Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that her bill to remove D.C. from the federal Hatch Act, a move that would increase the District's home-rule authority, will be examined by two committees Wednesday.
The House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy will hold a hearing on Hatch Act reform Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. in RHOB 2247. D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will testify about the need to remove the District from the federal Hatch Act and instead allow D.C. to operate under a local Hatch Act.
Also Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. in SD-342, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to mark up the Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 (S. 2170), a bill that includes Norton's language removing the District from the federal Hatch Act.
"I am pleased that both houses appear to agree that the District of Columbia should not be the only local jurisdiction under the federal Hatch Act," Norton said. "The House passed my D.C. Hatch Act Reform Act last Congress and D.C. passed its own local Hatch Act. The Senate stepping forward with its own Hatch Act is another important step towards complete home rule."
Last Congress, Norton's D.C. Hatch Act Reform Act passed both the House and the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, but was stopped by an anonymous hold in the Senate, and D.C. passed its own Hatch Act in anticipation of Congressional passage.