Under the County Charter, the Council is required to establish a Charter Review Commission every eight years. The Commission consists of 15 residents of Howard County. Five of the members must be selected from a list ten names submitted by the County Executive. No more than ten of the members of the Commission may be of the same political party. The Chair of the Commission is appointed in the resolution designating the members of the Commission. On March 4, 2019, the County Council approved Resolution No. 18-2019 appointing the 2019 Charter Review Commission.
Council Resolution 18-2019
Maryland Association of Counties County Government Structure Guide
Maryland Association of Counties Code Home Rule vs. Commissioner vs. Charter Guide
Synopsis of the Draft Preliminary Recommendations of the Charter Review Commission
Preliminary Report and Recommendations of the 2019-2020 Charter Review Commission
To view the virtual meeting on April 14, 2020, click here
To view the virtual meeting on April 28, 2020, click here.
Persons needing accommodations to fully participate in the public hearing, please contact the Council Office, 410-313-2001.
There will be signup sheets available for members of the public to use when they arrive at a public hearing. If possible, please bring 20 copies of written testimony for distribution at the public hearing.
Please note, any testimony submitted to [email protected] 48 hours prior to a public hearing will be forwarded to the Commission members.