I emailed Lloyd Doggett’s office to see if they had any more information on the redistricting. This is the response I got (note that there’s another meeting tomorrow morning for those who may not have work).
Thank you for your recent message regarding redistricting. As you may be aware, under the latest Republican redistricting plan, made public only this morning, the county is quartered: one part of Austin would be in a district stretching all the way to the Rio Grande, another in a district extending to the Gulf of Mexico. This plan all but ensures that no Austinite will represent our united community in Congress for years to come. You asked what you can do. Keep reading.
Tomorrow, May 6 at 9am, the Texas House Redistricting
Committee will be holding a hearing on this new plan. The hearing is scheduled in Austin in the Texas Capitol Extension, room E2.036. The exact starting time of the hearing is still unclear because of the legislative schedule, but you can call the clerk for the Redistricting Committee, Jay Yates at (512) 463-9948 to find out more about the time of the committee meeting. It is open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend.
In addition to attending tomorrow's hearing, if you are represented in our state legislature by Senator Jeff Wentworth or Representatives Terry Keel, Jack Stick, or Todd Baxter, you can urge them to oppose this latest plan and maintain the current map. Their phone, fax and email addresses are available at: http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/citizenResources/ContactLeg.html.
If you have friends who live outside Travis County who share our concerns, they can call their representatives with the same message. In order to determine your representative, you can visit the website: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm.
Also, once the bill hits the floor of the Texas Legislature, you should come and make your voice heard.
Please feel free to contact my district office at (512) 916-5921 with any questions. I welcome your continued counsel on this important matter.
201 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4865, (512) 916-5921
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