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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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 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 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 [B23-0317]. 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…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia

Legislation Information, Press Release
McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Build Statues of Women and People of Color from the District of Columbia Among the Local Heroes to be Honored are a Groundbreaking Surgeon, a Military Hero, Trailblazing Educators, and a Renowned Musician Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Diverse Native Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2019 [B23-0233]. This legislation builds upon Councilmember McDuffie’s successful effort during 2017 and 2018 to secure funding for a statue of Charles Hamilton Houston, a native Washingtonian, legal genius, and civil rights lawyer. The latest legislation names four Washingtonians to be honored and provides for additional people to be honored, including those who may have migrated to the District from abroad. With…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Commission to Review Names of District Memorials and Places

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Commission to Review Names of District Memorials and Places

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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Commission to Review Names of District Memorials and Places Legislation Creates a Commission to Review Controversial Monuments, Markers, and Symbols, including Statues, Street Names, and School Names in the District of Columbia Washington, DC – Yesterday, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Advisory Commission on Monuments, Markers, and Symbols Establishment Act of 2019 [B23-0234]. This legislation directs the mayor to establish an advisory commission to make recommendations regarding controversial monuments, markers, and symbols, such as statues, street names, and school names, that are seen as oppressive and inconsistent with District of Columbia values. After consulting experts and engaging the residents of the District of Columbia, the Commission will submit a report…
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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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