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H.R. 995: 21st Century Respect Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 29, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 995

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 29, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

AN ACT

To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to modernize terms in certain regulations.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the 21st Century Respect Act.

2.

Amendments to regulations required

(a)

Secretary of Agriculture

The Secretary of Agriculture shall amend section 1901.202 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of—

(1)

replacing the reference to the term Negro or Black with Black or African American;

(2)

replacing the reference to the term Spanish Surname with Hispanic; and

(3)

replacing the reference to the term Oriental with Asian American or Pacific Islander.

(b)

Secretary of the Interior

The Secretary of the Interior shall amend section 906.2 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of—

(1)

replacing the references to the term Negro with Black or African American;

(2)

replacing the definition of Negro with the definition of Black or African American as a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa;

(3)

replacing the references to the term Oriental with Asian American or Pacific Islander; and

(4)

replacing the references to the terms Eskimo and Aleut with Alaska Native.

3.

Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments required by this Act, shall be construed to affect Federal law, except with respect to the use of terms by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, respectively, to the regulations affected by this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives November 28, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.