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Text of A bill to make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary, except with respect to certain basic questions, and for ...

...and for other purposes.

This bill was introduced on March 12, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 12, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 530

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 12, 2013

(for himself,Mr. McConnell,Mr. Vitter, andMr. Johanns) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary, except with respect to certain basic questions, and for other purposes.

1.

Participation in American Community Survey

(a)

Optional questions

Section 193of title 13, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:TheSecretaryshall include, in the instructions for completing any survey authorized under this section, a statement indicating that answering any question other than questions that solicit the information described insection 221(c)(2)(A)is optional..

(b)

Refusal To participate

Section 221 of title 13, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

insubsection (a), by strikingWhoever, being over eighteen years of age,and insertingExcept as provided insubsection (c), any person older than 18 years of age who; and

(2)

by amendingsubsection (c)to read as follows:

(c)
(1)

Notwithstanding any other provision under this title—

(A)

no person may be compelled to disclose information relative to the person's religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body; and

(B)

except as provided inparagraph (2), no person may be fined or otherwise compelled to answer questions in connection with the survey, conducted by theSecretary of Commerce, which is commonly referred to as theAmerican Community Survey.

(2)

Paragraph (1)(B)

(A)

shall not apply to any question that elicits—

(i)

the name of the respondent;

(ii)

contact information for the respondent;

(iii)

the date of the response; or

(iv)

the number of people living or staying at the same address; and

(B)

does not waive any penalty imposed for conduct described insubsection (b).

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