The WaPo has a story this evening on the DC Council debate and vote today on Mayor Fenty’s Omnibus-emergency crime bill. The bill was defeated 9-4 with Bowser (Ward 4), Catania (At Large), Evans (Ward 2) and Graham (Ward 1) voting for it. But, the Council passed an alternative put forth by Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who heads the DC Council Judiciary committee; it focuses on stiffer penalties for gun crimes.
Here is how dcist summarized the votes today in the DC Council:
For a less exalted assessment of the proceedings, try Tim Craig. The bottom line: Jack Evans lost his bid to enact so-called “civil gang injunctions,” while Phil Mendelson’s more conservative emergency crime bill, which focuses on stiffer penalties for certain gun crimes, committing crimes with stolen cars, and chronic offenders, passed, and now goes into effect for 90 days of summer. Oh yeah, and no curfew. [WaPo]
Mike DeBonis / Loose Lips Daily at the Washington City Paper has a wrap up of the D.C. Council hearing yesterday (Monday) on the Omnibus Crime Bill as well as links to video of local TV coverage of recent violent crime in the District.
Earlier Borderstan postings on the crime bill:
- Jack Evans: Pass Mayor’s Omnibus Crime Bill
- April 13: Mendelson Holding Town Hall Crime Mtg in Shaw
- Gang Stats from Crime Bill Hearing
- March 18: Public Hearing on DC Omnibus Crime Bill
- Omnibus Crime Bill Roundtable Recap
- Friday, Dec. 5: D.C. Council Hearing on Mayor’s Crime Bill
There was no shortage of drama at yesterday’s crime-bill hearing. Early in the day, public safety committee chair Phil Mendelson recessed the hearing after a top OAG official didn’t show for his issue-by-issue panel format, as both LL and WaPo‘s Theola Labbé-DeBose noted. Peter Nickles, who apparently considers council hearing procedure to be under his purview, said his people would appear once or not at all.
DC At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson is an important player when it comes to crime and public safety in D.C. The reason is simple: he is chair of the Council Committee on Public Safety & the Judiciary.
Mendelson’s office has announced that he will hold three community meetings to talk about crime-related concerns. The closest meeting, and the only one in Northwest, is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in Shaw at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW.
Note: See earlier Borderstan postings on the Omnibus Crime Bill: “Gang Stats from Crime Bill Hearing”; “March 18: Public Hearing on DC Omnibus Crime Bill”; “Omnibus Crime Bill Roundtable Recap”; and “Friday, Dec. 5: D.C. Council Hearing on Mayor’s Crime Bill”.
You can also read Mayor Fenty’s Oct. 3, 2008, news release with his reasons on why he believes the bill is needed.
For more details, see this news release from Mendelson’s office via the MPD 2D listserv on Yahoo! Groups:
The Judiciary Committee of the D.C. Council holds a public hearing at noon this Friday, December 5, on Mayor Adrian Fenty’s crime bill. The hearing is at the John A. Wilson Building and members of the public can sign up to provide testimony and/or submit written statements (details follow). Fenty introduced Bill 17-951, the “Omnibus Anti-Crime Amendment Act of 2008” on October 6.
The crime bill has eight different sections. However, the Friday public hearing will deal with only three portions of the bill: penalties and sentencing related to gun crimes; establishment of anti-gang provisions; and establishment of certain witness protection provisions. (more…)