by Robin Kemp
Members of the public are set to testify today (Tuesday, June 15, 2021) at a special joint hearing at the Georgia Capitol on the way Congressional and state districts are drawn. All slots for speakers have been filled as of press time.
The Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee and its House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee will hold the joint hearing in Room 341 of the Capitol Building. The public can watch via livestream, which will start at 5 p.m. and end when the hearing ends–you also can watch it here when it goes live:
If you were not able to sign up for a slot to testify, you still can write the committee. We’re looking for specifics the committee had promised to make public “at a later time” but you should consult your state representative or senator for advice on submitting your letter.
This reapportionment is of particular importance because the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the population data that state lawmakers need to make decisions about redrawing Congressional boundaries. See our story from last week for a quick overview of how the process works and why it matters to you.
Learn more about Georgia reapportionment and at https://www.legis.ga.gov/joint-office/reapportionment