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Legislation to create circulating commemorative quarters for the District of Columbia and the territories passed the House of Representatives in the 106th, 107th, 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses (most recently HR 110-392), but was never ratified by the Senate. However, that finally changed in 2007 when the legislation was attached as an amendment to HR 2764, a huge spending bill. On 26 December 2007, this bill, "Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes," became Public Law 110-161. The part relating to quarters, reprinted below, is Section 622 of Title VI of Division D of the law.

`(I) the chief executive of the District of Columbia or the territory being honored, or such other officials or group as the chief executive officer of the District of Columbia or the territory may designate for such purpose; and

`(II) the Commission of Fine Arts; and

`(ii) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.