Summary: H.R.5521 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House without amendment (10/02/2002)

District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2003 - Makes appropriations to the District of Columbia for FY 2003, including amounts for the Federal payments: (1) for District of Columbia Resident Tuition Support; (2) for emergency planning and security costs in the District; (3) to District of Columbia Courts; (4) for Defender Services in District of Columbia Courts; (5) to the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (including transfer of funds); (6) to the Department of Transportation in the District; (7) to the Chief Financial Officer of the District; (8) to continue improvements on the Potomac Southwest Waterfront; (9) to reimburse Fairfax County, Virginia, for asbestos remediation on the former site of the Lorton Correctional Complex; (10) to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to repair, renovate, and rehabilitate fire stations in need of capital improvements; (11) to the D.C. Public Education System for special education transportation services and satellite facilities; (12) to the Credit Enhancement Revolving Fund; (13) for the Family Literacy Program; (14) to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority to begin implementing the Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Plan; and (15) for capital infrastructure development.

Appropriates specified sums out of the District's general fund and/or other funds for the current fiscal year for: (1) operating expenses (with limitations); (2) governmental direction and support; (3) economic development and regulation; (4) public safety and justice; (5) the public education system (including transfer of funds); (6) human support services (including transfer of funds); (7) public works; (8) the Reserve; (9) the Emergency and Contingency Reserve Fund; (10) repayment of certain loans and interest; (11) repayment of General Fund Recovery Debt; (12) payment of interest on short-term borrowing; (13) for principal and interest payments on the District's Certificates of Participation, issued to finance the ground lease underlying the building located at One Judiciary Square; (14) refunds and for the payment of legal settlements or judgments that have been entered against the District government; (15) the John A. Wilson Building; (16) workforce investments; (17) the Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund; (18) for certain non-departmental agency costs; (19) pay-as-you-go capital in lieu of capital financing; (20) for the District's costs of public safety expenses related to National Special Security Events and for the costs of providing support to respond to immediate and specific terrorist threats or attacks in the District or surrounding jurisdictions; (21) the Water and Sewer Authority; (22) the Washington Aqueduct; (23) the Stormwater Permit Compliance Enterprise Fund; (24) the Lottery and Charitable Games Enterprise Fund; (25) the Sports and Entertainment Commission; (26) the District of Columbia Retirement Board; (27) the Washington Convention Center Enterprise Fund; (28) the National Capital Revitalization Corporation; and (29) capital outlay (including rescissions).

Sets forth authorized or prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this Act identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2002.

(Sec. 117) 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. 118) Bars the use of funds under 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. 123) Prohibits the use of Federal funds contained in this Act: (1) by the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel or any other District government officer or entity to provide assistance for any petition drive or civil action which seeks to require Congress to provide for voting representation in Congress for the District; (2) for any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug (requires individuals or entities who do so to account for all funds used for such program separately from any funds contained in this Act); (3) 60 days after its enactment to pay the salary of any chief financial officer of any District government office who has not filed a certification with the Mayor and Chief Financial Officer that the officer understands the duties and restrictions applicable, including reports required as a result of this Act or its amendments; or (4) to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act or any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) derivative.

(Sec. 126) Provides that the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1998, also known as Initiative 59, approved by the electors of the District on November 3, 1998, shall not take effect.

(Sec. 127) Provides that nothing in this Act may be construed to prevent the Council or the Mayor of the District of Columbia from addressing the issue of the provision of contraceptive coverage by health insurance plans. Expresses the intent of Congress that any legislation enacted on such issue should include a "conscience clause" which provides exceptions for religious beliefs and moral convictions.

(Sec. 128) Requires the Superior Court of the District of Columbia or the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to assign interest on a voucher submitted by a court-appointed attorney for payment if the voucher is not paid within 45 days of its submission.

(Sec. 129) Requires the Mayor to report quarterly to specified congressional committees on the following District issues: (1) crime; (2) access to drug abuse treatment; (3) management of parolees and pre-trial violent offenders; (4) education; (5) improvement in basic District services, including rat control and abatement; (6) application for and management of Federal grants; and (7) indicators of child well-being.

(Sec. 130) Postpones from October 1 to February 15 of each fiscal year the deadline by which the Mayor must deposit in cash into the contingency reserve fund the amount required to maintain a fund balance of at least three percent of the total budget appropriated for operating expenditures for such fiscal year which is derived from local funds.

(Sec. 132) Prohibits the funds contained in this Act from being used to issue, administer, or enforce any order by the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights relating to docket numbers 93-030-(PA) and 93-031-(PA) (In The Matter Of: Roland D. Pool and Michael S. Geller (Boy Scouts' Policy of Excluding Homosexuals)).

(Sec. 133) Prohibits the transfer of any Federal funds to any Federal department, agency, or instrumentality, except pursuant to a transfer made by, or transfer authority provided in, this Act or any other appropriation Act.

(Sec. 134) Requires that all funds from the Crime Victims Compensation Fund designated for outreach activities be deposited in the Crime Victims Assistance Fund for such purposes.

(Sec. 135) Requires the District of Columbia Courts to transfer to the D.C. Treasury all fines levied and collected by the Courts in cases charging Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Impaired. Requires the Office of the Corporation Counsel to use such funds for enforcement and prosecution of District traffic alcohol laws.

(Sec. 136) Prohibits any reprogramming of amounts in the annual budget adopted for a non-control fiscal year, unless: (1) the Mayor submits a request for reprogramming to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO); (2) the CFO certifies to the Council the availability of the funds for such reprogramming; and (3) the Council approves.

(Sec. 137) Allows funds appropriated in this Act to any agency to be transferred to the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (OLRCB) to pay for OLRCB representation in third-party cases, grievances, and dispute resolution.

(Sec. 138) Requires the District of Columbia to submit to Congress a revised financial plan and budget for the District Government FY 2003 that will ensure a balanced budget.