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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Including Racial Equity Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 District of Columbia budget.  The FY21 BSA provides additional investments despite the current health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.  The FY21 budget reflects a number of investments in Ward 5, while simultaneously focusing on racial equity and supporting our small businesses and their workers.  I am pleased to share the following highlights, which I believe prioritizes racial equity and economic justice within various sectors of our city including health, small business, government, and education. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create interim recreation space in Ivy City and recreational programming. Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with the creation of a new Clean Team in Ivy City.…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Passage of Emergency Legislation To Direct $100 Million To Assist District Businesses In Recovery and Reopen Efforts.

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Passage of Emergency Legislation To Direct $100 Million To Assist District Businesses In Recovery and Reopen Efforts.

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As introduced this legislation prioritizes the hardest hit industries including restaurants, retail, hotels, arts and entertainment to help businesses retain workers and sustain small businesses with a focus on resident-owned and disadvantaged business owners. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Business Support Grants Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This legislation establishes a Business Support Grant Program to provide eligible businesses financial support to aid in their recovery from the public health emergency.  The emergency authorizes up to $100 million from the CARES Act to provide COVID-19 related relief. As introduced, the emergency requires the Executive to establish rules that…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

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Invests in Black entrepreneurs by providing access to capital.Operationalizes racial equity by implementing the REACH Act.Funds a disparity study so more District procurement supports minority and women entrepreneurs. Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chairman Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, engagement with advocates and stakeholders. This budget report is focused on advancing Councilmember McDuffie's Racial Equity Agenda. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: "Developed through the lens of racial equity and recognizing the disproportionate impact the public health emergency is having on communities of color, specifically black people, the Committee’s budget significantly invests in District…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

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McDuffie's Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-0774], which includes use of force reforms drafted by Councilmember McDuffie. The goal of the measure is to reduce and effectively abolish instances of unlawful use of force by defining specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. Additional measures included in the legislation passed today include: Prohibits the use of neck restraints ("chokeholds") by law enforcement.Prohibits Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers from reviewing their body-worn camera recordings before documenting their recollections in a report, reversing a last-minute amendment to Councilmember McDuffie's Neighborhood Engagement…
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McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

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McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures The new language requires consideration of whether the person had a deadly weapon and if the police attempted de-escalation tactics Washington, D.C. – In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless more black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, the District of Columbia Council is expected to take up emergency legislation on June 9, 2020. Councilmember McDuffie has drafted a provision he hopes to include that would establish when the use of force or use of deadly force by a police officer may be justifiable or not. The provision would also define specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. An additional provision that is…
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McDuffie’s Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill

McDuffie’s Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill Payment programs are required to be offered during the public health emergency and a period after that, depending on the utility Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the latest in a series of bills in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 and Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020. Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, led the Council’s efforts to require utility providers to offer a utility payment program for customers unable to pay their utility bills due to the public health…
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McDuffie Statement on DC’s Updated Fiscal Forecast and Revenue Shortfall

McDuffie Statement on DC’s Updated Fiscal Forecast and Revenue Shortfall

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McDuffie Statement on DC's Updated Fiscal Forecast and Revenue Shortfall Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement on the DC Chief Financial Officer's updated revenue estimate: "District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt just provided the Mayor and Council with an updated financial forecast and now projects a budget shortfall of $722 million in the current fiscal year, and additional downward revisions of $774 million, $606 million, and $568 million over the next three years. Based on all the numbers, the CFO today indicated that we are now in a recession. While that is certainly not welcome news, we all know that this pandemic has had a…
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McDuffie Leads Council on Support for Nightlife Small Businesses and Mortgage Relief

McDuffie Leads Council on Support for Nightlife Small Businesses and Mortgage Relief

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McDuffie Leads Council on Support for Nightlife Small Businesses and Mortgage Relief The provisions, passed by the Council today, are an expansion and clarification of the previously passed Council legislation in response to coronavirus Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, and his Council colleagues passed legislation that clarified important transparency provisions of the mortgage protections included in the previously passed, COVID-19 Response Supplemental Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-734] and allow nightclubs to sell alcoholic beverages and food for off-premise purposes. Mortgage Relief Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-735]Councilmember McDuffie, as Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, which has oversight of the DC Department of Banking, Securities, and Banking (DISB), has…
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McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity

McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity

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McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity Building on years of leadership on racial equity, Councilmember McDuffie urged his Council colleagues and Mayor on March 23 to address these concerns in District’s response to COVID-19 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, urges the leaders of the District government to view the ongoing coronavirus response efforts through the lens of racial equity. Councilmember McDuffie emailed his Council colleagues and Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 23, 2020 to call on them to craft any policies and programs enacted in response to coronavirus through the lens of racial equity. “History demonstrates that inequitable government responses to disasters have led to recoveries that…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Legislation includes mortgage relief, support for CBEs, and expanded consumer protections Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-733]. Upon passage, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement: “Since the Council last met under our current public health emergency, the District has undergone a significant health, social, and economic transformation as the COVID-19 public health emergency touches nearly every resident of our City and region. The District has instituted key provisions of the first emergency, including setting up the Microgrant small business recovery program, a prohibition on evictions,…
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