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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 381

  To provide for the retrocession of the District of Columbia to the 
               State of Maryland, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 27, 2003

   Mr. Regula (for himself, Mr. Bereuter, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Foley, Mr. 
   Hobson, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Kolbe, and Mr. Rohrabacher) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
 the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Government Reform, 
for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case 
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of 
                        the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
  To provide for the retrocession of the District of Columbia to the 
               State of Maryland, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``District of Columbia-Maryland 
Reunion Act''.

SEC. 2. RETROCESSION OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO MARYLAND.

    (a) In General.--Upon the issuance of a proclamation by the 
President under section 7 and except as provided in subsection (b), the 
territory ceded to Congress by the State of Maryland to serve as the 
District constituting the permanent seat of the Government of the 
United States is ceded and relinquished to the State of Maryland.
    (b) Continuation of Federal Control Over National Capital Service 
Area.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), Congress shall continue to 
exercise exclusive legislative authority and control over the District 
of Columbia, which shall consist of the National Capital Service Area 
described in section 4.

SEC. 3. EFFECT ON JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

    (a) Continuation of Suits.--No writ, action, indictment, cause, or 
proceeding pending in any court of the District of Columbia on the 
effective date of this Act shall abate as a result of the enactment of 
this Act, but shall be transferred and shall proceed within such 
appropriate court of the State of Maryland as established under the 
laws or constitution of the State of Maryland.
    (b) Appeals.--An order or decision of any court of the District of 
Columbia for which no appeal has been filed as of the effective date of 
this Act shall be considered an order or decision of a court of the 
State of Maryland for purposes of appeal from and appellate review of 
such order or decision in an appropriate court of the State of 
Maryland.

SEC. 4. NATIONAL CAPITAL SERVICE AREA.

    (a) Description.--The National Capital Service Area referred to in 
section 2(b) is comprised of the principal Federal monuments, the White 
House, the Capitol Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, 
and the Federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings 
located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building (but shall not 
include the District Building), and is more particularly described as 
the territory located within the following boundaries:
            Beginning at the point on the present Virginia-District of 
        Columbia boundary due west of the northernmost point of 
        Theodore Roosevelt Island and running due east of the eastern 
        shore of the Potomac River;
            thence generally south along the shore at the mean high 
        water mark to the northwest corner of the Kennedy Center;
            thence east along the north side of the Kennedy Center to a 
        point where it reaches the E Street Expressway;
            thence east on the expressway to E Street Northwest and 
        thence east on E Street Northwest to Nineteenth Street 
        Northwest;
            thence north on Nineteenth Street Northwest to F Street 
        Northwest;
            thence east on F Street Northwest to Eighteenth Street 
        Northwest;
            thence south on Eighteenth Street Northwest to Constitution 
        Avenue Northwest;
            thence east on Constitution Avenue to Seventeenth Street 
        Northwest;
            thence north on Seventeenth Street Northwest to H Street 
        Northwest;
            thence east on H Street Northwest to Madison Place 
        Northwest;
            thence south on Madison Place Northwest to Pennsylvania 
        Avenue Northwest;
            thence east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Fifteenth 
        Street Northwest;
            thence south on Fifteenth Street Northwest to Pennsylvania 
        Avenue Northwest;
            thence southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to Tenth 
        Street Northwest;
            thence north on Tenth Street Northwest to E Street 
        Northwest;
            thence east on E Street Northwest to Ninth Street 
        Northwest;
            thence south on Ninth Street Northwest to Pennsylvania 
        Avenue Northwest;
            thence southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to John 
        Marshall Place Northwest;
            thence north on John Marshall Place Northwest to C Street 
        Northwest;
            thence east on C Street Northwest to Third Street 
        Northwest;
            thence north on Third Street Northwest to D Street 
        Northwest;
            thence east on D Street Northwest to Second Street 
        Northwest;
            thence south on Second Street Northwest to the intersection 
        of Constitution Avenue Northwest and Louisiana Avenue 
        Northwest;
            thence northeast on Louisiana Avenue Northwest to North 
        Capitol Street;
            thence north on North Capitol Street to Massachusetts 
        Avenue Northwest;
            thence southeast on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest so as to 
        encompass Union Square;
            thence following Union Square to F Street Northeast;
            thence east on F Street Northeast to Second Street 
        Northeast;
            thence south on Second Street Northeast to D Street 
        Northeast;
            thence west on D Street Northeast to First Street 
        Northeast;
            thence south on First Street Northeast to C Street 
        Northeast;
            thence east on C Street Northeast to Third Street 
        Northeast;
            thence south on Third Street Northeast to Maryland Avenue 
        Northeast;
            thence south and west on Maryland Avenue Northeast to 
        Constitution Avenue Northeast;
            thence west on Constitution Avenue Northeast to First 
        Street Northeast;
            thence south on First Street Northeast to Maryland Avenue 
        Northeast;
            thence generally north and east on Maryland Avenue to 
        Second Street Northeast;
            thence south on Second Street Northeast to East Capitol 
        Street;
            thence east on East Capitol Street to Third Street 
        Northeast;
            thence south on Third Street Northeast to Independence 
        Avenue Southeast;
            thence west on Independence Avenue Southeast to Second 
        Street Southeast;
            thence south on Second Street Southeast to C Street 
        Southeast;
            thence west on C Street Southeast to New Jersey Avenue 
        Southeast;
            thence south on New Jersey Avenue Southeast to D Street 
        Southeast;
            thence west on D Street Southeast to Washington Avenue 
        Southwest;
            thence north and west on Washington Avenue Southwest to the 
        intersection of Independence Avenue Southwest and Second Street 
        Southwest;
            thence south on Second Street Southwest to Virginia Avenue 
        Southwest;
            thence generally west on Virginia Avenue to Third Street 
        Southwest;
            thence north on Third Street Southwest to C Street 
        Southwest;
            thence west on C Street Southwest to Sixth Street 
        Southwest;
            thence south on Sixth Street Southwest to E Street 
        Southwest;
            thence west on E Street Southwest to Seventh Street 
        Southwest;
            thence north on Seventh Street Southwest to Maryland Avenue 
        Southwest;
            thence west on Maryland Avenue Southwest to Ninth Street 
        Southwest;
            thence north on Ninth Street Southwest to Independence 
        Avenue Southwest;
            thence west on Independence Avenue Southwest to Twelfth 
        Street Southwest;
            thence south on Twelfth Street Southwest to D Street 
        Southwest;
            thence west on D Street Southwest to Fourteenth Street 
        Southwest;
            thence south on Fourteenth Street Southwest to the middle 
        of the Washington Channel;
            thence generally south and east along the midchannel of the 
        Washington Channel to a point due west of the northern boundary 
        line of Fort Lesley McNair;
            thence due east to the side of the Washington Channel;
            thence following generally south and east along the side of 
        the Washington Channel at the mean high water mark, to the 
        point of confluence with the Anacostia River, and along the 
        northern shore at the mean high water mark to the northernmost 
        point of the Eleventh Street Bridge;
            thence generally south and west along such shore at the 
        mean high water mark to the point of confluence of the 
        Anacostia and Potomac Rivers;
            thence generally south and east along the northern side of 
        the Eleventh Street Bridge to the eastern shore of the 
        Anacostia River;
            thence generally south along the eastern shore at the mean 
        high water mark of the Potomac River to the point where it 
        meets the present southeastern boundary line of the District of 
        Columbia;
            thence south and west along such southeastern boundary line 
        to the point where it meets the present Virginia-District of 
        Columbia boundary;
            thence generally north and west up the Potomac River along 
        the Virginia-District of Columbia boundary to the point of 
        beginning.
    (b) Streets and Sidewalks.--The National Capital Service Area shall 
include any street (and sidewalk thereof) that bounds such Area.
    (c) Affronting or Abutting Federal Real Property.--
            (1) In general.--The National Capital Service Area shall 
        include any Federal real property affronting or abutting such 
        Area as of the effective date of this Act.
            (2) Property included.--For purposes of paragraph (1), 
        Federal real property affronting or abutting the National 
        Capital Service Area shall--
                    (A) include the Department of Housing and Urban 
                Development Building, the Department of Energy 
                Building, Fort Lesley McNair, the Washington Navy Yard, 
                the Anacostia Naval Annex, the United States Naval 
                Station, Bolling Air Force Base, and the Naval Research 
                Laboratory; and
                    (B) not include any portion of Rock Creek Park, any 
                portion of Anacostia Park east of the northern side of 
                the Eleventh Street Bridge, or any territory not 
                located in the District of Columbia on the day before 
                the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 5. TRANSITION PROVISIONS RELATING TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    (a) Temporary Increase in Apportionment.--
            (1) In general.--Until the taking effect of the first 
        reapportionment occurring after the effective date of this 
        Act--
                    (A) the individual serving as the Delegate to the 
                House of Representatives from the District of Columbia 
                shall serve as a member of the House of Representatives 
                from the State of Maryland;
                    (B) the State of Maryland shall be entitled to 1 
                additional Representative until the taking effect of 
                such reapportionment; and
                    (C) such Representative shall be in addition to the 
                membership of the House of Representatives as now 
                prescribed by law.
            (2) Increase not counted against total number of members.--
        The temporary increase in the membership of the House of 
        Representatives provided under paragraph (1) shall not operate 
        to either increase or decrease the permanent membership of the 
        House of Representatives as prescribed in the Act of August 8, 
        1911 (37 Stat. 13; 2 U.S.C. 2), nor shall such temporary 
        increase affect the basis of reapportionment established by the 
        Act of November 15, 1941 (55 Stat. 761; 2 U.S.C. 2a), for the 
        82nd Congress and each Congress thereafter.
    (b) Repeal of Laws Providing for Delegate From the District of 
Columbia.--Sections 202 and 204 of the District of Columbia Delegate 
Act (Public Law 91-405; sections 1-401 and 1-402, D.C. Official Code) 
are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such 
sections are restored or revived as if such sections had not been 
enacted.

SEC. 6. EFFECT ON OTHER LAWS.

    No law or regulation which is in force on the effective date of 
this Act shall be deemed amended or repealed by this Act except to the 
extent specifically provided in this Act, or to the extent that such 
law or regulation is inconsistent with this Act.

SEC. 7. PROCLAMATION REGARDING ACCEPTANCE OF RETROCESSION BY MARYLAND.

    Not later than 30 days after the State of Maryland enacts 
legislation accepting the retrocession described in section 2(a), the 
President shall issue a proclamation announcing such acceptance and 
declaring that the territory ceded to Congress by the State of Maryland 
to serve as the District constituting the permanent seat of the 
Government of the United States has been ceded back to the State of 
Maryland.

SEC. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The provisions of this Act and the amendments made by this Act 
shall take effect on the date the President issues a proclamation under 
section 7 or the date of the ratification of an amendment to the 
Constitution of the United States repealing the twenty-third article of 
amendment to the Constitution, whichever comes later.
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