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January 17, 2020
 

  In This Update:  
 
  • 2020 Census: Apply Now for Temporary Positions
  • Citizen's Redistricting Commission Accepting Applications
  • The Word from Lansing: Advocacy Successes in 2019
 
  2020 Census: Apply Now for Temporary Positions  
 
Over the next several months, the United States will participate in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to help ensure communities are fully counted, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office clerks, and supervisory staff. These positions will help Michigan receive fair and accurate political representation at the federal and state levels, as well as receive federal funding for local needs such as public safety, education, and roads. Apply at www.2020census.gov/jobs
 
  Citizen's Redistricting Commission Accepting Applications  
 
With their approval of Proposal 2 on the November 2018 ballot, the people of Michigan amended the State Constitution to create an Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission. This body will redraw district boundaries for the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, informed by the data gathered in 2020 United States Census later in the spring and summer. Prior to the ballot proposal, the state Legislature was charged with this task. 

As outlined in the proposal, 250,000 randomly selected Michigan voters were recently invited by mail to apply for the Commission. Voters who did not receive a mailed application are now able to apply online if they are interested in serving. In June, 200 semifinalists will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Sixty of the applicants must be affiliated with the Democratic Party, sixty must be affiliated with the Republican Party, and eighty must be independent (or not affiliated with either party). Half of these semifinalists must be recipients of the random mailing.  The final Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission, once selected, will bring together four Democrats, four Republicans, and five unaffiliated voters. The Commission's deadline for a redistricting plan will be November 1, 2021.  

Catholics are called to "faithful citizenship" through voting and participation in the political process. The Commission may be one way for people of faith to serve their fellow Michiganders. Take the time to prayerfully consider applying. 
 
  The Word from Lansing: Advocacy Successes in 2019  
 
The beginning of January marks the halfway point of the 2019-2020 state legislative session. While the process of making good public policy is gradual and there is much work left to be done, Michigan Catholic Conference celebrates several recent advocacy successes at the State Capitol. The Word from Lansing column for January highlights these successes, which include passage of juvenile justice reform, a petition drive for the protection of human life, and efforts to reduce suicides in the state.

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