David is committed to advancing ethics and elections reform while on the D.C. Council. He believes that if implemented properly these ideas will make the Council a more effective and accountable legislative body. Grosso has introduced and supported legislation to push this issue forward during his time on the Council.
- Public Financing of Campaigns: David introduced legislation in 2013 and again in 2015 to implement the public financing of campaigns in the District. He will continue to advocates for this and campaign finance reform more broadly, such as limiting the role of big donors in campaigns.
- Elections Reform: David is committed to strategies that will ensure more public engagement in the elections process. In January 2015, he reintroduced a bill to allow legal resident non-citizens to vote in our local elections. That same month, David reintroduced a legislation to mandate instant runoff elections. This bill was previously included in an elections reform package that David put forward in 2014, including the Open Primary Amendment Act and Clean Hands Elections Reform Amendment Act. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the bills, which Grosso continues to work on.
- Removal of Council Voting on Contracts: There is momentum on the Council to remove the Council votes on contracts of over $1 million. David will continue to vote “Present” on these contracts, while also committing time and effort towards helping to reform the operations of the Office of Contracts and Procurement.
- D.C. Statehood: It is offensive that the federal government still decides how D.C. can spend the money we raise through taxing D.C. residents and businesses, while our laws can be manipulated by a Congress where we have no voting representation. David is passionate about obtaining legislative and budget autonomy for D.C., and supports the demand for D.C. Statehood. It was David's idea to keep D.C. government running during the 2013 federal shutdown as a form of civil disobedience. He continues to advocate for a direct action approach to true home rule for the District.