UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County officials have approved bills that encourage county government contractors to employ local residents and use unionized labor.
The county Council unanimously passed the measures on Tuesday.
The Washington Post reports that the hiring bill was sponsored by Councilman Mel Franklin, and the bill encouraging the use of unionized labor was sponsored by Councilwoman Karen Toles.
Both measures initially sought to make the hiring practices mandatory, but were revised due to an objection from County Executive Rushern Baker III.
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