AGENDA ITEM #8
November 30, 2010
Action
MEMORANDUM
November 23,2010
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Analyst~t1fl
Action:
Bill 52-10, Commission on Veterans Affairs - Membership
Bill 52-10, Commission on Veterans Affairs - Membership, sponsored by the Council President
at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on October 26, 20 I
O.
A public hearing
was held on November 23.
Bill 52-10 would alter the membership of the Commission on Veterans Affairs by adding the
President of Montgomery College to the Commission. At the public hearing on November 23,
Jerry Godwin, on behalf of the Commission on Veterans Affairs, testified in support of Bill
52-10.
Mr.
Godwin argued that Montgomery College serves a key role in helping veterans
transition from military service into higher education, including programs such as
Combat2College. As of the time this packet went to print, the Council had received no other
correspondence.
Council staff recommends
approval of Bill 52-10.
This packet contains:
Bill 52-10
Legislative Request Report
Executive transmittal memorandum
Fiscal Impact Statement
Testimony from Commission on Veterans Affairs
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Bill No.
52-10
Concerning: Commission on Veterans
Affairs - Membership
Draft No. 1
Revised:
10/21/2010
Introduced:
October 26,2010
Expires:
April 26, 2010
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President at the request of the County Executive
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
alter the membership of the Commission on Veterans Affairs; and
generally amend the law relating to the Commission.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 24, Health and Sanitation
Section 24-61
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
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Sec. 1. Section 24-61 is amended as follows:
24-61. Commission on Veterans Mfairs.
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The Commission has
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16 voting members.
(2) The Executive should appoint 8 members who are veterans and
may be a member of a veterans group, such as:
(A) Vietnam Veterans of America;
(B) American Veterans (AMVETS);
(C) Disabled American Veterans;
(D) Veterans of Foreign Wars;
(E) Women Veterans of America;
(F) American Legion; or
(G) Military Order of the Purple Heart.
(3) The Executive must appoint 4 members to represent the general
public.
(4) The Executive must designate the following ex officio members:
(A) the Director of the Department of Health and Human
Services, or the Director's designee;
(B) the Director ofthe Department of Economic Development,
or the Director's designee;
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(C) the County Executive or the Executive's designee,;. and
(D) the President of Montgomery College or the President's
designee.
(5) The Executive must invite a representative of the County's
Congressional delegation who
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BILL
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52-10
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delegation or an individual designated to represent the delegation
to be a non-voting member ofthe Commission.
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The term of each member is 3 years.
The Executive must designate a chair and a vice-chair from
among the Commission's members.
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After an appointment to fill a vacancy before a term expires, the
successor serves the rest of the unexpired term.
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 52-10, Commission on Veterans Affairs - Membership
DESCRIPTION:
This legislation adds a representative from Montgomery College to serve
as a member on the Commission of Veterans Affairs.
The Commission would benefit from the expertise of College staff
working with veterans who are transition to higher education. The
Executive currently lacks the authority to appoint such a representative.
To assist the Commission in its duty to promote the rights and
opportunities for veterans and to advise the Executive and the Council on
the status of programs and services related to the needs of veterans.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
FISCAL IMPACT:
To be requested.
ECONOMIC:
IMPACT
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORlVIATION:
To be requested.
To be requested.
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Betsy Tolbert Luecking, Disability Policy Specialist, 240-777-1256
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
NI
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PENALTIES:
N/A
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OFFICE OF THE COUN1Y EXECUTIVE
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850
MEMORANDUM
October 22,2010
TO:
FROM:
Nancy Floreen, President,
co~uncil
Isiah
Leggett
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County Executive
SUBJECT:
Bill to add a representative from Montgomery College to serve as a
member ofthe Commission on Veterans Affairs
I am attaching for the Council's consideration a Bill to add a
representative from Montgomery College as a member to the Commission on Veterans
Affairs. The bill would increase the total membership of the Commission to 17 members.
Currently there are 15 voting members and one non-voting member.
Adding a representative from Montgomery College would bring expertise
on veterans' issues relating
to
higher education, which would improve the Commission's
ability to carry ?ut its responsibilities which include: (1) assembling, analyzing, and
disseminating information and educational materials relating to activities and programs
that will assist in meeting the needs ofveterans and their families; (2) conducting
educational programs to promote the rights of, and opportunities for, veterans; (3)
advising the Executive and Council on the status of programs and services in the State
and county relating to the needs ofveterans and their families; and (4) assisting in
planning appropriate public aclmowledgement of the contributions made by veterans.
Thank you for your consideration of this proposed bill.
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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
Joseph F. Beach
Director
MEMORANDUM
November 5, 2010
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Council
Council Bill 52-10, Alter Membership ofthe Commission on Veterans Affairs
'The purpose ofthis memorandum is
to
transmit a fiscal and economic impact
statement to the Council on the Subject legislation.
LEGISLATION SUMMARY
'This legislation would alter the membership ofthe Commission on Veterans
Affairs
to add the President of Montgomery College or the President's designee. After the
amendment, the Commission will have sixteen
(16)
voting members, and one non-voting
member.
FISCAL.AND ECONOMIC SUMMARY
There would be no fiscal or economic impact
to
this legislation because it adds
one, ex-officio member to the Commission on Veterans Affairs, which would require no
additional resources.
The following contributed
to
and
concurred with
this
analysis: Betsy Luecking,
StaffLiaison, Commission on Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and·
Pooja Bharadwaja, Office of Management and Budget.
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c: Kathleen Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Dee Gonzalez, Offices ofthe County Executive
Uma S. Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Beryl Feinberg, Office of Management and Budget
John
Cuff,
Office ofManagement and Budget
Pooja Bharadwaja, Office of Management and Budget
Office of the Director
101
Monroe Street, 14th Floor·
Rockville, Maryland 20850 •
240-777-2800
www.montgornerycountymd.gov
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Commission on Veterans Affairs
Bill 52-10, Commission on Veterans Affairs-Membership
Testimony ofJerry Godwin, Vice-Chair, Commission on Veterans Affairs
Montgomery County Council
Public Hearing
November 23,2010
Good afternoon, Council President Floreen and members of the County CounciL I am
Jerry Godwin, Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs and I am
here today to speak in support of Bill 52-10, which adds the President ofMontgomery College,
or the President's designee, to the Commission as an ex officio member.
I want to begin by thanking the Council for the extraordinary support you have given to
efforts in support of all veterans living in our community. Most notably, in the past year you
enacted landmark legislation that establishes a County hiring preference for veterans. That
legislation will change the lives of many veterans for years to come.
The Commission is charged with advising the Executive and the Council on the status of
programs and services that relate to the needs of veterans and their families. One ofthe critical
areas ofneed is connecting veterans to educational opportunities.
Montgomery College serves a key role in helping veterans transition from military
service into higher education. This semester over 600 veterans and active service members are
enrolled at the College. We know that education can be a critical element in the successful
reentry ofveterans to civilian life.
Many combat veterans return with complex medical and mental health needs that can
impede their educational success. Beginning in 2008 the College launched an innovative
program called Combat2College ("C2C"). Working collaboratively with Walter Reed, the
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the
Veteran's Administration Medical Center, the College program helps veterans identifY and tap
into assets that they bring from their military training. Through C2C the College has played a
central role in fostering collaboration among a wide range ofpublic and private organizations
whose goal is to provide the best and most comprehensive services and programs for student
veterans.
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From an economic development perspective, veterans attending Montgomery College
provide an economic boost to the county. The College receives direct tuition payments from the
U.S. Veterans Administration and veterans eligible for 100% benefits ("Yellow Ribbon"
students) who are emolled on a full-time basis can receive additional stipends of over $1500 a
month for housing and $1000 a year for books. These cash expenditures will provide an infusion
into our local economy. The College may further explore voluntary participation in the "Yellow
Ribbon" program which expands participation and provides a more welcoming campus for
eligible student veterans.
The Commission currently has three ex officio members. This bill would increase that
number to four and bring the total membership of the Commission to 17 members. The addition
of a representative from Montgomery College would bring a level of expertise to the
Commission in an area that significantly impacts the lives of a large number of veterans. For the
past two years, College staff has participated in Commission meetings on an informal basis. This
bill would formalize that arrangement and ensure that the Commission would have timely
information and advice about ongoing efforts to develop interdisciplinary models for successful
reintegration of our veterans within their families and communities.
Thank you for your active engagement with the veterans' community and for allowing
me to testify today. I ask that you support this bill.