H. R. 3744
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 20, 2011
Mr. Aderholt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
To provide that the United States Postal Service shall maintain postal service to rural areas, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Service Preservation Act.
Continuation of rural mail delivery
For the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section, the United States Postal Service shall continue the rural delivery of mail at not less than the level provided as of such date.
Employee buy-outs and rural post office closings
During the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section, not more than 10 percent of the total number of buy-outs offered (if any) by the Postal Service to Postal Service employees shall be made to such employees that work in rural post offices.
Rural post office closings
During the 5-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section, not more than 10 percent of the total number of the post offices closed or consolidated (if any) pursuant to section 404 of title 39, United States Code, shall be rural post offices.
For purposes of this section:
Postal Service has the meaning given such term in section 102(1)
of title 39, United States Code.
Rural post office
A post office shall be considered to be a rural post office if such post office is located in an area, as set forth in the most recent decennial census by the Bureau of the Census, which is located within a town, village, or city—
that has a population not exceeding 10,000 inhabitants; and
is not contiguous or adjacent to a town, village, or city that has a population that is greater than 150,000 inhabitants or an urbanized area of such town, village, or city.
Rule of construction
For purposes of
subparagraph (A), the term
urbanized area means a densely
populated territory, as defined in the most recent decennial census by the
Bureau of the Census.