Rules of Organization and Procedure
Committee on Public Services
Council Period XIV
ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS 4
101. Definitions 4
ARTICLE II ORGANIZATION 4
201. Chairperson 4
202. Committee Staff 4
- Committee Staff Director 5
- Committee Council 5
- Additional Staff 5
- Additional Resource Persons 5
- Staff Changes, Assignments, and Remuneration 5
ARTICLE III COMMITTEE MEETINGS 5
301. Regular Meetings 5
- Time 5
- Place 6
- Recess and Rescheduling 6
- Cancellation 6
- Agenda 6
302. Special and Additional Meetings 6
- Special Meetings 6
- Additional Meetings 7
- Notice 7
303. Procedures for Meetings 7
- Order of Business for Regular Meetings 7
- Order of Business for Special and Additional Meetings 8
- Proceeding Out of Order 8
- Recognition of Non-Committee Members 8
304. Minutes of Meeting 8
ARTICLE IV REVIEW OF AND REPORTS ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION 8
401. Approval of Measures 8
402. Reports on Bills and Proposed Resolutions 9
- Draft Reports 9
- Contents of Reports 9
403. Supplemental, Minority, and Additional Views 10
ARTICLE V HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS 10
501. Hearing Procedures 10
- Calling 10
- Notice 10
- Open Hearing 10
- Quorum 10
- Questioning of Witnesses 10
- Hearing Decorum 11
- Recess 11
502. Rights of Witnesses 11
- Right to Counsel 11
- Right to Make Opening Statement 11
503. Testimony Under Oath 11
504. Depositions 11
505. Investigations 11
506. Issuance of Subpoenas 12
507. Report to Secretary Regarding use of Subpoena 12
508. Service of Subpoenas 12
509. Enforcement of Subpoenas 12
510. Right to Assert Privileges 12
511. Notification of Rights 13
512. Right to Transcript 13
513. Right of Persons Who Are Subjects of Investigations 13
514. Rights of Persons Identified in Investigations 13
ARTICLE VI NOTICE PROVISION 13
601. Notice 13
ARTICLE VII RULES 14
701. Rules of the Council 14
702. Amendment 15
703. Filling with the Council Secretary 15
704. Effective Period 15
ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS
Sec. 101. DEFINITIONS
Except as otherwise provided, the definitions contained in section 101 of the Rules of
Organization and Procedures for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period
XIV, are incorporated by reference.
- "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Committee on Public
- "Committee" means the Committee on Public Services.
- "Committee Rules" means the Rules of Organization and
Procedure for the Committee on Public Services for Council Period XIV.
- "Council Rules" means the Rules of Organization and Procedure
for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XIV.
- "Member" means a member of the Committee on Public Services.
- "Minutes" means a summary record of the actions and proceedings
of the Committee including, but not limited to, a summary of Committee discussion and
debate, and a description of each action including amendments, motions, or orders on which
a vote was taken and the vote of each member concerning the action.
- "Quorum" means three members of the Committee, except as
provided in section 501(d).
- "Testimony" means the oral or written statements of a witness.
- "Witness" means a person who shall appear or is appearing before
the Committee whether voluntarily or by mandatory process.
ARTICLE II ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE
Sec. 201. CHAIRPERSON
The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer of the Committee. The Chairperson may
designate a member to act as temporary Chairperson when the Chairperson is absent or
recuse himself from certain items before the Committee.
Sec. 202. COMMITTEE STAFF
- Committee Staff Director. The Chairperson shall appoint a Committee staff director
(Committee Clerk) with the approval of the Committee, pursuant to section 406 of the
District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Code §
1-604.6). The staff director shall be the secretary and chief administrative officer of
the Committee, shall keep the minutes and all records of meetings and Committee business
and shall perform other administrative, legislative, and policy functions assigned by
these rules or the Chairperson.
- Committee Counsel. The Chairperson shall appoint a committee counsel with the
approval of the Committee, pursuant to section 406 of the District of Columbia Government
Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Code § 1-604.6). The Committee counsel
shall provide legislative and legal guidance to the Committee.
- Additional Staff. The Chairperson shall appoint additional staff with the approval
of the Committee, pursuant to section 406 of the District of Columbia Government
Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Code § 1-604.6), and subject to
appropriations and positions allocated by the Council. The additional staff shall perform
duties that shall be assigned by the Committee staff director, counsel, or the
- Additional Resource Persons. Additional persons not to be compensated by Council
funds, may be retained by the Committee staff with the approval of the Chairperson.
- Staff Assignments, Removals, and Remuneration. Committee staff assignments,
removals, and remuneration shall be determined by the Chairperson. The Chairperson, shall
notify the Committee members of any action pertaining to assignments, removals, or
remuneration within 5 working days.
ARTICLE III COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Sec. 301. REGULAR MEETINGS
- Time. Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held at 2:00 p.m. on the 4th
Wednesday of each month except during periods of Council recess and legal holidays. The
Chairperson shall circulate a notice of the date, hour, and place of all committee
meetings to all members of the Council at least 24-hours before the date of the meeting,
along with a copy of the agenda of the meeting and draft of any measures to be considered,
unless at least four members of the committee agree to a shorter notice.
- Place. Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held in Room 700 of One Judiciary
Square, 441 4th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001, unless another place is
designated by the Chairperson.
- Recess and Rescheduling. If a majority of the Committee is present at a regular
meeting, the Chairperson may recess any regular meeting then in progress to another time,
day, and place. The Chairperson may reschedule any future regular meeting provided each
member is notified in writing at least one business day in advance of the scheduled
- Cancellation. The Chairperson may cancel a future regularly scheduled meeting
provided each member is notified in writing at least one business day in advance of the
- The agenda and written material relating to the agenda items shall be available to the
members 24 hours prior to the meeting of the Committee.
- The Committee staff shall prepare the agenda at the direction of the Chairperson. The
agenda for all meetings, except special meetings called by a majority of the members,
shall be set by the Chairperson.
- The Chairperson may prepare a consent agenda for each committee meeting which shall
include bills and resolutions that the Chairman believes will be adopted by unanimous
vote. The consent agenda will be approved at the beginning of the committee meeting. Any
member may strike a bill or proposed resolution from the consent agenda.
Sec. 302. SPECIAL AND ADDITIONAL MEETINGS
a. Special Meetings.
1. Special meetings may be called by filing a written request with the Committee staff
director for a special meeting signed by no fewer than three members. The Committee staff
director shall notify the Chairperson and the other members of the filing of the request.
2. The Chairperson shall call the special meeting within 72 hours of the written request
and shall specify the date, hour, place, and agenda of the meeting.
3. If the Chairperson does not call the requested meeting, a majority of the members may
file a written notice with the Committee staff director that a special meting will be
held, specifying the date, place, and agenda for the meeting. Immediately upon the filing
of the notice, the Committee staff shall notify all members of the Committee as provided
for in subsection (c).
b. Additional Meetings. Additional meetings shall be called by the Chairperson.
- Whenever an additional or special meeting is called, the Committee staff shall notify
each Councilmember in writing, at least 24 hours before the special meeting, unless at
least four members of the Committee agree to a shorter notice. The notice shall state the
date, hour, place, and purpose of the meeting.
- No matters shall be considered at any special meeting except those stated in written
request and notification.
- Any written material relating to the agenda items shall be made available to the
Committee members by the close of business of the working day prior to the meeting.
- Additional or special meetings to consider emergency matters may be called upon shorter
notice, if this shorter notice is agreed upon in writing by at least four of the Committee
Sec. 303. PROCEDURES FOR MEETINGS
a. Order of Business for Regular Meetings. Subject to subsection (c), the Committee
shall conduct business for regular meetings of the Committee in the following order:
- Call to order;
- Ascertainment of the presence of a quorum by the Chairperson;
- Reading and approval of the minutes;
- Consideration of proposed reports on and markup of pending measures assigned to the
Committee under section 406 of the Council Rules;
- Old Business;
- New business; and
b. Order of Business for Special and Additional Meetings. The Committee shall take up
business in the following order at a special or additional meeting:
- Call to order at the date, hour, and place set forth in the notice of the meeting;
- Ascertainment of the presence of a quorum by the Chairperson; and
- If a quorum is present consideration of business in the order set forth in the meeting
c. Proceeding Out of Order. The Chairperson or presiding member may, without objection
or upon the vote of a majority of the members present and voting, take up any item of
business out of order.
d. Recognition of Non-Committee Members. The Chairperson or presiding member may
recognize a member of the public or a District government employee when the participation
of the person would, in the judgement of the Chairperson or presiding member, enhance the
understanding of the matter under consideration by the Committee.
Sec. 304. MINUTES OF MEETINGS
The Committee staff shall take minutes of Committee meetings. The minutes shall include a summary of Committee discussion and debate, a description of all
Committee action, and a description of each amendment, motion, order, or other proposition
on which a roll call vote was taken, the name of each member voting for and against the
amendment, motion, order or proposition, and the names of those members present but not
voting. Unless the Committee specifically directs otherwise, minutes need not be taken of
hearings before the Committee. After adoption, minutes shall be filed with the Secretary
to the Council and shall be made available for public inspection during normal business
hours of the Council. Minutes kept pursuant to this section shall be in addition to the
transcript or transcription of meetings and hearings required by the Council rules.
ARTICLE IV REVIEW OF AND REPORTS ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION
Sec. 401. APPROVAL OF MEASURES
The Committee may not report out a measure or recommendation on a matter assigned to
the Committee unless a quorum is present at the time of approval by the Committee. If an
amendment is orally moved during a Committee meeting, it shall, upon request by a member,
be reduced to writing and read by the Committee staff.
Sec. 402. REPORTS ON BILLS AND PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS
- Draft Reports. Each bill or resolution shall be accompanied by a draft report when
it is considered by the Committee, unless the Committee votes to waive this requirement
for a particular bill or resolution. In the event of a waiver, the Committee shall vote on
the draft report at a regularly scheduled, additional, or special meeting of the Committee
before filing the report and the reported bill or resolution with the Secretary.
- Contents of Reports. Each adopted report on a bill or proposed resolution assigned
to the Committee shall be in writing, signed by the Chairperson, accompanied by the final
bill or resolution, and shall contain:
- A statement of the purpose and effect of the bill or resolution;
- A legislative history, including the date of introduction, date public hearings or
public Roundtables were published in the D.C. Register, and date and description of any
action taken at a Committee meeting;
- A detailed section-by-section analysis of the provisions of the bill or resolution;
- The Committee reasoning;
- A fiscal impact statement as provide in section 443(c) of the Council Rules;
- An analysis of the impact on existing provisions of law that the bill or resolution
would modify or affect;
- Dissenting, separate, and individual views of Committee members, if members demanded the
opportunity to state their views;
- Any additional information from the Committee directs to be included;
- A summary of testimony on the legislation or resolution presented at a public hearing or
public roundtable held by the Committee;
- Any additional information that the Chairperson directs to be included;
- A record of Committee action, including the results of a voice vote or roll call vote on
any amendments to the bill or resolution, and the results of a voice or roll call vote on
the bill or resolution;
- Any recorded votes on amendments to the bill;
- A list of all introducers and co-sponsors;
- The date that the notice of intended action was published in the D.C. Register; and
- A committee print that states the bill or proposed resolution number of the measure; in
the top left-hand corner of the measure the name of the Committee, the date of the
Committee markup, and the words "Committee Print".
Sec. 403. SUPPLEMENTAL, MINORITY, AND ADDITIONAL VIEWS
If, at the time of approval of any measure by the Committee, any member of the
Committee gives notice of intent to file supplemental, minority, or additional views, that
member shall have not less than five days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal
holidays) in which to file his or her views in writing. Such views shall be filed with the
Committee staff director and shall be included in the report of the Committee on that
ARTICLE V HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS
Sec. 501. HEARING PROCEDURES
- Calling. The Committee shall hold a hearing or roundtable before passage of any
bill. The Committee may hold a hearing or roundtable before the passage of proposed
resolution if called by the Chairperson.
- Notice. Written notice of Committee hearings shall be given in the manner provided
for in section 422(a) of the Council Rules.
- Open Hearing. Each hearing shall be open to the public unless a majority of the
Committee decides in open session or publicly agrees that the hearing should be closed.
- Quorum. One member of the Committee constitutes a quorum for the taking of testimony
at a hearing.
- Questioning of Witnesses.
- Each member and participating non-Committee member shall have not more than ten minutes
for the questioning of a witness before the Committee at a time, and questioning shall
proceed in the order that Committee members arrived, followed by non-Committee members.
- A witness may be questioned, with the consent of the Chairperson or presiding member, by
Committee staff or authorized Council staff or by counsel advising the Committee.
f. Hearing Decorum.
No witness may address a member except through the Chairperson or presiding member,
except when responding to a direct question of a member.
A witness shall confine his or her remarks to the question under discussion and shall
avoid making negative personal comments.
The Chairperson or presiding member shall maintain order during the meeting and if, in
this or her opinion, the removal or any member of the public is necessary to maintain
order, the Chairperson or presiding member may, after warning, order the removal of any
g. Recess. A hearing may be recessed to another time, day and place by the Chairperson
or member presiding over the hearing.
Sec. 502. RIGHTS OF WITNESSES
- Right to Counsel. Any witness who appears before the Committee has the right to be
represented by counsel.
- Right to Make Opening Statement. Any witness who testifes at a hearing of the Committee
may submit an opening statement that shall be placed in the record of the hearing. The
Chairperson or presiding member may permit a witness to read the statement at the hearing.
Sec. 503. TESTIMONY UNDER OATH
A witness may be affirmed or sworn to give truthful testimony.
Sec. 504. DEPOSITIONS
The Committee may authorize a Committee member or Committee staff to take the testimony
of witnesses by oral or written deposition.
Sec. 505. INVESTIGATIONS
The Committee may investigate any matter relating to the affairs of the District of
Columbia that comes under the jurisdiction of the Committee. The Committee may also direct
another person to investigate a matter within the Committees jurisdiction.
Sec. 506. ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS
Subject to Council Rules, the Committee may require the attendance and testimony of
witnesses and the production of documents, papers, and other tangible items through the
use of its subpoena power. If a subpoena is issued and the person named on the subpoena
does not respond, the Committee may, by resolution, refer the matter to the Council for
referral to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Sec. 507. REPORT TO SECRETARY REGARDING USE OF SUBPOENA
Prior to issuing a subpoena, the Committee shall submit a report to the Secretary of
the Council outlining the nature and scope of the investigation and the type of
information sought through the use of the subpoena.
Sec. 508. SERVICE OF SUBPOENAS
Subpoenas shall be served personally on the witness or his or her designated agent in
one of the following ways which may be attempted concurrently or successively:
- By a special process server, at least 18 years of age, designated by the Committee from
among the staff appointed by the Secretary to the Council who are not directly involved in
the investigation; or
- By a special process server, at least 18 years of age, engaged by the Committee or the
Council for this purpose.
Sec. 509. ENFORCEMENT OF SUBPOENAS
The Committee may refer to the Council any case of contumacy by any person subpoenaed
to appear before the Committee.
Sec. 510. RIGHT TO ASSERT PRIVILEGES
- Any witness has the right to refuse to answer any question which might tend to
incriminate him or her by claiming his or her Fifth Amendment privilege against
self-incrimination, other Constitutional privileges, or statutory or common law privileges
recognized in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
- If a witness asserts a privilege, the Chairperson or presiding member shall inquire into
the witnesss reasons for claming the privilege. If the Chairperson or presiding
member determines that the claim of privilege is not warranted, he or she shall direct the
witness to answer the question. A witnesss continued claim of privilege in the face
of an order by the Chairperson or presiding member to answer a specific question
constitutes contumacy by the witness.
Sec. 511. NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS
Where a witness under subpoena is not represented by counsel, the Chairperson or
presiding member shall advise the witness of his or her privilege against
Sec. 512. RIGHT TO TRANSCRIPT
A witness under subpoena is entitled to receive, at the cost of producing it, a written
transcript or a transcription of his or her testimony in connection with an investigation.
Sec. 513. RIGHTS OF PERSONS WHO ARE SUBJECTS OF INVESTIGATIONS
Any person who is the subject of an investigation authorized under section 601 of the
Council Rules may submit written questions for the cross-examination of other witnesses at
public hearings held by the Committee. With the consent of the members present and voting,
those questions may be put to the witness by any member, by any authorized staff member,
or by counsel advising the Council or the Committee.
Sec. 514. RIGHTS OF PERSONS IDENTIFIED IN INVESTIGATIONS
Any person, who is named or specifically identified in connection with an investigation
and who believes that the testimony or other evidence or comment by a member of the
Council or a Committee or its staff does not comport with the truth, may file a sworn
statement of facts relevant to the testimony or other evidence or comment that is at
ARTICLE VI NOTICE PROVISION
Sec. 601. NOTICE
If there is no specific requirement for the giving of notice of any Committee action,
meeting, or hearing, notice may be given by one of the following methods:
- Posting in prominent places in 441 4th Street, N.W., or other public
buildings or public posting places;
- Publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation;
- Publication in the District of Columbia Register;
- Mailing notice to an established mailing list of organizations and individuals as
maintained by the Secretary of the Council;
- Use of other news media;
- E-mail; or
- Any other manner the Committee considers appropriate.
ARTICLE VII RULES
Sec. 701. RULES OF THE COUNCIL
The following Rules of the Council are and shall be considered rules of the Committee
and except where the context dictates to the contrary, the term "Council" means
"Committee," the term "Member" or "Member of the Council"
means "Member of the Committee," the term "Chairman" means
"Chairperson of the Committee," and the term "Secretary" means
"Committee staff director or other Committee staff:" 101 (Definitions); 202
(Conflict of Interest); 304 (Quorum); 305 (Meetings Open to the Public); 306 (Executive
Meetings); 307 (Hearing the Mayor); 321 (Decorum of Members); 322 (Decorum of Members of
the Public); 331 (Obtaining the Floor); 332 (Limitations on Debate); 333 (Personal
Privilege); 334 (Points of Order); 335 (Appeal); 336 (Extensions of Remarks); 337
(Recognition of Non-Members); 341 (Motions Recognized During Debate); 342 (Withdrawal or
Modification of Motions); 343 (Amendments to be Written); 351 (Form of Vote); 352 (Voice
Votes); 353 (Demand for Roll Call Vote); 355 (Records of Votes); 356 (Proxy Voting
Prohibited); 357 (Reconsideration); 447 (Records of Legislative Meetings); 449 (Effect of
End of Council Period); 601 (Resolution Authorizing the Use of Subpoenas in an
Investigation); 604 (Testimony Under Oath); 605 (Issuing the Oath); 606 (Depositions); 611
(Issuance of Subpoenas); 612 (Report to Secretary regarding Use of Subpoena); 613 (Service
of Subpoenas); 614 (Enforcement of Subpoenas); 621 (Right to Assert Privileges); 622
(Notification of Rights); 623 (Right to Transcript); 624 (Rights of Persons Who are
Subjects of Investigations); 1001 (Parliamentary Authority); 1002 (Gender Rule of
Construction); and 1003 (Suspension of Rules). Whenever there is inconsistency between
these rules and the Council Period XIII Rules, the Council Rules shall govern.
Sec. 702. AMENDMENT
These rules may be amended by a majority of the Committee at any Committee meeting.
Notice of the proposed amendment shall be in writing, signed by the proposer, and
circulated to each member at least five days prior to the meeting at which the proposed
amendment is to be considered, unless the notice is waived by each member to whom it is
Sec. 703. FILING WITH THE COUNCIL SECRETARY
Upon the adoption of these rules or any future amendments, the Committee staff shall
file a copy of the final rules or amendments with the Secretary of the Council.
Sec. 704. EFFECTIVE PERIOD
These Rules will be effective until superseded by Rules of Organization and Procedure
for the Committee on Public Services adopted in a succeeding Council Period, unless
modified by a majority of the Committee members during Council Period XIV.