District of Columbia Criminal Code Right to Privacy Amendment Act of 1991
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Nathanson introduced the following bill, which was referred to the
Committee on _______________.
To amend the District of Columbia Criminal Code to eliminate criminal sanctions for
private, consensual, non-commercial sexual acts between persons who are above the existing
age of consent.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as
the "District of Columbia Criminal Code Right to Privacy Amendment Act of 1991. II
Sec. 2. Section 874 of An Act To establish a code of law for the District of Columbia,
approved March 3, 1901 (31 Stat. 1332; D.C. Code, sec. 22-301) is hereby repealed
Sec. 3. Section 214 of the District of Columbia Law Enforcement Act of 1953, approved
June 29, 1953 (67 Stat. 99; D.C. Code, sec. 22-1002) is hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. Section 104 of An Act To provide for the treatment of sexual psychopaths in the
District of Columbia and for other purposes, approved June 9, 1948 (62 Stat. 347; D.C.
Code, sec. 22-3502), is amended by adding a new subsection (c) to read as follows:
"(c) No act engaged in only by consenting persons 16 years of age or older shall
constitute an offense under this section."
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect after a 60-day period of Congressional review
following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the
Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in section 602(c)(2)
of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved
December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code, sec. 1-233(c)(2)), and publication in either
the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or District
of Columbia Municipal Regulations.
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