Bethlehem, August 17, 2011— State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) today provided the following statement in response to the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s decision to hold public hearings in Allentown (Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in the Lehigh Valley Government Center), and Pittsburgh (Sept. 14 at noon at Duquesne University).

“I am disappointed that the commission refused my formal request to schedule a public hearing for Monroe County. County residents have been slighted by fragmented legislative representation for many years. Currently, six different state senators represent pieces of the county.  There has justifiably been a growing public call to provide the county with its own senator.

“While I would have liked the commission to have given Monroe County its own hearing, choosing nearby Allentown is a reasonable alternative. If only one public hearing in eastern Pennsylvania can be held, Allentown’s centralized geographic location in eastern Pennsylvania   makes it a solid choice.

“With today’s announcement, I urge citizens to let their voices be heard on reapportionment. My district staff and I stand ready to answer questions and provide assistance to anyone wishing to take part in this public process. “

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