Second round of remap hearings announced

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The Kansas Legislature on Tuesday announced its second round of hearings to take public comment on how new election boundaries should be drawn following the 2020 census.

The latest round will be held over Thanksgiving week with four hearings, one in each of the state’s four congressional districts from Nov. 22 to Nov. 30.

The members of the House and Senate redistricting committees will listen to testimony virtually while members of the public can testify in person at specific locations that will be announced later.

Each location will have audio and visual equipment for the public to provide oral testimony. All meetings and oral testimony will be livestreamed online.

The public also can submit written comments to the lawmakers.

Republican legislative leadership agreed to hold a second round of hearings after they came under criticism for their first series of meetings.

Democrats criticized the fist found of meetings because there were 14 meetings packed into a week.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Nov. 22
Congressional District 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
● Atchison
● Native American Reservations
● Ottawa
● Independence

Nov. 23
Congressional District 1
5:30-7:30 p.m.
● Emporia
● Great Bend
● Liberal
● McPherson

Nov. 29
Congressional District 4
5:30-7:30 p.m.
● Newton
● El Dorado

Nov. 30
Congressional District 3
5:30-7:30 p.m.
● Stilwell
● Bonner Springs