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CLPA List of Upcoming DC Area Policy Meetings (September 18-September 22)

As we start a new week, important meetings and discussions are happening in the DC Area's local and state government. This week, the DC Council is holding a Legislative Meeting where they'll vote on various bills covering important topics.


One of these bills, the "Electric Bicycle Rebate Program Amendment Act of 2023," wants to create a program that gives money back to people who buy electric bicycles. Another bill, the "Pathways to Behavioral Health Degrees Act of 2023," aims to make it easier for DC residents to get a Master of Social Work degree and offers scholarships for those studying behavioral health. The "Public Health Emergency Credit Alert Amendment Act of 2023" would make credit agencies accept statements from individuals explaining financial difficulties during public health emergencies and stop negative credit reports because of actions taken during those times.


There's also the "School Student Vaccination Amendment Act of 2023," which suggests removing the requirement for eligible DC students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, the "Fairness in Renting Clarification Amendment Act of 2023" wants to make renting a home fairer by limiting certain fees landlords can charge and giving tenants more notice before rent goes up. Lastly, the "Banning Associations from Banning Youth Amendment Act of 2023" aims to prevent groups from blocking child development facilities, ensuring that children can access these important services.


In Maryland, the Board of Charles County Commissioners will discuss a bill about property tax breaks for certain emergency responders and their surviving spouses. In Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Council is addressing bills related to the minimum wage and traffic control. In Prince George's County, the County Council is talking about bills concerning tax credits for public safety officers and reinvesting in cannabis-related initiatives. The Prince George's County Board of Education will also discuss policy changes recommended by the Policy and Governance Committee at their Thursday meeting.


In Virginia, Arlington County's County Board will meet to establish the Arlington County Department of Social Services Advisory Board. The Arlington County School Board will meet to consider new math resources for secondary education and review revisions to the FY2024 budget on Thursday.


District of Columbia



DC Council

The DC Council will hold a Legislative Meeting this week on Tuesday at 12 pm.


Important bills to be voted on or discussed:

  • B25-0074 - Fairness in Renting Clarification Amendment Act of 2023

  • B25-0045 - Banning Associations from Banning Youth Amendment Act of 2023

  • B25-0115 - Electric Bicycle Rebate Program Amendment Act of 2023

  • B25-0055 - Pathways to Behavioral Health Degrees Act of 2023

  • B25-0118 - Public Health Emergency Credit Alert Amendment Act of 2023

  • B25-0278 - School Student Vaccination Amendment Act of 2023


DC State Board of Education

There will a public meeting of the DC State Board of Education on Wednesday at 5:30 pm


 

Maryland


Maryland General Assembly:

Both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate are currently adjourned and not in session.


However, please see Maryland General Assembly 2023 Dates of Interest for information about pre-filed bills.



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Charles County



Board of Charles County Commissioners

The Board of Charles County Commissioners will meet at 9 am on September 19. They will also have a public hearing later in the day at 6 pm to discuss a bill that changes local law to give a tax break on property taxes for homes owned by certain emergency responders and their surviving spouses.








Charles County Board of Education

There will not be a meeting of the Charles County Board of Education this week

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Montgomery County



Montgomery County Council

The Montgomery County Council will meet at 9 am on Tuesday.


Introduction of Bills:

  • Bill 35-23, County Minimum Wage - Tipped Employees

  • Bill 34-23, County Minimum Wage -Wage Commission - Established

Bills for Final Reading:

  • Bill 11-23, Motor Vehicles and Traffic

  • Traffic Control Signals, Devices, and Enforcement Action Plan (Safe Streets Act)

Montgomery County Board of Education

The Montgomery County Board of Education will not have a public meeting this week.


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Prince George's County



Prince George's County Council

The Prince George's County Council will have a meeting on Tuesday at 11:15 am.


First Reading of Bills:

  • CB-087-2023-The Public Safety Officer Real Property Tax Credit

  • CB-088-2023-Cannabis Reinvestment and Restoration Commission


Prince George's County Board of Education


The Prince George's County Board of Education will have a public meeting on Thursday on the agenda; among other things, they will discuss policy revisions the Policy and Governance Committee recommended regarding geographic boundaries, informed consent for student data gathering, and automated external defibrillators. These policies were unanimously recommended for approval at the September 21, 2023, Board of Education meeting for public comment.

 

Virginia

Virginia General Assembly:

Both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate are adjourned and not in session.





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Alexandria City:



Alexandria City Council:

The Alexandria City Council will not have a public meeting this week.


Alexandria City Board of Education:

The Alexandria City School Board will not have a public meeting this week.






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Arlington County


Arlington County Board

The Arlington County Board will have a public on Saturday at 8:30 pm. At this meeting, the Board will establish the Arlington County Department of Social Services Advisory Board (DSSAB).


Arlington County School Board

The Arlington County School Board will have a public meeting on Thursday at 7 pm. The Board will consider the adoption of new math resources for secondary education. The board will also review revisions to the FY2024 budget.


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Fairfax County


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will not hold a full Board meeting this week.


Fairfax County School Board

The Fairfax County School Board will not hold a full Board meeting this week.



 


Staying informed about local policies is of utmost importance as they significantly impact our daily lives. From zoning laws to school funding, these decisions affect everything from the cost of living to the quality of education. Therefore, it's crucial to be aware of what's happening in our communities and voice our opinions when shaping policies that affect us all.


Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to stay informed about these proceedings and engage with their local representatives to contribute to the decision-making process and ensure their voices are heard. CLPA will provide continual updates throughout the week on any new development here on our site, on Twitter: @LocalPolicyCTR, and on Facebook @localpolicycenter.


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