2019 DC Laws You Need to Know

With the new year, comes new beginnings…. and new laws. Here are the top laws that you need to be aware of in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 year!

Transportation: 

  • Unless otherwise signed, all roadways adjacent to schools, youth facilities will have a 15 MPH speed limit from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Unless otherwise signed, all roadways adjacent to recreation facilities, playgrounds, pools, athletic fields, and senior centers will have a 15 MPH speed limit from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • A three point penalty and a $500 fine will be issued for drivers who overtake a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian.
  • Speeding 30 MPH in excess of the speed limit is a criminal offense, and speeding 26 MPH in excess of the speed limit will carry additional fines on highways and typical roadways.

Environment: 

  • Businesses and organizations selling or serving food or beverages in the District are no longer allowed to provide single-use plastic straws or stirrers to consumers.

Education:

Health Care:

  • The Individual Responsibility Requirement, which demonstrates the Bowser Administration’s commitment to the Affordable Care Act and goes into effect January 1, requires everyone in the District to have health insurance coverage.

To read more about the new laws that took place on Jan. 1, 2019, refer to Serve DC‘s article, “Mayor Bowers Highlights Key 2019 Regulations, Underscoring Her Commitment to Change that Reflects our Shared DC Values” here.

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