Where I Stand
An essential part of my work on the Council is ensuring government transparency, good and responsive government operations, and increased representation in the Council and District agencies. My first bill as a new member of the Council was an ethics reform bill. I am proud of my work on reducing the influence of special interests in DC politics and ensuring that councilmembers are held to high ethical standards with a strong an independent ethics board.
Part of the role of the Council is ensuring that the many District agencies that work with the public function well and do their work in a transparent way. To that end, I continue to engage in active oversight of all government agencies, regardless of which committee they fall under, as well as sponsor bills that would boost the efficacy and transparency of day-to-day government operations.
What I've Done
Elections and Campaign Finance
Introduced the Vote by Mail Amendment Act of 2019, which will allow anyone in the District to vote by mail through within a 3-week window. Vote by mail programs have been shown to significantly increase voter turnout.
Co-introduced the Fair Elections Act of 2017, a new law that will reduce the influence of special interests in local politics by providing for publicly funded political campaigns. Candidates for public office receive matching public funding once they meet the number of qualifying small dollar contributions required for the office they seek.
- Voted in favor of the Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Temporary Amendment Act of 2017, which enhances the reporting requirements for political action committees and independent action committees during non-election years and applies contribution limits during non-election years.
- Co-introduced the Government Contractor Pay to Play Prevention Amendment Act, which would prohibit businesses and individuals with government contracts valued at $100,000 or more from making a campaign contribution for one year.
My first act as councilmember was to introduce the Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2015, which increased transparency and gave more power to the District’s independent ethics watchdog called BEGA (Board of Ethics and Government Accountability).
Introduced the One Job at a Time Charter Amendment Act of 2019, which bans outside employment for DC Councilmembers, with an exemption for teaching.
- Introduced the Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2019, which allows the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to bar lobbyists for a period of up to 2 years upon the finding of a Code of Conduct violation.
The bill also requires District employees as well as Councilmembers to disclose outside employment to the Ethics Board, with Councilmembers reporting quarterly to the Ethics Board and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions reporting contributions and donations on an annual basis.
Co-introduced the “Constituent Service Fund Reform Amendment Act of 2019” which repeals the existing constituent-service program and related language and establishes a government-funded constituent services program.
Introduced and passed the Electronic Proof of Insurance Act of 2018, which allows drivers to present auto insurance information electronically, such as on a cell phone, while preventing law enforcement from further searching of a device.
Introduced and passed the Land Disposition Transparency Temporary Amendment Act, a new law that increases transparency around District land sales, and requires the Mayor to hold at least one public hearing before selling any District-owned properties, and prove that the property is no longer needed for public purposes.
- Co-introduced the Department of Buildings Establishment Act, which would split up the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and create a separate Department of Buildings with oversight of construction compliance, rental housing safety, and residential property maintenance.
- Introduced and passed a bill creating the Office of Youth Outcomes. The bill reforms how the District funds youth-serving programs so we’re focused on outcomes, not politics.
- Introduced and passed the District of Columbia State Athletics Consolidation Act of 2016, which reforms interscholastic sports in the District to improve administration and give students more opportunities for enriching after-school activity.
- Introduced the Paperwork Reduction and Data Collection Act of 2017, which establishes a Data Sharing and Paperwork Advisory Council to advise the Mayor and improve efficiencies in data collection, information sharing, and information resources management.