2B/Dupont was a 4-4 tie on a resolution to recommend the continuation of a reduced version of the current moratorium. Under normal parliamentary procedure, such a tie would mean that a motion (in this case, a motion to continue a reduced version of the moratorium) would fail. However, the ANC2B
The vote on the resolution recommending continuation of the moratorium was:
For: Stephens, Abigail Nichols (05), Kishan Putta (04), and Kevin O'Connor (02).
Against: Leo Dwyer (07), Mike Feldstein (01), Stephanie Maltz (03), and Noah Smith (09).
Not voting was Commissioner Mike Silverstein (06). Silverstein
The resolution now goes to DC's Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board, which will make the final decision on the moratorium.
The resolution as passed has two significant points that mark the continued slow decline of the power and use of liquor license moratoriums. First, the resolution recommends that the liquor license moratorium be lifted completely for restaurants, legally defined as establishments that make more than half their revenues from food. Second, the moratorium will run for three years, instead of the possible maximum of five. See a draft of the resolution (.pdf) here.
Debate over the moratorium was long and took up most of the meeting. Before the debate on the resolution described above, Abigail Nichols put up a rival resolution requesting a 90-day emergency extension of the moratorium while the ANC looked into the matter further. The motion went down to defeat by a vote of 7-1, with Nichols as the only vote in favor. Similarly, a separate motion by Nichols to make the moratorium that passed five years, instead of three, died when there was no second.
The ANC meeting was held last night (August 14) at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Some background on this story is available here.
Further reporting on activity from this meeting will follow.