Mayor Bowser has caused quite a stir with her new statehood initiative, and it has taken a while for us to respond. In a nutshell, the Mayor proposes to draft a new constitution and put before voters this November a referendum that will include a vote on statehood and a vote on the new constitution. The stated purpose of this initiative is to present a demand for statehood to the 115th Congress that assembles next January.
The Mayor is proposing the initiative in her capacity as co-chair of the 51st State Commission, which consists of the Mayor, Council Chairman Mendelson (the other co-chair), and the three members of the Statehood Delegation: Shadow Senators Strauss and Brown, and Shadow Representative Garcia. The Commission has developed a draft constitution and has proposed a process that culminates in the November referendum. The draft constitution, which was written by a select team of legal advisors, is largely modeled on the current Home Rule Charter.
The Steering Committee developed a statement regarding the Statehood Initiative which has received very well by our members.
Read DC4D’s Statement on Statehood Initiative