Councilmember McDuffie Introduces Clean Hands Equity Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Obtaining Licenses and Permits

Councilmember McDuffie Introduces Clean Hands Equity Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Obtaining Licenses and Permits

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Would help aspiring small business owners, low-income residents and returning citizens get the licensure they need to open or operate a small business in the District For Release: Friday, May 14, 2021 Contact: Malcom Fox, 202-227-1701, mfox@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Last week, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced the Clean Hands Certification Equity Amendment Act of 2021. If passed, this bill would reduce the barriers imposed on small business owners, returning citizens and low-income residents to obtain licenses and permits. The current certification process is particularly burdensome for low-income individuals as well as the service and hospitality industries who have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 recession. “This legislation puts equity and fairness at the heart of the District’s licensing and permitting processes,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Moreover, it will help…
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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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