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S 160 - Washington DC Voting Act - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Edward Kennedy, Sr. Did Not Vote on this Legislation.

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NOTE: THIS LEGISLATION NEEDED A THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY VOTE TO PASS.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (61-37) - (Key vote)

Title: Washington DC Voting Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that gives the District of Columbia a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

Highlights:
  • Creates a new congressional district for the District of Columbia, but prohibits the District from gaining additional seats in the US House or any seats in the US Senate (Sec. 2).
  • Permanently increases the size of the House of Representatives from 435 to 437 members (Sec. 3).
  • Creates a new congressional district in Utah for the 112th Congress (Secs. 3, 4).
  • Provides guidelines for judicial review of this act (Sec. 8).
  • Prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from requiring broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints under the “Fairness Doctrine” (Sec. 10).
  • Prevents the District of Columbia from using previous acts to restrict the possession and purchase of firearms by residents (Sec. 203, 211).
  • Repeals the District of Columbia’s bans on semiautomatic firearms and handgun ammunition (Sec. 204, 206).
  • Repeals the District of Columbia’s firearms registration and penalties associated with owning an unregistered firearm (205, 208).
  • Repeals the District of Columbia’s law against self-defense in the home (Sec. 207).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Washington DC Voting Act

Sponsors

  • Joseph I. 'Joe' Lieberman (CT - I) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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