Current through October 23, 2012
The purpose of this initiative is to propose to the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia the question of calling a statehood constitutional convention for the purpose of forming a constitution and otherwise providing a process for a major portion of the territory now known as the District of Columbia to be admitted in the Union as a state on equal footing with the other states. The acts of the convention shall be submitted for ratification by the people, as provided for in this initiative.
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(Mar. 10, 1981, D.C. Law 3-171, § 2, 27 DCR 4732; Oct. 8, 1981, D.C. Law 4-35, § 2(a), 28 DCR 3376.)
1981 Ed., § 1-111.
Legislative History of Laws
Law 3-171 was submitted to the electors of the District of Columbia on November 4, 1980, as Initiative No. 3. The results of the voting, certified by the Board of Election and Ethics on November 21, 1980, were 90,533 for the Initiative and 60,972 against the Initiative. It was transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review on January 19, 1981.
Law 4-35 was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 4-229, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 16, 1981 and June 30, 1981, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 20, 1981, it was assigned Act No. 4-62 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.
Constitution approved: The Constitution developed by the Statehood Constitutional Convention, entitled the "Constitution of the State of New Columbia", was submitted to the electors of the District of Columbia for ratification on November 2, 1982. The results of the voting, certified by the Board of Elections and Ethics on November 10, 1982, were 61,405 for the Constitution and 54,964 against the Constitution.