FAQs - During the State of Emergency, some policies and practices have been changed in order to continue to conduct County Business
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Contact and General Information
Questions: Public Access
Questions: The Role of the Council
Questions: County Laws and the Legislative Process
Questions: County Budget
Questions: Council Members
Questions: Council Districts
Where are the County Council offices?
Where are the County Council’s legislative sessions and hearings held?
What are the office’s hours?
Where do I park at the County offices?
How do I find out who represents me on the Council?
How do I contact my Council representative?
How do I find out when a hearing or meeting is being held and what’s on the agenda?
When does the Council meet?
May I attend Council meetings?
Is the building accessible?
Are the Council’s meetings televised?
How can I get notification of Council meetings?
How can I be considered for appointment to serve on a board or commission?
What are the powers of the Council?
Can a member help me with a problem with County services?
How does the Council honor those who deserve special recognition for accomplishment or service?
What is the Council’s relationship with the Board of Education?
What is the County Charter?
Who may introduce legislation?
How can I get a new law passed?
How does a bill become law?
What is the difference between a bill and a resolution?
How do I find bills or resolutions?
How do I testify at a hearing?
How can I track a bill that is under consideration?
How long does the County Executive have to sign a bill?
Can the Council override a veto?
When does a bill that passes become effective?
What if a County Executive does not sign a bill by the bill's effective date?
What happens to a bill if it does not pass?
Is there a limit on debate among the Council members?
What does the underlining and strikethrough in bill and amendment text mean?
How can I find out how a Council member voted on a bill?
How can I get a copy of the County Code?
How do I get a copy of a bill?
Where can I find the County’s budget?
What is the Council’s role in determining the County’s annual budget?
What is the difference between the capital and operating budgets?
What is the difference between the County Council and the County Executive?
Where can I find information about of members of the Council?
What qualifications must a Council member have?
How many Council members are there and how are they chosen?
When does a newly elected Council member’s term of office begin?
How are the Council’s officers selected?
How long do Council members serve?
Do Council members have term limits?
What do Council members do when they are not in session?
How much are members of the Council paid and what are their other benefits?
How is the compensation of Council members determined?
How are Council districts determined?
How often are legislative districts redrawn?