Week Ahead: Montgomery County Council To Introduce Anti-Discrimination Bill For Certain Hairstyles

Week Ahead: Montgomery County Council To Introduce Anti-Discrimination Bill For Certain Hairstyles

Plus: Rockville to host candidate forum; Montgomery County delegation to discuss Housing Authority

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Proposed law would prohibit discrimination based on certain hairstyles

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council will discuss a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on natural hairstyles.

The bill specifically cites protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, Afros, and twists that are traditional for many people of color. It would amend the county’s existing anti-discrimination laws to include those hairstyles, along with factors such as religion, sex, and age.

The council will introduce the legislation during the morning portion of the meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the third floor hearing room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Rockville to host candidate forum for mayoral and city council races

The city of Rockville and the League of Women Voters will co-host a candidate forum on Tuesday for an upcoming municipal election.

Two mayoral candidates — Bridget Donnell Newton and Virginia D. Onley — will participate, along with 13 council member candidates currently competing for four available seats.

The forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rockville Senior Center at 1150 Carnation Drive.

Montgomery County delegation to discuss oversight of Housing Opportunities Commission

State legislators will meet on Thursday to discuss transparency within the county’s Housing Opportunities Commission, a local agency with broadened powers under a recent bill.

The Maryland General Assembly passed the legislation in 2018, allowing the HOC to create nonprofit subsidiaries that can develop market-rate and affordable housing. Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed another law that allowed the county’s inspector general to exercise greater oversight of the agency.

The Montgomery County delegation will continue to discuss transparency within the agency at a public hearing. Issues include financial reporting requirements, disclosure laws, and the effectiveness of the 2018 legislation.

The meeting will be held on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

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