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Passed Senate amended (07/01/1999)

District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2000 - Makes appropriations for the District of Columbia for FY 2000, including amounts for: (1) the Federal payment to the District of Columbia Corrections Trustee Operations; (2) the Federal payment to the District of Columbia courts; (3) the Federal payment to the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia; (4) the Federal payment for District of Columbia Resident Tuition Support; and (5) the Federal payment to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Appropriates specified sums out of the District's general fund (and other funds, in some cases) for the current fiscal year for: (1) governmental direction and support; (2) economic development and regulation; (3) public safety and justice; (4) the public education system; (5) human support services; (6) public works; (7) receivership programs; (8) workforce investments; (9) a reserve to be established by the Chief Financial Officer of the District and the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (Authority); (10) the Authority itself; (11) repayment of certain loans and interest; (12) repayment of General Fund Recovery Debt; (13) payment of interest on short-term borrowing; (14) lease payments in accordance with the Certificates of Participation involving the land site underlying the building located at One Judiciary Square; and (15) optical and dental insurance payments.

Authorizes the District of Columbia Public Schools to spend a specified sum to engage in a Schools Without Violence program based on a model developed by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Directs the Chief Financial Officer to: (1) finance projects totaling $20 million in local funds (Productivity Bank) that result in cost savings or additional revenues by a amount equal to such financing; (2) make reductions totaling $20 million in local funds to be allocated to projects funded through the Productivity Bank that produce such cost savings or additional revenues; and (3) make reductions of specified amounts for general supply schedule savings and for management reform savings, in local funds to one or more of the appropriation headings in this Act (if the Mayor proposes and the Council approves the management reform savings).

Appropriates specified sums for: (1) the Water and Sewer Authority and the Washington Aqueduct; (2) the Lottery and Charitable Games Enterprise Fund; (3) the Sports and Entertainment Commission; (4) the D.C. Health and Hospitals Public Benefit Corporation; (5) the D.C. Retirement Board; (6) the Correctional Industries Fund; (7) the Washington Convention Center Enterprise Fund; and (8) capital outlay (including rescissions).

Sets forth authorizations as well as limitations and prohibitions on the uses of appropriations under this Act, and directives to the Mayor, the Council, and the Board of Education identical with or similar to those in the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1999.

(Sec. 129) Prohibits the expenditure of funds appropriated under this Act for abortions except where the mother's life would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or in cases of rape or incest.

(Sec. 130) Bars the use of funds made available by this Act to implement or enforce: (1) the District of Columbia Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992 (also known as the District Domestic Partner Act); or (2) any system of registration of unmarried, cohabiting couples for purposes of extending them benefits on the same basis as such benefits are extended to legally married couples.

(Sec. 146) Prohibits the use of funds contained in this Act after April 1, 2000, to transfer or confine inmates classified above the medium security level, as defined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons classification instrument, to the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center located in Youngstown, Ohio.

(Sec. 149) Authorizes the Mayor to use specified funds to provide offsets against local taxes for commercial revitalization in empowerment zones and low and moderate income areas.

(Sec. 150) Directs the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, to: (1) implement the notice of decision approved by the National Capital Regional Director, dated April 7, 1999, including its provisions concerning the issuance of right-of-way permits at market rates; and (2) expend necessary sums to carry out this mandate.

Declares that a Federal agency receiving an application to locate a wireless communications antenna on Federal property in the District of Columbia or surrounding area over which the Federal agency exercises control shall take final action on the application, including action on the issuance of right-of-way permits at market rates. Authorizes such agency, in making such decision, to consider, but not be bound by, any decision or recommendation of the National Capital Planning Commission or any other area commission or authority.

(Sec. 151) Declares the sense of the Senate that, in considering the District of Columbia's FY 2001 budget, the Senate will take into consideration progress or lack of progress in addressing specified issues, including crime, access to drug abuse treatment, management of parolees and pretrial violent offenders, education, improvement in basic city services, application for and management of Federal grants, and indicators of child well-being.

(Sec. 152) Urges the Mayor, before using Federal Medicaid payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) to serve a small number of childless adults, to consider the recommendations of the Health Care Development Commission.

(Sec. 153) Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on the law enforcement, court, prison, probation, parole, and other components of the criminal justice system of the District of Columbia, in order to identify the components most in need of additional resources, including financial, personal, and management resources.

(Sec. 154) Amends the District of Columbia Code to require the Board of Parole to: (1) issue an arrest warrant for any prisoner convicted of a crime of violence and released on parole if the Board, or any member, has reliable information (including positive drug test results) that the prisoner has illegally used a controlled substance at any time during the term or terms of the prisoner's sentence; and (2) terminate such parole if, after a hearing, the Board determines that such information is true.