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Andrew Friedson

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Bill 40-18: Our First Bill


February 5, 2019 – Today, with the unanimous support of my colleagues on the Council, we passed our first bill: a commonsense fix to unnecessary and burdensome requirements on our local small businesses that provide downsizing and estate sales services.

This bill is a great example of how we can be responsive as a county government to our local businesses by adjusting our laws to reflect the reality that these businesses face on a daily basis.

This marks a step in the right direction toward improving our business climate here in Montgomery County. It is my hope and intent that this will be the first of many efforts as we continue to support our growing and thriving local business community.

Bringing the Council to the Community


You learn a lot more from listening than you do from talking, and we learn even more when we’re in the great community we’re so fortunate to serve.

Watch the video above to see some of what we learned on January 24 at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda during our first Community Conversation with Andrew Friedson. Topics included everyday quality of life issues, pedestrian safety, airplane noise, climate change, education funding, growing our County’s private-sector economy and much more.

Providing the world-class constituent service District 1 residents rightfully expect and deserve is one of my most important jobs. Getting out into the community we serve is critical to do doing that job right. Thank you to everyone who came out to our first Community Conversation for helping to make it such a success. We will be holding more Community Conversations throughout District 1 so look for details on our next event soon.

Hitting the Ground Running


I spent December 4 – my second full day in office – with resident, business, and government leaders for a downtown Bethesda walk focused on every day quality-of-life issues such as pedestrian safety and construction impacts. Ensuring world-class constituent service and improving our quality-of-life are the lifeblood of local government and my primary areas of focus to begin my tenure on the County Council.

I was pleased to bring together leadership from the Department of Transportation, Department of Permitting Services, Planning Department, Planning Board, Montgomery Parks, Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda Implementation Committee and Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board to get an on-the-ground look at specific challenges and discuss potential improvements.

Progress is being made, but I know we can do better by working together. We must continue to consider new and more flexible ways to accommodate everyone – including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, business owners, and construction contractors – while ensuring safety in a livable, walkable, and accessible environment.

Some of these challenges require long-term, systemic changes, while others can be addressed right away with the agencies and individuals who identified them together. My office will be following up on each and every item identified during the walking tour so we can get them fixed as soon as possible.

If you have a problem area you would like to add to our list, please contact us at councilmember.friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov with your thoughts and suggestions.



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