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Text of the Poverty Data Correction Act of 1993

This bill was introduced on August 4, 1993, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 4, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2863 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2863

To amend title 13, United States Code, to require that any data relating to the incidence of poverty produced or published by the Secretary of Commerce for subnational areas is corrected for differences in the cost of living in those areas.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 4, 1993

Mr. GALLO (for himself, Ms. KAPTUR, and Ms. MOLINARI) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service


A BILL

To amend title 13, United States Code, to require that any data relating to the incidence of poverty produced or published by the Secretary of Commerce for subnational areas is corrected for differences in the cost of living in those areas.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Poverty Data Correction Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. REQUIREMENT.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Title 13 of the United States Code is amended by adding after subchapter V the following:

‘Subchapter VI--Poverty Data

‘SEC. 197. CORRECTION OF SUBNATIONAL DATA RELATING TO POVERTY.

    ‘(a) Any data relating to the incidence of poverty produced or published by or for the Secretary for subnational areas shall be corrected for differences in the cost of living, and data produced for State and sub-State areas shall be corrected for differences in the cost of living for at least all States of the United States.

    ‘(b) Data under this section shall be published in 1995 and at least every second year thereafter.

‘SEC. 198. DEVELOPMENT OF STATE COST-OF-LIVING INDEX AND STATE POVERTY THRESHOLDS.

    ‘(a) To correct any data relating to the incidence of poverty for differences in the cost of living, the Secretary shall--

      ‘(1) develop or cause to be developed a State cost-of-living index which ranks and assigns an index value to each State using data on wage, housing, and other costs relevant to the cost of living; and

      ‘(2) multiply the Federal Government’s statistical poverty thresholds by the index value for each State’s cost of living to produce State poverty thresholds for each State.

    ‘(b) The State cost-of-living index and resulting State poverty thresholds shall be published prior to September 30, 1994, for calendar year 1993 and shall be updated annually for each subsequent calendar year.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of subchapters of chapter 5 of title 13, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘SUBCHAPTER VI--POVERTY DATA

      ‘Sec. 197. Correction of subnational data relating to poverty.

      ‘Sec. 198. Development of State cost-of-living index and State poverty thresholds.’.