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H.R. 157 (111th): District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 2009 (Introduced).


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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 157

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009.

2.

Treatment of District of Columbia as Congressional district

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the District of Columbia shall be considered a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives.

(b)

Conforming Amendments Relating to Apportionment of Members of House of Representatives

(1)

Inclusion of single District of Columbia member in reapportionment of members among States

Section 22 of the Act entitled An Act to provide for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses and to provide for apportionment of Representatives in Congress, approved June 28, 1929 (2 U.S.C. 2a), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

This section shall apply with respect to the District of Columbia in the same manner as this section applies to a State, except that the District of Columbia may not receive more than one Member under any reapportionment of Members.

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(2)

Clarification of determination of number of Presidential electors on basis of 23rd Amendment

Section 3 of title 3, United States Code, is amended by striking come into office; and inserting the following: come into office (subject to the twenty-third article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States in the case of the District of Columbia);.

3.

Increase in Membership of House of Representatives

(a)

Permanent Increase in Number of Members

Effective with respect to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress and each succeeding Congress, the House of Representatives shall be composed of 437 Members, including any Members representing the District of Columbia pursuant to section 2(a).

(b)

Reapportionment of Members Resulting From Increase

(1)

In general

Section 22(a) of the Act entitled An Act to provide for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses and to provide for apportionment of Representatives in Congress, approved June 28, 1929 (2 U.S.C. 2a(a)), is amended by striking the then existing number of Representatives and inserting the number of Representatives established with respect to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress.

(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to the regular decennial census conducted for 2010 and each subsequent regular decennial census.

(c)

Special Rules for Period Prior to 2012 Reapportionment

(1)

Transmittal of revised statement of apportionment by President

Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall transmit to Congress a revised version of the most recent statement of apportionment submitted under section 22(a) of the Act entitled An Act to provide for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses and to provide for apportionment of Representatives in Congress, approved June 28, 1929 (2 U.S.C. 2a(a)), to take into account this Act and the amendments made by this Act.

(2)

Report by clerk

Not later than 15 calendar days after receiving the revised version of the statement of apportionment under paragraph (1), the Clerk of the House of Representatives, in accordance with section 22(b) of such Act (2 U.S.C. 2a(b)), shall send to the executive of each State a certificate of the number of Representatives to which such State is entitled under section 22 of such Act, and shall submit a report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives identifying the State (other than the District of Columbia) which is entitled to one additional Representative pursuant to this section.

(3)

Requirements for election of additional member

During the One Hundred Eleventh Congress and the One Hundred Twelfth Congress—

(A)

notwithstanding the final undesignated paragraph of the Act entitled An Act for the relief of Doctor Ricardo Vallejo Samala and to provide for congressional redistricting, approved December 14, 1967 (2 U.S.C. 2c), the additional Representative to which the State identified by the Clerk of the House of Representatives in the report submitted under paragraph (2) is entitled shall be elected from the State at large; and

(B)

the other Representatives to which such State is entitled shall be elected on the basis of the Congressional districts in effect in the State for the One Hundred Tenth Congress.

4.

Nonseverability of provisions

If any provision of this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, is declared or held invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this Act and any amendment made by this Act shall be treated and deemed invalid and shall have no force or effect of law.