S.J.Res 25: A joint resolution granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact

S.J.Res 25

A joint resolution granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact

Sponsor
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

Date
April 14, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

S. J. Res. 25 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on December 24, 2009.  The legislation passed the Senate under unanimous consent on January 21, 2010.

Bill Summary

S. J. Res. 25 grants the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to article III of title I of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact to revise the composition of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission.  The resolution states that the Commission be composed of three members, one member appointed by the Governor of Virginia from the Department of Motor Vehicles of the Commonwealth of Virginia, one member appointed by the Governor of Maryland from the Maryland Public Service Commission, and one member appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia from a District agency with oversight of matters relating to the Commission.

The resolution declares that such amendment to the article shall not affect any member in office on its effective date.  The resolution also includes a severability clause.

Background

Currently, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC) Compact requires that D.C. be represented by a member from the District of Columbia's Public Service Commission (PSC).  However, the PSC has ceased to have the responsibility for any business regulated by the WMATC.  This legislation would allow the D.C. Mayor to select the agency to be represented by the Commissioner representing D.C. on WMATC.  The bill would also allow Virginia to change the agency represented by its Commissioner on WMATC to Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles.

Cost

CBO did not score S. J. Res. 25.