H.R. 3902: To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia

H.R. 3902

To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia

Sponsor
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Date
February 28, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3902, a bill that would amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. 

H.R. 3902 was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on February 6, 2012, and was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which reported the bill by a voice vote on February 17, 2012.

Bill Summary

H.R 3902 would give the District of Columbia Board of Elections more flexibility to schedule special elections.  The bill would allow the elections board to fill Council and mayoral general vacancies within 70 days and 174 days, respectively.  Current law requires the city to hold special elections 114 days after vacancies occur. 

The special election procedural change would be applied to the position of District attorney general when it becomes an elected position in 2014. 

Cost

No CBO score is available for H.R. 3902 at press time.