PS ITEM 1
Public Safety Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 25-11, Offenses - Curfew - Established
Expedited Bill 25-11, Offenses - Curfew - Established, sponsored by the Council President at the
request of the County Executive, was introduced on July 12,2011. A public hearing was held on
July 26, at which speakers articulated strong positions for and against this Bill. See select
testimony and correspondence on ©24-46.
Bill 25-11 would establish a curfew for minors, prohibit certain activities during the curfew, allow
certain defenses, and specifY enforcement procedures and penalties. According to the County
Executive's transmittal memorandum, Bill 25-11 is intended to address issues relating to increased
gang activity, violence, and crime involving minors in the County. The Executive noted that Bill
25-11 is similar to current laws in Prince George's County and the District of Columbia.
On July 28, Council staff sent a set of questions on Bill 25-11 to Executive staff requesting
background information, including crime statistics, information about potential alternatives, and
effectiveness of curfews in other jurisdictions. Just before this packet went to print, the Executive
provided the responses attached at ©47.
Council staff has not had an opportunity to review the
offer comments at and after the worksession.
This initial worksession will allow Committee members to review Bill 25-11 and the Executive's
proposed amendments and receive information from Executive staff. This worksession is also an
opportunity for Committee members to seek additional information from the Executive. A second
Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for
at 9:30 a.m.
As introduced, Bill 25-11 would establish a curfew for minors between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on
Sunday through Thursday and from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (©3, lines 32
34). During the curfew hours, a minor must not
in any county public place or establishment
(©4, lines 75-76). Executive staff confirmed that a minor could be cited for a curfew violation only
lWe did not reprint Executive attachments F and G because they were already in this packet.