State committee to host public forum Oct. 10 in Dallas on upcoming state and congressional redistricting

Texas lawmakers are inviting citizens to weigh in on redistricting at an upcoming public hearing.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.

Representatives from the Texas House Redistricting Committee will be on-site to receive feedback and answer questions about the process.

"These hearings may be one of the only opportunities citizens may have to provide in-person, direct comments and input to the committee here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area without having to travel to Austin," a statement from nonpartisan group Fair Maps Texas read.

State lawmakers redraw boundaries for the U.S. House, Texas House and Texas Senate legislative districts every 10 years after new population information is gathered through the Census, according to Fair Maps Texas. New maps will be drawn in 2021.

"It is critically important that as many members of the public as possible provide the committee with descriptions of how legislative and congressional district lines have had an impact on their communities, and how it has affected their ability to influence their state and congressional representatives under the current boundaries," the Fair Maps Texas statement read.

Population increases in Texas could lead to a gain of three new congressional seats, according to projections by the state demographer. Among the counties with the most new residents since 2010 is Collin County, according to the demographer.
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