The League Takes Action!
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
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.