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Notice of Budget Meeting: May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 --  Read More »


Budget Oversight Hearing Schedule

May 7, 2015 -- The performance oversight and budget hearing schedules have been slightly updated, as you will see in the attached PDF documents. Read More »


History is Made as Council Boasts an All-Female Officer Corps

May 7, 2015 --  Read More »


Notice of Meeting about WMATA: 05/08/2015

May 7, 2015 --  Read More »


Ceremonial Resolutions, Debate on Expanded SYEP Occupy Much of Sixth Legislative Meeting

May 6, 2015 --  Read More »


A Few Small Steps for LIMS, A Giant Leap for Open Government

May 5, 2015 --  Read More »


Emergency Measures for the May 5, 2015 Legislative Meeting

April 30, 2015 --  Read More »


Council Steps Up Fitness and Conservation Efforts with Take the Stairs Campaign

April 24, 2015 --  Read More »


Single Tight Vote Provides Contrast with Otherwise Consensus-Driven Meeting

April 15, 2015 --  Read More »


Potential Consensus and Disagreement Emerge as Council and Mayor Exchange Views on Budget

April 14, 2015 --  Read More »


Emergency Measures for the April 14, 2015 Legislative Meeting

April 9, 2015 --  Read More »


Notice of Discussion about a Personnel Matter

April 7, 2015 --  Read More »


Council Ready to Begin Scrutiny of Mayor’s Budget Proposal

April 3, 2015 --  Read More »


Fourth Legislative Meeting Serves as Calendar Bridge, Chance to Introduce Bills, Confirm Nominations

March 18, 2015 --  Read More »


Emergency Measures for the March 17, 2015 Additional Legislative Meeting

March 12, 2015 --  Read More »


Council 101: Understanding the Budget Process

March 11, 2015 -- 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.  Read More »


Council 101: Understanding the Legislative Process

March 10, 2015 -- Perhaps no civics education tool in American history is as fondly remembered as the Schoolhouse Rock segment “I’m Just A Bill.” In that video, the boy tells Bill “you certainly have a lot of patience and courage.” For what it’s worth, Bill’s journey, as laid out in the video, makes the District’s legislative process seem like a cakewalk. This is not the District government’s doing. Our local legislative process starts off quite similar to the one laid out by Schoolhouse Rock, but is actually easier, since the District’s legislature has just one house (unicameral), as opposed to the bicameral, two-house Congress. Where things become complicated is when Congress becomes involved. Our goal here is to describe the District’s legislative process, itself inherently complicated, with as much clarity as possible. Schoolhouse Rock we are not, but we do hope to shed some light on what, through no fault of our own, is unfortunately a somewhat opaque process. Read More »


Third Legislative Meeting Largely Consensus-Driven

March 5, 2015 --  Read More »


Council closed today due to forecasted snow storm

March 5, 2015 -- The Council is closed today, due to the forecasted snow storm. Read More »


Third Legislative Meeting Largely Consensus-Driven

March 4, 2015 -- March’s regularly-scheduled Legislative Meeting didn’t just go out like a lamb, it also came in like one. While still early in the Council Period (meaning that introductions of new legislation still greatly outpaced binding votes), an early trend of consensus seemed to emerge. Read More »


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