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H.R. 870 (114th): Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 870

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 11, 2015

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

A BILL

To amend title 11 of the United States Code to treat Puerto Rico as a State for purposes of chapter 9 of such title relating to the adjustment of debts of municipalities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015.

2.

Amendment

Section 101(52) of title 11, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(52)

The term State includes Puerto Rico and, except for the purpose of defining who may be a debtor under chapter 9 of this title, includes the District of Columbia.

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3.

Effective date; application of amendment

(a)

Effective date

Except as provided in subsection (b), this Act and the amendment made by this Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Application of amendment

The amendment made by this Act shall apply with respect to—

(1)

cases commenced under title 11 of the United States Code on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, and

(2)

debts, claims, and liens created before, on, or after such date.

4.

Severability

If any provision of this Act, or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is found to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act, or the application of that provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected.