SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah Representative Rob Bishop is introducing a bill that would make more accurate and complete census records for Americans living overseas.
Bishop says the Census Bureau doesn’t account for Americans living overseas unless they are working for the federal government.
In the 2000 census around 11,000 Utah residents were Mormon missionaries living outside the United States and were not counted in the census.
“Utah loses to states that are heavy into the federal bureaucracy, and states that are heavy into the military and it’s not just for representation, every city gets their grants and their funding and some of their federal funds going by basis of population so every city in Utah loses that,” said Bishop.
In 2000, Utah needed 800 people to quality for a fourth Congressional seat, but more than 11,000 Utahns were serving missions overseas during that census.
Bishop says all four Utah representatives are supporting this bill.