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

Press Release
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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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities Investments for the upcoming fiscal year include support for District businesses and commercial infrastructure with funds that support Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) capacity building, Main Street revitalization and expansion, financial stability, workforce investment, small business lending, and significant capital project financing. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and a budget engagement forum in Ward 5. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Developed through the lens of racial equity, the Committee’s…
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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

Press Release
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 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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Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Funding for a Violence Intervention Initiative

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on gun violence of the past weekend, and a new violence intervention initiative:   "I am deeply saddened and upset by the senseless gun violence that has taken place across communities in the District over the weekend. Here we are, merely weeks before the school year ends, and the summer begins, and we are dealing with 11 people shot and four killed including 24-year-old Anthony Clark, who was shot and killed in Langston Terrance on Memorial Day. This is outrageous, and as a native Washingtonian, husband, father, brother, friend, and Councilmember, I can no longer accept the violence that has gripped our city as an everyday fact of life. Yesterday, I met with residents from across the city…
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Hearing Scheduled for January 25 on McDuffie’s Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Act of 2017

Hearing
On Thursday, January 25, at 9:30 AM the D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a hearing on Councilmember McDuffie's Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement 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 and the Franklin Street Area Neighborhood Association residents live in the Brookland neighborhood, behind a small retail shopping center at Rhode Island Avenue…
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McDuffie and Community Peace Advocates to Lead Walk, Sleep Out for Peace, Solidarity, & Solutions

Media Advisory
Friday, September 29 8:00 PM   Reclaiming Our Community: Press Conference, Walk, Sleep Out for Peace, Solidarity, & Solutions LED BY: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Beacon House, Rodney Cephas, Ricardo Duren, Silas Grant, Tony Lewis, Jr., Kenneth Ward, and Paul Winestock Download a PDF of this flyer you can print at home. Washington, D.C. – In light of recent tragic murders in Ward 5, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Rodney Cephas, Ricardo Duren, Silas Grant, Tony Lewis, Jr., Kenneth Ward, and Paul Winestock will hold press conference and peace walk, ending with a 'Sleep Out For Peace, Solidarity, and Solutions' in the Brentwood park at 13th Street NE and Downing Street NE, the location of Zaire Kelly’s death. WHO: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Rodney Cephas, Athletic & Mentoring Programs…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s Landmark Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform Becomes Law As Congressional Review Period Passes

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Among its many provisions, this new law ends the use of solitary confinement on children; restores judicial discretion for sentencing juveniles; and ensures children age-appropriate confinement Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016 became official law. Introduced in April 2016 by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, then-Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, and six of his colleagues, and passed by the full council – unanimously – in October, the law makes landmark reforms to the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system. “This law makes D.C. safer,” McDuffie said “by changing our juvenile justice system to one that - while still holding young people accountable - also offers an opportunity for rehabilitation. This law also makes the dollars we spend on…
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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: Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Expand Opportunities for CBEs and Help D.C. Police Officers and Firefighters to Live in D.C.

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 10, the District of Columbia Council held its first legislative meeting of Council Period 22 at which Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced and co-introduced the following legislation. Local and Small Business Equity and Development Participation Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation will help businesses in the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program profit from contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Currently, the Department of Housing and Community Development does not give priority to developers who contract with CBEs for equity and development participation. As a result, many contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund go to out of town developers and large companies who do not contract with…
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