D.C. statehood advocates to begin new campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. Councilmember is preparing to announce what he calls a "new, very aggressive" push to make the nation's capital a state.

Councilmember Michael Brown will detail his plans this week. Brown's office says the strategy involves asking state and local legislatures around the country to pass ceremonial resolutions supporting district statehood.

A similar resolution was introduced in the New Hampshire legislature this year after a push from Councilmember David Catania. Statehood supporters say it's important to build a coalition of support around the country.

In 1978, Congress approved a Constitutional amendment that would have given the District of Columbia full representation in the House and Senate. It was ratified by 16 states, far short of the 38 states it needed to be adopted.