H.R. 5148: To clarify the instances in which the term "census" may appear on mailable matter

H.R. 5148

To clarify the instances in which the term "census" may appear on mailable matter

Date
April 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.R. 5148 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on April 27, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5148 would expand current law to specify that any mailing that has the word "census" visible through a window in an envelope would have to include the accurate name and return address of the entity sending the mailing, and would have to include a notice that the mailing is not affiliated with the federal government. Current law only imposes this requirement only for mailings with the word "census" marked on the outside of the envelope.

The bill would also authorize the U.S. Postal Service to stop delivery of mailings that do not comply with these requirements.

Background

The Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act was enacted on April 7, 2010, and requires any mailing that has the word "census" marked on the envelope or outer wrapper to include the accurate name and return address of the entity sending the mailing.  It also requires any non-government mailings that use the word "census" to include a notice that the mailing is not affiliated with the federal government.

Cost

CBO has not yet produced a cost estimate for H.R. 5148.