Hearing on B20-602 (Feb 10th)


Bill 20-602, Attorney General Partisan Election Implementation Amendment Act of 2013

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole on Bill 20-602, Attorney General Partisan Election Implementation Amendment Act of 2013.  The hearing will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Hearing Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 20-602 is to amend the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955 to provide for election of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in a general election whereby a candidate for office is permitted to indicate a political party preference in reference to his or her candidacy and have that preference appear on the general election ballot in conjunction with his or her name; to amend the Attorney General for the District of Columbia Clarification and Elected Term Amendment Act of 2010 to clarify the timeline for transition from an elected to appointed Attorney General; and to amend the Prohibition on Government Employee Engagement in Political Activity Act of 2010 to exempt attorneys employed by the District government from the prohibition of filing and campaigning for the position of Attorney General.

Those who wish to testify should contact Mr. Brian Moore at (202) 724-8196, or via e-mail at bmoore@dccouncil.us, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, February 6, 2014.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on Thursday, February 6, 2014 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing.  Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.  A copy of Bill 20-602 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or at http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/lims.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2014.