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Faced with pushback, Bowser administration holds firm on easing mask mandate

Allen said he thought it was too early to scale back the mask mandate, but thought the letter’s tone politicized the issue and Pinto said District businesses should be able to make their own decisions about mask requirements. Henderson called the lack of transparency about the decision “frustrating,” but added that she “did not support the call for a full reversal without any exceptions.”
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Final Proposal for D.C.’s New Ward Boundaries Is Up For A Vote

The Redistricting Subcommittee will vote on this proposed redistricting today at 3 p.m. The full Council will likely debate and vote on the new ward boundaries Dec. 7 and 21.
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Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Ranked-Choice Voting Gives Women More Power; Could Vermont Elect Its First Woman Congress Member?

On Friday morning, I spoke at a press conference in support of the ranked-choice voting (RCV) measure introduced by council member Christina Henderson and joined dozens of other supporters in testifying before the D.C. Council in support of the VOICE Act.
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D.C. Lawmakers Hold Joint Hearing On Marijuana Legalization Bill In Anticipation Of End To Federal Ban

Ahead of Friday’s hearing, Mendelson and Councilwoman At-Large Christina Henderson (D) sent a letter to Senate leadership, reiterating that they do not want to see appropriations legislation continue to restrict the ability of D.C. to legalize cannabis commerce.
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Update: D.C. Officials Say Mask Mandate Will Still Lift Monday, Despite Council Opposition

“Public health is a science, but it also has some some art to it, and that art is really about balancing policy priorities and understanding what is the risk in the community? What is the behaviors that we are seeing in the community? Things that can’t necessarily be quantified by a metric,” Ashley said. “Part of the reason that we haven’t provided those very defined metrics is because it is some of that subjectivity of what we are seeing in the community with regards to behaviors and policies.”
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D.C. debates whether to switch to a ranked-choice voting system

Last year, Christina Henderson (I) won one of those seats on the council with just 14 percent of the votes cast. Now she is leading the charge to change the system, introducing the ranked-choice-voting bill that advocates say would make these elections more representative of the true will of the majority.
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The Politics Hour: November 12, 2021

D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At Large) joins us to talk about the redistricting process. And now that 5-to-11-year-olds are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, what will that mean for Henderson’s bill that would require all eligible students to be fully vaccinated?
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D.C. Council Examines Consumer Protection Bill for Student Loan Borrowers

Authored by Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large), the bill would ban unfair, deceptive or abusive lending practices, require servicers to tell borrowers if loans are transferred or sold, and extend present consumer protections to borrowers. In addition, the bill transfers the responsibility of dealing with student loan matters from the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General and puts in place a mechanism to oversee private lenders.
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The War Of The Wards: D.C. Redistricting, Explained

Earlier this month, the subcommittee released three “discussion” maps, all of which were submitted by members of the public as part of an interactive redistricting tool created by the city. (You can see 196 other submissions here.) Those discussion maps offer pretty clear hints as to what’s going to change: Ward 8 is almost certainly going to extend across the Anacostia River, likely peeling off a portion of Navy Yard or the Southwest Waterfront from Ward 6; Ward 7 could also expand further into Ward 6, potentially moving deeper into the eastern edge of Capitol Hill.
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DC Council members introduce college athlete compensation bill

“While college athletes will now have the chance to be paid for public appearances, autographs, or social media posts, there need to be basic safety measures around this activity,” Councilmember Henderson said in a press release.
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D.C. Council Members Call for Mayor, Feds to Restart Rent-Relief Program

Council members Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Janeese Lewis George (D-Ward 4), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Robert White (D-At Large), Christina Henderson (I-At Large), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) are among the supporters of a resolution calling on the U.S. Treasury to provide the District with additional rental and utility assistance and requesting Mayor Muriel Bowser tap into dedicated local funds to prevent evictions in the city.
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Where To Find COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids 5-11 In The D.C. Area

D.C. lawmakers have proposed requiring kids to receive the COVID vaccination as soon as December 15, though the bill, introduced by At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson has received pushback. It would make the District one of the first U.S. jurisdictions to require a coronavirus vaccine for children — but critics say the policy would be too rushed and cause problems within schools. Others argue the mandate would have a negative impact on students in wards 7 and 8, where vaccination rates are worse than other wards, forcing unvaccinated students to miss class.
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