Hearing on B21-153/B21-298, Title 49 Enactment and Active Duty Pay


Bill 21-153, D.C. Official Code Title 49 Enactment Act of 2015
Bill 21-298, Active Duty Pay Differential Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-153, the “D.C. Official Code Title 49 Enactment Act of 2015,” and Bill 21-298, the “Active Duty Pay Differential Amendment Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-153 is to enact and amend Title 49 of the D.C. Official Code. Title 49 concerns the District’s militia, and contains provisions that govern the operations of the District of Columbia National Guard. Previous hearings on earlier versions of this legislation were held on October 8, 2010 and October 3, 2012. The upcoming hearing will focus on a revised Committee Print for Bill 21-153 developed in cooperation with the D.C. National Guard. The stated purpose of Bill 21-298 is to expand pay differential authorization to any employee called to active duty from a reserve unit as a result of any military operation that meets the definition of a contingency operation as defined in 10 U.S.C. §101(a)(13)(b). Currently, only District employees called to active duty as a result of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible for the pay differential.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196, or to email Christina Setlow, Deputy Committee Director, at csetlow@dccouncil.us, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on September 15, 2015 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 Bills 21-153 and 21-298 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. 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 October 1, 2015.