Citizens will have a direct say in how the state’s political districts are set up, starting at the end of the month.
The state Senate has set up hearings for public input for the new lines to be drawn for South Carolina’s 46 state Senate and now seven U.S. congressional districts.
A special Senate subcommittee will oversee this process and is made up of the chairman, Senator Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) Senator Robert Ford (D-Charleston), Senator Larry A. Martin (R-Pickens), Senator C. Bradley Hutto (D-Orangeburg), Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington), Senator Raymond E. Cleary III (R-Georgetown), and Senator Phillip W. Shoopman (R-Greenville).
State Senate, House, and congressional districts are redrawn every ten years after the census is taken to meet the requirements of federal law.
There will be 10 public hearings that will be held across the state. They will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
March 23 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg
March 24 Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter
March 28 Technical College of the Low Country in Beaufort
March 29 Aiken Technical College in Aiken
March 30 York Technical College in Rock Hill
March 31 Greenville County Council Chambers in Greenville
April 4 Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway
April 5 Gressette Senate Office Building in Columbia
April 6 Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence
April 7 Trident Technical College in Charleston.