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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Committee On The Judiciary And Public Safety
A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation that decriminalizes possession of marijuana in the city — making it a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine.
A D.C. Council committee is recommending a $25 rather than $100 fine as the civil penalty for marijuana possession under proposed decriminalization.
The District's attorney general took issue Thursday with a bill that would redefine the way the police department seizes cars related to certain crimes, holds them and sells them for profit.
A D.C. Council committee will not support the fire department's ambulance redeployment plan — a key proposal by the fire chief — because the agency has been unable to provide clear answers about its capacity to address the city's emergency services needs.
A D.C. Council member is proposing legislation to ban plastic guns made with the emerging technology of 3-D printers just days after a group claimed to have successfully test-fired the first functional weapon produced.
The police union is weighing in on safety concerns involving operations within the District's Office of Unified Communications, which handled more than 1.3 million 911 emergency calls last year.
Skeptical D.C. Council members demanded answers from the city's fire chief Thursday on what they said were serious and systemic problems with the department in the wake of a string of failed responses to emergency calls.
The District's $220 million state-of-the-art forensics laboratory opened in October with great fanfare, but photographs of the lab's evidence room obtained by The Washington Times and a widely distributed email exchange between the commanding officer of its Crime Scene Investigations Division and his employees paint a different picture.
More than half of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officials selected as appointees rather than through a competitive hiring process are in violation of D.C. residency requirements, according to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which has called for an investigation.