Puerto Rico statehood legislation proposes new referendum

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    May 16, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/puerto-rico-statehood-legislation_n_3278118.html?utm_hp_ref=latino-politics

    Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s legislation to outline a path to statehood is already sparking a backlash.

    The “Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act,” which Pierluisi introduced Wednesday in Washington, would pose an up-or-down plebiscite asking whether voters want the island to become the 51st state. The bill then outlines a process for the U.S. Congress to admit Puerto Rico as a state if the referendum succeeds.

    “The measure establishes a clear and simple process for Puerto Rico to gain admission as a State of the Union,” Pierluisi said, according to El Nuevo Día.
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    May 16, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    It makes more sense to me to have this be a two-part referendum. The first one was too complex to be considered a referendum on being admitted as a state. The first referendum should have been a runoff of what choice would be voted on in the second referendum. So if they chose one of the two independence options (full independence, or a freely associated independence similar to Palau or Micronesia) they would vote Yes or No on independence. In this case the statehood option won the most amount of votes. So now they should vote Yes or No on becoming a state. If a majority of Puerto Ricans vote Yes on statehood, then it will certainly happen. If a majority reject statehood, then the current status will continue.