District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009

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The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (S.160) was introduced on January 6, 2009 in the Senate, and on February 24, the Senate voted to end debate and begin consideration.[1] A similar bill (H.R.157) was introduced in the House on January 6, 2009.[2]



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Summary

The bill would give the District of Columbia a vote in the House starting January of 2011 and would give Utah another seat, thus bringing the House membership to 437.[3]

Consideration

Senate

The bill was introduced on January 6, 2009, and it was referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security the same day.[4] It was added to the Senate calendar and on February 24 a Cloture vote to end debate and consider the bill succeeded by a vote of 62-34.[5] 



During the debate, the Senate adopted several amendments:

  • An amendment to bar federal regulators from reinstating an old rule, the Fairness Doctrine, which requires balanced coverage of issues discussed on public airwaves.[6]



  • A parallel amendment, urging the FCC to promote diversity in media ownership and clarifying that the Fairness Doctrine amendment would not take away the FCC's authority to ensure that broadcasters meet their obligations to operate in the public interest, was also adopted.[7]



  • They also added an amendment to repeal nearly all local gun-control laws in Washington D.C.[8]



On February 26 the Senate voted to approve the bill, as amended, by a vote of 61-37:



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References

  1. OpenCongress' info page on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
  2. OpenCongress' info page on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
  3. OpenCongress' info page on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
  4. OpenCongress' info page on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
  5. OpenCongress' info page on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
  6. Senatus, "DeMint Fairness Doctrine Ban," "Senatus", February 25, 2009.
  7. Senatus, "Durbin FCC Ownership Diversity," "Senatus", February 25, 2009.
  8. Senatus, "Ensign D.C. Gun Ban Reversal," "Senatus", February 25, 2009.

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