Attorney General Karl A. Racine will celebrate the success of students who participated in “I Belong Here,” an Office of the Attorney General (OAG) anti-truancy program piloted at Ward 7’s John Philip Sousa Middle School this school year. The “I Belong Here” program is an effort to reduce truancy and encourage student attendance at an early age through a year-long attendance competition between classrooms. Sousa Middle School was recently recognized as the middle school with the most improved attendance rates in D.C. Public Schools

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that the District government has reached an agreement with Pepco Holdings Inc. and nine other parties that will result in $24.1 million in savings for electricity users in the District

These savings result from a settlement in which Pepco has agreed to pass on to ratepayers a significant share of the tax cut it received from the recent federal law reducing corporate tax rates. Under that law, the top federal corporate tax rate was slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent.

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that his office has reached a settlement that will provide restitution to long-term residents of an apartment building where the management company and owner allowed two short-term-rental firms to illegally operate apartments like hotel rooms. The agreement with T-C Mass Court LLC (“T-C”) and Greystar RS NE, LLC (“Greystar”) arises out of a larger lawsuit that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) brought earlier this year against those entities, as well as Ginosi USA Corporation (“Ginosi”);

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today released his Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which focuses on standing up for vulnerable communities, enhancing data-driven public safety efforts, and saving District taxpayers money. As one of the nation’s premier public law firms, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is a net revenue-generating agency, contributing more than $680 million to the District in FY 2017—far more than it cost District taxpayers to run the agency.

OAG’s FY 2019 budget proposal includes a modest increase over FY 2018

Statement of Karl A. Racine
Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Before the

Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
The Honorable Charles Allen, Chairperson


April 13, 2017
Room 123
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Today, Attorney General Karl A. Racine vowed to protect workers in the District from wage theft in the wake of a newly announced United States Department of Labor (DOL) program that appears to provide amnesty for employers who commit wage theft. Attorney General Racine and his counterparts from 10 states sent a letter to DOL officials expressing concerns with the department’s new Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program in its Wage and Hour Division.

The PAID Program will allow employers who voluntarily report

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine, part of a coalition of 15 state attorneys general and the City of Chicago, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ignoring its legal duty to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas operations.  Specifically, the suit charges that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has violated the federal Clean Air Act by “unreasonably delaying” its mandatory obligation under the Act to control methane emissions from these

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine is urging all District residents to take action to protect their privacy online in the wake of recent reports that the private information of as many as 87 million Facebook users was misused.

“Recent disclosures about how much information Facebook collects from its users and how that information is handled raise serious questions about Facebook’s policies, and my counterparts and I have demanded answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg,” said Attorney General Racine. “In the meantime, District

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that Toni Michelle Jackson, Chief of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Equity Section, has been elevated to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the Public Interest Division.

As Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Jackson will be responsible for representing the interests of District taxpayers and directing OAG’s complex civil litigation seeking injunctive relief, cases involving District government contracts, and cases involving civil enforcement of District agency and board decisions

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that the District of Columbia has joined a coalition of 18 states, six cities, and the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors in a legal challenge to block the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

The suit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts that the decision announced by the Department of Commerce violates the mandate in the U.S. Constitution to conduct an “actual Enumeration” via a