Agenda Item 8
March 20,2012
Action
MEMORANDUM
March 16,2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
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Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
~'d
Action:
Bill 3-12, Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration - Additions
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0):
approve the
B
ill
as introduced.
Bill 3-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration - Additions, sponsored by
Councilmembers Leventhal and Eirich, was introduced on January 24, 2012. A public hearing
was held on February 14 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee was held
on March 12.
Background
The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents is very diverse. The
County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and socially from the richness and
strength of its diversity and seeks to promote an inclusive community for all residents. The
Council enacted Bill 1-06 on March 28, 2006 to designate certain days of commemoration in
order to recognize this diversity. The ability of County employees to provide high quality
customer service is enhanced when County employees know that certain days have special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the daily activities of a significant number
of County residents.
Under Code §33-4B(c) and (d), the CAO must provide electronic notice to each County
employee every 3 months of the upcoming days of commemoration and a second notice 7 days
before each day of commemoration each year. The notice must include a brief explanation of the
reason for the commemoration, a description of any activities that may affect County services on
that day, if any, and the rules for taking leave for religious observance if the day is a religious
holiday.
In addition to the days of commemoration designated in law by Bill 1-06, Code §33­
4B(b )(2) authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer to designate additional days of
commemoration that have "special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that may affect the daily
activities of a significant portion of the County's total population." The CAO has already
designated 21 additional days of commemoration under this authority. Bill 3-12 would codify
each of these additional days. These additional days and their dates for 2012 are:
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Three Kings Day
January 6,2012
Three Kings Days (also called Dia de los Reyes, Epiphany, Feast of Kings, Twelfth Day,
Twelfthtide, Day of the Three Wise Men). This major festival of the Christian Church is
observed in many parts of the world with gifts, feasting, last lighting of the Christmas lights and
burning of Christmas greens. It is the Twelfth and last day of the Feast of the Nativity.
It
commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men (Kings of Magi) to Bethlehem.
It
is one of the
oldest Christian feasts, originating in the Eastern Church in the second century, and predates the
Western feast of Christmas. It was adopted by the Western Church during the same period in
which the Eastern Church accepted Christmas.
Orthodox Christmas Day
January 7,2012
Eastern Orthodox Churches, which use the Julian Calendar to determine feast days, celebrate on
January 7 by the Gregorian Calendar.
Korean-American Day
January 13, 2012
A number of U.S. states have declared January 13 as Korean American Day in order to recognize
Korean Americans' impact and contributions.
Parinirvana - Nirvana day
February 15,2012
Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists
call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.
Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of
80.
Presidents'Day
February 20,2012
Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of
February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Although
President Lincoln's birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen
state governments including Maryland, have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday
observances as Presidents' Day.
MaghaPuja
March 8, 2012
Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250
arahants.
Norouz
March 20,2012
"New Day" (originally "New Light") is the traditional celebration of the ancient Achaemenid
Iranian New Year. Norouz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year. Norouz is
celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples and has spread in many other parts of the world,
including parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in
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the Balkans. It is marked by family visits and the exchange of gifts, as well as special feasts.
It
is
also commemorated by setting tables with foods and special items beginning with the letter S;
this is known as the Haft Sin. The 13th day of the New Year festival is called "Sizdah Bedar"
and is spent out of doors at picnics and parks. The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized
the International Day of Norouz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been
celebrated for over 3,000 years.
Theravada N ew Year
April 6 - 9, 2012
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon
day in April.
Festival of Ridvan
April 21, 2012
Festival of Ridvan - Meaning ("paradise") is a Baha'i celebration commemorating the 12-day
period in 1863 that Baha'u'llah (Baha'i founder) spent in the Garden of Ridvan, just outside
Bagdad. During this period, Baha'u'llah began his prophethood and became God's messenger for
this age. Baha'u'llah was in the Garden of Ridvan from April 21 to May 2, 1863, and this period
is considered the most holy festival of the Baha'i faith and is called "Most Great Festival." The
Festival of Ridvan is observed according to the Baha'i calendar and begins on April 21 and
continues through May 2 each year.
Wesak or Buddha day
May 6, 2012
The most important of the Buddhist festivals.
It
celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some
Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death.
Ascension Thursday (Orthodox)
May, 17, 2012
Religious observance by many Christians, affirming the ascension of Jesus, celebrated on the
Thursday in the sixth week following Easter Sunday.
Memorial Day
, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial
Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States
Armed Forces.
Dharma Day
July 3, 2012
The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after
his enlightenment.
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Independence Day
July 4,2012
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United
States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776,
declaring independence from Great Britain.
Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting
July 20,2012
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is holy because it was during this month that
the Holy Quran (Koran) was revealed. Adults fast from dawn until sunset to achieve spiritual and
physical purification and self-discipline, abstaining from food, drink and intimate relations.
It
is a
time for feeling a common bond with the poor and needy, and is a time of piety and prayer.
It
begins on the Islamic lunar calendar date Ramadan 1, 1429. Begins at sunset the preceding day.
Labor Day
September 3, 2012
Labor Day is a United States federal holidav observed on the first Monday in September that
celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.
Veterans'Day
November 11, 2012
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is a United States federal holiday observed on November
11 honoring armed service veterans.
Thanksgiving Day
November 22,2012
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in
November. On Thanksgiving Day, people give thanks for what they have and for the good things
that happened during the year. The first Thanksgiving in New England took place in Plymouth,
Massachusetts, in 1621. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in
November as a national day of thanksgiving. Presidents made a similar declaration each year
afterward. Congress established Thanksgiving Day as a legal national holiday beginning in 1941.
American Indian Heritage Day
November 23,2012
On November 13, 2007, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed
legislation introduced by Representative Joe Baca that encourages the designation of the Friday
after Thanksgiving Day as Native American Heritage Day to pay tribute to Native Americans for
their many contributions to the United States.
It
is observed as a state holiday in Maryland.
Source: http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/chapters noln/Ch 486 hb0083T.pdf
Hanukkah (Chanukah)
December 8 - 16,2012
Hanukkah (Chanukah) is celebrated by Jewish people around the world to commemorate their
victory in the Maccabean War of 162 B.C.E. After the war, the Temple was cleansed and
rededicated and the Menorah (perpetual lamp) was relit. Hanukkah means "dedication" in
Hebrew. The celebration of Hanukkah is also known as the "Feast of Lights" because one of the
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stories told is that the oil for the lamps was sufficient only for one day but burned miraculously
for eight days. Today, Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah by lighting a special Menorah with
eight candles plus a ninth shammash candle (server used to light the others). The dates of the
Holiday usually fall in November or December, starting on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew
calendar each year. Begins at sundown December 8, 2012.
BodhiDay
December 8, 2012
On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautamafs attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi
tree at Bodhgaya, India.
Public Hearing
There were no speakers at the February 14 public hearing.
March 12 Worksession
Angela Washington, EEO Officer, Office of Human Resources, represented the
Executive Branch at the March 12 Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
worksession. The Committee recommended approval (3-0) of the Bill as introduced.
Issue
Does
Bill 3-12
conflict with the addition
of Korean-American
Day in Billl-12?
Bill 1-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration
Amendments would add
Korean-American Day to the codified list of days of commemoration. Korean-American Day
would also be added by Bill 3-12. If the Council enacts both Bill 1-12 and Bill 3-12, Korean­
American Day will be added only one time. There is no conflict.
Council staff recommendation:
approve, Bill 3-12 as introduced.
This packet contains:
Bill 3-12
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
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Bill No.
3-12
Concerning: Personnel - Special Days
of Commemoration - Additions
Revised: January 18, 2012 Draft No. _1_
Introduced:
January 24,2012
Expires:
July 24,2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Leventhal and EIrich
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
designate certain additional days ofcommemoration; and
generally amend the law relating to County employees and the religious, ethnic, and
cultural heritage of County residents.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Section 33-4B, Days of Commemoration
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law
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original
bill.
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bill.
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amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the
bill by
amendment.
Existing law unaffected
by
hill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No.3 -12
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Sec. 1.
Section 33-4B is amended as follows:
Sec. 33-4B. Days of commemoration.
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(a)
Legislative findings.
(1) The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents is
very diverse.
(2) The County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and
socially from the richness and strength of its diversity and seeks
to promote an inclusive community for all residents.
(3)
The County's respect for the diversity of its own workforce is
reflected in the County's rules governing leave and alternate
work schedules for religious observance.
(4) The ability of County employees to meet the needs of County
residents and provide high quality customer service is enhanced
when County employees know that certain days have special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the daily
activities of a significant number of County residents.
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(b) Days of commemoration.
(1)
Each of the following calendar days is designated a day of
commemoration:
(A) Eid Ul-Adha;
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Asian Lunar New Year;
(C) Martin Luther King Day;
(D) Ash Wednesday;
(E) Purim'
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(F) Passover;
(G) Holy Thursday;
(H) Good Friday;
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Orthodox Good Friday;
Orthodox Easter;
Ascension Thursday (Western);
Shavuot;
F east of the Assumption;
Juneteenth;
Rosh Hashanah;
Yom Kippur;
Succoth;
[Shmini] Shemini Atzeret;
Simchas Torah;
Eid UI-Fitr;
Diwali;
Feast of All Saints;
Feast of the Immaculate Conception;
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BILL NO.3 -12
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Festival of Ridvan;
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Approved:
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 3-12
Personnel Special Days o/Commemoration
-
Additions
DESCRIPTION:
This bill would add each day already designated by the CAO as an
additional day of commemoration to the list of calendar days that
have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning.
The CAO has designated 21 days of commemoration that are not
listed
in
the law. This Bill would codify each of these additional
days as a day of commemoration.
The ability of County employees to provide high quality customer
service is enhanced when County employees know that certain days
have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the
daily activities of a significant number of County residents. The
addition of these days will enhance the awareness of County
employees and residents.
Chief Administrative Officer, Human Resources
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7895
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable.
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MEMORANDUM
February 6, 2012
TO:
Roger
Be>-Iiner,
Presidem,
County Council
FROM:
SUBJECf:
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, Office ofManagement
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department
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Bill 1-12 - Personnel -
Special
Days ofCommemoration - Amendments
Attached please find
the
fiscal and economic impact statement'l
for
the
above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:hpv
c: Kathleen
Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Nurmi,
Special
Assistant
to
the
County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
Alex Espinosa, Office of Management
and
Budget
Blaise DeFazio, Office of Management and Budget
Helen VaUone, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office
of
Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
BiD 1-12 - Personnel- Special Days of CommemoratioD - Amendments
1. Legislative Summary.
Bill 1·12 would add Korean-American Day
as an
additional day ofcommemoration.
Korean-Americans make up approximately 3% ofthe County's population. Korean­
American Day
is
celebrated on January
13
to commemorate
the
first group ofimmigrants
to
the US from Korea who arrived on Jan. 13. 1903.
The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage ofC01mty residents
is
very diverse. The
County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and socially
:from the
richness
and
strength
ofits diversity and
seeks
to promote an inclusive community for all
residents. The Council enacted Bill 1-06
on
Mareh 28, 2006 to designate certain
days
of
commemoration in order to recognize this diversity. The ability ofCounty employees to
provide
high
quality customer service
is
enhanced
when County employees know that
certain
days have
special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning
that
will affect the
daily
.
activities of
a
significant number of County residents.
Although the CAO has already designated Korean-American Day as
a
day of
commemomtion under Code §334B(b X2), Bill 1·12 would codify this decision.
2. AD estimate of changes
in
County revenues and expenditures regardJess ofwhether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed
in
the recommended or approved budget
Indudes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
This bill is not expected to produce any fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
This bill
is
not expected to produce any fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures.
4. An actuarial analYSis through the entire amortization period for each bOl that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
s.
Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the biB authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
This
bill does not
authori.7~
any spending.
6.
An
estimate of the staff time needed to implement the
bill
No
additional
staff time
is
needed to
implement
this bill.
Korean~American
Day
is
already recognized
as
a Special
Day
ofCommemoration.
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7.
An
explanation of how the additioD of new staff responsibilities would affect otber
duties.
Not applicable.
8.
An
estimate
of
wsts
when an additional appropriation
is
needed.
Not applicable.
9. A
description of any variable that could affect revenue
and
cost estimates.
Not applicable. This bill
does
not affect revenues or costs.
10.
Ranges ofrevenlle or expenditures that
are
uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
11. H
a
bill
is
likely
to have no
fIScal
impact, why that
is
the case.
Not applicable.
This
bill
has
no fiscal impact.
12. Other fiKal impacts or comments.
13. The following contributed
to
and concllrred with this analysis:
Stuart Weisberg, Office ofHuman Resources
Helen P. Vallone, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
Jennifer~
,Director
Office ofManagement and Budget
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Hill
Date
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Economic: Impact
Statement
Council Bill 1-12, Personnel ..special Days of Commemoration
~Amendments
.
Background:
.
;I
. This proposed legislation
adds
Korean American Day to the
list
ofDays of
Commemoration observed for County employees. Designation as a Day of
Commemoration means
that
the day
has
special religious, ethnic or
cultural
meaning.
1.
The sources ofinfoanation, assumptions, and methodologies used.
!
II
I
!
I
I
I
Not applicable.
2. A
description of
any
variable
that
could affect
the
economic
impact
estimates.
Not applicable.
3. The Bill's positive or
negative effect,
if
any
on employment, spending, saving,
investment, incomes,
and
property
values
in
the
County.
Not
applicable.
4. If
a
Bill
is
likely to have no economic impact,
why
is
that 'the case?
The bill is administrative only.
5. The fullowing contributed
to
and concurred with
this
analysis: Mike Coveyou,
Finance
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DireCtOr
ent ofFJDance
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Agenda Item 8
March 20,2012
Action
MEMORANDUM
March 16,2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
..(\
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
~'d
Action:
Bill 3-12, Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration - Additions
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0):
approve the
B
ill
as introduced.
Bill 3-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration - Additions, sponsored by
Councilmembers Leventhal and Eirich, was introduced on January 24, 2012. A public hearing
was held on February 14 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee was held
on March 12.
Background
The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents is very diverse. The
County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and socially from the richness and
strength of its diversity and seeks to promote an inclusive community for all residents. The
Council enacted Bill 1-06 on March 28, 2006 to designate certain days of commemoration in
order to recognize this diversity. The ability of County employees to provide high quality
customer service is enhanced when County employees know that certain days have special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the daily activities of a significant number
of County residents.
Under Code §33-4B(c) and (d), the CAO must provide electronic notice to each County
employee every 3 months of the upcoming days of commemoration and a second notice 7 days
before each day of commemoration each year. The notice must include a brief explanation of the
reason for the commemoration, a description of any activities that may affect County services on
that day, if any, and the rules for taking leave for religious observance if the day is a religious
holiday.
In addition to the days of commemoration designated in law by Bill 1-06, Code §33­
4B(b )(2) authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer to designate additional days of
commemoration that have "special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that may affect the daily
activities of a significant portion of the County's total population." The CAO has already
designated 21 additional days of commemoration under this authority. Bill 3-12 would codify
each of these additional days. These additional days and their dates for 2012 are:
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Three Kings Day
January 6,2012
Three Kings Days (also called Dia de los Reyes, Epiphany, Feast of Kings, Twelfth Day,
Twelfthtide, Day of the Three Wise Men). This major festival of the Christian Church is
observed in many parts of the world with gifts, feasting, last lighting of the Christmas lights and
burning of Christmas greens. It is the Twelfth and last day of the Feast of the Nativity.
It
commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men (Kings of Magi) to Bethlehem.
It
is one of the
oldest Christian feasts, originating in the Eastern Church in the second century, and predates the
Western feast of Christmas. It was adopted by the Western Church during the same period in
which the Eastern Church accepted Christmas.
Orthodox Christmas Day
January 7,2012
Eastern Orthodox Churches, which use the Julian Calendar to determine feast days, celebrate on
January 7 by the Gregorian Calendar.
Korean-American Day
January 13, 2012
A number of U.S. states have declared January 13 as Korean American Day in order to recognize
Korean Americans' impact and contributions.
Parinirvana - Nirvana day
February 15,2012
Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists
call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.
Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of
80.
Presidents'Day
February 20,2012
Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of
February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Although
President Lincoln's birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen
state governments including Maryland, have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday
observances as Presidents' Day.
MaghaPuja
March 8, 2012
Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250
arahants.
Norouz
March 20,2012
"New Day" (originally "New Light") is the traditional celebration of the ancient Achaemenid
Iranian New Year. Norouz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year. Norouz is
celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples and has spread in many other parts of the world,
including parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in
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the Balkans. It is marked by family visits and the exchange of gifts, as well as special feasts.
It
is
also commemorated by setting tables with foods and special items beginning with the letter S;
this is known as the Haft Sin. The 13th day of the New Year festival is called "Sizdah Bedar"
and is spent out of doors at picnics and parks. The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized
the International Day of Norouz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been
celebrated for over 3,000 years.
Theravada N ew Year
April 6 - 9, 2012
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon
day in April.
Festival of Ridvan
April 21, 2012
Festival of Ridvan - Meaning ("paradise") is a Baha'i celebration commemorating the 12-day
period in 1863 that Baha'u'llah (Baha'i founder) spent in the Garden of Ridvan, just outside
Bagdad. During this period, Baha'u'llah began his prophethood and became God's messenger for
this age. Baha'u'llah was in the Garden of Ridvan from April 21 to May 2, 1863, and this period
is considered the most holy festival of the Baha'i faith and is called "Most Great Festival." The
Festival of Ridvan is observed according to the Baha'i calendar and begins on April 21 and
continues through May 2 each year.
Wesak or Buddha day
May 6, 2012
The most important of the Buddhist festivals.
It
celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some
Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death.
Ascension Thursday (Orthodox)
May, 17, 2012
Religious observance by many Christians, affirming the ascension of Jesus, celebrated on the
Thursday in the sixth week following Easter Sunday.
Memorial Day
, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial
Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States
Armed Forces.
Dharma Day
July 3, 2012
The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after
his enlightenment.
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Independence Day
July 4,2012
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United
States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776,
declaring independence from Great Britain.
Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting
July 20,2012
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is holy because it was during this month that
the Holy Quran (Koran) was revealed. Adults fast from dawn until sunset to achieve spiritual and
physical purification and self-discipline, abstaining from food, drink and intimate relations.
It
is a
time for feeling a common bond with the poor and needy, and is a time of piety and prayer.
It
begins on the Islamic lunar calendar date Ramadan 1, 1429. Begins at sunset the preceding day.
Labor Day
September 3, 2012
Labor Day is a United States federal holidav observed on the first Monday in September that
celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.
Veterans'Day
November 11, 2012
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is a United States federal holiday observed on November
11 honoring armed service veterans.
Thanksgiving Day
November 22,2012
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in
November. On Thanksgiving Day, people give thanks for what they have and for the good things
that happened during the year. The first Thanksgiving in New England took place in Plymouth,
Massachusetts, in 1621. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in
November as a national day of thanksgiving. Presidents made a similar declaration each year
afterward. Congress established Thanksgiving Day as a legal national holiday beginning in 1941.
American Indian Heritage Day
November 23,2012
On November 13, 2007, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed
legislation introduced by Representative Joe Baca that encourages the designation of the Friday
after Thanksgiving Day as Native American Heritage Day to pay tribute to Native Americans for
their many contributions to the United States.
It
is observed as a state holiday in Maryland.
Source: http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/chapters noln/Ch 486 hb0083T.pdf
Hanukkah (Chanukah)
December 8 - 16,2012
Hanukkah (Chanukah) is celebrated by Jewish people around the world to commemorate their
victory in the Maccabean War of 162 B.C.E. After the war, the Temple was cleansed and
rededicated and the Menorah (perpetual lamp) was relit. Hanukkah means "dedication" in
Hebrew. The celebration of Hanukkah is also known as the "Feast of Lights" because one of the
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stories told is that the oil for the lamps was sufficient only for one day but burned miraculously
for eight days. Today, Jewish families celebrate Hanukkah by lighting a special Menorah with
eight candles plus a ninth shammash candle (server used to light the others). The dates of the
Holiday usually fall in November or December, starting on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew
calendar each year. Begins at sundown December 8, 2012.
BodhiDay
December 8, 2012
On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautamafs attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi
tree at Bodhgaya, India.
Public Hearing
There were no speakers at the February 14 public hearing.
March 12 Worksession
Angela Washington, EEO Officer, Office of Human Resources, represented the
Executive Branch at the March 12 Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
worksession. The Committee recommended approval (3-0) of the Bill as introduced.
Issue
Does
Bill 3-12
conflict with the addition
of Korean-American
Day in Billl-12?
Bill 1-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration
Amendments would add
Korean-American Day to the codified list of days of commemoration. Korean-American Day
would also be added by Bill 3-12. If the Council enacts both Bill 1-12 and Bill 3-12, Korean­
American Day will be added only one time. There is no conflict.
Council staff recommendation:
approve, Bill 3-12 as introduced.
This packet contains:
Bill 3-12
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
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Bill No.
3-12
Concerning: Personnel - Special Days
of Commemoration - Additions
Revised: January 18, 2012 Draft No. _1_
Introduced:
January 24,2012
Expires:
July 24,2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Leventhal and EIrich
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
designate certain additional days ofcommemoration; and
generally amend the law relating to County employees and the religious, ethnic, and
cultural heritage of County residents.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Section 33-4B, Days of Commemoration
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law
by
original
bill.
Deletedfrom existing law
by
original
bill.
Added
by
amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the
bill by
amendment.
Existing law unaffected
by
hill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No.3 -12
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Sec. 1.
Section 33-4B is amended as follows:
Sec. 33-4B. Days of commemoration.
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(a)
Legislative findings.
(1) The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents is
very diverse.
(2) The County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and
socially from the richness and strength of its diversity and seeks
to promote an inclusive community for all residents.
(3)
The County's respect for the diversity of its own workforce is
reflected in the County's rules governing leave and alternate
work schedules for religious observance.
(4) The ability of County employees to meet the needs of County
residents and provide high quality customer service is enhanced
when County employees know that certain days have special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the daily
activities of a significant number of County residents.
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(b) Days of commemoration.
(1)
Each of the following calendar days is designated a day of
commemoration:
(A) Eid Ul-Adha;
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Asian Lunar New Year;
(C) Martin Luther King Day;
(D) Ash Wednesday;
(E) Purim'
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(F) Passover;
(G) Holy Thursday;
(H) Good Friday;
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Orthodox Good Friday;
Orthodox Easter;
Ascension Thursday (Western);
Shavuot;
F east of the Assumption;
Juneteenth;
Rosh Hashanah;
Yom Kippur;
Succoth;
[Shmini] Shemini Atzeret;
Simchas Torah;
Eid UI-Fitr;
Diwali;
Feast of All Saints;
Feast of the Immaculate Conception;
Christmas; [and]
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(CC) Three Kings Day;
(DD) Orthodox Christmas Day;
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(FF) President's Day;
(GG) Magha Puja;
(HH) Norouz;
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Theravada New Year;
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Festival of Ridvan;
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Wesak or Buddha Day;
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(PP) Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting;
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Hanukkah (Chanukah); and
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Approved:
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 3-12
Personnel Special Days o/Commemoration
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Additions
DESCRIPTION:
This bill would add each day already designated by the CAO as an
additional day of commemoration to the list of calendar days that
have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning.
The CAO has designated 21 days of commemoration that are not
listed
in
the law. This Bill would codify each of these additional
days as a day of commemoration.
The ability of County employees to provide high quality customer
service is enhanced when County employees know that certain days
have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the
daily activities of a significant number of County residents. The
addition of these days will enhance the awareness of County
employees and residents.
Chief Administrative Officer, Human Resources
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7895
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable.
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
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MEMORANDUM
February 6, 2012
TO:
Roger
Be>-Iiner,
Presidem,
County Council
FROM:
SUBJECf:
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, Office ofManagement
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department
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Bill 1-12 - Personnel -
Special
Days ofCommemoration - Amendments
Attached please find
the
fiscal and economic impact statement'l
for
the
above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:hpv
c: Kathleen
Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Nurmi,
Special
Assistant
to
the
County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
Alex Espinosa, Office of Management
and
Budget
Blaise DeFazio, Office of Management and Budget
Helen VaUone, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office
of
Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
BiD 1-12 - Personnel- Special Days of CommemoratioD - Amendments
1. Legislative Summary.
Bill 1·12 would add Korean-American Day
as an
additional day ofcommemoration.
Korean-Americans make up approximately 3% ofthe County's population. Korean­
American Day
is
celebrated on January
13
to commemorate
the
first group ofimmigrants
to
the US from Korea who arrived on Jan. 13. 1903.
The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage ofC01mty residents
is
very diverse. The
County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and socially
:from the
richness
and
strength
ofits diversity and
seeks
to promote an inclusive community for all
residents. The Council enacted Bill 1-06
on
Mareh 28, 2006 to designate certain
days
of
commemoration in order to recognize this diversity. The ability ofCounty employees to
provide
high
quality customer service
is
enhanced
when County employees know that
certain
days have
special
religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning
that
will affect the
daily
.
activities of
a
significant number of County residents.
Although the CAO has already designated Korean-American Day as
a
day of
commemomtion under Code §334B(b X2), Bill 1·12 would codify this decision.
2. AD estimate of changes
in
County revenues and expenditures regardJess ofwhether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed
in
the recommended or approved budget
Indudes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
This bill is not expected to produce any fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
This bill
is
not expected to produce any fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures.
4. An actuarial analYSis through the entire amortization period for each bOl that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
s.
Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the biB authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
This
bill does not
authori.7~
any spending.
6.
An
estimate of the staff time needed to implement the
bill
No
additional
staff time
is
needed to
implement
this bill.
Korean~American
Day
is
already recognized
as
a Special
Day
ofCommemoration.
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7.
An
explanation of how the additioD of new staff responsibilities would affect otber
duties.
Not applicable.
8.
An
estimate
of
wsts
when an additional appropriation
is
needed.
Not applicable.
9. A
description of any variable that could affect revenue
and
cost estimates.
Not applicable. This bill
does
not affect revenues or costs.
10.
Ranges ofrevenlle or expenditures that
are
uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
11. H
a
bill
is
likely
to have no
fIScal
impact, why that
is
the case.
Not applicable.
This
bill
has
no fiscal impact.
12. Other fiKal impacts or comments.
13. The following contributed
to
and concllrred with this analysis:
Stuart Weisberg, Office ofHuman Resources
Helen P. Vallone, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
Jennifer~
,Director
Office ofManagement and Budget
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Hill
Date
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Economic: Impact
Statement
Council Bill 1-12, Personnel ..special Days of Commemoration
~Amendments
.
Background:
.
;I
. This proposed legislation
adds
Korean American Day to the
list
ofDays of
Commemoration observed for County employees. Designation as a Day of
Commemoration means
that
the day
has
special religious, ethnic or
cultural
meaning.
1.
The sources ofinfoanation, assumptions, and methodologies used.
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II
I
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I
I
I
Not applicable.
2. A
description of
any
variable
that
could affect
the
economic
impact
estimates.
Not applicable.
3. The Bill's positive or
negative effect,
if
any
on employment, spending, saving,
investment, incomes,
and
property
values
in
the
County.
Not
applicable.
4. If
a
Bill
is
likely to have no economic impact,
why
is
that 'the case?
The bill is administrative only.
5. The fullowing contributed
to
and concurred with
this
analysis: Mike Coveyou,
Finance
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