The House Democratic Caucus has announced that they will be holding a Reapportionment Rural Hearing Series beginning on Thursday in Fort Valley and continuing in Milledgeville, Brunswick and Thomasville.
Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus),chairperson of the House Democratic Reapportionment Committee …. noted that in answering questions, there might be a number of ‘I don’t know’ answers, since Democrats have been locked out of reapportionment process by the GOP-controlled process.
“Although we may not know the answer to all the questions put before us during the hearing process, we pledge to take those questions and concerns to Atlanta and present them during the special called session on reapportionment scheduled to begin Aug. 15,” said Hugley.
Democrats have invited area Republicans to attend the hearings and panel members are being selected to ensure that racial, geographic, and gender are considerations — a critical distinction between these hearings and those conducted by Republicans, organizers said.
The rural hearing project is a direct development and response to citizen concerns from the recently GOP-led hearings.
House Democrats have criticized the reapportionment process for not being fair or equal to citizens across the state, leaving thousands of Georgians without a voice in the government process.
Also holding redistricting meetings will be DeKalb Democratic County Commissioners Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader. These meetings will be held on July 27 and 28.
Bless their hearts.