STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
COLORADO REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION
|Time:||06:00 PM to 07:13 PM|
|Place:||BOCC Meeting Room - Salida|
|This Meeting was called to order by|
|This Report was prepared by|
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
|Bills Addressed: ||Action Taken:|
|Welcome and Introductions|
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6:00 PM -- Welcome and Introductions
Commissioner Salazar, chair, called the commission to order. He made opening remarks about the process. Commissioners Loevy and Witwer introduced themselves.
Troy Bratton, Colorado Reapportionment Commission Staff, read a prepared statement explaining the general process of redistricting (Attachment A).
6:07 PM -- Public Testimony
The following individuals testified:
6:08 PM -- Harry Kottcamp, representing himself, spoke about the redistricting of Grand County. He discussed the constitutional requirement for the preservation of communities of interest. He talked about communities of interest in Grand County and stressed that those communities share nothing in common with the communities of Boulder County. Mr. Kottcamp discussed ethnic, cultural, economic, trade, geographic, and demographic factors. He provided two letters from the Grand County Board of Commissioners to the commission regarding their dissatisfaction about the state redistricting process (Attachments B and C). He also provided copies of his written testimony (Attachment D). Commissioner Witwer indicated that the commission has received communication from a large number of Grand County residents. Mr. Kottcamp responded to questions from Commissioner Loevy regarding his opinion about creating swing districts and about the characteristics of Grand County. Commissioner Salazar asked about the inclusion of Gilpin County with Grand County. Mr. Kottcamp commented that combining Grand and Jackson counties would be acceptable. Commissioner Witwer spoke about the constitutional and Supreme Court directives to the commission. He read from the Hobbs opinion in In re Reapportionment of the Colo. Gen. Assembly, 45 P.3d 1237 (Colo. 2002), and talked about the prioritized list of factors that must be considered when redistricting.
Commissioner Witwer commented extensively about the process that has been followed thus far in developing the current map. The members of the commission engaged Mr. Kottcamp in a discussion about the process and possible solutions to the issues raised by Mr. Kottcamp.
6:35 PM -- Kevin Bradley, representing himself, spoke about his desire to keep Fremont County whole. He discussed the portion of proposed House District 21 that includes the federal prison and expressed his opinion that the district lines do not make sense. Discussion ensued about the combination of a portion of Fremont County with El Paso County. Mr. Bradley further spoke about proposed Senate District 2. Further discussion ensued about logical combinations of counties and about the inability of incarcerated individuals to vote.
6:59 PM -- Dave Williams, representing himself, spoke about House District 60. He discussed the differences between the current House District 60 and the proposed House District 60. He expressed his opinion that the proposed district is preferable. He also talked about the differences between the current and proposed Senate District 5. Discussion ensued about communities of interest and competitiveness in Senate District 5.
Commissioner Salazar thanked everyone for their input and adjourned the meeting.