A U.S. House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said would provide the biggest expansion of D.C. home rule in nearly 50 years.
The bill would give D.C. the exclusive authority to prosecute, and grant clemency for, D.C. crimes.
In the District of Columbia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is unique — it serves as both the local and federal prosecutor for D.C.
Norton’s legislation would also eliminate a congressional review for D.C. legislation, which is required for measures passed by the D.C. Council.