Agenda Item 10
October 5, 2010
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
enact the Bill with
Expedited Bill 47-10, Administration - Legislative Branch - County
Council Economic Impact Statements
Management and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0):
Administration - Legislative Branch County Council - Economic
Impact Statements, sponsored by Councilmember Knapp, Council President Floreen, Council
Vice President Ervin, and Councilmembers Navarro and Berliner was introduced on July 27,
2010. A public hearing was held on September 21 and a Management and Fiscal Policy
Committee worksession was held on September 27.
A complete economic impact statement is an important tool for the Council to review in
making public policy decisions necessary to enact legislation. The Code does not currently
require an economic impact statement. Bill 47-10 would require the Director of the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) to submit an economic impact statement to the Council for
each bill under consideration before Council action. The Bill would also establish a time line for
submission and the required content for the statement. A Bill would not be subject to challenge
solely because OMB failed to timely submit an economic impact statement to the Council.
OMB Director Joseph Beach testified in support of the Bill on behalf of the Executive.
Beach suggested that the Bill's description of the required contents of an
economic impact statement be clarified and that OMB be given additional time to prepare
statements on complex legislation or during busy times.
Beach promised to provide
proposed amendments at the worksession.