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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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STATEMENT: Councilmember McDuffie on the Proposed VRE Train Parking Facility

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For Immediate Release: February 28, 2017 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) released the following statement on the proposed VRE train parking facility adjacent to New York Ave NE: "I oppose the proposal to park VRE trains along New York Avenue NE. When I was elected to the Council, I spearheaded the creation of the Ward 5 Inustrial Land Use Task Force and I share the vision for New York Avenue NE as outlined in the Task Force's final reprot, WArd 5 Works. The only acceptable path forward is for VRE to propose a facility that parks the trains underground, or creates a new infill rail station for MARC and VRE and, thus, would facilitate the required economic benefirts for the surrounding communities. The Ward…
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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Unveils New Legislation to Regulate Short-Term Rental Housing Market to Ensure Housing Stock is Available for District Residents

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2016 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, announced the introduction of new legislation to establish a workable regulatory framework for short-term rental housing. This legislation, drawing upon successful models from across the country, provides new penalties and increased transparency and reporting requirements to ensure residential neighborhoods are retained for the full-time residents of D.C. Under current law, hosts are required to obtain a business license designed for more traditional hospitality enterprises. This legislation creates a new type of business license specifically designed for short-term rentals. Currently, many operators do not bother to obtain licenses.  This is a problem because business licenses a valuable tool to ensure that operators are complying with District regulations…
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STATEMENT: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on President Donald Trump Executive Orders

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For Immediate Release: Monday, January 30, 2017 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) released the following statement today on recent executive actions taken by President Trump: "As the Ward 5 Councilmember and an elected leader in the District of Columbia, I find President Trump’s executive order banning Muslims as well as a his executive order limiting federal funding to designated sanctuary cities unconscionable. It sows fear and uncertainty for the individuals directly impacted and has the potential to make the entire city less safe by pushing a further wedge between the community and public safety officials. This order is the very antithesis of the principles of fairness and justice upon which our country was founded. The immigrant community is inextricably woven into the fabric of…
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PRESS RELEASE: Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Expand Opportunities for CBEs and Help D.C. Police Officers and Firefighters to Live in D.C.

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 10, the District of Columbia Council held its first legislative meeting of Council Period 22 at which Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced and co-introduced the following legislation. Local and Small Business Equity and Development Participation Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation will help businesses in the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program profit from contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Currently, the Department of Housing and Community Development does not give priority to developers who contract with CBEs for equity and development participation. As a result, many contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund go to out of town developers and large companies who do not contract with…
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