Hearing on B21-340, Athletic Field Naming and Sponsorship


Bill 21-340, Athletic Field Naming and Sponsorship Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-334, the “Athletic Field Naming and Sponsorship Amendment Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-340 is to allow for the temporary designation (naming) of sponsored Department of Parks and Recreation facilities and to clarify that non-profit organizations may sponsor facilities. This legislation would allow for the designation of certain athletic fields in the District that are planned to be substantially improved by a local nonprofit organization. It is intended that the fields would be ceremonially named for prominent local athletes associated with the nonprofit. Such a program of financially supporting fields together with naming them for living individuals cannot without this legislation.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196, or email Greg Matlesky, Legislative Aide, at gmatlesky@dccouncil.us, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, October 9, 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 October 9, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of Bill 21-340 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office 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 Monday, October 19, 2015.