The Council has officially entered its summer legislative recess after a very busy final few weeks. Below I've covered some important legislative updates. My office remains open through the legislative recess and we will still be working on improving issues around Ward 6 - please reach out with any ongoing challenges and we'll be happy to help. Over the summer, I hope you and your family can take time to enjoy our parks, pools, and the many neighborhood activities that bring us together as a community (including Ward 6 Week events, coming up August 6-11 -- details below).
Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the “Sexual Misconduct Sunshine Amendment Act of 2018,” a bill aimed at preventing non-disclosure agreements from hiding sexual misconduct.
By a vote of 13-0, the DC Council passed comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes to move forward without the burden of a criminal record.
While tickets to the All-Star game might be hard to score, there's a whole bunch of fun activities happening in Ward 6 to celebrate the MLB All-Star game. Scroll on to see what's happening when and where. The who is easy -- that's you!
Councilmember Allen to hold public roundtable on policing and public safety in Wards 7 and 8
On Thursday, July 12, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public oversight roundtable to hear from members of the community on policing and public safety concerns specific to Wards 7 and 8. The roundtable is open to all residents.
Summer is officially here. With schools out and the pools open, take some time to enjoy our parks, recreation centers, and the many free neighborhood events that will be taking place. But we also know summer can be hard for our families who struggle to put food on the table. With school out, our food pantries will face extra demand and could use your generosity. I'll try to highlight ways we can take care of each other below. Let's make it a great summer in Ward 6 for everyone. Speaking of which, everyone is welcome to walk with me in the best Fourth of July parade in America next Wednesday, July 4, at 10am on Barracks Row.
With all the rain we've had recently, DC Water's new clean rivers tunnel system has been put to work! Did you know that since it opened two months ago, over 400 million gallons of sewage overflow has been prevented from entering the Anacostia River? Instead, that waste now flows to Blue Plains for treatment. When we talk about making big investments in our future and our infrastructure, it's important to remember why it matters and what those investments look like. I'll spend most of this newsletter highlighting what's in next year's District budget, but don't miss my evening office hours this Thursday on H Street, NE - if getting to my regular Friday morning office hours is tough for your schedule, hopefully we can connect on Thursday.
The Council of the District of Columbia just held a first vote on the city’s annual spending plan, which totals $14.4 billion. So, what’s in it for Ward 6 residents, businesses, students, seniors, parents, bikers, walkers, and more? Let’s break it down.
Some highlights from the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety’s 2018 budget recommendations, which passed by a vote of 5-0. The $1.45 billion budget includes 31 agencies and 10,070 full-time employees.
Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act passes Committee votes 5-0
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen and members of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety voted 5-0 on comprehensive legislation to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act (the “YRA”), a law passed in 1985 to provide a second chance to young adults convicted of eligible crimes. The bill now proceeds to the full Council for a first vote.