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MEMORANDUM
March 8, 2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
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Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorneyl
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Worksession:
Bill 1-12, Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration ­
Amendments
Bill 1-12, Personnel Special Days of Commemoration - Amendments, sponsored by
Councilmembers Ervin and Floreen, Vice President Navarro, and Councilmembers Riemer,
Andrews, Rice, and EIrich, and Council President Berliner was introduced on January 17,2012.
A public hearing was held on February 7.
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.
Bill 1-12 would add Korean American Day as an additional day of commemoration .
. Korean Americans make up approximately 3% of the County's population. Korean American
Day is celebrated on January 13 to commemorate the first group of immigrants to the US from
Korea who arrived on Jan. 13, 1903. Since 1903, Korean Americans have made significant
contributions to Montgomery County and the United States in many different areas.
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." Although the CAO has
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already designated Korean American Day as a day of commemoration under this authority, Bill
1-12 would codify this decision.
Public Hearing
Chung K. Pak, Korean-American Senior Citizens and Coalition for Asian Pacific­
American Democrats (©9), James Suh, Korean-American Association of the State of Maryland,
and Yun J. Yang, Korean-American Women's Chamber of Commerce each testified in support
of the Bill at the February 7 public hearing.
Council staff recommendation:
approve the Bill as introduced.
This packet contains:
Bill 1-12
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
Testimony of Chung K. Pak
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Bill No.
1-12
Concerning: Personnel - Special Days
of Commemoration - Amendments
Revised: January 18, 2012 Draft No. _3_
Introduced:
January 17, 2012
Expires:
July 17, 2013
Enacted: __________________
Executive: _____________
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Ervin and Floreen, Vice President Navarro, and Councilmembers Riemer,
Andrews, Leventhal, Rice, and EIrich, and Council President Berliner
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
designate certain additional days of commemoration; 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 by original bill,
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No. 1-12
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Sec.
1.
Section 33-4B is amended as follows:
Sec. 33-4B. Days of commemoration.
(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.
(b) Days of commemoration.
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Each of the following calendar days
commemoration:
(A) Eid UI-Adha;
(B)
Asian Lunar New Year;
IS
designated a day of
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(C) Martin Luther King Day;
(D) Ash Wednesday;
(E) Purim;
(F) Passover;
(G) Holy Thursday;
(H) Good Friday;
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BILL
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Approved:
(I)
Easter;
Orthodox Holy Thursday;
Orthodox Good Friday;
Orthodox Easter;
Ascension Thursday;
Shavuot;
Feast of the Assumption;
Juneteenth;
Rosh Hashanah;
Yom Kippur;
Succoth;
Shmini Atzeret;
Simchas Torah;
Eid UI-Fitr;
Diwali;
Feast of All Saints;
Feast of the Immaculate Conception;
Christmas;
[and]
Kwanza~
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(K)
(L)
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(R)
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and
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Korean American Day_
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 1-12
Personnel- Special Days o/Commemoration
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Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
This bill would add Korean American Day as an additional day of
commemoration to the list of calendar days already designated that
have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning.
Korean Americans make up approximately 3% of the County's
population. Korean American Day is celebrated on January 13 to
commemorate the first group of immigrants to the US from Korea
who arrived on Jan. 13, 1903. Since 1903, Korean Americans have
made significant contributions to Montgomery County and the
United States in many different areas.
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 Korean American Day will enhance the awareness of the
contributions made by Korean Americans.
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
MEMORANDUM
February 6, 2012
TO:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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FROM:
SUBJECf:
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, Office of Management
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department
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Bill
1-12 -
Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration - Amendments
Attached please
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the
fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
referenced legislation.
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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 Info1n1ation Office
Alex Espinosa, Office of Management and Budget
Blaise DeFazio, Office of Management and Budget
Helen Vallone,
Office
of Management and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office of Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
BiD 1-12 - Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration - Amendments
1. Legislative Summary.
Bi111-12 would add Korean-American Day
as
an additional day of commemoration.
Korean-Americans make up approximately 3% of the County's popUlation. Korean­
American Day is celebrated on January 13 to commemorate the
first
group of immigrants
to
the
US
from Korea who arrived on Jan.
13,
1903.
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 ofits 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.
.
Although the CAO has already designated Korean-American Day as a day of
commemoration under Code §334B(b )(2), Bill 1-12 would codify this decision.
2. An estimate of changes
in
County revenues and expenditures regardless or whether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed
in
the recommended or approved budget.
Includes 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 bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
s.
Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
tbe bill authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
This
bill does not authorize 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 of Commemoration.
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7. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
Not applicable.
8. An estimate of costs 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 of revenue 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 fiscal impacts or comments.
13. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
Stuart Weisberg, Office ofHuman Resources
Helen
P.
Vallone, Office of Management and Budget
Naeem
Mia,
Office ofManagement and Budget
Jennifer>Hgh
,Director
. Office ofManagement and Budget
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Economic Impact Statement
Council Bill
1-12~
Personnel -Special Days of Commemoration -Amendments .
Background:
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 of infOImation, assumptions, and methodologies used.
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 following contributed to and concurred. with
this
analysis: Mike Coveyou,
Finance
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Dear Counc, ?resicent Roger Berliner and Council members
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to extend our strong support for the special commemorative bills introduced by
Coucilmemb,'rs Valerie Ervin and George Laventhal.
As you may be aware, the first group of immigrants from Korea came to the U.S. on Jan. 13,
1903. Since then the Korean American population grew to more than 1.5 millions in this
country and
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.as mude significant contributions to Montgomery County and the United States.
Throug:) the r hard work, talent, and resources, Korean Americans have made Montgomery
County one of the greatest places to live, work
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educate our children and raise a family., Their
outstanding Jchievements in the area of science, technology, education, business and arts has
helped improve the lives of countless in Montgomery County and our nation. Many Korean
Amer;cans
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mace the ultimate sacrifice in various wars, including World War II, Korean War,
Vietname W, r, Go,: War, Iraq War, Afganistan War, and the War on Terror, to defend our
countr,. Cc. Younce·OJI( Kim, a Korean American, for example, led the most decorated unit, the
100/442nd [3:;ttalio;), in the US military history.
In support of the specia, commemorative bills, the following organizations have asked me to
use the:r
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Chung
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