D.C. Act 23-247. [Repealed] COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [Effective from March 11, 2020 through May 26, 2020].

D.C. Act 23-247. [Repealed] COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [Effective from March 11, 2020 through May 26, 2020].

AN ACT

To provide, on an emergency basis, authority to the Executive and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief, and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety, and consumer protection.

BE IT ENACTED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020".

TITLE I. LABOR AND WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS

Sec. 101. Wage replacement.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of District law, but subject to applicable federal laws and regulations, during a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), an affected employee shall be eligible for unemployment insurance in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

(b)(1) Upon application, an affected employee shall receive unemployment insurance compensation ("UI"), which the Director of the Department of Employment Services shall administer under the Unemployment Compensation Program established pursuant to the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 946; D.C. Official Code § 51-101 et seq.). For an affected employee, there shall be no work-search requirement.

(2) An affected employee shall be eligible for UI regardless of whether the:

(A) Employer has provided a date certain for the employee's return to work; or

(B) Employee has a reasonable expectation of continued employment with the current employer.

(c) Benefits paid pursuant to this section shall not be charged to the experience rating accounts of employers.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the term "affected employee" means an employee otherwise eligible for UI pursuant to section 9 of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 950; D.C. Code § 51-109), who is determined by the Mayor to have become unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the circumstances giving rise to the public health emergency. The term "affected employee" includes an employee who has been quarantined or isolated by the Department of Health or any other applicable District or federal agency; an employee who has self-quarantined or self-isolated in a manner consistent with the recommendations or guidance of the Department of Health, any other applicable District or federal agency, or a medical professional; or an employee of an employer that ceased or reduced operations due to an order or guidance from the Mayor or the Department of Health or a reduction in business revenue resulting from the circumstances giving rise to the public health emergency, as determined by the Mayor, all as demonstrated by reasonable documentation required by the Mayor or the Mayor's designee.

(e) For the purposes of a public health emergency, "good cause" as set forth in section 10 of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 950; D.C. Code § 51-110), shall include:

(1) An employer's failure to timely comply with a written directive from the Mayor or the Department of Health in relation to public safety measures necessary to protect its employees or the public during the public health emergency; or

(2) An employer's requirements that an employee be physically present in the workplace despite the employee having:

(A) Been quarantined or isolated by the Department of Health or any other applicable District or federal agency; or

(B) Self-quarantined or self-isolated in a manner consistent with the recommendations or guidance of the Department of Health, any other applicable District or federal agency, or a medical professional.

(f) If the Mayor determines that the payment of UI under this section may not be made from the District Unemployment Fund or from the unemployment fund of another jurisdiction due to federal law or regulation, payment may be made by the Mayor from any other source of funds that is available.

Sec. 102. Employment protections.

The District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990, effective October 3, 1990 (D.C. Law 8-181; D.C. Official Code § 32-501 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 2(1) (D.C. Official Code § 32-501(1)) is amended by striking the phrase "medical leave" and inserting the phrase "medical leave, except that during a period of time for which a public health emergency has been declared by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 3-149; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the one-year employment requirement and 1,000-hour work requirement shall not apply to an employee who has been ordered or recommended to quarantine or isolate, by the Department of Health, any other District or federal agency, or a medical professional.

(b) A new section 3a (to be codified at D.C. Official Code §32-502.01) is added to read as follows:

"Sec. 3a. Declaration-of-emergency leave.

"(a) An employee who is unable to work as a result of the circumstances giving rise to the public health emergency during a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), shall be entitled to declaration-of-emergency ("DOE") leave during such period.

"(b) For DOE leave, a recommendation from the Mayor, Department of Health, any other District or federal agency, or a medical professional that the employee self-quarantine or self-isolate shall serve as certification of the need for such leave, and, in the case of a government-mandated quarantine or isolation, the declaration of public health emergency shall serve as certification of the need for such leave.".

(c) Section 17 (D.C. Official Code § 32-516) is amended by adding a new paragraph (3) to read as follows:

"(3) For an employee who is on leave pursuant to section 3a, to any employer regardless of the number of persons in the District that the employer employs.".

TITLE II. BUSINESS RELIEF.

Sec. 201. Delayed hotel property and general sales tax remittances.

Title 47 of the District of Columbia Code is amended as follows:

(a) Section 811(b) (D.C. Official Code § 47-811(b)) is amended by striking the phrase "tax year beginning July 1, 1989, and ending June 30, 1990, the amount of the first and second installments shall reflect and be consistent with the tax rates applicable to that tax year, as provided in § 47-812(b) and (c)" and inserting the phrase "tax year 2020 first installment owing for a real property that is commercially improved and occupied and is a hotel or motel; provided, that the Chief Financial Officer, through the Office of Tax and Revenue, shall issue administrative guidance on the definition of a hotel or motel, the Chief Financial Officer may waive any penalties and abate interest if the owner pays such installment by June 30, 2020" in its place.

(b) Section 4221 (D.C. Official Code § 47-4221) is amended by adding a new subsection (d) to read as follows:

"(d)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) and notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the Chief Financial Officer may waive any penalties and abate interest that may be imposed for failure to timely pay any taxes due pursuant to Chapters 20 and 22 of this title for periods ending on February 29, 2020 or March 31, 2020; provided, that all taxes for such periods are paid in full on or before July 20, 2020.

"(2) This subsection shall not apply to hotels or motels permitted to defer real property tax under D.C. Official Code § 47-811(b).".

Sec. 202. Public health emergency small business grant program.

The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Act of 2005, effective October 20, 2005 (D.C. Law 16-33; D.C. Official Code § 2-218.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) The table of contents is amended by adding a new section designation to read as follows:

"Sec. 2316. Public health emergency grant program.

(b) A new section 2316 is added to read as follows:

"Sec. 2316. Public health emergency grant program.

"(a)(1) Upon the Mayor's declaration of a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor may, notwithstanding the Grant Administration Act of 2013, effective December 24, 2013 (D.C. Law 20-61; D.C. Official Code § 1-328.11 et seq.), and in the Mayor's sole discretion, issue a grant or loan to an eligible small business; provided, that the eligible small business:

"(A) Submits a grant application in the form and with the information required by the Mayor; and

"(B) Demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the Mayor, financial distress caused by a reduction in business revenue due to the circumstances giving rise to or resulting from the public health emergency.

"(2) A grant issued pursuant to this section may be expended by the eligible small business for any of the following:

"(A) Employee wages and benefits. For the purposes of this subparagraph, "benefits" means fringe benefits associated with employment, including health insurance;

"(B) Operating costs of the eligible small business including taxes and debt service; and

"(C) Repayment of loans obtained through the United States Small Business Administration.

"(b) For the purposes of this section, the term "eligible small business" means a business enterprise eligible for certification under section 2332, a nonprofit entity, or an independent contractor or self-employed individual determined ineligible for Unemployment Insurance by the Director of the Department of Employment Services.

"(c) The Mayor may issue one or more grants to a third-party grant-managing entity for the purpose of administering the grant program and making subgrants on behalf of the Mayor in accordance with the requirements of this section.

"(d) The Mayor, pursuant to section 105 of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act, approved October 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 1204; D.C. Official Code § 2-505), may issue emergency rules to implement the provisions of this section.

"(e) The Mayor, and any third-party entity chosen pursuant to subsection (c), shall maintain a list of all grants awarded pursuant to this section, identifying for each award the grant recipient, the date of award, intended use of the award, and the award amount. The Mayor shall publish the list online no later than June 1, 2020, or 5 days following the end of the COVID-19 emergency, whichever is earlier.

"(f) For the purposes of this section, the term "COVID-19 emergency" means the emergencies declared in the Declaration of Public Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-045) together with the Declaration of Public Health Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-46), declared on March 11, 2020, including any extension of those declared emergencies.".

Sec. 203. Restaurant delivery.

Section 25-113(a)(3) of the District of Columbia Official Code is amended as follows:

(a) Subparagraph (A) is amended by striking the phrase "guests; and" and inserting the phrase "guests;" in its place.

(b) Subparagraph (B) is amended by striking the phrase "guests." and inserting the phrase "guests; and" in its place.

(c) A new subparagraph (C) is added to read as follows:

"(C) A restaurant or tavern that registers with the Board may sell beer, wine, or spirts in closed containers to individuals for carry out to their home, or deliver beer, wine, or spirits in closed containers to the homes of District residents; provided, that each such carry out or delivery order be accompanied by one or more prepared food items. Board approval shall not be required for a registration under this subparagraph; however, a restaurant or tavern shall receive written authorization from ABRA prior to beginning take-out or delivery of beer, wine, or spirits pursuant to this subparagraph.".

Sec. 204. Corporate filing extension.

Section 29-102.12 of the District of Columbia Official Code is amended by adding a new subsection (e) to read as follows:

"(e) There shall be no fee for delivering the first biennial report for 2020 required by Section 29-102.11(c); provided, that the first biennial report for 2020 be delivered to the Mayor for filing by June 1, 2020.".

TITLE III. PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Sec. 301. The District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective March 5, 1981 (D.C. Law 3-149; D.C. Official Code § 7-2301 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 5(b) (D.C. Official Code § 7-2304(b)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the phrase "District of Columbia government;" and inserting the phrase "District of Columbia government; provided further, that a summary of each emergency procurement entered into during a period for which a public health emergency is declared shall be provided to the Council no later than 7 days after the contract is awarded. Such summary shall include a description of the goods or services procured; the source selection method; the award amount; and the name of the awardee.".

(2) Paragraph (13) is amended by striking the phrase "; or" and inserting a semicolon in its place.

(3) Paragraph (14) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon in its place.

(4) New paragraphs (15) and (16) are added to read as follows:

"(15) Waive application of any law administered by the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking if doing so is reasonably calculated to protect the health, safety, or welfare of District residents; and

"(16) Notwithstanding any provision of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Law 2-139, D.C. Official Code § 1-601.01 et seq.) ("CMPA") or the rules issued pursuant to the CMPA, the Jobs for D.C. Residents Amendment Act of 2007, effective February 6, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-108, D.C. Official Code § 1-515.01 et seq.), or any other personnel law or rules, the Mayor may take the following personnel actions regarding executive branch subordinate agencies that the Mayor determines necessary and appropriate to address the emergency:

"(A) Redeploying employees within or between agencies;

"(B) Modifying employees' tours of duty;

"(C) Modifying employees' places of duty;

"(D) Mandating telework;

"(E) Extending shifts and assigning additional shifts;

"(F) Providing appropriate meals to employees required to work overtime or work without meal breaks;

"(G) Assigning additional duties to employees;

"(H) Extending existing terms of employees;

"(I) Hiring new employees into the Career, Education, and Management Supervisory Services without competition;

"(J) Eliminating any annuity offsets established by any law; or

"(K) Denying leave or rescinding approval of previously approved leave.".

(b) Section 5a(d) (D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01(d)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (3) is amended by striking the phrase "solely for the duration of the public health emergency; and" and inserting the phrase "solely for actions taken during the public health emergency;" in its place.

(2) Paragraph (4) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon in its place.

(3) New paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) are added to read as follows:

"(5) Waive application in the District of any law administered by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking if doing so is reasonably calculated to protect the health, safety, and welfare of District residents;

"(6) Authorize the use of crisis standards of care or modified means of delivery of health care services in scarce-resource situations; and

"(7) Authorize the Department of Health to coordinate health-care delivery for first aid within the limits of individual licensure in shelters or facilities as provided in plans and protocols published by the Department of Health.".

(b) Section 7 (D.C. Official Code § 7-2306) is amended by adding a new subsection (c-1) to read as follows:

"(c-1) Notwithstanding subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the Council authorizes the Mayor to extend the 15-day March 11, 2020, emergency executive order and public health emergency executive order ("emergency orders") issued in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) for an additional 30-day period. After the additional 30-day extension authorized by this subsection, the Mayor may extend the emergency orders for additional 15-day periods pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this subsection.".

(c) Section 8 (D.C. Official Code § 7-2307) is amended as follows:

(1) The existing text is designated as paragraph (1).

(2) New paragraphs (2) and (3) are added to read as follows:

"(2) The Mayor may revoke, suspend, or limit the license, permit, or certificate of occupancy of a person or entity that violates an emergency executive order.

"(3) For the purposes of this section a violation of a rule, order, or other issuance issued under the authority of an emergency executive order shall constitute a violation of the emergency executive order.".

Sec. 302. The Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation Establishment Act of 1996, effective May 21, 1997 (D.C. Law 11-268; D.C. Official Code § 31-101 et seq.), is amended by adding a new section 5a to read as follows:

"Sec. 5a. Emergency authority of the Commissioner during a declared public health emergency.

"(a) For the duration of a public health emergency declared by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), and to address the circumstances giving rise to that emergency, the Commissioner may issue emergency rulemakings, orders, or bulletins that:

"(1) Apply to any person or entity regulated by the Commissioner; and

"(2) Address:

"(A) Submission of claims or proof of loss;

"(B) Grace periods for payment of premiums and performance of other duties by insureds;

"(C) Temporary postponement of:

"(i) Cancellations;

"(ii) Nonrenewals; or

"(iii) Premium increases;

"(D) Modifications to insurance policies;

"(E) Insurer operations;

"(F) Filing requirements;

"(G) Procedures for obtaining nonelective health care services;

"(H) Time restrictions for filling or refilling prescription drugs;

"(I) Time frames applicable to an action by the Commissioner under this section;

"(J) Temporarily waiving application of laws, rulemakings, or requirements to ensure that depository services, non-depository services, and securities transactions can continue to be provided, including allowing for the opening of a temporary service location, which may be a mobile branch, temporary office space, or other facility; and

"(K) Any other activity related to insurance, securities, and banking and under the purview of the Commissioner reasonably calculated to protect the health, safety, and welfare of District residents during the public health emergency.

"(b) The Commissioner may require licensees to answer questions related to, and submit documentation of, the licensee's continuity of operations plan.

"(c) Emergency rulemakings, orders, and bulletins.

"(1)(A) To accomplish the purposes of this section, the Commissioner may issue an emergency rulemaking, order, or bulletin pursuant to this section specifying:

"(i) That the rulemaking, order, or bulletin is effective immediately;

"(ii) The line or lines of business, or the class or classes of licenses, to which the regulation, order, or bulletin applies;

"(iii) The geographic areas to which the regulation, order, or bulletin applies; and

"(iv) The period of time for which the regulation, order, or bulletin applies.

"(B) A regulation issued under paragraph (1)(A) of this section may not apply for longer than the duration of the effects of a declared public health emergency.".

Sec. 303. Public benefits extension and continued access.

Notwithstanding any provision of District law, the Mayor may extend the eligibility period for individuals receiving benefits, extend the timeframe for determinations for new applicants, and take such other actions as the Mayor determines appropriate to support continuity of, and access to, any public benefit program, including the DC Healthcare Alliance and Immigrant Children's program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, until 60 days after the end of a public health emergency declared by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), as allowable under federal law.

Sec. 304. Price gouging and stockpiling.

Title 28 of the District of Columbia Code is amended as follows:

(a) The table of contents is amended by adding a new section designation to read as follows:

"28-4102.01. Stockpiling.

(b) Section 28-4102(a)) is amended to read as follows:

"(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to charge more than the normal average retail price for any merchandise or service sold during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), or during an emergency resulting from a natural disaster declared pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.".

(c) A new section 28-4102.01 is added to read as follows:

"Sec. 28-4102.01. Stockpiling.

"It shall be unlawful for any person to purchase, in quantities greater than those specified by the Mayor, the Department of Health ("DOH"), the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency ("HSEMA"), or the federal government, goods that the Mayor, DOH, HSEMA, or the federal government have declared:

"(1) Necessary for first responders or others following a natural disaster or a declaration of a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01) ("public health emergency");

"(2) Necessary to maintain supply chains of commerce during a natural disaster or a public health emergency; or

"(3) Subject to rationing.".

(d) Section 28-4103 is amended as follows:

(1) Strike the phrase "§ 28-4102(a)" each time it appears and insert the phrase "§ 28-4102(a) or § 28-4102.01" in its place.

(2) A new subsection (c) is added to read as follows:

"(c) When the Office of the Attorney General brings a civil action for any violation of §​ 28-4102(a) or § 28-4102.01 under the authority granted in § 28-3909, the maximum penalty authorized by § 28-3909 shall be assessed for each such violation.".

Sec. 305. Disconnection of electric service.

The Retail Electric Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 1999, effective May 9, 2000 (D.C. Law 13-107; D.C. Official Code § 34-1501 et seq.), is amended by adding a new section 106b to read as follows:

"Sec. 106b. Disconnection of service during a public health emergency prohibited.

"(a) For the purposes of this section, the term "public health emergency" means a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).

"(b) An electric company shall not disconnect electric service for non-payment of a bill or fees during a public health emergency or for 15 calendar days thereafter.".

Sec. 306. Disconnection of gas service.

The Retail Natural Gas Supplier Licensing and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, effective March 16, 2005 (D.C. Law 15-227; D.C. Official Code § 34-1671.01 et seq.), is amended by adding a new section 7b to read as follows:

"Sec. 7b. Disconnection of service during a public health emergency prohibited.

"(a) For the purposes of this section, the term "public health emergency" means a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).

"(b) A gas company shall not disconnect gas service for non-payment of a bill or fees during a public health emergency or for 15 calendar days thereafter.".

Sec. 307. Disconnection of water service.

Section 103 of the District of Columbia Public Works Act of 1954, approved May 18, 1954 (68 Stat. 102; D.C. Code § 34-2407.01), is amended by adding a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c)(1) For the purposes of this subsection, the term "public health emergency" means a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).

"(2) During a public health emergency, or for 15 calendar days thereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of this act, the water supply to any property shall not be shut off for non-payment of a bill or fees.".

Sec. 308. Eviction prohibition.

(a) D.C. Official Code § 16-1502 is amended by striking the phrase "exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays" and inserting the phrase "exclusive of Sundays, legal holidays, and the period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01)," in its place.

(b) Section 501(k) of the Rental Housing Act of 1985, effective July 17, 1985 (D.C. Law 6-10; D.C. Official Code § 42-3505.01(k)), is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "; or" and inserting a semicolon in its place.

(2) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the period and inserting the phrase "; or" in its place.

(3) A new paragraph (3) is added to read as follows:

"(3) During a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).".

Sec. 309. Prescription drugs.

Section 208 of the District of Columbia Health Occupations Revision Act of 1985, effective March 25, 1986 (D.C. Law 6-99; D.C. Official Code § 3-1202.08), is amended by adding a new subsection (g-2) to read as follows:

"(g-2) An individual licensed to practice pharmacy pursuant to this act may authorize and dispense a refill of patient prescription medications prior to the expiration of the waiting period between refills to allow District residents to maintain an adequate supply of necessary medication during a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01). This subsection shall not apply to any patient prescription for which a refill otherwise would be prohibited under District law.".

Sec. 310. Extension of licenses and registrations; waiver of deadlines.

Notwithstanding any provision of law during, or within 45 days after the end of, a period time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor, may:

(1) Prospectively or retroactively extend the validity of a license, registration, permit, or authorization, including drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, professional licenses, registrations, and certifications;

(2) Waive the deadlines for filings, and waive fees, fines, and penalties associated with the failure to timely renew a license, registration, permit, or other authorization or to timely submit a filing; or

(3) Extend or waive the deadline by which action is required to be taken by the executive branch of the District government or by which an approval or disapproval is deemed to have occurred based on inaction by the executive branch of the District government.

Sec. 311. Homeless services.

The Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005, effective October 22, 2005 (D.C. Law 16-35; D.C. Official Code § 4-751.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 8(c-1) (D.C. Official Code § 4-753.02(c-1)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "not to exceed 3 days" and inserting the phrase "not to exceed 3 days; except, that during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor may place the family in an interim eligibility placement for a period not to exceed 60 days" in its place.

(2) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the phrase "and section 9(a)(20)" and inserting the phrase "and section 9(a)(20); except, that the Mayor may extend an interim eligibility placement to coincide with the period of a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01)" in its place.

(3) Paragraph (3) is amended by striking the phrase "within 12 days of the start of the interim eligibility placement" and inserting the phrase "within 12 days of the start of the interim eligibility placement; except, that during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor shall have 10 business days following the end of the public health emergency to issue the eligibility determination required by this paragraph" in its place.

(4) Paragraph (4) is amended by striking the phrase "start of an interim eligibility placement," and inserting the phrase "start of an interim eligibility placement, or as otherwise required by paragraph (3) of this subsection" in its place.

(b) Section 9(a)(14) (D.C. Official Code § 4-754.11(a)(14)) is amended by striking the phrase "and other professionals" and inserting the phrase "and other professionals, except, that the Mayor may waive the requirements of this provision for in-person meetings and communications during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01)" in its place.

(c) Section 10(1) (D.C. Official Code § 4-754.12(1)) is amended by striking the phrase "established pursuant to section 18" and inserting the phrase "established pursuant to section 18; except, that the Mayor may waive this provision during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01)" in its place.

(d) Section 19(c-2) (D.C. Official Code § 4-754.33(c-2)) is amended by striking the phrase "served on the client." and inserting the phrase "served on the client; except, that during a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Mayor may serve written notice via electronic transmission." in its place.

(e) Section 24(f) (D.C. Official Code § 4-754.38(f)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) is amended as follows:

(A) Subparagraph (A) is amended by striking the phrase "to the unit; or" and inserting the phrase "to the unit;" in its place.

(B) Subparagraph (B) is amended by striking the phrase "at the location" and inserting the phrase "at the location; or" in its place.

(C) A new subparagraph (C) is added to read as follows:

"(C) During a period of time for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), to prevent or mitigate the spread of contagious disease, as determined by the Department or provider.".

(2) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the phrase "to paragraph (1)(B)" and inserting the phrase "to paragraphs (1)(B) or (1)(C)" in its place.

Sec. 312. Tenant rights.

(a) The Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980, effective September 10, 1980 (D.C. Law 3-86, D.C. Official Code § 42-3401.01 et seq.), is amended by adding a new section 514 to read as follows:

"Sec. 514. All deadlines for tenants and tenant organizations to exercise rights under this act that will occur during a period of time for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01) ("public health emergency"), are extended to a date 30 days following the end of the public health emergency.".

(b) The Rental Housing Act of 1985, effective July 17, 1985 (D.C. Law 6-10; D.C. Official Code § 42-3501.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(1) Section 531(c) (D.C. Official Code § 42-3505.31(c)) is amended as follows:

(A) Paragraph (4) is amended by striking the phrase "late fee;" and inserting the phrase "late fee; or" in its place.

(B) Paragraph (5) is amended by striking the period and inserting the phrase "; or" in its place.

(C) A new paragraph (6) is added to read as follows:

"(6) Impose a late fee on a tenant during any month for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01)."

(2) A new section 910 is added to read as follows:

"Sec. 910. All deadlines for tenants and tenant organizations to exercise rights under this act that will occur during a period of time for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01) ("public health emergency"), are extended to a date 30 days following the end of the public health emergency.".

Sec. 313. Good time credits.

Section 3c(c) of the District of Columbia Good Time Credits Act of 1986, effective May 17, 2011 (D.C. Law 18-732; D.C. Official Code § 24-221.01c(c)), is amended by striking the phrase "this section combined" and inserting the phrase "this section combined; except, that during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the Department of Corrections shall have discretion to award additional credits beyond the limits described in this subsection to effectuate the immediate release of persons sentenced for misdemeanors, including pursuant to section 3 and this section, consistent with public safety.".

Sec. 314. Section 5115(l)(1) of the Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation Establishment Amendment Act of 2011, effective September 14, 2011 (D.C. Law 19-21; D.C. Official Code § 44-951.04.), is amended as follows:

(a) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "Subsections (a), (b)," and inserting the phrase "Except as provided in paragraph (1A), subsections (a), (b)," in its place.

(b) A new paragraph (1A) is added to read as follows:

"(1A) During the period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f) of this section shall expire if:

"(A) By September 15, 2019, the Board does not adopt a revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that has been certified by the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia as being balanced with a District operating subsidy of $22.14 million or less; or

"(B) At any time after September 30, 2020, a District operating subsidy of more than $15 million per year is required.".

TITLE IV. EDUCATION

Sec. 401. Section 206 of the Student Promotion Act of 2013, effective February 22, 2014 (D.C. Law 20-84; D.C. Official Code § 38-781.05), is amended by adding a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) The Chancellor shall have the authority to waive the requirements of subsection (a) of this section for any student who fails to meet the promotion criteria specified in the DCMR during a school year that includes a period of time for which the Mayor declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).".

Sec. 402. Section 104(d)(2) of the District of Columbia Education Research Practice Partnership Establishment and Audit Act of 2018, effective March 28, 2019 (D.C. Law 22-268; D.C. Official Code § 38-785.03(d)(2)), is amended by striking the phrase "timely manner" and inserting the phrase "timely manner; except, that upon the declaration of a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the meeting of the review panel shall be postponed until 7 business days following the end of the period of time for which the public health emergency was declared" in its place.

TITLE V. PUBLIC BODY MEETINGS

Sec. 501. Advisory Neighborhood Commission Meetings.

Section 14(b) of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975, effective March 26, 1976 (D.C. Law 1-58; D.C. Official Code § 1-309.11(b)), is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "by the Commission." and inserting the phrase "by the Commission; provided, that no meetings shall be required to be held during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), and the number of meetings required to be held in a given year shall be reduced by one for every 30 days that a public health emergency is in effect during the year.".

(2) A new paragraph (1B) is added to read as follows:

"(1B) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners may call a meeting and remotely participate in that meeting and vote on matters before the Commission without being physically present through a teleconference or through digital means identified by the Commission for this purpose. Members physically or remotely present shall be counted for determination of a quorum.".

Sec. 502. Other boards and commissions.

Notwithstanding any provision of law, during a period time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01):

(a) Any requirement for a board, commission, or other public body to meet is waived, unless the Mayor determines that it is necessary or appropriate for the board, commission, or other public body to meet during the period of the public health emergency, in which case the Mayor may order the board, commission, or other public body to meet;

(b) Any vacancy that occurs on a board or commission shall not be considered a vacancy for the purposes of nominating a replacement; and

(c) The review period for nominations transmitted to the Council for approval or disapproval in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Official Code § 1-523.01), shall be tolled.

Sec. 503. Freedom of Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act of 1976, effective March 29, 1977 (D.C. Law 1-96; D.C. Official Code § 2-531 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 202 (D.C. Official Code § 2-532) is amended as follows:

(1) Subsection (c) is amended as follows:

(A) Paragraph (1) is amended by striking the phrase "Sundays, and" and inserting the phrase "Sundays, days of a COVID-19 closure, and" in its place

(B) Paragraph (2)(A) is amended by striking the phrase "Sundays, and" and inserting the phrase "Sundays, days of a COVID-19 closure, and" in its place

(2) Subsection (d)(1) is amended by striking the phrase "Sundays, and" both times it appears and inserting the phrase "Sundays, days of a COVID-19 closure, and" in its place.

(b) Section 207(a) (D.C. Official Code § 2-537(a)) is amended by striking the phrase "Sundays, and" and inserting the phrase "Sundays, days of a COVID-19 closure, and" in its place.

(c) Section 209 (D.C. Official Code § 2-539) is amended by adding a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) "COVID-19 closure" means:

"(1) A period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01); or

"(2) A period of time during which a public body is closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, as determined by the personnel authority of the public body.".

Sec. 504. The Open Meetings Act, effective March 31, 2011 (D.C. Law 18-350; D.C. Official Code § 2-571 et seq.), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 405(a) (D.C. Official Code § 2-575(a)) is amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (2) is amended by striking the phrase "; or" and inserting a semicolon in its place.

(2) Paragraph (3) is amended by striking the period and inserting the phrase "; or" in its place.

(3) A new paragraph (4) is added to read as follows:

"(4) During a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), the public body takes steps reasonably calculated to allow the public to view or hear the meeting while the meeting is taking place, or, if doing so is not technologically feasible, as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.".

(b) Section 406 (D.C. Official Code § 2-576) is amended by adding a new paragraph (6) to read as follows:

"(6) The public posting requirements of paragraph (2)(A) of this section shall not apply during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).".

(c) Section 407(a)(1) (D.C. Official Code § 2-577(a)(1)) is amended by striking the phrase "attend the meeting;" and inserting the phrase "attend the meeting, or in the case of a meeting held during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), steps are taken that are reasonably calculated to allow the public to view or hear the meeting while the meeting is taking place, or, if doing so is not technologically feasible, as soon as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.".

(d) Section 408(b) (D.C. Official Code § 2-578(b)) is amended by adding a new paragraph (3) to read as follows:

"(3) The schedule provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection shall be tolled during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01).".

TITLE VI. COUNCIL AUTHORITY

Sec. 601. Budget submission requirements.

The Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2019, effective November 22, 2019 (Res. 23-268; 66 DCR 15372), is amended as follows:

(a) Section 2 is amended by striking the phrase "not later than March 19, 2020," and inserting the phrase "not later than May 6, 2020, unless another date is set by subsequent resolution of the Council" in its place.

(b) Section 3(2)(A) is amended by striking the phase "the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Local Budget Act of 2020," and inserting the phrase "the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Local Budget Act of 2020, the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Local Budget Emergency Act of 2020, the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Local Budget Temporary Act of 2020," in its place.

Sec. 602. Virtual meetings.

Section 367 of the Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period 23, effective January 2, 2019 (Res. 23-1; 66 DCR 272), is amended by striking the phrase "remote voting or proxy shall" and inserting the phrase "proxy shall" in its place.

Sec. 603. Grant budget modifications.

(a) The Council approves the acceptance, obligation, and expenditure by the Mayor of the federal, private, and other grants related to the Declaration of Public Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-045) and the Declaration of Public Health Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-046), both declared on March 11, 2020, submitted to the Council for approval and accompanied by a report by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer on or before March 17, 2020 pursuant to section 446B(b)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2040; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.46b(b)(1)).

(b) For purposes of section 446B(b)(1)(B) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2040; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.46b(b)(1)(B)), the Council shall be deemed to have reviewed and approved the acceptance, obligation, and expenditure of a grant related to the Declaration of Public Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-045) and the Declaration of Public Health Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-46), both declared on March 11, 2020, all or a portion of which is accepted, obligated, and expended for the purpose of addressing a public emergency, if:

(1) No written notice of disapproval is filed with the Secretary of the Council within 48 hours of the receipt of the report from the Chief Financial Officer under section 446B(b)(1)(A) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2040; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.46b(b)(1)(A)); or

(2) Such a notice of disapproval is filed within such deadline, the Council does not by resolution disapprove the acceptance, obligation, or expenditure of the grant within 5 calendar days of the initial receipt of the report from the Chief Financial Officer under section 446B(b)(1)(A) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2040; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.46b(b)(1)(A)).

TITLE VII. APPLICABILITY; FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT; EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 701. Applicability.

This act shall apply as of March 11, 2020.

Sec. 702. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 703. Effective date.

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), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.12(a)).