“Don is quickly becoming well known at the Capitol for his ability to work together within the Republican caucus and across the aisle with our Democrat colleagues,” McNulty said. “That ability, coupled with his knowledge of rural Colorado, will make him an excellent fit for the work of this committee.”
The bipartisan committee, comprised of 10 members, will meet regularly throughout the 2011 legislative session to evaluate proposed maps, solicit public feedback and make recommendations to the General Assembly on congressional redistricting.
“It is important that rural southwestern Colorado has a strong voice in the redistricting process,” Coram said. “I am for keeping like-minded communities together and establishing fair district boundaries with the interests of the citizens placed above any single person’s political ambitions.”
Coram also observed that working through redistricting during the 2011 Regular Session could also save taxpayers the additional expense of calling a Special Session to resolve redistricting issues. According to legislative research, foregoing a five-day redistricting special session during the summer of 2011 would save taxpayers $181,780.
“I am hopeful that we can make significant headway on the redistricting process and save taxpayers the expense of a budget-busting special session next summer,” Coram said. “It is refreshing to see both major political parties working together to achieve these goals on what has always been an extremely partisan process.”
The committee will be tasked with holding at least one public meeting in each congressional district in Colorado before it submits recommendations to the general Assembly. These meetings are intended to make the redistricting process open to the public and to give citizens the opportunity to express their opinions to members of the committee.
The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting in Colorado will officially be appointed at the onset of the 2011 Legislative Session.