Yesterday, Chairman Mendelson has circulated the
COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020
to be on the agenda for next week's meeting. The Chairman indicated in his memo to the full Council that
This emergency act would make a number of additional changes to the law to assist the District government with providing an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It seeks to provide additional resources to address those who have become unemployed as a result of the public health emergency. The legislation also provides additional relief to affected businesses and additional housing protections for residents during the pandemic."
The DC Chamber is asking its members to review the legislation and provide us with your comments and feedback on how the bill would impact and/or support your respective business. The bill as drafted, among many things, includes an amendment to the District's paid sick and safe leave law to add a new declared emergency leave requirement that covers up to 14 consecutive days of paid leave; it would allow for the suspension of both commercial and residential mortgage payments; it would increase the small business retailer property tax credit; it would authorize DC government to provide advance payment to CBE contractors; and for the upcoming June 2, 2020, Primary Election and the June 16, 2020 Ward 2 Special Election
authorize every registered qualified elector to receive by mail an absentee ballot application and a postage-paid, self-adhesive return envelope.