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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
Mr. Faustroy introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on the District of Columbia

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To provide for the admission of the State of New Columbia into

the Union.

1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the "New Colum

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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COMPACT WITH UNITED STATES; CLAIMS TO FEDERAL

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LANDS AND PROPERTY

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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STATE TITLE TO LANDS AND PROPERTY

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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.

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(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.

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(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

2 States.

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(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.

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(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

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Sec. 7. (a)(1) Not more than sixty days after the date of

21 enactment of this Act, the President of the United States

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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

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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

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