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The DC Code: § 1-301.45 Construction of terms set forth in acts and resolutions.

Index1 Government Organization. (Refs & Annos)

For the purposes of any act or resolution of the Council of the District of Columbia, unless specifically provided otherwise:

1
Words importing the singular include and apply to several persons, parties, or things.
2
Words importing the plural include the singular.
3
With regard to resolutions, words importing 1 gender include and apply to the other gender as well.
4
Words used in the present tense include the future as well as the present.
5
The words "person" and "whoever" include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals.
6
"Officer" includes any person authorized by law to perform the duties of the office.
7
"Signature" or "subscription" includes a mark when the person making it intended that mark as such.
8
"Oath" includes affirmation, and "sworn" includes affirmed.
9
"Writing" includes printing and typewriting and reproductions of visual symbols by photographing, multigraphing, mimeographing, manifolding, or otherwise.
10
The words "include" and "including" mean " includes, but not limited to" and "including, but not limited to".
11
Words such as "stepparent," "stepmother," "stepfather," " stepchild," "stepsister," and "stepbrother" are used to indicate a category of a family step-relationship created when an individual who is a parent of a child:
A
Marries an individual who is not a parent of that child; or
B
Becomes a domestic partner of an individual who is not a parent of that child by registering the domestic partnership pursuant to § 32-702.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 1-230. 1973 Ed., § 1-146a. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 16-91 added par. (10). D.C. Law 17-231 added par. (11). Legislative History of Laws Law 1-17 was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 1-58, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 29, 1975 and May 13, 1975, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on June 19, 1975, it was assigned Act No. 1-23 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. Law 4-111 was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 4-374, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on March 9, 1982 and March 23, 1982, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on April 12, 1982, it was assigned Act No. 4-174 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. Law 16-91, the "Technical Amendments Act of 2005", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 16-477 which was referred to the Committee on the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 1, 2005, and November 15, 2005, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on November 30, 2005, it was assigned Act No. 16-212 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 16-91 became effective on April 7, 2006. Law 17-231, the "Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 17-135, which was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 1, 2008, and May 6, 2008, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on June 6, 2008, it was assigned Act No. 17-403 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 17-231 became effective on September 12, 2008. DC CODE § 1-301.45 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Sept. 23, 1975, D.C. Law 1-17, § 2, 22 DCR 1990; June 4, 1982, D.C. Law 4-111, § 2(b), 29 DCR 1684; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 105, 52 DCR 10637; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 2, 55 DCR 6758.)