Mayor Bowser is delivering a slap in the face to D.C. residents, who have no representation in Congress, by ignoring their representatives’ criminal-justice policy choices in favor of a federal system that D.C. residents had no voice in crafting.
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ACLU-DC Commends D.C. Council for Voting to Override Mayor Bowser’s Veto of Fare Evasion Decriminalization Bill
The bill passed the Council by a 10-2 vote on December 4, 2018, but Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed the bill on January 16, 2019. Today’s vote overrode that veto.
We call on the D.C. Council to quickly vote to override the Mayor’s harmful veto, and in so doing, demonstrate a commitment to ending the unnecessary and excessive criminalization of D.C. residents for low-level offenses.