The DC Council approved a wide-ranging emergency bill today that makes significant changes to expand eligibility for unemployment insurance, extend grants to small businesses, and greater temporary powers to the Mayor during this public health emergency.
As promised, I'm reaching back out with the latest information as the District takes steps to mitigate the spread and impact of coronavirus on our community.
As we work to contain, mitigate, and manage the spread of the novel coronavirus, I'm reaching back out with updates.
I wanted to send out a quick neighborhood update with a few pressing updates.
DC Council approves two emergency bills strengthening DC’s gun laws from Councilmember Charles Allen
The DC Council approved two emergency bills introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen focused on strengthening DC’s gun laws and reducing gun violence.
On first vote, DC Council approves Leave to Vote, plus an emergency bill to ensure eligible DC students can take leave to vote in June Primary Election
Today, the DC Council unanimously approved on first reading the Leave to Vote Amendment Act of 2020 (B23-0031) that would guarantee up to two hours of paid leave to vote for District employees and two hours as an excused absence for students. The bill will have a second and final vote at the next legislative meeting.
Introducing Metro For DC: Give Every DC Resident $100 on SmarTrip and Set Aside Millions Annually to Improve Bus Service in first Wards 5, 7, and 8
Bill could be paid for by future revenue growth within one to three years with no new taxes.
Press Release: Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety to Vote on Bills Banning Ivory Sales, Granting Leave to Vote, and Appointing First Clemency Board Members
Today at noon, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, chaired by Councilmember Charles Allen, will mark-up legislation banning the sale of products made from ivory within the District of Columbia, among other bills.
We are a little more than halfway through Performance Oversight here at the Council. Performance Oversight is a specific time frame at the Council when we bring agency directors before Council committees to review what the agency did in the past year, ask what's working and what isn't, and dig into specific issues based on what we've heard from constituents or advocates or have seen reported in the media.
Below is the full text of Councilmember Charles Allen's letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, sent on February 3, 2020, sharing budget priorities for both Ward 6 and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety: