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County holds public hearing on pool law

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ROCKVILLE – On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council held a public hearing on a bill that would allow for hotel pools to remain open without a lifeguard.

If passed, Expedited Bill 16-17 would require hotel pools to have an emergency alert system next to the pool.

The bill, introduced by Council member Sidney Katz (D-3) and cosponsored by Council members Nancy Floreen (D-at large), Marc Elrich (d-at large) and Roger Berliner (D- 1), would repeal what hotel mangers call a costly bill. Montgomery County is one of only two jurisdictions in the state – along with Baltimore County– to require hotels to have a lifeguard on duty while the pool is open.

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Berliner says budget aggression will not stand

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Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner reassured activists and professionals in the Jewish community last week that the County’s proposed budget that includes a 1 percent cut in funding for nonprofits will not stand.

“It just simply can’t stand, and I know my colleagues feel the same way,” Berliner told the 60 participants at the 12th annual Jewish Community Relations Council’s Montgomery County Advocacy Day on April 6.

The reduced funding is proposed to come out of the Department of Health and Human Services Non-Developmental Disabilities Provider Services Contracts budget, which many nonprofits rely on to provide services to County residents.

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Gaithersburg confirms Monroe - honors Katz

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GAITHERSBURG – The City Council voted unanimously to confirm the selection of Yvette Monroe as its newest member Monday Night. 

Monroe, recipient of Gaithersburg’s Distinguished Citizen Award last year and Chair of the city’s Education and Enrichment Committee, was chosen from a dozen applicants and five finalists to serve the balance of Council Member Henry F. Marraffa Jr.’s final term. Marraffa died on Oct. 18, and his term expires in November. Monroe has not yet announced whether she will seek a full term in the fall. She was scheduled to be formally sworn in at City Hall Wednesday night.

The council inducted County Council member Sidney A. Katz (D-3) into Gaithersburg’s Hall of Mayors.  Katz, a Gaithersburg native and graduate of Gaithersburg High school, served on the City Council from 1978 to 1998, when he was appointed mayor following the death of Mayor W. Edward Bohrer. He served as Mayor until his election to the County Council in 2014. At Monday night’s meeting, a portrait of Katz was unveiled, which will hang with portraits of other past city mayors in the hallway leading to the Council Chambers.

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County Raises Minimum Wage

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Council passes minimum wage raise, now awaits Leggett's signature

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ROCKVILLE – After many debates, protests and public hearings, the County Council voted Tuesday to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

Now Bill 12-16 awaits County Executive Ike Leggett’s signature before it can become law. Patrick Lacefield, a spokesperson for the County, said Leggett has not decided whether he plans to sign the minimum wage increase in to law.

“We're still reviewing it; we haven't made a decision,” Lacefield said.

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Council will take up minimum wage, budget following break

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Just six days after their counterparts in Annapolis begin the legislative session for the state General Assembly, the Council returns to tackle priority issues for the County, including transportation, education and the economy.

On the agenda for the Council will be the County Budget, minimum wage and sector plans for Bethesda.

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HHS committee split on minimum wage bill

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ROCKVILLE – The County Council continued their debate over raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour during a Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee meeting Wednesday.

The committee discussed Bill 12-16, which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

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