Virginia Compacts

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§ 1-311. Recession of portion of District of Columbia

§ 1-311. Recession of portion of District of Columbia

That portion of the District of Columbia which, by an act of the General Assembly, passed December 3, 1789, was ceded to the United States and receded and forever relinquished to this Commonwealth by an act of Congress approved July 9, 1846, and accepted by the Commonwealth by an act of the General Assembly adopted on February 3, 1846, shall be and remain reannexed to this Commonwealth and constitutes a portion thereof, subject to such reservation and provisions respecting the public property of the United States, as the United States Congress has enacted in its act of recession.

Code 1950, § 7-8; 1966, c. 102, § 7.1-9; 2005, c. 839.

Chap. 64.- An Act Accepting by the State of Virginia the County of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, When the Same Shall be Re-ceded by the Congress of the United States.

[Passed February 3, 1846.]

Whereas the general assembly of this commonwealth, on the third day of December, in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-nine, passed an act, entitled ""an act for the cession of ten miles square, or any lesser quantity of territory within this state, to the United States, in congress assembled, for the permanent seat of the general government;'' and by the said act is wasenacted, that ""a tract of country not exceeding ten miles square, or any lesser quantity, to be located within the limits of this state, and in any part thereof as congress may by law direct, shall be and the same is hereby forever ceded and relinquished to the congress and government of the United States, in full and absolute right, and exclusive jurisdiction as well of soil as of persons residing or to reside thereon, pursuant to the tenor and effect of the eighth section of the first article of the constitution of the government of the United States.'' And whereas the congress of the United States did, under the provisions of the said act, locate that portion of the territory of Virginia now known as the county of Alexandria in the District of Columbia, lying south and west of the river Potomac, and bounded by said river and the lines which separate the District of Columbia from Virginia: And whereas the congress of the United States, on the twenty-seventh day of February, in the year eighteen hundred and one, passed an act, entitled ""an act concerning the District of Columbia,'' by the provisions of which act the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States was extended over the territory so located as aforesaid, which territory has since formed a part of the District of Columbia: And whereas a petition has been presented to the general assembly by the citizens residing in said county of Alexandria, representing that they now have pending before the congress of the United States an application for the re-cession of the said county of Alexandria to the commonwealth of Virginia, and praying the consent of the general assembly to such re-cession, and for the passage of a law to give effect thereto, if the same should be granted by congress ; and as the prayer of the said petition is deemed reasonable,

1. Be it therefore enacted by the general assembly, That so soon as the congress of the United States shall by law re-cede to the commonwealth of Virginia the said county of Alexandria, and relinquish their exclusive jurisdiction, as well of territory as of persons residing or to reside thereon, the same shall be re-annexed to the said commonwealth, and constitute a portion thereof, subject to such reservation and provisions respecting the public property of the United States, as congress may enact in their act of re-cession.

2. Be it further enacted, That the general assembly hereby assents that the jurisdiction and laws of the United States, as well as the rights and privileges of the citizens of said county, and bodies politic and corporate thereof, shall constitute in force and be exercised in like manner, and to the same extent, as they now exist, until the general assembly of Virginia shall by law provide for the government of said county under the constitution and laws of this commonwealth.

3. This act shall be in force from the passing thereof.