House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) wouldn't say Wednesday whether Congress might intervene to block a new law in the District that partially decriminalized marijuana possession, saying he was not familiar with the move.
The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to partially decriminalize pot by imposing civil fines rather than jail time for most offenses. The District joins 17 states that have taken similar action but doesn’t go as far as Colorado or Washington state, where residents voted to legalize the sale and taxation of marijuana.
DC Vote strongly supports President Obama’s proposed FY2015 budget that for the first time includes legislative language that would grant the District of Columbia greater control over its own local tax dollars, and allow legislation enacted by the city to become effective without Congressional review.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says he's sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the nation's capital.
When asked Wednesday, Boehner said he was unfamiliar with the law. Congress has the authority to invalidate local District of Columbia laws, but it hasn't used that authority in more than 20 years.
House Speaker John Boehner, a member of the legislature that gets to review D.C.'s laws after they're passed by the Council and signed by the mayor, was unaware that the city had passed a bill to decriminalize marijuana when asked about it by reporters today.
House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he is sure Congress will “look at” a measure passed by Washington, D.C.’s city council on Tuesday that decriminalizes marijuana.
Under the bill, possession of less than an ounce, or 28 grams, of pot is punishable by a $25 fine. Current law classifies marijuana possession as a misdemeanor and can carry up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.
After Mayor Vince Gray signs it into law, DC’s decriminalization of marijuana possession will be subjected to a 60-day review period on Capitol Hill. Although marijuana reform backers were confident yesterday that no random federal lawmaker will jab their fingers into the District’s business, House Speaker John Boehner says Congress won’t ignore the bill outright.
“I really haven’t seen what the DC Council did, but I’m sure we’ll look at it,” Boehner said today, according to the Associated Press.
DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement today upon the enactment of The Budget Autonomy Litigation Authorization Resolution of 2014. As of January 1, 2014, the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012 (D.C. Law 19-321) is the law of the District of Columbia. Nevertheless, certain individuals or entities continue to raise questions about provisions of this legislation. The council resolution passed today authorizes the General Counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia to assert the interests of the Council in defending the legality of the act.
Thanks, Obama! No really — thanks.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) championed President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget released Tuesday because it would grant the District budget and legislative autonomy for the first time, as well as fund programs that she supports.
The congresswoman noted that the budget had statutory language to give the District legislative autonomy, in which the D.C. Council and the mayor could pass and enact laws without congressional review.
President Barack Obama’s proposed 2015 budget includes a raft of provisions that control how the District does business, as the budget always does.
But here’s a new one that could potentially have a drastic effect on the way every D.C. business, and many outside businesses, do their books: authorizing the city to change its fiscal year.
It’s a step toward financial autonomy, which the city certainly wants. But it may also be a step the District doesn’t want to take.