Oct 19
" The boundaries of legislative districts in Hampshire County would remain largely unchanged under the two new maps proposed by the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting at a hearing Tuesday in Boston. But there are several significant proposed changes in other parts of western Massachusetts that would affect Hampshire County legislators whose districts spread into surrounding counties. The proposed maps for both the House and Senate reflect a sustained population decline in Berkshire County, resulting in new boundaries for many western Massachusetts legislative districts. "One of our objectives going into this was to retain the same number of representatives for the region of western Massachusetts," said state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a member of the redistricting panel." View the full article.