Rep. Van Huss sponsoring bill authorizing special censuses for unborn children

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(WJHL)- State Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) has filed a bill that would essentially include fetuses in special censuses.

The bill’s summary says, ” As introduced, authorizes local governments to take special censuses that include unborn children; requires that any state funds distributed and allocated to local governments based on population use such special census figures.”

According to the state capitol’s website, the bill has been assigned to the Cities & Counties Subcommittee in the House as of February 10 and was referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee in the Senate on February 6.

The text in the bill under section b states, “Notwithstanding any other law, a county or municipality may, at its own expense, take a special census that includes unborn children in its population at any time during the interim between the regular decennial federal census. Such right includes the current decennium. The special census must be conducted by the federal bureau of the census or in a manner directed by and satisfactory to the department of economic and community development.”

The bill states that the state funds distributed and allocated to local governments would need to take these special censuses that include unborn children into account.

You can read the entire proposed bill HERE.

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