• CLPA Staff

CLPA Weekly Policy Recap and August 29th -September 3rd List of DC Area Policy Meeting

Updated: Sep 6, 2021


Here is a recap of policy from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia that CLPA covered during the previous week, as well as a list of meetings for the week of August 29th-September 3rd. Most county councils and county boards of education are still on recess for the month of August but most should be back in session starting next week.




August 22nd-August 28th Policy Recap


Nationwide

The Supreme Court lifted the federal eviction moratorium. In an unsigned 8-page opinion (with the three liberals dissenting), SCOTUS sides with a group of landlords who argued that the CDC lacked the authority to bar evictions during the pandemic. It was noted in the ruling that Congress was on notice that a further extension would almost surely require new legislation, yet it failed to act in the several weeks leading up to the moratorium's expiration," the court wrote.


Washington, DC


The DC Board of Elections advanced a ballot initiative proposing to eliminate the tipped minimum wage. Supporters of the ballot initiative need to collect 26,000 valid signatures by March to get it on D.C.’s Democratic primary ballot in June 2022. Voters in DC approved a near-identical measure (Initiative 77) in 2018 but the D.C. Council overturned it by a vote of 8-5.


Maryland

Maryland State Department of Education mandated that masks be worn in all MD public schools. It also forces five school systems, including Carroll County, to change mask-wearing rules on the eve of a return to a more normal school routine. The requirement is not likely to take effect before the start of school for some students, however, it may be in place in about 10 days. Although the State Department of Education passed the emergency regulation, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review must also approve it. The committee plans to meet and vote on September 14th on the mask rule.


August 2-August 6th Meeting Schedules


Washington, DC










DC Council

DC Board of Education

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Charles County

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County

Virginia











Alexandria City

Arlington County

Fairfax County

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