BOSTON—Days before Eric Lesser gave his last speech as a state senator from Western Massachusetts, the commonwealth, jointly with Amtrak, applied for a $108 million federal grant. In the twilight of his Senate tenure, the project took one of its greatest leaps toward reality.
The Joint Committee on Redistricting of the Massachusetts Legislature debuted its last two maps for Congress and Governor’s Council on Monday. The changes were minor if significant. In the 413, despite population losses both in real and relative terms, the shifts have a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quality.
With the much-delayed Census figures in hand, the Massachusetts legislature set to drawing new maps for the state House and Senate. On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Redistricting released its drafts. The new lines are not wholly without controversy. The Committee will hear from the public Friday even as a constitutional deadline begins to bear down. In the 413, the process may have delivered as well as it could.