first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — That foreboding black fence erected around the U.S. Capitol building has had an unintentional side effect: walling off the local government’s ability to enact new laws. Under terms of the District’s relationship with the federal government, physical paper copies of all new laws must be hand-delivered to Senate and House leadership. By Monday afternoon, the problem appeared to have been solved. But officials says the episode shines a light on the larger overall issue: the fact that D.C. isn’t a state and needs to run its local laws past Congress in the first place.last_img