Recap: Legislative Affairs Member Meeting - Councilmember Nancy Floreen - Monday, February 3, 2014

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February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Guest Speaker: Nancy Floreen, Montgomery County Councilmember, At large

Ilaya Hopkins, VP, Public Affairs, MCCC welcomed MCCC members and announced upcoming Chamber events. Legislative Affairs Committee Chair, Tom McElroy, welcomed Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen to the meeting. Councilmember Floreen is chair of the Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee (PHED) and a member of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee (T&E).

In the current General Assembly Legislative Session, school construction funding is a top priority for Montgomery County. Education is an important asset to the county and we incur significant costs. For example, the County has been given the obligation to take responsibility for teacher pensions, which will prove to be very expensive over the long term.  Some of Montgomery County’s biggest challenges are fiscal issues. Councilmember Floreen said the Council will meet to determine whether or not to raise the debt ceiling.

The Montgomery County Council recently met with MBDC for an update on projects and priorities. The organization is developing searchable databases for businesses to use as a source of for economic data, site selection, incentives, tax information etc. MBDC hopes to take on marketing responsibilities.

The extensive work on the zoning code rewrite is finished and will provide a lot of opportunities for redevelopment in Montgomery County. Councilmember Floreen is confident that this zoning code will be more accessible and understandable to residents. The formal vote will take place Tuesday, February 25.

Councilmember Floreen discussed bills that have been recently introduced at the County Council on the topics of healthcare, campaign financing and energy. She recommends that members of the business community speak with the appropriate Councilmembers and submit testimony on issues of importance.

In response to a question about transportation funding, she stressed how important Metro is to the long-term sustainability of our region.

As she concluded the discussion, Councilmember Floreen stressed her open door policy and said she looks forward to working with members of the business community.

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