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Bill to Allow County to Stagger County Council Terms Dies in Delegation

The proposed legislation which, if passed would have allowed authorizing the members of the Montgomery County Council to enact legislation to stagger the terms of office for the members of the Council, has been killed by the Montgomery County Delegation and will no longer be going forward in the State House of Delegates.

The Bill, known locally as MC 4-17 and known at the state level as HB 348 was introduced by Delegate Al Carr, Jr., (District 18 – Chevy Chase) last month. On Thursday, Feb. 23 the bill was killed by an “unfavorable vote” by members of the Montgomery County Delegation and officially withdrawn from consideration on Friday, Feb. 24.

The Bill which was rejected by members of Montgomery County Council earlier this year came under fire from opponents saying it was a way to circumvent the Term Limit Referendum approved by Montgomery County voters in the November 2016 election.

Due to the limited nature of the Maryland Legislative session House Bill 348 had been introduced in the Maryland House but was not approved by the Montgomery County Delegation. Because the bill would have only affected Montgomery County, the members of the County Delegation would have needed approve it for it to make its way further to the Maryland State Legislature. The 5-0 unfavorable vote by on Thursday by the Montgomery County Economic Development Committee was the Bill’s death knell.

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