In response to the retirement of Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, issued the following statement:
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Votes to Move Metropolitan Police Department Chief Nominee Peter Newsham Forward
WASHINGTON, DC – Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which includes oversight of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), announced today the Committee voted to move the Mayor’s nominee for Police Chief, Peter Newsham, forward by a vote of 4 to 1 to 1 in support.
WASHINGTON, DC – Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose:
PRESS RELEASE – Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce emergency legislation at next Tuesday’s meeting of the full Council to protect women’s health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act by making them local DC law. All 12 of Councilmember Allen’s colleagues will join him in co-introducing the bill.
“This Presidential administration is threatening to roll back basic, life-saving women’s health benefits by any means necessary,” said Councilmember Allen. “Just this week, we saw HHS Secretary Tom Price promise before a congressional committee that he’s going to do everything he can to take away coverage for women. We know benefits like cancer screenings and contraception improve health outcomes and lower spending. We need to make these critical benefits local law for District women now.”
Councilmember Allen Introduces Bills to Bring Estate Planning into the Digital Age and Protect Heirs
PRESS RELEASE – At yesterday’s meeting of the DC Council, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting property rights and digital assets when a family member passes. The two bills are the product of collaborative work with the District’s Uniform Law Commission.
PRESS RELEASE - Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety – which includes oversight of the Board of Elections – today introduced the Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017. In response to a determination that the current September 2018 primary election date would put the District out of compliance with federal election law related to mailing overseas ballots, the legislation proposes to move the date of the District’s primary election to the third Tuesday in June, starting with the 2018 election.
The maps and models are still unclear about exactly how much, but it seems pretty certain we're getting some snow tonight! After a relatively quiet and warm January and February, Old Man Winter is looking to make a visit before spring takes hold. The National Weather Service and Capital Weather Gang both say to expect snow accumulating beginning this evening and then tapering off on Tuesday morning. Predictions are still varied depending on the forecast model, but many call for 2 to 4 inches of wet and heavy snow. Here are a few tips and reminders to prepare (and two asks for when you wake up on Tuesday...):
Councilmember Allen encourages the community to testify at a series of public hearings of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety on the nomination of Peter Newsham to serve as the permanent Chief of Police.
In response to the nomination of Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham by Mayor Bowser to assume the permanent position, Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement: