Public hearings set on redistricting

The Permanent Legislative Committee on Reapportionment will conduct public hearings throughout the state to receive views of individual citizens and citizen groups on redistricting.

As a result of the 2010 decennial census, the Legislature is required to redraw state House and state Senate lines to comply with the one-person, one-vote requirement of the federal Constitution and the representation requirement of the state Constitution.

Citizens will also have opportunity to address the proposed redrawing of congressional and state school board district lines. The proposed congressional redistricting has created some controversy, as witnessed by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus’s apparent reluctance to speak here as this county’s future congressman, parts of his and Rep. Robert Aderholt’s districts proposed to be changed one for the other.

The reapportionment committee is advertising locations and times of the public hearings, to be held in October in 21 cities from Mobile to Fort Payne. Those nearest Blount County are in Guntersville Monday, Oct. 3, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the city Rec Center, 1500 Sunset Drive, and in Birmingham Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 8:00 at the Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North.

Sen. Gerald Dial and Rep. Jim McClendon co-chair the committee of 20 other members.