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Text of H.R. 900 [110th]: Puer­to Rico Democ­ra­cy Act of 2007

HR 900 RH

Union Cal­en­dar No. 370

110th CONGRESS

2d Ses­sion

H. R. 900

[Report No. 110–597]

 

To pro­vide for a fed­er­al­ly sanc­tioned self-deter­mi­na­tion process for the peo­ple of Puer­to Rico.

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Feb­ru­ary 7, 2007

 

Mr. SERRANO (for him­self, Mr. FORTUN.AE6O, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. YOUNG of Alas­ka, Mr. HOYER, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. CANTOR, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. PUTNAM, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. KIND, Mr. BROWN of South Car­oli­na, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. RENZI, Mr. SALAZAR, Mr. BURTON of Indi­ana, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. DENT, Mr. CROWLEY, Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, Mr. ENGEL, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. WU, Mr. POE, Mrs. TAUSCHER, Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Flori­da, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. WILSON of South Car­oli­na, Mr. SMITH of Wash­ing­ton, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. BAIRD, Mr. MACK, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. KELLER of Flori­da, Mr. MOLLOHAN, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. MORAN of Vir­ginia, Mrs. MILLER of Michi­gan, Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of Cal­i­for­nia, Mr. THOMPSON of Mis­sis­sip­pi, Mr. SMITH of New Jer­sey, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. COBLE, Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. WELLER of Illi­nois, Mr. CUELLAR, Mr. BOUSTANY, Mr. CLAY, Mr. MCKEON, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. TOM DAVIS of Vir­ginia, Mr. JEFFERSON, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. PAUL, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. GERLACH, Mr. OLVER, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Flori­da, Mr. CALVERT, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. PETERSON of Min­neso­ta, Mr. MICA, Mr. TAYLOR, Mr. ENGLISH of Penn­syl­va­nia, Mr. WYNN, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. LEWIS of Geor­gia, Mr. PEARCE, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. MCCAUL of Texas, Mr. COSTA, Mr. CASTLE, Ms. KILPATRICK, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, and Mr. CARDOZA) intro­duced the fol­low­ing bill; which was referred to the Com­mit­tee on Nat­ur­al Resources

 

April 22, 2008

 

Addi­tion­al spon­sors: Mr. ARCURI, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. HIGGINS, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. WALDEN of Ore­gon, Mr. PENCE, Mr. PETERSON of Penn­syl­va­nia, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. CANNON, Mr. FOSSELLA, Mr. STARK, Mr. RUPPERSBERGER, Mr. SHAYS, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. DAVIS of Alaba­ma, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. SALI, Mr. UDALL of Col­orado, Mr. MCCARTHY of Cal­i­for­nia, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Ms. FALLIN, Mr. SHULER, Mr. DAVID DAVIS of Ten­nessee, Mr. FARR, Mr. BERMAN, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. DICKS, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. ISRAEL, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. ALLEN, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. PRICE of North Car­oli­na, Ms. WATSON, Mr. PERLMUTTER, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Min­neso­ta, Mr. CARTER, Mr. ROSKAM, Ms. LEE, and Mr. DOGGETT

 

April 22, 2008

 

Report­ed with an amend­ment, com­mit­ted to the Com­mit­tee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be print­ed

 

[Strike out all after the enact­ing clause and insert the part print­ed in ital­ic]

[For text of intro­duced bill, see copy of bill as intro­duced on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2007]


A BILL

 

To pro­vide for a fed­er­al­ly sanc­tioned self-deter­mi­na­tion process for the peo­ple of Puer­to Rico.

 

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

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cit­ed as the ‘Puer­to Rico Democ­ra­cy Act of 2007’.

 

SEC. 2. PUERTO RICAN DECISION ON PRESENT STATUS.

 

(a) Plebiscite- The Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion shall con­duct a plebiscite in Puer­to Rico not lat­er than Decem­ber 31, 2009. The two options set forth on the bal­lot shall be pre­ced­ed by the fol­low­ing state­ment: Instruc­tions: Mark one of the fol­low­ing two options:

(1) Puer­to Rico should con­tin­ue to have its present form of ter­ri­to­r­i­al sta­tus and rela­tion­ship with the Unit­ed States. If you agree, mark here XXXXXXXXXX.

 

(2) Puer­to Rico should pur­sue a con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly-viable per­ma­nent non-ter­ri­to­r­i­al sta­tus. If you agree, mark here XXXXXXXXXX.

 

(b) Rec­om­menda­tons- If a major­i­ty of the valid­ly-cast bal­lots in the plebiscite favors Option 2, Con­gress rec­og­nizes the inher­ent author­i­ty of the Peo­ple of Puer­to Rico to–

 

(1) call a Con­sti­tu­tion­al Con­ven­tion, con­sti­tut­ed by a num­ber of del­e­gates to be deter­mined in accor­dance to leg­is­la­tion approved by the Com­mon­wealth of Puer­to Rico, for the pur­pose of propos­ing to the Peo­ple of Puer­to Rico a self-deter­mi­na­tion option which, if approved by the Peo­ple of Puer­to Rico in a ref­er­en­dum, would be pre­sent­ed to Con­gress by the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Con­ven­tion; or

 

(2) con­duct a plebiscite admin­is­tered by the Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion to con­sid­er a self-deter­mi­na­tion option with the results pre­sent­ed to Con­gress.

 

SEC. 3. APPLICABLE LAWS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

 

(a) Applic­a­ble Laws- All Fed­er­al laws applic­a­ble to the elec­tion of the Res­i­dent Com­mis­sion­er shall, as appro­pri­ate and con­sis­tent with this Act, also apply to the plebiscite held pur­suant to this Act. Any ref­er­ence in such Fed­er­al laws to elec­tions shall be con­sid­ered, as appro­pri­ate, to be a ref­er­ence to the plebiscite, unless it would frus­trate the pur­pos­es of this Act.

 

(b) Fed­er­al Court Juris­dic­tion- The Fed­er­al courts of the Unit­ed States shall have exclu­sive juris­dic­tion over any legal claims or con­tro­ver­sies aris­ing from the imple­men­ta­tion of this Act.

 

© Eli­gi­bil­i­ty; Bal­lot- Per­sons eli­gi­ble to vote under this sub­sec­tion shall, upon time­ly request sub­mit­ted to the Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion in com­pli­ance with any terms imposed by the Elec­toral Law of Puer­to Rico, be enti­tled to receive an absen­tee bal­lot for the plebiscite. Each of the fol­low­ing shall be eli­gi­ble to vote in the plebiscite held under this Act:

 

(1) All eli­gi­ble vot­ers under the elec­toral laws in effect in Puer­to Rico at the time the plebiscite is held.

 

(2) All Unit­ed States cit­i­zens born in Puer­to Rico who com­ply, to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion, with all Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion require­ments (oth­er than the res­i­den­cy require­ment) applic­a­ble to eli­gi­bil­i­ty to vote in a gen­er­al elec­tion.

 

(d) Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Plebiscite Results- The Puer­to Rico States Elec­tions Com­mis­sion shall cer­ti­fy the results of the plebiscite held under this Act to the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States and to the Mem­bers of the Sen­ate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Unit­ed States.

 

SEC. 4. FUNDS.

 

Dur­ing the peri­od begin­ning Octo­ber 1, 2007, and end­ing on the date the Pres­i­dent deter­mines that the plebiscite required by this Act has been held, the Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury may allo­cate, from the funds pro­vid­ed to the Gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico under sec­tion 7652(e) of the Inter­nal Rev­enue Code, not more than $5,000,000 for this plebiscite to the State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion of Puer­to Rico to be used for expens­es of car­ry­ing out said plebiscite under this Act, includ­ing for vot­er edu­ca­tion mate­ri­als as cer­ti­fied by the President’s Task Force on Puer­to Rico’s Sta­tus as not being incom­pat­i­ble with the Con­sti­tu­tion and basic laws and poli­cies of the Unit­ed States. Such amounts shall be as iden­ti­fied by the President’s Task Force on Puer­to Rico’s Sta­tus as nec­es­sary for such pur­pos­es.

 

Union Cal­en­dar No. 370

 

110th CONGRESS

 

2d Ses­sion

 

H. R. 900

 

[Report No. 110–597]

 

A BILL

 

To pro­vide for a fed­er­al­ly sanc­tioned self-deter­mi­na­tion process for the peo­ple of Puer­to Rico.


April 22, 2008

 

Report­ed with an amend­ment, com­mit­ted to the Com­mit­tee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be print­ed