CHAIRMAN MENDELSON’S STATEMENT ON BUDGET AUTONOMY DECISION

CHAIRMAN MENDELSON STATEMENT ON HISTORIC VICTORY FOR DISTRICT AUTONOMY

WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman issued an order granting the Council’s motion for judgment in favor of budget autonomy.

Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, released the following statement regarding the order issued today by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the budget autonomy litigation.  The historic ruling upholds the Budget Autonomy Act, stating that the Council, the Mayor, and the District voters lawfully exercised their collective power to gain control over expenditure of local funds. Continue reading

Hearing on B20-602 (Feb 10th)

CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

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.

Hearing on B20-482/B20-506 (Nov. 7)

CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 20-482, Budget Support Technical Clarification Act of 2013
Bill 20-506, D.C. Fiscal Year Designation Act of 2013

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole on Bill 20-482, the “Budget Support Technical Clarification Act of 2013” and Bill 20-506, the “D.C. Fiscal Year Designation Act of 2013.”  The public hearing will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The stated purpose of Bill 20-482 is to amend the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Act of 2013 and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 to clarify the priority to be given to homeless families for tenant-based housing assistance and to improve the administrability of the tax abatement financial analysis process; to amend the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982 to provide the Mayor with authority to establish the review and redetermination schedule for persons receiving POWER benefits; and to amend section 47-2005 of the District of Columbia Official Code to clarify the scope of the processing exemption from the sales tax.

The stated purpose of Bill 20-506 is to amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to change the District fiscal year for budget and financial management purposes to July 1 of each year to June 30 of the succeeding calendar year.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or e-mail Evan Cash, Committee Director, at ecash@dccouncil.us and provide their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on November 5, 2013, 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.  Copies of Bill 20-482 and Bill 20-506 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, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2013.