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Business Regulatory Reform Commission
Fact sheet and membership
Last updated December 02, 2013




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The Business Regulatory Reform Commission (The Commission) was established by D.C. Law 10212, on March 16, 1995. The full complement of members was sworn in and conducted their first meeting on August 21, 1996. The Commission is charged with the responsibility of submitting written recommendations concerning business regulatory reform in the District of Columbia to the Mayor and City Council within one year of its first meeting. The Commission will officially sunset 60 days after the submission of its recommendations.

The Commission seeks to identify and recommend legislation to eliminate or modify obsolete, inconsistent or duplicate business regulations in the District; recommend legislation to assure timely disposition of permit and license applications and/or objections to them; and recommend administrative changes to improve governmental processing of applications.

The Commission consists of 12 members from the public sector including representatives from the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, Apartment and Office Building Association, American Institute of Architects, DC Building Industry Association, Greater Washington Board of Trade, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. Association Of Realtors and the D.C. Bar Association. In addition, 7 members from the executive and legislative branches of the government of the District of Columbia serve as ex-officio members.

Commission members serve without compensation and have expended thousands of hours in research, surveys and deliberation, including 3 site visits and 4 public hearings.

The Commission conducts on-going review of the statutes, rules and regulations which govern those agencies which administer licenses and permits to builders, businesses, occupations and professions. The Commission has conducted briefings with the State of Washington, Business Regulation Administration, Occupational & Professional Licensing Administration, Building & Land Regulation Administration, Housing Regulation Administration, Environmental Regulation Administration, Service Facility Regulation Administration, Insurance Administration, Office of Compliance, Office of Adjudication, Rental Housing Commission, Department of Public Works Surveyor's Office, Department of Public Works Public Space Office, Office of Tax and Revenue and the Offices of Planning and Zoning.

The Commission has conducted site visits to the following jurisdictions: Fairfax County, City of Philadelphia, Prince George's County, Baltimore City, and has received public hearing testimony from the State of Washington and Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Commission utilized the services of specific area law firms to assist it in its recommended findings.

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Public Members:

Chairman: Douglas J. Patton, Attorney, Patton & Company, L.L.C.
Vice Chairman: Harold F. Nelson, General Manager, Carr Real Estate Services
Pedro Alfonso, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Concepts, Inc.
Stanford R. Britt, FAIA President/Treasurer, Sulton Campbell Britt Owens & Associates, P.C.
Paul S. Devrouax, Jr., FAIA, President/Architect, Devrouax & Purnell
Donald R. Dinan, Attorney, O'Connor & Hannan
Abraham J. Greenstein, Attorney, Greenstein, DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.
Robin B. Hayes, Attorney, Holland & Knight, L.L.P.
James W. Jones, Vice-Chairman, APCO Associates, Inc.
John J. Lynch, M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Medical Director, Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Madeline McCullough Petty, Director, Washington, D.C. Office, The Enterprise Foundation
Diane C. Pratt, President, DP Consultants

Ex Officio Members:
The Honorable Marion Barry, Jr., Mayor of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Linda W. Cropp, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Harold Brazil, Chairman, Committee on Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Jo Anne Robinson, Interim Corporation Counsel, Government of the District of Columbia
David Watts, Acting Director, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Patricia Montgomery, Administrator, Building & Land Regulation Administration, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Katherine Williams, Administrator, Business Regulation Administration, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

Charles Lowery, Special Assistant- Economic Development, City Administrator's Office
Mary Wilmot, Program Specialist, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Henry McCoy, Attorney, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Rose Matthews, Consultant

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