LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A preliminary injunction was issued by a judge against the Trump Administration’s decision to cut the timeline for the 2020 census, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

The nationwide preliminary injunction replaces a temporary restraining order that was scheduled to expire this week, Feuer said.

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A YMCA youth ambassador holds a tablet with a Census 2020 interview questionnaire during a community food distribution at a YMCA location in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Los Angeles and Los Angeles County are part of a national coalition that sued the administration last month over its last-minute decision to pack 8 ½ months of data collection for the census into half the time.

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“This injunction is a major victory in our fight for an accurate census count – which is crucial to fair political representation and the proper allocation of essential federal resources,” Feuer said in a statement.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, census operations were suspended for two weeks in March. The deadline was then extended to Oct. 30, then cut short a month to Sept. 30.

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The census, which is conducted every 10 years, collects population information that determines the distribution of federal funding and the apportionment of representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.