A Chance to Speak Out about Redistricting
Fair Maps Texas is a nonpartisan effort aimed at fixing the redistricting process in Texas. Gerrymandering has split up communities, broken up representation for communities with minority groups, and weakened representation for lower socioeconomic and rural populations. Politicians should not pick their voters. However, the current redistricting system in Texas enables politicians to do just that.
Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 10
The first public input hearing for the next round of redistricting will be held starting at 1:30 PM on September 10, 2019. Citizens can testify in room E1.022 at the State Capitol building. Testimony focused on keeping communities together will go a long way to improving the redistricting process. For example, some communities such as Buda are a part of three different US Congressional districts. Further south in San Marcos, some district boundaries cut through Texas State University. As Texans our priorities are better served if we focus on keeping communities together.
Fair Maps Texas provides information on “Communities of Interest”–
What is a “Community of Interest”?
A Community of Interest (COI) is a geographically connected population which shares common social and economic interests. Examples of such shared interests are:
Those common to areas such as urban, rural, industrial, or agricultural; as well as geographical such as rivers, mountains, coastal, inland, watershed, etc.
Those common to areas in which the people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media of communication relevant to the election process; as well as shared common goals.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TIME & DATE: 1:30 PM, Tuesday, September 10, 2019
CHAIR: Rep. Phil King
The Committee will meet to hear invited and public testimony in the Texas Capitol, committee hearing room E1.030 located at 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701.
The purpose of the interim field hearings is to solicit public input on the 2021 legislative redistricting process and provide context to the official 2020 Census data that the 87th Legislature will receive by April 2021. Since the Legislature will not receive official data from the U.S. Census Bureau until the 87th session is underway, these interim field hearings seek to maximize the opportunities for Texans to share information they believe relevant to the upcoming redistricting process, including information about communities of interest within our state.
Invited testimony: Texas Demographic Center and Texas Legislative Council, Mapping and Redistricting Section
The chair may limit individual public testimony time in consideration of all participants.
Interpretation assistance can be provided by request made at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing. Please contact committee staff at 512-463-9948 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are unable to attend and would like to provide testimony, you may at any time email or call legislators on the Redistricting Committee. A list of committee member information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2KrYk0N