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As redistricting hearings continue, a push for more minority districts

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June 30, 2011

Massachusetts

BOSTON, Massachusetts: At a June 13, 2011 redistricting committee hearing in Lawrence, a citizens group offered a proposal to legislators that would create additional Latino majority-minority districts in the Massachusetts General Court.[1]

The Dominican American National Roundtable offered a version of the maps that would alter the districts currently held by Senators Barry Finegold (D) and Steven Baddour (D). The proposal would move Lawrence from Finegold's district to Baddour's. The two House district proposals would create two Lawrence-based districts each with more than 70 percent of the population composed of Latino voters. Lawrence is the New England's most Latino city.[1]

Much of the attention thus far in 2011 has gone to the Congressional redistricting as Massachusetts is losing one seat. No incumbent has indicated a desire to retire, and with an entirely Democratic delegation the elimination process has proven controversial.

On Wednesday, U.S. House Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch each traveled to Boston to personally meet with the two power-brokers in redistricting -- State House rep Michael Moran (D) and State senator Stanley Rosenberg (D), co-chairs of the redistricting committee.[2]

The final public hearing on redistricting will be held on July 11. Legislators will then prepare maps for debate in the fall. Rosenberg said they are expected lawsuits to likely occur at some point in the process.

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