Nov 02
(BOSTON) – Rep. Scibak (D – South Hadley) and his colleagues in the House of Representatives today approved, 151-3, a redistricting plan to create 160 new representative districts. “I thank Representative Moran for his work on our redistricting efforts,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “Chairman Moran and the Special Joint Committee conducted 13 public hearings across the state, utilized a website to facilitate public involvement, and worked closely with the people of Massachusetts to redraw district boundaries in an open and transparent process. I applaud my colleagues on the passage of this new plan.” “I am thankful for the bipartisan support given to this legislation,” said Representative Michael Moran, House Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting. “I want to thank my colleagues, advocacy groups, and all the citizens of the Commonwealth who participated in the most open, transparent, and inclusive redistricting process in our history.  Under the leadership of Speaker Robert DeLeo, we were able to create a map that includes 20 minority districts and truly represents the many faces of Massachusetts.” During its work, the Committee heard thirty-one hours of testimony from over 400 groups and individuals. The redistricting website received more than 10,000 hits. The plan includes the following features:
  • Twenty majority-minority districts
  • Four majority Hispanic districts
  • An incumbent-free district in Lawrence
  • 3 majority Black districts