MONTGOMERY (AP) - Census experts say Alabama is not expected to gain or lose a congressional seat in the 2010 U.S. Census and the
racial makeup of the state legislature is likely to remain the
Alabama legislators received a briefing Tuesday on what to
expect after the United States recounts its citizens in 2010 as
required by the U.S. Constitution.
A former top official with the U.S. Justice Department, John
Tanner, told lawmakers the state has grown steadily from 4.4
million residents to about 4.6 million residents since the 2000
Census. He said the growth is not enough to allow the state to gain
a Congressional seat, but should allow Alabama to retain its
current seven districts.
Tanner warned legislators that federal funding is based on
Census figures and that the state stands to lose millions of
dollars if its population is undercounted.
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