H.R. 5702: To Amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to reduce the waiting period for holding special elections to fill vacancies in teh membership of the Council of the District of Columbia

H.R. 5702

To Amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to reduce the waiting period for holding special elections to fill vacancies in teh membership of the Council of the District of Columbia

Sponsor
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Date
November 16, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.R. 5702 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on July 1, 2010. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 5702 would reduce the waiting period for holding special elections to fill vacancies in membership of the council in the District of Columbia from 114 days to 70 days.

Background

The District of Columbia Home Rule Act created a council for Washington D.C., which consists of 13 elected members.  The law stipulates that in the event of a vacancy, the D.C. Board of Elections is required to hold a special election after a waiting period of 114 days.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office estimates this bill will have no effect on the federal budget.