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DC budget referendum about to become law

Tuesday - 7/23/2013, 4:30am  ET

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort by District of Columbia residents to give the city government more control over its municipal budget is about to reach a milestone.

This spring, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the district charter that would allow city leaders to spend local tax revenue without approval by Congress.

The review period during which Congress could pass a resolution invalidating the referendum is expected to end this week. No such resolution has been introduced.

After the review period is over, the referendum will be added to the charter. But it doesn't take effect until next year, and there are still ways it could be overturned.

Kimberly Perry, executive director of DC Vote, says the group is "celebrating, but cautiously." DC Vote is one of the groups that pushed the referendum.


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