A series of hearings will be held across the state beginning this week as lawmakers prepare to redraw district lines. Census data released in April was preliminary, but it showed that Mississippi was one of three states to see decreased population. Every 10 years based on the census, lawmakers are tasked with redrawing 52 Senate and 122 House districts.
The Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and the Standing Joint Congressional Redistricting Committee are holding the hearings to obtain citizen comments and suggestions on redistricting efforts.
The redistricting hearings will begin Thursday, August 5th, at Meridian Community College McCain Theatre, at 6 p.m. Subsequent meetings across the state will be held in the following places, all starting at 6 p.m.
- August 6, 2021: In Tupelo at Itawamba Community College Belden Center, First Congressional District.
- August 9, 2021: In Senatobia at Northwest Community College Haraway Center, First Congressional District.
- August 11, 2021: In Itta Bena at Mississippi Valley State University William A. Butts Social Science Building, Second Congressional District.
- August 12, 2021: In Starkville at Mississippi State University Hunter Henry Center, Third Congressional District.
- August 16, 2021: In Natchez at Alcorn State University Business School Auditorium, Third Congressional District.
- August 18, 2021: In Gulfport at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Harrison County Campus, Fine Arts Auditorium, Fourth Congressional District.
- August 19, 2021: In Hattiesburg at University of Southern Mississippi Joe Paul Theater, Thad Cochran Center, Fourth Congressional District.
- August 23, 2021: In Jackson, New Capitol Building, Room 216, Second and Third Congressional Districts.
The hearings will be livestreamed at www.legislature.ms.gov