Congress is always watching


A House panel’s interest in marijuana legislation shows that there’s no escaping the curiosity of Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Sometime next month the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the District’s recently passed marijuana decriminalization law, according to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D). That, Norton warns, could be the first step toward possible congressional intervention to overturn the law. Now, the committee hasn’t even scheduled the hearing yet, and it says any examination of the District’s marijuana laws would be part of a broader effort to examine the federal government’s interplay with lax local drug laws. And the likelihood that both houses of Congress and a Democratic president will together act before the law goes into effect in July are virtually nil. So why is Congress taking a look? Because it can. More from Roll CallDCist and HuffPo.

In other news:

Soon-to-be-former DCRA chief Nick Majett will be Rushern Baker’s right hand in Prince George’s County (The Washington Post)

In fight for CBS Radio, suburban Prince George’s just couldn’t compete (WBJ)

No motive found in National Zoo shooting, only speculation (Post)

Courtland Milloy: “Imagine the uproar if a stray bullet had hit the panda” (Post column)

Unnamed Republican lawyer is “eager” to run for mayor, D.C. GOP chair says (Newsmax)

None of the 58 nonprofits funding through the City Fund program are LGBT-oriented (BladeMetro Weekly)

Budget autonomy lawsuit will be heard by trial judge May 14 (Loose Lips)

Federal audit of WMATA reveals “a mess — a mess of Metro’s own making” (Post editorial)

There’s an app for the school boundary review (GGWWAMU-FM)

D.C. corrections officer is charged with smuggling contraband (Post)

REAL ID licenses: what you need to know (Express)

Public meeting tomorrow on MLK Library redevelopment plan (AP)

A five-story apartment building next to a two-story rowhouse isn’t the end of the world (RPUS)

A “depressed” E Street sure would have been depressing (Ghosts of DCGGW)

Chris Brown assault trial should finally start today (PostAP)

MPD will reassess fire policy after NYC cop’s death (WSJ)

Metro and Pepco get in on the sustainability game (PlanItMetroWJLA-TV)

Anacostia Park gets an “outdoor gym” (WJLA-TV)

The future of the TruOrleans space is … complicated (Young & Hungry)

“DC Cool” campaign features Le Diplomate, natch (City Desk)

Kids these days, with their Dinner Labs (GOG)

The $97,000 one-car garage (Housing Complex)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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