Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015

According to a story by @MarkLeeDC in the Washington Blade New legislation by D.C. Council members Vincent Orange and Mary Cheh  introduced the following Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015

This requires them “to measure the noise levels emanating from their establishments once an hour from the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. every night they are open to the public and require the establishment to report those measurements to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).” Businesses would be required to purchase a “decibel meter” to measure the sound level outside the establishment “and record the decibel levels on a form prescribed by ABRA [that] must be submitted … on a weekly basis.”

Businesses failing to file weekly reports or supposedly self-reporting violations of the city’s noise ordinance would be subject to a four-step violation schedule ascending from a warning to a fine to license suspension and revocation. It’s a paper-pusher’s dream and a taxpayer’s nightmare, and a small business operator’s new burden to bear. –

Also, as data jockeys we can tell you that DC is totally without a protocol to make this happen and it would take the 3rd team that re-rebuilt the website to get this off the ground.    The blade goes into the math needless to say that this is ill conceived and should at best be withdrawn from the council agenda.

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How to advocate for the District to make an informed decision.

Read the Act

  • B21-196, the “Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015”.

Attend the  BCRA Public Hearing on Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015

  • Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00AM Room 500

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify at the public hearing are asked to contact Faye Caldwell of the Committee on Business,Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs at (202) 727-6683 or by email at and provide their name(s), address, telephone number, email address and organizational affiliation, if any, by close of business Monday,July 6, 2015.

  • Use #STOPNRAA15 on social media and reach out to you DC Council members especially Mary and Vince.

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