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The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index provides a more comprehensive way of thinking about the cost of housing and true affordability. The Index examines the impact that transportation costs associated with location have on a household’s economic bottom line.
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.
The Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) were set forth in Title III of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The BEPS is a minimum threshold of energy performance that will be no lower than the local median ENERGY STAR score by property type (or equivalent metric). The standards were created to drive energy performance in existing buildings to help meet the energy and climate goals of the Sustainable DC plan — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 50% by 2032. Also see Sustainable DC.
Sustainable DC is the District of Columbia’s major planning effort to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation. Led by the Department of Energy & Environment and the Office of Planning, it is a collaborative effort involving the input and participation of thousands of members of the District community.
Incorporating location efficiency (measured here as the cost of transportation associated with places) into policy and affordability analysis exposes previously hidden financial burdens and time constraints for households, poor location decisions by developers, and missed and misplaced opportunities for municipalities. Furthermore, it challenges misinformed criticisms of the cost of building transit, since these critiques do not fully account for the benefits or take into account the hidden costs associated with sprawl and auto dependency. Not only are the high costs of transportation hidden, but so are the low costs, and therefore so is the inherent value of more convenient in-town urban, inner-suburban, and other urbanizing locations. Consequently, many of these convenient but undervalued areas suffer from disinvestment and lack the ability to attract new investment and redevelopment.
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.