COUNCIL CHAIR DAVIS ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGISLATIVE YEAR 2017
Prince George’s County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis has announced Council committee assignments and appointments to County boards and commissions for Legislative Year 2017.
Council Member Karen R. Toles will serve as Health, Education and Human Services Committee (HEHS) chair, assisted in this work by Council Member Deni L. Taveras who will serve as committee vice-chair. Committee members include Council Member Mel Franklin, Council Member Andrea C. Harrison, and Council Member Todd Turner.
Included among the agencies, institutions and issues of concern to HEHS: The Prince George’s County Board of Education – Transfers and Budget Amendments; Prince George’s Community College; Citizens Complaint Oversight Panel; Dimensions Healthcare Corporation (Certificate of Need Reviews); Board of Elections; Family Services-Americans with Disabilities Act and related items; County Health Department; all Board of Health issues; Human Relations Commission; Board of License Commissioners; the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System; and Social Services.
Council Member Andrea C. Harrison will chair the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee (PZED). Council Member Obie Patterson (D) – District 8, will serve as committee vice-chair. PZED Members include Council Vice-Chair Dannielle Glaros and Council Members Mel Franklin and Karen R. Toles.
In addition to County zoning and subdivision bills, and planning and land-use regulations, PZED is also responsible for reviewing the Economic Development Corporation budget; the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, including bi-county concerns, the Planning Department, Parks and Recreation, and the Planning Board; and the People’s Zoning Counsel.
Council Vice-Chair Dannielle Glaros and Council Member Deni Taveras will lead the Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee (PSFM) as chair and vice-chair, respectively. Committee Members include Council Member Mary A. Lehman, Council Member Andrea C. Harrison and Council Member Todd Turner.
PSFM is responsible for reviewing 18 County agencies, and several issues and policies related to law enforcement, crime prevention and criminal justice, emergency preparedness, labor agreements, bond issues, budget and financial management, and cable television and telecommunications. Agency review responsibilities include the Office of Central Services; Circuit Court; Office of Community Relations; Department of Corrections; Office of Finance; Fire/EMS Department/Volunteer Fire; Office of Homeland Security; Office of Human Resources Management; Personnel Board; Office of Information Technology; Office of Law; Board of Ethics; Office of Management and Budget; Orphan’s Court; Police Department; Office of the Sheriff; Office of the State’s Attorney; and the Revenue Authority.
The Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee (THE), will be led by Council Member Todd Turner serving as chair, and Council Member Mary Lehman serving as committee vice-chair. Committee Members include Council Member Mel Franklin, Council Member Obie Patterson and Council Member Deni Taveras.
THE handles legislative matters pertaining to transportation policy and planning, Transit-Oriented Development, as well as environmental protections, conservation programs and green infrastructure. Other policy and budget issues include the Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program; Enterprise Funds; Solid Waste Plan; Storm Water Management; the Community Development Block Grant Program; the Redevelopment Authority; and Taxicabs and Limousines. Agency review responsibilities include the Department of Environmental Resources; Animal Control; Department of Housing and Community Development; Department of Public Works and Transportation; the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Operating Budget; and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission.
Council Chair Davis and Vice Chair Glaros will preside over the Rules, General Assembly and Committee of the Whole (COW) as chair and vice-chair, respectively. WSSC, M-NCPPC and County Capital Budgets and Capital Improvement Programs are reviewed in COW.
Council of Government Appointments for 2017 include: Board of Directors, Chair Davis and Council Member Turner; Transportation Planning Board, Vice Chair Glaros and Council Member Toles (alternate); Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, Council Members Taveras and Lehman (alternate); Region Forward Coalition, Vice-Chair Glaros; Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee, Council Member Toles; Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, Council Member Patterson; and Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, Council Member Lehman.
For committee staffing information and a complete listing of committee assignments and appointments to County boards and commissions, click HERE.
For meeting schedules and agendas, click HERE.
All legislative powers of Prince George’s County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov