The Montgomery County Council is the legislative branch of County Government. It has nine members, all elected at the same time by the voters of Montgomery County for four-year terms. The terms of the present Council, elected November 2010, began at noon on December 6, 2010 and will continue until noon on the first Monday in December 2014.
Five members of the Council are elected by the voters of their respective council districts. The county is also divided among our police and fire districts, and of course, our great school system. Four members, including Councilmember Hans Riemer, are elected at-large by all the voters of the County. The Council officers are elected by the Council from among its members in December for a one-year term. Officers for 2012-2013 are:
The Council’s Responsibilities
The County Council’s responsibilities are specified by the County Charter and state law. Some of the Council’s principal responsibilities are:
When the Council Meets
The Council generally meets on Tuesdays beginning at 9 a.m. The Council meets other days in committees and frequently holds public hearings and forums in the evenings. Nearly all Council meetings are open to the public.
The Council conducts business in the following manner:
There are currently six Council standing committees: Education; Health and Human Services; Government and Fiscal Policy, Planning, Housing, and Economic Development; Public Safety; and Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment. Each Committee has budget review and program oversight responsibilities. Some cross-cutting issues may be reviewed by two committees meeting jointly.
In some of the committees, an individual other than the Chair has been designated as the Lead Councilmember for an issue or group of issues. Lead Councilmembers take the initiative in developing agenda items in their areas of responsibility and act as chair of the committee when their items are being discussed.
Council committees customarily meet on Mondays and Thursdays. During the Council budget seasons (January through June), committee sessions are held more frequently.
Hans Riemer currently serves on the following Committees & Boards:
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