WASHINGTON – Members of the D.C. Council are meeting for the first time since the council voted to amend its code of conduct, banning profanity and “abusive language directed at another Councilmember.”
The profanity ban came after an argument between Councilmembers Marion Barry and David Catania almost came to blows.
Tuesday’s breakfast meeting is first meeting since federal agents raided the offices of the city’s largest contractor as part of a city corruption investigation. Jeffrey Thompson, owner of Chartered Health Plan, is political donor, who helped finance the campaigns of several D.C. politicians, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and former Mayor Adrian Fenty.
WTOP’s Mark Segraves is tweeting what’s happening at the breakfast, and will tweet what happens at the council meeting that follows.
At that meeting, the council will vote on several issues, including easing handgun registration requirements and a resolution urging the federal government to require the nation’s cell providers to “brick” stolen phones. “Bricking” is when phone companies disable a stolen phone so that it can’t be used again. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says doing so would make cellphones less attractive to thieves.