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In this blog, I discuss DC politics and other issues of import to local government. I have posted several essays from my book, Musings from the Christian Left, on blog entreies dated June 2004.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

New Columbia Constitutional Questions (Geocities Rescue)

Here is some suggested language for a referendum between the two constitutions:

Ballot Questions on Amending the Constitution of New Columbia & the Home Rule Act

Question 1. Shall Article I. Bill of Rights be replaced with the Bill of Rights adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 2. Shall the Home Rule Act be amended to include the language adopted in Question 1, adding a new Part H?

Question 3. Shall Article II. The Legislative Branch, be replaced with the amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia (except Section 202. Constitution Amending Procedure)?

Question 4. Shall the Home Rule Act be amended to include the language adopted in Question 3, renaming the Council the House of Delegates and expanding it to twenty-five or forty?

Question 5. Shall Article III. The Executive Branch, be replaced with the amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 6. Shall the Home Rule Act be amended to include the language adopted in Question 5, abolishing the Office of Mayor and establishing the Office of Governor and providing for an Attorney General?

Question 7. Shall Article IV. The Judicial Branch, be replaced with the amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 8. Shall the Home Rule Act be amended to include language adopted in Question 7, transferring Judicial appointment to the Governor (if so provided in Question 6) and, if Question 7 fails, providing for Retention Elections for Judges?

Question 9. Shall Article V. Suffrage, Article VI. Education, Article VIII. Banking and Corporations, Article IX. Land and Environment, Article X. Public Services, Article XI. Health, Housing and Social Services, Article XII. Labor, Article XIII. Local Government Units and Article XVI. Intergovernmental Relations be stricken and replaced with Article VIII. Independent Agencies and Article X. Miscellaneous as proposed by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 10. If Question 9 should fail and Question 4 succeed, shall Article V. Suffrage, Article VI. Education, Article VIII. Banking and Corporations, Article IX. Land and Environment, Article X. Public Services, Article XI. Health, Housing and Social Services, Article XII. Labor, Article XIII. Local Government Units and Article XVI. Intergovernmental Relations be added to the Home Rule Act as Section I or where otherwise appropriate?

Question 11. Shall Article VII. Finance and Taxation be replaced by the amended Articles adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 12. Shall Article XV. Initiative, Referendum and Recall be replaced by the Amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 13. Shall Article XVII. Amendment and Revision be replaced by the Amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia (Section 202)?

Question 14. Should Question 13 fail, shall the Home Rule Act be amended by Article XVII of the Constitution of New Columbia?

Question 15. Shall Article XVIII. Transition be replaced by the Amendment adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Alternative Language
If a less complicated ballot is preferred, the question of which constitution is to chosen can be presented to the voters in summary form, as follows:

Question 1. Shall the Constitution of New Columbia ratified in 1982 be replaced by the Constitution adopted by the Council of the District of Columbia?

Question 2. Shall the Home Rule Act be amended by substituting, where appropriate, the language of the Constitution of New Columbia which succeeds in Question 1?

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