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Craig Rice

Councilmember

Councilmember Craig Rice

Legislative Work 2015

Bill 41-15

Title: Health - Distribution of Tobacco to Minors - Penalties 
Lead: Rice
Co-sponsors: Leventhal, Floreen, Elrich, Navarro, Hucker, Katz, Riemer and Berliner 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 11/22/15 - Effective 2/21/2016 

Summary:

Bill 41-15 increases the fine for distributing tobacco products to minors. 

Bill 39-15

Title: Offenses - Purchase of Prostitution - Prohibited
Lead: Hucker and Rice
Co-sponsors: Navarro, Riemer, Berliner, Elrich, Floreen and Katz 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 11/24/15 - Effective 2/23/2016 

Summary:

Bill 39-15 will effectuate purchasing prostitution as a violation of County Law and authorize Law Enforcement to issue a civil or criminal citation to those purchasing prostitution. 

Bill 37-15

Title: Boards, Committees and Commissions Advocacy
Lead: Leventhal, Berliner and Rice
Co-sponsors: Floreen, Rice, Riemer, Elrich, Katz, Navarro and Hucker 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law: - Effective 

Summary:

Bill 37-15 will allow certain appointed boards, committees or commissions to advocate at the State and Federal Levels if the advocacy has been approved by the County's Office of Intergovernmental Relations. 

Bill 33-15

Title: Taxicabs-Transportation Services Improvement Fund
Lead: Berliner
Co-sponsors: Floreen, Rice, Riemer, Elrich, Katz, Navarro and Hucker 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 11/24/15 - Effective 10/1/12016

Summary:

Bill 33-15 creates a Transportation Service Improvement Fund to improve delivery of wheelchair accessible taxicab service and transportation to eligible senior citizens and persons of limited income.

Bill 32-15

Title: Vendors-Hours and Places of Operation
Lead: Riemer and Navarro
Co-sponsors: Floreen, Leventhal, Katz, Rice and Elrich 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 10/19/2015 - Effective 1/18/2016

Summary:

Bill 32-15 increases hours that food service trucks may conduct business within designated areas.

Bill 31-15

Title: Sale of Real Property-Radon Test
Lead: Rice and Katz
Co-sponsors: Elrich and Hucker 
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 11/24/15 - Effective 10/1/12016

Summary:

Bill 31-15 requires most single family homes for sale be tested for radon and results provided to both seller and buyer.

Expedited Bill 24-15

Title: Human Rights - Minimum Wage - Tipped Employee - Amendments
Lead: Berliner
Co-sponsors: Katz, Floreen and Rice
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 6/30/15 - Effective 7/1/15

Summary:

Expedited Bill 24-15 modifies the amount of tip credit an employer can use to calculate minimum wage for tipped employees working in the county as well as establishes an online reporting system for quarterly wage reports.

Bill 18-15

Title: Environmental Sustainability - Montgomery County Green Bank 
Lead: Berliner 
Co-sponsors: Leventhal, Hucker, Riemer, Elrich, Rice, Navarro and Katz
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 7/7/2015 - Effective 10/6/2015

Summary:

Bill 18-15 creates the Montgomery County Green Bank.  The Green Bank will provide low–cost financing to increase residential and commercial solar, support energy efficiency improvements, and kick-start new green technologies. 

Bill 17-15

Title: Motor Vehicle Towing and Immobilization on Private Property 
Lead: Berliner
Co-sponsors: Rice, Katz, Floreen, Hucker, Leventhal, Elrich and Riemer
Latest Action:

Signed into Law - Effective

Summary:

Bill 17-15 will:

• Authorize the County Executive to set flat rates for certain towing services.
• Require towing companies to have personnel available 24 hours a day at impound lots so vehicle owners can retrieve cars at any time.
• Require one notice sign per 25 spaces in parking lots with 100 or more parking spaces, in addition to requiring signs at entrances.
• Require photographic evidence of violations or of events precipitating the towing of a vehicle.
• Prohibit the use of “spotters” to identify vehicles for towing.
• Require towing companies to accept credit cards as well as cash for the redemption of vehicles.

Bill 15-15

Title: Taxes - Excise Tax - Electronic Cigarettes
Lead: Hucker
Co-sponsors: Leventhal, Berliner, Riemer, Floreen, Katz  Elrich, Navarro and Rice
Latest Action:

Signed into Law - 5/2/2015 - Effective 8/19/2015

Summary:

Bill 15-15 establishes an excise tax on the distribution of electronic cigarette products; the bill sets the rate of the tax and authorized the County Council to change the rate each year by resolution.  Bill 15-15 generally amends the County laws governing excise taxation.

Bill 9-15

Title: Health and Sanitation - Bodywork Establishment - License
Sponsor(s) Hucker, Katz, Rice, Navarro
Co-sponsors:
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 4/22/2015 - Effective 7/22/2015

Summary:

Bill 9-15 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to Regulate the operation of bodywork establishments by requiring a license to operate a bodywork establishment in the County. The bill will provide for the safety and welfare of the community and especially the victims being exploited by human traffickers.

Bill 3-15

Title: Streets and Roads - Obstruction Signage
Sponsor(s)  Berliner, Navarro, Floreen, Elrich, Hucker, Rice, Riemer and Katz
Co-sponsors:
Latest Action:

Signed into Law 4/8/15 - Effective 7/8/15

Summary:

Bill 3-15 provides for proper permitting and signage when street and or road construction or repair are an obstruction to pedestrians faced with closed sidewalks.



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