Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Linda Speaks--And It Passes!

I’m listening to the DC Council hearing now.

Cropp began by reciting her accomplishments and the list of ‘concessions’ she got from baseball--most of them amount to little, such as additional days for the use of the facility.

Then she listed the agreement they’ve reached and the conditions she’ll support the amended bill (One without the sunset provision that would’ve killed public financing.)

They’re the same things we heard this morning:
--Insurance costs split 50/50 with MLB
--No penalty for liability related to acts of God
--Liability for lack of construction reduced to just 1 rent-free year (Roughly $5 million)

She claims it’s a savings of around $193 million.

Don't tick off Carol Schwartz. She's an angry woman. She's offended that the council is taking hits because of the perception that they had backed away from a deal before--even though many of them weren't involved in the initial negotiations.

FENTY'S SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT???? What The? The whole reason he and Catania didn't get slammed was because they were consistent. NOW they're supporting it? Ugh. Although doesn't appear that he's going to support the final bill? Weird.

Yeah... Catania clarified that he'll be supporting the amendment, but opposing the bill. I guess that makes sense. Fenty wasn't nearly as clear though.

They've approved two amendments, which include all those provisions. If all goes well, they'll soon vote on final passage.

IT PASSES! We've got our team back!


  • If I can remember my parliamentary procedure, the final vote by Brazil was his attempt to make sure that they couldn't table final discussion on the bill in a last ditch effort to kill the bill.

    The vote right after that was purely for budgetary purposes--it didn't have any real effect on the bill.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/21/2004 2:25 PM  

  • What it could be useful for?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/19/2005 1:37 PM  

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