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H.R. 472 (rh) To amend title 13, United States Code, to require the use of postcensus local review as part of each decennial census. [Reported in House] ...
106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 472 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 15, 1999 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend title 13, United States Code, to require the use of postcensus local review as part of each decennial census. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Local Census Quality Check Act''. SEC 2. POSTCENSUS LOCAL REVIEW. (a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 13, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 141 the following: ``Sec. 142. Postcensus local review ``(a) Each decennial census taken after the date of enactment of this section shall include an opportunity for postcensus local review, similar to that afforded as part of the 1990 decennial census, so that local governmental units may review household counts, jurisdictional boundaries, and such other data as the Secretary considers appropriate for the purpose of identifying discrepancies or other potential problems before the tabulation of total population by States (as required for the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States) is completed. ``(b) Any postcensus local review afforded under this section in connection with a decennial census shall be conducted in conformance with the following: ``(1) Not later than February 1st of the year in which such census is taken, the Secretary shall notify local governmental units as to the guidelines for, and shall furnish them with any other information pertinent to, their participating in the upcoming postcensus local review. ``(2)(A) Not later than 30 days before submitting to a local governmental unit the data subject to its review under this section, the Secretary shall furnish to such unit the appropriate block level maps and lists of housing units. ``(B) Not later than August 1st of the year in which such census is taken or, if earlier, the 30th day after the date on which the nonresponse followup process for such census is completed, the Secretary shall submit to each local governmental unit the data which is subject to review by such governmental unit under this section. ``(C) For purposes of subparagraph (B), the date on which the nonresponse followup process for a census is completed shall be as determined by the Secretary. ``(3) A local governmental unit shall have 45 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) to review the data submitted to it under paragraph (2)(B), and to submit any challenges relating to such data. ``(4) The Secretary shall investigate all challenges timely submitted under paragraph (3), recanvass such blocks or other units as the Secretary considers appropriate in connection with any such challenge, and correct any miscounts identified pursuant to any such challenge. ``(5) Not later than November 1st of the year in which such census is taken, the Secretary shall, with respect to each challenge timely submitted under paragraph (3)-- ``(A) complete the measures required under paragraph (4) with respect to such challenge; and ``(B) notify the local governmental unit that submitted such challenge as to the measures taken in response thereto. ``(c) As used in this section-- ``(1) the term `decennial census' means a decennial census of population conducted under section 141(a); and ``(2) the term `local governmental unit' means a local unit of general purpose government as defined by section 184, or its designee.''. (b) Conforming Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 5 of title 13, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 141 the following: ``142. Postcensus local review.''. Passed the House of Representatives April 14, 1999. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.
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