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May 13, 1987

Senate Republican leader Bob Dole of Kansas introduced legislation that would pay for a referendum to determine whether the people of Puerto Rico want the island commonwealth to be a state. Under Dole's bill, the question in the referendum--to be held anytime between Jan. 1, 1988 and Dec. 31, 1994--would be "Should Puerto Rico be admitted into the Union as a state?"

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