Recap - Councilmember Tom Hucker on The County Council and Transportation, Energy and Environment Priorities

Posted Date: 
September 18, 2015

Guest Speaker: Councilmember Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Council, District 5
Topic: The County Council and Transportation, Energy and Environment Priorities

September 18, 2015 Recap

The vice-chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, Leslie Weber, welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speaker, Councilmember Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Council, District 5. Mr. Hucker has been on the County Council for approximately 9 months; prior to that, he served two terms as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly from District 20.  His current district is on the east side of Montgomery County and bordered by Washington DC on the south and Howard County on the north.

Councilmember Hucker began by saying that he is eager to hear what is on the mind of MCCC members.  He shared some of the updates of the work of his office including a focus on constituent services and making sure that the County’s 311 service is being responsive to resident concerns.  He listed the various ways the Council has focused on business issues including authorizing a Development Ombudsman position, privatizing economic development, supporting the small business navigator role and shoring up priorities in MCPS, Montgomery College and public safety despite a $54 million savings plan.

The Council has also recently passed a resolution to make it easier for restaurants to stock specialty beers and wines, and legislation allowing taxi companies to compete with Uber and Lyft, banning e-cigarettes, and cracking down on predatory towing. 

He is particularly pleased with the collaborative climate in which the work is getting done. He has enjoyed supporting local businesses in his district, most recently by promoting Silver Spring Restaurant Week.  As a former legislator in the General Assembly, he has taken particular interest in helping Montgomery County develop a more coordinated and muscular program to advocate for Montgomery County needs at the state level.

Questions from MCCC members revolved around syncing public policy with the vision of promoting economic development.  Councilmember Hucker was very interested in hearing suggestions of where government can get out of the way and let business take place.  Topics raised include paid sick leave, minimum wage, impact tax amendments, energy tax, pesticides, and coordination with recommendations coming from the Augustine and Regulatory Reform Commission, to name a few.

At the end of the meeting, Gigi Godwin expressed the need to focus on the speed of play so that our businesses are not slowed down. Councilmember Hucker encouraged everyone to be in contact with him and share ideas of how we can make progress on supporting business in Montgomery County. 

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