Council’s Thanksgiving Donations

November 21, 2014 --  Read More »

Third-to-last Legislative Meeting sees rush of initial votes

November 19, 2014 -- As any savvy Council watcher knows, a Council Period lasts for two years—from January of an odd-numbered year to January of the next odd-numbered year. In the waning days of Council Period 20 (2013 to 2015), the Council met for one of its final full 13-member Legislative Meetings as anticipation for Council Period 21 (2015 to 2017) mounts. Read More »

Emergency Measures November 18th Legislative Meeting

November 14, 2014 --  Read More »

Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014

November 5, 2014 --  Read More »

Celebration of Home Rule’s 40th Anniversary culminates in two historic events

October 31, 2014 -- With Election Day approaching and predictions of low voter turnout abounding, it is essential to remember that District residents’ right to elect a mayor and council should never be taken for granted. It is for precisely this purpose that much of the past year has been spent commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the District’s Home Rule. The celebration recently culminated with two keystone events which occurred just in the last couple of weeks.  Read More »

Cars-for-hire, snow removal, affordable housing, and statehood among topics of busy Council meeting

October 29, 2014 -- Because the Council’s regular legislative meeting for November would have fallen on Election Day this year, the Council instead met on October 28th. In one of its longer recent deliberations, the Council faced a broad range of topics, ranging from Affordability to Zion. Read More »

Revised RFA for Comprehensive Rail Plan Grant

October 16, 2014 -- The Council of the District of Columbia is seeking grant applications from regional organizations to develop a Comprehensive Rail Plan for the District of Columbia. A revised RFA is attached. Read More »

Quality of life issues, broader public policy among Thirtieth Legislative Meeting action

October 9, 2014 -- At the Thirtieth Legislative Meeting of Council Period 20, and the Committee of the Whole meeting that preceded it, the Council took action on a diverse mix of legislation. As is frequently the case, legislation directly impacting the daily lives, and quality of life, of average District residents attracted a degree of attention from Councilmembers rivaling if not exceeding that paid to more heady public policy issues. Read More »

Summary of Thirtieth Legislative Meeting Available

October 8, 2014 -- The Council faced a full agenda when they met for their Thirtieth Legislative Meeting.  Read More »

Notices of Emergency Legislation for October 7 Legislative Meeting

October 6, 2014 -- Councilmembers have provided notice of their intent to introduce the following emergency legislation at the October 7, 2014 Legislative Meeting Read More »

Wide range of legislative and tax changes become effective October 1

October 1, 2014 -- A number of new laws take effect on October 1, the first day of Fiscal Year 2015. The following legislative and budgetary changes passed earlier this year will now become effective. Read More »

Summary of Twenty-Ninth Legislative Meeting Available

September 24, 2014 -- The Council's first Legislative Meeting since its summer recess came to an end was a busy one.  Read More »

Notices of Emergency Legislation for September 23 Legislative Meeting

September 18, 2014 -- Councilmembers have provided notice of their intent to introduce the following emergency legislation at the September 23, 2014 Legislative Meeting:  Read More »

Council plays prominent role in first Congressional hearing on DC statehood in decades

September 15, 2014 -- Today, for the first time since 1993, a Congressional hearing was held on the topic of statehood for the District of Columbia. Senator Thomas Carper introduced the legislation, which would create a 51st American state, to be called New Columbia.  Read More »

On Labor Day, Council celebrates this year’s labor victories

September 1, 2014 -- The current Council session, Council Period 20 (2013-2014), has had among its highlights many victories for District workers. While increasingly the media and general public view Labor Day as merely the grand finale of a delightful summer, and a hallmark of the back-to-school season, it is important to remember that the holiday was created to celebrate the victories of the organized labor movement.  Read More »

Latest in DC budget autonomy case: Briefs are filed, court date is set

August 29, 2014 -- Back on April 17, the Council sued Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt in an effort to require them to implement a referendum passed by DC voters in November of 2012 by an 83% margin. The referendum provided for local spending of locally raised tax revenue, without passing through the traditional Congressional appropriation process. Recently, new briefs were filed by the Council, Mayor Gray and CFO DeWitt, and numerous amicus curiae, in the appeal of the initial District Court ruling in favor of the Defendants. Links to these briefs, plus a summary of the amicus briefs, are included below. Read More »

Soccer Stadium Analysis Contract Awarded

July 21, 2014 -- After an extensive review process of proposals received in response to the Council’s RFP for an analysis of the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, the Council determined that CSL International provided the most comprehensive and cost-effective proposal and has been awarded the contract for services. Proposals were received from Baker Hostetler, Johnson Consulting, and Melissa Bradley. Read More »

Obama Administration once again backs DC budget and legislative autonomy

July 16, 2014 -- In a Statement of Administration Policy released July 14 by President Obama's Office of Management and Budget and addressed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the District, the Administration once again expressed its support for DC budget and legislative autonomy. Specifically, the document singled out the issues of abortion, marijuana, and needle exchanges as topics where Congress should not interfere with how the District spends its local dollars.  Read More »

Summary of Twenty-Eighth Legislative Meeting Available

July 15, 2014 -- At the Council's July 14 Legislative Meeting, during a nearly nine hour long marathon session, the Council tackled several major pieces of legislation. The most attention-getting votes were those on the override of Mayor Gray’s veto of the Council’s budget (initially passed 13-0 on May 28 and 12-1 on June 24). Read More »

What would YOUR BUSINESS lose if the Council’s budget is not implemented?

July 13, 2014 -- The Council passed the Budget Support Act (BSA) twice, as required by law: by a vote of 13-0 on May 28 and by a vote of 12-1 on June 24. That legislation included a progressive package of tax reforms for both individuals and businesses. Subsequently, the Mayor vetoed an emergency version of the BSA. On Monday, July 14, the Council will consider an override of the Mayor's veto, which would require the votes of at least nine Councilmembers. If the veto is overriden, your business will receive the tax savings outlined below. If the veto is not overriden, the tax savings outlined in the chart below will never occur.  Read More »

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