Jurisdiction Boundary Marking Act

This proposed federal act has not yet been introduced. Readers are urged to support doing so.


The Constitution, in Art. I Sec. 8 Cl. 17 prescribes that the U.S. Congress shall have exclusive legislative jurisdiction only over parcels of territory ceded to them by an act of a state legislature. An inventory of such parcels was taken and reported in a 1956 report entitled Jurisdiction over Federal Areas within the States. Many federal statutes, including most criminal statutes, apply only within the boundaries of such parcels, which are sometimes referred to as "federal enclaves", but few such enclaves have their boundaries marked to give persons due notice of the jurisdiction into which they are entering. This creates an issue of whether such jurisdiction may be legitimately exercised, in the absence of such notice. The proposed act would remedy this deficiency.

Proposed provisions


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