Independent redistricting commission officially dead in Massachusetts as legislature appoints joint legislative committee
BOSTON, Massachusetts: Although it has yet to receive its local population figures, Massachusetts is one step closer to beginning the redistricting process after committee members were officially appointed.
There are a total of six senators and 21 representatives on the committee. However, the legislation that created the committee calls for seven senators. Of the 27 current legislators, there are four Republicans -- all from the House.
Massachusetts lost one Congressional district after the census figures were released. The joint committee must decide which incumbent gets the short end of the stick -- unless one retires prior to to the election, although none of the current delegation members have indicated such.
- Redistricting in Massachusetts
- State Legislative and Congressional Redistricting after the 2010 Census
- Massachusetts State Senate
- Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Hamilton-Wenham Patch, "Hill to sit on redistricting committee," March 14, 2011
- Berkshire Eagle, "Redistricting panel taps Rep. Speranzo," March 9, 2011
- Wicked Local Boxford, "Hill appointed to Redistricting Committee," March 7, 2011 (dead link)
- Dorchester Reporter, "Redistricting gets underway with legislative commission," March 10, 2011