On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the DC Council convened its monthly Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meetings. Of particular note, the Council considered two bills related to sports wagering. The first, the Sports Wagering Lottery Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (B23-003) introduced by Councilmember McDuffie January 3, 2019, to clarify a waiver procedure and the amount of a Class A and Class B license application fee, PASSED on the final of two required votes as part of the consent agenda. The second, the Sports Wagering Procurement Practices Reform Exemption Act of 2019 (B23-25), introduced by Chairman Mendelson and referred to the Committee on Finance (Councilmember Evans) on January 8, 2019, to exempt the initial procurement used in connection with the sports wagering, PASSED (7-6) on the first of two required votes. Councilmembers Grosso, Silverman, Nadeau, T. White, R. White and McDuffie voted in opposition.

The next legislative meeting is scheduled for March 5, 2019.

Councilmember Jack Evans


Sense of the Council Supporting the National Cherry Blossom Festival Resolution of 2019

Express the Sense of the Council in support of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Co-Introducers: Todd, R. White, Nadeau, Gray, Silverman, Cheh, Grosso, Allen, McDuffie, Bonds, T. White, Mendelson
Co-Sponsors:
Committee-Referral: Committee of the Whole


Councilmember Mary Cheh


Debt Buying Limitation Amendment Act of 2019 (Re-Introduced)

As introduced, the bill would Impose five limitations on the purchasing of consumer debt: 1) it would require debt collectors to possess info about the debt; 2) it would impose filing requirements; 3) it would prohibit collectors from harassing family members; 4) it would ensure that the violation of the Debt Collectors Act would also be in violation of the District’s law; and, 5) it would eliminate the issue of zombie debt.

Co-Introducers:
Co-Sponsors: Bonds, Silverman, Grosso, T. White, Evans
Committee-Referral: Committee on Business & Economic Development, Committee of the Whole


Insurance Claims Consumer Protection Amendment Act of 2019 (Re-introduced)

As introduced, the bill would amend the Insurance Trade and Economic Development Amendment Act of 2000 to establish a cause of action for insured persons to be made whole when insurers fail to pay proper claims.

Co-Introducers:
Co-Sponsors: Evans, Bonds, Grosso
Committee-Referral: Committee on Business and Economic Development


Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie


Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2019 (Re-Introduced)

As introduced, the bill would establish the center for Firearm and Violence Prevention Research to research the causes and effects of urban firearm violence and to make recommendations to prevent firearm violence in the District.

Co-Introducers: Allen, Nadeau, Grosso, Bonds, Evans, Cheh, R. White, Silverman
Co-Sponsors: Gray
Committee-Referral: Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety with comments from the Committee on Health


Councilmember Anita Bonds


Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Qualifications and Expansion Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill aims to strengthen the qualifications for members of the DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to more specifically requiring that they possess knowledge in one or more of the following areas: public housing law and regulations, public housing development and management, subsidized housing production and development, etc. The bill would also add two additional members to the board, each appointed by the Council bringing the total number of members to 13.

Co-Introducers:
Co-Sponsors: Nadeau, Gray, McDuffie, Evans
Committee-Referral: Committee on Housing


Councilmember David Grosso


Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2019 (Re-Introduced)

As introduced, the bill will amend Title 28 of the District of Columbia Official Code to prohibit retail establishments from discriminating against cash as a form of payment, and to provide for enforcement of this requirement. Councilmember Grosso originally introduced the legislation last year, but that version only required food establishments to accept cash. This version expands the requirement to accept cash to ALL in-person retail establishments. Last week, the New Jersey state legislature passed similar legislation prohibiting cashless retail.

Co-Introducers: Grosso, Nadeau, Gray, Bonds, T. White, Mendelson
Co-Sponsors: Cheh
Committee-Referral: Committee of the Whole


Councilmember Elissa Silverman


Housing Production Trust Fund Transparency Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would amend the Housing Production Trust Fund Act of 1988 to require the Mayor to provide information regarding all applications to the Housing Production Trust Fund including data used to determine funding awards. The bill would also require DCDHCD to release a list of the applications it receives during a funding round and the scores used to determine which developers receive funding.

Co-Introducers: Nadeau, Grosso, Bonds, R. White, Evans
Co-Sponsors: Gray, Cheh, T. White
Committee-Referral: Committee on Housing


Student Loan Authority Establishment Act of 2019 (Re-Introduced)

As introduced, the bill would establish a finance authority in the District to provide new student loans and refinance existing student loans.

Co-Introducers: Grosso, Bonds, Allen, Evans, Cheh, Nadeau, Gray
Co-Sponsors: McDuffie
Committee-Referral: Committee on Education, Committee of the Whole


Councilmember Brianne Nadeau


DC Housing Authority Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would move the DC Housing Authority back under the purview of the Executive. Since 1999, the Authority has been an independent agency.

Co-Introducers: Mendelson, Silverman, R. White, Evans, Allen, Grosso, Todd
Co-Sponsors:
Committee-Referral: Committee on Housing with comments from the Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety


Councilmember Charles Allen


Improving Voter Registration for New Tenants and Homeowners Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would require housing providers and title companies to provide voter registration materials to all new renters and homeowners at lease signing/mortgage closing time.

Co-Introducers: Nadeau, Bonds, Evans, R. White
Co-Sponsors: Grosso
Committee-Referral: Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety


Second Look Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would provide for a “second look” at the incarceration of all those incarcerated prior to age 25, who have served at least fifteen years, to determine if their rehabilitation merits further review of their sentencing.

Co-Introducers: Evans, McDuffie, R. White, Bonds, Cheh, Grosso, Nadeau
Co-Sponsors: Gray
Committee-Referral: Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety


B23-0103 - Comprehensive Code of Conduct of the District of Columbia Establishment and BEGA Amendment Act of 2018

Introduced, January 29th, the bill will establish the Comprehensive Code of Conduct of the District of Columbia and other conforming amendments.

Co-Introducers:
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Committee-Referral: Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety


Councilmember Brandon Todd


District Wounded Warrior Parking Permit Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would create a parking permit for disabled veterans and purple heart recipients that provides short-term parking at all District owned and operated lots, garages, meters, and pay stations. Eligible recipients would apply for a unique placard issued by DC Department of Transportation, with renewals required after three years. Oregon, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and New Jersey have passed similar legislation.

Co-Introducers: Nadeau, Silverman, Grosso, Bonds, R. White
Co-Sponsors: Allen, Cheh, T. White, Gray
Committee-Referral: Committee on Transportation & the Environment


Veteran Retirement Income Tax Exclusion Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would exempt retirement income for members of the Uniformed Services from the District’s personal income tax. 22 states currently classify military retirement income as tax exempt.

Co-Introducers: Grosso, R. White, Cheh
Co-Sponsors: Evans, Bonds, Allen
Committee-Referral: Committee on Finance & Revenue


DC Office of Resilience Establishment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would establish a DC Office of Resilience making the District the first US city to codify a Resilience office. According to Councilmember Todd, the existing DC Office of Resilience was administratively set up within the Office of the City Administrator in 2017 to build the District’s resilience through the development and implementation of a comprehensive resilience strategy. The District received technical and financial support for this effort as part of its selection to become part of the global 100 Resilient Cities Network. That financial support will lapse in August of this year. Legislatively establishing a DC Office of Resilience would allow for greater funding stability and secure long-term implementation of the resilience strategy.

Co-Introducers: Nadeau, Evans, Cheh
Co-Sponsors: Allen, Grosso
Committee-Referral: Committee on Government Operations with comments from the Committee on Transportation & the Environment


Councilmember Trayon White


Ward 7 and Ward 8 Restaurant Incentive Program Establishment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would establish a Restaurant Incentive Program to open restaurants in Wards 7 & 8.

Co-Introducers: Gray
Co-Sponsors: Bonds, Grosso, Nadeau
Committee-Referral: Committee on Business & Economic Development


B23-0113 - Unfoldment, Inc. Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2019

Introduced February 1, 2019, the bill would provide tax relief for Lot 826 owned by Unfoldment, Inc.

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Committee-Referral: Committee on Finance & Revenue


Chairman Phil Mendelson


Indoor Mold Remediation Enforcement Amendment Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would expand jurisdiction for mold regulation and remediation to DCRA (currently DOEE holds jurisdiction).

Co-Introducers: R. White, Evans, McDuffie, T. White, Bonds, Grosso, Nadeau, Todd, Allen
Co-Sponsors: Cheh, Gray
Committee-Referral: Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Committee of the Whole


Supporting Essential Workers Unemployment Insurance Act of 2019

As introduced, the bill would clarify that federal workers who are deemed essential and who required to work without pay, would be eligible for unemployment insurance coverage during a federal government shutdown.

Co-Introducers: Silverman
Co-Sponsors: Bonds, Cheh, Nadeau, Allen, Grosso, R. White, T. White, Gray, McDuffie
Committee-Referral: Committee on Labor & Workforce Development


Chairman Mendelson at the Request of the Mayor


B23-0111 - Supporting Essential Workers Unemployment Insurance Emergency Amendment Act of 2019

Introduced January 31, 2019, the legislation would allow those “excepted” employees who are required to work without pay during a federal government shutdown to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the Department of Employment Services.

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Committee-Referral: Retained by the Council


B23-0116 - Warehousing and Storage Eminent Domain Authority Act of 2019

Introduced February 4, 2019, the legislation would authorize the acquisition, through exercise of eminent domain, of certain property located on W Street NE, for warehousing and storage purposes.

Co-Introducers:
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Committee-Referral: Committee on Business & Economic Development


B23-0117 - Underground Facilities Protection Amendment Act of 2019

Introduced February 4, 2019, the legislation would amend the District’s excavation safety law, to better protect underground facilities, such as gas and water lines. The bill would also establish the time period by which utility operators shall make certain notifications; to amend a provision related to hand digging; to strengthen provisions related to the requirements of persons responsible for excavation when the person has reason to know that an underground facility is unmarked; and to authorize the Mayor to issue rules to implement the act.

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Committee-Referral: Committee on Business & Economic Development


B23-0114 - Senior Police Officer Retention Amendment Act of 2019

Introduced February 4, 2019, the bill would permit the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department to rehire retired sergeants and detectives (grade 1) up to seven years after the effective date of the bill and authorize them to be employed for up to five years from the date of hire at the discretion of the Chief.

Co-Introducers:
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Committee-Referral: Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety