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SA 271. Mr. MERKLEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end, add the following:
SEC. __. IDENTIFICATION OF QUALIFIED CENSUS TRACTS BY THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.
(a) Designation of Qualified Census Tracts.--Not later than 2 weeks after the date on which the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development receives from the Census Bureau the data obtained from each decennial census relating to census tracts, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall identify census tracts that meet the requirements of section 42(d)(5)(B)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (determined without regard to Secretarial designation) and shall deem such census
tracts to be qualified census tracts (as defined in such section) solely for purposes of determining which areas qualify as HUBZones under section 3(p)(1)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)(1)(A)).
(b) Determination by Administrator.--Not later than 3 months after the date on which the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development identifies qualified census tracts under subsection (a), the Administrator shall determine which areas qualify as HUBZones under section 3(p)(1)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)(1)(A)).
(c) Applications for Certification as Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concern.--
(1) APPLICATION.--During a period beginning on a date on which the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development identifies qualified census tracts under subsection (a) and ending on the date the Administrator determines which areas qualify as HUBZones, a small business concern located in an area identified as a qualified census tract under subsection (a) may submit to the Administrator an application for certification as a qualified HUBZone small business concern.
(2) CERTIFICATION.--The Administrator may not certify a small business concern that submits an application under paragraph (1) as a qualified HUBZone small business concern before the date on which the Administrator determines which areas qualify as HUBZones.
(d) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section may be construed to affect the date on which a census tract is designated as a qualified census tract for purposes of section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 30, 2011.)