H.R. 4621: Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act

H.R. 4621

Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act

Sponsor
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney

Date
March 9, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 4621 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on February 9, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4621 would set new requirements for mail bearing the term "census" on the envelope or outside cover or wrapper.  Specifically, the bill amends current law to require that any mail bearing the term "census" clearly indicate the sender and return address.  It would also trigger an existing requirement in federal law to include a disclaimer that the mailing is not from, or affiliated with, the federal government.

Background

Last December, Rep. Maloney complained to the U.S. Postal Service about direct mailings sent by the Republican National Committee signed by RNC Chair Michael Steele which were labeled "Census Document Registered To" above the address of the recipient and "DO NOT DESTROY/OFFICAL DOCUMENT" without any return address.  In addition, several other companies have been found to use this method to get people to open their mail.

Cost

CBO has not scored H.R. 4621.