Rep. Sean Garballey, Democrat of Arlington, has been appointed to the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting. After the latest 10-year US census is released, the US Constitution requires changes to boundaries of House, Senate, Governor’s Council and congressional districts to accommodate shifts in population and to provide equal representation to its citizens.
The redistricting committee will solicit testimony at a minimum of 12 hearings throughout the commonwealth. The committee will also host a website to provide redistricting information to the public, publicize the hearing and meeting schedule, and provide a means to contact the committee to submit questions, comments or materials.
“This is an extremely important committee, and I very much appreciate being appointed to it and look forward to the work ahead,” Garballey said in a news release. “This process must be a transparent one that will allow every single citizen of the commonwealth to testify publicly or electronically. This committee will work directly with its citizens as we work to redraw the district lines across the state.”
Special Joint Committee on Redistricting hearing schedule:
May 2, 6 p.m., Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Conference Center, 770 Crescent St.
May 14, 10 a.m., Joseph Lee Elementary School, Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave., Boston.
May 16, 6 p.m., New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford.
May 3, 6 p.m., Greenfield Community College, Sloan Theater 1 College Drive, Greenfield.
June 6, 6 p.m., Quincy High School, 52 Coddington St., Quincy.
June 11, 10 a.m., Pittsfield City Hall, City Council Chambers, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.
June 13, 6 p.m., Lawrence High School, Lecture Hall, 71 N. Parish Road, Lawrence.
June 18, 10 a.m., Framingham State University, Forum Room at the McCarthy Center, 100 State St., Framingham.
June 20, 6 p.m., Lynn City Hall, City Council Chambers, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn.
June 27, 6 p.m., Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, 2240 Iyannough Road, Barnstable.
Members of the public can also testify on the Redistricting Committees website.