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The D.C. Council voted unanimously to reprimand Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans this morning. Rather than wait for one of his colleagues to lob an amendment to the reprimand resolution from the side of the dais, Chairman Phil Mendelson added one of his own.
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The amendment strips some responsibilities from Evans’ Committee on Finance and Revenue, but does not remove him as its chairman, as some councilmembers have called for.
Mendelson’s amendment will remove measures on tax abatements and tax increment financing from Evans’ committee, and the chairman said he will not refer any more of those bills to the finance committee while Evans is under federal investigation. Mendelson is also removing Events D.C. and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities from Evans’ committee. Notably, Evans maintains oversight of the D.C. Lottery and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
The reprimand takes effect immediately. Changes to Evans’ committee require a second vote, which will take place in early April.