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Text of the Northern Marianas Delegate Act

This bill was introduced on May 23, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2001 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

HR 1977 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1977

To provide for a nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives to represent the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2001

Mr. UNDERWOOD (for himself and Mr. SCHAFFER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To provide for a nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives to represent the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    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 ‘Northern Marianas Delegate Act’.

SEC. 2. DELEGATE TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

    The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands shall be represented in the United States Congress by the Resident Representative to the United States authorized by section 901 of the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America (approved by Public Law 94-241 (48 U.S.C. 1681 note)). The Resident Representative shall be a nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives, elected as provided in this Act.

SEC. 3. ELECTION OF DELEGATE.

    (a) ELECTORS AND TIME OF ELECTION- The Delegate shall be elected--

      (1) by the people qualified to vote for the popularly elected officials of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and

      (2) at the general election of 2002, on the day and month set by Article VIII, section 1, of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and at such general election every 2d year thereafter.

    (b) MANNER OF ELECTION- The Delegate shall be elected at large, by separate ballot, and by a majority of the votes cast for the office of Delegate. If no candidate receives such majority, on the 14th day following such election a runoff election shall be held between the candidates receiving the highest and the 2d highest number of votes cast for the office of Delegate.

    (c) VACANCY- In case of a permanent vacancy in the office of Delegate, by reason of death, resignation, or permanent disability, the office of Delegate shall remain vacant until a successor is elected and qualified.

    (d) COMMENCEMENT OF TERM- The term of the Delegate shall commence on the 3d day of January following the date of the election.

SEC. 4. QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE OF DELEGATE.

    To be eligible for the office of Delegate a candidate shall--

      (1) be at least 25 years of age on the date of the election;

      (2) have been a citizen of the United States for at least 7 years prior to the date of the election;

      (3) be an inhabitant of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and

      (4) not be, on the date of the election, a candidate for any other office.

SEC. 5. DETERMINATION OF ELECTION PROCEDURE.

    Acting pursuant to legislation enacted in accordance with the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may determine the order of names on the ballot for election of Delegate, the method by which a special election to fill a vacancy in the office of Delegate shall be conducted, the method by which ties between candidates for the office of Delegate shall be resolved, and all other matters of local application pertaining to the election and the office of Delegate not otherwise expressly provided for in this Act.

SEC. 6. COMPENSATION, PRIVILEGES, AND IMMUNITIES.

    Until the Rules of the House of Representatives are amended to provide otherwise, the Delegate from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands shall receive the same compensation, allowances, and benefits as a Member of the House of Representatives, and shall be entitled to whatever privileges and immunities are, or hereinafter may be, granted to any other nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives.

SEC. 7. LACK OF EFFECT ON COVENANT.

    No provision of this Act shall be construed to alter, amend, or abrogate any provision of the covenant referred to in section 2 except section 901 of the covenant.

SEC. 8. DEFINITION.

    For purposes of this Act, the term ‘Delegate’ means the Resident Representative referred to in section 2.