The safety of Ward 7 constituents is always a priority for Councilmember Alexander. She and her Constituent Service staff work continuously with the Metropolitan Police Department – Sixth District, community organizations and appropriate District government agencies to prevent an increase in crime by addressing issues that can lead to potential illegal activity.
An advocate for the city’s youth who serves as a member of the Committee on Education, Councilmember Alexander continues to bring quality academic resources and tools to District schools. With her introduction of the Pre-K Student Discipline Amendment Act, suspensions and expulsions for early education students will be limited to situations that involve weapons or drugs or if bodily injuries occur.
As Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, Councilmember Alexander is instrumental in ensuring that all District residents have access to and receive quality health care services. She led the passage of the Not-for-Profit Hospital Corporation Certificate of Need Exemption Emergency Amendment Act, which paved the way for United Medical Center to launch mobile health units that will provide full primary care services for residents in Wards 7 and 8.
Today Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander (Ward 7) along with Councilmembers Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5) introduced the Sporting Events Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Restriction Amendment Act of 2016.
The proposed legislation would prohibit smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco and snuff, at stadiums and arenas designed for organized sporting events.
During today’s additional legislative meeting of the Council, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander (Ward 7) voted in favor of permanently banning marijuana clubs. The measure, passed by a 7 – 6 vote, prohibits marijuana consumption in private clubs or in venues where the public is invited.
Currently, marijuana is decriminalized under Initiative 71.
Immediately after Walmart’s announcement to close 269 stores globally and pull away from projects at the site of Capital Gateway Marketplace and Skyland Town Center, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander (Ward 7) was outraged. However, she saw this as an opportunity to court other major retailers to what is considered prime locations in Ward 7.
It was another successful year for Councilmember Alexander’s turkey giveaway as nearly 2,000 Ward 7 residents received a turkey for Thanksgiving. The annual event took place at the Deanwood Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 24. Each year various organizations join Councilmember Alexander and contribute donations of turkeys to be distributed.