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The Brown Bulletin July 2012

The Brown Bulletin July 2012

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July 2012 Brown Bulletin
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The Brown Bulletin
Click the video below to hear about C.B.E. Summit,Uber, Career Tech, First Source Lawsuit and more!
Michael A. Brown
Councilmember At-LargeChair Pro Tempore
Council of the District ofColumbia1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NWSuite 406Washington, DC 20004202-724-8105202-724-8071 faxmbrown@dccouncil.uswww.michaelbrownatlarge.comChairpersonEconomic Development andHousingStatehood and SelfDeterminationCo-chairSubcommittee on RedistrictingCommitteesFinance and RevenueHuman ServicesGovernment OperationsSmall and Local BusinessDevelopmentMetropolitan WashingtonCouncil of Governments Member
July 2012
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On Monday, July 16, 2012, the Council of the District of Columbia officially adjournedfor recess until mid- September 2012. However, the office of Councilmember Michael A.Brown and the Committee on Economic Development and housing will remain fully opendaily, Monday thru Friday from the hours of 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. If you have an issueor concern, please feel free to stop by Suite 406, send an email to Kevin Smith,Administrative Assistant at ksmith@dccouncil.us
,or call the office at 202-724-8105.
of Councilmember Brown’s Legislation
at the July 10, 2012 Council Session 
Introduced the
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.
Passed the
“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.
Councilmember Michael A. Brown urging Mayor Gray
to include “Free DC” message
into VeriFone taxi meter contract
 At-large Councilmember Michael A. Brown, Chair of the Subcommittee on Statehood and Self-Determination, is workingwith Mayor Gray to include in the pending contract with VeriPhone language requiring the company to run fifteen (15)second public service announcements
touting the District of Columbia’s lack of 
budget autonomy, congressional votingrights and quest for statehood.Recently,
the city reached a $35 million dollar deal with VeriFone to install “smart meters”, which enable credit card
payments, panic buttons and TV monitors in each of the roughly 6500 taxi cabs in the District. The full Council of the Districtof Columbia voted
on legislation permitting the use of “smart meters” in cabs on Tuesday, J
uly 10
. Following approval bythe Council, the Mayor will officially enter into a contractual agreement with VeriPhone.Similar to their meters in New York City, which has celebrities such as Joan Rivers and Alec Baldwin welcoming visitors with
the “I Love New York” tagline, the TV’s could display a short introduction to the Nation’s Capital highlighting the District’s
unique status as the only jurisdiction whose laws and budgets must be approved by Congress and whose 620,000 residentshave a non-voting Delegate to Congress.
“Cleary, the Mayor and I are strong supporters of breaking away from the chains of Congressional rule and anyway we can
continue to raise public awareness and garner support for DC budget autonomy, voting rights and eventually statehood is
well worth the effort”, stated Councilmember Michael A. Brown before the Council’s
vote on the legislation.
Left Picture- Thelma Jones, Ward 7 Activist and Fairlawn Neighborhood Civic Association leader, was feted at theJune 15, 2012 street renaming ceremony in her honor. Thelma is one of a few rare individuals who have receivedthe honor while still living.Right Picture- Councilmember Brown attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Paul Lawrence Dunbar SeniorApartments, a renovated affordably priced, transit
oriented senior facility, at 15th and U Streets NW in Ward 1.

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