September 28, 2006
D.C.'s Emergency Anti-Crime Legislation at a Standstill for Review
D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams is stuck between a rock and a hard place. His plan to extend emergency anti-crime legislation appears to violate a city statute barring passage of the same law more than once on an emergency basis. The rationale underlying the city statute is to prevent city officials from circumventing the congressional review period to which D.C. laws are subject.
So city officials are trying to determine whether a 90 day extension of the anti-crime legislation enacted in July would, in fact, violate the city statute. If it is found to violate the statute, 48 surveillance cameras placed in neighborhoods would have to be turned off until permanent anti-crime legislation could be enacted, which would be December at the earliest. In addition, police no longer would have access to criminal juvenile records and would not be able to hold robbery suspects and handgun offenders until the permanent legislation is passed. And the 10 p.m. curfew for minors would revert to 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. More from WashingtonTimes.com. . . [Michele Berry]
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