Legislation

COUNCIL PERIOD 22

Legislation Title Legislation Number Summary
Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0113 • In Cold Emergency Alerts animals will not be outside for longer than 15 minutes.
• The bill amends Title 22, Subtitle 1, Chapter 10 ‘Cruelty to Animals.’
• The DC Code provides whoever unnecessarily fails to provide “protection from the weather” is subject to 180 days in jail and or fine of $250.
• ‘Protection from the weather’ was not defined.
• My bill defines “protection from the weather” to mean instances when a Cold Emergency Alert is called or:
o  the temperature falls or is expected to fall below 15 or 20 degrees Fahrenheit including wind-chill, and when
(1) steady precipitation for 60 consecutive minutes
(2) snow accumulates 3 inches or more
(3) or other meteorological conditions or threats as determined by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
• animals should not be left outside unattended for more than 15 minutes.
DC Circulator Tech-Friendly Feasibility Study Act of 2017 B22-0124 Requires the District Department of Transportation to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of upgrading all DC Circulator buses with high technology upgrades, including wireless internet and USB charging ports
Harriet Tubman Day Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0018 To recognize and commemorate the legacy of Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist, heroine, and Underground Railroad conductor, and declare March 10th as “Harriet Tubman Day” in the District of Columbia.
Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2017 PR22-0103 • In Cold Emergency Alerts animals will not be outside for longer than 15 minutes.
• The bill amends Title 22, Subtitle 1, Chapter 10 ‘Cruelty to Animals.’
• The DC Code provides whoever unnecessarily fails to provide “protection from the weather” is subject to 180 days in jail and or fine of $250.
• ‘Protection from the weather’ was not defined.
• My bill defines “protection from the weather” to mean instances when a Cold Emergency Alert is called or:
o  the temperature falls or is expected to fall below 15 or 20 degrees Fahrenheit including wind-chill, and when
(1) steady precipitation for 60 consecutive minutes
(2) snow accumulates 3 inches or more
(3) or other meteorological conditions or threats as determined by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
• animals should not be left outside unattended for more than 15 minutes.
Commission on African American History and Culture Establishment Act of 2017 B22-0109 Establishes a Commission on African American History and Culture in the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, to organize and plan programming and events related to African American history.
Age-In-Place and Equitable Senior Citizen Real Property Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0108 o Increases eligible gross adjusted household income from $125,000 to $150,000.
o Redefines household adjusted gross income to use federal income tax as a detriment
o Redefines residence to include entitlement to the homestead deduction
Loretta Carter Haynes Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0007 To recognize posthumously Mrs. Loretta Carter Haynes, for her contributions as an educator, educational and community activist, environmental public health advocate, and her outstanding public service as the President and Director of DC Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
Capital Partners for Education Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0006 To recognize and honor Capital Partners for Education (CPE) for providing mentoring and academic support to low-income high school and college students in the District for 14 years and its steadfast dedication to improving the academic performance and career development  of District students.
Rebecca Frye Gatorade Washington DC Volleyball Player of the Year Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0025 To recognize and congratulate Rebecca Frye of the St. John’s College High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team for being named the 2016-17 Gatorade Washington DC Volleyball Player of the Year.
St. John’s College High School Boys Varsity Wrestling Team Ceremonial Recognition resolution of 2017 CER22-0024 To recognize and congratulate the St. John’s College High School Boys Varsity Wrestling team for their outstanding 2016-2017 season in which the team won their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) team title since 1979.
National Boy Scouts Day Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0023 To recognize and honor the Boy Scouts of America for over 100 years of service and declare February 8, 2017 as “National Boy Scouts Day” in the District of Columbia.
Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2017 B22-0079 Establishes a dyslexia screening and intervention pilot program for early elementary grades, to require the State Superintendent of Education to develop, adopt, and provide for the implementation of the pilot program, to require universal screening of students in prekindergarten through third grade for characteristics of dyslexia, reading disabilities and related disorders.
Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Act of 2017 B22-0064 • In Cold Emergency Alerts animals will not be outside for longer than 15 minutes.
• The bill amends Title 22, Subtitle 1, Chapter 10 ‘Cruelty to Animals.’
• The DC Code provides whoever unnecessarily fails to provide “protection from the weather” is subject to 180 days in jail and or fine of $250.
• ‘Protection from the weather’ was not defined.
• My bill defines “protection from the weather” to mean instances when a Cold Emergency Alert is called or:
o  the temperature falls or is expected to fall below 15 or 20 degrees Fahrenheit including wind-chill, and when
(1) steady precipitation for 60 consecutive minutes
(2) snow accumulates 3 inches or more
(3) or other meteorological conditions or threats as determined by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
• animals should not be left outside unattended for more than 15 minutes.
Wi-Fi Task Force Act of 2017 B22-0063 Establish a task force to provide comprehensive policy recommendations to establish free wireless internet access in the District of Columbia, and to provide task force membership requirements.
Health Literacy Council Establishment Act of 2017 B22-0062 To establish the Health Literacy Council to improve the health literacy education of the students of the District of Columbia Public Schools governed by the District of Columbia State Board of Education, public post-secondary schools, and students of District workforce development training providers.
The Upper Northwest Recreation Center Feasibility Study Act of 2017 B22-0078 Requires DPR to provide a feasibility study for a recreation center
Sense of the Council Regarding the Health Impacts of Heavy Backpacks Resolution of 2017 PR22-0072 Bring awareness of the health risks associated with heavy backpacks in schools.
Criminal Record Expungement Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0045 This bill expands felonies eligible to be seasled to include: failure to appea, theft, and felony posession. It also makes all misdemeanots eligible to be sealed.
National Mentoring Month Recognition Resolution of 2017 CER22-0008 To declare January 2017 as “National Mentoring Month” in the District of Columbia.
Senior Citizen Tax Relief Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0044 This bill provides tax relief for District seniors by providing an exemption from real property taxes to those who have owed a residence in the District for at least 20 years, are 70 years old or older, have an annual adjusted gross income of less than $60,000 and less than $12,500 in household interest and dividend income. One of its provisions is also to restore the deduction for long-term care insurance and income tax exlusion for pensions or military retired pay.
Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Elimination Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0021 This bill eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for first, second, third, and fourth degree sexual abuse. It also eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for first and second degree sexual abuse of a child, minor, secondary education student, ward, patient or client. The statute of limitations is also eliminated for the following criminal acts: enticing a child, arranging for a sexual contact with a child, sexual performance using minors, trafficking in commercial sex acts, sex trafficking of children, incest, abducting a child from his or her home for purposes of prostitution, inducing or compelling an individual to engage in prostitution, and causing a spouse or domestic partner to live in prostitution.
Closing of Public Alley in Square 2960, S.O. 12-53893, Act of 2017 B22-0057 This bill finds that an alley in Ward 4 is unnecessary for alley purposes and orders it closed. The alley to be closed is bounded by Eastern Avenue, Georgia Avenue, Alaska Avenue, Kalmia Road, and 12th Street in the Northwest quadrant of the city.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0040 • Amends the Smoke Detector Act of 1978 to require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling units, hotels, motels, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and residential-custodial care facilities in the District of Columbia
• Provides  regulations for the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors
• Requires tenants to notify owners of an inoperable or deficient carbon monoxide device and prohibits tenants from removing or tampering with an installed carbon monoxide detector
Voter Address Confidentially Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0037 This bill permits survivors of: domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and sexual trafficking to apply for confidential voter status.  The confidentiality of their addresses shall be maintained by the Board of Elections.
Stop Work Order Disclosure and Regulation Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0031 This bill requires that a residential real property disclosure statement disclose any stop work orders issued against the property.
Childhood Protection Against Sexual Abuse Amendment Act of 2017 B22-0028  This bill eliminates the civil statute of limitations for recovery of damages arising out of child sex abuse claims. It also provides a two year period for people with previously barred child sex abuse claims due to statute of limitations to bring those claims.

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Legislation Title Legislation Number Summary
Kennedy Street, N.W., Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee Establishment Act of 2015 B21-0321 This bill would establish the Kennedy Street, N.W., Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee.
Ingleside Presbyterian Retirement Community, Inc. Real Property Tax Exemption and Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2015 B21-0402 This bill would provide a tax exemption to Ingleside.
AIDS Awareness Month Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0301 To declare December 2016 as “AIDS Awareness Month” in the District of Columbia.
Mrs. Virginia McLaurin Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0300 To recognize Mrs. Virginia McLaurin, for her contributions as a foster grandparent, school volunteer, affordable housing advocate, seamstress and au pair and her outstanding years of public service in the District of Columbia.
St. John’s College High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0299 To recognize and congratulate the St. John’s College High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team for its outstanding 2016 season in which the team won the D.C. State Athletic Association championship.
St. John’s College High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0298 To recognize and congratulate the St. John’s College High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team for its outstanding 2016 season in which the team won the D.C. State Athletic Association championship.
Ward 4 Democrats Seventh Annual Ethel Delaney Lee Awards Dinner Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0297 To recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, D.C.
90th Anniversary of John Greenleaf Whittier Education Campus Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0294 To commemorate John Greenleaf Whittier Education Campus, located at 6201 5th St NW, in Ward 4, on the occasion of its 90th anniversary, and for its many accomplishments and achievements.
Director Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0293 To recognize Dr. Lonnie G Bunch for his contributions as a museum director, historian, educator, author, and curator and his outstanding years of public service as Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Mrs. Thompson-Vincent Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0292 To recognize posthumously Ms. Melvalee “Mickey” Thompson-Vincent, for her years of service and contributions to the District of Columbia as a photojournalist and AFRO photographer.
75th Anniversary of the Young Women’s League, Inc. Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0291 To recognize and congratulate the Young Women’s League, Inc. on their commitment to bettering the lives of the less fortunate in the Metropolitan Washington area, and to celebrate the organization on their 75th anniversary.
Ward 4 District of Columbia State Board of Education Representative and District of Columbia Library Trustee D. Kamili Anderson Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0290 To recognize D. Kamili Anderson for her contributions in the fields of community service, education, publishing, and library service; and for her outstanding years of service as the Ward 4 Representative to the District of Columbia State Board of Education.
Ambassador Susan E. Rice Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0286 To recognize Ambassador Susan E. Rice for her contributions in the field of National Security and her outstanding years of service as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and National Security Advisor to the President of the United States.
Ms. Tara Morrison Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0285 To recognize Ms. Tara Morrison for her years of service to the National Park Service and her more recent contribution to the District of Columbia as the superintendent of Rock Creek Park.
Emery Heights Community Center Designation Act of 2015 B21-0374 This bill would designate the Emery Recreation Center, located at 5801 Georgia Avenue, N.W., in Ward 4, as the Emery Heights Community Center.
Closing of Public Alley in Square 2960, S.O. 15-53893, Act of 2016 B21-0924 This bill finds that a public alley in Ward 4, located at the intersection of Eastern Avenue, Georgia Avenue, Alaska Avenue, Kalmia Road, and 12th Street Northwest, is unnecessary for alley purposes and orders it closed.
The Upper Northwest Recreation Center Feasibility Study Act of 2016 B21-0695 This bill requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a study on the feasibility of placing a recreation center in the upper Northwest quadrant of Ward 4, and submit a copy of the study and its findings to the Council and Mayor by October 1, 2017.
25 years of Service L.S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc. Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0253 To recognize L. S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc. located at 5427 14th Street, N.W., and its contributions to the Ward 4 community, and to commemorate its 25 years of successful contracting, employment, and community awareness participation compliance services.
Irish American Unity Conference Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0261 To recognize the Irish American Unity Conference for their steadfast non-violent advocacy for a United Ireland.
150 Anniversary of Vermont Avenue Baptist Church Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0260 To commemorate Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, located at 1630 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on its 150th anniversary.
Minor and Protected Person Identity Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2015 B21-0479 This bill would protect certain persons from identity theft by allowing them to establish a security freeze on their personal information when identity theft is suspected.
The Urban Wood Utilization Feasibility Study Act of 2016 B21-0694 This bill requires the District Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing an urban wood utilization program to convert urban trees into marketable lumber and wood products. The bill specifies certain requirements for the study, and requires DDOT to submit a copy of the study and findings to the Council and Mayor by October 1, 2017.
Earth Day Bicycling Tax Holiday Act of 2016 B21-0709 This bill provides a tax exemption for bicycling related products annually on April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day.
Anti-Graffiti Amendment Act of 2016 B21-0579 This bill would increase the fines for placing graffiti on property without the consent of the owner to $2,500; and would increase the fines for willfully possessing graffiti material with the intent to place graffiti on property without the owner’s consent.
Justice for Ex-Spouses Amendment Act of 2015 B21-0373 This bill would prohibit a former spouse from harassing and interfering in the remarriage of his or her ex-spouse.
Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2015 B21-0460 this bill would place time restrictions on the sidewalk repair by requiring (1) that that an inspection take place within 72-hours of receiving a notice that a sidewalk is impassible or difficult to traverse; and (2) that a sidewalk that has been identified as impassable or difficult to traverse by DDOT be repaired within 7 business days.
UDC Elder Law Project Establishment Amendment Act of 2015 B21-0320 This bill would establish a legal clinic at the University of the District of Columbia Law School that would provide legal services to senior citizens.
10th Anniversary of Ledo Pizza & Pasta Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0242 To recognize Ledo Pizza & Pasta, located at 7435 Georgia Avenue, NW and its contributions to the Ward 4 community; and to celebrate the restaurant on its 10th anniversary.
Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Caribbean-American Community Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0232 To recognize National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the Caribbean-American community as an integral and celebrated cultural community in the District of Columbia.
CEASE FIRE… Don’t Smoke the Brothers, & Sisters Inc. Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0231 To recognize and honor CEASE FIRE…Don’t Smoke the Brothers, & Sisters Inc. for its community activism and its contributions to the residents of the District of Columbia.
90th Anniversary of Albright Memorial United Methodist Church Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0230 To recognize Albright Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 409 Rittenhouse Street, NW and its contributions to the Ward 4 community; and to celebrate the church on its 90th anniversary.
10th Anniversary of Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0229 To recognize Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Café, located at 308 Kennedy Street, NW and its contributions to the Ward 4 community; and to celebrate the restaurant on its 10th anniversary.
Free Licenses for Veterans Amendment Act of 2016 B21-0600 This bill would waive the fee for both driver’s licenses and identification cards for veterans.
Emory Beacon Center Mortgage Revenue Bond Financing Emergency Approval Resolution of 2016 PR21-0851 To approve, on an emergency basis, would increase rge bot to exceed amount of tax exempt and taxable multifamily housing mortgage revenye bond financing for the Emory Beacon Center project to $26 million.
Emory Beacon Center Mortgage Revenue Bond Financing Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2016 PR21-0850 Would increase the not to exceed amount of tax-exempt and taxable mutifamily housing mortgage revenue bond financing.
DC SCORES Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0206 To recognize and honor DC SCORES on its 20th year of providing extraordinary service to students in Ward 4 schools.
Beatrice E. Davis-Williams 75th Birthday Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0194 To honor and celebrate the 75th birthday of Mrs. Beatrice E. Davis-Williams, the founder of the Davis Center; and to recognize her contributions to the dance community.
125th Anniversary of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ Ceremonial Resolution of 2016 CER21-0173 To recognize Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 4704 13th Street, N.W. and its contributions to the Ward 4 community; and to celebrate the church on its 125th anniversary.
Emmanuel Burriss Recognition Resolution of 2016 CER21-0169 In honor of Emmanuel Burriss, being the first baseball player from a District of Columbia Public school to be drafted by a major league baseball team since 1981.
Frederick Douglass Grant Posthumous Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0146 To posthumously honor the life of Frederick Douglass Grant for his outstanding achievements and steadfast dedication to serving the District of Columbia and members of the Ward 4 community.
Celebration of Pope Francis’s Historic Papal Visit to Washington, D.C. Ceremonial Resolution of 2015 CER21-0138 To honor and express appreciation to Pope Francis for his historic visit to Washington, D.C. in September of 2015.
40th Anniversary of Reverend Frank D. Tucker Ceremonial Resolution of 2015 CER21-0135 To commemorate and honor the 40th Anniversary of First Baptist Church
Washington, D.C. Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated Ceremonial Resolution of 2015 CER21-0127 To recognize and honor the Washington, D.C. Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated for its extraordinary service and dedication to help disadvantaged children and youth in the Washington, D.C. area.
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ceremonial Resolution of 2015 CER21-0126 To recognize and honor the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its outstanding service to local businesses and communities, and its recent awarding of the Chamber of the Year Award by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Citi Open Tennis Week Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0079 To recognize and honor the Citi Open Tennis Tournament as it celebrates its 47th annual event and to declare August 1 through August 9, 2015, as “Tennis Week” in the District of Columbia.
Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Caribbean-American Community Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0078 To recognize National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the Caribbean-American community as an integral and celebrated cultural community in the District of Columbia.
Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0077 To recognize the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., for 90 years of achievement on the special occasion of the 2015 Kappa Widows Luncheon.
National Tap Dance Day Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0063 To recognize the significance of National Tap Dance Day, celebrated annually on May 25, and the cultural significance of tap dancing in the District of Columbia.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter, and Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation Recognition Resolution of 2015 CER21-0062 To recognize the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter, and the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation for 91 years of providing scholarships to students in the District of Columbia.

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Bills authored/introduced by Councilmember Todd:

  1. Emery Heights Community Center Designation Act of 2015—this bill would designate the Emery Recreation Center, located at 5801 Georgia Avenue, N.W., in Ward 4, as the Emery Heights Community Center. For more information: http://bit.ly/1KF0PZT
  2. Justice for Ex-Spouses Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would prohibit a former spouse from harassing and interfering in the remarriage of his or her ex-spouse. For more information: http://bit.ly/1oDP9wx
  3. Kennedy Street, N.W., Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee Establishment Act of 2015—this bill would establish the Kennedy Street, N.W., Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee. For more information: http://bit.ly/1RjbgBB
  4. UDC Elder Law Project Establishment Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would establish a legal clinic at the University of the District of Columbia Law School that would provide legal services to senior citizens. For more information: http://bit.ly/1T2keH5
  5. Targeted Ward 4 Single Sales Moratorium Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would expand the current moratorium on single sales of alcohol by requiring that those items be sold at a minimum of four instead of the current minimum of two. For more information: http://bit.ly/1UiOVqq 
  6. The Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would place time restrictions on the sidewalk repair by requiring (1) that that an inspection take place within 72-hours of receiving a notice that a sidewalk is impassible or difficult to traverse; and (2) that a sidewalk that has been identified as impassable or difficult to traverse by DDOT be repaired within 7 business days. For more information: http://bit.ly/1TB6L8X
  7. Free Licenses for Veterans Amendment Act of 2016 – this bill would allow the District’s veterans the ability to obtain a driver’s license or non-driver identification card free of charge.For more information: http://bit.ly/1QuhACW
  8. The Anti-Graffiti Amendment Act of 2016 – this bill would increase the fines for those who willfully place graffiti on a property without an owner’s consent to $2,500. Additionally, this bill would increase the fines for possessing graffiti materials. For more information: http://bit.ly/1KF2pLd
  9. The Upper Northwest Recreation Center Feasibility Study Act of 2016 — this bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a study on the feasibility of placing a recreation center in the upper Northwest quadrant of Ward 4, and submit a copy of the study and its findings to the Council and Mayor by October 1, 2017. For more information: http://bit.ly/1VUD6Zv  
  10. Urban Wood Utilization Feasibility Study Act of 2016 — this bill would require the District Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing an urban wood utilization program to convert urban trees into marketable lumber and wood products. The bill specifies certain requirements for the study, and requires DDOT to submit a copy of the study and findings to the Council and Mayor by October 1, 2017. For more information: http://bit.ly/1N78tNF 

Bills co-introduced by Councilmember Todd:

  1. Condominium Owner Bill of Rights Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would provide foreclosure protections to unit owners. For more information: http://bit.ly/1TvQFvP
  2. Safe Sleep for Infants Act of 2015—this bill would establish a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Education and Prevention Program within the Department of Health to promote awareness and education relating to SIDS. For more information: http://bit.ly/1TB77Mw
  3. Assessment on Children of Incarcerated Parents Act of 2015—this bill would require the comprehensive assessment of District children who have at least one parent that is incarcerated. For more information: http://bit.ly/1oy4HS6
  4. Youth Suicide Prevention and School Climate Survey Act of 2015—this bill would make changes to the training and curriculum for school-based personnel in regard to suicide prevention. For more information: http://bit.ly/1XIWyq8
  5. Health Insurance Coverage for Autism and Other Special Needs Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would expand insurance coverage of those individuals diagnosed with autism. For more information: http://bit.ly/1RjcaOm
  6. Unemployment Benefits Modernization Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would increase the monthly unemployment benefits for persons in the District. For more information: http://bit.ly/1oDPLlW
  7. Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would expand protections to seniors by redefining vulnerable adults to include persons aged 65 and over and would establish the crime of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. For more information: http://bit.ly/1UiQ5T0
  8. Carbon Monoxide Detector Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would require owners of dwelling units, hotels, motels, and hospitals to install carbon monoxide detectors. For more information: http://bit.ly/1UiQd4L
  9. Tobacco Bar Regulation Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would prohibit the licensing and operation of tobacco bars located adjacent or abutting a residential property. For more information: http://bit.ly/1oDPUG3
  10. Consumer Disclosure Act of 2015—this bill would expand consumer protection rights within structured settlement payment transactions. For more information: http://bit.ly/1T2lv0N
  11. DCRA Infractions Fine Increase Regulation Amendment of 2015—this bill would double the fines from certain DCRA infractions, including housing and vacant property violations. For more information: http://bit.ly/1UiQqFk
  12. Fair Credit History Screening Act of 2015—this bill would prohibit an employer from inquiring about or requiring an applicant provide information related to his or her credit history. For more information: http://bit.ly/1KF3xyD
  13. Commemorative Flag Request and Statehood Fund Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would permit an individual to request that the District of Columbia Flag be flown at the Wilson Building in recognition of a special occasion or person. For more information: http://bit.ly/1RjcGfw
  14. Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act of 2015—this bill would require hospitals to provide patients or their legal guardian with an opportunity to select a caregiver within twenty-four hours of admission to the hospital. For more information: http://bit.ly/1PTk0y0
  15. District of Columbia Public Assistance Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would amend the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982 to, among other things, continue benefits to children in a household collecting TANF beyond the 60-month time limit; require that families be screened to determine whether or not they qualify for an extension; and require that recipients receive information about the program’s time limit, exemptions, and extensions. For more information: http://bit.ly/1QuirUq
  16. Jobs for D.C. College Graduates Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would require that District agencies, including the Department of Human Resources, award an additional 10 preference points, to applicants seeking employment who are graduates of the University of the District of Columbia or of the District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant program. For more information: http://bit.ly/1XIXGds
  17. Home Purchase Assistance Program Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would require the Mayor to review the repayment structure of the Home Purchase Assistance Program and provide additional repayment options for the lowest income loan recipients. Options to be included are a graduated repayment system and the postponement of repayment on individual loans until after the home is sold. The bill also increases the maximum loan amount to $80,000 from $50,000. For more information: http://bit.ly/1oDQDHd
  18. Minor and Protected Person Identity Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2015—this bill would protect certain persons from identity theft by allowing them to establish a security freeze on their personal information when identity theft is suspected. For more information: http://bit.ly/1QujgMY
  19. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Designation Act of 2015—this bill would authorize and direct the Mayor to gift a memorial to members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The design of the memorial must be approved by the Commission on the Arts and Humanities and erected at a location approved by the Mayor and the National Capital Planning Commission. The memorial must be placed on land owned by the District. For more information: http://bit.ly/1WEAH21
  20. Vacant and Blighted Building Enforcement Amendment Act of 2015—this bill seeks to address problematic properties that have been designated as vacant and blighted in the District of Columbia. Under this proposed bill, after DCRA classifies a property as “vacant,” the property owner must proactively prove that his or her property should not be classified as such. The point of this is to encourage property owners to repair unsightly buildings. For more information: http://bit.ly/24mvgdK