IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 12, 2013
Mr. Paul(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
To make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary, except with respect to certain basic questions, and for other purposes.
Participation in American Community Survey
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
Refusal To participate
Section 221 of title 13, United States Code, is amended—
by amendingsubsection (c)to read as follows:
Notwithstanding any other provision under this title—
no person may be compelled to disclose information relative to the person's religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body; and
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.
shall not apply to any question that elicits—
the name of the respondent;
contact information for the respondent;
the date of the response; or
the number of people living or staying at the same address; and
does not waive any penalty imposed for conduct described insubsection (b).