Utah legislators want your opinions on how the state's three congressional districts, 29 state Senate and 75 state House districts and the nine State School Board districts should be redrawn following the 1990 Census.
The Legislative Redistricting Committee asks all interested persons to send a letter to the committee or make an appointment to meet with the whole 21-member board or the board subcommittees.The whole board will meet only at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City. But the subcommittees will hold public hearings throughout the state. (The schedules haven't been set yet.)
Republicans, who hold majorities in the House and Senate and who hold the governor's office, ultimately will decide the new boundaries. Republican legislators dominate the 21-member committee, although minority Democrats sit on the panel as well.
Lawmakers are speeding up the redistricting process a bit. Earlier this year they were talking about a late October, early November special session to adopt the plan.
But now they're talking about a September or early October special session. Whether they can make that deadline remains to be seen. (Several legislative insiders say the earlier deadline is desired by potential U.S. House candidates who want to see the new boundaries before deciding whether to run in 1992.)
Send your comments or requests for a personal appearance before the committee to: Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, 436 State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, Attention: Stewart E. Smith. Comments should be received by June 30.