Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–602. Publication prerequisite for effectiveness of Council acts and resolutions.

No act or resolution shall be effective until the act or resolution has been published in the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, except that any emergency act or resolution approved pursuant to § 1-204.12(a), any resolution to approve or disapprove proposed actions pursuant to § 1-204.12(a)(2) or § 1-204.90(a)(1), or any resolution that pertains to the internal operation or organization of the Council shall be effective without prior publication, but shall be published as soon as practicable.


(Oct. 8, 1975, D.C. Law 1-19, title II, § 204, 22 DCR 2058; Oct. 30, 1975, D.C. Law 1-27, § 4, 22 DCR 2472; Apr. 7, 1977, D.C. Law 1-115, § 2, 23 DCR 8744; Mar. 6, 1979, D.C. Law 2-153, § 6(c), 25 DCR 6960; Mar. 15, 1990, D.C. Law 8-89, § 2, 37 DCR 644; Feb. 5, 1994, D.C. Law 10-68, § 8, 40 DCR 6311; Oct. 19, 2002, D.C. Law 14-213, § 5, 49 DCR 8140; Mar. 13, 2004, D.C. Law 15-105, § 27, 51 DCR 881.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1602.

1973 Ed., § 1-1602.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-2302.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-213 substituted “§§ 1-204.12(a)(2), and 1-204.90(a)(1)” for “§ 1-204.12(a)(2)”.

D.C. Law 15-105 validated a previously made technical correction.

Cross References

Motor vehicles and traffic, moving infractions, exceptions, criminal offenses, amendment of municipal code by publication, see § 50-2302.02.

Publication and codification of acts of D.C. Council, requirements, see § 1-204.04.

Editor's Notes

Publication requirement exemption: Section 5 of D.C. Law 16-300 provided: “Notwithstanding section 8 of this act and sections 204 and 308(b) of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act, effective March 6, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-153; D.C. Official Code §§ 2-602 and 2-558(b)), the text, maps, and graphics of the District elements of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital, as amended by this act, need not be published in the District of Columbia Register to become effective.”