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This bill was introduced on January 21, 1993, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 21, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 534 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 534

To provide that a special census shall be conducted, without charge to a requesting State, county, or other unit of government, if necessary to correct a significant undercount in a decennial census which is due, in whole or in part, to a natural disaster or similar situation.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 21, 1993

Mr. PANETTA introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service


A BILL

To provide that a special census shall be conducted, without charge to a requesting State, county, or other unit of government, if necessary to correct a significant undercount in a decennial census which is due, in whole or in part, to a natural disaster or similar situation.

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

SECTION 1. AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT SPECIAL CENSUSES.

    The Secretary of Commerce shall conduct a special census for the government of a State, or of a county, city, or other political subdivision within a State, for the government of the District of Columbia, or for the government of any possession or area (including political subdivisions thereof) referred to in section 191(a) of title 13, United States Code, without charge to such government, if--

      (1) the special census is necessary to correct a significant undercount which occurred in the most recent decennial census of population with respect to the area involved;

      (2) a natural disaster or other emergency affecting such area, as declared by the President, was a major factor contributing to the undercount; and

      (3) a request for such a census is made by such government within such time and in such manner as the Secretary shall by regulation prescribe, except that the deadline for such a request may not be fixed at a point before the end of the 18-month period beginning on the most recent decennial census date.

SEC. 2. METHODOLOGY TO BE USED IN SPECIAL CENSUSES.

    A special census under this Act with respect to a particular area shall, to the extent practicable, be conducted in the same manner and using the same methodologies as were used with respect to such area in the decennial census last taken before the special census.

SEC. 3. PURPOSES FOR WHICH DATA MAY BE USED.

    Data collected pursuant to a special census under this Act may be used for any purpose which would be allowable if it had been conducted under section 196 of title 13, United States Code.

SEC. 4. EXPEDITIOUS ACTION REQUIRED.

    Upon receiving a request for a special census under this Act--

      (1) a determination as to whether or not the criteria under section 1 have been met shall be made as expeditiously as possible; and

      (2) if the criteria under section 1 are determined to have been met, the special census conducted under this Act pursuant to such request shall, in the allocation of personnel and resources, be given priority over any special census under section 196 of title 13, United States Code.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

    For the purpose of this Act, the term ‘decennial census date’ shall have the meaning given such term under section 141 of title 13, United States Code.

SEC. 6. APPLICABILITY.

    (a) IN GENERAL- A special census under this Act may be conducted to correct an undercount in--

      (1) the 1990 decennial census, if appropriate application is submitted within 18 months after the date as of which regulations to carry out this Act become effective; or

      (2) any decennial census subsequent to the 1990 decennial census.

    (b) REGULATIONS- Regulations to carry out this Act shall become effective not later than 3 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.