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H.R. 2981 (115th): Open Our Democracy Act of 2017

About the bill

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The Open Our Democracy Act is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives by U.S. Representative John Delaney. The bill would establish Election Day as a federal holiday, mandate open and top-two primary elections so that all eligible voters can participate in them, and end gerrymandering by requiring independent commissions to draw the districts in each state.

The bill has been cosponsored by House representatives John Yarmuth, Derek Kilmer, Jared Polis, and Scott Peters. The most recently documented action on it was a review by the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. It has not yet been voted on or gone on the House Calendar.

Delaney submitted the current version of the bill on July 21, 2017, in the 115th Congress. Delaney …

Sponsor and status

John K. Delaney

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017
Length: 7 pages
Jun 21, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 21, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


4 Cosponsors (4 Democrats)



Jun 21, 2017

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H.R. 2981 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2981. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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