Mechanic’s Lien; Compassionate Release Auth.; Civil Marriage Dissolution
Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, announces a public hearing on Bill 19-489, the Mechanic’s Lien Amendment Act of 2011, Bill 19-525, the Compassionate Release Authorization Amendment Act of 2011, and Bill 19-526, the Civil Marriage Dissolution Equality Amendment Act of 2011. The public hearing will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2011 in Hearing Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.
The stated purpose of Bill 19-489 is to reduce the number of bonds necessary to allow the court to release a mechanic’s lien. The stated purpose of Bill 19-525 is to expand existing compassionate release procedures to misdemeanants and clarify the applicability of a medical or geriatric reduction in sentence to individuals who are not in the physical custody of an the entity that possesses legal custody. The stated purpose of Bill 19-526 is to provide a mechanism for the dissolution of a marriage performed in the District of Columbia when the parties to the marriage reside in another jurisdiction that does not recognize the marriage and thus will not maintain an action to dissolve the marriage.
Those who wish to testify should register online or contact Ms. Christina Setlow, Legislative Counsel, at (202) 724-7808, by fax at (202) 724-6664, or via e-mail at email@example.com, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to Ms. Setlow, or to Ms. Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, Room 5 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2011.