Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit a firm from receiving District contracts for five years if it does not comply with a council subpoena.
The legislation, which has several co-sponsors, is directed at Banneker Ventures, the company awarded the controversial contract to oversee the construction of more than a dozen recreational facilities.
A. Scott Bolden, an attorney for Banneker principal Omar Karim, informed Thomas last week that Karim would not appear at a hearing on the issue Wednesday. In a letter, he said Karim had a scheduling conflict and added that the subpoena is broad and burdensome.
-- Nikita Stewart