Sunday, September 22, 2013

DC Council introductions, Sept. 17

A shout out to Ward 5 resident Eric Jones for compiling introductions from the dais from the September 17 DC Council sessions.
The following legislation was introduced yesterday. I haven't received copies of all of them yet and the secretary hasn't made copies of all of them available at this point but if there is something of interest you may want to reach out to the office of the Council Person who introduced it to obtain more information.

Chairman Mendelson (D)
-- Fossil Fuel Divestment Act of 2013 - this would require the city to divest all holdings from companies with interest in fossil fuels (directly or indirectly)
-- Budget Support and Technical Amendment Act of 2013 - this would make technical changes to the Budget Support Act

Councilman Orange (D) At - Large
-- The Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 - this legislation would increase the minimum wage over a series of years to $12.50 an hour. Once it reaches this thresh hold it would increase the wage based on the Consumer Price Index (instead of COLA) from that point forward.

Councilman Grosso (I) At - Large
-- The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 - this would legalize marijuana for personal use for persons 21 years of age and over. It would also adjust current regulations as well as establish a sales tax on marijuana.
-- The Record Sealing for Non - Violent Possession of Marijuana Act of 2013 - this would require the government to seal the criminal record of anyone individual who was charged with the crime of possession of Marijuana.
-- The Anti Shackling of Incarcerated Pregnant Woman Act of 2013 - this would prohibit the shackling of any incarcerated women who is in any aspect of labor, including but not limited to delivery, recovery, etc.

Councilwoman Bonds (D) At - Large
-- Criteria of the Council Review of Contracts Act of 2013 - this legislation would ensure that there is consistency in the materials presented to the Council for subcontracts as opposed to just contracts. This would include background information on the subcontractors.

Councilman Graham (D) Ward 1
-- Washington Parks and People Equitable Tax Relief Act of 2013 - this legislation would provide tax relief for parks owned by not for profit entities in the Columbia Heights Community.
-- Jubilee Housing Conversion Fee Amendment Act of 2013 - this would allow the Maycroft Apartments to be converted to condominiums without paying the standard condominiums conversion fee.
-- Domestic Partnership Termination Amendment Act of 2013 - this legislation would set up a process for Domestic Partnerships which were set up in other jurisdictions to be terminated in the District.

Councilman Evans (D) Ward 2
-- The Tax Sale Act of 2013 - this legislation would reshape the tax sale process in the District and retroactively freeze any tax sales from July of 2013 on property owned by a disabled, senior or veteran District resident.

Councilwoman Cheh (D) Ward 3
-- Access to Emergency Epinephrine in Schools Act of 2013 - would mandate that all DCPS facilities have Epinephrine on site and administer it as needed.
-- Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Transparency Act of 2013 - this would require ANC's to file copies of all Commission files and records with ANC office within 14 days of a meeting.
-- Temporary Protection Order Firearm Protection Act of 2013 - this would prohibit people under temporary civil protection orders from obtaining firearms.
-- Sense of the Council Non-Partisan Election of the Attorney General Act of 2013 - this would make the Elected AG position a non-partisan position.

Councilwoman Bowser (D) Ward 4
-- The Minimum Wage Revision Commission Act of 2013 - this would establish an 11 member commission (similar to the tax revision commission) to look at the best ways of raising the minimum wage in the city and give them 9 months to report back to the city their findings.
-- The Carol Schwartz Sales Tax Holiday of 2013 - this would create another sales tax holiday in the District.
-- The Used Bicycle Sales Act of 2013 - this would remove the provision that requires bicycle shops in the city from obtaining a pawn shop license to sale used/refurbished bikes.

Councilman McDuffie (D) Ward 5
-- The Title IX (9) Athletic Equity Act of 2013 - this would require DCPS to create a five year plan for equality in athletic opportunities for women in public schools. It would also require regular reporting to the city.

Councilman Wells (D) Ward 6
-- The Living Wage for All DC Workers Act of 2013 - this legislation would increase the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour using $1 a year increases. It would also increase the standard tax deduction for all district companies paying this wage.
-- The Marriage License Issuance Amendment Act of 2013 - this would remove the 3 day waiting period to get married after applying for and receiving a marriage license in the District.
-- The Southwest Business Improvement District (BID) Establishment Act of 2013 - this would establish a BID for the Southwest Waterfront Community.

Councilwoman Alexander (D) Ward 7
-- The First Time Sale to Minors Act of 2013 - this bill would change the penalty for the first time alcohol sales to minors.
-- The Health Professions Protection Act of 2013 - this legislation would enhance the penalty for violent acts committed against health care professionals as they perform their job.

Councilman Barry (D) Ward 8
-- The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 - this would amend the Paid Sick and Safe Act to include restaurant workers (all staff) and further clarify posting requirements for sick leave regulations.

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