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The Committee on the Judiciary (Committee) presents its recommendations for theDistrict of Columbia’s fiscal year 2012 budget and the corresponding Budget Support Act.The Committee is responsible for matters affecting the judiciary and judicial procedurewhich are within the authority of the Council; matters affecting decedents’ estates and fiduciaryaffairs; matters affecting administrative law and procedure; matters affecting criminal law and procedure; matters arising from or pertaining to the police and fire regulations of the District of Columbia; and other matters related to police protection, correctional institutions (includingyouth corrections), fire prevention, emergency medical services, homeland security, criminal justice, and public safety.The Committee oversees all of the public safety agencies within the District and interactswith local and federal prosecuting authorities, serving as the Council’s liaison with federal partners in the justice system, including the D.C. Courts, the D.C. Public Defender Service, theCourt Services and Offender Supervision Agency, and the U.S. Parole Commission. Thefollowing agencies come within the purview of the Committee: Access to Justice Initiative;Child Support Guideline Commission; Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure;Corrections Information Council; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; Department of Corrections; Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Fire and Emergency Medical Services;Forensic Health and Science Laboratories; Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementAgency; Judicial Nomination Commission; Justice Grants Administration; Metropolitan PoliceDepartment; District of Columbia National Guard; Office of Administrative Hearings; Office of Police Complaints; Office of Unified Communications; Office of Victim Services; Office of theAttorney General; Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’Retirement System; and the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code RevisionCommission.On April 1, 2010, Mayor Vincent C. Gray submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia a proposed operating budget and financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year. TheMayor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 provides for a gross funds budget of $8.986 billion(with a Local Funds comprising of $5.5 billion, or 61.6 percent of the total budget),
and seeks toclose a $322.1 million budget gap through a combination of both new revenue generation andexpenditure reductions. The proposal also shows a government-wide reduction of 170.5 full-timeequivalents compared to the current fiscal year.
Public Briefing on the Mayors Fiscal Year 2012 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan: Public Hearing Before theCouncil of the District of Columbia
, 2-3 (Apr. 1, 2011) (written testimony of Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the Districtof Columbia). The fiscal year 2012 gross funds budget represents an increase of $164.9 million, or 1.9 percent, over the fiscal year 2011 approved budget.
FY 2012 Budget Overview: One City…Rising to the Challenge, Government of the District of Columbia, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 2-5 (Apr. 2011). The Mayor’s budget proposal seeks to close the $322.1 million budget gapthrough: $187.0 million in expenditure cuts from the CFO’s Current Services Funding Level Budget (58 percent);