US SB865 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-2-1)
Status: Introduced on March 18 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-03-18 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Pending: Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Establishes a process for the people of Puerto Rico to vote on the political status (e.g., statehood) of the territory. Congress may ratify the decision through a joint resolution. The bill declares that the legislature of Puerto Rico has the authority to call a status convention regarding the political status of the territory. The bill provides for public financing of delegate elections to the status convention and establishes a Congressional Bilateral Negotiating Commission to provide advice and consultation to delegates of the status convention. The status convention must provide self-determination options for a referendum of the people of Puerto Rico. Ranked-choice voting is a permitted format for the referendum. Delegates shall carry out an educational campaign through traditional paid media related to the referendum. The bill provides for congressional consideration of a joint resolution to ratify the self-determination option selected through the referendum.

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Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021



2021-03-18SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Same As/Similar To

HB2070 (Same As) 2021-06-16 - Committee Hearings Held.


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