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Encyclopedia > Council of the District of Columbia

The Council of the District of Columbia is the legislative branch of the local government of Washington, D.C.. As such, it is analogous to the city councils of other cities in the United States, but in some manners it is also analogous to state legislatures. Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ...


The council is composed of 13 members, each elected by D.C. residents to a four-year term. The members include one from each of D.C.'s eight wards, as well as five members at-large. One of these at-large members is elected by D.C. residents as the chairman of the Council. Two of the at-large members must not be of the majority party. A ward is an electoral district used in local politics, most notably in England, Scotland, and Wales, as well as Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and many cities in the United States and the federal district of Washington, DC. Wards are usually named after neighbourhoods...


The council was created by the passage of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act by U.S. Congress in 1973. This act gave D.C. residents the right to elect a local government with limited authority subject to the approval of Congress, and was an important achievement of the effort for District of Columbia home rule. Previously, D.C. had been governed directly by Congress through the Committees on the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Home Rule Act is an act of theU.S. Congress passed in 1973. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... ...

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Members

Linda W. Cropp, Council Chair Linda W. Cropp is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Carol Schwartz, At-Large Carol Schwartz is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


David Catania, At-Large David Catania is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Phil Mendelson, At-Large Phil Mendelson is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Kwame R. Brown, At-Large Kwame R. Brown is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Jim Graham, Ward One Like Mayor Anthony Williams, Graham is known for his bow ties. ...


Kathleen Patterson, Ward Three Kathleen Patterson is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Adrian Fenty, Ward Four Adrian Fenty is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Vincent Orange, Ward Five Vincent Orange is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Sharon Ambrose, Ward Six Sharon Ambrose is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Vincent C. Gray, Ward Seven Vincent C. Gray is a politician from Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ...


Marion Barry, Ward Eight Marion Barry Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. ...


Committees

Committee Of the Whole (COW)

  • purview
    • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs)
    • Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA)
    • Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
    • Commission on Latino Community Development
    • Council of the District of Columbia
    • District of Columbia Auditor
    • District of Columbia Statehood Commission
    • District of Columbia Statehood Compact Commission
    • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
    • Office of Budget and Planning
    • Office of Energy
    • Office of Human Rights (OHR)
    • Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
    • Office of Latino Affairs
    • Office of Motion Picture and Television Development
    • Office of Planning
    • Office of Property Management
    • Office of Zoning
    • Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation
    • Zoning Commission (ZC)

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are composed of elected officials called Commissioners who each represent about 2000 people within the District of Columbia. ... In general, zoning is the division of an area into sub-areas, called zones. ... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... The field of labor relations looks at the relationship between management and workers, particularly groups of workers represented by a labor union. ... Collective bargaining is the process of negotiation between representatives of a union and employers (represented by management) in respect of the terms and conditions of employment of employees, such as wages, hours of work, working conditions and grievance procedures, and about the rights and responsibilities of trade unions. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Planning is the management function that is concerned with defining goals for future organizational performance and deciding on the tasks and resources needed to be used in order to attain the said goals. ... Species N. glauca N. longiflora N. rustica N. sylvestris N. tabacum Ref: ITIS 30562 as of August 26, 2005 Tobacco (, L.) refers to a genus of broad-leafed plants of the nightshade family indigenous to North and South America, or to the dried and cured leaves of such plants. ... A settlement is a contract that is one possible result when parties sue (or contemplate so doing) each other in civil courts, usually seeking money as reparations for the alleged wrongdoing of the defendants. ...

Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

  • purview
    • Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA)
    • Board of Consumer Claims Arbitration
    • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
    • Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation
    • Department of Banking and Financial Institutions
    • District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission
    • District of Columbia Housing Authority
    • Educational Institution Licensure Commission
    • Rental Housing Commission (RHC)
    • Professional licensing boards not specifically assigned to other committees

Arbitration is a form of mediation or conciliation, where the mediating party is given power by the disputant parties to settle the dispute by making a finding. ... Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of potential financial loss. ... Securities are tradeable interests representing financial value. ... Boxing, nicknamed the sweet science and also called pugilism or prizefighting, is a sport where two participants of similar weight attack each other with their fists in a series of two to three-minute intervals called rounds. In both Amateur and Professional divisions, the combatants (called boxers or fighters) avoid... The Wrestlers from Uffizi Gallery, Florence. ...

Committee on Economic Development

  • purview
    • Chamber of Commerce
    • Commission on Arts and the Humanities
    • D.C. Committee to Promote Washington
    • Department of Housing and Community Development
    • Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
    • District of Columbia Economic Development Finance Corporation
    • District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
    • Housing Production Trust Fund Board
    • Local Business Opportunity Commission
    • National Capital Revitalization Corporation
    • Office of Business and Economic Development
    • Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications (OCTT)
    • Office of Local Business Development
    • Public Access Corporation
    • RLA Revitalization Corporation
    • Sports and Entertainment Commission
    • Washington Convention Center Authority
    • Washington Convention and Visitors Association

Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the sole public school system of the District of Columbia DCPS consists of 167 schools and learning centers, which breakdown into 101 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 9 junior high schools, 20 senior high schools, 6 education centers, and 20 special schools. ... The University of the District of Columbia (also known as UDC) is a public university located in Washington, DC. The university was formed in 1977 through the amalgamation of the Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute - which had both been established in 1966 as the result of a study...

Committee on Finance and Revenue

  • purview
    • Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals
    • College Savings Program Trust
    • Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board
    • Multi-state Tax Commission
    • Office of Finance and Treasury
    • Office of Financial Management
    • Office of Tax and Revenue
    • Office of Financial Operations
    • Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Committee on Government Operations

  • purview
    • Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE)
    • Commission for Women
    • Contract Appeals Board
    • Deputy Mayor for Government Operations
    • Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
    • Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
    • Office of the City Administrator
    • Office of Employee Appeals
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Office of the Mayor (OM)
    • Office of Personnel
    • Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs
    • Office of Press Secretary
    • Office of Veterans Affairs
    • Public Employees Relations Board
    • Secretary to the District of Columbia
    • Retirement Board

Committee on Health

  • purview
    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Mental Health (DMH)
    • HIV/AIDS Administration
    • Health-related Boards and Commissions

Committee on Human Services

A barber (from the Latin barba, beard) is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair, give shaves and cut beards. ... Cosmetology is the treatment of skin, hair and nails and includes, but is not limited to, manicures, pedicures, application of artificial nails, special occasion hairstyling, shampooing hair, cosmetic application, body hair removal, chemical hair relaxers or straighteners, permanent waves, coloring and highlighting of hair, and hair extensions or wig treatments. ... Chiropractic, also known as chiropractic care, is a health care discipline with an underlying principle that health problems can be prevented and treated using spinal adjustments in order to correct spinal dysfunction, or subluxations. ... X-rays can reveal if a person has cavities Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth and their supporting bones and soft tissues) to human beings. ... Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. ... Nutrition is a science which studies the relationship between diet and states of health and disease. ... Medicine is the branch of health science and the sector of public life concerned with maintaining human health or restoring it through the treatment of disease and injury. ... In alternative medicine, body work or massage therapy refers to any treatment which involves some form of touching or physical manipulation. ... Nursing is a discipline focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining and maintaining optimal health and functioning. ... A nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant Activity of Daily Living (ADL) deficiencies. ... Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. ... Optometry is the health care profession concerned with examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the eyes and related structures, and with determination and correction of vision problems using lenses and other optical aids [1]. An optometrist (Greek: optos meaning seen or visible and metria meaning measurement) is an eye care professional... Bowl of Hygeia Pharmacy (from the Greek φάρμακον = drug) is the profession charged with assuring the safe use of medication. ... Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is a health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. ... Podiatry (US English), or chiropody (British English), is a field of healthcare devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle (translated literally, chiropody refers to medicine of the hand and foot, but the term no longer has this meaning). ... Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos/-ology = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of the human mind and human behavior. ... Social Work is a helping profession focused on social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being (IASSW & IFSW 2001). ... Veterinary medicine is the application of medical diagnostic and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife, and production animals. ... Medicaid in the United States is a program managed by the states and funded jointly by the states and federal government to provide health insurance for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. ...

Committee on the Judiciary

  • purview
    • Advisory Commission on Sentencing
    • Board of Appeals and Review
    • Child Support Guidelines Commission
    • Citizen Complaint Review Board
    • Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure (CJDT)
    • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
    • Department of Corrections
    • Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
    • Emergency Management Agency
    • Fire Department (FEMS)
    • Judicial Nomination Commission
    • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
    • National Guard
    • Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    • Office of the Corporation Counsel (OCC)
    • Public Defender Service

Committee on Public Works and the Environment

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, or WASA was created in 1996. ... The Washington Aqueduct is the public water supply system serving Washington, D.C. and parts of its suburbs. ...

Special Committees

  • Special Committee on A Comprehensive Policy For Local, Small, And Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  • Special Committee on The Prevention Of Youth Violent Crime
  • Special Committee on Vocational Education And Jobs For District Residents

Officers of the Council

The Council Chairman recommends the Council officers which are approved by a majority of the Council.

  • General Counsel - acts as chief parliamentarian of the Council
    • provides advice to the Council on legislative policy
    • represents the Council in legal actions
    • assists Councilmembers in drafting legislation
  • Secretary to the Council - chief administrative officer
    • keeps the legislative records
    • makes information available to the public
  • Budget Director
    • reviews the proposed annual operating budget
    • analyses the fiscal impact of all legislation and contracts

A parliamentarian is a specialist in parliamentary procedure. ...

Council Periods

Members of the Council of the District of Columbia, period 16 were elected to 4 year terms. ... Members of the Council of the District of Columbia, period 15 were elected to 4 year terms. ... Members of the Council of the District of Columbia, period 14 were elected to 4 year terms. ... Period 13 of the Council of the District of Columbia was the period from 1999 to 2000. ...

References

  • DC Council

External links

  • Council of the District of Columbia, official site

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