X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said former Mayor Anthony Williams caved to pressure from business lobby groups with his last-minute veto of Barry’s bill to create a protected class for ex-convicts under the D.C. Human Rights Act. The bill, approved 10-2 last month, would have prohibited employment, housing, and educational discrimination against ex-convicts, with some exceptions. It was geared to aid the 60,000 ex-convicts living in the District. “I was very critical of the fear-mongering and hysteria created by the Mayor’s Office and some of the lobbying groups,” said Barry, an ex-convict himself, at the Jan. 9 Council meeting. Williams’ veto letter stated the bill was unprecedented in the U.S in its breadth and “presents an unacceptable public safety risk” that could unnecessarily trigger lawsuits against employers who denied jobs to ex-cons. The letter mirrored concerns raised by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and hotel and hospital groups that lobbied for the veto. Barry realized last week he didn’t have the votes to override the veto but said he will reintroduce the bill this week.
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.