of Councilmember Brown’s Legislation
at the July 10, 2012 Council Session
Protecting Injured Government Workers Reform Act of 2012
Each year over 2,000 injured D.C. government employees go through the Public Sector Workers CompensationProgram. These are our government workers who have been injured on the job while providing a service to ourresidents and as such they deserve our gratitude and support.This bill addresses concerns associated with the claims process to ensure that a fair and informed determination ismade. Specifically the bill:
Establishes a more informed and impartial medically-based determination process by providing the approvedtreating physician great weight during the eligibility determination process;
an inclusive claims process that doesn’t discriminate against mental or emotional conditions;
Provides additional flexibility for Administrative Law Judges to extend benefits beyond the arbitrary cap if theydetermine that the injury continues to prohibit the claimant from working; and
Allows the claimant to continue to receive benefits through their first round of appeals, which the Director of theOffice of Risk Management has acknowledged is actually the first stage in which claims receive any meaningfullegal review.
Amended and passed the
Fiscal Year 2012 Second Revised Budget Request CongressionalReview Emergency Adjustment Act of 2012
The amendment will alter the eligibility language of the furlough rebate to ensure that all teachers who are separatedfrom DC Public Schools this summer (
or ANY DC Gov’t employee
either voluntarily or involuntarily separated after July10, 2012) will still be eligible to receive a full rebate of the furloughs that were taken in Fiscal Year 2011. Without thisamendment all those who were scheduled to be separated from DCPS on July 14, 2012 would have been ineligiblebecause they would have missed the original eligibility date by 7 days.
The Furlough rebate is expected to be received by the start of the school year. 3.
Introduced and passed the
Career and Technical Education Plan Establishment EmergencyDeclaration Resolution of 2012
; and the
Career and Technical Education PlanEstablishment Emergency and Temporary Acts of 2012
Career and Technical Education (or CTE) is one of the areas that has incredible potential but not nearly enoughattention, support, and resources. Many of the Distri
current CTE programs are not as robust or effective as theycould be and they have failed to engage many students who would otherwise excel in such learning environments. This
reality may have contributed to the city’s dropout rates as well as the skills deficit in certain segments of our city’s labor
force. This bill addresses these issues by empowering a CTE task force that will be charged with conducting an in-depthreview and analysis of our current CTE offerings and developing a detailed
strategic plan for our city’s CTE programs
that will include specific standards for all District funded CTE programs.
“Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure HomelessAssistance Submission Emergency Approval Act of 2012”
This bill approves the Homeless Assistance Submission, including the Walter Reed Reuse Plan, the Walter Reed LocalRedevelopment Authority (LRA) Committee recommendations, and the Legally Binding Agreements. The District, as theWalter Reed LRA, cannot begin negotiations with the Department of the Army for transfer of the site unless and untilthis bill has been submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It isimportant to take this emergency action, so the process for the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus can trulybegin. This parcel represents a tremendous economic development opportunity to the District and to Ward 4 inparticular.