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Virtual Legality Episode 437

DC Statehood - Problems and Possibilities: A Legal Discussion

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4m Mar 25, 2021
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The District of Columbia, Washington D.C., has long been the seat of the US federal government, but is now receiving strong consideration to become the 51st State.

What does HR 51 actually propose for the District, and does it pass Constitutional muster?

What did the founders (and the Federalist Papers) have to say about the issue, and why is their word unlikely to be the final one on the subject?

What is retro-cession and how does it, the nature of contract law, and the thorny issue of the 23rd Amendment impact the conversation.

DC literally was in the room where it happened...in Virtual Legality.

#Statehood #WashingtonDC #HR51


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Discussed in this episode:
"A Bill to provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union"
HR 51 (2021)
https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/BILLS-117hr51ih.pdf

"Why Statehood for DC"
Washington DC Policy Webpage
https://statehood.dc.gov/page/why-statehood-dc

"Sorry. D.C. Statehood Isn’t Likely"
Time Website - March 22, 2021
https://time.com/5948974/why-dc-statehood-isnt-likely/

Article IV, US Constitution
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiv

Article I, US Constitution
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei

"United States Capitol"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol

Residence Act of 1790
https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=001/llsl001.db&recNum=253

George Washington - Proclamation of January 24, 1791
Avalon Project
https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/gwproc04.asp

"I don't think the Founding Fathers had any intentions regarding South Dakota..."
Tweet - March 22, 2021 - Aaron Rupar
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1374180534176350209

"The Same Subject Continued(The Powers Conferred by the Constitution Further Considered)"
Federalist 43 - Madison
https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed43.asp

"District of Columbia retrocession"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_retrocession

"With Stronger Democratic Support, D.C. Statehood Fight Returns To Capitol Hill"
NPR - March 22, 2021
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/978975249/with-stronger-democratic-support-d-c-statehood-fight-returns-to-capitol-hill

"S.R.A., Inc. v. Minnesota"
327 U.S. 558 (1946)
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/327/558/

"What is the Senate filibuster, and what would it take to eliminate it?"
Brookings Institute Website
https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/votervital/what-is-the-senate-filibuster-and-what-would-it-take-to-eliminate-it/

Twenty-Third Amendment, US Constitution
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxiii


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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