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Fair Elections Legislation Unanimously Approved by the Council

January 9, 2018 -- The Council spoke with a united voice at its most recent Legislative Meeting with its unanimous support for proposed Fair Elections legislation. In the first of two required votes, all thirteen councilmembers voted in favor of legislation which would put into place voluntary public financing of District elections. Read More »


Legislation Requests for January 9 2018 Legislative Meeting

January 5, 2018 --  Read More »


Council Opening Two Hours Late on Thursday, January 4

January 4, 2018 -- Please be advised that due to the winter weather, the Council will be opening two hours late on Thursday, January 4. Read More »


Legislation Requests for December 19, 2017 Legislative Meeting

December 14, 2017 --  Read More »


Legislation Requests for December 12, 2017 Legislative Meeting

December 8, 2017 --  Read More »


Budget Season Kicks Off as Calendar Year-End Approaches

December 5, 2017 -- Urban myth famously--though seemingly inaccurately--states that workers start painting the Golden Gate Bridge at one end, and by the time they have reached the far end and have seemingly completed the work, they must instead go back to the beginning and start all over again. While not quite that bad, the District government’s budget process does operate somewhat similarly. The Administration’s work on the FY 2019 budget began not long after the FY 2018 budget was passed by the Council. And now, as of the Council’s most recent Legislative Meeting, the Council’s budget season has technically begun as well.  Read More »


Legislation Requests for December 5, 2017 Legislative Meeting

November 30, 2017 --  Read More »


Legislation Request for November 21, 2017 Legislative Meeting

November 20, 2017 --  Read More »


Council Unified on Goals, Divided on Methods

November 7, 2017 -- A hallmark of the Council in recent years has been the comparative unity that has reigned. After a period, years back, of frequent discord on the dais, with splintered votes and open conflict among councilmembers, the last several years have been defined by comparative consensus: virtually all votes pass by broad margins if not unanimously, and comity on the dais has largely been the order of the day. Read More »


Legislation Request for November 7, 2017 Legislative Meeting

November 2, 2017 --  Read More »


Budget Office Analysis of Universal Paid Leave Bills

October 10, 2017 -- In preparation for the public hearing on five different pieces of legislation about paid family and medical leave benefits, the Office of the Budget Director (Budget Office) analyzed the economic impact of the proposed approaches to paid leave by grouping the bills into three general categories: a public insurance program, a government mandate on employers, and a hybrid public/private model.  Read More »


Council Rights Wrongs of Longstanding, and More Recent, Vintage

October 3, 2017 -- Some challenges take time, and are tough to tackle. Others are more quickly and easily dispatched. The Council’s most recent Legislative Meeting included measures at both ends of the spectrum. Read More »


Legislation Requests for October 3, 2017 Legislative Meeting

September 28, 2017 --  Read More »


Council’s Progress Continues Where It Left Off

September 19, 2017 -- The Council didn’t skip a beat as it returned from its summer working period for the most recent Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meetings. Most noticeable during the meeting was the quantity of new bills being introduced from the dais. These will be listed individually at the end of the article. The summer working period provides councilmembers an opportunity for more extensive time in the community and a chance for a deep dive into legislative research. The wealth of legislation introduced at the meeting reflects the benefits of both those opportunities.  Read More »


Legislation Requests for September 19, 2017 Legislative Meeting

September 14, 2017 --  Read More »


Council Closes Out First Half of Its Legislative Year

July 11, 2017 -- The Council’s legislative year has phases, both thematic and time-wise. January is busy legislatively, with many introductions and hearings. February and March are primarily the time for performance oversight hearings addressing every government agency. April and May are largely taken up with budget oversight hearings, regarding funding for those same agencies. The budget process wraps up in June, with the remainder of that month, and the first half of July, taken up again by intense focus on legislation. Read More »


Legislative Requests for July 11, 2017 Legislative Meeting

July 6, 2017 --  Read More »


Help Us Find the Liberty Bell

July 3, 2017 -- Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Council is launching a search for a missing Liberty Bell. Only with the public’s help will we solve the mystery and find this lost treasure. What we are seeking is an actual-size, 2000-pound replica of the Liberty Bell, given to the District of Columbia by the federal government on July 20, 1950 as thanks for exceeding savings bond sales goals. Each state, US territory, and the Treasury Department itself received one of these bells. Read More »


Council Rolls Out Latest Communications Effort

June 28, 2017 -- In the latest of a series of communications efforts, the Council will now publish on its website a list of all documents filed with the Office of the Secretary of the Council, once they have been processed. The Office of the Secretary is the administrative center of the Council, and all critical Council documents are processed through this office. The document in question, known as the “eCirculation of Measures,” is emailed daily to Council and related government staff. Read More »


Budget Season Wraps Up, One Meeting Left in First Half of Legislative Year

June 28, 2017 -- With two votes on the bulk of the legislation constituting the budget already under its belt, the Council only needed to take its second vote on the Budget Support Act (BSA) to finalize its budget work for this year. And with that vote unanimously taken at the most recent Legislative Meeting, the budget season comes to a close. Read More »


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