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One of the bills that will be voted on early in 2013 is a ban on smoking on county-owned properties.
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One of the bills that will be voted on early in 2013 is a ban on smoking on county-owned properties.

The beginning of next year will be very busy for the Montgomery County Council, as several bills were introduced by council members Tuesday morning. This puts them all on schedule for votes during the first two months of 2013. 

Today's bills included councilwoman Nancy Floreen's measure that would expand the smoking ban to all county-owned and leased property. This would include the county jail, parks, garages, golf courses and recreational facilities.

Another proposal from Floreen would dedicate more money to the county's conference and visitor's bureau, something on which she says the county is far behind it's chief competitor.

"Fairfax County funds its conference and visitor's bureau initiatives at the rate of 12 percent of their hotel/motel taxes," says Floreen. "Ours is currently at 3.5, and we propose to double that."

Other bills introduced this morning would charge fees on developers who cut down too many trees, while another is aimed at increasing affordable housing at county-owned property.

Public hearings will be held on all of them in January.

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