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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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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Proactively Plan for Transportation Growth by Ward

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Watch Councilmember McDuffie as he introduces the legislation: For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – Earlier this month, Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation that would require the District of Columbia government to issue a proactive report every two years analyzing each ward’s current transportation infrastructure and future needs. The Proper Planning for Future Growth Amendment Act of 2017 [B22-0181] This legislation will require the D.C. Department of Transportation and the D.C. Office of Planning to work together on a biennial report analyzing each ward's current transportation infrastructure and future needs. While individual projects perform traffic studies as part of their analysis of development impacts and Small Area Plans look at the traffic patterns within a prescribed area or neighborhood,…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Close Gap in Nuisance Property Law Highlighted at Recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety Meeting

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember McDuffie, Ward 5, introduced legislation to close a gap in current drug-related nuisance abatement law that was brought to light at his recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting held on March 7, 2017. Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation expands current law to permit civil actions against problem tenants who are complicit in allowing drug, firearm, and prostitution-related activity in their home or place of business. Current law allows action against owners of commercial property, but not their tenants. This legislation is the direct result of a suggestion made by Ward 5 resident Verna Clayborne at the Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting hosted by Councilmember McDuffie on March 7, 2017. Ms. Clayborne and…
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Councilmember McDuffie and Dignitaries Celebrate First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue with Inaugural Ride

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MEDIA ADVISORY Monday, March 20 - 8:00 AM For Immediate Release: Friday, March 17, 2017 Download a PDF of this release here Councilmember McDuffie and Dignitaries Celebrate First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue with ‘Inaugural Ride’ Washington, D.C. – On Monday, March 20, 2017, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) will join dignitaries, neighbors, and community leaders on an Inaugural Ride of the new G9 MetroExtra Bus Route. After a brief speaking program, the public is invited to board the bus and ride downtown with Councilmember McDuffie. The new G9 MetroExtra Bus Route begins service after Councilmember McDuffie secured the funds to start the route in the fiscal year 2017 District of Columbia budget that the Council approved in June 2016. After the funds became…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Increase Availability of Affordable 3-Bedroom and Larger Units

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation to require the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to produce a biennial report studying the District’s need for 3, 4, and 5-bedroom apartment units in the District of Columbia – and to increase the amount of family-size units built with funds from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Family Unit Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation would amend the Housing Production Trust Fund Act of 1988 to require a percentage of funds disbursed from the Housing Production Trust Fund to be used to assist in creating rental units with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. The bill requires that 10% of the units created…
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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Supports A Day Without A Woman

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For Immediate Release: March 6, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) announced that, in solidarity with women across the United States and the globe, women in the Ward 5 Office will have the option not to work on Wednesday, March 8, A Day Without A Woman. “I was proud to attend the Women’s March on January 21 with my wife and daughters, and I remain inspired by the voices rising up across the country to resist sexism, bigotry, and hate. Despite the progress that has been made, women are still undervalued in our society. From unequal pay to discrimination, it is obvious to anyone who cares that there continues to be inequality between the genders. I am proud to have championed policies on…
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Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety Meeting – March 7, 2017

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WARD 5 EMERGENCY PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING Hosted by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie In response to an increase in recent gun violence in Ward 5, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie invites you to join community leaders and public safety officials for a community town hall. Confirmed speakers: * Mayor Muriel Bowser * MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham DATE: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 TIME: 7:00 PM LOCATION: Israel Manor Capital City Hall of Distinction 1251 Saratoga Ave NE Washington, DC 20018 Download a PDF of the meeting flyer here
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