Councilman Benoit has proposed a County Council bill requiring all legal settlements over $100k be authorized by the council. The bill covers any legal settlement over $100,000 which limits council oversight to the largest cases. In the past three years only two cases exceeded that amount. Council approval is required for more minor expenditures and in my opinion this shouldn't be any different. We will just have to wait to see where everyone comes down on this one but I can imagine that County Executive is going to push to get this shot down in order to preserve the power he has.
A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Jan. 18 in the Council Chambers and all are encouraged to come and listen and chime in on the debate. Check the council website for details.