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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1951

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, D. C.
The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m. in the District of
Columbia room, United States Capitol, Senator Matthew M. Neely
(chairman) presiding.

Present: Senators Neely, Smith of North Carolina, and Case.

Also present: Robert H. Mollohan, clerk; Gerhard P. Van Arkel,
committee counsel, and William P. Gulledge, assistant committee
counsel.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order.

The committee has convened to conduct hearings on S. 656. The
text of this bill is as follows:

[S. 656, 82d Cong., 1st sess.)
A BILL To provide for home rule and reorganization in the District of Columbia
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled, That this Act, divided into titles and sections
according to the following table of contents, may be cited as the “District of
Columbia Charter Act”.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TITLE I-DEFINITIONS :

Sec. 101. Definitions.

TITLE II-STATUS OF THE DISTRICT

Sec. 201. Status of the District.

TITLE III—THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

PART 1-CREATION OF DISTRICT COUNCIL

Sec. 301. Creation and membership.

Sec. 302. Qualifications for holding office.

Sec. 303. Compensation.

PART 2. PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

Sec. 321. Functions heretofore exercised by the Board of Commissioners.

Sec. 322. Functions relating to zoning.

Sec. 323. Certain delegated functions.

Sec. 324. Ordinances.

Sec. 325. Legislative proposals.

2. 326. Limitations on powers of District Council.

Sec. 327. Creation and abolition of advisory boards and commissions.

PART 3. ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

Sec. 331. The Chairman.

Sec. 332. Secretary of the District Council; records and documents.

Sec. 333. Meetings.

TITLE IX—THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
Sec. 901. General provisions.
Sec. 902. Department of Health.
Sec. 903. Department of Welfare.
Sec. 904. Department of Recreation.
Sec. 905. Department of Public Safety.
Sec. 906. Department of Finance.
Sec. 907. Department of Law.
Sec. 908. Department of Public Works.
Sec. 909. Department of Libraries.
Sec, 910, Department of Labor.
Sec. 911. Department of Commerce.
Sec. 912. Department of Corrections,
Sec. 913. Department of Professional and Occupational Standards.

Department of Laboarles.

TITLE X-CERTAIN AGENCIES NOT UNDER THE DIRECTION AND SUPERVISION OF THE DISTRICT

MANAGER

Sec. 1001. Zoning Adjustment Board.
Sec. 1002. Public Utilities Commission.
Sec. 1003. Board of Tax Appeals.
Sec. 1004. Redevelopment Land Agency.
Sec. 1005. Executive officers.

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Title XI—BOARD OF EDUCATION
Sec. 1101. Creation and membership.
Sec. 1102. Transfer of functions.
Sec. 1103. Functions and limitations.
Sec. 1104. Qualifications for holding office.
Sec. 1105. Compensation of members.
Sec. 1106. President of the Board of Education.
Sec. 1107. Secretary of the Board of Education ; records.
Sec. 1108. Meetings.

TITLE XII-ELECTIONS IN THE DISTRICT
Sec. 1201. Board of Elections.
Sec. 1202. What elections shall be held.
Sec. 1203. Elective officers ; terms of office.
Sec. 1204. Vacancies.
Sec. 1205. What candidates are elected.
Sec. 1206. Qualified electors.
Sec. 1207. Registration.
Sec. 1208. Qualified candidates.
Sec. 1209. Nominations.
Sec, 1210. Nonpartisan elections.
Sec. 1211. Method of voting..
Sec. 1212. Recounts and contests.
Sec. 1213. Interference with registration or voting.
Sec. 1214. Violations.

TITLE XIII-APPOINTMENT, RECLASSIFICATION, AND RETIREMENT OF OFFICERS AND

EMPLOYEES

PART 1-APPOINTMENT AND CLASSIFICATION Sec. 1301. Application of the Civil Service Act. Sec. 1302. Status of officers and employees of the District in the Federal classified civil

service.
Sec. 1303. Selection of District employees.
Sec. 1304. Noncompliance of the District with requirements of the Civil Service Commission.
Sec. 1305. Application of the Classification Act of 1923 to officers and employees of the

District.
Sec. 1306. Compensation of certain employees of the District.
Sec. 1307. Payment for services rendered by Civil Service Commission.

PART 2-RETIREMENT
Sec. 1321. Liability of District.
Sec. 1322. Payment for services rendered by Civil Service Commission.

TITLE XIV-MISCELLANEOUS
Sec. 1401. Agreements with United States.
Sec. 1402. Personal interest in contracts or transactions.
Sec. 1403. Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
Sec. 1404. Register of Wills and Clerk of Probate Court.
Sec. 1405. National Capital Park and Planning Commission,
Sec. 1406. Certain functions now administered by Federal agencies.
Sec. 1407. National Capital Housing Authority.
Sec. 1408. Compensation from more than one source.
Sec. 1409. Miscellaneous Federal agencies.

TITLE XV-SUCCESSION IN GOVERNMENT

Sec. 1501. Transfer of personnel, property, and funds.
Sec. 1502. Existing statutes, regulations, and so forth.
Sec. 1503. Pending actions and proceedings.
Sec. 1504. Vacancies resulting from abolition of Board of Commissioners.

TITLE XVI—SEPARABILITY OF PROVISIONS
Sec. 1601. Separability of provisions.

TITLE XVII–TEMPORARY PROVISIONS Sec. 1701. Powers of the President during transition period. Sec. 1702. Reimbursable appropriation for the District for the period ending June 30, 1950.

TITLE XVIII-EFFECTIVE DATES Sec. 1801. Effective dates.

TITLE XIX-SUBMISSION OF CHARTER FOR REFERENDUM

Sec. 1901. Charter referendum.
Sec. 1902. Charter Referendum Board.
Sec. 1903. Registration.
Sec. 1904. Charter referendum ballot; notice of voting.
Sec. 1905. Method of voting.
Sec. 1906. Acceptance or nonacceptance of charter.
Sec. 1907. Interference with registration or voting.
Sec. 1908. Violations.

TITLE XX-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION Sec. 2001. Authorization of appropriation.

TITLE I-DEFINITIONS

DEFINITIONS

SEC. 101. For the purposes of this Act,
(1) The term “District” means the District of Columbia.

(2) The term “District Council" means the Council of the District of Columbia provided for by title III.

(3) The term “Chairman” means the Chairman of the District Council provided for by title III.

(4) The term “District Manager" means the District Manager provided for by title V.

(5) The term “qualified elector” means a qualified elector of the District as specified in section 1206 (b).

(6) The term “expenditure”, when applied to any period of time, includes an obligation to expend incurred during such period, but does not include a disbursement made in such period if the obligation to make such disbursement was incurred in a prior period.

(7) The term “person” includes an individual, partnership, association, jointstock company, trust, or corporation.

(8) The term “budget year” means the fiscal year for which any particular budget becomes effective and in which such budget is administered

(9) The term "capital project", or "project”, means (a) any physical public betterment or improvement and any preliminary studies and surveys relative thereto; (b) the acquisition of property of a permanent nature; or (c) the purchase of equipment for any public betterment or improvement when first erected or acquired.

(10) The term “pending", when applied to any capital project, means authorized but not yet completed.

TITLE II—STATUTE OF THE DISTRICT

STATUS OF THE DISTRICT SEC. 201. (a) All the territory which was ceded by the State of Maryland to the Congress of the United States for the permanent seat of the government of the United States shall continue to be designated as the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia is hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate in perpetuity for governmental purposes and as such may sue and be sued,

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