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COUNCIL CONVENES FOR FINAL SESSION PRIOR TO SUMMER RECESS – ENACTS HEALTHY RESTAURANTS LEGISLATION AND OTHER MEASURES, ADDRESSES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS
The Prince George’s County Council convened Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in its final regular session before Summer Recess. During Tuesday’s session, the Council passed key legislation; received public testimony from residents and stakeholders; and addressed Proposed Correspondence.
The Council enacted the following measures:
In other matters, the Council addressed Executive Appointments to the Fire Commission, which were ultimately rejected in a 6-3-1 vote, with a commitment from Council Chair Dernoga to engage with all interested stakeholders to effectively address concerns of the volunteer and career firefighters as it relates to the Fire Commission nomination process moving forward.
CR-071-2023, legislation expressing opposition to locating a PEPCO lithium battery storage facility in the Southlawn and Livingston Woods Area was also introduced. Following public testimony from residents opposed to the project, PEPCO leadership addressed the Council, committing that no construction will commence on the project until they come back before the body in September.
The Council also announced the appointment of Jocelyn Route to the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Route currently serves as a Public Health Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science and a Master’s degree from Howard University.
The County Council will reconvene in September, unless an emergency meeting is required during recess.