ap·​por·​tion·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt \

Definition of apportionment

: an act or result of apportioning especially : the apportioning of representatives or taxes among the states according to U.S. law

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As to any other remedial activity that can’t be anticipated, Zilly declined to determine what equitable apportionment might apply. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Judge holds Seattle Times, leather-cleaning company responsible for cleanup costs at former Troy Laundry site," 24 Aug. 2018 There are, classically, one or two apportionment lawsuits over the last seat (in Congress). Gregory Krieg, CNN, "The census has always been a weapon of political power," 27 Mar. 2018 Their voices in the Senate would be on par with places like Illinois and Pennsylvania, according to those 2010 apportionment figures cited at The Green Papers. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about," 17 Apr. 2018 Federal courts have long mandated that states use total population to decide federal apportionment and draw U.S. House districts. Michael Scherer, Washington Post, "Potential citizenship question in 2020 Census could shift power to rural America," 24 Jan. 2018 That makes the apportionment of liability even more contentious, with defendants blaming one another. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in 13-hour standoff in Geauga County, police say," 6 Mar. 2018 There's one presidential elector for every 189,433 of them, according to that 2010 apportionment. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about," 17 Apr. 2018 Census tallies are used to determine representation and distribution of resources, including the number of seats in the US House, number of electoral college votes, and apportionment of hundreds of billions of federal dollars. John Wagner,, "Group led by former attorney general sues to keep citizenship question off US Census," 11 Apr. 2018 At issue are federal dollars divvied up by population data and the once-a-decade apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on population. John Myers,, "Essential Politics: A backlash to the California 'resistance,' even as the fight continues," 28 Mar. 2018

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1579, in the meaning defined above

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