Washington DC – Today, under the direction of Attorney General Karl A. Racine, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) released a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) document regarding Initiative 71 and other District laws related to marijuana. The document aims to clarify the state of the law in the District after Initiative 71, which legalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in certain limited circumstances, became effective today.

“In concert with our colleagues in the Mayor’s office and on the Council, we wanted to ensure that

Washington, DC – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Members of Congress and members of their staff obtaining health insurance coverage through the DC Health Link Small Group Marketplace, Attorney General Karl A. Racine and DC Health Benefit Exchange Executive Director Mila Kofman announced today.

DC Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. ruled yesterday on a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of District resident Kirby Vining. In his ruling, the judge concluded that “the defendant exchange authority’s action in allowing

Washington, DC –  Yesterday, Attorney General Karl A. Racine welcomed his peers from around the nation to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Winter Meeting with a call for more self-determination and full voting rights for the District.

“The District of Columbia deserves full autonomy,” Attorney General Racine said. “While our residents pay federal taxes, serve on federal juries, and fight in our nation’s wars, we are denied a voting voice on Capitol Hill. It’s simply unconscionable that the 660,000 residents of this city do not enjoy the

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today thanked Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for introducing the District of Columbia Local Prosecutor Establishment Act of 2015 – versions of which she has introduced in previous sessions of Congress. The legislation would establish a local prosecutor’s office, designated under local law to prosecute all local crimes in the District. All adult felonies and most adult misdemeanor offenses are currently handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District.
 
“I want to thank Congresswoman Norton

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that the District has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 states in filing a complaint asserting that the proposed merger between Sysco and US Foods – the nation’s two largest broadline food-service distributors – would violate federal antitrust law. The two companies control 80 percent of the market in the Washington/Baltimore area.

The complaint – filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia – alleges the proposed merger would significantly reduce

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that he was naming Leftwich & Ludaway LLC Managing Member Natalie Ludaway as his Chief Deputy Attorney General. In the role, Ms. Ludaway will serve as the Attorney General’s deputy.  

“Natalie is a brilliant attorney who has managed a top-quality law firm for nearly two decades, and her experience will serve the District well as we continue to build a first-rate public law firm here at the Office of the Attorney General,” Attorney General Racine said. “I have known Natalie for years,

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that he had tapped civic leader Robert White, a former at-large candidate for DC Council and an attorney with extensive experience at the local and federal levels, as the Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) Director of Community Outreach.

In the position, Mr. White will lead OAG’s newly expanded efforts in connecting with civic, community, neighborhood and labor leaders and responding to the concerns of residents and stakeholders.

“Robert brings extensive experience and understanding

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today alerted District residents who may have been affected by the recently reported hacker attack of Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, that they need to ensure the security of their personal and financial information. As many as 80 million customers – including District residents – had account information stolen. The information includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment information.

“It is important for all District residents to guard their

Washington, DC – Mayor Muriel Bowser and her attorneys, in consultation with Attorney General Karl A. Racine, today filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to hold in abeyance the District’s appeal of a lower federal court’s ruling against the DC Budget Autonomy Referendum. The referendum was approved by voters in 2013.

In addition, the unopposed motion notes the withdrawal of attorneys associated with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) from representing the Mayor in the appeal. The DC Circuit held arguments on the appeal

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today encouraged approximately 100 young male students at Hart Middle School in Ward 8 to believe in themselves and aspire to greatness. The Attorney General was joined by community and business leaders Jahuar Abraham and William Walker in a program at Hart Middle School’s All-Male Anti-Violence Summit.

“Dig deep and believe in yourself.  Understand the greatness you have in yourself and don’t settle for anything less,” Attorney General Racine said.

Mr. Racine encouraged the students to