McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects The bill would provide immediate relief for qualifying small businesses including those impacted by the DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel construction at 4th Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE; as well as businesses impacted by Monroe Street NE bridge reconstruction Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Emergency Amendment Act of 2019. These pieces of legislation would provide emergency financial assistance to eligible small businesses within 500 feet of construction on District-owned or financed infrastructure. Small business owners would have to be able to demonstrate loss of revenue that leads to…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District

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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District The "Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2019" would establish the Center for Firearm Violence Prevention and Research (Center) in the District of Columbia. The Center would address the nature and impacts of firearm violence on individuals and communities. The Center, modeled after the successful California-based Firearm Violence Research Center, would be housed at an academic research institution in the District and would be required to produce a report every three years on grants made, pending grants, program accomplishments, and the future direction of the program. "As of this morning, there have been 20 homicides in the District of Columbia, a 54% increase over this same time last…
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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 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 Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program to Help Business Enterprises Compete for Contracts Program would assist eligible small business owners who have historically been unable to qualify for bonding by providing training and technical assistance to increase their bonding capacity Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Small Business Bonding Program Establishment Amendment Act of 2018. District of Columbia law requires contractors to obtain a performance and payment bond for certain contracts. Contractors work with sureties to ensure they are qualified to enter into the contract, often having their credit, capacity, financial standing, and character reviewed through a rigorous underwriting process. This legislation establishes a program within the Department of Small and…
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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Invest in Communities and Address Root Causes of Crime

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        Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to: Create a new D.C. Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Create a new H.O.P.E. Fund to Inject Resources into Targeted Communities Direct Currency and Property Received by Police to Fund Violence Prevention and Intervention Initiatives Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced three pieces of legislation in response to recent incidents of gun violence in the District of Columbia. The bills underscore Councilmember McDuffie’s call for a heightened sense of urgency and that the District of Columbia must use all available resources to address the root causes of violence that plague communities across the District. The Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2018 [ B22-0843…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Protect Seniors from Predatory and Misleading Advertisements

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  Councilmember McDuffie Introduces Bill to Protect Seniors from Predatory and Misleading Advertisements   Seniors Have Reported Receiving Deceptive Mailers Designed to Create False Urgency to Sell Property   Legislation Prohibits Advertising a False Deadline or Misuse of Words “Final Notice,” “Urgent,” “Time Sensitive”   https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKenyanRMcDuffie%2Fvideos%2F1654579654604255%2F&show_text=0&width=560 For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Senior and Vulnerable Resident Protection against Unlawful Trade Practice Amendment Act of 2017 [B22-0614]. This legislation seeks to protect residents, like senior citizens or residents living with a disability, who are vulnerable to false, misleading, or deceptive advertisements received at their home or business. The legislation makes it unlawful in the District of…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Council Resolution to Encourage the District of Columbia Government to Consider Race, Equity, and Social Justice as Fundamental Principles in Policy-Making

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Two Council Resolutions to Encourage the District of Columbia Government to Consider Race, Equity, and Social Justice as Fundamental Principles in Policy-Making   Resolution asks the District of Columbia to join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all   For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 2, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the following Sense of the Council Resolution: Sense of the Council on Establishing Race, Equity, and Social Justice Resolution of 2017 [PR22-0524] This resolution, co-introduced by the entire 13-member Council, seeks to encourage the District of Columbia Government to join a growing, nationwide network of municipal governments that are taking…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Council Resolutions Seeking to Protect Immigrants who are Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Council Resolutions Seeking to Protect Immigrants who are Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status   Resolution calls on Congress to pass legislation that will protect beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status from deportation For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 2, 2017
 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the following Sense of the Council Resolution: Sense of the Council in Support of Legislative Action to Protect Temporary Protected Status Resolution of 2017 [PR22-0525]
 This resolution, co-introduced by the entire 13-member Council, seeks to encourage Congress to pass legislation that will protect the approximately 300,000 beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status [TPS]. Upon introduction of this resolution, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Temporary Protected Status shelters people from returning to their countries that are experiencing…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Honor Historic Contributions of Native Washingtonians of Color and Women

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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Honor Historic Contributions of Native Washingtonians of Color and Women   The proposed legislation identifies seminal legal scholar Charles Hamilton Houston as the first Washingtonian to honored with a memorial statue   Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0346). This measure would direct the Commemorative Works Commission to erect statues in each of the City’s eight wards that highlight native Washingtonians who are women and minorities, and allow the Council itself to sponsor a commemorative work on public space in the District. Furthermore, the legislation would make the inaugural statue sponsored by the Council a memorial to honor Charles Hamilton…
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