US State Code:United States CodeTITLE 48 - TERRITORIES AND INSULAR POSSESSIONS


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The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to purchase from appropriations made for the benefit of natives of Alaska, food, clothing, supplies, and materials for resale, under...


After February 20, 1942, miscellaneous revenues derived from schools, hospitals, and other facilities maintained and operated by the Indian Service for the benefit of Indians...


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The jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii is extended to all civil and criminal cases arising on or within the Midway Islands, Wake...


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The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the island of Puerto Rico and to the adjacent islands belonging to the United States and waters of those islands; and the name...


From and after May 17, 1932, the island designated ''Porto Rico'' in the Act entitled ''An Act to provide a civil government for Porto Rico, and for other purposes,'' approved...


Fully recognizing the principle of government by consent, sections 731b to 731e of this title are now adopted in the nature of a compact so that the people of Puerto Rico may...


Sections 731b to 731e of this title shall be submitted to the qualified voters of Puerto Rico for acceptance or rejection through an island-wide referendum to be held in...


Upon adoption of the constitution by the people of Puerto Rico, the President of the United States is authorized to transmit such constitution to the Congress of the United States...


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All inhabitants continuing to reside in Puerto Rico who were Spanish subjects on the 11th day of April 1899, and then resided in Puerto Rico, and their children born...


All citizens of the United States who have resided or who shall after March 4, 1927, reside in the island for one year shall be citizens of Puerto Rico. ...


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The statutory laws of the United States not locally inapplicable, except as hereinbefore or hereinafter otherwise provided, shall have the same force and effect in Puerto Rico as...


Title III of the National Prohibition Act, as amended, and all provisions of the internal revenue laws relating to the enforcement thereof, are extended to and made applicable...


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So much of the law which was in force at the time of cession, April 11th, 1899, forbidding the marriage of priests, ministers, or followers of any faith because of vows they may...


The rights, privileges, and immunities of citizens of the United States shall be respected in Puerto Rico to the same extent as though Puerto Rico were a State of the Union...


All merchandise and articles coming into the United States from Puerto Rico and coming into Puerto Rico from the United States shall be entered at the several ports of entry free...


The same tariffs, customs, and duties shall be levied, collected, and paid upon all articles imported into Puerto Rico from ports other than those of the United States which...


The duties and taxes collected in Puerto Rico in pursuance of the provisions of this Act, less the cost of collecting the same, and the gross amount of all collections of duties...


No export duties shall be levied or collected on exports from Puerto Rico, but taxes and assessments on property, income taxes, internal revenue, and license fees, and royalties...


The internal-revenue taxes levied by the Legislature of Puerto Rico in pursuance of the authority granted by this chapter on articles, goods, wares, or merchandise may be levied...


Deeds and other instruments affecting land situate in the District of Columbia, or any other territory or possession of the United States, may be acknowledged in Puerto Rico...


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The coasting trade between Puerto Rico and the United States shall be regulated in accordance with the provisions of law applicable to such trade between any two great...


All bonds issued by the Government of Puerto Rico, or by its authority, shall be exempt from taxation by the Government of the United States, or by the Government of Puerto Rico or...


Bonds or other obligations of Puerto Rico or any municipal government therein, payable solely from revenues derived from any public improvement or undertaking (which revenues...


Any bonds or other obligations of Puerto Rico issued after August 3, 1935, for the purpose of retiring previously outstanding bonds or obligations shall not be included in...


All public lands and buildings, not including harbor areas and navigable streams and bodies of water and the submerged lands underlying the same, owned by the United States in...


All property which may have been acquired in Puerto Rico by the United States under the cession of Spain in the treaty of peace entered into on the 10th day of December 1898, in...


The President may, from time to time, in his discretion, convey to the people of Puerto Rico, such lands, buildings, or interests in lands, or other property now owned by the...


The harbor areas and navigable streams and bodies of water and submerged lands underlying the same in and around the island of Puerto Rico and the adjacent islands and waters,...


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Subtitle IV of title 49, and the Safety Appliance Acts and the several amendments made or to be made thereto, shall not apply to Puerto Rico. ...


No corporation shall be authorized to conduct the business of buying and selling real estate or be permitted to hold or own real estate except such as may be reasonably necessary...


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All reports required by law to be made by the governor or heads of departments to any official of the United States shall be made to an executive department of the Government of...


All expenses that may be incurred on account of the government of Puerto Rico for salaries of officials and the conduct of their offices and departments, and all expenses...


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The legislative authority shall extend to all matters of a legislative character not locally inapplicable, including power to create, consolidate, and reorganize the municipalities...


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The Puerto Rican Legislature shall have power by due enactment to amend, alter, modify, or repeal the income tax laws in force in Puerto Rico. ...


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The laws of the United States relating to appeals, certiorari, removal of causes, and other matters or proceedings as between the courts of the United States and the courts of...


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All fees, fines, costs, and forfeitures as would be deposited to the credit of the United States if collected and paid into a district court of the United States shall become...


Such fees and expenses as are payable by the United States if earned or incurred in connection with a district court of the United States shall be paid from the revenue of Puerto...


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The supreme and district courts of Puerto Rico and the respective judges thereof may grant writs of habeas corpus in all cases in which the same are grantable by the judges of...


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All judicial process shall run in the name of ''United States of America, ss, the President of the United States'', and all penal or criminal prosecutions in the local courts shall...


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The qualified electors of Puerto Rico shall choose a Resident Commissioner to the United States at each general election, whose term of office shall be four years from the 3d...


No person shall be eligible to election as Resident Commissioner who is not a bona fide citizen of the United States and who is not more than twenty-five years of age, and who...


The Resident Commissioner shall receive a salary payable monthly by the United States. He shall be allowed the same sum for stationery and for the pay of necessary clerk hire as...


The salary and traveling expenses of the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico to the United States shall be paid by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of...


The government of Puerto Rico acting through its legislature, may create a public corporate authority or authorities and may authorize such authority or authorities or any...


The government of Puerto Rico may assist slum clearance and urban redevelopment projects and urban renewal projects through cash donations, loans, conveyances of real and...


All legislation heretofore enacted by the Legislature of the Territory of Puerto Rico dealing with the subject matter of this Act and not inconsistent herewith is ratified...


The Legislature of Puerto Rico may create public corporate authorities to undertake slum clearance and projects to provide dwelling accommodations for families of low income. ...


The Legislature of Puerto Rico may provide for the appointment and terms of the commissioners of such authorities, and for the powers of such authorities, except that such...


The legislature may appropriate funds for and may make and authorize any municipality of Puerto Rico to make loans, donations, and conveyances of money or property to...


The legislature may authorize such authorities to issue bonds or other obligations with such security as the legislature may provide and may provide for the disposition of...


Such bonds shall not be a debt of Puerto Rico or any municipality, and shall not constitute a public indebtedness within the meaning of section 745 of this title. ...


All legislation heretofore enacted by the Legislature of Puerto Rico dealing with the subject matter of sections 911 to 916 of this title and not inconsistent herewith is ratified...


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Until Congress shall otherwise provide, insofar as compatible with the changed sovereignty and not in conflict with the provisions of this section and sections 1391 (FOOTNOTE 1)...


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There shall be levied, collected, and paid upon all articles coming into the United States or its possessions from the Virgin Islands the rates of duty and internal-revenue...


Until Congress shall otherwise provide all laws now imposing taxes in the said West Indian Islands, including the customs laws and regulations, shall, insofar as compatible with...


The duties and taxes collected in pursuance of sections 1394 and 1395 of this title shall not be covered into the general fund of the Treasury of the United States, but shall be...


The income-tax laws in force in the United States of America and those which may hereafter be enacted shall be held to be likewise in force in the Virgin Islands of the United...


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It is the policy of Congress to equalize and more equitably to distribute existing taxes on real property in the Virgin Islands of the United States and to reduce the burden...


For the calendar year 1936 and for all succeeding years all taxes on real property in the Virgin Islands shall be computed on the basis of the actual value of such property and...


Until local tax laws conforming to the requirements of sections 1401 to 1401e of this title are in effect in a municipality the tax on real property in such municipality for...


All taxes so levied and collected shall be deposited in the municipal treasury of the municipality in which such taxes are collected. ...


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Nothing in sections 1401 to 1401e of this title shall be construed as altering, amending, or repealing exemptions from taxation, existing on May 26, 1936, of property used for ...


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Title III of the National Prohibition Act, as amended, and all provisions of the internal revenue laws relating to the enforcement thereof, are extended to and made applicable to...


To construct, improve, extend, better, repair, reconstruct, acquire, and operate any and all types of public works which shall include, but not be limited to, streets,...


The proceeds of the bond issues or other obligations herein authorized shall be expended only for the public improvements set forth in section 1403 of this title, or for the...


Bonds or other obligations issued pursuant to sections 1403 to 1403b of this title shall not be a debt of the United States, nor shall the United States be liable thereon. ...


The provisions of this subchapter, and the name ''the Virgin Islands'' as used in this subchapter, shall apply to and include the territorial domain, lands and waters acquired by...


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(a) Property not reserved All property which may have been acquired by the United States from Denmark in the Virgin Islands under the convention entered into August 4, 1916,...


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The laws of the United States applicable to the Virgin Islands on June 22, 1936, and all local laws and ordinances in force on such date in the Virgin Islands, not inconsistent...


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All judicial process shall run in the name of ''United States of America, scilicet, the President of the United States'', and all penal or criminal prosecutions in the local...


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All taxes, duties, fees, and public revenues collected in the municipality of Saint Croix shall be covered into the treasury of the Virgin Islands and held in account for...


Taxes and assessments on property and incomes, internal-revenue taxes, license fees, and service fees may be imposed and collected, and royalties for franchises, privileges,...


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This subchapter shall take effect June 22, 1936, but until its provisions shall severally become operative as herein provided, the corresponding legislative, executive, and...


This subchapter may be cited as the Organic Act of the Virgin Islands of the United States. ...


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The government of the Virgin Islands, through its legislative assembly, may grant to a public corporate authority existing or to be created through said assembly, exclusive...


The legislative assembly may authorize such authority, any provision of the Virgin Islands Organic Act (48 U.S.C. 1405 et seq.) or any other Act of Congress to the...


The government of the Virgin Islands, through its legislative assembly, may assist such authority with cash donations, loans, conveyances of real and personal property,...


Notwithstanding the limitation contained in the last sentence of section 110(d) (42 U.S.C. 1460(d)) or in any other provision of title I (42 U.S.C. 1450 et seq.) of the Housing Act...


All legislation heretofore enacted by the legislative assembly of the Virgin Islands dealing with any part of the subject matter of this Act and not inconsistent herewith is...


Powers granted in this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any powers granted by other law to or for the benefit or assistance of any public corporate authority...


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Whenever any citizen of the United States discovers a deposit of guano on any island, rock, or key, not within the lawful jurisdiction of any other government, and not occupied...


The discoverer shall, as soon as practicable, give notice verified by affidavit, to the Department of State, of such discovery, occupation, and possession, describing the...


If the discoverer dies before perfecting proof of discovery or fully complying with the provisions of section 1412 of this title, his widow, heir, executor, or administrator shall...


The discoverer, or his assigns, being citizens of the United States, may be allowed, at the pleasure of Congress, the exclusive right of occupying such island, rocks, or keys, for...


No guano shall be taken from any island, rock, or key mentioned in section 1411 of this title, except for the use of the citizens of the United States or of persons resident therein....


The introduction of guano from such islands, rocks, or keys shall be regulated as in the coasting trade between different parts of the United States, and the same laws shall...


All acts done, and offenses or crimes committed, on any island, rock, or key mentioned in section 1411 of this title, by persons who may land thereon, or in the waters...


The President is authorized, at his discretion, to employ the land and naval forces of the United States to protect the rights of the discoverer or of his widow, heir,...


Nothing in this chapter contained shall be construed as obliging the United States to retain possession of the islands, rocks, or keys, after the guano shall have been removed...


The territory ceded to the United States in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Peace between the United States and Spain, signed at Paris, December 10, 1898,...


Guam is declared to be an unincorporated territory of the United States and the capital and seat of government thereof shall be located at the city of Agana, Guam. The government...


(a) No law shall be enacted in Guam respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the...


(a) The laws of Guam in force on August 1, 1950, except as amended by this chapter, are continued in force, subject to modification or repeal by the Congress of the United States...


The salaries and travel allowances of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the heads of the executive departments, other officers and employees of the government of Guam, and...


All articles coming into the United States from Guam shall be subject to or exempt from duty as provided for in section 1301a (FOOTNOTE 1) of title 19. (FOOTNOTE 1)...


(a) Property employed by naval government of Guam The title to all property, real and personal, owned by the United States and employed by the naval government of Guam in the ...


Deeds and other instruments affecting land situate in the District of Columbia or any Territory of the United States may be acknowledged in the islands of Guam and Samoa or in...


(a) Public health services Subject to the laws of Guam, the Governor shall establish, maintain, and operate public-health services in Guam, including hospitals, dispensaries,...


All customs duties and Federal income taxes derived from Guam, the proceeds of all taxes collected under the internal-revenue laws of the United States on articles produced in...


(a) Applicability of Federal laws; separate tax The income-tax laws in force in the United States of America and those which may hereafter be enacted shall be held to be likewise ...


There are authorized to be appropriated annually by the Congress of the United States such sums as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions and purposes of...


Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as limiting the authority of the President to designate parts of Guam as naval or military reservations, nor to restrict...


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The laws of the United States relating to copyrights, and to the enforcement of rights arising thereunder, shall have the same force and effect in Guam as in the continental...


The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to provide financial and technical assistance to Guam for improving fire control, watershed protection and reforestation, consistent...


There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of section 1421o of this title. Sums appropriated in pursuance of...


The laws of the United States which are made applicable to the Northern Mariana Islands by the provisions of section 502(a)(1) of H.J. Res. 549, (FOOTNOTE 1) as approved by the...


Effective on the date when section 502 of the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union With the United States of America, approved by ...


The executive power of Guam shall be vested in an executive officer whose official title shall be the ''Governor of Guam''. The Governor of Guam, together with the...


(a) The people of Guam shall have the right of initiative and referendum, to be exercised under conditions and procedures specified in the laws of Guam. (b) Any...


(a) Temporary disability or temporary absence of Governor In case of the temporary disability or temporary absence of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor shall have the powers...


(a) Appointment of heads; establishment of merit system; Civil Service Commission The Governor shall, except as otherwise provided in this chapter or the laws of...


(a) Functions, powers, and duties transferred The following functions, powers, and duties heretofore vested in the government comptroller for Guam are hereby transferred to the ...


(a) Unicameral nature; power The legislative power and authority of Guam shall be vested in a legislature, consisting of a single house, to be designated the ''Legislature...


The legislative power of Guam shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter and the laws of the United States applicable...


The legislature shall be the judge of the selection and qualification of its own members. It shall choose from its members its own officers, determine its rules and procedure, not ...


(a) The members of the legislature shall, in all cases except treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the legislature and...


Every member of the legislature and all officers of the government of Guam shall take the following oath or affirmation: ''I solemnly swear (or affirm) in the presence of...


No member of the legislature shall, during the term for which he was elected or during the year following the expiration of such term, be appointed to any office which has...


No person shall sit in the legislature who is not a citizen of the United States, who has not attained the age of twenty-five years and who has not been domiciled in Guam for at...


Vacancies occurring in the legislature shall be filled as the legislature shall provide, except that no person filling a vacancy shall hold office longer than for the remainder of...


Regular sessions of the legislature shall be held annually, commencing on the second Monday in January (unless the legislature shall by law fix a different date), and shall...


Every bill passed by the legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be entered upon the journal and presented to the Governor. If he approves it, he shall sign it, but if not...


(a) Appropriations, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, and except such appropriations as shall be made from time to time by the Congress of the United States, shall be...


The legislature or any person or group of persons in Guam shall have the unrestricted right of petition. It shall be the duty of all officers of the government to receive and...


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(a) District Court of Guam; local courts The judicial authority of Guam shall be vested in a court of record established by Congress, designated the ''District Court of ...


(a) Composition; establishment of appellate court The local courts of Guam shall consist of such trial court or courts as may have been or may hereafter be established by the laws ...


The relations between the courts established by the Constitution or laws of the United States and the local courts of Guam with respect to appeals, certiorari, removal of causes,...


(a) Appellate jurisdiction of District Court Prior to the establishment of the appellate court authorized by section 1424-1(a) of this title, the District Court of Guam shall ...


Where appropriate, the provisions of part II of title 18 and of title 28, United States Code, and notwithstanding the provision in rule 54(a) Federal Rules of Criminal...


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(a) The President shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint a judge for the District Court of Guam who shall hold office for the term of ten years and until...


(a) Jurisdiction Notwithstanding any law or court decision to the contrary, the District Court of Guam is hereby granted authority and jurisdiction to review claims of...


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The Legislature of Guam may by law grant to a public corporate authority, existing or to be created by or under such law, powers to undertake urban renewal and housing activities...


The Legislature of Guam may by law authorize such authority, any provision of the Organic Act of Guam (48 U.S.C. 1421 et seq.), or any other Act of Congress to the...


The Legislature of Guam may by law assist such authority by furnishing, or authorizing the furnishing of, cash donations, loans, conveyances of real and personal property,...


Each and every part of Public Law 6-135, approved December 18, 1962, heretofore enacted by the Legislature of Guam dealing with any part of the subject matter of sections 1425a...


Powers granted herein shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any powers granted by other law to, or for the benefit or assistance of, any public corporate authority. ...


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(a) For the purpose of promoting economic development in the territory of Guam, there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior to be paid to the government...


Prior to receiving any funds pursuant to this subchapter the government of Guam shall submit to the Secretary of the Interior a plan for the use of such funds which meets...


No loan or loan guarantee shall be made under this subchapter to any applicant who does not satisfy the agency or agencies administering the plan that financing is...


The plan provided for in section 1428a of this title shall set forth such fiscal control and fund accounting procedures as may be necessary to assure proper disbursement,...


The Governor of Guam shall include in the annual report to Congress required pursuant to section 1422 of this title a report on the administration of this subchapter. ...


The Comptroller General of the United States, or any of his duly authorized representatives, shall have access, for the purpose of audit and examination, to the books,...


Section 1431, act Mar. 4, 1925, ch. 563, 43 Stat. 1357, which related to sovereignty of United States extended over Swains Island, was transferred to section 1662 of this title. ...


Nothing in title 23 of the Revised Statutes shall be construed to impair the rights of person or property pertaining to the Indians in any Territory, so long as such rights...


Nor shall anything in title 23 of the Revised Statutes be construed to affect the authority of the United States to make any regulations respecting the Indians of any Territory,...


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In order to minimize the burden caused by existing application and reporting procedures for certain grant-in-aid programs available to the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa,...


Pursuant to the terms of the Organic Act of Guam (64 Stat. 384), as amended (48 U.S.C. 1421 et seq.); the Joint resolution to Approve the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of...


All financial transactions of the territorial and local governments herein provided for, including such transactions of all agencies or instrumentalities established or used by such ...


To the extent practicable, services, facilities, and equipment of agencies and instrumentalities of the United States Government may be made available, on a reimbursable basis, to...


(a) Assistance with matters generally within responsibility of governments; methods of assistance The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to extend to the governments...


The Governments of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and the Virgin Islands are authorized to make purchases through...


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On and after March 27, 1934, no prescription or statute of limitations shall run, or continue to run, against the title of the United States to lands in any territory or possession...


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(a) Prior to the granting of any license, permit, or other authorization or permission by any agency or instrumentality of the United States to any person for the transportation...


(a) Congressional findings The Congress finds that - (1) the Caribbean and Pacific insular areas of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the...


The prosecution in a territory or Commonwealth is authorized - unless precluded by local law - to seek review or other suitable relief in the appropriate local or Federal...


The purposes of sections 1494 to 1494c of this title are to improve enforcement of drug laws and enhance interdiction of illicit drug shipments in the Caribbean and...


(a) In general The President shall report annually to the Congress as to - (1) the efforts and success of Federal agencies in preventing the illegal entry into the...


(a) American Samoa (1) With the approval of the Attorney General of the United States or his designee, law enforcement officers of the Government of American Samoa are...


To assist in the enforcement of the controlled substances laws of the United States in coordination with law enforcement officers in insular areas in the eastern Caribbean and in...


No alien or person who is not a citizen of the United States, or who has not declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States in the manner provided by law...


This chapter shall not apply to land owned in any of the Territories of the United States by aliens, which was acquired on or before March 3, 1887, so long as it is held by the...


This chapter shall not prevent aliens from acquiring lands or any interests therein by inheritance or in the ordinary course of justice in the collection of debts, nor from...


Any alien who shall hold lands in any of the Territories of the United States in contravention of the provisions of this chapter may nevertheless convey his title thereto at any...


It shall be the duty of the Attorney General of the United States, when he shall be informed or have reason to believe that lands in any of the Territories of the United States...


If it shall be determined upon the trial of any such escheat proceedings that the lands are held contrary to the provisions of this chapter, the court trying said cause shall...


This chapter shall not in any manner be construed to authorize aliens to acquire title from the United States to any of the public lands of the United States or to in any...


Aliens shall have the same rights and privileges concerning the acquisition, holding, owning, and disposition of real estate in the District of Columbia as are conferred upon...


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(a) Composition and territorial designation The provisions of this chapter and the name ''Virgin Islands'' as used in this chapter, shall apply to and include the territorial ...


(a) The franchise shall be vested in residents of the Virgin Islands who are citizens of the United States, twenty-one years of age or over. Additional qualifications may...


All members of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, all judges and all officials of the government of the Virgin Islands who report...


All reports required by law to be made by the Governor to any official of the United States shall hereafter be made to the Secretary of the Interior, and the President is...


(a) The Secretary of the Interior shall be authorized to lease or to sell upon such terms as he may deem advantageous to the Government of the United States any property of the...


There are authorized to be appropriated annually by the Congress of the United States such sums as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions and purposes of...


No law shall be enacted in the Virgin Islands which shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or deny to any person therein equal protection...


(a) Designation and unicameral character The legislative power and authority of the Virgin Islands shall be vested in a legislature, consisting of one house, to be designated...


(a) Terms of office The term of office of each member of the legislature shall be two years. The term of office of each member shall commence on the second Monday in...


(a) Regular sessions of the legislature shall be held annually, commencing on the second Monday in January (unless the legislature shall by law fix a different date), and...


(a) Scope of authority; limitation on enactments and taxation The legislative authority and power of the Virgin Islands shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation...


Effective on the date when section 502 of the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union With the United States of America, approved by ...


(a) Authorization for issuance; use of proceeds; legislative initiative and binding referendum vote In addition to the authority conferred by section 1574(b) of this ...


(a) Application to Secretary of the Interior; contents When authorized under subsection (b) of section 1574a of this title, the government of the Virgin Islands may apply to the ...


Each issue of bonds or other obligations issued under subsection (a) of section 1574a of this title shall have a parity lien with every other issue of bonds or other...


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(a) Quorum and method of voting on bills The number of members of the legislature needed to constitute a quorum shall be determined by the laws of the Virgin Islands. No ...


The next general election in the Virgin Islands shall be held on November 2, 1954. At such time there shall be chosen the entire membership of the legislature as herein provided....


The executive power of the Virgin Islands shall be vested in an executive officer whose official title shall be the ''Governor of the Virgin Islands''. The Governor of the...


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(a) Grant of rights The people of the Virgin Islands shall have the rights of initiative and recall to be exercised as provided in subsection (b) and subsection (c) of...


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(a) Temporary disability or temporary absence of Governor In case of the temporary disability or temporary absence of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor shall have the powers...


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(a) Consolidation of departments, bureaus, etc.; popular election of school board members The Governor shall, within one year after July 22, 1954, reorganize and...


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(a) Functions, powers, and duties transferred The following functions, powers, and duties heretofore vested in the government comptroller for the Virgin Islands are hereby ...


(a) District Court of Virgin Islands; local courts The judicial power of the Virgin Islands shall be vested in a court of record designated the ''District Court of the Virgin ...


(a) Jurisdiction The District Court of the Virgin Islands shall have the jurisdiction of a District Court of the United States, including, but not limited to, the...


The relations between the courts established by the Constitution or laws of the United States and the courts established by local law with respect to appeals, certiorari, removal...


(a) Appellate jurisdiction of District Court Prior to the establishment of the appellate court authorized by section 1611(a) of this title, the District Court of the Virgin ...


(a) Appointment; tenure; removal; chief judge; compensation The President shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint two judges for the District Court of...


The Virgin Islands consists of two judicial divisions; the Division of Saint Croix, comprising the island of Saint Croix and adjacent islands and cays, and the Division of...


All criminal cases originating in the district court shall be tried by jury upon demand by the defendant or by the Government. If no jury is demanded the case shall be tried by...


The President shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint a United States attorney for the Virgin Islands to whose office the provisions of chapter 35 of...


The Governor shall establish and maintain systems of accounting and internal control designed to provide - (a) full disclosure of the financial results of the ...


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The salaries and travel allowances of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the heads of the executive departments, other officers and employees of the government of the Virgin...


The proceeds of customs duties, the proceeds of the United States income tax, the proceeds of any taxes levied by the Congress on the inhabitants of the Virgin Islands, and...


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the proceeds of customs duties collected in the Virgin Islands less the cost of collecting all said duties shall, effective for...


Section 1124 of title 15, and section 1526 of title 19, shall not apply to importations into the Virgin Islands of genuine foreign merchandise bearing a genuine foreign...


All articles coming into the United States from the Virgin Islands shall be subject to or exempt from duty as provided for in section 1301a (FOOTNOTE 1) of title 19 and subject to ...


Beginning as soon as the government of the Virgin Islands enacts legislation establishing a fiscal year commencing on October 1 and ending on September 30, the Secretary of...


(a) Ceded to and accepted by United States The cessions by certain chiefs of the islands of Tutuila and Manua and certain other islands of the Samoan group lying between ...


The sovereignty of the United States over American Samoa is extended over Swains Island, which is made a part of American Samoa and placed under the jurisdiction of the...


Amendments of, or modifications to, the constitution of American Samoa, as approved by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Executive Order 10264 as in effect January 1,...


Deeds and other instruments affecting land situate in the District of Columbia or any Territory of the United States may be acknowledged in the islands of Guam and Samoa or in...


The provisions of law of the United States restricting to vessels of the United States the transportation of passengers and merchandise directly or indirectly from any port of...


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Upon request of the Secretary of the Interior - (a) the head of any Federal department, agency, or corporation may, notwithstanding any other provision of law, extend to ...


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(a) Comprehensive annual financial report; contents; other reports The Governor of American Samoa shall prepare, publish, and submit to the Congress and the Secretary of the...


The Secretary of the Treasury shall, upon the request of the Governor of American Samoa, administer and enforce the collection of all customs duties derived from American...


(a) Issuance The legislature of the government of American Samoa may cause to be issued after September 20, 1984, industrial development bonds (within the meaning of...


(a) Until Congress shall further provide for the government of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, all executive, legislative, and judicial authority necessary for the civil ...


Any appointment made on or after May 10, 1967, to the office of the High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands shall be made by the President by and with...


(a) Functions, powers, and duties transferred The following functions, powers, and duties heretofore vested in the government comptroller for Guam with respect to the government ...


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All financial transactions of the Trust Territory, including such transactions of all agencies or instrumentalities established or utilized by such Trust Territory, may be audited...


After June 30, 1954, no funds appropriated by any Act and no funds which are available or which may become available from any source whatever shall be used for administration of...


After June 30, 1952, transfers to the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 471 et seq.) of...


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For the purpose of promoting economic development in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior, for...


The grant authorized by section 1688 of this title shall be made only after the government of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands has submitted to the Secretary of the...


No loan or loan guarantee shall be made under sections 1688 to 1693 of this title to any applicant who does not satisfy the territorial administering agency that financing...


The plan provided for in section 1689 of this title shall set forth such fiscal control and accounting procedures as may be necessary to assure proper disbursement, repayment,...


The chief executives of the governments of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Northern Mariana Islands shall prepare, publish, and submit to...


The Comptroller General of the United States, or any of his duly authorized representatives, shall have access, for the purpose of audit and examination, to any relevant...


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Notwithstanding any other provision of law, except in cases in which the Federal program is terminated with respect to all recipients under the program, Federal programs in the...


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(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, the governments of the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, shall have concurrent civil and criminal jurisdiction with the United...


(a) Conveyance to Guam, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa Subject to valid existing rights, all right, title, and interest of the United States in lands permanently or...


(a) Establishment of naval defense sea areas and airspace reservations Nothing in this Act shall affect the right of the President to establish naval defensive sea areas...


On and after October 5, 1974, all rents, royalties, or fees from leases, permits, or use rights, issued prior to October 5, 1974, by the United States with respect to the...


No person shall be denied access to, or any of the benefits accruing from, the lands conveyed by this Act, or by the amendment made by this Act, on the basis of race, religion,...


The territory of Guam and the territory of the Virgin Islands each shall be represented in the United States Congress by a nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives,...


(a) The Delegate shall be elected by the people qualified to vote for the members of the legislature of the territory he is to represent at the general election of 1972,...


To be eligible for the Office of Delegate a candidate must - (a) be at least twenty-five years of age on the date of the election, (b) have been a citizen of the...


The legislature of each territory may determine the order of names on the ballot for election of Delegate, the method by which a special election to fill a vacancy in the office...


The Delegate from Guam and the Delegate from the Virgin Islands shall have such privileges in the House of Representatives as may be afforded him under the Rules of the House...


The Territory of American Samoa shall be represented in the United States Congress by a nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives, elected as hereinafter provided. ...


(a) The Delegate shall be elected by the people qualified to vote for the popularly elected officials of the Territory of American Samoa at the general Federal election of 1980,...


To be eligible for the office of Delegate a candidate shall - (a) be at least twenty-five years of age on the date of the election; (b) owe allegiance to the...


Acting pursuant to legislation enacted in accordance with section 9, article II of the American Samoan Revised Constitution, the territorial government will determine the order...


Until the Rules of the House of Representatives are amended to provide otherwise, the Delegate from American Samoa shall receive the same compensation, allowances, and benefits as...


The Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, the text of which is as follows, is hereby approved. ...


It is the sense of the Congress that pursuant to section 902 of the foregoing Covenant, and in any case within ten years from March 24, 1976, the President of the United States...


Pursuant to section 701 of the foregoing Covenant, enactment of this section shall constitute a commitment and pledge of the full faith and credit of the United States for the...


(a) Composite price index adjustments not applicable Section 704(c) of the foregoing Covenant shall not apply to the Federal financial assistance which is provided to the...


Should the Secretary of the Interior believe that the performance standards of the agreement identified in section 1803 of this title are not being met, he shall notify the...


(a) Establishment; judicial circuit; terms of court There is established for and within the Northern Mariana Islands a court of record to be known as the District Court for the ...


(a) The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands shall have the jurisdiction of a District Court of the United States, including, but not limited to, the diversity...


(a) Appellate jurisdiction of District Court Prior to the establishment of an appellate court for the Northern Mariana Islands the district court shall have such appellate ...


(a) The relations between the courts established by the Constitution or laws of the United States and the courts of the Northern Mariana Islands with respect to appeals, certiorari, ...


This subchapter shall come into force upon its approval or at the time proclaimed by the President for the Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands to become effective,...


There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this subchapter. ...


(a) Acquisition and construction of powerplant and distribution facilities There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for expenditure after October 1, 1978, not more...


The Secretary shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the proceeds of taxes collected under the provisions of sections 601, 602, 603, and 604 of the Covenant (Public...


(a) Taxable years beginning after December 31, 1978, but not after January 1, 1985 Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, any person, including an...


In the event that a political union is effected at a future time between the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federal Government and each...


(a) The Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers and in cooperation with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is hereby authorized and directed...


Real property owned by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the capital of the United States and used by the Resident Representative thereof in the discharge of his ...


(a) Federated States of Micronesia The Compact of Free Association set forth in title II of this joint resolution between the United States and the Government of the...


(a) Law enforcement assistance (1) Agreement The President of the United States shall negotiate with the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia an agreement ...


(a) Law enforcement assistance (1) Agreement The President of the United States shall negotiate with the Government of the Marshall Islands an agreement pursuant to ...


(a) Human rights In approving the Compact, the Congress notes the conclusion in the Statement of Intent of the Report of The Future Political Status Commission of the Congress...


(a) Domestic program requirements Except as may otherwise be provided in this joint resolution, all United States Federal programs and services extended to or operated in...


(a) Assistance to U.S. firms In order to assist the Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia and of the Marshall Islands through private sector firms which may be...


(a) Prohibition The provisions of Chapter 11 of title 18 shall apply in full to any individual who has served as the President's Personal Representative for Micronesian...


(a) Citizen of Northern Mariana Islands Any person who is a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands, as that term is defined in section 24(b) of the Act of December 8, 1983...


No payment may be made pursuant to the Compact nor under any provision of this joint resolution prior to October 1, 1985. ...


(a) Transmission of annual financial statement Upon receipt of the annual financial statement described in sections 1902(c)(4) and 1903(m)(4) of this title, the President ...


(a) Additional programs and services In addition to the programs and services set forth in Section 221 of the Compact, and pursuant to Section 224 of the Compact, the services...


(a) With respect to section 321 of the Compact of Free Association and its related agreements, the jurisdictional provisions set forth in subsection (b) of this section shall apply ...


(a) Approval The Compact of Free Association set forth in title II of this joint resolution between the United States and the Government of Palau is hereby approved, and...


(a) The interpretation of and United States Policy Regarding the Compact of Free Association set forth in section 1904 of this title shall apply to the Compact of Free...


(a) Civic Action Teams In recognition of the special development needs of Palau and the Marshall Islands, the United States shall make available United States military...


(a) Maritime and territorial jurisdiction With respect to section 321 of the Compact of Free Association and its related agreements, the jurisdictional provisions set forth ...


Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 101(d)(1)(B) of Public Law 99-658 (48 U.S.C. 1931(d)(1)(B)), entry into force of the Compact of Free Association between the United...


Upon request of the Government of Palau, the Secretary of the Interior shall provide assistance to the Government of Palau to develop and promulgate regulations for the...


(a) Plan The Department of the Interior shall develop, in cooperation with the Government of Palau and the National Drug Control Policy Office, a plan for an antidrug program...


(a) (FOOTNOTE 1) Upon request of the Government of Palau the President shall provide, on a nonreimbursable basis, appropriate technical assistance to the public auditor or...


The chief officer of any agency conducting an audit pursuant to paragraph (1) of sections 1902(c) and 1903(m) of this title and section 1931(d)(1)(C) of this title shall certify...


The provisions of title III of the Compact relating to future use by the United States of defense sites in Palau do not restrict the authority of the President of the United States...


The Secretary of the Interior shall station at least one professional staff person in each of the Offices of the United States Representatives in the Republic of Palau, the...


The Secretary of the Interior shall provide such sums as may be necessary for a further referendum on approval of the Compact, if one is required, or other appropriate...


(a) Effective date of certain agreements An agreement between the United States and the Government of the Republic of Palau consistent with the agreements approved by Public ...


(a) Fulfillment of United States obligations The President is authorized to negotiate and conclude an agreement, including the obligation of United States funds, with ...


Any agreement concluded with the Government of Palau pursuant to this joint resolution including the agreement entitled ''Agreement Concerning Special Programs related to the...


For the purposes of applying section 1905(c)(2) of this title to Palau, the terms ''fiscal year 1987'', ''fiscal year 1988'', and ''fiscal year 1989'' in section 104(c) of Public...


(a) Transfer to Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subject to valid ...


(a) In general The President is authorized to negotiate agreements which provide - (1) that the United States shall carry out the provisions of part C of the...


(a) In furtherance of the objectives of the Compact of Free Association Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-239) (48 U.S.C. 1901 et seq., 2001 et seq.) and notwithstanding any other...


The Congress finds that - (1) the United States does not have a clearly defined policy for United States noncontiguous Pacific areas (including the Commonwealth of...


(a) Submission Not later than one year after January 14, 1986, and each five years thereafter, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of State,...


(a) Meeting Prior to submitting the reports required under section 2002(b) of this title, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall...


(a) Administrative support The Secretary of the Interior shall provide all necessary administrative support to accomplish the requirements of sections 2002 and 2003 of...




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