The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday will conduct a public hearing on a bill that would enable Puerto Rico residents to vote on the island’s political status.

Resident commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, filed the legislation last month. If approved, it would allow Puerto Rico to conduct a referendum asking voters if they prefer the commonwealth to keep its current status as a territory of the U.S. or whether the island should have a different political distinction.

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