Legislation that provides for regulation and inspection of abortion clinics and other outpatient surgical facilities in the District has been signed by Mayor Walter E. Washington.
The measure, like all D.C. legislation except that enacted under emergency conditions, will go into effect after Congress reviews it, which takes about two months. Although COngress has veto power, it has not blocked any council measure in more than two years of home rule.
The abortion measure was introduce by Council Member Polly Shackleton (D-Ward 3), after the Planned Parenthood Association disclosed that a loophole in local law omits any public regulation of surgical facilities located outside hospitals.
Despite that problem, the association found that 10 of the 11 clinics it inspected last year met its standards.
The new bill provides for city regulation and inspections and requires clinics to make reports to health authorities. It sets an annual inspection fee of $100 for each clinic. Dental, dermatological and podiatric clinics are exempted from the measure.
Other legislation signed by the mayor:
Permits members of the D.C. police force to hold outside, part-time jobs for up to 24 hours a week in fields other than police work, and permits police officers to testify a legislative hearings under newly established ground rules.
Requires occupants of all nonresidential properties to keep sidewalks and tree spaces free to litter and requires, after July 1, 1980, all D.C. households to buy and use trash cans that meet design standards to be established later.
Prohibits water sports, except for fishing and boating, on the Potomac and Anacostic rivers, Rock Creek, the Washington Channel and Oxon Run.
Authorizes strict regulations, not yet prepared, for the storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste materials, including poisons and flammable liquids.
Authorizes the sales of a site on the northwest corner of Pennyslvania Avenue and John Marshall Place NW, across from the national Gallery of Art, for a new Canadian chancery (embassy office).
Empowers the mayor to declare energy emergencies in situations such as last year's natural gas shortage.
Permits persons at least 18 years old to form corporations - lowering the age from 21.
Exempts special police firms from the prohibition against the acquisition of handguns by private individuals.
Provides a free automobile license tag for veterans totally and permanently disabled during military service, affecting an estimated 579 persons currently.
Establishes a five-member board to regualte the public accounting profession.
Establishes a seven-member board to regulate occupational therapists.