Offi­cial Summary
4/29/2010–Passed House amend­ed. Puer­to Rico Democ­ra­cy Act of 2010 — Autho­rizes the gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico:
(1) to con­duct a plebiscite giv­ing vot­ers the option to vote to con­tin­ue Puer­to Rico’s present polit­i­cal sta­tus or to have a dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal status;
(2) if a major­i­ty of bal­lots favor con­tin­u­ing the present sta­tus, to con­duct addi­tion­al such plebiscites every eight years; and
(3) if a major­i­ty of bal­lots favor hav­ing a dif­fer­ent sta­tus, to con­duct a plebiscite on the options of becom­ing ful­ly inde­pen­dent from the Unit­ed States, form­ing with the Unit­ed States a polit­i­cal asso­ci­a­tion between sov­er­eign nations that will not be sub­ject to the Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Clause of the Con­sti­tu­tion, being admit­ted as a state of the Union, or con­tin­u­ing its present polit­i­cal sta­tus. Pre­scribes the eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments for vot­ing in a plebiscite. Requires the Puer­to Rico State Elec­tions Com­mis­sion to:
(1) cer­ti­fy plebiscite results to the Pres­i­dent and Con­gress; and
(2) ensure that all bal­lots used for a plebiscite include the full con­tent of the bal­lot print­ed in Eng­lish. Directs the Com­mis­sion to inform per­sons vot­ing in a plebiscite that if Puer­to Rico retains its cur­rent polit­i­cal sta­tus or is admit­ted as a state:
(1) the offi­cial lan­guage require­ments of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment shall apply to Puer­to Rico; and
(2) it is the best inter­est of the Unit­ed States for the teach­ing of Eng­lish to be pro­mot­ed in Puer­to Rico as the lan­guage of oppor­tu­ni­ty and empow­er­ment in order to enable stu­dents in pub­lic schools to achieve Eng­lish lan­guage pro­fi­cien­cy. Requires the Com­mon­wealth of Puer­to Rico to pay all costs asso­ci­at­ed with such plebiscite (includ­ing the costs of print­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion, trans­porta­tion, col­lec­tion, and count­ing of all ballots).
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