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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: September 11, 2023 02:38 PM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Pennsylvania Census Commission
From: Representative Seth Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Pennsylvania Census Commission

The Federal Decennial Census otherwise known as the Population and Housing Census is designed to count every resident in the United States. The census is mandated by United States Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determines the number of seats each state is allocated in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.  Although the decennial census is designed to count every resident in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of people left out of the census increased from 16 million in 2010 to 18.8 million in 2020.

This legislation is modeled after North Carolina’s Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census, however it takes it one step further by making a permanent census commission for Pennsylvania. The commission would be staffed by the Joint State Government Commission and would be made up of members from all over the Commonwealth. The Commission would have several duties including:
  • Advise the Governor and the General Assembly on census activities within the Commonwealth.
  • Identify barriers that might impede the progress of future Federal decennial censuses in the Commonwealth.
  • Promote and advertise future Federal decennial censuses.
  • Respond to residents’ questions and concerns about a census.
  • Develop partnerships with regional and local Complete Count Committees to increase participation in the census.
  • Distribute and share census information with traditionally hard-to-count areas and populations.
  • Seek to ensure the highest census participation rate possible.
  • Gather information and produce reports on the Federal decennial censuses.
I ask that you join me in cosponsoring this piece of legislation to ensure that as many residents of Pennsylvania participate in any future decennial census.

Introduced as HB1721