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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C. Each D.C. Government Agency Would be Required to Use the Racial Equity Tool in Agency Performance Plans by Fiscal Year 2020 Legislation Also Requires D.C. Government to Provide Racial Equity Training for All Employees Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the Racial Equity Achieves Results Act of 2019 [B23-0038]. The legislation operationalizes racial equity in the District by requiring the Office of Budget and Planning to design and implement a racial equity tool, beginning in fiscal year 2020. Further, it requires the Mayor to include racial equity-related performance measures in the development of an agency’s annual performance plans and to require the Mayor to include an evaluation of the use of the racial…
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McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

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Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032 Legislation Includes Committee on Business and Economic Development Provisions to Support Workforce Development and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0904], having been referred to both the Committee on Transportation and the Environment as well as the Committee on Business and Economic Development, Chaired by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie. This legislation places the District of Columbia as a national leader in the fight against climate change by supporting increased investment in solar energy, higher energy efficiency standards for DC’s office buildings, and expansion of the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, of which a percentage must be used to benefit low-income residents,…
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McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry Amendment Prioritizes Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Establishes Capacity Building and Pipeline Program The Underlying Bill, Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, Already Included McDuffie Proposal that Revenue be Directed Toward Public Safety in the form of Violence Interruption Efforts Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0944] incorporating Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s amendment to ensure this new industry includes a robust program to include women- and minority-owned small local businesses. As Chair of Committee of Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie crafted the amendment to incentivize firms already in the industry,…
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McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018, which is scheduled for a second and final on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. "I support the Rhode Island Avenue (RIA) Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018 [B22-0986] because it brings needed economic investment to Rhode Island Avenue NE and Ward 5, the project has a high percentage of affordable housing units, and it protects current residents from displacement. The RIA project includes about three times the number of affordable housing units when compared to other commensurate projects in D.C. (24% of units in this project are affordable, IZ requires 8-10%) and, importantly, many of these units are for extremely low-income renters making 0-30% of Area Median Income. Further, it prevents displacement of…
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McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced: “Yesterday, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) confirmed that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced. Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open to low acuity visits until April 30, 2019, and the hospital will maintain 10-15 inpatient beds to support emergency services. I thank the DCHA as well as the D.C. Department of Health and State Health Planning and Development Agency for their work on this effort. I also want to thank everyone who fought to prevent the hasty December closure and in favor of a transition that prioritizes the health care needs of…
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McDuffie Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain

McDuffie Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain Represents Next Step in McDuffie’s Multi-Year Fight for Environment Justice in Brentwood Neighborhood Legislation Approves Plan to Transform Site into a District Government Facility Washington, DC – With passage today of the Warehousing and Storage Eminent Domain Authority Emergency Act of 2018, the Council of the District of Columbia took a major step toward closing the W Street Trash Transfer Station, located at the corner of Brentwood Parkway NE and W Street NE. Since taking office in 2012, Councilmember McDuffie has been working toward the day when the W Street Trash Transfer Station will permanently close its doors. To support communities in Ward 5 that are adjacent to heavy industrial sites, Councilmember McDuffie…
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McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon passage of the Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Temporary Amendment Act of 2018:   “Everywhere I go in Ward 5 and across D.C., I talk to residents concerned about the proposed closure of Providence Hospital and equitable access to healthcare in the District. St. Louis-based Ascension Health is the owner of Providence Hospital and its mission statement states “We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.” I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the neighbors, patients, and employees of Providence Hospital who only ask that Ascension Health live up to its promise to be “compassionate and just.” Going back over a year, people who value Providence Hospital have been in the position of reacting to Ascension…
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McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close

McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close Legislation Follows Yesterday’s Roundtable on the D.C. Department of Health’s Role in Approving Providence Hospital’s Proposed Elimination of Acute Care Services Legislation Clarifies the Agency’s Role and Responsibility When a Hospital in D.C. Seeks to Close Washington, D.C. – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie filed legislation, the “Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Emergency Amendment Act of 2018,” to provide clarity to the D.C. Department of Health and State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) of their role when a hospital in the District seeks to close. The legislation was co-introduced by Councilmember Vincent C. Gray, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Health, and is expected to be voted…
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McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement after the first vote on the “Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018” [B22-0092]   "On October 2, the Council voted unanimously to support legislation that provides clarity for participants in homesharing, protects the District's housing stock, and preserves the integrity of neighborhoods for residents across the District. My work on this legislation, the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018, began over a year and a half ago. My goals were simple: to create a clear regulatory framework for District residents to participate in homesharing and address a glaring gap in the law that led to increased pressure on our housing market, abuse by commercial operators, and significant health and safety concerns raised by members of the…
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McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018” [B22-0913]:   “Over the course of my career, I have worked to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable residents and I do not take the decision to repeal Initiative 77 lightly. Our work at the Council is often quite challenging, requiring members to consider all sides of an issue to make informed decisions. In my role as Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, I must weigh the concerns of residents and businesses and must carefully evaluate how policy affects our city’s workforce and overall economic growth. My decision to support repeal of Initiative 77 is informed by conversations with…
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