April 4, 2016
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 4-16, Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Various
Bill 4-16, Boards, Committees, and Commissions - Various 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.
Bill 4-16 would:
• increase the membership of the Animal Matters Hearing Board, the Commission on
Aging, the Commission on People with Disabilities, the Commission on Veterans
Affairs, the Commission on Child Care, and the Library Board; and
• eliminate the various geographical area recreation advisory boards.
County Code §2-146(c) requires the Executive to appoint, subject to Council confinnation,
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 final report to the Council and the
Executive on September 30,2013. A copy ofthe report can be viewed at:
REPORT -2013. pdf.
The CERB visited and reviewed the operation of87 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 BCe's. Bill 4-16 would
amend County law to implement the specific changes affecting an individual BCC as
recommended by the CERB.
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.