ASA signed on to two letters that opposes restrictions on geospatial and racial disparities data--an Association of American Geographers (AAG) letter and one from Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS). ASA and 26 other prominent national organizations signed on to a letter written by the AAG expressing concerns about proposed bills (Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 482) that could impose restrictions on the use of and access to geospatial data related to racial disparities. The organizations of COPAFS expressed their interest in the following provision in H.R. 482.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.