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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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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program The program, which is the result of legislation revised and approved by Councilmember McDuffie’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, will make the power grid more resilient while achieving a notable rate of 100% participation of Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) or Certified Joint Venture among subcontractors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development will join other leaders to break ground on the DC Power Line Undergrounding Project (DC PLUG). The program is in response to persistent related power outages and is the result of multiple pieces of legislation, which fall under the purview of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. “As a champion for District-based businesses, I am proud to…
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McDuffie to Introduce Legislation to Make Go-Go the Official Music of the District of Columbia

McDuffie to Introduce Legislation to Make Go-Go the Official Music of the District of Columbia

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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Make Go-Go the Official Music of the District of Columbia Legislation comes as the growing #DontMuteDC movement calls for respect for Go-Go and the culture of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019. In addition to amending the official D.C. code to enshrine Go-Go music as a part of the fabric of the District, the legislation also requires the Mayor to design and implement a program to support, preserve, and archive Go-Go music and its related documents and recordings. "To me, and so many other native Washingtonians, Go-Go music has become so much more than just a musical genre. It is the very fabric of the city’s…
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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Washington, DC – On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2020 District of Columbia budget. The budget reflects priorities raised by Ward 5 residents through months of engagement, including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and the Ward 5 Budget Engagement Forum. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create a Biotechnology Academy within McKinley Technology High School.Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with an expanded Fort Lincoln Clean Team, a new residential clean team in the Trinidad neighborhood, and a roving Ward 5 clean team.Adds an additional $3.5 million in funding for the Arboretum Recreation Center, which will include a new half-court gym and multipurpose…
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