Building a livable, walkable city means creating a mix of neighborhood amenities, like the spectacular Barracks Row, within minutes of your home.

Since joining the D.C. Council, Tommy has won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements. Whether bringing Ward 6 residents back to their neighborhood schools or creating the next generation of public transportation, Tommy works with the leadership and communities in every corner of Ward 6 — from the Southwest Waterfront to the H Street Corridor, from Shaw to Capitol Hill — to guide development that focuses on neighborhood needs.


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October 23, 2014 CM Wells to re-convene public hearing on MPD police tactics Oct 27 at 11am

PRESS RELEASE
October 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063,
jchristian@dccouncil.us


DC COUNCILMEMBER TOMMY WELLS, CHAIR OF COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY & PUBLIC SAFETY, TO RECONVENE PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE TACTICS OCTOBER 27 AT 11AM

WASHINGTON, DC--On Wednesday, October 8, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, chaired by Councilmember Tommy Wells, held a public oversight hearing to hear residents' concerns regarding the Metropolitan Police Department's policies for stopping and detaining individuals. Wells was joined by fellow Committee member At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, along with At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. More than 25 witnesses described their experiences being stopped and detained by MPD.

The Office of Cable Television has posted a video of the October 8 hearing here: http://ow.ly/CKaw0.

The hearing will reconvene on October 27 at 11am in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building. where the Committee will hear from MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, followed by testimony from public witnesses.

"I look forward to hearing the Chief's explanation of today's police tactics," said Councilmember Tommy Wells, "and the steps she is taking to ensure everyone who makes contact with MPD is treated with dignity and respect."

The Committee invites the public to submit written testimony, which will be made part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, November 10, 2014 to Ms. Goines, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20004, or via email at ngoines@dccouncil.us.

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October 22, 2014 CM Wells invites public to weigh in online on Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act

PRESS RELEASE
October 22, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063, jchristian@dccouncil.us

WASHINGTON, DC--Today, Councilmember Tommy Wells announced that he will use MadisonDC, a collaborative online policy drafting platform, to solicit public input on Bill 20-825, the "Youth Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2014". The bill will be open for public hearing at 11:00am today, October 22, but to ensure that as many residents as possible have the chance to weigh in on this important legislation, the Councilmember will also consider comments, suggestions, and questions submitted on MadisonDC from now until 5pm October 30, 2014.

Bill 20-825 would amend Title 16 of the DC Official Code to provide for the transfer of minor defendants to the Family Court; to include minor defendants transferred to the Family Court in the definition of "child"; to retain the Family Court's jurisdiction over minors transferred for criminal prosecution; to require additional data collection by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; and to require that detention orders include instructions for how to detain a defendant under the age of 18. The bill may be viewed online at http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B20-0825.

As a member of the Free Law Founders, a nationwide coalition dedicated to opening up laws, legislation, and the lawmaking process online, Councilmember Wells cites his commitment to more open and responsive government, as well as his desire to create the most effective legislation for DC residents possible, as his reason for using MadisonDC.

"I'm thrilled to use MadisonDC as a means for better engaging District residents in the legislative process," said Wells. "This is an important step in creating increased transparency in the way we govern in the District of Columbia."

An open source tool created by the non-partisan, nonprofit OpenGov Foundation, MadisonDC is free to all councilmembers and citizens, and was launched in the District of Columbia by Councilmember David Grosso, also a member of the Free Law Founders. Councilmembers Grosso and Wells have taken the lead in using MadisonDC to make District policymaking more inclusive.

"We're proud to support the great work these legislators are doing to make the lawmaking process in DC more open, collaborative and efficient," said The OpenGov Foundation's Executive Director Seamus Kraft. "This is how policymaking should work in the 21st Century. We're excited about the many possibilities facing the District of Columbia, and about the future of lawmaking across the US."

 

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October 21, 2014 DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to Hold Public Hearing on Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act

October 21, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063, jchristian@dccouncil.us

WASHINGTON, DC-- DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety, will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on Bill 20-825, the "Youth Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2014." The hearing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at 11am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Bill 20-825 would amend Title 16 of the DC Official Code to provide for the transfer of minor defendants to the Family Court; to include minor defendants transferred to the Family Court in the definition of "child"; to retain the Family Court's jurisdiction over minors transferred for criminal prosecution; to require additional data collection by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; and to require that detention orders include instructions for how to detain a defendant under the age of 18. The bill may be viewed online at http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B20-0825

The Committee invites the public to testify. Individuals who wish to testify should contact Nicole Goines at 202-724-7808 or ngoines@dccouncil.us, and furnish their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if applicable. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their testimony. Testimony may be limited to 3 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for those representing organizations or groups. Those persons unable to testify at the public hearing are encouraged to submit written statements for the official record.

Written statements should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014 to Ms. Goines, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20004, or via email at ngoines@dccouncil.us.

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October 10, 2014 DC Councilmember Tommy Wells announces Oct 16 public hearing on "License to Carry a Pistol" bill

PRESS RELEASE
October 10, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063, jchristian@dccouncil.us


WASHINGTON, DC--DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, announces a public hearing on Thursday, October 16, 2014, beginning at 10:30 am in the Council Chamber, Room 500, of the John A. Wilson Building. The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public testimony on Bill 20-930, the "License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014" .

 

Bill 20-930 would amend the "Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975" to permit individuals to register a firearm for self-defense in their place of business, to provide a Freedom of Information Act exception, to specify application requirements for applying to carry a concealed pistol, to specify the duration of such licenses and certain requirements for renewal of licenses, to outline duties of licensees, to provide for revocation of licenses, to create a criminal offense of carrying while impaired, to specify prohibitions on licensees, to establish a Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board and specify the term and other requirements for the Board, to specify penalties, to require the Mayor to issue rules, and to make other technical changes. Bill 20-930 would also amend "An Act To control the possession, sale, transfer and use of pistols and other dangerous weapons in the District of Columbia" to provide penalties, to prescribe rules of evidence, and to permit the Chief of Police to issue licenses to carry a concealed pistol to District residents and non-residents provided certain conditions are met. The bill may be viewed online at http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B20-0930.

 

The Committee invites the public to testify. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify should contact Nicole Goines at 724-7808 or ngoines@dccouncil.us, and furnish their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their testimony. Testimony may be limited to 3 minutes. For those unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, October 30, 2014 to Ms. Goines, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20004, or via email at ngoines@dccouncil.us.

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October 10, 2014 DC Councilmember Tommy Wells & Arena Stage Host 4th DC Job Fair on October 17

DC Councilmember Tommy Wells and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host the fourth annual DC Job Fair on October 17 from 10am to 2pm at 1101 Sixth Street, SW (Waterfront Metro). The event will feature local businesses, non-profits and government employment agencies. The three previous job fairs served a combined total attendance of about 4,000 community members. This year's Job Fair features a new partnership with the Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (ORCA), which provides support and services to previously incarcerated persons.

"The District government must focus on growing the number of good jobs available to District residents," said DC Councilmember Tommy Wells. "Whether that's through fostering a great environment to start a business, incentivizing the hire of District residents, or increasing access to job training and education, it is our responsibility to ensure that our unemployed and under-employed residents don't stay that way."

While the event is open to all District residents, this year's job fair has focused on recruiting employers that have demonstrated willingness to work with our returning citizens. In response to this focus, Wells added, "As Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety, I led the successful effort to pass legislation prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal record history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. That legislation, commonly referred to as "ban the box," has played a pivotal role in increasing employment opportunities for our returning citizens; this job fair is another critical resource to help them get back on track. Often, the first step towards getting your career going is the hardest to take; our goal is to make that first step a little easier."

This year's participants include:

 

·         DCHR (Department of Human Resources)

·         DOES (Department of Employment Services)

·         ORCA (Office of Returning Citizens Affairs)

·         CSOSA (Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency)

·         Building Futures

·         Bread for the City

·         DC Central Kitchen

·         Big Bus Tours

·         Specialty Hospital of Washington

·         Giant Foods

·         US Postal Service

·         Ft. Myer Construction

·         United Planning Organization

·         Forest City Washington (Harris Teeter)

·         Hospitality Connections

·         UDC Community College Division of Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning

·         Employment Justice Center

·         Bank of America

·         Clark Construction at The Wharf

·         Nations Learning Center

·         US Army Recruiting Station

·         Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

·         DC Job Corps Outreach & Admissions Office

·         Capital Rail Constructors

 

Employers wishing to participate should contact Patricia Joseph in the Office of Councilmember Tommy Wells at PJoseph@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8072.

 

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