The recent Census resulted in South Carolina getting a 7th Congressional District as well as some state House and Senate seats. When it comes to redrawing boundary lines for state Senate and congressional districts, the South Carolina Senate Redistricting Subcommittee is asking for input from citizens. The first in a series of 10 statewide public hearings begins this week and is scheduled for Wednesday 6:30 p.m. at the Orangeburg Technical College. At this meeting, the subcommittee’s primary focus will be on Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.
Sen. Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston), chair of the Senate Redistricting Subcommittee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, says the redistricting of the state’s legislative and congressional districts is required by federal law every 10 years. McConnell says the public hearings are a chance for citizens to learn about the redistricting process as well as how it will affect them.
Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg), also a member of the subcommittee, says they want and need to hear from the public about the effects that changing boundary lines may have on members of the communities.
Additional information is available regarding the public hearings, including maps and directions by visiting the Senate Redistricting website .