Community Update – 12/23/2015
Have the merriest of holiday celebrations with family and friends during this blessed and wonderful season.
Enter the New Year of 2016 with love, peace, prosperity, good humor, and renewed determination to make a decisive difference in your life, your neighbors, friends, and family and with those you meet, work with, and cherish.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
In 2016, Let’s continue to look out for each other in our great community of DC.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE & LEGISLATIVE MEETING
On Tuesday, December 15, the Council of the District of Columbia held their final Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meeting for 2015. Highlights of the sessions include:
The Nuisance Abatement Notice Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-70) This bill clarifies what is required for a proper posting, by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, of a notice of infraction for failure to register a vacant or blighted property. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.
The Body-Worn Camera Program Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-351) This bill, which includes amendments made on the dais, adopts regulations for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program. It includes provisions that: (1) permits the Chief of the MPD to issue policy directives to officers regarding the program; (2) permits MPD officers to record first amendment assemblies for limited purposes; (3) prohibits MPD officers from creating BWC recordings at or close to a school and while engaged in non-critical contacts; (4) specifies rules and exceptions for the holding, release to public and governmental entities, and retention of BWC recordings; (5) requires the MPD to conduct audits of the BWC program to determine compliance with regulations, impact, training and equipment needs, and whether individual privacy rights are being protected; (6) and permits officers to view recordings before writing their initial incident report except in cases when the officer is involved in a shooting. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.
The Extreme Temperature Safety Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-241) This bill prohibits the electric utility from disconnecting service to residences the day preceding and the day of a forecast of extreme temperature of 95 degrees or higher. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.
The Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-401)This bill creates two kinds of Farmer’s Market licenses that authorize the licensee to permit manufacturers of alcoholic beverages to conduct tastings and sell beer, wine, and spirits for off premises consumption at a farmer’s market.
The Office of the Attorney General Personnel and Procurement Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-0524) this bill gives the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) rulemaking authority consistent with OAG’s existing independent personnel and procurement authority. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.
The Special Police Officer Enhanced Security Amendment Act of 2015 (B21- 529) This bill requires Special Police Officers to undergo additional pre-employment training on de-escalation, biased based policing, and interactions with those with mental illness. This bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
The Vacant and Blighted Buildings Enforcement Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-0527) This bill requires that the classification of a building as vacant or blighted be reported continues until the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) approves a change in classification based upon the notification by the property owner. This bill was referred to the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs.
The Strangulation Criminal Offense Act of 2015 (B21-0528) This bill designates strangulation as a felony criminal offense and establishes a penalty upon conviction. This bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.