Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission Shifts Staff Plans to Virtual Hearings – by Ark Valley Voice Staff – The Ark Valley Voice

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The Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission (CILRC) announced Friday morning that the upcoming hearings on the first staff state house and state senate redistricting plans will be held virtually, rather than in person, due to growing concerns about COVID-19.

“In order to maximize the opportunity to hear public testimony despite the condensed schedule, and the increased COVID-19 threat, the commissioners will not travel but will instead hold hearings virtually,” wrote CILRC Communications and Outreach Consultant Abby Leeper Gibson. “Coloradans will have three opportunities to testify about the staff legislative plans and can testify at the hearing of their choice.”

Individuals must sign up in advance to testify and can do so at https://redistricting.colorado.gov/signup.

The schedule for the legislative hearings is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Zoom link: https://coleg-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9fDh1GJmRTu8UOTNVSgxEw

Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Zoom link: https://coleg-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DHZJV_93TIqGIj3dzfGPNA

Saturday, Sept. 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Zoom link: https://coleg-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZHp2kp1kQYKnhidaQ9n0gQ

These hearings are the final opportunity for members of the public to speak to the redistricting commission. The hearings are virtual, but there will be limited opportunities to come to a staffed site, at the Colorado State Capitol, for help testifying remotely.

When the hearings on the legislative staff plans conclude, the commission is expected to approve a final plan and submit it to the Colorado Supreme Court at any time.

The legislative staff plans will be prepared using 2020 Census Data, public comments, and input from the legislative commission. The plans will be posted online by Sept. 13 and presented to the commission on Sept. 14. The legislative commission must approve the final plans by Oct. 11.

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