The action comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision
Thursday that blocks citizenship question on the U.S. Census
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to block a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, state Senator Bobby Powell (District 30) announced today that he has refiled legislation to create a Statewide Census Complete Count Committee to ensure that Florida receives an accurate population count.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling against the citizenship question was a major victory for democracy and for Florida,” Senator Powell said. “That one question would have discouraged participation by some communities and would have invited inaccuracy into the entire process. Now that this obstacle to a fair and accurate count has been ruled out, I am recommitted to establishing the statewide committee so that we leave no communities uncounted.”
Senator Powell sponsored Senate Bill 912 during the 2019 legislative session, which would have established the Committee with members who would include state and local government officials and community leaders from across the state. The committee would coordinate available resources and develop outreach strategies to encourage full participation in the Census and achieve the most accurate count possible.
Unfortunately, that legislation did not receive a hearing during session.