Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety to vote on bill banning flavored tobacco products; to be followed by MPD and Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement budget hearing
The DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, chaired by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), will hold a meeting to mark-up several bills this morning at 9:30 am, including a bill that would ban the sale and purchase of all flavored tobacco products.
Councilmember Allen introduces bill to expand access to justice by allowing DC government attorneys to offer pro bono services
“As long as the vast majority of people facing eviction, debt collection, violence in their relationships, employment issues, and other life-changing legal problems are alone in the courtroom, we don’t have a fair and just legal system,” said Councilmember Allen.
I'm excited to announce the date for my annual Ward 6 Budget Town Hall - Tuesday, June 15, from 8 to 9:30 pm. In an effort to be as accessible as possible while still being safe, the event will once again be virtual only.
Things are moving fast. As more and more people get vaccinated, it seems like our return to more normal daily activities is moving at warp speed.
Councilmember Allen to Hold Oversight Roundtable on Local Control of Parole in the District of Columbia
Tomorrow, DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public oversight roundtable on “Local Control of Parole in the District of Columbia” to explore restoring local control of the federal agency that handles DC parole functions.
The Council’s Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery has announced two public hearings in May focused on safety net protections and the future of public education as the District moves through the public health emergency (PHE).
A lot has happened since my last update - especially with the availability of vaccines for DC residents but on a lot of other fronts as well. My team and I have put together another update, but with so much going on, this one is a bit longer than normal.
Councilmember Allen Introduces Legislation Designed to Create Access to Affordable, Reliable High-Speed Internet Anywhere in DC
DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) has introduced a bill that would greatly expand access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet for all DC residents, no matter where in the District they live.
I think this is the week when everyone really started to feel like the end might be in sight. The cherry blossoms in full bloom, Opening Day(-ish) for the Nats, and some 70 degree days... and I'm here to be the wet blanket and remind you we aren't out of the woods yet with this pandemic. With the combination of warm weather and having spent an entire year living with pandemic restrictions, I know we all so badly want to get back to life as we know it.
The following statement is from DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), who chairs the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, on the release of the recommendations from the Police Reform Commission, available here: https://dcpolicereform.com/