PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Close Gap in Nuisance Property Law Highlighted at Recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety Meeting

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember McDuffie, Ward 5, introduced legislation to close a gap in current drug-related nuisance abatement law that was brought to light at his recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting held on March 7, 2017. Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017 [B22-0189] This legislation expands current law to permit civil actions against problem tenants who are complicit in allowing drug, firearm, and prostitution-related activity in their home or place of business. Current law allows action against owners of commercial property, but not their tenants. This legislation is the direct result of a suggestion made by Ward 5 resident Verna Clayborne at the Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting hosted by Councilmember McDuffie on March 7, 2017. Ms. Clayborne…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Increase Availability of Affordable 3-Bedroom and Larger Units

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation to require the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to produce a biennial report studying the District’s need for 3, 4, and 5-bedroom apartment units in the District of Columbia – and to increase the amount of family-size units built with funds from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Family Unit Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation would amend the Housing Production Trust Fund Act of 1988 to require a percentage of funds disbursed from the Housing Production Trust Fund to be used to assist in creating rental units with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. The bill requires that 10% of the units created…
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McDuffie introduces legislation to expand opportunities for breweries, wineries and distilleries

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) introduced a bill today that will provide a process for artisan alcohol manufacturers to apply for outdoor seating. Currently, breweries, wineries and distilleries with either a tasting permit or a sales permit can serve samples or sell their products for consumption within their facility. Endorsements for sidewalk cafés and summer gardens have been unavailable to manufacturer licensees because the brewery, winery and distillery industries in the District are still relatively new and burgeoning. The “Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Sidewalk Café Endorsement Amendment Act of 2015” will allow breweries, wineries, and distilleries that possess a tasting license or sales permit to apply for a sidewalk café or summer garden endorsement. “The brewery, winery and distillery industries have been fantastic examples of the adaptive…
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