The House and Senate Committees on Redistricting will travel to Portland for two public hearings on the redistricting process on Friday, April 8th. The first hearing will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus, and the second hearing will be from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Portland State University. I will be attending the hearing held at Portland State University, and I encourage you to come to either hearing and participate in the redistricting process.
These hearings are two of 12 that will be held across the state to provide Oregonians an opportunity to discuss the redistricting process, what defines a “community of interest,” and how legislative and congressional districts may change as a result of population changes since 2000. By law, the criteria for redistricting require that each district, as nearly as practicable, shall:
• Be contiguous;
• Be of equal population;
• Utilize existing geographic or political boundaries;
• Not divide communities of common interest; and
• Be connected by transportation links.
On February 23rd, 2011 the United States Census Bureau released Oregon’s 2010 Census Population totals. The 2010 Census shows that Oregon has grown by 409,675 people since the last census in 2000.
Residents unable to attend the Portland hearing can also e-mail testimony to: email@example.com.
WHAT: Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Committees on Redistricting
WHEN: Friday, April 8th from 9:00 to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
17705 NW Springville Road, Building Three Auditorium
Portland, OR 97229
Portland State University, Chancellor’s Office Boardroom
1800 SW 6th Avenue, Room 515
Portland, OR 97201
Senate District 18