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Councilmember Jim Graham                                                            Councilmember Tommy Wells

A BILL

                  

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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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To amend, on an emergency basis, the Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995 to establish new curfew hours for the summer months.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the “Youth Summer Curfew Emergency Amendment Act of 2007”.

Sec. 2. The Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995, effective September 20, 1995 (D.C. Law 11-48; D.C. Official Code 2-1541 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 3(1) (D.C. Official Code 2-1542(1)) is amended to read as follows:

A(1) ACurfew hours@ means:

A(A) For the period from September 16 through June 14:

A(i) From 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, until 6:00 a.m. on the following day; and

A(ii) From 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on any Saturday or Sunday; and

A(B) For the period from June 15 through September 15:


A(i) From 10:00 p.m. on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, until 6:00 a.m. on the following day; and

A(ii) From 11:00 p.m. on any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, until 6:00 a.m. on the following day.@.

(b) Paragraph (5) is amended by striking the phrase Aunder the age of 17 years@ and inserting the phrase A17 years of age or younger@ in its place.

(c) A new section 3a is added to read as follows:

ASec. 3a.  Notice and enforcement of summer curfew hours.

A(a) Within 5 days of the effective date of the Establishment of Summer Curfew Hours Emergency Amendment Act of 2007, the Mayor shall inform the public of the implementation of the curfew hours established by section 3(1)(B) by posting a notice on the District government and Metropolitan Police Department websites, and publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation.

A(b) The Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department shall instruct all patrol officers that appropriate care should be taken when enforcing the curfew hours to ensure proper safety and welfare of the minors remains paramount.@.

Sec. 3. Applicability.

Section 2(a) shall apply as of the 10th day after the effective date of this act.

Sec. 4.  Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Chief Financial Officer as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code 1-206.02(c)(3)).

Sec. 5. Effective date.


This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code 1-204.12(a)).