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Legislative Corner

Welcome to the Office of the Attorney General's (OAG) Legislative Corner. Here you will find proposed legislation introduced by Attorney General Karl A. Racine and other legislation in which OAG has a significant interest.  Please see below for descriptions of the legislation and links to their current status in the legislative process.

If you have any questions, please contact James Pittman, Deputy for Legislative, Intergovernmental and Community Engagement, at [email protected].

OAG-Introduced Legislation

Fighting Companies that Defraud Immigrant Communities

Immigration Services Protection Act of 2016 (B21-0724)
Introduced by the Attorney General via Chairman Mendelson

In Latin America, notarios are often authorized to practice certain types of law. In the U.S., some have taken advantage of this fact and advertise themselves as notarios offering legal advice and services, though they are not authorized to do so in the United States. Many non-citizens pay hundreds of dollars only to find out that they will never obtain a green card, legal immigration status, or other crucial benefits because they received incorrect advice from an unqualified notario fraudster unlawfully working as an immigration lawyer. The Immigration Services Protection Act (ISPA), which is modeled after a law in Maryland, contains several provisions that will help OAG protect consumers from notario fraud.

Standing up for Workers' Rights

Wage Enforcement Initiative Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0723)
Introduced by the Attorney General via Chairman Mendelson

With booming economic development throughout the city bringing more jobs to District residents, it is imperative that we simultaneously make sure that residents get paid what they’ve earned.  It is reported that, on average, each low-wage worker loses $51 per week to wage theft, or $2,634 per year.  This legislation would establish subpoena power and clarify the enforcement authority of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to go after employers for failing to pay their workers, and it will allow for the recovery of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs from employers that have illegally withheld wages owed to District workers.  Wage theft enforcement in the District of Columbia is vitally important to the economic well-being of our residents.   

Protecting our Democracy through Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign Finance Transparency and Accountability Amendment Act of 2016
Introduced by the Attorney General via Chairman Mendelson

Because voters are tired of the appearance of impropriety, OAG has introduced legislation that strengthens the District’s campaign-finance laws in three ways: 1) ending pay-to-play politics; 2) making political donations transparent; and 3) creating a “bright line” between candidates and Political Action Committees or PACs.

Click to view a detailed description of OAG’s campaign finance legislation.

Other Legislation of Interest

Stun Gun Regulation Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0886)
Introduced by Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember McDuffie

Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults Amendment Act of 2015
Introduced by Councilmembers Bonds, Evans, Nadeau, Grosso, Allen, Orange, Todd and Silverman

Rental Housing Accommodation Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2016
Introduced by Councilmember Bonds

Wage Theft Prevention Revision Amendment Act of 2016
Introduced by Mayor Bowser via Chairman Mendelson