Bevin joins 17-state coalition in Supreme Court amicus brief supporting census

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Gov. Matt Bevin has joined a coalition of 17 states in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief supporting the Trump administration’s ability to restore a question about citizenship to 2020 U.S. Census forms that will be disseminated to all American households next year.

At issue in Department of Commerce v. New York is a ruling by a U.S. District Judge in New York that seeks to undermine the authority of U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have Census respondents indicate their citizenship a simple, commonsense designation ensuring accurate data for legislative apportionment.

Gov. Bevin, along with fellow amici, argues that Judge Jesse Furman’s opinion disregards the best interest of states and could have far-reaching negative consequences.

The case will be heard by the Supreme Court in late April, and Gov. Bevin and fellow amici urge the Justices to carefully consider the ramifications of effectively nullifying Secretary Ross’ thoughtful oversight of the census process.

Gov. Bevin was joined by the Governor of Mississippi in signing the brief. Fifteen states joined the brief through their Attorneys General, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

A copy of the brief is available here.

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