On Wednesday, January 22, the House Committee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, in the heart of District 101. As Vice-Chair of the Redistricting Committee, I am proud to host this important legislative hearing in our district.
Every 10 years, the Legislature is required to draw new districts for the U.S. House, State Senate, State House and State Board of Education. Districts are redrawn to reflect population changes as tabulated in the upcoming 2020 Census.
The Arlington hearing is one of more than two dozen hearings the Redistricting Committee is holding around the state prior to next year’s legislative session. I hope Tarrant County residents will turn out for the January 22 hearing and share your thoughts about the upcoming 2021 redistricting process.
At the hearing, we will hear a presentation from the State Demographer about population trends statewide and in the DFW area, in particular. We will also hear from the Texas Legislative Council, which facilitates the technical aspects of redistricting. After those presentations, the hearing will be opened up for public testimony. Examples of topics of previous public testimony include:
- Thoughts on the redistricting process overall
- What people like or do not like about the current districts
- Census outreach
- The process of drawing the new maps
Members of the public are encouraged to attend and testify on any topic they wish related to redistricting. Please note that the public testimony will likely be limited to three minutes at the discretion of the committee chairman.
The hearing will begin at 4:00 PM and end once public testimony is complete.
If you have any questions about the hearing or would like additional information, please email email@example.com or call my Arlington office at 817-459-2800.
I hope to see you on the 22nd.