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

The 51st State Commission’s process for implementing the initiative is described here.
The draft constitution can be viewed here.

We also urge you to give your feedback directly to the 51st State Commission both at public meetings and online.