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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
July 30. 1998
To declare the existence of an emergency, with respect to the need to put certain provisions of Bill 12- 584 in place immediately to clarify the firearms registration provisions and health occupations licensing provisions applicable to the operator of any private prison facility housing inmates in the District of Columbia for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and to enable the private prison operator of the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility to come into compliance with the laws and rules of the District of Columbia regarding these matters.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Correctional Treatment Facility Firearms Registration and Health Occupations Licensing Amendment Emergency Declaration Resolution of 1998".
Sec. 2. (a) The Council, at the Legislative Session on July 30, 1998, approved on first reading Bill 12-584, the "Correctional Treatment Facility Amendment Act of 1998" (Bill 12-584), which amends the Correctional Treatment Facility Act of 1996, effective June 3, 1997 (D.C. Law 11 -276; D.C. Code §24-495.1 et seq.) ("CTF Act").
(b) Section 2(d) of Bill 12-584 adds a new section 3b to the CTF Act setting forth the firearms registration requirements that apply to the operator of any private prison facility housing inmates in the District of Columbia for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
(c) Section 2(e) of Bill 12-584 adds a new section 3b to the CTF Act to clarify the health occupations licensing requirements that apply to a small number of health professionals who transferred from District government employment to employment by a private prison operator and who perform essentially the same services for the private prison operator as they performed during their District government employment.
(d) The Committee on the Judiciary recommended approval of sections 2(d) and (e) of Bill 12-584 in order to assure that the private operator of the Correctional Treatment Facility at 1901 E Street, S.E., can come into compliance with District laws and rules and applicable court orders regarding these matters as quickly as possible. Ambiguities in the CTF Act, as currently written, prevent the private operator of the Correctional Treatment Facility from coming into compliance with these laws, rules, and court orders.
(e) Sections 2(d) and (e) of Bill 12-584 carry out the original intent of the Council when it enacted the CTF Act.
(f) It is in the best interest of the District of Columbia to enact statutory clarifications on an emergency basis whenever necessary to remove obstacles that prevent subject individuals and entities from achieving full and timely compliance.
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia determines that the circumstances enumerated in section 2 constitute emergency circumstances making it necessary that the Correctional Treatment Facility Firearms Registration and Health Occupations Licensing Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 be adopted after a single reading.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
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