Public Oversight Roundtable on The Office of Unified Communications: The Provision of 911 Services in the District of Columbia

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On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, will convene a public oversight roundtable on “The Office of Unified Communications: The Provision of 911 Services in the District of Columbia”. The roundtable will take place in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., at 10 a.m. The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony. Anyone wishing to testify at the roundtable should contact the Committee on the Judiciary via email at judiciary@dccouncil.us or at (202) 727-8275, and provide their name, telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any), by close of business, September 30, 2016. Representatives of organizations will be allowed a maximum of five minutes for oral testimony, and individuals will be…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Provide Legal Representation to Low-Income District Residents in Housing Cases

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, introduced legislation to provide free legal counsel to low-income District residents in certain housing law cases. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Bonds, Evans and Silverman. The “Expanding Access to Justice Act of 2016” would authorize the DC Bar Foundation (“DCBF”) to adopt policies and procedures, issue requests for proposals, and make grants to designated legal services providers as part of a new series of legal counsel projects. The providers would represent low-income tenants at or below 200% of the federal poverty line facing eviction, housing code violations, termination from a rental housing subsidy program, increases in rent controlled units, and homeless shelter proceedings. “The overwhelming majority of low-income tenants in the District of Columbia…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on the Resignation of Chief Cathy Lanier

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. “I want to wish Chief Cathy Lanier the very best and much success in her new position. Chief Lanier has guided the Metropolitan Police Department for 10 years now, and I have had the privilege to work closely with her, not only as an advisor to then Deputy Mayor Paul Quander, but now in my role as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. Chief Lanier has always been the consummate professional and has dedicated 26 years of her life to protecting the residents and visitors of the District of Columbia. I am grateful to Chief Lanier for her service.  “The District of Columbia has one of the…
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Joint Public Hearing on Bill Prohibiting Against Selling Tobacco Products to Persons Under 21

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson Committee on the Judiciary  And  Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chairperson Committee on Health and Human Services  Announce a Public Hearing on Bill 21-0152, the “Prohibition Against Selling Tobacco Products to Individuals Under 21 Amendment Act of 2015”  And  B21-0686, the “Sporting Events Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Restriction Amendment Act of 2016 Thursday, July 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Room 412, John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004  CALL TO ORDER OPENING REMARKS WITNESS TESTIMONY Public Witnesses  Stuart Berlow, Director of Government Relations for D.C., American Heart Association Deborah Brown, President & CEO, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic Sarah B. Clauss, American College of Cardiology Krishna Upadhya, D.C. Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Ellen Valentino, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association Inc. Kirk…
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McDuffie Announces Hearing on Fair Housing and Rail Safety Bill – Monday, July 11

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Councilmember McDuffie Announces Hearing on the "Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016" and the "Rail Safety and Security Amendment Act of 2015" On Monday, July 11, 2016, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, will hold a public hearing on Bill 21-0706, the "Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016", and Bill 21-0003, the "Rail Safety and Security Amendment Act of 2015". The hearing will be held in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., at 11:00 a.m. The stated purpose of Bill 21-0706 is to assist in the successful integration of those with a criminal history by removing barriers to securing adequate housing accommodations; to prohibit the consideration of a housing applicant’s arrest record during…
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Walk with Teams McDuffie and Silverman for the 50th Annual Palisades Parade

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Please join Teams McDuffie and Silverman on Monday, July 4 for the 50th annual Palisades Parade and Picnic. Our teams are pumped up and you should be too! We would love to have you walk with us in the parade this year to show your support.  Although the parade starts at 11:00 am, if you are interested in walking with us, please arrive at Whitehaven Parkway via Foxhall Road at 10:00 am. You will see our red and white Ward 5 Team McDuffie t-shirts! Following the parade, enjoy the picnic at the recreation center with hotdogs, watermelon, drinks, live music and moon bounces. This is certainly an event that you do not want to miss! For further information, please contact Wesley Dawson at (202) 478-2457. On the day of the event,…
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DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Roxana Hoveyda Roxana.hoveyda@heart.org 704-248-1712 DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill in Budget Support Act American Heart Association celebrates a law which will teach DC students CPR, adding thousands of lifesavers in DC each year. June 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs. Every hour in the U.S. approximately 38 people will have a cardiac arrest event outside of the hospital – more than 326.000 each year. Nine out of ten people will…
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Councilmember McDuffie to Hold Public Roundtable on Civil Gideon and Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia

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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us On Wednesday, June 22, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, will convene a public roundtable titled “Considering Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia”. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants have a fundamental right to counsel at the government’s expense if they cannot afford one. The phrase “civil Gideon” refers to the national movement to expand this right to counsel to civil cases. The need for civil representation in the District of Columbia is dire, particularly for low- and moderate-income residents. Recent reports have indicated that 98 percent of litigants in domestic violence cases in the D.C. Superior Court…
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Walk with Teams McDuffie and Silverman in the Capital Pride Parade

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Dear Residents, Please join Teams McDuffie and Silverman tomorrow Saturday, June 11, for the Capital Pride Parade. Our teams are pumped up and you should be too! We would love to have you walk with us in the parade this year to show your Pride. There will be plenty of beads to toss, music, and a good time to be had by all. Although the parade starts at 4:30 pm – if you are interested in walking with us, please arrive to the staging area by 2:00 pm. The staging area is located at 23rd and N Street NW. The Capital Pride Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators from across the country annually and features exciting performances from amazing artists that bring so much energy to the stage. From the colorful beads which…
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McDuffie Releases Statement on Auditor’s Report on Impact of ‘Ban the Box’

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McDuffie Releases Statement on Auditor’s Report on Impact of ‘Ban the Box’ For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) released a report examining the District’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014 (FCRSA), which took effect in December 2014. The law, more commonly known as “Ban the Box”, prevents certain employers located within the District from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment is made, and also limits the reasons for which those employers may retract an offer of employment made to a person with a criminal record. The law is designed to remove unjust barriers to employment and allow returning citizens a fair chance…
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