PRESS RELEASE - Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety – which includes oversight of the Board of Elections – today introduced the Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017. In response to a determination that the current September 2018 primary election date would put the District out of compliance with federal election law related to mailing overseas ballots, the legislation proposes to move the date of the District’s primary election to the third Tuesday in June, starting with the 2018 election.
The maps and models are still unclear about exactly how much, but it seems pretty certain we're getting some snow tonight! After a relatively quiet and warm January and February, Old Man Winter is looking to make a visit before spring takes hold. The National Weather Service and Capital Weather Gang both say to expect snow accumulating beginning this evening and then tapering off on Tuesday morning. Predictions are still varied depending on the forecast model, but many call for 2 to 4 inches of wet and heavy snow. Here are a few tips and reminders to prepare (and two asks for when you wake up on Tuesday...):
Councilmember Allen encourages the community to testify at a series of public hearings of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety on the nomination of Peter Newsham to serve as the permanent Chief of Police.
In response to the nomination of Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham by Mayor Bowser to assume the permanent position, Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement:
The Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety will hold a Public Oversight Roundtable on sentencing in the District of Columbia and the roles and responsibilities of local and federal agencies.
Councilmember Allen Introduces Bills to Expand Homeownership for First Responders, Close Campaign Finance Loophole, and Defend Access to Women’s Healthcare At February Legislative Meeting
Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the following three bills at the February Legislative meeting.
I’ve heard from hundreds of you in the past couple of weeks about the new administration and Congress’ renewed interest in meddling in our local affairs. While voicing our displeasure through social media serves a valuable purpose, we must organize for action. That’s why I’m planning a community meeting on Monday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center to talk through the threats to DC laws and values, and work together outline (and take) actions that protect the progress that we’ve made here in the District. If protesting is the new brunch, then organizing is the happy hour. Join me and a diverse array of advocacy organizations who need your help to fight back right here in DC.
Today Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) introduced three new members of his staff.
On Friday morning, we learned that Major General Errol R. Schwartz will be removed as head of the D.C. National Guard in the middle of Inauguration Day at 12:01 p.m. Major General Schwartz is responsible for the operational readiness of the D.C. National Guard and has spent months planning for Inauguration Day.