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BUDGET AUTONOMY CHARTER AMENDMENT 8

The League Takes Action!

LEAGUE JOINS D.C. APPLESEED, D.C. VOTE AND OTHERS IN SUPPORTING REVERSAL OF LOWER COURT JUDGE'S RULING

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
On April 23, 2013, voters of the District of Columbia overwhelming voted "YES" on Charter Amendment 8, Local Budget Autonomy. The intent of the Amendment is to permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget, spend local funds, and permit the Council to establish DC's fiscal year.

The Amendment passed the required Congressional Review Period without action by Congress.

On the advice of the Attorney General, the Mayor and Chief Financial Officer have refused to implement the Act because they believe it violates U.S. law.

A Federal Judge ruled on Monday, May 19, 2014, that the Budget Autonomy Act does violate Federal Law , and, therefore, upheld the Mayor and CFO's actions refusing to implement the Act.

The Council is currently appealing the Judge's ruling. On July 8, 2014, D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, The League of Women Voters of the D.C., D.C. Vote, D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and pro bono partners Arent Fox LLP and Lathan & Watkins LLP, filed a brief as Amici Curiae in support of the appellant and reversal. Read the BRIEF

Read more on D.C. Appleseed's website

Read more on the DCVote.org website.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS RELATING TO BUDGET AUTONOMY

Text of Charter Amendment 8: Local Budget Autonomy

DC Board of Elections Memorandum Opinion and Order January 9, 2013 on the "Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012"

Includes:

  • Legislative history
  • Summary of Attorney General Irvin Nathan's concerns
  • Council Chairman Mendelson's reason's for supporting the issue
  • Short Title and Text of the Summary Statement


U.S. Government Accountability Office Opinion

Attorney General's press release: Federal Judge Rules against Amendment 8

Brief filed by D.C. Appleseed, League of Women Voters of D.C., et al.

Read more on D.C. Appleseed's website

Read more on the DCVote.org website.