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- On Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser offered only qualified opposition to congressional Republicans’ actions that would block two pieces of recently passed legislation. She repeated some general platitudes about the importance of Home Rule, but suggested that these GOP lawmakers were acting to block the overhaul of D.C.’s criminal code simply because they have “similar concerns” about the legislation’s impact as she does. The full Council, by contrast, was unequivocal in condemning these disapproval resolutions in a letter to House leaders. Now Bowser is proposing her own changes to the code revision, setting up a showdown in the Wilson Building. [Post, Twitter, Twitter]
- Bowser also appointed a new head of the city’s troubled 911 call center Friday, picking Heather McGaffin, formerly the deputy director for the Office of Unified Communications. Will she win over skeptical lawmakers after they beat back a nomination for her former boss, Karima Holmes? [DCist, WTOP]
- A former police sergeant claims she repeatedly told Chief Robert Contee that she’d seen other officers performing “jump out” searches, a tactic that is technically prohibited in D.C. Her lawyers got the chance to depose Contee in her legal action against the police department, in which the chief claims the sergeant didn’t provide enough evidence to justify him taking action. [WUSA9]
- Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen has backed a bunch of new pieces of environmental legislation as he takes over chairmanship of a key Council committee. The new bills offer incentives for e-bikes and electric stoves. [DCist, Post]