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Crime Bill Hearing on Monday; Thursday Deadline to Testify

by Borderstan.com April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm 0

On Monday, the DC Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold hearings on the “Neighborhood and Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2010.” Time is 11 a.m. in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. If you want to provide testimony on the bill, the deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday); details on how to sign up are below the fold.

The crime bill was introduced by two Councilmembers–Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2)–and is supported by Mayor Adrian Fenty. Evans represents the huge bulk of the Dupont-Logan area while Graham represents a slice of the area with the U Street corridor. However, most of Graham’s district is further north and centered in Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights. (Evans recently announced his candidacy for chairman of the DC Council in the September primary.)

Provisions of the Bill

According to Evans’ office, the bill does the following:

  1. includes provisions to create a new public nuisance statute
  2. establishes a 10-year mandatory minimum for gang members who use guns to commit murder, robbery, kidnapping, and assault with intent to rob or kidnap
  3. moves to encourage the establishment of a specialized Gun Court with a separate gun court case calendar in an effort to move gun-related cases through the criminal justice system
  4. authorizes the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to conduct criminal background checks on applicants for new retail or wholesale liquor licenses.

Sign Up to Testify

If you want to testify, contact Committee Clerk Heidi Tseu or Deborah Kelly, Legislative Clerk for Councilmember Mendelson at 202-724-7808, by fax at 202-724-6664, or via email at [email protected]. Provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, April 15. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.

The full text of the bill is available online.

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