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Advisory Referendum A
Advisory Referendum on the Establishment of an Office of the District Attorney for the District of Columbia Resolution of 2002




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This Advisory Referendum was passed by the City Council on July 2, 2002. Citizens will vote on it on November 5, 2002. Since the establishment of an elected District Attorney would amend the structure of the government established by the Home Rule Act, the Congress of the United States would also have to pass the proposal after it was passed by the City Council.


Short Title

"Advisory Referendum on the Establishment of an Office of the District Attorney for the District of Columbia Resolution of 2002".

Summary Statement

To ask the voters on November 5, 2002, through an advisory referendum, if the Home Rule Act should be amended to establish an Office of the District Attorney for the District of Columbia, headed by a locally elected, independent District Attorney. On the next Mayoral election, following a one-time, initial appointment by the Mayor with approval of the Council, a District Attorney shall be elected to serve a 4-year term, be the chief legal officer for the District of Columbia, and prosecute all local criminal laws and perform any related functions, thereby relieving the federal government of the burden of prosecuting the local criminal laws of the District of Columbia, and have authority over civil enforcement of local law and over any other legal function, as provided by local law.

Shall the voters of the District of Columbia advise the Council to approve or reject this proposal?

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