State Lawmakers Meet To Re-Draw Electoral Map

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State lawmakers are now in the process of figuring out how to re-draw the electoral map as the state prepares to lose one of its 10 congressional seats to redistricting.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and Rep. Michael Moran are leading the process and held private talks with several Massachusetts Congress members Wednesday.

Rosenberg said there were no decisions made at the meetings, despite their being closed to the public.

"Most of the discussion was focused on the process and the data, but each did take the opportunities to make a pitch for not eliminating their districts," Rosenberg said.

As far as who's leaving their district, Moran said no new revelations on that topic have been made.

"Everybody kind of wants to talk about which one's leaving," he said. "There was not discussion of who's leaving at all."

Moran said he remains focused on the task at hand, not on who could potentially lose their job.

"At the end of the day, when we go through the whole process, a lot of this stuff will work itself out," he said.

The Legislature plans to hold at least 12 public hearings across the state to seek input from residents.

"We are doing everything we were doing 10 years ago, and more, so the public can be assured that we will do everything we can do to hear them," Rosenberg said.

This program aired on February 17, 2011.

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