DC Chamber Government Affairs Update – October 2022

NEWS

Congratulations to our President & CEO, Angela Franco for being honored and included in the Washington Business Journal’s annual Power 100 list that recognizes leaders who are having a positive impact on our business community. You can read the article here.


KEY LEGISLATION

B24-0558 “Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act of 2021”.

The “Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act of 2021”, seeks to prohibit users of algorithmic decision-making in a discriminatory manner and would require corresponding notices to individuals whose personal information is used in certain algorithms to determine employment, housing, healthcare and financial lending. Introduced by the Attorney General, this proposed legislation has garnered broad interest from the DC business community. In July 2022, the Chamber convened a broad working group consisting of both local and national business and industry leaders to coalesce around defeating this harmful bill. On a weekly basis, the Chamber-led working group meets to discuss updates and strategies related to the bill.

Currently, we are seeking input from small and medium-sized business who would be affected by this burdensome legislation. Please click here for additional information. If this bill applies to you, we encourage you to join the fight to defeat this bill.

B24-0949 “The Booting & Impoundment Reform Amendment Act of 2022”.

“The Booting & Impoundment Reform Amendment Act of 2022” would amend the District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925 to provide the Department of Public Works with authority to enter private commercial garages and parking lots; to require DPW to implement a real-time boot crew alert system; and, to require DPW to publish an annual report on the agency’s booting and impoundment efforts. A public hearing was recently held on 10/5/22 in front of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment chaired by Councilmember Mary Cheh. The DC Chamber testimony in opposition to the bill can be found here.


REGULATION

Passed by the DC Council in April 2020, the “DC Transportation Benefits Equity Act of 2020”, also known as the DC Parking Cashout Law, requires businesses in DC with 20 or more employees to either offer a Clean Air Fringe Benefit to employees receiving a free or reduced-cost parking space at work, develop a transportation demand management plan, or pay a Clean Air Compliance fee. All DC employers with 20 or more employees must report to DDOT every other year, regardless of how they handle their parking.

goDCgo was invited to our October Government Affairs meeting to discuss DC Parking Cashout Law requirements and take questions from committee members. You can find the link to the presentation here:  Parking Cashout Law_DC Chamber_10.6.22

Dates of up-and-coming seminars will be posted on the calendar section of the goDCgo webpage. All parking cashout tools and materials can be found on the goDCgo employer page: goDCgo Employer Page. You may also contact Doriann Apice, Employer Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected].


ELECTION UPDATES

The November 8, 2022 General Election will see a re-election bid for current At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman. However, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, an established champion of DC local businesses, has now entered the At-Large race as an independent leaving three established candidates for two At-Large seats. One of those candidates, Anita Bonds (Democrat), is expected to win one seat in a heavily Democratic city. The other At-Large seat is expected to be “up for grabs” between Silverman and McDuffie.

The Democratic Primary was held on June 21, 2022. Here were the results:

  • Mayor- Muriel Bowser
  • Attorney General- Brian Schwalb
  • Chairman- Phil Mendelson
  • At-Large Councilmember- Anita Bonds
  • Ward 1- Breanne Nadeau
  • Ward 3- Matthew Frumin
  • Ward 5- Zachary Parker
  • Ward 6- Charles Allen

 

EVENTS

2022 Chamber’s Choice Awards & Gala

Join us as we celebrate local trailblazers, being recognized with the Chamber’s Choice Awards, who have found solutions to issues in an innovative way! During this night to remember, we will be inspired by the impact these contributions have had on the businesses and neighborhoods around the District to make it a stronger, more cohesive community.

November 11, 2022

6:00 pm- 11:30 pm

Washington Hilton Hotel

1919 Connecticut Ave Northwest, Washington DC 20009.

This is a black tie event.

For more information and to register, please visit dcchamber.org/events/2022-gala/

 

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