MFP Item 2
September 27, 2010
Management and Fiscal Policy Committee
Expedited Bill 43-10, Administration - Legislative Branch
County Council - Fiscal Impact Statements
Expedited Bill 43-10, Administration - Legislative Branch - County Council Fiscal
Impact Statements, sponsored by Councilmember Knapp, Council President Floreen, Council
Vice President Ervin, and Counci1members Andrews, Trachtenberg, Eirich, Leventhal, Navarro,
and Berliner was introduced on July 27,2010. A public hearing was held on September 21.
A complete fiscal 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 a fiscal impact statement. A recent report from the Office of Legislative Oversight
(OLO) concluded that fiscal impact statements should be made uniform and required for each
bill. Bill 43-10 would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to
submit a fiscal impact statement to the Council for each bill under consideration before Council
action. The Bill would also establish a timeline for submission and the required content for the
statement. A Bill would not be subject to challenge solely because OMB failed to timely submit
a fiscal impact statement to the Council.
OMB Director Joseph Beach testified in support of the Bill on behalf of the Executive.
See ©6-7. Mr. Beach suggested that the Bill's description of the required contents of a fiscal
impact statement be clarified and that OMB be given additional time to prepare statements on
complex legislation or during busy times. Mr. Beach promised to provide proposed amendments
at the worksession.
report is available online at
http://www.mont>!omervcountymd.gov/content/coUllc il/olo/reports!pdf/f INALReport20 10-1 O.pdf