Mayor Marion Barry's first veto, of a bill that would have permitted advertising on taxicab roof-tops, was sustained May 22 by the D.C. City Council.
The vote was eight in favor of overriding the veto to five for sustaining the mayor. When all 13 council members are present, it takes nine votes to override veto. The motion to override was offered by Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large), chairman of the council's Transportation and Environmental Affairs Committee and chief sponsor of the bill.
In his veto message, the mayor objected chiefly to the clutter he said would be created by the signs. The roll-call vote:
To override: Moore, David A. Clarke (D-Ward 1), Arrington Dixon (D-Chairman At Large), Willie J. Hardy D-Ward 7), Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4), Betty Ann Kane (D-At Large), Wilhelmina J. Rolark (D-Ward 8) and Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6).
To sustain: Hilda Mason (Statehood-At Large), John L. Ray (D-At Large), Polly Shackleton (D-Ward 3), William R. Spaulding (D-Ward 5) and John A. Wilson (D-Ward 2).
The council gave preliminary approval, by a vote of 11 to 2, to a bill that would prohibit smoking in retail stores and D.C. government assembly rooms. Final action is scheduled for June 5. The roll-call vote:
For the bill: Clarke, Dixon, Jarvis, Kane, Mason, Moore, Ray, Shackleton, Spaulding, Wilson and Winter.
Against the bill: Hardy and Rolark.
The council approved, 12 to 1, an emergency bill that extends for 90 days the moratorium on condominium conversions to cover so-called high-rent apartments. The roll-call vote:
For the bill: Clarke, Dixon, Hardy, Jarvis, Mason, Moore, Ray, Rolark, Shackleton, Spaulding, Wilson and Winter.
Against the bill: Kane.
By a voice vote, the council enacted a bill that will let advisory neighborhood commissioners run for three consecutive two-year terms, eliminating the former two-term limit.