Councilmember Phil Andrews was the lead sponsor of the following laws
Bill 16-14, Public Campaign Financing Law. Establishes a voluntary partial public financing system for County Council and County Executive candidates. The legislation was approved by the County Council by an 9-0 vote on September 30, 2014, signed by the County Executive on October 6, 2014 and goes into effect on January 15, 2015. Montgomery County was the first jurisdiction in the region to establish such a system.
Bill 15-03, Smoke-Free Restaurant Law. Prohibits smoking inside public eating and drinking establishments. The legislation was approved by the County Council by an 8-1 vote on July 1, 2003, signed by the County Executive on July 10, 2003 and went into effect on October 9, 2003. Montgomery County was the first jurisdiction in the region to require smoke-free restaurants.
Bill 5-02, Living Wage Law. Requires the payment of a living wage (presently $13.65 per hour) by for-profit contractors who have contracts totaling $50,000 or more with the County in a year. The bill was approved by the County Council by a 7-1 vote on June 11, 2002, signed by the County Executive on June 20, 2002 and went into effect on July 1, 2003. Prince George's County's Living Wage Law, which was adopted in 2003 and took effect in 2004, was modeled on Montgomery County's.
Bill 32-12, Personel - Regulations - Persons with Disabilities - Noncompetitive Appointment. Requires the County Executive to adopt regulations permitting the noncompetitive appointment of a qualified person with a severe developmental, physical or psychological disability to a County merit position. The bill was approved by unanimously by the County Council on February 12, 2013, signed by the County Executive on February 25, 2013 and went into effect on May 27, 2013. This law implemented the Council's authority under an amendment to Section 401 of the County Charter that the voters approved on November 6, 2012.
Bill 46-09, Hiring Preference for Persons with Disabilities. Requires the County Executive to adopt regulations establishing and mandating a hiring preference for certain qualified persons with disabilities who apply for an initial appointment to a County merit system position. The preference would only apply to a person who is among the highest rating category in a normal competitive process. The bill was approved by the County Council by a 9-0 vote on February 2, 2010, signed by the County Executive on February 16, 2010 and goes into effect on May 18, 2010.
Bill 37-08, Disability Retirement Reform. Requires that doctors appointed to the medical review panel must be experienced in occupational medicine and ensures independence from claimants. The Bill also requires an independent medical examination of claimants and a review of disability retirees on a regular basis to determine continued eligibility. The legislation was approved by the County Council on May 12, 2009 by an 8-0 vote and signed into law by the County Executive on May 20, 2009. It went into effect on August 19, 2009. A provision in the bill to add a partial disability benefit to distinguish between partial and full disabilities did not pass in 2009, but was subsequently approved by the Council in 2011 in legislation that Councilmember Andrews championed.
Bill 25-03, Fire Sprinkler Systems in New Homes.Requires that new single family detached houses have an approved fire sprinkler system, and that property tax notices include information about the County tax credit available for installing a fire sprinkler system in existing residential buildings. The legislation was approved by the County Council by an 8-0 vote on October 7, 2003, signed by the County Executive on October 15, 2003 and went into effect on January 14, 2004. Montgomery County is the largest jurisdiction in the United States to require that all new homes include fire sprinklers.
Bill 16-10E, Personnel - Retirement - Imputed Compensation Limit. Prohibits the use of a cancelled wage increase in the calculation of pension benefits for County Government employees, saving County taxpayers approximately $280 million over the next 40 years. The legislation was approved by the County Council by a unanimous vote on May 18, 2010, signed by the County Executive on May 29, 2010 and went into effect on July 1, 2010. The measure repealed an earlier Bill that had been adopted in May 2009 on a 7-1 vote that Councilmember Andrews opposed.
Bill 24-07, Disclosure to Prospective Homebuyers of Post-purchase Property Tax Estimate. Requires that sellers or their agents disclose on any material advertising the home the best available estimate of what the property tax bill would be for the new owner during the first full tax year after the sale. The law also requires that the County's Office of Consumer Protection assist sellers and their agents in calculating the estimate, and protects sellers and agents from legal liability if they use a method recommended by the County to calculate the required estimate. The bill was approved by the Council on an 8-0 vote on December 4, 2007, and signed into law by County Executive Isiah Leggett on December 14, 2007. The law took effect April 1, 2008.
Bill 31-00, Prohibition against Genetic Discrimination in Employment.Prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic status. The legislation was approved by the County Council by an 8-0 vote on December 12, 2000, signed by the County Executive on December 20, 2000 and went into effect on March 21, 2001. It was the first such local law in the United States.
Bill 8-02, Annual Inspections of Schools for Fire Safety. Requires a fire safety code inspection of schools at least once a year, and a prompt reinspection after the deadline for correcting any serious fire safety violation. The legislation was approved by the County Council by a 9-0 vote on July 23, 2002 and signed by the County Executive on August 1, 2002. The law went into effect immediately upon the County Executive s signature.
Bill 5-00, Property Tax Prohibition of County Fee on Semi-annual Payments. Prohibits Montgomery County from charging any service fee to semiannual property taxpayers. The legislation was approved by the County Council by a 9-0 vote on April 4, 2000, signed by the County Executive on April 14, 2000 and went into effect on July 1, 2000.
Bill 1-01, Pedestrian Winter Safety Act. Requires property owners and occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and parking areas, and prohibits obstruction of parking spaces reserved for handicapped individuals. The legislation was approved by the County Council on a 5-3 vote on April 10, 2001. The County Executive returned the legislation unsigned to the Council, and it went into effect on July 24, 2001.
Bill 8-07, Pedestrian and Bicycle Impact Statements for Capital Improvements Projects. Requires the County s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to submit pedestrian and bicyclist impact statements with most capital projects, including any new or modified building, road, park or school. The County Council may also require other County departments and agencies to supplement the analysis submitted by OMB. The legislation was approved unanimously by the County Council on July 3, 2007, signed by the County Executive on July 15, 2007 and went into effect on October 14, 2007.
Bill 40-09, Personnel - Audits - Trust Funds. Requires an independent annual audit of each deferred compensation plan and the Retiree Health Benefits Trust Fund. The legislation was approved by the County Council on December 1, 2009 by an 9-0 vote and signed into law by the County Executive and went into effect on December 10, 2009.
Bill 31-09, Single Subject Bill. Requires Bills enacted by the County Council to contain only one subject. The legislation was approved by the Council on September 29, 2009 by a 9-0 vote and signed into law by the County Executive on October 8, 2009. The law went into effect on January 7, 2010.