Georgia AG leads the fight against DC statehood
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr leads a national coalition to prevent the District of Columbia from becoming a state.
ATLANTA – – Once again there is a push for a 51st state: the District of Columbia.
Chris Car and 22 other attorneys general have formed a coalition to prevent DC statehood.
FOX 5 spoke to an emory law professor. He said advocates of DC statehood emphasize the importance of representation, but critics like AG Carr have argued that it is unconstitutional and that other states like Georgia could reduce the impact on elections.
“It was a big push for DC statehood in the 1980s, and some of the arguments were made around that time. Many of the arguments are being brought up again,” Professor Volokh said.
This time Georgia’s attorney general is co-chairing an initiative to block such a move and calling it unconstitutional. Experts said both arguments are valid.
“Whenever a new state is admitted that dilutes the voting rights of every existing state, it means you can welcome new states if you are concerned about your state’s power to shape America’s destiny,” he said. “But on the other hand, you can say, ‘No, if we want to water down the voting rights, it should be valid,'” said Volokh.
The Emory expert talks about the boost to DC statehood
A professor of Emory Law weighs down the push for and against DC statehood.
In a statement, the Georgian Attorney General said, “This coalition has one simple goal – upholding the US Constitution.”
“People who believe this argument point to the original law that Maryland passed … giving up land for a new district,” said Volokh. “We’re frustrated with a deal with Maryland 200 years ago, but Maryland gave it up unconditionally.”
Proponents said DC residents pay their taxes but have no voting rights in Congress and less control by the local government.
According to Volokh, Carr’s leadership could point to a couple of things, the first being recognition that DC statehood would empower the Democrats.
“This is a high-profile effort too. Many attorneys general have used this type of national controversy to catapult themselves into the public eye. I don’t know if our attorney general has these political ambitions, but it could help.” his political career too, “said Volokh.
This story is told from Atlanta
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