The Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, chaired by At-large CM Phil Mendelson, held a public hearing on the bill on March 18; watch the hearing here on the OCT Web site (the hearing actually starts at minute 6:20). There were more than 45 witnesses who registered to testify. CMs Mendelson, Evans and Graham delivered opening remarks (minutes 6:20, 10:30 and 15:10, respectively).
According to CMs Evans and Mendelson, Council Chair Vincent Gray and CMs Mary Cheh, Jack Evans, and Phil Mendelson agreed that the committee would mark-up the bill in June so that there could be two votes by the time the council went out for summer recess in mid-July. The legislation would become effective some time in the fall, depending on the Congressional calendar.
The committee will hold another hearing on the bill on May 18 at 10:30 in the Council Chamber (Room 500). This hearing is by invitation only and is designed to delve more deeply into a limited number of issues raised in previous hearings and constituent communications.
Susie's commentary: Mayor Fenty apparently wants this legislation implemented immediately, presumably in time for summer.