Agenda Item 27
May 26, 2011
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 4-11, Commission for Women - Reorganization
Government Operations and Fiscal PolicylHealth and Human Services Committee
disapprove the Bill.
Bill 4-11, Commission for Women - Reorganization, sponsored by the Council President
on recommendation of the Organizational Reform Commission, was introduced on March 8,
2011. A public hearing was held on March 29 and joint Government Operations and Fiscal
Policy/Health and Human Services Committee worksessions were held on April 27 and May 5.
Bill 4-11 would eliminate the Office of the Commission for Women, reallocate certain
functions of the Office, and provide staff support for the Commission for Women.
In its report to the Council dated January 31, 2011, the Organizational Reform
Commission (ORC), in
#3, recommended the County reorganize the
Commission for Women and eliminate the Office of the Commission for Women.
The full text of the recommendation is below.
Proposed Consolidations and Reorganizations.
The ORC proposes the following
consolidations and reorganizations for boards, committees and commissions:
Commission for Women (CFW) -
commends the CFW, which over the years has served a very important function. But
as County government and the social landscape have evolved,
is clear that many of
the CFW's activities duplicate those provided by other agencies. We believe that the
CFW's core functions can be served in other ways. The CFW's counseling and
career center is now duplicated to a great extent by the new Family Justice Center, the
County's Workforce Development program, Montgomery College, and private.
entities and religious organizations.