December is upon us. It’s the most wonderful — and busy — time of the year! This month also marks one year since members of the county council were inaugurated. Knowing that it can be hard to find time to keep up with what is happening in local government, especially during this season, I want to share a summary of our work over the last 12 months.
Since last December, the council has considered 82 bills. Of those, 67% passed unanimously, illustrating that most the council’s work is noncontroversial and nonpartisan. However, there are some issues where our different worldviews and beliefs are highlighted. Those are most apparent in the 18% of bills (15) passed on a four-to-three vote, with 14 of those 15 being party-line votes (Democrats yes, Republicans no), including:
For my individual legislative work, I have spearheaded a number of initiatives this year, including:
Another topic that I have worked on behind the scenes this year is regulation for community-based assisted living facilities and group homes. While we absolutely need these facilities in our community, some developers are using the loose regulations and rules in place to change the “community” nature of these facilities into major businesses operating in residential areas without adequate infrastructure or safety measures to guarantee safety for some of our most vulnerable citizens. I am working with the community and others to try and find a solution that respects the rights and dignity of all parties involved. This is something I expect to continue working on into the New Year.
Representing you on the county council this year has been a joy. Through the challenges, I remain committed to doing my very best to give back to this community that has given so much to me. From my family to yours, we wish you a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a happy New Year!