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Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Approves Its FY2018 Budget

Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Approves Its FY2018 Budget

NEAR Act Funded, Significant Investments for First Responders, and New Program To Provide Housing Attorneys for Low-Income Residents

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety approved its recommendations for the budgets of agencies and legislation under its purview.

“This budget balances two goals of the Committee – to be a nationwide leader in our approach to public safety by implementing community-based best practices and creating just outcomes for all; and ensuring our streets are safe, and our police, fire and EMS have the tools and support they need. I am proud of the work of the Committee and grateful to my colleagues on for their support,” said Councilmember Charles Allen, Committee Chair.

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DC Council Passes Law Permanently Setting DC Primary Election Date on Third Tuesday in June

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the DC Council passed Councilmember Charles Allen’s Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017, which moves the date of all future DC primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting next year on June 19, 2018. As is common with legislation needing to take effect quickly, the bill was passed with identical emergency legislation, effectively moving the date immediately.

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Ward 6 Neighborhood Update

Spring is fully here! And while it's been a little cool, you won't hear me complain. There's no season in DC quite like spring. I was so pleased to be part of this year's Bike to School Day ride from Lincoln Park -- we had hundreds of kids and parents come out for this great annual tradition. And for the very first time, my daughter Cora Neal came along for the ride

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Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Passes Bill to Permanently Move DC Primary Election Date to June

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted unanimously to approve Councilmember Allen’s Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017, which would permanently change the date of the District’s Primary Election from the first Tuesday in September to the third Tuesday in June, starting next year.

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Budget Town Hall Brings Together Hundreds of Ward 6 Residents

If you missed our 2017 Ward 6 Budget Town Hall, you can watch the Facebook Live video here and download Councilmember Allen's presentation here

On Monday, April 24, more than 100 Ward 6 residents came together to hear a budget primer from Councilmember Charles Allen before asking questions and sharing concerns for next year's budget for Washington, DC. 

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Councilmember Allen Statement on Retirement of Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes

In response to the retirement of Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement:

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Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Votes to Move Metropolitan Police Department Chief Nominee Peter Newsham Forward

WASHINGTON, DC – Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which includes oversight of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), announced today the Committee voted to move the Mayor’s nominee for Police Chief, Peter Newsham, forward by a vote of 4 to 1 to 1 in support.

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Councilmember Allen Statement on Passing of Former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose

WASHINGTON, DC – Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose:

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Ward 6 Neighborhood Update

Maybe this spring weather is finally here to stay! While we didn't get a full showing from our cherry blossoms this year, I'm still grateful for the bloom we did get after the late snow and ice. Still, as the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, I'm sure we all are thinking the same thing: DC government budget season is here! No? Just me? Well, either way, I'd love for you to circle Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm on your calendar and join me and my staff at the Ward 6 Budget Town Hall at Jefferson Middle School. It's a great opportunity to learn the basics of how DC government's budget is created, what's being proposed in next year's budget, and let me hear from you what your priorities are for your schools, police, businesses, and more. 
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CM Allen to Move Emergency Legislation to Protect Women's Health from Federal Threats

PRESS RELEASE – Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce emergency legislation at next Tuesday’s meeting of the full Council to protect women’s health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act by making them local DC law. All 12 of Councilmember Allen’s colleagues will join him in co-introducing the bill.

“This Presidential administration is threatening to roll back basic, life-saving women’s health benefits by any means necessary,” said Councilmember Allen. “Just this week, we saw HHS Secretary Tom Price promise before a congressional committee that he’s going to do everything he can to take away coverage for women. We know benefits like cancer screenings and contraception improve health outcomes and lower spending. We need to make these critical benefits local law for District women now.” 

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