The hearing for Bill 19-567: The Prostitution Free Zone Amendement Act was on January 24 and it went so great! We had the room stacked with people testifying against the law. It was a triumphant moment, and everyone made very compelling arguments against making the PFZ’s permanent.
But the most surprising turn of events was when assistant police chief Peter Newsham came up to the podium to testify against the amendment, saying that “we cannot arrest our way out of the...problem,” and that “at the end of the day, there’s got to be a better approach.” In addition to many community groups saying the PFZs are violate the constitution, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General also said so.
Further action is not yet planned on the bill, but we will keep you posted. We hope that will the impact of your signatures and the events at the hearing, this bill will die a lonely death. Thanks for all you have done!