15 Jul 2020
Joint Public Hearing: Evaluating Constitutional Provisions Impacting Redistricting in 2022
Virtual Public Hearing
Joint – Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
Co-Chair: Senator Michael Gianaris
Co-Chair: Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez
Senate Standing Committee on the Judiciary
Chair: Senator Brad Hoylman
and Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations
Chair: Assembly Member Kenneth Zebrowski
Public Hearing: Evaluating Constitutional Provisions Impacting Redistricting in 2022
Place: Online: https://www.nysenate.gov/events; https://www.nyassembly.gov/av/live/
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Kenan Kurt (518) 455-3201; Brian Williams (518) 455-4355
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2415;
Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Subject: Evaluating Constitutional Provisions Impacting Redistricting in 2022
Purpose: To evaluate the current legal structure of redistricting in New York State in advance of the upcoming redistricting cycle in 2021-2022
In 2014, New York voters approved amendments to the New York State Constitution altering the process for legislative redistricting. Among other changes, a 10 member Independent Redistricting Commission was created to propose legislative district lines during the once-a-decade reapportionment.
Since the enactment of these redistricting reforms, additional developments have raised questions of the process by which redistricting will occur. The process of undertaking the decennial census has also been thrown into question due to the impacts of COVID-19. As a result, New York faces a series of unprecedented questions and challenges in undertaking the necessary redistricting process. This legislative hearing will examine state law on the redistricting process in the context of current events, and seek to determine what challenges the state will face in undertaking this critical work.
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