Despite increasing arrests, hate crime prosecutions in DC at lowest point in a decade. Council hearing tomorrow to find out why.
Tomorrow, October 23, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on hate crimes in the District of Columbia and the failure to prosecute by the US Attorney’s Office. The Committee will also consider public testimony on two bills that propose banning so-called LGBTQ “panic defenses” in criminal proceedings.
Fall is here, even if it we set a record high temperature for October this week, I think we can finally settle in for some great weather. The Mystics are playing in the WNBA finals (heal up quick Della Donne!) and the Nats have advanced in the playoffs after some people were a little too quick to write them off earlier this year. Mea Culpa! The Council is off to a fast start after summer recess, so let's get right into what's happening:
Council Unanimously Passes Councilmember Allen’s Emergency Legislation Limiting the District’s Cooperation with ICE
Today, the DC Council unanimously voted to pass emergency legislation introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) that limits cooperation between the Department of Corrections (DOC) and US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Councilmember Allen Introduces Legislation to Ensure Selective Public High Schools are Accessible to All Students
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) introduced a bill that would ensure top students from any DC public school could apply to any citywide DC public high school.
Today the DC Council’s Committee on Education is holding a public hearing on Councilmember Charles Allen’s Public School Transparency Amendment Act of 2019, which among other changes, proposes extending the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act to all publicly-funded District charter schools.
New Year, New Budget: Refresher on What Was Funded in the FY20 Budget from the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
Today marks the first day of Fiscal Year 2020 in the District of Columbia. Here’s a quick refresher and run-down on what was funded under Councilmember Charles Allen, the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, when the Council voted to approve the FY20 budget earlier this year:
Last week, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) – along with his colleagues Councilmembers Bonds, Cheh, Grosso, McDuffie, Nadeau, and Robert White – introduced legislation to smooth the way for residents with criminal records to obtain occupational licenses in dozens of trades, including barbering, plumbing, electrical maintenance, and HVAC repair.
On September 19, show up to show your support for DC Statehood during the first hearing on a bill in decades.
Councilmember Allen introduces bills to support DC's small and local businesses with rising rent challenges
“Small businesses are part of what makes our communities special. Think of any neighborhood and you immediately think of a favorite local business. They hire locally and keep District dollars local,” said Councilmember Allen. “Small business owners are raising the alarm that the rent is too high and we’ve seen some businesses already forced to close their doors. These are the businesses and people who made DC what it is today.”
Statement from Councilmember Allen on First Release of Monthly Stop and Frisk Data by Metropolitan Police Department
“On Monday, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) complied with a 2016 Council law by releasing a report on stops made by its officers that details far more information on those stops than has ever been previously collected.