Press Release: The 16th Legislative Meeting of Council Period Twenty-Two

Bonds Introduces Legislation Putting District Residents First

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia gathered for the sixteenth legislative meeting of Council Period 22 at the John A. Wilson Building. Shortly after a quorum was announced, Councilmember Bonds moved to introduce two pieces of legislation: one that would increase environmental sustainability in multifamily buildings, and another that would accelerate the improvement of living conditions for District tenants suffering in properties with housing code violations.… Read more

Discovering Indigenous Peoples’ Day

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Councilmember Bonds introduced a bill that proposes to change the legal holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The Councilmember firmly believes that introducing this measure is extremely important, especially during a time where our nation’s regard for its minority populations is a topic of question.… Read more

Councilmember Bonds Resumes Council Period with New Housing and Child Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, the members of the District of Columbia City Council reconvened for their first, post-recess meeting of the Committee of the Whole.

During the session, which began promptly at 11 a.m., Councilmember Bonds introduced four pieces of legislation: the Rental Unit Fee Adjustment Amendment Act, which raises the annual Rental Unit Fee from to $25 to $30 in order to help fund the exemption of low-income, elderly, and tenants with disabilities from rent increases due to landlord petitions; the Rental Housing Registration Update Amendment Act of 2017, which updates the requirements for the registration of rent control housing accommodations, in order to provide stakeholders with up-to-date market data and a more accurate outlook on the District’s current rent control housing stock; the Public Housing Resident Bill of Rights Amendment Act, which proposes to compile and make readily available a complete list of the most important local and federal rights of public housing residents; and the “Child Water Safety Amendment Act”, which requires that all children 5 and under, at any childhood development center, wear a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device when they are within 50 feet of an unsecured water facility more than one foot in depth.… Read more

DC Council Ends 2016 with approval of Anita Bonds Legislation

DC Council Gives Final Approval of Councilmember Anita Bonds’ Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC –On December 20, the Council of the District of Columbia approved final passage of the following legislation authored by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.

The “Condominium Owner Bill of Rights Amendment Act of 2016” improves notice requirements before foreclosure sales, which will help direct condominium owners to where they can find help to avoid foreclosure.… Read more

Elderly and Tenants with Disabilities Protection Act Passes DC Council

WASHINGTON, DC –Last week, the Council of the District of Columbia approved final passage of the Elderly and Tenants with Disabilities Act, authored by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.

The “Elderly Tenant and Tenant with a Disability Protection Amendment Act of 2016” will protect low-income elderly and low-income tenants with disabilities from sharp increases in rent, by exempting them from rent increases resulting from the following housing provider petitions: Hardship, Services and Facilities, Substantial Rehabilitation, and Voluntary Agreements.… Read more