday, July 2, 2015 County Executive Ike Leggett signed Bill 60-14 that requires 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.

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation laundhed on July 1, 2016.

In 2010, MCCC proposed that Montgomery County establish an independent Economic Authority. In 2015, the Montgomery County Council, at the request of the County Executive, passed Bill 25-15 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.

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 2017 Operating Budget here.
  • FY 2016 Operating Budget: MCCC Testimony

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.

Capital Improvement Program

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

Read MCCC's testimony for the FY 2017-2022 Capital Budget here

Master Plans Supported by MCCC

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

2016

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

Subdivision Staging Policy

The Planning Board recommended and now the County Council will vote on this policy to ensure adequate public facilities with regard to transportation and school construction. Read MCCC testimony here.

June Planning Board  September Montgomery County Council

Bill 12-16: Human Rights and Civil Liberties - County Minimum Wage - Amount - Annual Adjustment

2015

Bill

Title

MCCC Position

Date

BILL 34-15

Taxes – Transportation and School Impact Tax – Amendments

Oppose

August 31, 2015

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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