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.
Earned Sick and Safe Leave
On Thursday, July 2, 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:
To see the video of the County Council session when the bill was enacted on June 23, 2015, click here.
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.
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.
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.
For a full list of legislative action by the Montgomery County Council in 2015, click here
Read MCCC's testimony on the FY 2016 Operating Budget here.
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:
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.
Bill 14-14 Contracts and Procurement - Wage Requirements - Health Insurance – Amendments (Oppose)
This bill would:
Bills 2-14 – Environment 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.
For a full list of legislative action by the Montgomery County Council in 2013, click here
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.