December 18, 2020 | 04:09pm
Virtual Redistricting Meetings Scheduled
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the State Senate redistricting offices have scheduled two virtual town hall meetings on the legislative redistricting process to answer questions and take comments from the public in real time.
The virtual meetings are scheduled for: 6 p.m., Monday, Dec 21, and 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25
The meeting links and additional details can be found here: https://www.okhouse.gov/Publications/VirtualMeets.aspx.
No signup required, and everyone is welcome.
“These meetings are for anyone who wanted to attend one of the 18 in-person town halls held across Oklahoma but was not able to or did not feel safe doing so because of health concerns,” said State Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “It’s important that even during this pandemic we still receive public input into this process and that we answer any and all questions people may have.”
“We will be covering the same information covered at all of our in-person town halls,” said State Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. “This ensures we have thorough and vital input from the public and offers even greater transparency into our work.”
By law, the Legislature must redraw its legislative and congressional district boundaries to reflect changes in population every ten years immediately following the decennial Census.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate are holding a series of town halls throughout the state in December and January to encourage public input in the redistricting process. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend.
Meetings are livestreamed when possible, and video is archived. Previous House meetings can be viewed here: https://okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx and Senate meetings can be viewed here: https://oksenate.gov/live-chamber.
Anyone unable to attend the meeting may email comments to the House at firstname.lastname@example.org, Senate at email@example.com, or contact their state representative or state senator. All comments and public testimony will be shared with the committees.
Information about other meetings scheduled across the state can be found here: https://oksenate.gov/press-releases/oklahoma-senate-house-announce-statewide-redistricting-meeting-dates.
A map showing meetings throughout the state can be found here: https://okhouse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/minimalist/index.html?appid=ef335bbb2dea41dc9eb4Ibb029d5a8800.
Additional information about the redistricting process can be found here: https://okhouse.gov/Publications/Redistricting.aspx.
November 5, 2020 | 02:45pm
Oklahoma Senate, House announce statewide redistricting meeting dates
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate announced dates for a series of redistricting town hall meetings to be held across the state in the coming weeks.
At each meeting, presenters will give an overview of the legislative redistricting process and cover redistricting principles. At each meeting, the public will have the chance to comment on the redistricting of legislative districts and congressional districts. Additionally, the collaboration means the public at each meeting can share their input on House and Senate redistricting regardless of which chamber is officially hosting and leading the event.
“Collaboration between the House and Senate on these meeting locations and dates ensures we can cover more ground. It also means that regardless of whether it’s a ‘House meeting’ or ‘Senate meeting,’ the public can offer comments about the redistricting of all legislative districts and congressional districts,” said Sen, Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. “We are conducting an open and transparent redistricting process in the Senate and these public meetings are a part of the plan to ensure the public’s participation in that process.”
“These meetings are the bread and butter of our public-driven redistricting process in the House. All Oklahomans can and should participate to take ownership of the process determining what their districts look like for the next decade,” said Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, chairman of the House Redistricting Committee. “The House and the Senate are prioritizing transparency and participation from all Oklahomans to produce the best districts for the people.”
Redistricting town halls will be livestreamed as facility abilities allow, archived and posted online. Each town hall will follow the pandemic protection protocols of the facility hosting the meeting.
Every 10 years, the Legislature is constitutionally required to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries using the latest U.S. Census data.
OKLAHOMA SENATE REDISTRICTING TOWN HALL MEETINGS
- Tuesday, Dec. 8: 6 p.m., Pontotoc Technology Center, Seminar Center, Ada
- Thursday, Dec. 10: 6 p.m., Grady County Fairgrounds, Community Building, Chickasha
- Thursday, Dec, 17: 6 p.m., Northeast Technology Center, Pryor campus
- Wednesday, Jan. 6: 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 535, Oklahoma City
- Tuesday, Jan. 12: 6 p.m., Durant High School Auditorium, Durant
- Thursday, Jan. 14: 6 p.m., The Summit Conference Center, Ponca City
- Tuesday, Jan. 19: 6 p.m., Frisco Conference Center, Clinton
- Thursday, Jan. 21: 6 p.m., Autry Technology Center, Lectorium, Enid
- Thursday, Jan. 28: 6 p.m., Tulsa Technology Center, Sycamore Room, Owasso
OKLAHOMA HOUSE REDISTRICTING TOWN HALL MEETINGS
- Wednesday, Dec. 9: 5:30 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 206, Oklahoma City
- Thursday, Dec. 10: 7 p.m., Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside Campus Auditorium, Tulsa
- Wednesday, Dec. 16: 6:30 p.m., JI Stipes Center, McAlester
- Tuesday, Jan. 5: 6:30 p.m., Bill Coben Community Center, Lane
- Wednesday, Jan. 6: 5:30 p.m., Route 66 Interpretive Center, Chandler
- Thursday, Jan. 7: 7 p.m., Northeastern State University – Webb Auditorium, Tahlequah
- Monday, Jan. 11: 7 p.m., Comanche County Farm Bureau, Lawton
- Tuesday, Jan. 12: 6 p.m., Southern Technology Center, Ardmore
- Wednesday, Jan. 13: 6 p.m., High Plains Technology Center, Woodward
SENATE: Aaron Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 521-5565
HOUSE: John Estus, email@example.com or (405) 557-7439