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So... Puerto Rico.

:iconthenaughticallife:
TheNAUGHTicalLife Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Since the majority vote, I haven't heard much about Puerto Rico reaching statehood. My questions are:

Is the US government going to pass statehood soon? If not, when?
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How do you think the US government will handle Puerto Rico once it does become a state?

Bonus question:
Is statehood a good thing for Puerto Rico/ the US?
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:iconcybereaglewarrior:
CyberEagleWarrior Jan 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Bring 'em in. Change the flags!
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:iconjackmolotov3:
JackMolotov3 Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Is the US government going to pass statehood soon? If not, when?"

Looks like they voted to join, excellent
[link]

Thats the US constitution's rules on new states. Not specific. Puerto Rico is certainly eligible for statehood. I found this:
"
1. A territory petitions Congress.
2. The dependent area drafts a constitution with a republican form of government.
3. Congress must approve statehood by a simple majority.
4. The President must sign the bill."
from here,
[link]

I know the Puerto Rican public has approved statehood, but has the territorial government drafted a State constitution, or petitioned congress yet?

"How do you think the US government will handle Puerto Rico once it does become a state?"
Same as any other state. Puerto Rico is already US soil, and Puerto Ricans have been American citizens for a very long time. They have their own National Guard, and most state level functions in a territorial government.

Not much will change, except people in the soon to be 51 states, will actuall hear more about PR, because it will be relevant in national politics.
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:iconthenaughticallife:
TheNAUGHTicalLife Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
They HAVE petitioned congress but I haven't heard anything about their constitution.

Also, they ARE US citizens but they don't get exactly the same rights as the rest of us. Weird. :/
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:iconjackmolotov3:
JackMolotov3 Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
they do have a territory constitution. It has the prerequisite requirements of republicanism, democracy, and all the jazz
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:iconblack-allison:
Black-Allison Jan 6, 2013
Don't they live under taxation without fair representation right now?
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:iconthenaughticallife:
TheNAUGHTicalLife Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Nope. They don't pay US taxes.
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:iconblack-allison:
Black-Allison Jan 6, 2013
Huh. I'm not very versed in this, but what does the States have to gain from another State? Aside from an confusing problem with the flag.
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:iconthenaughticallife:
TheNAUGHTicalLife Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Taxation; control of resources and ports, larger influence at the isles. It's like the Alaska boundary dispute but more important.
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:iconincandescentinsanity:
IncandescentInsanity Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
But then there will be 51 stars on the flag and that will look weird
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:iconcake-fiend:
cake-fiend Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But think of how much it will stimulate the flag making industry.
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