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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Speed Up Payments to D.C. Contractors and Create an Efficient and Equitable Process for Dispute Resolution Between Prime and Subcontractors

McDuffie Introduces Bills to Speed Up Payments to D.C. Contractors and Create an Efficient and Equitable Process for Dispute Resolution Between Prime and Subcontractors

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Speed Up Payments to D.C. Contractors and Create an Efficient and Equitable Process for Dispute Resolution Between Prime and Subcontractors   These introductions continue Councilmember McDuffie’s legislative work to make D.C.’s contracting opportunities accessible to more small and local businesses   Quick Payments Amendment Act Requires D.C. to Pay Invoices in 15 days   Government Contractor-Subcontractor Dispute Resolution Act Establishes Dispute Resolution Process for Conflicts that Arise between Prime Contractors and Subcontractors Working on Government Projects   Download this Press Release as a printable PDF Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced two bills to support local and small businesses in the District of Columbia through quicker payments to contractors and the…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create a Single Website for all D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities

PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create a Single Website for all D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities

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Bill would streamline the procurement process, increase transparency, and increase competitiveness in contracting by increasing the number of bids received For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the “Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2017” along with the following co-introducers: Councilmembers Charles Allen, Anita Bonds, Mary Cheh, David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Elissa Silverman, Robert White, and Trayon White. This measure would require the District government to place all District government solicitations over $25,000 on a single website that provides machine-readable and searchable information. Additionally, the bill also requires the Executive to post a list of all contracts in the preceding year that had a closing date…
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Public Roundtable in Ward 5 on The District Department of Transportation’s Responsiveness to Council and Resident Inquiries

Public Roundtable in Ward 5 on The District Department of Transportation’s Responsiveness to Council and Resident Inquiries

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Watch the roundtable: COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & THE ENVIRONMENT MARY M. CHEH, CHAIR NOTICE OF PUBLIC OVERSIGHT ROUNDTABLE ON The District Department of Transportation’s Responsiveness to Council and Resident Inquiries July 13, 2017, at 6:30 P.M. Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064 On July 13, 2017, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chairperson of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will hold a public oversight roundtable on the responsiveness of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to inquiries or requests from the Council and District residents. The public roundtable will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Great Room A of the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, 620 Michigan Avenue, N.E. The purpose of the roundtable is to follow up…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Honor Historic Contributions of  Native Washingtonians of Color and Women

PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Honor Historic Contributions of Native Washingtonians of Color and Women

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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Honor Historic Contributions of Native Washingtonians of Color and Women The proposed legislation identifies seminal legal scholar Charles Hamilton Houston as the first Washingtonian to honored with a memorial statue ***  A Hearing has been Scheduled for this bill on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Information on how to participate in the hearing is below *** Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0346). This measure would direct the Commemorative Works Commission to erect statues in each of the City’s eight wards that highlight native Washingtonians who are women and minorities, and allow the Council itself to sponsor a commemorative work…
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PRESS RELEASE: With Final Vote for McDuffie’s “Expanding Access to Justice Act,” D.C. Takes Bold Step Toward Establishing Civil Right to Counsel

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Final vote of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget includes program to fund lawyers for low-income tenants in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court Puts the District of Columbia on the path to establishing ‘Civil Gideon,’ the right to counsel in some civil cases For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, (202) 445-0361 Washington, D.C. – Today, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017 which incorporates Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's “Expanding Access to Justice Act.” This legislation creates a grant program, managed by the DC Bar Foundation, to provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants at or below 200% of the federal poverty line facing eviction. Upon Passage Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Stated: “I am encouraged that the Council today voted to…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Increase Diversity among Asset Managers of D.C. Public Pensions Fund

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Despite equal performance of the assets under management, a recent study finds just 1.1% of the $71.4 trillion assets under management across the world is in the hands of women and minority-owned firms. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – On May 16, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the District of Columbia Council on Business and Economic Development introduced the Diversity in Fund Management Amendment Act of 2017 [B22- 0286]. The aim of this legislation is to increase the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of the fund managers by requiring the District of Columbia Retirement Board to report annually on the affirmative steps it has taken to hire diverse fund managers. A recent study by the John S. and James L.…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Secures Important Funding for Ward 5 Priorities in FY 2018 Budget

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Council budget includes funding for: Recreation, education, and library facilities in Ward 5 Support for tenants & affordable housing and more inspectors at DCRA A public health approach to public safety in the NEAR Act And investments to improve the environment for CBEs & Small Businesses Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia took its first vote on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Councilmember McDuffie's Ward 5 and District-wide budget priorities received overwhelming support. “I want to thank my colleagues on the Council for supporting my priorities as the Councilmember for Ward 5 and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development,” said McDuffie. “This budget demonstrates the Council’s commitment to support Education, public safety, Affordable Housing, CBE capacity building, and significant capital project financing.”…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s “Expanding Access to Justice Act” Included and Funded in Current Budget Report

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Program would fund lawyers for low-income tenants in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court Currently about 90% of landlords have representation while fewer than 10% of tenants do [1] Similar program in New York City reduced evictions by 24% [2] Puts the District of Columbia on the path to establishing a ‘Civil Gideon,’ the right to counsel in some civil cases Washington, D.C. - Today, the District of Columbia Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety passed their budget report which included a subtitle, “Expanding Access to Justice Act.” This legislation would create a grant program, managed by the DC Bar Foundation, to provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants at or below 200% of the federal poverty line facing eviction. Statement from Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie: "I am encouraged…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bills to Help Seniors Age in Their Homes and Support Small Businesses by Supporting D.C.’s Main Street Organizations

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M.O.W.S. Act establishes a fund to assist seniors with yard work D.C. Main Streets Public Space Permit Fee Waiver Amendment Act gives Main Street Organizations access to the same fee waivers as BIDs For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Washington, DC – Last week, Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced two pieces of legislation to support seniors aging in place and offer Main Street Organizations the same waivers for some permit fees that are currently offered to BIDs (Business Improvement Districts). Managing Outdoor Work for Seniors [M.O.W.S.] Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation would create a D.C. Government program to provide outdoor yard work services for seniors. The Office of Aging will be tasked with setting up the program, which consists of connecting…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s Landmark Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform Becomes Law As Congressional Review Period Passes

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Among its many provisions, this new law ends the use of solitary confinement on children; restores judicial discretion for sentencing juveniles; and ensures children age-appropriate confinement Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016 became official law. Introduced in April 2016 by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, then-Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, and six of his colleagues, and passed by the full council – unanimously – in October, the law makes landmark reforms to the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system. “This law makes D.C. safer,” McDuffie said “by changing our juvenile justice system to one that - while still holding young people accountable - also offers an opportunity for rehabilitation. This law also makes the dollars we spend on…
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