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Sterling Tucker and His Legacy Are Honored as Historic Portrait is Rededicated

May 19, 2017 -- At an event attended by an overflow crowd, 93-year-old living legend, senior statesman, and founding father Sterling Tucker was honored for his role as the District’s first Home Rule Council Chairman. The centerpiece of the event was the unveiling and rededication of a photographic portrait of Tucker, and a corresponding portrait of his fellow pillar of the District’s first Home Rule government, Mayor Walter Washington. Read More »


With Committee Budget Markups Complete, Full Council Budget Will Come Together

May 18, 2017 -- This week, from Tuesday through Thursday, each of the Council's eleven committees met and approved the segment of the budget that falls under their purview. Each committee's work uses the Mayor's proposed budget as a starting point, then makes changes in response to councilmembers' priorities. The committee reports that emerged from these markups are included below. Read More »


Council Makes Small But Necessary Legislative Adjustments

May 16, 2017 -- The Council’s next Legislative Meeting on May 30, and the just-completed Meeting, make for an interesting pairing. On May 30, the Council will take the first of two votes on the District’s complete budget—a multi-billion dollar measure that touches on every single aspect of our government’s operation. The media, advocates, and the general public will pay close attention because of the sheer magnitude of the Council’s decisions on that day.  Read More »


Legislation Requests for May 16, 2017 Legislative Meeting

May 11, 2017 --  Read More »


Peter Newsham Confirmed as Police Chief at Otherwise Routine Meeting

May 3, 2017 -- Peter Newsham’s seven-month stint as Acting Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department culminated with the Council’s approval of his nomination as Chief. After three long and sometimes contentious hearings on his nomination in recent weeks, including two held in the community and one at the Wilson Building, discussion at the Legislative Meeting was largely supportive. Assured of plans for an independent investigation into concerns regarding police action at the January Inauguration weekend, Councilmembers expressed their support for the nominee, and approved his nomination by a 12-1 vote. Read More »


Legislation Requests for May 2, 2017 Legislative Meeting

April 27, 2017 --  Read More »


At Budget Season’s Pivot Point, Councilmembers Continue Legislative Work

April 5, 2017 -- Although never really addressed in our high school civics classes, oversight is just as essential of a responsibility for a legislature as legislating is. This critical season reaches its midpoint this week, with the Mayor’s introduction of her FY 2018 budget. Read More »


Legislation Requests for April 4, 2017 Legislative Meeting

March 30, 2017 --  Read More »


Halftime of Oversight Season Nearly Upon Us

March 16, 2017 --  Read More »


Council will be Closed on March 14, 2017 due to Inclement Weather

March 14, 2017 --  Read More »


All 31 Rediscovered Historic Inauguration Photos Now Available on Council’s Website

March 10, 2017 --  Read More »


Ebbs and Flows of Legislative Cycle on View at Third Legislative Meeting

March 8, 2017 -- While each two-year Council Period is different, there is a certain cyclical nature to what the Council does. For example, the Council’s legislative agenda is fuller at the end of the Council Period than at the beginning. Similarly, during the three-month oversight season, during which every District agency is the focus of both a Performance and a Budget hearing, the pace of other hearings and markups abates to a certain degree. Thus, the legislation up for a Council vote also temporarily slows. Read More »


Legislation Requests for March 7, 2017 Legislative Meeting

March 2, 2017 --  Read More »


Council to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Hanafi Siege That Brought DC to a Standstill

March 1, 2017 --  Read More »


Public Safety is Key Focus of Latest Legislative Meeting

February 8, 2017 --  Read More »


Budget Season Kicks Off With Release of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

February 2, 2017 --  Read More »


Emergency Legislation for February 7, 2017 Legislative Meeting

February 2, 2017 --  Read More »


Performance Oversight and Budget Schedules Approved by the Committee of the Whole

January 24, 2017 --  Read More »


Century-Old Negatives Discovered, Depicting Taft Inauguration,  Brand-New Wilson Building, Blizzard

January 13, 2017 --  Read More »


Council Chamber is an Idea Incubator at First Meeting of the Council Period

January 10, 2017 --  Read More »


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