McDuffie Introduces Bill Allowing Electric Utility Customers to Opt-Out of the Smart Meter Program

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For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5), Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, along with Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D – Ward 7), filed legislation today to provide electric utility customers with an opportunity to opt-out of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program – also known as  “smart meters.” In 2009, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the “Advance Metering Infrastructure and Cost Recovery Act” which authorized power companies to implement smart meter programs for all customers.  Smart Meters are capable of measuring, recording, storing, and reporting detailed power usage for customers.  Typically, smart meters send information on power use to the power company using electromagnetic frequencies, eliminating the need for meter readers. Many residents have enjoyed the convenience…
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Update: Financial Disclosure Filing Requirement for ANC Commissioners and Candidates for ANC Commissioner

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  Recently, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability mailed letters regarding financial disclosure filing to ANC Commissioners. Some recipients may have received this letter in error. The attached letter provides updated information and further guidance for ANC Commissioners and candidates for ANC Commissioner regarding financial disclosure filing. In 2012, if you were a first-time successful candidate for ANC Commissioner or an unsuccessful candidate for ANC Commissioner, you are not required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement for 2012 by the May 15 filing deadline. http://bega.dc.gov/release/update-financial-disclosure-filing-requirement-anc-commissioners-and-candidates-anc      
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McDuffie Facilitates H Street Main Street Expansion into Ward 5

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For Immediate Release: April 25, 2013 Washington, DC – Over the past several weeks, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) has worked with the H Street Main Street program and the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to enlarge the boundaries of H Street Main Street to include Ward 5. “With the help of the D.C. Main Streets program, H Street is now a thriving, commercial hub,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Extending the Main Streets program to include Bladensburg and Benning Roads will allow us to enhance the visibility of this corridor and give local businesses the opportunity to connect to services that support their growth.” Extending the Main Street boundaries and related funding allocation, spearheaded by McDuffie, will link small businesses on Bladensburg and Benning Roads…
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Ward 5 Report: Councilmember McDuffie Hosts Community Walk-Through with DC Government Officials in the Gateway Community

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On April 13, Councilmember McDuffie hosted a community walk-through in the Gateway neighborhood with the Gateway Civic Association, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Department of General Services (DGS), and other community stakeholders to address quality of life issues and to give residents the opportunity to engage various District agencies. Click here to see pictures from the walk-through and other Ward 5 news.
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McDuffie Responds to OSSE’s DC CAS Test Integrity Investigation Results

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2013 Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released a report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012. The report investigates the integrity of the statewide District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System exam, which was administered on April 17-27, 2012, at 243 schools in both District of Columbia Public (DCPS) and Charter Schools. Councilmember McDuffie issued the following statement on OSSE’s report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012: “I am deeply concerned with OSSE’s finding of widespread testing violations in the District’s public and charter school systems. Further, I am disturbed that three Ward 5 schools have been identified in OSSE’s audit, including Langdon Elementary School, where severe testing violations occurred. OSSE informs me that 40…
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McDuffie Introduces Measure to Support Local Craft Brewing Industry

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Councilmember McDuffie introduced several legislative measures to spark economic growth and improve the quality of life for D.C. employees Washington, DC – During this week’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced key legislation aimed at promoting economic development throughout the District and improving the quality of life for D.C. government employees. To capitalize on the economic growth that local handcrafted small-batch breweries and spirit distilleries bring to the District of Columbia, Councilmember McDuffie, along with Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, and Muriel Bowser, introduced the “Manufacturer Sunday Tasting Permit Amendment Act of 2013.” The measure will expand tastings to Sundays for these beverage manufacturers. Presently, a tasting permit allows breweries and distilleries to conduct product tastings Thursday through Saturday from 1p.m. – 9…
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