|Rural county commissioners testify on Phillips County Plan|
|Written by Marianne Goodland|
Rural issues got a strong look this week at the State Capitol, with more than a dozen county commissioners testifying before a House committee, and the passage of a package of bills on telecommunications and broadband Internet reform.
Democratic Senate leadership also spoke to reporters on what the General Assembly has done to address rural issues in the 2014 session.
Wednesday, the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee held a hearing on House Concurrent Resolution 14-1001, which would ask voters to approve a realignment of House district boundaries.
Currently, House and Senate districts are divided about equally based on population size; each House district has about 76,000 residents.
For urban legislators, their districts may be contained within one county.
But HCR 1001 sponsor Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) has seven counties in his district. The district of Rep. Tim Dore (R-Elizabeth) is larger than eight or nine states and extends from Washington County in the north to the Colorado-New Mexico state line.
Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) has an even larger geographical district that goes from Weld County east to the Colorado-Nebraska state line and south to Cheyenne County.
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