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Norton's First Three Bills Challenge Congress to Give D.C. Full Citizenship Rights

January 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced three bills providing different approaches to congressional representation and full democracy for the more than 600,000 citizens of the District of Columbia who pay income and other taxes to support the federal government, but have no full voting representation in Congress.  The three bills, the New Columbia Admission Act (providing for statehood), the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act (authorizing Senate and House seats), and the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (giving the city a House vote), have all had majority support in the city in the past and emerged from Norton's Community Conversations, held in all eight wards, as approaches residents continue to support.

The elimination of the city's vote in the Committee of the Whole last week by the new Republican majority, despite approval of the city's vote by the federal courts, demonstrates that consideration of any of these bills will not occur at this time. However, Norton said in her statement of introduction that these bills, all embraced by residents during different periods in the past, "lay down a marker of our determination to never relent or retreat until we have obtained each and every right to which we are entitled, whether through the frustration and anguish of the incrementalism that Congress has always forced upon us or with the full and complete set of rights, which, would be achieved through statehood."

In the Community Conversations, residents who embraced each of these bills in the past, depending on which seemed timely and possible, continued to support these approaches.  The New Columbia Admissions Act, to make the District the 51st state, New Columbia, got significant support in the House in 1993 in the only vote held by either house on statehood.  However, after the city asked the federal government to take over the cost of some state functions and Republicans took control of the House, Norton moved on to introduce a bill to give the city equal voting representation in the House and Senate, introduced today as the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act.  With continuing Republican control, she joined with then Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) to introduce the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act.  This bill for a vote in the House had large majorities in the House and Senate. and likely would be law now except for a dangerous gun amendment that delayed its passage.

Norton said that she was introducing these three bills at the same time to deliver a direct message to Congress of no retreat and to help continue the momentum achieved here and throughout the country during the past few years, when the D.C. House Voting Rights Act came close to passage.  Norton said in her introductory statement, "We accept no imposed limit on our equal rights as American citizens, and we will pursue them all until the day when there is no difference in citizenship between the residents of the District of Columbia and other American citizens."

Norton's full statement introducing the bills follows.

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Statement of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on the Introduction of the New Columbia Admission Act, the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act and the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act

January 12, 2011

Ms. Norton. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce three bills that provide different approaches for obtaining congressional representation and full democracy for the more than 600,000 American citizens who reside in the nation's capital and pay the full array of federal taxes that support the government of the United States, but have no voting representation in Congress.  These bills are the New Columbia Admission Act, the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act (formerly titled the No Taxation Without Representation Act) and the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act.  These are the first bills of our Free and Equal D.C.series -- bills that address the missing rights to self-government and democracy that other American citizens enjoy -- to be introduced in the coming weeks.  I have introduced all three of these bills during different periods in the past.  I introduce them today after listening to residents at the many Community ConversationsI have held in each ward of the District since a dangerous gun amendment -- which would have eliminated all of the District's gun laws and would have done much more -- forced delay of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act in April 2010.

These Community Conversations, as well as other constituent meetings and correspondence, have indicated that these three bills have significant support among D.C. residents.  I introduce them today, a week after the new House majority eliminated the District's vote in the Committee of the Whole, despite a finding by the federal courts that this vote is constitutional.  Recognizing that the House would not consider any approach to representation and full democracy for D.C. residents at this time, I am introducing bills that each had majority support in the District among residents during the years that each was under consideration.  D.C. residents, in their quest for full democracy, have always embraced the approach that appeared most timely and possible.  Because we are blocked from pursuing any approach at this time, I am introducing the bills that residents have indicated would have their continued support.   These bills send a direct message to Congress that residents are undeterred in the pursuit of our rights, and the bills also will help ensure no weakening in the momentum residents have built here and throughout the country over the past several years for full democracy.  However, I have not included a bill to fully or partially retrocede the District of Columbia to the State of Maryland, ideas that also have been mentioned for many years.  Few District residents have indicated support for retrocession approaches, and, in our experience, even fewer Maryland public officials and residents support them.  It is inconsistent with the District's pursuit of self-determination to impose upon another jurisdiction without consent from that jurisdiction.

D.C. residents are entitled to nothing less than full and equal citizenship, which can only be achieved through statehood.  Accordingly, the first bill I introduced when I came to Congress in 1991, the New Columbia Admission Act, would have made the District of Columbia the 51st state, the State of New Columbia.  The New Columbia Admission Act would create a state from essentially the eight hometown wards of the District.  However, the state would have no jurisdiction over the federal territory in the District of Columbia, consisting of most of the Washington that Members of Congress and visitors associate with Washington, D.C., the capital of our country.  The U.S. Capitol premises, the principal federal monuments, federal buildings and grounds, the National Mall and other federal property here would remain under federal jurisdiction, as elsewhere.  Our bill provides that the State of New Columbia would be equal to the other fifty states in all respects, in that the residents of New Columbia would have all the rights of citizenship they are entitled to as taxpaying American citizens.  New Columbia would have two senators and, initially, one House member.

The New Columbia Admission Act has received significant support in the House in the past.  In 1993, we got the first vote on statehood for the District of Columbia, with nearly 60% of Democrats and one Republican voting for the New Columbia Admission Act.  The Senate held a hearing on its companion bill, introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy, but declined to hold a markup in committee or to consider it on the floor.  Soon thereafter, the District, which is the only U.S. city that pays for state functions, found it necessary to ask the federal government to take over the cost of some state functions, posing fiscal barriers to entry into the Union on an equal basis, and the Democrats lost control of the House.  This temporary setback led me to introduce the second best option then available, a bill for Senate and House representation for D.C.

Today, I also introduce the District of Columbia Equal Representation Act, which would give the District of Columbia two senators and, initially, one House member.  With statehood delayed, Senator Joseph Lieberman and I introduced this bill for several years as the No Taxation Without Representation Act.  The House, which was controlled by Republicans, did not act on the bill.  The Senate held hearings and marked up the bill in 2002, but did not bring it to the floor.

Today, I also introduce the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, a bill for one House member, initially, for D.C. residents.  In 2005, when I continued to be in the minority, then-Representative Tom Davis and I partnered on a bipartisan bill, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, giving House votes to Democratic D.C. and Republican Utah.  The D.C. House Voting Rights Act marked the first time in decades that we achieved large House and Senate majorities for voting rights for D.C. residents, and brought the city closer than we have ever come to voting representation in more than two centuries.  This bill likely would be law today had the gun lobby not insisted on adding an amendment that would not only have eliminated the District's gun laws, but also would have added measures making the nation's capital a virtually gun law-free jurisdiction.

In introducing these bills, we lay down a marker of our determination to never relent or retreat until we have obtained each and every right to which we are entitled, whether through the frustration and anguish of the incrementalism that Congress has always forced upon us or with the full and complete set of rights, which would be achieved through statehood.  We will be watchful to both make and seize every opportunity to pursue our rights, regardless of who controls Congress.  We accept no imposed limit on our equal rights as American citizens, and we will pursue them all until the day when there is no difference in citizenship between residents of the District of Columbia and other American citizens.

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HR 265 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 265

To provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into the Union.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 12, 2011

Ms. NORTON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into the Union.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `New Columbia Admission Act'.

(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

TITLE I--STATE OF NEW COLUMBIA

Subtitle A--Procedures for Admission

Sec. 101. Admission into the Union.

Sec. 102. Process for admission

Sec. 103. Election of officials of State.

Sec. 104. Issuance of presidential proclamation.

Subtitle B--Description of New Columbia Territory

Sec. 111. Territories and boundaries of New Columbia.

Sec. 112. Description of District of Columbia after admission of State.

Sec. 113. Continuation of title to lands and property.

Subtitle C--General Provisions Relating to Laws of New Columbia

Sec. 121. Limitation on authority of State to tax Federal property.

Sec. 122. Effect of admission of State on current laws.

Sec. 123. Continuation of judicial proceedings.

Sec. 124. United States nationality.

TITLE II--RESPONSIBILITIES AND INTERESTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Sec. 201. Continuation of revised District of Columbia as seat of Federal Government.

Sec. 202. Treatment of military lands.

Sec. 203. Waiver of claims to Federal lands and property.

Sec. 204. Permitting individuals residing in new seat of government to vote in Federal elections in State of most recent domicile.

Sec. 205. Repeal of law providing for participation of District of Columbia in election of President and Vice President.

Sec. 206. Expedited consideration of constitutional amendment.

TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 301. General definitions.

Sec. 302. Certification of enactment by President.

TITLE I--STATE OF NEW COLUMBIA

Subtitle A--Procedures for Admission

SEC. 101. ADMISSION INTO THE UNION.

(a) In General- Subject to the provisions of this Act, upon issuance of the proclamation required by section 104(b), the State of New Columbia is declared to be a State of the United States of America, and is declared admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the other States in all respects whatever.

(b) Constitution of State- The State Constitution shall always be republican in form and shall not be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of the Declaration of Independence.

SEC. 102. PROCESS FOR ADMISSION.

(a) Approval of Admission by Voters of District of Columbia-

(1) ELECTION PROCEDURES- At an election designated by proclamation of the Mayor, which may be the primary or the general election held pursuant to section 103(a), a general election, or a special election, there shall be submitted to the electors qualified to vote in such election the following propositions for adoption or rejection:

`(A) New Columbia shall immediately be admitted into the Union as a State.

`(B) The proposed Constitution for the State of New Columbia, as adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia pursuant to the Constitution for the State of New Columbia Approval Act of 1987 (DC Law 7-8), shall be deemed ratified and shall replace the Constitution for the State of New Columbia ratified on November 2, 1982.

`(C) The boundaries of the State of New Columbia shall be as prescribed in the New Columbia Admission Act.

`(D) All provisions of the New Columbia Admission Act, including provisions reserving rights or powers to the United States and provisions prescribing the terms or conditions of the grants of lands or other property made to the State of New Columbia, are consented to fully by the State and its people.'.

(2) RESPONSIBILITIES OF MAYOR- The Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized and directed to take such action as may be necessary or appropriate to ensure the submission of such propositions to the people. The return of the votes cast on such propositions shall be made by the election officers directly to the Board of Elections of the District of Columbia, which shall certify the results of the submission to the Mayor. The Mayor shall certify the results of such submission to the President of the United States.

(b) Effect of Vote-

(1) ADOPTION OF PROPOSITIONS- In the event the propositions described in subsection (a) are adopted in an election under such subsection by a majority of the legal votes cast on such submission--

(A) the State Constitution shall be deemed ratified; and

(B) the President shall issue a proclamation pursuant to section 104.

(2) REJECTION OF PROPOSITION- In the event any one of the propositions described in subsection (a) is not adopted in an election under such subsection by a majority of the legal votes cast on such submission, the provisions of this Act shall cease to be effective.

SEC. 103. ELECTION OF OFFICIALS OF STATE.

(a) Issuance of Proclamation-

(1) IN GENERAL- Not more than 30 days after receiving certification of the enactment of this Act from the President pursuant to section 302, the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall issue a proclamation for the first elections, subject to the provisions of this section, for two Senators and one Representative in Congress.

(2) SPECIAL RULE FOR ELECTION OF SENATORS- In the election of Senators from the State pursuant to paragraph (1), the 2 Senate offices shall be separately identified and designated, and no person may be a candidate for both offices. No such identification or designation of either of the offices shall refer to or be taken to refer to the terms of such offices, or in any way impair the privilege of the Senate to determine the class to which each of the Senators elected shall be assigned.

(b) Rules for Conducting Election-

(1) IN GENERAL- The proclamation of the Mayor issued under subsection (a) shall provide for the holding of a primary election and a general election and at such elections the officers required to be elected as provided in subsection (a) shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the District of Columbia in the manner required by law.

(2) CERTIFICATION OF RETURNS- Election returns shall be made and certified in the manner required by law, except that the Mayor shall also certify the results of such elections to the President of the United States.

(c) Assumption of Duties- Upon the admission of the State into the Union, the Senators and Representative elected at the election described in subsection (a) shall be entitled to be admitted to seats in Congress and to all the rights and privileges of Senators and Representatives of other States in the Congress of the United States.

(d) Transfer of Offices of Mayor and Members and Chair of Council- Upon the admission of the State into the Union, the Mayor, members of the Council, and the Chair of the Council at the time of admission shall be deemed the Governor, members of the House of Delegates, and the President of the House of Delegates of the State, respectively, as provided by the State Constitution and the laws of the State.

(e) Continuation of Authority and Duties and Judicial and Executive Officers- Upon the admission of the State into the Union, members of executive and judicial offices of the District of Columbia shall be deemed members of the respective executive and judicial offices of the State, as provided by the State Constitution and the laws of the State.

(f) Special Rule for House of Representatives Membership- The State upon its admission into the Union shall be entitled to one Representative until the taking effect of the next reapportionment, and such Representative shall be in addition to the membership of the House of Representatives as now prescribed by law, except that such temporary increase in the membership shall not operate to either increase or decrease the permanent membership of the House of Representatives or affect the basis of apportionment for the Congress.

SEC. 104. ISSUANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION.

(a) In General- If the President finds that the propositions set forth in section 102(a) have been duly adopted by the people of the State, the President, upon certification of the returns of the election of the officers required to be elected as provided in section 103(a), shall, not later than 90 days after receiving such certification, issue a proclamation announcing the results of such elections as so ascertained.

(b) Admission of State Upon Issuance of Proclamation- Upon the issuance of the proclamation by the President under subsection (a), the State shall be deemed admitted into the Union as provided in section 101.

Subtitle B--Description of New Columbia Territory

SEC. 111. TERRITORIES AND BOUNDARIES OF NEW COLUMBIA.

(a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), the State shall consist of all of the territory of the District of Columbia as of the date of the enactment of this Act, subject to the results of the technical survey conducted under subsection (c).

(b) Exclusion of Portion of District of Columbia Remaining as National Capital- The territory of the State shall not include the area described in section 112, which shall remain as the District of Columbia for purposes of serving as the seat of the government of the United States.

(c) Technical Survey- Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President (in consultation with the Chair of the National Capital Planning Commission) shall conduct a technical survey of the metes and bounds of the District of Columbia and of the territory described in section 112(b).

SEC. 112. DESCRIPTION OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AFTER ADMISSION OF STATE

(a) In General- Subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, after the admission of the State into the Union, the District of Columbia shall consist of the property described in subsection (b) and shall include the principal Federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and the Federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building.

(b) Specific Description of Metes and Bounds- After the admission of the State into the Union, the specific metes and bounds of the District of Columbia shall be as follows:

Beginning at the point on the present Virginia-District of Columbia boundary due west of the northernmost point of Theodore Roosevelt Island and running due east of the eastern shore of the Potomac River;

thence generally south along the shore at the mean high water mark to the northwest corner of the Kennedy Center;

thence east along the north side of the Kennedy Center to a point where it reaches the E Street Expressway;

thence east on the expressway to E Street Northwest and thence east on E Street Northwest to Eighteenth Street Northwest;

thence south on Eighteenth Street Northwest to Constitution Avenue Northwest;

thence east on Constitution Avenue to Seventeenth Street Northwest;

thence north on Seventeenth Street Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest;

thence east on Pennsylvania Avenue to Jackson Place Northwest; thence north on Jackson Place to H Street Northwest;

thence east on H Street Northwest to Madison Place Northwest;

thence south on Madison Place Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest;

thence east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Fifteenth Street Northwest;

thence south on Fifteenth Street Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest;

thence southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to John Marshall Place Northwest;

thence north on John Marshall Place Northwest to C Street Northwest;

thence east on C Street Northwest to Third Street Northwest;

thence north on Third Street Northwest to D Street Northwest;

thence east on D Street Northwest to Second Street Northwest;

thence south on Second Street Northwest to the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest and Louisiana Avenue Northwest;

thence northeast on Louisiana Avenue Northwest to North Capitol Street;

thence north on North Capitol Street to Massachusetts Avenue Northwest;

thence southeast on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest so as to encompass Union Square;

thence following Union Square to F Street Northeast;

thence east on F Street Northeast to Second Street Northeast;

thence south on Second Street Northeast to D Street Northeast;

thence west on D Street Northeast to First Street Northeast;

thence south on First Street Northeast to Maryland Avenue Northeast;

thence generally north and east on Maryland Avenue to Second Street Northeast;

thence south on Second Street Northeast to C Street Southeast;

thence west on C Street Southeast to New Jersey Avenue Southeast;

thence south on New Jersey Avenue Southeast to D Street Southeast;

thence west on D Street Southeast to Washington Avenue Southwest;

thence southeast on Washington Avenue Southwest to E Street Southeast;

thence west on E Street Southeast to the intersection of Washington Avenue Southwest and South Capitol Street;

thence northwest on Washington Avenue Southwest to Second Street Southwest;

thence south on Second Street Southwest to Virginia Avenue Southwest;

thence generally west on Virginia Avenue to Third Street Southwest;

thence north on Third Street Southwest to C Street Southwest;

thence west on C Street Southwest to Sixth Street Southwest;

thence north on Sixth Street Southwest to Independence Avenue;

thence west on Independence Avenue to Twelfth Street Southwest;

thence south on Twelfth Street Southwest to D Street Southwest;

thence west on D Street Southwest to Fourteenth Street Southwest;

thence south on Fourteenth Street Southwest to the middle of the Washington Channel;

thence generally south and east along the midchannel of the Washington Channel to a point due west of the northern boundary line of Fort Lesley McNair;

thence due east to the side of the Washington Channel;

thence following generally south and east along the side of the Washington Channel at the mean high water mark, to the point of confluence with the Anacostia River, and along the northern shore at the mean high water mark to the northernmost point of the Eleventh Street Bridge;

thence generally south and east along the northern side of the Eleventh Street Bridge to the eastern shore of the Anacostia River;

thence generally south and west along such shore at the mean high water mark to the point of confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers;

thence generally south along the eastern shore at the mean high water mark of the Potomac River to the point where it meets the present southeastern boundary line of the District of Columbia

thence south and west along such southeastern boundary line to the point where it meets the present Virginia-District of Columbia boundary; and

thence generally north and west up the Potomac River along the present Virginia-District of Columbia boundary to the point of beginning.

(c) Treatment of Certain Property-

(1) STREETS AND SIDEWALKS BOUNDING AREA- After the admission of the State into the Union, the District of Columbia shall be deemed to include any street (together with any sidewalk thereof) bounding the District of Columbia.

(2) EXCLUSION OF DISTRICT BUILDING- Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the District of Columbia shall not be considered to include the District Building after the admission of the State into the Union.

(3) INCLUSION OF CERTAIN MILITARY PROPERTY- After the admission of the State into the Union, the District of Columbia shall be deemed to include Fort Lesley McNair, the Washington Navy Yard, the Anacostia Naval Annex, the United States Naval Station, Bolling Air Force Base, and the Naval Research Laboratory.

SEC. 113. CONTINUATION OF TITLE TO LANDS AND PROPERTY.

(a) Continuation of Title to Lands of District of Columbia-

(1) IN GENERAL- The State and its political subdivisions shall have and retain title or jurisdiction for purposes of administration and maintenance to all property, real and personal, with respect to which title or jurisdiction for purposes of administration and maintenance is held by the District of Columbia on the day before the State is admitted into the Union.

(2) CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST IN CERTAIN BRIDGES AND TUNNELS- On the day before the State is admitted into the Union, the District of Columbia shall convey to the United States any and all interest of the District of Columbia in any bridge or tunnel that will connect the Commonwealth of Virginia with the District of Columbia after the admission of the State into the Union.

(b) Continuation of Federal Title to Property in State- The United States shall have and retain title or jurisdiction for purposes of administration and maintenance to all property in the State with respect to which the United States holds title or jurisdiction on the day before the State is admitted into the Union.

Subtitle C--General Provisions Relating to Laws of New Columbia

SEC. 121. LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY OF STATE TO TAX FEDERAL PROPERTY.

The State may not impose any taxes upon any lands or other property owned or acquired by the United States, except to the extent as Congress may permit.

SEC. 122. EFFECT OF ADMISSION OF STATE ON CURRENT LAWS.

(a) Legislative Power of State- The legislative power of the State shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation within the State, consistent with the Constitution of the United States (including the restrictions and limitations imposed upon the States by article I, section 10) and subject to the provisions of this Act.

(b) Treatment of Federal Laws- To the extent that any law of the United States applies to the States generally, the law shall have the same force and effect within the State as elsewhere in the United States, except as such law may otherwise provide.

SEC. 123. CONTINUATION OF JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS.

(a) Pending Proceedings-

(1) IN GENERAL- No writ, action, indictment, cause, or proceeding pending in any court of the District of Columbia or in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia shall abate by reason of the admission of the State into the Union, but shall be transferred and shall proceed within such appropriate State courts as shall be established under the State Constitution, or shall continue in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, as the nature of the case may require.

(2) SUCCESSION OF COURTS- The appropriate courts of the State shall be the successors of the courts of the District of Columbia as to all cases arising within the limits embraced within the jurisdiction of such courts, with full power to proceed with such cases, and award mesne or final process therein, and all files, records, indictments, and proceedings relating to any such writ, action, indictment, cause, or proceeding shall be transferred to such appropriate State courts and shall be proceeded with therein in due course of law.

(b) Unfiled Proceedings Based on Actions Prior to Admission- All civil causes of action and all criminal offenses which shall have arisen or been committed prior to the admission of the State into the Union, but as to which no writ, action, indictment, or proceeding shall be pending at the date of such admission, shall be subject to prosecution in the appropriate State courts or in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in like manner, to the same extent, and with like right of appellate review, as if the State had been admitted and such State courts had been established prior to the accrual of such causes of action or the commission of such offenses.

(c) Maintenance of Rights to and Jurisdiction Over Appeals-

(1) CASES DECIDED PRIOR TO ADMISSION- Parties shall have the same rights of appeal from and appellate review of final decisions of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in any case finally decided prior to the admission of the State into the Union, whether or not an appeal therefrom shall have been perfected prior to such admission. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States shall have the same jurisdiction in such cases as by law provided prior to the admission of the State into the Union.

(2) CASES DECIDED AFTER ADMISSION- Parties shall have the same rights of appeal from and appellate review of all orders, judgments, and decrees of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and of the highest court of the State, as successor to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in any case pending at the time of admission of the State into the Union, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States shall have the same jurisdiction therein, as by law provided in any case arising subsequent to the admission of the State into the Union.

(3) ISSUANCE OF SUBSEQUENT MANDATES- Any mandate issued subsequent to the admission of the State shall be to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or a court of the State, as appropriate.

(d) Conforming Amendments Relating to Federal Courts- Effective upon the admission of the State into the Union--

(1) section 41 of title 28, United States Code, is amended in the second column by inserting `, New Columbia' after `District of Columbia'; and

(2) the first paragraph of section 88 of title 28, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`The District of Columbia and the State of New Columbia comprise one judicial district.'.

SEC. 124. UNITED STATES NATIONALITY.

No provision of this Act shall operate to confer United States nationality, to terminate nationality lawfully acquired, or to restore nationality terminated or lost under any law of the United States or under any treaty to which the United States is or was a party.

TITLE II--RESPONSIBILITIES AND INTERESTS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

SEC. 201. CONTINUATION OF REVISED DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS SEAT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

After the admission of the State into the Union, the seat of the Government of the United States shall be the District of Columbia as described in section 112 (also known as `Washington, DC').

SEC. 202. TREATMENT OF MILITARY LANDS.

(a) Reservation of Federal Authority-

(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2) and subsection (b) and notwithstanding the admission of the State into the Union, authority is reserved in the United States for the exercise by Congress of the power of exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever over such tracts or parcels of land located within the State that, immediately prior to the admission of the State, are controlled or owned by the United States and held for defense or Coast Guard purposes.

(2) LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY- The power of exclusive legislation described in paragraph (1) shall vest and remain in the United States only so long as the particular tract or parcel of land involved is controlled or owned by the United States and used for defense or Coast Guard purposes.

(b) Authority of State-

(1) IN GENERAL- The reservation of authority in the United States for the exercise by the Congress of the United States of the power of exclusive legislation over military lands under subsection (a) shall not operate to prevent such lands from being a part of the State, or to prevent the State from exercising over or upon such lands, concurrently with the United States, any jurisdiction which it would have in the absence of such reservation of authority and which is consistent with the laws hereafter enacted by Congress pursuant to such reservation of authority.

(2) SERVICE OF PROCESS- The State shall have the right to serve civil or criminal process within such tracts or parcels of land in which the authority of the United States is reserved under subsection (a) in suits or prosecutions for or on account of rights acquired, obligations incurred, or crimes committed within the State but outside of such tracts or parcels of land.

SEC. 203. WAIVER OF CLAIMS TO FEDERAL LANDS AND PROPERTY.

(a) In General- As a compact with the United States, the State and its people disclaim all right and title to any lands or other property not granted or confirmed to the State or its political subdivisions by or under the authority of this Act, the right or title to which is held by the United States or subject to disposition by the United States.

(b) Effect on Claims Against United States-

(1) IN GENERAL- Nothing contained in this Act shall recognize, deny, enlarge, impair, or otherwise affect any claim against the United States, and any such claim shall be governed by applicable laws of the United States.

(2) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this Act is intended or shall be construed as a finding, interpretation, or construction by the Congress that any applicable law authorizes, establishes, recognizes, or confirms the validity or invalidity of any claim referred to in paragraph (1), and the determination of the applicability or effect of any law to any such claim shall be unaffected by anything in this Act.

SEC. 204. PERMITTING INDIVIDUALS RESIDING IN NEW SEAT OF GOVERNMENT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS IN STATE OF MOST RECENT DOMICILE.

(a) Requirement for States to Permit Individuals to Vote by Absentee Ballot-

(1) IN GENERAL- Each State shall--

(A) permit absent District of Columbia voters to use absentee registration procedures and to vote by absentee ballot in general, special, primary, and runoff elections for Federal office; and

(B) accept and process, with respect to any general, special, primary, or runoff election for Federal office, any otherwise valid voter registration application from an absent District of Columbia voter, if the application is received by the appropriate State election official not less than 30 days before the election.

(2) ABSENT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VOTER DEFINED- In this section, the term `absent District of Columbia voter' means, with respect to a State--

(A) a person who resides in the District of Columbia after the admission of the State into the Union and is qualified to vote in the State, but only if the State is the last place in which the person was domiciled before residing in the District of Columbia; or

(B) a person who resides in the District of Columbia after the admission of the State into the Union and (but for such residence) would be qualified to vote in the State, but only if the State is the last place in which the person was domiciled before residing in the District of Columbia.

(3) STATE DEFINED- In this section, the term `State' means each of the several States, including the State of New Columbia.

(b) Recommendations to States To Maximize Access to Polls by Absent District of Columbia Voters- To afford maximum access to the polls by absent District of Columbia voters, it is recommended that the States--

(1) waive registration requirements for absent District of Columbia voters who, by reason of residence in the District of Columbia, do not have an opportunity to register;

(2) expedite processing of balloting materials with respect to such individuals; and

(3) assure that absentee ballots are mailed to such individuals at the earliest opportunity.

(c) Enforcement- The Attorney General may bring a civil action in appropriate district court for such declaratory or injunctive relief as may be necessary to carry out this section.

(d) Effect on Certain Other Laws- The exercise of any right under this section shall not affect, for purposes of any Federal, State, or local tax, the residence or domicile of a person exercising such right.

(e) Effective Date- This section shall take effect upon the date of the admission of the State into the Union, and shall apply with respect to elections for Federal office taking place on or after such date.

SEC. 205. REPEAL OF LAW PROVIDING FOR PARTICIPATION OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT.

(a) In General- Title 3, United States Code, is amended by striking section 21.

(b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect upon the date of the admission of the State into the Union, and shall apply to any election of the President and Vice President of the United States taking place on or after such date.

SEC. 206. EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

(a) Exercise of Rulemaking Authority- This section is enacted by Congress--

(1) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such these provisions are deemed a part of the rule of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in that House in the case of a joint resolution described in subsection (b), and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

(2) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rule (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

(b) Expedited Consideration of Repeal of 23rd Amendment-

(1) MOTION MADE IN ORDER- At any time after the date of the enactment of this Act, it shall be in order in either the House of Representatives or the Senate to offer a motion to proceed to the consideration of a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States repealing the 23rd article of amendment to the Constitution.

(2) PROCEDURES RELATING TO MOTION- With respect to the motion described in paragraph (1), the following rules shall apply:

(A) The motion is highly privileged and is not debatable.

(B) An amendment to the motion is not in order, and it is not in order to move to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to.

(C) A motion to postpone shall be decided without debate.

TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 301. GENERAL DEFINITIONS.

In this Act, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) The term `Commission' means the Statehood Transition Commission established under section 303.

(2) The term `Council' means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(3) The term `Governor' means the Governor of the State of New Columbia.

(4) The term `Mayor' means the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

(5) The term `State Constitution' means the constitution of the State of New Columbia, as adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia in the Constitution for the State of New Columbia Approval Act of 1987 (DC Law 7-8).

(6) Except as otherwise provided, the term `State' means the State of New Columbia.

SEC. 302. CERTIFICATION OF ENACTMENT BY PRESIDENT.

Not more than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall certify such enactment to the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

END

 

 
Home Statehood D.C. Delegate Norton Introduces Statehood Bill

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