Committee on Transportation and the Environment

The Committee on Transportation and the Environment is chaired by Councilmember Charles Allen. The Committee on Transportation and the Environment is responsible for matters relating to environmental protection; highways, bridges, traffic, vehicles, and other transportation issues; maintenance of public spaces; waterways; and water supply and waste water treatment.

The Committee oversees 26 agencies, boards, and commissions, including the Department of Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Water and Sewer Authority, Department of Energy and Environment, Bicycle Advisory Council, and more. For a full list of agencies under the Committee's jurisdiction and the Committee's other members, visit the Committee webpage.

Press Contact: Erik Salmi - 202-724-8063 / [email protected] 

To search for legislation pending before the Committee for Council Period 25 (2023-2024), click here.

Questions on how the committee process works? Here's a quick primer:

  1. When a new bill or proposed resolution is introduced, it is referred to one of the Council's 11 committees. If it relates to matters under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, that means it comes to us.
  2. Once a bill or proposed resolution has been referred to the Committee, the next step is to schedule a public hearing. Witnesses providing testimony in support or opposition include community organizations, concerned residents, businesses, and government witnesses from relevant agencies. Archived hearings and roundtables can be viewed here. If you'd like to testify at an upcoming hearing, email the Committee at cote[at]dccouncil.gov with your name, title, and organization (if applicable). You can see instructions for how to testify at other committee's hearings here.
  3. After receiving testimony, if the Committee Chair would like to move the bill forward, the staff prepares a Committee Report on the bill, resolves any legal or drafting issues, obtains a fiscal impact statement from the CFO, a legal sufficiency determination from the Council's General Counsel, and a Racial Equity Impact Assessment from the Council Office of Racial Equity, and schedules a Committee vote on the bill called a "markup." 
  4. If a majority of the Committee votes to approve the bill at the markup (with or without amendments), it is placed on the agenda of the Committee of the Whole (the big Committee where all bills go after markup) for one vote, and then on to two votes in successive Legislative Meetings before the full Council. Amendments can also be offered at the Committee of the Whole or either Legislative Meeting.
    Following the Council’s approval, the bill must go to the Mayor for her signature, and then on to Congress for either a 30-day or 60-day period of passive review, depending on the subject matter. Then, it's law! 
  5. Note: sometimes a bill will be "subject to appropriations," meaning all or part of the law needs funding to take effect (even though it's already technically law). The Council has the opportunity to then fund the bill in its next annual spring budget process.

2023 performance oversight hearings have begun! These are the Council's regular check-in on how nearly every DC government agency is doing at its most basic tasks. And its a great time for Councilmember Allen to bring your concerns (or praises) into the official record. I want to hear from you on what concerns or questions you have about District agencies. My staff and I review these submissions and they help us know where to focus. This will help inform my questions during performance oversight hearings. Take one minute and complete this form to submit questions or desired topics you would like addressed. Be sure to specify which agency you’re talking about. 

2023 Transportation & Environment Committee Performance Oversight Hearings

 

January 26

9:30am-1:30pm

  • Green Finance Authority

January 31

12pm-4pm

February 16 

9:30am-1:30pm

  • Department of Energy and the Environment
  • Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency
  • Green Buildings Advisory Council 
  • Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River

2pm-6pm

  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure

February 17

9:30am-1:30pm

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) 

February 27

9:30am-6pm

  • Department of Transportation
  • Pedestrian Advisory Council
  • Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Council

February 28

12pm-4pm

  • Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)
  • Washington Aqueduct 

 

2023 Transportation & Environment Committee Budget Oversight Hearings

 

March 28 

12pm-6pm

  • Department of Motor Vehicles

March 30 

9am-6pm

  • Department of Transportation 
  • Bicycle Advisory Council
  • Pedestrian Advisory Council
  • Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Council

April 6

9am-3pm

  • Department of Energy and Environment
  • Green Finance Authority

3pm-6pm

  • Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)