AGENDA ITEM #4C
June 12, 2015
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bill 32-15, Vendors - Hours and Places of Operation
Bill 32-15, Vendors - Hours and Places of Operation, sponsored by Lead Sponsors
Councilmembers Riemer and Navarro, and Co-Sponsor Council Vice President Floreen, is scheduled
to be introduced on June 16,2015. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 14 at 1:30
Bill 32-15 would define "food service truck" and provide that vendors operating food service
trucks may conduct business from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Currently, food truck operators are
subject to the same allowed hours ofoperation as all other vendors under section 47-2(d):
Except for a prearranged appointment or with the Director's approval, a vendor
must not conduct business before 9 a.m. nor after sunset. In this Section, "sunset"
means the time established by the U.S. Naval Observatory for Washington D.C.
The idea for this Bill originated in the Wheaton High School Innovation Lab, where
students learn project management skills via a curriculum developed by ChiefInnovation Officer
Dan Hoffman, in partnership with MCPS. Students in the Innovation Lab select the projects they
work on with guidance from the Chief Innovation Officer and a co-teacher at Wheaton High
School, and use their skills to test out new ideas outside of the classroom. In the past, students
have worked on projects with social media start-ups and developed new curriculum. In this case,
they are addressing a challenge faced by small businesses - specifically food truck operators - in
the County. They have engaged with the Chambers of Commerce, food truck operators and the
Department of Permitting services to gather information and develop a solution that they feel will
allow food truck operators to better serve the growing market for their product.
The students recognized that the current law restricts food truck operators to serving only
lunch during the winter months, and largely precludes them from serving breakfast at all. They
also recognized that the reliance on "sunset" as limit on evening operation created some confusion.
To solve this problem, they recommended extending the operating hours for food trucks, both in