Mayor Marion Barry signed a variety of bills last week of interest to boxing fans, architects, small landlords, people who work at the Convention Center and D.C. City Council members.
The bills, which go into effect after a 30-day period of congressional review, would:
Take less of a percentage for the city from big boxing and wrestling matches. The purpose is to encourage more such events to come to the District.
Exempt from rent control requirements anyone who owns five or fewer condominium or cooperative units.
Increase the fee for architects licensing exams from $80 to $290.
Limit pay increases for City Council members to 5 percent in fiscal 1984.
Put workers at the Washington Convention Center under a District personnel law that doesn't allow them to strike, rather than under federal laws that do.
Prohibit reductions in funding for advisory neighborhood commissions.
The council apparently has not yet tired of expressing its spirited but inconsequential objections to the mayor's reprogramming of funds among agencies to live within the fiscal 1983 budget.
Last week, the council disapproved a series of reprogrammings--on job training, recreation, the corporation counsel's office, the healing arts commission and the school transit subsidy--but first acknowledged that the mayor can ignore the action and simply tell the agencies to spend less.
Further, the council's committee on public services and cable television is considering an expression of its unhappiness with a planned transfer of $172,600 from the Office of Human Rights to other human support service agencies.
Office director Anita Shelton told the committee this week the office will have to keep five positions vacant, something that committee chairman Betty Ann Kane (D-At Large) said gives her great concern.
The office has 316 cases pending, 24 of which are more than a year old, but most are resolved within four months, Shelton said.
Shelton also said the office has no bar-certified lawyers, which she concluded has "a chilling effect on the services rendered."
Meanwhile, council chairman David A. Clarke introduced legislation to change the way the reprogrammings come to the council so members will have more control over the mayor's budget changes.
Council member Polly Shackleton (D-Ward 3) has introduced three medical malpractice bills at the request of the D.C. Medical Society.
One would limit the time in which malpractice actions could be brought to two years.
Another would reduce malpractice awards by the amount of compensation the injured party gets from other sources, such as insurance, and would allow payments of malpractice awards to be made in monthly installments over a person's lifetime.
A third would establish standards for expert medical testimony in malpractice cases.
D.C. merchants and other property owners could be compensated for up to $10,000 in uninsured damages from rioting and looting connected with city-authorized parades and demonstrations, under a bill introduced by council member John A. Wilson (D-Ward 2).
The measure was offered at the request of Big Wheel Bikes, a downtown store that suffered damages last November in the looting that followed an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally.
Criminal acts committed within a 10-block radius of such a parade or demonstration would be covered by the legislation.