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S. 1980: LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act

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Should the federal government’s decennial census ask respondents about their gender identity or sexual orientation?


Federal population studies most famously include the U.S. Census, which goes to all Americans every 10 years, but also includes surveys such as the American Community Survey (ACS) which samples about 3 million people annually.

The Census and ACS currently feature questions about a person’s sex, race, ethnicity, and age — but not their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In 2016, during the final year of the Obama Administration, four federal agencies asked the Census Bureau to include such questions for the upcoming 2020 Census: the Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The idea was that having a ...

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Tammy Baldwin

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Wisconsin. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 26, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jun 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 26, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 26, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 26, 2019

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S. 1980 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1980. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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