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To provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into the Union.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JANUARY 3, 1985
Committee on the District of Columbia
To provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the "New Colum
7 SEC. 2. Subject to the provisions of this Act, and upon 8 issuance of the proclamation required by section 7(d)(1) of
9 this Act, the State of New Columbia (hereinafter referred to
10 as “the State”) is declared to be a State of the United States
11 of America, is declared admitted into the Union on an equal
1 footing with the other States in all respects whatever, and 2 the constitution formed pursuant to the provisions of the initi
3 ative measure numbered 3 for District of Columbia Statehood
4 Constitutional Convention, approved May 29, 1982, by duly
5 elected delegates from the District of Columbia, and adopted
6 by a vote of the people of the District of Columbia in the
7 election held on November 2, 1982, is found to be republican
8 in form and in conformity with the Constitution of the United
9 States and the principles of the Declaration of Independence, 10 and is accepted, ratified, and confirmed.
SEC. 3. The constitution of the State of New Columbia
13 shall always be republican in form and shall not be repugnant 14 to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of
15 the Declaration of Independence.
TERRITORY AND BOUNDARIES
17 SEC. 4. (a) Subject to the provisions of this section, the 18 State of New Columbia shall consist of all of the territory,
19 together with the territorial waters, of the District of Colum
20 bia. The State of New Columbia shall not include the Nation
21 al Capital Service Area of the District of Columbia, which is
22 described in subsection (b). As of the date of admission of
23 New Columbia into the Union, the District of Columbia shall
24 consist of the National Capital Service Area.
(b) The National Capital Service Area, subject to the
26 provisions of section 16, is comprised of the principal Federal
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1 monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the
2 United States Supreme Court Building, and the Federal ex3 ecutive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adja
4 cent to the Mall and the Capitol Building.
5 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section 6 or of section 16, the boundaries of the State of New Colum
7 bia shall include the District Building.
COMPACT WITH UNITED STATES; CLAIMS TO FEDERAL
LANDS AND PROPERTY
SEC. 5. (a) As a compact with the United States, the
11 State and its people disclaim all right and title to any lands
12 or other property not granted or confirmed to the State or its
13 political subdivisions by or under the authority of this Act,
14 the right or title to which is held by the United States or
15 subject to disposition by the United States.
16 (b)(1) Nothing contained in this Act shall recognize, 17 deny, enlarge, impair, or otherwise affect any claim against 18 the United States, and any such claim shall be governed by 19 applicable laws of the United States.
(2) Nothing in this Act is intended or shall be construed
21 as a finding, interpretation, or construction by the Congress
22 that any applicable law authorizes, establishes, recognizes, or 23 confirms the validity or invalidity of any such claim, and the
24 determination of the applicability or effect of any law to any
25 such claim shall be unaffected by anything in this Act.
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(c) No taxes shall be imposed by the State upon any
2 lands or other property now owned or hereafter acquired by
3 the United States.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or
5 any other provision of law, the annual federal payment au6 thorized to be appropriated to the District of Columbia pursu
7 ant to section 502 of the District of Columbia Self-Govern
8 ment and Governmental Reorganization Act (D.C. Code, sec.
947-3406) shall be authorized to be appropriated to the State
10 of New Columbia.
STATE TITLE TO LANDS AND PROPERTY
SEC. 6. (a) The State of New Columbia and its political
13 subdivisions shall have and retain title to all property, real
14 and personal, title to which is held by the territory of the
15 District of Columbia.
(b)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the State of New Co
17 lumbia is granted, effective upon its admission into the
18 Union, title to all public lands and other public property
19 within the boundaries of the State of New Columbia, title to
20 which is held by the United States immediately prior to ad
21 mission of the State into the Union.
(2) Any lands and other properties that, as of the date of
23 admission of New Columbia into the Union, are set aside
24 pursuant to law for the use of the United States under any
25 (A) Act of Congress, (B) Executive order, (C) proclamation of 26 the President, or (D) proclamation of the Mayor of the Dis
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1 trict of Columbia, shall remain the property of the United
(c) Not later than five years after the date of admission
4 of New Columbia into the Union, each Federal agency
5 having control over any land or property that is retained by 6 the United States pursuant to subsection (b) of this section
7 shall submit a report to the President and the Congress con8 cerning the need for such land or property. If the President 9 determines that any such land or property is no longer 10 needed by the Federal Government, it shall be conveyed to
11 the State of New Columbia.
(d) All laws of the United States reserving to the United
13 States the free use or enjoyment of property which vests in
14 or is conveyed to the State of New Columbia or its political 15 subdivisions pursuant to this section or reserving the right to 16 alter, amend, or repeal laws relating thereto shall cease to be 17 effective upon the admission of the State of New Columbia
Sec. 7. (a)(1) Not more than sixty days after the date of
21 enactment of this Act, the President of the United States
22 shall certify such enactment to the Mayor of the District of 23 Columbia. Not more than thirty days after such certification 24 the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall issue a proclama
25 tion for the elections, subject to the provisions of this Act, for
26 officers of all State elective offices provided for by the consti