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CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA
A higher sales tax would apply to the greater D.C. region that is serviced by Metro, including suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. A panel of local leaders last April recommended a 1 percent increase, but the Council ultimately settled on 0.75 percent, as this was the lowest rate that would still provide the $500 million dollars the DC Council hopes to generate annually.

DC Council Proposes Sales Tax Hike as Metro Bans Negative Balances

The Washington, D.C. Council proposed a bill Nov. 7 to increase the city’s sales tax to 6.5 percent from 5.75 percent to fund repairs and other expenses for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as the transit agency looks to fund capital improvement projects. The proposal came before Metro announced[Read More…]

by November 30, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
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Amid a push to decriminalize sex work in Washington, D.C., several students at Georgetown engage in sugaring, a practice that relies on gifts or allowances from clients in exchange for sex, and escorting as a space to express their sexual identities.

Behind the Curtain: Students in Sex Work

Eric/a grappled with the idea of sex work for over a year before their first paid sexual encounter. Since the summer after their sophomore year, they were consumed by a mental calculus of risk. Eric/a weighed the risk of detection by the authorities, the university and fellow students. They considered[Read More…]

by October 27, 2017 3 comments Campus News, City News, News, News - Top
CAROLINE PAPPAS FOR THE HOYA
The D.C. Council is currently conducting hearings on the Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act Of 2017, which would eliminate the potential for arrest and the 10-day jail time that currently accompany charges of fare evasion for non-minors.

DC Council Considers Decriminalizing Metro Fare Evasion

Washington, D.C. officials are divided over a new bill that would decriminalize fare evasion on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus and rail services. The D.C. Council is currently conducting hearings on the Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act Of 2017, which would eliminate the potential for arrest and the 10-day jail[Read More…]

by October 26, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
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The D.C. Council passed legislation Tuesday that allows restaurant owners to choose whether to allow dogs outdoors.

DC Council Passes Bill Allowing Dogs at Restaurants

The Washington, D.C. Council passed emergency legislation Tuesday to give restaurant owners the ability to choose whether to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas. The bill, which also requires restaurant owners to post signs about their dog dining policy, was passed unanimously to respond to recent outrage over the D.C.[Read More…]

by October 6, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
Bowser, Council Propose Expanded Sexual Assault Survivor Resources

Bowser, Council Propose Expanded Sexual Assault Survivor Resources

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) plans to expand the pool of confidential advocates for survivors of sexual assault, codify the duties of the District’s Sexual Assault Response Team and clarify the rights of survivors when they access emergency care in legislation proposed April 3. Announced April 13, the legislation[Read More…]

by April 27, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

DC Council Considers Youth Rehabilitation Act Reforms

The Washington, D.C. Council is considering proposals to reform the Youth Rehabilitation Act after a series of investigations conducted by The Washington Post found that the policy failed to prevent young criminals from committing crimes in the future. The Youth Rehabilitation Act gives convicted criminals younger than 22 the opportunity[Read More…]

by February 24, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

DC Council Approves New Voter Registration Measure

Washington, D.C. residents may soon be registered to vote automatically through the Department of Motor Vehicles if a D.C. Council bill passed unanimously Nov. 1 becomes law. In order for this bill to take effect for the next election cycle, the Automatic Voter Registration Amendment must be signed by Mayor[Read More…]

by November 11, 2016 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

DC Mayor, Council Battle Over Bill

Negotiations over Washington, D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 have stalled after criticism of the bill’s proposed funding plan devolved into an exchange between Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) at the Council-Mayor breakfast meeting Oct. 25. The act, which has faced criticism from[Read More…]

by November 4, 2016 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

DC Considers Raising Tobacco Purchasing Age

The Washington, D.C. Council advanced a bill to raise the legal age of tobacco use in the District from 18 to 21 and limit its public use Oct. 11. Cities including Boston, Chicago and New York City have implemented similar hikes in the minimum smoking age. Under the proposed law,[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Campus News, News, News - Top
DC Council Approves Juvenile Prison Reform

DC Council Approves Juvenile Prison Reform

The Washington, D.C. Council unanimously approved a first vote of the Comprehensive Youth Adjustment Act of 2016 on Oct. 11, which would institute reforms to D.C.’s criminal justice system for juveniles in detention centers, most of which focus on separating how the criminal justice system treats juvenile and adult criminal[Read More…]

by October 21, 2016 0 comments City News, News, News - Top