Raleigh, NC: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, announced multiple opportunities for public input into the upcoming legislative redistricting process at today's first joint meeting of the House and Senate redistricting committees.
The General Assembly's non-partisan central staff has created a central web page for members of the public and media to track all public legislative documents and submit comments about the process to the committee. There is also a physical address to submit written comment.
The chairmen announced that all legislators and members of the public will have access to a free computer terminal on the second floor of the Legislative Office Building to submit maps. Policies governing the use of the terminal will be issued going forward. Finally, Rep. Lewis has announced his intent for the committee to create a schedule for three sets of public hearings to be held across the state in areas with potentially redrawn districts.
"I look forward to reviewing the public input and facilitating the House and Senate Committee discussion on public input with Senator Hise," Representative Lewis said. "Our goal is to allow as much public input as possible, subject to the timeline in the court's order, which allows access to multiple mediums and takes public comment inside communities affected by this order."