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Some Reforms Won't Make Cut For Final D.C. Council Meeting

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The D.C. Council will wrap up its two-year session with a meeting today. Dozens of bills are up for final vote.
Mallory Noe-Payne
The D.C. Council will wrap up its two-year session with a meeting today. Dozens of bills are up for final vote.

The D.C. Council holds its final legislative meeting of the two year session. It's been a tumultuous period, and many issues remain up in the air.

Starting with the controversy over then-chair Kwame Brown's request for a fully-loaded luxury SUV to the federal investigations, and later resignations of two council members, it's been a scandal-packed two years at city hall.

Today marks the final legislative meeting of council session 19, and while council members will likely sign off on dozens of bills that are up today for a second and final vote, key reforms relating to the scandals have been pushed off until next year.

Comprehensive campaign finance legislation — an issue that has loomed large over city hall due to ongoing federal investigations — will likely not be dealt with until the council comes back in January. But a bill capping money order donations at $25 may be up for an emergency vote later today. 

While the city passed ethics reform legislation, financial disclosure statements — the conflict-of-interest reports that officials are required to fill out — were postponed until May of next year, meaning lawmakers will have gone nearly two years without filing these reports. 


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