Councilmember Allen Statement on Committee on Health Passing His Bill Protecting Women’s Health Benefits in Local Law Permanently
Bill Sent to Full Council as DC Health Link Enrollment Opens
Today the Committee on Health passed by a vote of 4-0 Councilmember Charles Allen’s Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2017, sending it to the Council for a first vote. This is the permanent version of legislation passed as both an emergency and temporary legislation earlier this spring. Following the vote, Councilmember Allen released the following statement:
Halloween is a fun time of year in Ward 6 no matter your age or costume. With so many organizations and neighborhoods holding events, it's hard to keep track of them all - so we made a list of what's happening and where. The Hill Rag also complied a handy list of ongoing activities and walking tours in the area that you shouldn't miss!
Councilmember Charles Allen Introduces Bill to Create District Waterways Management Office
Also introduces bills addressing DC’s high maternal mortality rate and removing barriers to professional licensing for returning citizens
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce the District Waterways Management Act of 2017 to help take steps to manage the growth and increased traffic on DC’s waterways.
As the Made In DC Brand takes a major step forward by opening a brick and mortar store, Councilmember Charles Allen, author of the Made In DC Program Establishment Act of 2015, offered his congratulations to the hardworking team of Shop Made In D.C.
As the Nationals' head toward the playoffs and fall has officially started, I've been getting out and enjoying autumn in DC. I wanted
to say a special thanks to everyone who stopped by and talked with me or my staff at the H Street Festival, last week's Barracks Row Fall Fest, and the DC State Fair in Southwest. Ward 6 has so many amazing neighborhoods and neighbors -- it's truly a special place to call home. With the DC Council back in session for the fall, there's a lot of news I wanted to share with you, so let's dive in.
Statement from Councilmember Allen in Support of DC Attorney General’s Decision Not to Appeal Gun Ruling to US Supreme Court
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen, chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision isn’t one made lightly. It’s no exaggeration to say this decision is made not just for our nearly 700,000 District residents, but also on behalf of millions of lives across our entire country. I support the decision by Attorney General Karl Racine not to appeal the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Reforming the “YRA”: The “Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2017”
What is the Youth Rehabilitation Act?
Under the District’s Youth Rehabilitation Act of 1985, or the “YRA”, young adults under the age of 22 convicted of, and sentenced for, a crime are eligible to have their convictions “set aside” if they successfully complete their sentence. They may also be eligible for different sentencing options. This means their conviction won’t be a barrier to future jobs and housing, for example, but can still be used in determining their sentence if they commit another crime or to place them on the sex offender registry, among other uses. Certain offenses are currently ineligible for YRA sentencing and the set aside: murder, first degree murder that constitutes an act of terrorism, and second degree murder that constitutes an act of terrorism. The YRA also requires specific facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of YRA-sentenced young adults.
Statement from Councilmember Charles Allen on incident at William H. Rumsey Aquatics Center over weekend
WASHINGTON, DC – DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) released the following statement in response to an incident on Sunday, August 13 at the William H. Rumsey Aquatics Center located in Eastern Market.
10th Career Fair Hosted by Councilmember Allen Brings 1,100 Job Seekers and The Wharf Together
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, in partnership with Councilmember Elissa Silverman (At-Large) and the DC Department of Employment Services, welcomes more than 1,100 Ward 6 and DC residents to Arena Stage for his office’s 10th Career Fair.
Statement from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, regarding the US Attorney’s Office declining prosecution in the case of Terrence Sterling:
"My heart goes out to the family and friends of Terrence Sterling, who for months have sought answers regarding his death. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child or a sibling and then waiting more than nine months only to be told there will be no recourse through the judicial system. It is a tragedy that this exchange - which at minimum broke several MPD policies and practices - resulted in the loss of Mr. Sterling's life.