Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Alternative" Public Hearings on Redistricting Reform Continue in Northwestern Wisconsin This Week

Jay Heck – 608/256-2686

For Release: Tuesday - January 7, 2014

The Republican legislative leadership and committee chairs with jurisdiction over non-partisan redistricting reform legislation (Assembly Bill 185 and Senate Bill 163) continue to deny even public hearings on the matter. In December, the first "alternative" public hearing on ending gerrymandering was held in Appleton and about 65 citizens braved a snowstorm to attend and discuss reform with four legislators and board members of Common Cause in Wisconsin and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, four public hearings will be held in various locales in northwestern Wisconsin with state legislators and with former Wisconsin U.S. Representative Dave Obey, who is a strong advocate for non-partisan redistricting reform for Wisconsin. As was the case for the Appleton hearing, Republican legislators from the area as well as Democratic legislators have been invited to participate.

Here is the schedule for this upcoming Thursday and Friday:

Thursday, January 9
  • Rice Lake – 10 a.m. – UW-Barron County, Ritzinger Hall
  • Chippewa Falls – 2 p.m. – Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls
Friday, January 10
  • Marshfield – 9:30 a.m. – Marshfield City Hall, Council Chambers – 630 S. Central Ave, Marshfield
  • Wausau – 1:30 p.m. – NTC, Health Services Auditorium – 1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau, Room 1004
Citizens of all political persuasions and views are invited to attend and participate in these events. Non-partisan redistricting reform is a critical issue that will not be simply brushed aside by partisan leaders bent on controlling the outcome of Wisconsin's elections.

Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703

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