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Roger Berliner On WMAL 9/18/12.– INTERVIEW – ROGER BERLINER – Montgomery County Council President — discussed the issue of Montgomery County’s contracting bill and the police union ballot initiative. Business leaders blast Montgomery contracting bill. (Gazette) — Business leaders are rallying opposition to a bill that would force many companies in Montgomery County that win service contracts to retain the employees of the old contractors for 90 days. The county council is expected to consider the legislation Tuesday morning. “It does not protect jobs and, more importantly, it doesn’t create net new jobs,” Georgette Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, said previously. “We need job creationism, not favoritism.” If enacted, the law would be the first of its kind in Maryland, although similar laws exist in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Providence, RI, and New York City, according to county memos. The state legislature considered a similar bill this year, but it did not get out of committee. The law would apply to not only many contracts awarded by Montgomery County, but to private service contracts that provide security, janitorial, building maintenance, food preparation and nonprofessional health care services in facilities that include office buildings of more than 75000 square feet, apartment complexes with more than 30 units, hospitals, private schools and cultural institutions. It does not apply to certain businesses

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