Councilmember Silverman Introduces Legislation Supporting Small Businesses, Seniors, and Spending Transparency
Posted by Ashley Fox on September 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM
D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) today introduced three bills to help make the District more accessible, affordable, and transparent by proposing a Small Business Advisory Council, a housing subsidy for severely rent-burdened seniors and disabled residents, and a searchable public grants database that tracks District spending.
Councilmember Silverman introduced the Small Business Advisory Council Act of 2017 to provide a forum for businesses to advise the D.C. Council on ways to improve the city’s regulatory processes and address systemic issues with District agencies. The Advisory Council would include one small business community member nominated by each Council member, in addition to a representative from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Tax and Revenue, the Department of Employment Services, and the Department of Small and Local Business Development. It is modeled after the successful pedestrian and bicycle advisory councils.
The legislation was co-introduced by Councilmembers Robert White (D-At Large), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). Councilmembers David Grosso (I-At Large) and Trayon White (D-Ward 8) were co-sponsors.
“Better supporting small businesses means being better listeners and troubleshooters. A Small Business Advisory Council helps us do that,” Silverman said.Read more