Agenda Item 8A
April 12, 2016
Action
MEMORANDUM
April 15, 2016
TO:
FROM:
County Council
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Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney '. ,
SUBJECT:
Action:
Bill 3-16, Administration - Boards, Committees, and Commissions ­
General Amendments
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact the Bill
with amendments.
Bill 3-16, Administration - Boards, Committees, and Commissions
General
Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee,
was introduced on March 1,2016. A public hearing was held on March 22 and a Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on April 4.
Bill 3-16 would:
• define a board, committee, commission, and task force;
• require an Evaluation and Review Committee to be appointed every 5 years; and
• establish a standard due date for annual reports from a board, committee, commission,
and
task
force.
Background
County Code §2-146(c) requires the Executive to appoint, subject to Council confirmation,
a citizens review committee to "review the committee system and each then-existing committee
and report
to
the Executive and Council its recommendations for changes in individual committees
and the committee system as a whole." The most recent Committee Evaluation and Review Board
(CERB) was appointed on March 6, 2012 and issued its fmal report to the Council and the
Executive on September 30,2013. A copy of the report can be viewed at:
https:llwww.montgomelycountymd.gov/boards/ResourceslFileS/20-CERB-REPORT-2013.pdf.
The CERB visited and reviewed the operation of 87 boards, committees and commissions
(BCC) supporting the County government. The CERB made various recommendations that would
require a change in County law to implement. Some of these recommendations were general
changes that would apply to each BCC and some were specific to certain BCC's. Bill 3-16 would
amend County law to implement the general changes affecting each BCC recommended by the
CERB.
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The CERB presented its report to the Council on January 31, 2014. The Council's
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee held a worksession to discuss the CERB
report and recommendations on March 17,2014.
The Changes in the Bill
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Change current law to set a universal date by which annual reports are due.
The Bill sets a November 30 date for an annual report if no other date is established in law
as recommended by CERB. See lines 97-107 at ©5.
2.
Amend §2-142, Montgomery County Code, to include deimitions of the
various appointed bodies using the Maryland Municipal League definitions.
The Maryland Municipal League
(MML)
definitions for a board, commission, committee,
and task force are set forth in the CERB Report at p.13. Code §2-142(b) currently defines a
committee as any "board, committee, commission or similar body established by county law,
resolution or executive order, which functions as a part ofthe county government." The Code uses
the term "committee" to refer to all of them. This was likely done for ease of reference when
drafting general provisions applying to all BCC's. The CERB recommended that each term be
given a unique definition and each BCC be classified as either a board, commission, committee,
or task force.
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The Bill inserts these definitions, but also includes a grandfather clause that would not
require renaming existing groups. It would be expensive to classify and rename most of the
existing groups for little gain. For example, each group may need new printed stationary. In
addition, the distinctions between the various classifications are often difficult to apply and subject
to interpretation. The authority of a group is established
in
the law or resolution creating it, not
in
the name it is given. Since the Bill would include a definition of committee that does not include
a board, commission, or task force, the Bill replaces the term "committee" with the generic term
"group" when referring to all BCC's.
3.
Amend the Montgomery County Code to require that a CERB be appointed
every five years rather than the current ten.
Code §2-146(c)(2) requires the appointment of a new CERB every 10 years. The CERB
recommended reducing the time between CERB appointments to 5 years. The Bill makes this
change on line 85 at ©5.
Public Hearing
Bruce Goldensohn, CERB Chair, supported the Bill.
Mr.
Goldensohn suggested the CERB
be appointed every 6 years instead of every 5 years required in the Bill. Paul Bessel supported the
Bill and suggested that the Bill be amended to require training for each BCC member. See
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The CERB did not attempt to classifY each ofthe 87 BCC's according to the recommended MML definitions.
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GO Worksession
Bruce Goldensohn represented the CERB. Robert H. Drwnmer, Senior Legislative
Attorney represented the Council staff. Paul Bessel also participated as an individual. The
Committee discussed the Bill and amended it to require the Executive to convene a new CERB 6
years after the appointment of the prior CERB instead of 5 years. The Committee agreed to
institute the classification system for groups as introduced
in
the Bill with the addition of the
technical corrections recommended by staff. The Committee also discussed the request from Paul
Bessel to require each member ofa group to complete training on the Open Meetings Act and basic
parliamentary procedure. The Committee asked Council staff to work with
Mr.
Goldensohn and
Mr. Bessel to suggest compromise language to do this. After the meeting ended, Council staff
presented a consensus proposed training amendment to each Committee member individually. The
Committee agreed to amend the Bill with a training amendment and recommended (3-0) approval
of the Bill with amendments.
Issues
1.
Should the Executive appoint a new CERB every 5 years?
Current law requires the Executive to appoint a new CERB every 10 years. The Bill would
shorten this time frame to 5 years based upon the CERB report. The most recent CERB was
appointed in 2012, issued its final report in September 2013, and presented its findings to the
Council in January 2014. Based on a 5-year schedule, a new CERB would
be
reviewing BCC's
beginning in 2017 less than a year after the recommendations ofthe last CERB were implemented.
This schedule seems too short. A 6-year schedule would provide more time to implement and
analyze changes. Committee recommendation (3-0): amend the Bill to require a new CERB be
appointed on a 6-year schedule. See line 85 of the Bill at ©5.
2. Should the Bill institute a naming regimen for BCCs based upon the Maryland Municipal
League definitions?
Code §2-142(b) currently defines a committee as any "board, committee, commission or
similar body established by county law, resolution or executive order, which functions as a part of
the county government." The Code uses the term "committee" to refer to all of them. This was
likely done for ease of reference when drafting general provisions applying to all BCC's. The
CERB recommended that each term be given a unique definition and each BCC be classified as
either a board, commission, committee, or task force.
Although distinguishing authority and purpose between BCCs by using a strict naming
regimen sounds like it would help clarify duties and responsibilities,
it
could also cause some
confusion. For example, the Ethics Commission would fit the definition of both a board and a
commission. The Ethics Commission is a formal group with structure, duties and powers
established by law.
It
can adopt regulations and perform a quasi-judicial function. This would
appear to classify it as a board. However, the Ethics Commission is also appointed with a specific
function and makes recommendations to the Executive and Council as a commission. Once this
change takes effect, would the classification of a group defme the limits of its authority? Could
someone challenge a group's authority by pointing to its classification?
Committee
recommendation (3-0): mandate the classification of each BCC into the MML defmitions as
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provided in the Bill and add the further amendments recommended by Council staff to replace the
term "committee" with "group" in some additional sections of the Code.
3. Should the Bill be amended to require training for all BeC members?
Paul Bessel requested amendments to the Bill to require training for all BCC members.
See ©7-8. Mr. Bessel requested 5 different types oftraining: 1) any training that the group requires
of persons they regulate; 2) substantive training on the laws that the BCC administers; 3) training
on how to chair or be a member ofa BCC; 4) the Maryland Attorney General's online open meeting
act training; and 5) training on parliamentary procedures for meetings.
There are 87 different BCCs. Some training might be helpful for some BCCs, but not
others. A one-size fits all training requirement would inevitably not fit everyone. The CERB
reviewed all 87 existing BCCs and did not make this recommendation. Training can be offered to
members on a voluntary basis without an amendment to the Bill.
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Mandatory training creates new
issues about how to enforce it. Is a member who fails to complete mandatory training
automatically dropped from the BCC? Is a vote by that member count? Can the BCC have a
quorum if one or more members necessary for a quorum failed to complete mandatory training?
Committee recommendation
(3-0): amend the Bill to require training for all BCC members on
the Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure with standards established by Executive
Regulation. See lines 117 and 193-195 at ©6 and 9.
This packet contains:
Bill 3-16
Legislative Request Report
Testimony of Paul Bessel
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
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CERB Chair Goldensohn suggested voluntary training, where applicable, could be offered without an amendment
to the Bill during the public hearing.
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Bill No.
3-16
Concerning: Administration - Boards.
Committees, and Commissions ­
General Amendments
Revised: April 4.
2016
Draft No.
2
Introduced:
March
1. 2016
Expires:
September 1.
2017
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
define a board, committee, commission, and task force;
require an Evaluation and Review Committee to be appointed every [[5]]
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years;
establish a standard due date for annual reports from a board, committee, commission,
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and task force;
require a member
to
complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic
parliamentary procedure: and
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generally amend the law governing the appointment and operation of boards,
committees, commissions, and task forces that operate as part of the County
government.
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By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Sections 2-141. 2-142, 2-144. 2-145. 2-146, Hand]] 2-147. and 2-148
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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. 3-16
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Sec. 1.
Sections 2-141,2-142, 2-144, 2-145. 2-146, [[and)) 2-147, and 2-148
are amended as follows:
2-141. Scope of article.
It
is the intent of the council to establish a uniform system for classifying all
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[[committees]] groups ofthe county government and for prescribing procedures for
their operation. This article [[shall]] must therefore apply to all existing and newly
created [[committees]] groups which function as a part of the county government,
including all [[committees]] groups established by law, resolution, and executive
order. Wherever a conflict exists between this article and state law, the state law
[[shall]] must control.
It
is the intent of the council that any substantive law which
creates a [[committee)) group covered by this act shall not be diminished or the
[[committee's)) group's responsibilities reduced in any manner whatsoever.
Wherever a conflict exists between this article and existing county law, the prior
county law shall control.
2-142. Definitions.
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(a)] The following terms wherever used or referred to in this article shall have
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the following meanings:
Board
means g semi-autonomous body established
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federal, state or
county law. A board is g formal committee with structure, duties and
powers established
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law. A board usually performs g quasi-judicial
function, licensing, or regulation.
Commission
means g body established
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local law to study and
recommend action
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the Executive or the Council. A commission is g
formal, standing committee with structure, duties and powers established
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law. A commission often has an administrative or functional
responsibility, such as reviewing land use plans or studying the supply of
low and moderate priced housing.
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[(b)]
Committee
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Any board, committee, commISSIOn or similar body
established by county law, resolution or executive order, which functions
as a part of the county government] means
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body appointed with
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forwards them for appropriate action. A committee is advisory in nature
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formal (standing) committee established
by
law or
resolution, or an informal (ad hoc) committee. A committee may oversee·
and advise in service areas, such as housing and transportation, or
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advise the Executive or Council on specific issues and recommend policy
direction..
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Compensation
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Payment] means payment for services rendered as a
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committee member; it shall not include reimbursement for actual
expenses incurred as a committee member.
Group
means any board, committee, commission, task force, or any
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similar body established
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federal, state, or county law, resolution or
executive order, which functions as
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Task Force
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body appointed to study or work on
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subject or problem. A task force ceases to exist upon completion of its
charge.
2-144. Budget.
Each [[committee's]] group's staff and yearly allocation of funds, if any,
[[shall]] must be indicated in the budget and no [[committee shall]] group must
spend more than its budgeted amount. The appointing authorities [[shall]] must
furnish such staff support as deemed necessary for each [[committee]] group which
does not have its own staff provided for in the budget.
2-145. Compensation; reimbursement.
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(a)
Unless a law expressly precludes compensation, the Council may
establish compensation for members of a particular [[committee]]
group by an appropriation that funds a line item in the budget. An
appropriation may establish levels of compensation by categories or
subcategories or [[committees]] groups.
(b)
Unless another method of compensation is established, a [[committee]]
group member is compensated for each day that the member works on
[[committee]] group business after the member is authorized to do the
work by the [[committee]] group or the presiding officer of the
[[committee]] group.
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(c)
Whether or not a [[committee]] group member is compensated for
serving on the [[committee]] group, the member may request
reimbursement for travel and dependent care.
reimbursement is established in an appropriation.
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rate
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(d)
A [[committee]] group member must not be compensated or
reimbursed for travel or childcare expenses if appropriated funds are
not available.
2-146. Terms
of boards,
committees:! commissions, and task forces.
(a)
The law, resolution.1 or executive order establishing or continuing any
board, committee.1 commission, or task force should specify the term of
the [committee's] group's existence. If no term is specified, then the
board, committee.1 commission, or task force continues until terminated.
The County Executive should monitor the expiration date ofthose boards,
committees.1 commissions, and task forces that the County Executive
appoints. The County Council should monitor the expiration date ofthose
boards, committees.1 commissions, and task forces that the County
Council appoints.
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(b)
Any new board, committee.1 commission, or task force should have from
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[Committee] Evaluation and Review Board Committee.
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The County Executive must appoint and convene at least every
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subject to confirmation by the Council, a citizens
review committee comprised of at least 11 members.
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The Committee must review the [committee] group system and
each then-existing board, committee.1 commission, and task force
and report to the Executive and Council its recommendations for
changes in individual boards, committees.1 commissions, and task
forces and the [committee] group system as a whole.
The
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Committee must submit an interim report to the Executive and
Council within 6 months of appointment and submit a fmal report
within 12 months of appointment.
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The County Executive must designate the review committee's
chair and vice-chair.
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2-147. [Committee] Group reports; by-laws.
(a)
The law or resolution establishing a board, committee.1 commission, or
task force [should] may specify the dates when reports are due from the
[committee] group and the subjects to be included in the reports. If the
law or resolution is silent on the dates when reports are due, the board,
committee, commission, or task force must submit an annual report on
November 30 ofeach year [Each committee must submit a written report,
at least annually,] to the Executive and Council containing a description
ofthe [committee's] group's functions, activities, accomplishments, plans
and objectives, including recommendations for changes in [committee]
group functions.
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The Chief Administrative Officer may prescribe a fonnat to be followed
by [committees] groups in their annual report.
The Chief Administrative Officer may adopt binding guidelines,
consistent with law, for the organizational structure and internal
procedures of [committees] groups in the Executive branch of County
government.
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When any [committee] group in the Executive branch adopts by-laws or
any other fonn of internal procedures, the Chief Administrative Officer
must send a copy to the Council.
2-148. Appointments! [[and]] removals, and training.
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Appointments.
(1)
In making appointments to [[committees]]
groups, the
appointing authority should consider the following criteria:
interest, diversity of background and professions, relevant
experience and expertise, and geographic balance. To promote
broad participation, no individual should ordinarily serve more
than 2 consecutive full tenns or serve on more than one
[[committee]] group at anyone time. However, an individual
may serve on more than one [[committee]] group at the same
time if the law that created a committee requires or allows a
member of that [[committee]] group to be selected from
members of another County [[committee]] group.
(2)
Any individual who has served 2 full tenns on a [[committee]]
group is not eligible to serve on the same [[committee]] group
until one year has elapsed. The appointing authority may waive
this restriction if:
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no other qualified applicant is available; or
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other unique circumstances justify the reappointment of
the particular individual.
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Unless another term is established by the law, resolution, or
executive order creating the [[committee]] group, the standard
term for each appointment is 3 years, after any initial staggered
term.
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A member must not continue to serve on a [[committee]] group
after the member's term has expired, and a successor has not
been appointed and confirmed, for more than 6 months unless:
(A)
another law expressly authorizes the member to serve
longer; or
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the Executive has notified the Council why the member
will continue to serve on the [[committee]] group.
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Removalfor absenteeism.
(1)
A member ofa [[committee]] group who misses more scheduled
meetings or hearings than the number of allowed absences,
computed by the following table, or who misses 3 consecutive
scheduled meetings, is automatically removed.
Scheduled
meeting or hearing means any meeting or hearing for which at
least 7 days advance notice was given and which was held as
scheduled
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automatic removal under this subsection takes effect 30 days
after the presiding officer notifies the appointing authority. The
presiding officer of the [[committee]] group must promptly
notify the appointing authority of any member who has been
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automatically removed and must explain any known extenuating
circumstances. The presiding officer should send a copy of the
notice to each member of the [[committee]] group.
(3)
The appointing authority, on request of the affected member,
may waive the removal for illness, emergency or other good
cause. The appointing authority must notify the member whether
a waiver has been granted.
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If a waiver has not been granted, the appointing authority must
appoint a successor to complete the unexpired term, subject to
Council confirmation if the original appointment was subject to
Council confirmation.
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Other causes for removal.
(1)
The appointing authority may remove a [[committee]]
member for:
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a member's inability to perfonn the duties of the office;
conduct that impairs a member from performing the duties
of the office; or
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violation oflaw.
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Before a member is removed, the appointing authority must:
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notify the member in writing of the reason for removal;
and
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give the member an opportunity to submit reasons why the
member should not be removed.
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If.any other provision of law requires the Council's approval
before a member is removed, that provision applies to a removal
under this Section.
(4)
If Council approval is not required before a member is removed,
the appointing authority must notify the Council before the
removal takes effect.
Each member of a group must complete training on the Maryland Open
Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. The Executive must
establish standards for this training by method 2 regulation.
2-149. Procedures at meetings.
Unless a [[committee]] group meeting is subject to Chapter 2A, a meeting
may be conducted informally. The parliamentary procedures of Robert's Rules of
Order govern when it is necessary to take formal action or decide controversial
matters. [[Committee]] Group meetings must be open to the public in accordance
with the state open meetings law.
Sec. 2. Transition.
Any group created by law, resolution, or executive order after this Act takes
effect must be classified as either a board, committee, commission, or task force. This
Act must not be construed to require the renaming ofany group that existed before this
Act takes effect.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 3-16
Administration Boards, Committees, and Commissions
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General Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 3-16 would define a board, committee, commission, and task
force, require an Evaluation and Review Committee to be appointed
every 5 years, and establish a standard due date for annual reports
from a board, committee, commission, and task force.
The Executive appointed, subject to Council confinnation, a citizen
committee (CERB) to study the 87 boards, committees, commissions,
and task forces that support County government in 2012. The CERB
issued a [mal report in 2014. This Bill would implement some of the
recommendations from the CERB report.
Improve the operation of the 87 BCe's.
County Executive, Chief Administrative Officer
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert
H.
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Not applicable.
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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Before the Montgomery County Council
BiII3
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Administration - Boards, Committees, and Commissions
- General Amendments
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Hearing on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 1:30pm
Written Testimony of Paul M. Bessel and Barbara Braswell
Support with an Amendment
revised March 10,2016
We are testifying in support of Bill 3-16 with a very important amendment.
Our names are Paul M. Bessel and Barbara Braswell. We live in Leisure World of Maryland
but we are testifying only as individuals, not representing any group.
We support everything that is in Bill 3-16, but urge the Council to add to it. We have
attended a number of meetings of BCCs in Montgomery County and we find, almost
without exception, that the members of BCCs could benefit from training so they can
properly perform their duties on the BCCs. We urge the Council to insert the following
training requirements in Bill 3-16:
The first part of the training
should be a requirement that all members of BCCs take the
same training that might be required of the people they regulate. For example, the CCOC
has developed a training program for members of boards of directors of condominium and
homeowner associations. The members of the CCOC should be required to take the same
training, and the same requirement should apply to any other BCCs that may have training
programs for others.
The second part of the training
should be a requirement that all BCC members
thoroughly know and understand the laws they administer. This portion ofthe training could
be provided by the County Attorney's staff.
The third part of
the
training
should consist of a basic course in how to be the chair or
a member of a BCC. This is especially true for BCCs that might hold hearings. It should
be fairly easy to develop a training program in how to chair and be a productive member
of BCCs and to do whatever might be required during their service on that BCC. Those
who have had this duty in the past probably would be willing to work on the training
program. If not, we would be happy to volunteer to assist.
The fourth part of the training
should consist of requiring all members of BCCs to take
the online course in Open Meetings that is provided by the Maryland Attorney General's
office. Maryland law requires that one member of each public body. or its staff. take this
Open Meetings training. Wei propose that every member of Montgomery County BCCs be
required to take this training. There is no reason why this training requirement should not
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apply to all members of BCCs. They should all be knowledgeable about laws that apply to
their work on BCCs. The Attorney General's office training on Open Meetings is said to
take about 2 hours to complete and is actually fun to do. A copy of the first page of the
website that provides this training is attached.
The
fifth
part
of the training should be how to run and participate in meetings efficiently
using parliamentary procedure. We have attended meetings of Montgomery County BCCs
and can say from first-hand knowledge that BCC meetings do not consistently follow
Robert's Rules of Order with
its
rules that insure efficient, speedy, and effective meetings
and protection for majorities, minorities, and individual members. For example. at one
eeoc meeting that we attended the chairperson said there should
be
discussion of a
subject before a motion could be made. The correct answer is exactly the opposite. We
also saw a chairperson clearly invoking the infonnal procedures for committees but then
refusing to allow a motion to go to discussion for lack of a second, even though a second
is not required under informal procedures for committees.
There is an organization in Maryland that could assist with this training on how to run
meetings properly using Robert's Rules of Order.
It
is called the Maryland Association of
Parliamentarians, or MAP. As the current President ofMAP, I have consulted with the other
MAP officers who are able and willing to supply this training to all Montgomery County Bee
members at no cost to the county. MAP has provided training for other government groups
and could do so for BCCs.
An example of training in how to run and participate in meetings is attached.
Conclusion
The only possible argument that might be made against requiring a training program for
every member of all BCCs is that
it
might be seen as burdensome and reduce the pool of
volunteers willing to serve on BCes. The response to this is that each member of a BCe
is volunteering to spend hundreds or thousands of hours helping our county through
service on a BCC. All we are suggesting is that they spend a few more hours learning how
to do their jobs more efficiently. This should be welcomed by members of BCCs as well as
all county citizens.
Please note that we are not recommending that failure of a BCC member to take the
required training be subject to any serious penalty. All we are suggesting is that those who
refuse to take the necessary training be prevented from continuing to serve on the Bce.
Since the public has a right to expect all BCC members to be knowledgeable about the
work they are expected to do, this is a reasonable suggestion.
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
April 7, 2016
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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CO':~~iO:-
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udget
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General
Jennifer A. Hughes, Director, .office ofManagement
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department
OfFinanC~
FEIS for Council Bill 3-16, Boards, Committees, and
Amendments
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above-­
referenced legislation.
JAH:mc
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative .officer
Lisa Austin, Offices ofthe County Executive
Joy Nurmi, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
JosephF. Beach, Director, Department ofFinance
Jennifer A. Hughes, Director, Office ofManagement and Budget
Connie
Latham,
Office ofthe Executive
David Platt, Department ofFinance
Robert Hagedoom, Department ofFinance
Jane Mukira, Office ofManagement and Budget
Alex Espinosa, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, .office ofManagement and Budget
Felicia Zhang, Office ofManagement and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council Bill 3-16, Boards, Committees, and Commissions - General Amendments
1. Legislative Summary
The legislation would define a board. commission. and task force; require an Evaluation
and Review Committee to be appointed every 5 years; and establish a standard due date
for annual reportS from a board, committee. commission and task force.
2. An estimate ofchanges in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
No revenues or expenditures are expected from the proposed legislation.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
See item # 2.
4.
An.
actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
The proposed legislation does not affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
S.
An
estimate'Qfexpenditures related
to
County's information technology (IT) systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
Not applicable.
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes future
spending.
The proposed legislation does not authorize future spending.
7. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
There is no additional staff time needed to implement the bill.
8. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other duties.
Not applicable. See item
#7.
9.
An
estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
No
~ditional
appropriation is needed.
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10. A description of any variable that could
~ect
revenue and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
11. Ranges ofrevenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to proj ect.
Not applicable.
12.
If
a bill is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is the case.
None
13. Other fiscal impacts or conunents.
None
14. The following contributed
to
and concurred· with this analysis:
Connie Latham. Office of the Executive
Jane Mukira, Office of Management and Budget
Offi
of Management and Budget
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Economic Impact Statement
Bill 3-16, Administration - Boards, Committees, and Commissions ­
General Amendments
Background:
This legislation would:
1. Define a board, committee, commission, and task force;
2. Require an Evaluation and Review Committee to be appointed every five (5)
years; and
.
3. Establish a standard due date for annual reports from a board, committee,
commission and task force.
1.
The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
There are no sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used in the
preparation of the economic impact statement.
2. A description of any variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
There are no variables that could affect the economic impact estimates. Bill3-16
amends Section 2-142 of the County Code to include definitions ofthe various
appointed bodies using the Maryland Municipal League definitions. The legislation
also amends Section 2-146(c)(2) ofthe County Code to require that a Committee
Evaluation and Review Board (CERB) be appointed every five years.
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect,
if
any on employment, spending, savings,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
Bill 3-16 would have no economic effect on employment, spending, savings,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
4.
If
a Bill
is
likely to have no economic impact, why
is
that the case?
See paragraph #3.
5. The following contributed to or concurred with·this analysis: David Platt and Rob
Hagedoom, Department of Finance.
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h. Beach, Director
Department of Finance
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