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The act requires that District government programs, departments, and services assess the need for, and offer, oral language services; provide written translations of documents into any non-English language spoken by a limited or no-English proficient population that constitutes 3% or 500 individuals, whichever is less, of the population served or encountered, or likely to be served or encountered; to ensure that District government programs, departments, and services with major public contact establish and implement a language access plan and designate a language access coordinator; to require that the Office of Human Rights coordinate and supervise District government programs, departments, and services in complying with the provisions of this act and establish the position of Language Access Director for this purpose; and to amend the District of Columbia Latino Community Development Act and to repeal the Bilingual Services Translation Act of 1977 to repeal redundant provisions
This act limits the circumstances under which the District of Columbia will comply with a civil detainer request from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to circumstances where the individual is 18 years of age or older and the individual has been convicted of a dangerous crime or a crime of violence either for which they are in custody or for which they have been convicted within 10 years of the detainer request, or for which they were released after having served a sentence within 5 years of the request, whichever is later, with the exception of an individual who has been convicted of homicide, who may be detained regardless of when the conviction occurred. This act provides that the District is only authorized to hold inmates for an additional 24-hour period after they would otherwise be released, and only if there exists a prior written agreement that the federal government will reimburse the District for all costs incurred in complying with ICE detainers. In addition, this act prohibits the District from providing use of its facilities for ICE to perform generalized searches or inquires of inmates, and requires that if an inmate has counsel, that counsel have an opportunity to be present for an ICE interview.
This act creates an earned income tax credit program that allows a person who files a tax return for a full calendar and who is eligible for an earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to be allowed a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year in an amount equal to 25% of the earned income tax credit allowed under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
This act removes restrictions on attorneys and other legal professionals representing clients from reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect which arise in the course of legal proceedings. This act requires attorneys and legal professionals to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect where they would otherwise be limited by attorney-client confidentiality statutes.
This act declares that it is an unlawful practice for an employing agency to fail or refuse to consider an individual for employment because of that individual's status as unemployed. The act prohibits employing agencies to public advertisements or announcements for a vacancy that indicate an individual's unemployment status disqualifies the individual for the job. The act also prohibits the employing agency from retaliating against a potential employee or current employee who reports or testifies against the agency for violating this act.
This act extends adoption subsidies and guardian rights and responsibilities to children in adoptive homes through the age of 21. This act also expands the possible provisions of post-adoption contracts and reduces incidence of unnecessarily contentious litigation of post-adoption contracts.
This act augments existing foster care placement practices to ensure educational consistency and contiguity of schooling for children enrolled in municipal foster care institutions. This act requires foster care placement professionals to take into account schooling stability when placing children in foster care environments.
This act establishes high-performance building standards that require the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of building projects; a green building incentives program that includes an expedited construction documents review program; a Green Building Fund; the Green Building Advisory Council. The act also amends the Construction Codes Approval and Amendments Act of 1986 to provide for the revision of the Construction Codes and to include green building practices and amends the Office of Property Management Establishment Act of 1998 to require priority leasing of buildings that meet certain green building standards.
The act establishes a code of law for the District of Columbia to clarify that marriage between 2 people in the District of Columbia shall not be denied or limited on the basis of gender, ensures that no minister of any religious society who is authorized to solemnize or celebrate marriages shall be required to solemnize or celebrate any marriage, and ensures the protection of religious freedom with regard to the provision of services, accommodations, facilities, or goods related to the celebration or solemnization of a marriage; amends the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992 to allow domestic partners to convert their domestic partnership into a marriage without paying an additional fee; and amends section 16-903 of the District of Columbia Official Code to make a conforming amendment.
This act establshed the Sustianable Energy Utility which administers the City's building energy benchmarking program.