H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010

May 19, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Passed House)
Pedro Pierluisi
Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico At Large
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Last Updated
Apr 30, 2010
6 pages
Related Bills
H.Res. 1305 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Apr 29, 2010


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 29, 2010 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced May 19, 2009
Referred to Committee May 19, 2009
Reported by Committee Jul 22, 2009
Passed House Apr 29, 2010
Full Title

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


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Apr 29, 2010 5:29 p.m.
Agreed to 223/179
Apr 29, 2010 5:38 p.m.
Failed 164/236
Apr 29, 2010 5:44 p.m.
Failed 13/386
Apr 29, 2010 5:51 p.m.
Agreed to 301/100
Apr 29, 2010 5:58 p.m.
Failed 11/387
Apr 29, 2010 6:05 p.m.
Failed 112/285
Apr 29, 2010 6:11 p.m.
Failed 171/223
Apr 29, 2010 6:55 p.m.
Passed 223/169

181 cosponsors (123D, 58R) (show)

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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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