It’s October! And I’ve got good news to share: Hilloween is back (see old photo of me dressed as a councilmember with a princess), among a host of fun events happening this month. As I’ve mentioned in recent newsletters, we’re in the final stretch to get bills passed at the Council this session.
Today, the full DC Council will hold a vote on nine bills passed out of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, chaired by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6). Unless otherwise noted, these bills were on the consent agenda, which doesn’t have debate and passes unanimously. Below is a brief summary of some of those bills with links to more information.
Includes Banning Use of Race and Gender to Reduce Civil Damages, Permanent Vote-By-Mail, Non-Citizen Voting Rights, Power of Attorney Reform, and More
Today: DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment to Vote on Charles Allen’s Metro for DC Bill
Today, the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will meet at 3 p.m. to vote on Councilmember Charles Allen’s Metro for DC bill, which would allow all DC residents to sign up for a recurring monthly balance of $100 on their SmarTrip cards and dedicate at least $10 million annually to improving and expanding bus and transit service in the District.
Council to Vote on Councilmember Allen’s Bill Granting Department of For-Hire Vehicles Authority to Enforce Traffic Safety for Delivery Parking Violations
Today, the DC Council will vote on emergency legislation from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen to give DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles authority to enforce traffic violations by app-based food, beverage, and parcel delivery services such as Uber Eats, Grubhub, and others.
The weather is (sort of) cooling down, the kids are back in school, our local coffee shops are breaking out the pumpkin drinks, and fall is just around the corner! Fall also means the legislative calendar at the Council kicks into full gear, because the current Council session ends December 31, and all bills that are going to pass need to do so by then. So it’s going to be a heavy legislative sprint to the end, and you’ll find the latest in the newsletters as they happen. If you want to learn more about the Council work coming up this fall, take a look at this roundup from DCist, which first highlights my Metro for DC bill. Of course, life in Ward 6 is also picking up – don’t miss the H Street Festival this Saturday and Art All Night next week at Eastern Market. So let’s jump into a long newsletter. Feel free to use the quick links to hop around. And as always, you can reply to this email or reach me or my team here with any issues.
Councilmember Allen Advances Two Bills to a Committee Vote to Reduce Racial Inequity in Civil Cases and Increase Access to Justice
Bills Address Black Families’ Land Loss in Division of Property and Waives Court Fees for Low-Income Residents
Bill Includes Expansion of Crime Victim Compensation, Creating Crime Victim Counselors, Growing Hospital-Based Violence Intervention, New Tool to Help MPD Fight Stalking and Harassment
I want to start this newsletter with a big thank you to everyone who came out for the return of Ward 6 Week after a two-year hiatus! It was great to connect with you all and get out into the Ward to celebrate our wonderful neighborhoods.
I hope you're having a restful and fun second half of summer! If you're like me and also mourning the Nats trade of Juan Soto and Josh Bell earlier this week, fill up on some positive local baseball news: our Capitol Hill Little Leaguers won the 10U DC State Little League title and are headed to Rhode Island to play against other state champs on the East Coast! I was excited to visit with the kids and wish them luck earlier this week.