It's almost Thanksgiving! I can't believe how quickly this year is flying by, but maybe that's just me stressing over how much needs to get done by the end of the year. As I've mentioned before, we're nearing the end of the two-year council period, which means all legislation needs to be passed on two votes by the end of December or the process starts over in January. This tends to be a pretty busy time of year, and my team and I have been working hard to move some important pieces of legislation ahead of the end of the council period. Updates on those bills, and plenty of happenings in Ward 6, to discuss - so let's get to it!
In first vote, Council passes campaign finance omnibus bill restricting pay-to-play contributions, limiting money in politics
Today, the DC Council voted 11-0 to pass Councilmember Charles Allen’s omnibus campaign finance bill proposing sweeping changes to the District’s campaign finance laws, focusing particularly on restricting political contributions by individuals who regularly compete for contracts with the District government, as well as strengthening the enforcement of those laws.
On Tuesday, November 13 Councilmember Allen introduced the Vision Zero Enhancement Amendment Act of 2018, proposing to codify in law traffic safety measures proposed by the Mayor, including banning right on red turns near schools, lowering the speed limit in residential zones, and more.
Council to vote on bills lowering voting age to 16, making penalty for fare evasion on Metro a civil fine
On Tuesday, November 13, the DC Council will hold the first of two votes on a bill that would lower the District’s voting age to 16 and another that would decriminalize fare evasion on Metro rail and buses.
Halloween is here. My oldest child finally decided on her costume and she's going as...the universe. If you're curious what that will look like, find me at Hilloween tonight at Eastern Market. And I'm excited to share the 2018 Brickies Awards (our annual Ward 6 party) will be on Wednesday, December 5, 6-8pm - stay tuned for more info and how you can nominate your neighbors for an award. In the meantime, it's moving fast at the Council as we sprint to the end of session in December, so let's dive into the update:
Councilmember Allen's Committee on the Judiciary approves campaign finance bill restricting pay-to-play contributions
Today, the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee unanimously passed Committee Chairperson Charles Allen’s omnibus campaign finance reform legislation (Bill 22-0107), which proposes sweeping changes to the District’s campaign finance laws. The bill restricts political contributions by government contractors doing business with the District; addresses improper coordination between campaigns, political action committees (PACs), and independent expenditure committees (IECs); and strengthens campaign disclosure requirements.
Wow, the fall legislative session is in full swing and there's a whole bunch happening. Of course, the two major votes last week on Initiative 77 and short-term rentals captured the attention of many residents, but you can expect to see a lot of important bills moving this fall as my colleagues and I race to the end of this legislative period on December 31. Still, even as some of the tough issues can divide us, I've been incredibly grateful that many residents have engaged in thoughtful debate and worked with their neighbors and my office to improve our community. Let's jump in to some of the big issues:
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety to vote on bills decriminalizing fare evasion, modifying statute of limitations for sexual offenses
Tomorrow, October 4, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will vote on a bill that would decriminalize fare evasion on WMATA trains and buses in the District, making the offense a civil citation of $50, and a second bill that would modify the statute of limitations for most sexual offenses in both criminal and civil court.
Release: Councilmember Allen to hold joint hearing investigating fire and response at Arthur Capper Senior Building
Following the fire last Wednesday at the Arthur Capper Senior Building, approximately 160 senior residents were displaced from their homes. All of the seniors are now living in either a hotel in the short-term or with family while the District and the community work to meet their immediate needs and identify long-term housing solutions.
Here are the written remarks delivered by Councilmember Allen (Chair of Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which includes oversight of the Metropolitan Police Department, which enforces moving violations) at the opening of the hearing on Vision Zero he co-chaired with Councilmember Mary Cheh (Committee on Transportation and the Environment, which has oversight of the District Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works, which enforces parking).