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Texas Senate Redistricting Committee Regional Hearing
March 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CST
Public testimony will be taken via videoconference. No in-person testimony will be taken.
The purpose of the regional hearing is to solicit public input on the 2021
legislative redistricting process. This hearing provides the public an
opportunity to share details about their local communities and information
that they believe is relevant to the upcoming redistricting process.
The regional hearing held on March 11, 2021 will focus on the Austin region, but the committee will hear testimony about any region of the State.
Dr. Lloyd Potter, Director of the Texas Demographic Center, will provide
invited testimony about population projections for the State, with a focus on the Austin region.
To provide public testimony, a witness must register in advance of the
regional hearing. Registration for the regional hearing is now open and
will close 24 hours prior to the start time of the hearing (9 a.m. on
March 10, 2021). Once witness registration has closed, witnesses will
no longer be able to register to testify at this regional hearing.
However, witnesses may register to testify at any future regional hearing.
No in-person testimony will be taken at the regional hearing. All
testimony will be taken by two-way videoconference. To provide testimony
by videoconference, witnesses need access to a computer or other device
with an internet connection and video/audio capability (e.g., smartphone,
tablet, etc.). If you do not have access to such a device at home, work,
or school, please visit your local public library. Please note that
witnesses must have both audio and video capabilities in order to provide
testimony by videoconference.
Witness Registration Instructions:
While witness registration is open, complete the witness registration form
available here: https://bit.ly/2OdIgE0. Witnesses must complete all fields
including the witness affirmation to complete registration. After
completing a registration form, each witness will receive a registration
confirmation email that includes a link to join the videoconference and
other instructions. Please note that only registered witnesses will be
allowed to testify before the committee at the hearing. If you wish to
watch the regional hearing without providing testimony, you may do so at
|INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERED WITNESSES
Joining the Videoconference:
1. Up to 30 minutes prior to the hearing, sign in to the Zoom meeting by
clicking the link in your confirmation email. When prompted, enter the
passcode provided in your confirmation email. (Note: if you need
assistance, visit https://zoom.us/join or call Zoom customer service at 1-
2. Once you have entered the passcode, you will be placed in the waiting
room. You will remain in the waiting room until it is your turn to
testify. While you wait to be recognized, please watch the hearing
livestream at https://senate.texas.gov/events.php.
Testifying via Videoconference:
1. The Chair will call registered witnesses in small groups during the
public testimony portion of the regional hearing. When your name is
called, committee staff will admit you from the Zoom waiting room. Once
you are admitted, make sure your camera is enabled, and mute or turn off
the hearing livestream. After you are admitted from the waiting room, you
will be able to continue watching the regional hearing on Zoom as you wait
to be called to provide testimony.
2. When it is your turn to testify, the Chair will ask you to state your
name and who you represent for the record. Make sure to unmute your
microphone before speaking. When providing testimony, your camera will be
publicly displayed so that the committee members and the public will be
able to see you provide testimony. You must have your camera on and be
visible to the committee in order to testify.
3. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, public
testimony will be limited by the Chair. The Chair will inform all
participants at the start of the hearing the time limit that public
witnesses will have to provide testimony. Please plan your testimony
4. During and/or after your testimony, Senate members may ask you
questions, which will not count against your time to provide testimony.
5. After your testimony, you will be released from the videoconference
and may livestream the remainder of the hearing at
Any member of the public may submit written comments and attachments to
the committee at any time throughout the legislative redistricting
process. To submit written comments and attachments via the public-input
portal, please visit the committee’s website at
https://senate.texas.gov/cmte.php?c=625. All comments and attachments
received via the public-input portal are shared with all committee members
and maintained in the committee’s official records.
The livestream of the regional hearing is available here:
Within a few days after conclusion of the regional hearing, a video
archive of the hearing will be available at the following link: