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“By marking a cross (X) in one of the squares provided below, show whether you are for or against the charter.

For the charter

Against the charter" (b) Voting may be by paper ballot or by voting machine. The Board of Elections may make such changes in the second paragraph of the charter refer ballot as it determines to be necessary to permit the use of voting machines if such machines are used.

(c) Not less than three days before the date of charter referendum, the Board of Elections shall mail to each person registered (1) a sample of the charter referendum ballot and (2) information showing the polling place of such person and the date and hours of voting.

(d) Not less than one day before the charter referendum, the Board of Elections shall publish, in newspapers of general circulation published in the District of Columbia, a list of the polling places and the date and hours of voting.

METHOD OF VOTING

SEC. 1405. Notwithstanding the fact such sections do not otherwise take effect unless the charter is accepted under this title, the applicable provisions of sections 811, 812, 813, and 814 of this Act shall govern the method of voting, recounts and contests, interference with registration or voting, and violations connected with this charter referendum.

ACCEPTANCE OR NON ACCEPTANCE OF CHARTER

SEC. 1406. (a) If a majority of the registered qualified electors voting in the charter referendum vote for the charter, the charter shall be considered accepted as of the time the Board of Elections certifies the result of the charter referendum to the President of the United States, as provided in subsection (b).

(b) The Board of Elections shall, within a reasonable time, but in no event more than thirty days after the date of the charter referendum, certify the result of the charter referendum to the President of the United States, to the Secretary of the Senate, and to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

TITLE XV-DELEGATE

DISTRICT DELEGATE

SEC. 1501. (a) Until a constitutional amendment and subsequent congressional action otherwise provide, the people of the District shall be represented in the House of Representatives of the United States by a Delegate, to be known as the “Delegate from the District of Columbia”, who shall be elected as provided in this Act. The Delegate shall have a seat in the House of Representatives, with the right of debate, but not of voting. The Delegate shall be a member of the House Committee on the District of Columbia and shall possess in such committee the same powers and privileges as in the House of Representatives, and may make any mction except to reconsider. His term of office shall be for two years.

(b) No per, on shall hold the office of District Delegate unless he (1) is a qualified elector, (2) is at least twenty-five years old, (3) holds no other public office, and (4) is domiciled and resides in the District and during the three years next preceding his nomination (a) has been resident in and domiciled in the District and (b) has not voted in any election (other than in the District) for any candidate for public office. He shall forfeit his office upon failure to maintain the qualifications required by this subsection.

(c) (1) Subsection (a) of section 601 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended, is hereby amended by striking out “from the Territories"

(2) Clause (b) of section 1 of the Civil Service Retirement Act of May 29, 1930, as amended (70 Stat. 743) is hereby amended by striking out “from a Territory”.

(3) The second paragraph under the heading “House of Representatives" in the Act of July 16, 1914 (U.S.C. 1952 edition, title 2, sec. 37), is hereby amended by striking out "from Territories”.

(4) Paragraph (i) of section 302 of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, 1925, as amended (U.S.C. 1952 edition, title 2, sec. 241), is hereby amended by inserting after “United States” the following: ", and the District of Columbia".

(5) Section 591 of title 18, United States Code, 1952 edition, is hereby amended by inserting “, and the District of Columbia" before the period at the end thereof. Section 594 of such title is hereby amended by inserting after “Territories and possessions” the following: “or the District of Columbia”. The first paragraph of section 595 of such title is hereby amended by inserting after “from any Territory or possession” the following: "or the District of Columbia".

TITLE XVI-REFERENDUM

POWER OF REFERENDUM

SEC. 1601. (a) The qualified electors (as defined in section 806) shall have power, pursuant to the procedure provided by this title, to approve or reject in a referendum any act of the Assembly, or part or parts thereof, which has become law, whether or not such act is yet operative. This power shall not extend, however, to acts authorizing the issuance of bonds, which shall be subject to the election provisions contained in section 602, or to acts continuing existing taxes, or making appropriations which in the aggregate are not in excess of those for the preceding fiscal year. Within forty-five days after an act subject to this title has been enacted, a petition signed by qualified electors equal in number to at least 10 per centum of the number who voted at the last preceding general election may be filed with the Clerk of the Assembly requesting that any such act, or any part or parts thereof, be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors.

(b) The Board of Elections shall prescribe such regulations as may be neces sary or appropriate with respect to the form, filing, examination, amendment, and certification of petitions for referenda and with respect to the conduct of any referendum held under this title.

(c) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as abridging the power of the Assembly to submit questions to the electors at any general or special election,

EFFECT OF CERTIFICATION OF REFERENDUM PETITION

SEC. 1602. (a) When a referendum petition has been certified as sufficient, the act, or the one or more items, sections or parts thereof, specified in the pe tition shall not become operative, or further action shall be suspended if it shall have become operative, until and unless approved by the electors, as provided in this title. The filing of a referendum petition against one or more parts of an act shall not alter the operative effect of the remainder of such act.

(b) If, within thirty days after the filing of a referendum petition, the Clerk of the Assembly has not specified the particulars in which a petition is de fective, the petition shall be deemed sufficient for the purposes of this title.

SUBMISSION TO ELECTORS

SEC. 1603. An act or any part or parts thereof, with respect to which a petition for a referendum has been filed and certified as sufficient shall be submitted to the qualified electors at a referendum to be held in connection with any general election which occurs not less than thirty days from the date on which the Clerk of the Assembly files his certificate of the sufficiency of the petition. The Assembly may, if two-thirds of its membership concur, at any time not less than thirty days after the petition has been found sufficient, provide for a special election for the purpose of conducting the referendum.

AVAILABILITY OF LIST OF QUALIFIED ELECTORS SEC. 1604. If any organization or group requests it for the purpose of circulating descriptive matter relating to the act to be voted on at a referendum, the Board of Elections shall either permit such organization or group to copy the names and addresses of the qualified electors or furnish it with a list thereof, at a charge to be determined by the Board of Elections, not exceeding the actual cost of reproducing such list.

RESULTS OF REFERENDUM

SEC. 1605. An act which is submitted to a referendum which it not approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon shall thereupon be deemed repealed. If a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon approve the act, it shall become operative on the day following the day on which the Board of Elections certifies the results of the referendum. If conflicting acts are approved by the electors at the same referendum, the one receiving the greatest number of affirmative votes shall prevail to the extent of such conflict. As used in this section, the word "act" shall mean the complete act, or any part or parts thereof, specified in the petition for referendum.

TITLE XVII–TITLE OF ACT SEC. 1701. This Act, divided into titles and sections according to the table of contents, and including the declaration of congressional policy which is a part of such Act, may be cited as the “District of Columbia Charter Act”.

[H.R. 8081, 86th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To provide an elected mayor, city council, school board, and nonvoting delegate

to the House of Representatives for the District of Columbia, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That subject to the retention by Congress of the ultimate legislative authority over the Nation's Capital which is granted by the Constitution, it is the intent of Congress to restore to the inhabitants of the District of Columbia the powers of local self-government which are a basic privilege of all American citizens; to reaffirm through such action the confidence of the American people in the strengthened validity of principles of local selfgovernment by the elective process; to promote among the inhabitants of the District the sense of responsibility for the development and well-being of their community which will result from the enjoyment of such powers of self-government; to provide for the more effective participation in the development of the District and in the solution of its local problems by those persons who are most closely concerned; and to relieve the National Legislature of the burden of legislating upon purely local District matters. It is the further intention of Congress to exercise its retained ultimate legislative authority over the District only insofar as such action shall be necessary or desirable in the interest of the Nation. Finally, it is recognized that the restoration of the powers of local self-government to the inhabitants of the District by this Act will in no way change the need, which arises from the unique character of the District as the Nation's Capital, for the payment by the Federal Government of a share of the expenses of the District government; and it is intended that an equitable share thereof shall be paid annually.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TITLE 1-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 THE DISTRICT COUNCIL

Sec. 301. Creation and membership.
Sec. 302. Qualifications for holding office.
Sec. 303. Compensation.
Sec. 304. Procedure for changes.

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. Powers of and limitations upon District Council.

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.
Sec. 334. Committees.
Sec. 335. Acts and resolutions.
Sec. 336. Passage of acts.
Sec. 337. Procedure for zoning acts.
Sec. 338. Investigations by District Council.

TITLE IV-MAYOR
Sec. 401. Election, qualifications, and salary.
Sec. 402. Powers and duties.

TITLE V-TED DISTRICT BUDGET
Sec. 501. Fiscal year.
Sec. 502. Budgetary details fixed by District Council.
Sec. 503. Adoption of budget.
Sec. 504. Budget establishes appropriations.
Sec. 505. Supplemental appropriations.

TITLD VI-BORROWINGS

PART 1-BORROWING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Sec. 601. Borrowing power; debt limitations.
Sec. 602. Contents of borrowing legislation ; referendum on bond issue.
Sec. 603. Publication of borrowing legislation.
Sec. 604. Short period of limitation.
Sec. 605. Acts for issuance of bonds.
Sec. 606. Public sale.

PART 2 SHORT TERM BORROWING

Sec. 621. Borrowing to meet supplemental appropriations.
Sec. 622. Borrowing in anticipation of revenues.
Sec. 623. Notes redeemable prior to maturity.
Sec. 624. Sale of notes.

PART 3_PAYMENT OF BONDS AND NOTES

Sec. 631. Payment of bonds and notes.

PART 4-TAX EXEMPTION-LEGAL INVESTMENT

Sec. 641. Tax exemption.
Sec. 642. Legal investment.

TITLE VII-FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE DISTRICT

PART 1-FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION
Sec. 701. Surety bonds.
Sec. 702. Financial duties of the Mayor.
Sec. 703. Control of appropriations.
Sec. 704. Accounting supervision and control.
Sec. 705. When contracts and expenditures prohibited.
Sec. 706. General funds.
Sec. 707. Contracts extending beyond one year.

PART 2-ANNUAL POST AUDIT BY GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

Sec. 721. Independent annual post audit.
Sec. 722. Amendment of Budget and Accounting Act.

PART 3-ADJUSTMENT OF FEDERAL AND DISTRICT EXPENSES

Sec. 731. Adjustment of Federal and District expenses.

TITLE VIII-BOARD OF EDUCATION

Sec. 801. Creation and membership.
Sec. 802. Transfer of functions.
Sec. 803. Functions and limitations.
Sec. 804. Qualifications for holding office.
Sec. 805. Compensation of members.
Sec. 806. President of the Board of Education,
Sec. 807. Secretary of the Board of Education ; records.
Sec. 808. Meetings.
Sec. 809. Procedure for changes.

TITLE IX-ELECTIONS IN THE DISTRICT
Sec. 901. Board of elections.
Sec. 902. What elections shall be held.
Sec. 903. Elective offices; terms of office.
Sec. 904. Vacancies.
Sec. 905. What candidates are elected.
Sec. 906. Qualified electors.
Sec. 907. Registration.
Sec. 908. Qualified candidates.
Sec. 909. Nominations.
Sec. 910. Nonpartisan elections.
Sec. 911. Method of voting.
Sec. 912. Recounts and contests.
Sec. 913. Interference with registration or voting.
Sec. 914. Violations.

TITLE X-MISCELLANEOUS

Sec. 1001. Agreements with United States.
Sec. 1002. Personal interest in contracts or transactions.
Sec. 1003. Compensation from more than one source.
Sec. 1004. Assistance of United States Civil Service Commission in development of District

merit system,

TITLE XI-SUCCESSION IN GOVERNMENT
Sec. 1101. Transfer of personnel, property, and funds.
Sec. 1102. Existing statutes, regulations, and so forth.
Sec. 1103. Pending actions and proceedings.
Sec. 1104. Vacancies resulting from abolition of Board of Commissioners.

TITLU XII-SEPARABILITY OF PROVISIONS

Sec. 1201. Separability of provisions.

TITLI XIII-TEMPORARY PROVISIONS

Sec. 1301. Powers of the President during transition period.
Sec. 1302. Reimbursable appropriation for the District.

TITLE XIV-EFFECTIVE DATES

Sec. 1401. Effective dates.

TITLE XV-SUBMISSION OF CHARTER FOR REFERENDUM
Sec. 1501. Charter referendum.
Sec. 1502. Board of Elections.
Sec. 1503. Registration.
Sec. 1504. Charter referendum ballot; notice of voting.
Sec. 1505. Method of voting.
Sec. 1506. Acceptance or nonacceptance of charter.

TITLE XVI-DELEGATE
Sec. 1601. District Delegate.

TITLD XVII-REFERENDUM
Sec. 1701. Power of referendum.
Sec. 1702. Effect of certification of referendum petition,
Sec. 1703. Submission to electors.
Sec. 1704. Availability of list of qualified electors.
Sec. 1705. Results of referendum.

TITLE XVIII–TITLE OF ACT

Sec. 1801. Title of Act,

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" or "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 “Mayor” means the Mayor provided for by title IV.

(5) The term "qualified elector" means a qualified elector of the District as specified in section 906, except as otherwise specifically provided.

(6) The term “act” includes any legislation adopted by the District Council, except where the term “Act” is used to refer to this Act or other Acts of Congress herein specified.

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