Kansas lawmakers hold town hall meetings on redistricting
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas legislators start five days of town hall meetings to discuss redrawing the state’s political boundaries. Federal officials plan to release its first census data later this week.
The House and Senate redistricting committees have 14 events planned across the state this week (Aug. 9 – Aug.13, 2021). Organizers designed the meetings to give people a chance to weigh in on what principles they want lawmakers to use in redrawing districts next year. Those include congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts.
- Hays, Manhattan, Salina (August 9)
- Colby, Garden City, Dodge City (August 10)
- Chanute, Hutchinson, Wichita (August 11)
- The Chanute meeting will take place at the Neosho Community College (Room 209, Student Union, 800 West 14th Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
- You can read the agenda for Aug. 11 here
- Kansas City, Overland Park, Pittsburg (August 12)
- The Pittsburg meeting will take place at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium (503 North Pine Street) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
- You can read the agenda for Aug. 12 here
- Lawrence, Leavenworth (August 13)
Democrats have complained that the GOP-controlled Legislature is stifling participation by scheduling the town hall meetings over just five days. Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said at the end of the Manhattan event that the meetings are merely a first step.
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