S 677

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 677

To amend title 13, United States Code, to provide for the more accurate and complete enumeration of certain overseas Americans in the decennial census, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 30, 2011

Mr. HATCH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 13, United States Code, to provide for the more accurate and complete enumeration of certain overseas Americans in the decennial census, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. METHODS TO IMPROVE THE ENUMERATION OF CERTAIN OVERSEAS AMERICANS.

    Section 141 of title 13, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and

      (2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following:

    `(g)(1) Effective beginning with the 2020 decennial census of population, in taking any tabulation of total population by States under subsection (a) for purposes of the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States, the Secretary shall take appropriate measures to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that all citizens of the United States temporarily living abroad on the date of the decennial census are--

      `(A) fully and accurately counted; and

      `(B) properly attributed to the last State in which they were domiciled before leaving the United States.

    `(2) The measures under this subsection shall include at least the following:

      `(A) One or more methods by which, at the request of a non-governmental organization, administrative records of such organization may, if such records satisfy such criteria as the Secretary may establish, be used to enumerate members of such organization who are residing overseas as of the decennial census date.

      `(B) One or more methods under which an international `Be Counted' form may be completed at an embassy of the United States by citizens of the United States residing overseas as of the date of the decennial census.

      `(C) One or more methods under which voter registration rolls may be used to establish usual residence by confirming the State of which citizens of the United States living abroad usually reside.

    `(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be considered--

      `(A) to affect the methods used in the enumeration of any civilian or military personnel of the United States; or

      `(B) to permit or require that the data obtained under this subsection be used for any purpose other than the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States.'.

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