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BGOV Bill Summary: H. J. Res. 79, ERA Ratification Deadline (2)

Nov. 25, 2019, 6:59 PMUpdated: Feb. 11, 2020, 2:32 PM

The time limit for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would be removed by H. J. Res. 79.

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” would be added to the Constitution by the proposed amendment, known as the ERA.

It was proposed to the states in 1972 through two-thirds votes in both chambers by H. J. Res. 208 in the 92nd Congress. The measure set a seven-year deadline for ratification by the required three-fourths of the states—or 38—following ...