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McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process

McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process McDuffie worked collaboratively to provide needed clarity in the PUD process to assist in meeting the District’s housing and community development goals McDuffie strengthened and expanded racial equity language in the final legislation Added language that addresses equitable distribution of industrial land, which may have negative impacts that are most frequently born by communities of color Washington, D.C. -- Today, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Comprehensive Plan Framework, the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2017 [B23-0001]. Advancing Racial Equity The Framework reflects Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s commitment to racial equity by including extensive language establishing racial equity, reflected in section 213 and throughout the guiding…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC The ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ seeks to address the problem of long-term local businesses – many owned and operated by people of color – from being priced out of DC. The legislation would create a ‘Legacy Business’ certification, provide for grants and tax abatements to legacy businesses and/or landlords Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Protecting Local Area Commercial Enterprises (P.L.A.C.E.) Amendment Act of 2019 or the ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ [B23-432]. The bill supports both legacy and small local businesses by providing technical and financial assistance, incentivizing landlords to enter into or renew leases with legacy businesses, and creating protections to commercial tenants as they…
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McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance Legislation would create an independent Chief Compliance Officer Councilmember McDuffie: “When it comes to compliance, the CBE program is broken.” Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Independent Compliance Office Establishment Act of 2019 [B23-471]. The legislation would create a new independent Office of the Chief Compliance Officer which would have purview of certification and enforcement over the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program and First Source employment program. Those programs are currently located within the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DLSBD) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), respectively. The new Chief Compliance Officer will serve a…
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Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement in response to a story published in this morning's Washington Post: “Yesterday, I was contacted by a Washington Post reporter regarding a document which he stated list Keith McDuffie as the chief executive of Potomac Supply Company (the company).As I stated to the reporter yesterday and during a prior conversation on June 28, Keith McDuffie is my cousin, and I have known Okera Stewart for many years.While there is apparently a single document that all parties involved have stated was produced in error, there are official documents which clearly establish that Okera Stewart owns the company. Moreover, I did not know of any document connecting Keith McDuffie to the sports gaming contract as chief executive or otherwise prior to…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Seal the Records of Individuals with Nonviolent Drug Offenses

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Seal the Records of Individuals with Nonviolent Drug Offenses

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Seal the Records of Individuals with Nonviolent Drug Offenses The proposed legislation will expand the ability for ex-offenders to have their records sealed after a period of 3 years for qualifying misdemeanors convictions and 7 years for qualifying felony convictions Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the District of Columbia Clean Slate Amendment Act of 2019 [B23-0401]. The proposed legislation will: Amend the definition of the “completion of sentence” to clarify that failure to pay fines and fees does not count towards completion of a sentence;Amend the definition of “eligible felonies” to include certain nonviolent offenses;Require automatic sealing of non-convictions, eligible misdemeanors, and eligible felonies after a certain period of time; andShift…
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McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development The proposed legislation ensures the financial feasibility of the development by providing an emergency tax abatement and amending the term sheets to allow 1909-1913 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue, SE to be transferred to a fee simple sale Washington, DC -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led the Council in passing emergency legislation to ensure financial feasibility of the MLK Gateway Development. The MLK Gateway Development team is utilizing new market tax credits as a part of its capital stack, however due to the 35-day federal government shutdown during the end of 2018 the issuance of those credits has been delayed. The delay…
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McDuffie Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework

McDuffie Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework Councilmember McDuffie continues his work to advance racial equity as a policymaking principle in the District by ensuring the Comprehensive Plan Framework will be guided by the principles of racial equity Washington, D.C. -- Following the July 2, 2019 release of the ‘staff draft’ of the Comprehensive Plan Framework, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, drafted additional language to clearly state that racial equity is a critical part of the District’s Comprehensive Plan. The ‘committee print’ of the legislation, released by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Monday, July 8, and to be voted on by the Council today adopts this language defining and expressing racial equity as a guiding principle. As the Council prepared to take the…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Provide Additional Retirement Benefits to Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Participants Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Credible Service Benefit Amendment Act of 2019. The legislation would provide that participation in a Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) will contribute to creditable service for purposes of retirement for a participant who becomes a District of Columbia government employee anytime following the participant’s successful completion of MBSYEP. With introduction of this legislation, Councilmember McDuffie said: "The goal of the MBSYEP is to introduce District youth to employers and to provide them with transferable work-related experiences that can prepare them for success in…
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McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

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Councilmember McDuffie's Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC The report, An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia, was included in the fiscal year 2018 budget by Councilmember McDuffie Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement following the release of An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia: "There has been a growing concern about the lack of affordable housing for larger families in DC, which is why I prioritized funding this study – so we have the data to make informed policy decisions. I thank Mayor Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, CNHED and the Urban Institute for…
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Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on Councilmember Jack Evans "I am deeply troubled by recent reports regarding a WMATA investigation which concluded that Councilmember Jack Evans violated WMATA’s code of ethics and subsequently decided to resign from his position on the Board. As a former prosecutor, and someone who has previously chaired a Council ad hoc committee, I believe deeply in the principles of fairness, justice, and due process. My unique experience as a prosecutor and someone who has witnessed both the good and the bad of our justice system on a personal and professional level has informed how I respond in times like this. So, I would caution against predetermining the outcome and discipline of an ad hoc committee prior to gathering all relevant facts…
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