Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Could the AG be an elected position?

The Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary (CM Mendelson, At-large, chair) is holding a public hearing on B18-0065, "The Attorney General of the District of Columbia Clarification Act of 2009", on July 10.   The hearing will be held at Noon in the JAWB, Council Chamber (Room 500).

The legislation was introduced in January by CM Mendelson and co-sponsored by CMs M Brown and Catania.   The bill was naturally referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary (CM Mendelson, chair).    The purpose is

to establish appointment requirements and minimum qualifications for the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, and to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to establish the Attorney General for the District of Columbia as an elected position.

The idea of an elected AG has long been on the agenda of At-large CM Catania.    Consider, for example, PR 12-671, “Sense of the Council Regarding the Establishment of an Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia Resolution of 1998." (See dcwatch.com).

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