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Taxicab Driver Protection Act of 2000
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Councilmember Harold Brazil


Councilmember Harold Brazil introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on

To increase the criminal penalties for the commission of violent crimes against taxicab drivers.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Taxicab Drivers Protection Act of 2000."

Sec. 2. Enhanced penalties.

Any person who commits any offense listed in section 3 of this act against a taxicab driver licensed by the District of Columbia while the taxicab driver was is engaged in the ordinary course of business of driving a licensed taxicab, at the time  of the offense, may be punished by a fine of up to 1 1/2 times the maximum fine otherwise authorized for the offense and may be imprisoned for a term of up to 1 1/2 times the maximum term of imprisonment otherwise authorized for the offense, or both.

Sec. 3. Enumerated offenses.

The provisions of section 2 of this act shall apply to the following offenses: carjacking, robbery, attempted robbery, theft, attempted theft, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, rape, attempted rape, murder, and attempted murder.

Sec 4. Fiscal impact.

The act poses no negative fiscal impact on the budget of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 5. Effective date.

(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. is Code Sec. 47-392.3(a)), and a 60-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(2) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code Sec. 1-233(c)(2)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

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