The York County Chamber of Commerce is calling for greater representation for York County in the South Carolina General Assembly.
The resolution was presented to the state Senate’s Redistricting Subcommittee Wednesday night at a public hearing at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. The hearing was designed to receive public input on the 2011 redistricting of the state’s House and Senate districts.
The chamber, in its resolution, points out that only five of the county’s 11 General Assembly members live in the county.
The chamber, in calling for more representation, also points out that:
- according to the 2010 census results, York is the state’s second-fastest growing county, with a 10-year population growth of 37.3 percent, which is nearly 2 1/2 times the state’s overall growth rate;
- new census results indicate that 226,073 South Carolina residents live in York, making it the state’s seventh-most populated county; and
- York faces “many unique and complex issues” as a border county. “Therefore, the county needs to have its interests advanced by representatives who best understand the significance of these issues.”