Baby Boxes, Reducing Gun Violence, Combatting Gentrification - Office of Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Reducing infant mortality with Baby Boxes for all D.C. newborns
Aiming to reduce the District’s infant mortality rate, last week Councilmember Nadeau introduced a bill that will provide all new parents in the District with a “Baby Box.” The boxes encourage safe sleep practices by serving as a bassinet for infants and will come with essential items for new parents. The bill is modeled after a recent statewide initiative in New Jersey and a long-time program in Finland. A majority of Councilmembers have signed onto the bill.
- Fox 5: DC bill proposed to provide baby boxes for all newborns
- DCist: New bill would provide ‘Baby Boxes’ for D.C. newborns
- Press Release: Bill provides Baby Boxes for all D.C. newborns
Gun Violence Protection Order Bill Aims to Reduce Gun Violence in District
Aiming to reduce gun violence in the District, last week Councilmember Nadeau introduced a bill that will give residents and police more tools to reduce access to firearms by those who are a risk to themselves or others. Modeled after successful California legislation, the bill is a vehicle for people to petition the court for a temporary extreme civil protection order where there is an immediate and present danger that the subject will cause injury to themselves or others. It allows police to immediately remove guns and prevents the subject of the order from legally purchasing other firearms for 14 days. After 14 days, the court will decide based on testimony and evidence if there is significant threat of harm to self or others to justify removing the firearms for a one-year period.
- Press release: Gun Violence Protection Order Bill Aims to Reduce Gun Violence in District
- Background document: Additional information about the Extreme Risk Civil Protection Order bill
- Bill text: Extreme Risk Civil Protection Order Amendment Act of 2017
Hearing on Councilmember Nadeau’s Bill to Provide Immigration Legal Services
Last week, Council held a hearing on Councilmember Nadeau’s bill to create a permanent fund to provide immigration legal services for the District’s documented and undocumented immigrant residents. She was joined by immigration advocates on the steps of the District’s Wilson Building for a press conference in support of the bill.
- Facebook Live Stream: Press conference with advocates in support of bill
- El Tiempo Latino: Fondo permanente para asesoría legal a inmigrantes se discute en el Concejo de DC
- Washington Hispanic: Buscan asegurar asistencia legal para inmigrantes
- Video of hearing: DC Council Judiciary Committee Hearing
Small Business Rental Assistance to Combat Commercial Gentrification
Recently, Councilmember Nadeau introduced a bill to provide assistance to longtime small businesses to ensure that they are able to remain open by establishing a rental assistance program within the Department of Small and Local Business Development. Much like residential tenants, commercial tenants – who are often small business owners – face rising rents which threaten to push them out of their neighborhoods. Commercial gentrification risks the vibrancy and continuity of our neighborhoods by displacing small, local businesses which cater to low- to moderate-income District residents.
- Washington Post / WUSA 9: New bill would offer grants to D.C. business owners
- Afro: New assistance bill could help D.C. small businesses
- Washington Business Journal: D.C. bill would offer rent assistance to longtime local businesses
- Press Release: Nadeau introduces small business rental assistance bill