AGENDA ITEM #18
July 20, 2010
Action
MEMORANDUM
July 16, 2010
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
AnalystY~l
Action:
Expedited Bill 41-10, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Membership
Expedited Bill 41-10, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Membership, sponsored by
Councilmembers Andrews, Trachtenberg, and Navarro, was introduced on June 29, 2010. A
public hearing was held on July 13 at which Hannah Sassoon, Chair of the Domestic Violence
Coordinating Council testified in support of Bill 41-10.
Bill 41-10 would expand the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council by adding a student
member. At the hearing, Ms. Sassoon argued that the Coordinating Council's programs focused
on youth, including their program to prevent teen dating violence, would benefit from student
representation on the Coordinating Council. Ms. Sassoon stated that youth leaders are
instrumental to youth participation in any prevention initiative and a youth representative could
open up avenues of communication and social media outreach not currently utilized to reach
County teens (©5).
Council staff recommends approval
of Bill 41-10.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 41-10
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal Impact Statement
Testimony from Hannah Sassoon
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Expedited Bill No.
41-10
Concerning: Domestic
Violence
Coordinating Council - Membership
Revised:
6/29/2010
Draft No.
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Introduced:
June 29. 2010
Expires:
December 29,2011
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Andrews, Trachtenberg, and Navarro
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(I) alter the membership on the Domestic Violence Coordinating COllllCil; and
(2) generally amend the law establishing the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-59
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL
No. 41-10
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Sec.
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Section 2-59 is amended as follows:
2-59. Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
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Composition and terms of members.
The Coordinating Council has [16] 17 members.
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Subject to confirmation
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the County Council, the County
Executive must appoint
student member to serve
I-year term
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on the Coordinating Council. The student member's term may be
renewed for
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additional year. The student member should be
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school junior or senior when initially appointed and must
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public or private school in the County throughout the
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member's term.
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date when it becomes
law.
Approved:
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 41-10,
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
DESCRIPTION:
Membership
Expedited Bill 41-10 would .alter the membership on the Domestic
Violence Coordinating Council by adding a student member to the
Council; and generally amend the law establishing the Domestic
Violence Coordinating Council.
Although the Coordinating Council has efforts aimed at youth, there
is no student representation on the Council.
To obtain a youth's perspective.
Maryland District Court, Montgomery County Circuit Court, State's
Attorney for Montgomery County, County Sheriff, Department of
Police, Department of Health and Human Services, Commission for
Women, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Maryland
Department of Public Safety and Correction, and Montgomery
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County Board of Education.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Analyst, (240) 777-7815.
None.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
INIPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNI CIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
Isiah Leggett
County Executive .
Joseph F. Beach
Director
MEMORANDUM
July 12, 20 I 0
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
nty Council
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Council Bill
41-
0, Domestic Violence Coordinating Commission - Membership
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The purpose of this memorandum is to transmit a fiscal and economic impact statement
to the Council on the subject legislation.
LEGISLATION SUMMARY
The legislatiOn wouid alter the membership on the Domestic Violence Coordinating
Commission, adding a high school student memb.er.
There would be no fiscal or economic impact to this legislation because it merely adds a
student member to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Commission which would not require any
additional resources.
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The following contributed to and concurred with
this
analYsis: Jo Anne Ricchiuti, .
Sheriff's Office, David Platt, Department of Finance, and Bruce Meier, Office ofManagement and
Budget.
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c: Kathleen Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Dee Gonzalez,' Offices ofthe County Executive
JoAnn Ricchiuti, Sheriff's Office
John Cuff, Office of Management and Budget
Bruce Meier, Office of Management and Budget
Office of the Director
101 Monroe Street, 14th Floor' Rockville, Maryland 20850 • 240-777-2800
www.montgomerycountymd.gov
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Testimony before the Montgomery County Council
Bill 41-10,
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council- Membership
July 13, 2010
Good afternoon President Floreen and members of the County Council. I am Hannah
Sassoon, Director of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center and Chair of the
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. On behalf of the Domestic Violence Coordinating
Council (DVCC) members I am here to
su~port
Bill 41-10, which seeks to amend the
membership of the council by adding a 17
h
member, representing the youth of Montgomery
County, to our council.
Since its establishment four years ago, the DVCC has been committed to reducing the
incidence of domestic violence and creating a safe community for families to live free of
abuse. This mission has been accomplished in many ways over the past few years due to
the dedication of the members serving on the council and their desire to work
collaboratively. Since the call by Congress to end teen dating violence was officially
recognized in 2006, the DVCC has focused much attention on a prevention initiative aimed
at the youth, with the specific goal of educating teens about unhealthy relationships and
guiding them toward respectful relationships.
In order to enhance the DVCC's teen dating violence objectives and all initiatives aimed at
the youth in our community the DVCC, in 2009, requested that a more formal connection
exist between the DVCC and the Montgomery County Board of Education. With the
approval of Bill 26-09, which authorized the addition of a MCPS BOE member to the DVCC,
our teen dating violence prevention outreach and awareness efforts to MCPS facilitated the
implementation of the Healthy Teen Dating Curriculum in the local schools.
This year, in an effort to further enhance our connection and outreach to Montgomery
County youth, County Executive Leggett suggested the DVCC consider adding a youth
member to its board. Recognizing that youth leaders are instrumental to youth participation
in any prevention initiative, DVCC members echoed the same sentiment. Furthermore,
members agreed that obtaining the youth perspective on projects intended for teens would
be very important and that a youth member could open up avenues of communication and
social media outreach not currently utilized to reach teens in the County.
As a final point, I'd like to share the troubling statistics released on June 10, 2009 by Liz
Claiborne and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. The survey indicated that one in three
teens in the United States report that they experience threats of physical or sexual violence.
Almost one in two who are already involved in dating relationships report being controlled,
threatened, and coerced to do things they did not want to. Unfortunately the youth in our
community are not immune to dating violence; they are at risk. Intervention to reduce teen
dating violence is necessary. The DVCC's goal is to reach out to teens and educate them
about healthy relationships, identifying early signs of unhealthy relationships and accessing
services. This objective could be successfully implemented with the involvement and
perspective of a member from Montgomery County's youth community.
Thank you for your consideration.