Because of the District’s status as a federal colony of sorts, any law that the Council passes has to be sent to Capitol Hill for 30 days of congressional review. (In some cases, the review period is 60 days.) Of course, that’s not just 30 normal days -- it’s 30 legislative days, or those days that the House of Representatives is actually in session.

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