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HR-27 (2019-2020)

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Revised  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution
No. 27


Introduced by Assembly Member Berman
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Bauer-Kahan, Bigelow, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Bonta, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Daly, Diep, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Frazier, Friedman, Gabriel, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez, Gray, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Lackey, Levine, Limón, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Patterson, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Ramos, Rendon, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Smith, Mark Stone, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, Wicks, and Wood)

March 19, 2019


Relative to the 2020 Decennial Census.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 27, as introduced, Berman.

WHEREAS, The federal Census Bureau is required by Congress, pursuant to its authority under Section 2 of Article I of the United States Constitution, to conduct an accurate count of the population every 10 years; and
WHEREAS, The next enumeration is scheduled for April 1, 2020, and will be the first to rely heavily on online responses; and
WHEREAS, The primary and perpetual challenge facing the federal Census Bureau is the undercount of certain population groups; and
WHEREAS, That challenge is amplified in California, given the size of the state and the diversity of communities; and
WHEREAS, California has a large percentage of individuals that are considered traditionally hard to count; and
WHEREAS, These diverse communities and populations are at risk of being missed in the 2020 Decennial Census; and
WHEREAS, California receives nearly seventy-seven billion dollars ($77,000,000,000) in federal funding per year that is based, in part, on census data; and
WHEREAS, A complete and accurate count of California’s population is essential; and
WHEREAS, The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to state and local governments; and
WHEREAS, Census data is also used in the redistricting of state legislatures, county boards of supervisors, and city councils; and
WHEREAS, The 2020 Decennial Census is a massive undertaking that requires cross-sector collaboration and partnership in order to achieve a complete and accurate count; and
WHEREAS, California’s leaders have dedicated an historic amount of funding and resources to ensure every Californian is counted once, only once, and in the right place; and
WHEREAS, This commitment of funding and resources includes supporting coordination between tribal, city, county, state governments, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and many more; and
WHEREAS, The federal Census Bureau faces several challenges with the 2020 Decennial Census, including a constrained fiscal environment, rapidly changing use of technology, declining response rates, and an increasingly diverse and mobile population, and thus support from partners and stakeholders is critical; and
WHEREAS, California is kicking off its outreach and engagement efforts in April 2019 for the 2020 Decennial Census; and
WHEREAS, The Assembly, in partnership with other local governments, the state, businesses, schools, and community organizations, is committed to robust outreach and communication strategies, focusing on reaching the hardest-to-count individuals; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes the importance of the 2020 Decennial Census and supports helping to ensure a complete, fair, and accurate count of all Californians; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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