The first set of public hearings for the House and Senate Bipartisan Redistricting Commissions begin next week in St. Louis. Missourians will have the opportunity to present testimony to their communities. Sean Nicholson from the Fair Maps Missouri Coalition says that if done poorly “maps can be drawn in a way that protects politicians and protects political interests at the expense of the people back home” but if done right “communities are honored and people are put first and we can have representation and the ability to hold our leaders accountable.”
The Fair Maps Coalition will also be holding a training session next week for people who want to give testimony but don’t know how to effectively.
The St. Louis Senate Commission Hearing will be Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Airport Hotel. The Springfield Hearings will be Monday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. for the House hearing and 1:00 p.m. for the Senate hearing at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. The Kansas City hearings will be Tuesday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m. for the House hearing, and 1:00 p.m. for the Senate hearing at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott. Finally, the St. Louis House Commission hearing will be Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Airport Hotel.