Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act


January 24, 2012 11:00 AM


Room 412, John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Bill 19-567, Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act of 2011

Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, announces a public hearing on Bill 19-567, the Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act of 2011.  The public hearing will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2011 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building. 

Under the current law, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) may designate a public area as a prostitution free zone for no more than 20 consecutive days.  Bill 19-567 would allow MPD to designate permanent prostitution free zones.  The effect of a “prostitution free zone” is to place very strict limitations on loitering.  The Committee welcomes testimony on the constitutionality of this bill, as well as the costs and benefits of this proposed measure.

Those who wish to testify should register online or contact Mrs. Christina Setlow, Legislative Counsel, at (202) 724-7808, by fax at (202) 724-6664, or via e-mail at, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, January 20, 2012.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on Friday, January 20, 2012 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 Mrs. 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 Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

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