NSU hosts public forum on legislative redistricting

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TAHLEQUAH - Northeastern State University will host a public forum with members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Redistricting Steering Committee on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center Auditorium in Tahlequah.

Area residents are invited to attend the meeting on legislative redistricting, one in a series of being held across the state. The meeting is intended to provide information to and receive input from eastern Oklahoma residents, according to Rep. Danny Morgan (D-Prague), member of the state committee.

The meeting, co-chaired by Rep. Dale DeWitt (R-Braman) and Rep. John Trebilcock (R-Broken Arrow), will also be available on this web page via streaming video on the night of the event.

Redistricting Steering Committee members and House redistricting staff will respond to questions and take statements from constituents about the redistricting process.

Besides Reps. Morgan, DeWitt, and Trebilcock, other members of the Redistricting Steering Committee are as follows: Rep. Paul Roan (D-Tishomingo), Co-Vice Chair; Rep. Lisa Billy (R-Purcell); Speaker Pro Tempore-elect Jeff Hickman (R-Dacoma); Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Oklahoma City); and Rep. Jabar Shumate (D-Tulsa).

By law, the legislature must redraw its district and congressional boundaries to reflect changes in population every 10 years immediately following the decennial Census. According to 2010 Census figures, the state’s population increased by 8.7 percent in the past decade, but most of that growth was in urban areas. Rural areas, particularly in the western half of the state, have sustained significant losses. Oklahoma lost one congressional seat in the last reapportionment process, but Oklahoma will retain its five congressional seats for the 2012 election cycle and the next decade.

The legislature must complete its work for legislative redistricting in 2011, pursuant to the constitutional deadline. There is not a deadline for the legislature to redraw the congressional district boundaries, but the goal is to complete the work prior to candidate filing for congressional offices in 2012. 

Published: 1/14/2011 9:31:14 AM

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