State Rep. Doyle Heffley weighed in on the first day of hearings on the proposed reapportionment plan.

"I have and continue to be honored to represent all residents of Carbon County until the final maps are approved. Although I would have preferred to continue to represent the entire county, that was not possible according to the rules governing the redistricting process.

"While I do not have a say in the final legislative redistricting vote, I was able to vote against the final reapportionment plan for Pennsylvania congressional districts. That congressional redistricting plan divides Carbon County in half between Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) and Congressman Tim Holden (D-17), and I could not vote for a plan that would split the county's representation between two congressmen.

"It is important to note that legislative redistricting is occurring in an effort to provide the best representation possible for all Commonwealth citizens. As always, I welcome residents to contact me or my office with any concerns they may have about the legislative redistricting plan," he said.