American Sociological Association

ASA Signs on to Letters Opposing Proposed HUD Legislation


U.S. Capitol Building
March 2, 2017

ASA signed on to two letters that oppose restrictions on geospatial and racial disparities data:  an Association of American Geographers (AAG) letter which was signed by 26 other prominent national organizations 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, and one from Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) which expressed 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.

AAG Letter on Geospatial Data Restrictions and Racial Disparities

COPFAS letter on HR 482

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