Agenda Item 4.1
January 24,2012
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
,
January 20, 2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
If)
Introduction:
Bill 3-12, Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration ­
Additions
Bill 3-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration - Additions, sponsored by
Council members Leventhal and EIrich, is scheduled to be introduced on January 24, 2012. A
public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 14 at 1:30 p.m.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
Magha Puja
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
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 New Year
April 6 - 9, 2012
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon
day in April.
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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.
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
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Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that
celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.
Veterans' Day
November 11, 2012
Veterans Day, fonnerly Annistice Day, is a United States federal holiday observed on November
11 honoring anned service
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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 nolniCh 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
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 Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi
tree at Bodhgaya, India.
This packet contains:
Bill 3-12
Legislative Request Report
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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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Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
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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 unqffected by bill.
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)
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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
commemoration:
(A) Eid UI-Adha;
(B)
Asian Lunar New Year;
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designated a day of
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(C) Martin Luther King Day;
(D) Ash Wednesday;
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(F) Passover;
(G) Holy Thursday;
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Easter;
Orthodox Holy Thursday;
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 Ul-Fitr;
Diwali;
Feast of All Saints;
F east ofthe Immaculate Conception;
Christmas; [and]
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(DD) Orthodox Christmas Day;
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Festival of Ridvan;
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Wesak or Buddha Day;
(LL) Ascension Thursday (Orthodox);
(MM) Memorial Day;
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Dharma Day;
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(00) Independence Day;
(PP) Ramadan: The Islamic Month ofFasting;
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Labor Day;
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(RR) Veterans' Day;
(SS) Thanksgiving Day;
(TT) American Indian Heritage Day;
(UU) Hanukkah (Chanukah); and
(VV) Bodhi Day_
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 3-12
Personnel- Special Days ofCommemoration
-
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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Agenda Item 4.1
January 24,2012
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
,
January 20, 2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
If)
Introduction:
Bill 3-12, Personnel- Special Days of Commemoration ­
Additions
Bill 3-12, Personnel - Special Days of Commemoration - Additions, sponsored by
Council members Leventhal and EIrich, is scheduled to be introduced on January 24, 2012. A
public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 14 at 1:30 p.m.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
Magha Puja
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
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 New Year
April 6 - 9, 2012
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon
day in April.
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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.
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
3
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Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that
celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.
Veterans' Day
November 11, 2012
Veterans Day, fonnerly Annistice Day, is a United States federal holiday observed on November
11 honoring anned service
-=-==='
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 nolniCh 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
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 Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi
tree at Bodhgaya, India.
This packet contains:
Bill 3-12
Legislative Request Report
F:ILAW\BILLSI12xx Days Of Commemoration - Additionsllntro Memo.Doc
Circle #
1
4
4
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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]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface bracketsD
* * *
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 unqffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Bill NO.3 -12
1
Sec.
1.
Section 33-4B is
amended
as follows:
Sec. 33-4B. Days of commemoration.
(
a)
2
3
4
5
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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7
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10
11
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15
16
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(b) Days of commemoration.
(1) Each of the following calendar days
commemoration:
(A) Eid UI-Adha;
(B)
Asian Lunar New Year;
IS
designated a day of
19
20
21
22
23
24
(C) Martin Luther King Day;
(D) Ash Wednesday;
(E) Purim'
,
(F) Passover;
(G) Holy Thursday;
(H) Good Friday;
25
26
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(I)
Easter;
Orthodox Holy Thursday;
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 Ul-Fitr;
Diwali;
Feast of All Saints;
F east ofthe Immaculate Conception;
Christmas; [and]
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30
31
32
33
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(J)
(K)
(L)
(M)
(N)
(0)
(P)
(Q)
(R)
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(CC) Three Kings Day;
(DD) Orthodox Christmas Day;
(EE) Parinirvana
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(FF) President's Day;
(GG) Magha Puja;
(HH) Norouz;
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BILL NO.3 -12
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Festival of Ridvan;
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Wesak or Buddha Day;
(LL) Ascension Thursday (Orthodox);
(MM) Memorial Day;
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Dharma Day;
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(00) Independence Day;
(PP) Ramadan: The Islamic Month ofFasting;
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Labor Day;
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(SS) Thanksgiving Day;
(TT) American Indian Heritage Day;
(UU) Hanukkah (Chanukah); and
(VV) Bodhi Day_
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 3-12
Personnel- Special Days ofCommemoration
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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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