(1) When apportioning the state into congressional or legislative districts, the Legislative
Assembly shall hold at least 10 public hearings at locations throughout the state
prior to proposing a reapportionment plan.
(2) In addition to the hearings required under subsection (1) of this section, the
Legislative Assembly or the Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, shall:
(a) To the extent practicable, hold five public hearings after a reapportionment plan
is proposed, but before the plan is adopted. The adoption of a reapportionment plan may not be delayed by the impracticability
of holding one or more of the hearings required under this subsection.
(b) Conduct the hearings required under this subsection either in five different congressional
districts of this state or with the use of videoconferencing technologies that permit
active citizen participation throughout the state.
(3) In holding the hearings required under subsections (1) and (2) of this section,
the Legislative Assembly or the Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, must:
(a) Provide appropriate public notice of the time and location of each hearing;
(b) Hold at least one hearing required under subsection (1) of this section in each
congressional district of this state;
(c) Hold at least one hearing required under subsection (1) of this section and one
hearing required under subsection (2) of this section in areas that have experienced
the largest shifts in population since the previous reapportionment, and prioritize
holding additional public hearings in these areas; and
(d) Permit and make provision for individuals at remote sites throughout the state
to provide public testimony at the hearings through the use of video equipment.
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