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1 SEC. 3. NONRESIDENT PUERTO RICANS.
(a) The Congress finds that-
(1) a substantial number of the Puerto Rican people reside outside of Puerto Rico; and
(2) the Government of Puerto Rico has the authority
to enable some Puerto Ricans who are United States
citizens residing in places other than Puerto Rico to
vote in the referendum.
(b) The Congress hereby authorizes the Government of Puerto Rico, subject to the plan referred to in subsection 11 (c), to enable Puerto Ricans not resident in Puerto Rico to 12 register and vote in the referendum without being present in
Puerto Rico. Such persons may include those born in Puerto 14 Rico or those who have at least one parent who was born in 15 Puerto Rico. 16 (c) The Dialogue Committee is authorized to submit to the 17 Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico for its ratification a
plan agreed to by a majority of the members of such committee 19 to accomplish the purposes authorized by subsection (b). Once 20 so ratified, such plan shall have the force of law.
(d) In the event that any provision of this Act is held 22 invalid, or the Dialogue Committee does not submit a plan, or 23 the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico fails to ratify such 24 plan not later than 120 days before the referendum, it is the 25 intent of Congress that the remaining provisions of this Act
i shall continue in full force and effect. 2 SEC. 4. DEVELOPMENT OF LEGISLATION. 3 (a) If the referendum results in a majority for one of
4 the three status options, Members of the Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources of the United States Senate and the
6 Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United
7 States House of Representatives, in full consultation with 8 representatives of each of Puerto Rico's principal parties, 9 the President of the United States, and other interested
persons as may be appropriate, shall draft legislation to 11 implement the selected status addressing the aspects of that 12 status set forth in the report which accompanies the bill, 13 H.R. 4765 (H. Rept. 101--__). In drafting the legislation 14 provided for in this section, the governing principles of 15 each status option shall be treated equally, consistent with 16 the constitutional authority of the United States Congress. 17. (b) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such 18 sums as may be necessary for the conduct of the 19 consultations. 20 SEC. 5. CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION. 21 (a) Not later than March 6, 1992, the Chairman of the 22 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources shall introduce the 23 legislation provided for in section 4(a) in the United States 24 Senate and the Chairman of the Committee on Interior and 25 Insular Affairs shall introduce such legislation in the
i United States House of Representatives.
(b) At any time after the close of the 180th-calendar day beginning after the date of introduction of such legislation, 4 it shall be in order for any Member of the United States 5 House of Representatives or the United States Senate to move 6 to discharge any committee of that House from further
consideration of the legislation. A motion to discharge shall 8 be highly privileged, and debate thereon shall be limited to 9 not more than 2 hours, to be divided equally between those 10 supporting and those opposing the motion. An amendment to the 11 motion shall not be in order, and it shall not be in order to 12 move to reconsider the vote by which the motion was agreed to 13 or disagreed to. 14 (c) At any time after the close of the 14th legislative 15 day beginning after the last committee has reported or been 16 discharged from further consideration of such legislation, it 17 shall be in order for any Member of the United States House 18 of Representatives or the United States Senate to move to 19 proceed to the immediate consideration of the legislation 20 (such motion not being debatable), and such motion is hereby 21 made of high privilege. An amendment to the motion shall not 22 be in order, and it shall not be in order to move to 23 reconsider the vote by which the motion was agreed to or 24 disagreed to.
(d) Enactment of this section constitutes a commitment
i that the United States Congress will vote on legislation 2 establishing appropriate mechanisms and procedures to 3 implement the political status selected by the people of 4 Puerto Rico. 5 SEC. 6. RATIFYING VOTE ON LEGISLATION. 6. (a) If enacted, the legislation drafted pursuant to 7 section 4(a) as approved by the Congress shall be submitted 8 to the people of Puerto Rico for ratification according to 9 the laws of Puerto Rico not later than 60 days after 10 enactment. The legislation shall take effect in accordance il with its terms upon approval by the people of Puerto Rico in 12 the ratification vote. 13 (b) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such 14 sums as may be necessary for the conduct of the ratification 15 vote provided for by this section. 16 SEC. 7. RECOMMENDATIONS, IF NECESSARY.
If the referendum provided for by section 2 does not 18 result in a majority for one of the three status options or 19 if the legislation drafted pursuant to this Act does not come 20 into effect, Members of the Committee on Energy and Natural 21 Resources of the United States Senate and the Committee on 22 Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of 23 Representatives, in full consultation with representatives of 24 each of the principal parties of Puerto Rico, the President 25 of the United States, and other interested persons as may be