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City Council Committee on Census and Redistricting hearing on Dockets #0280 and #0685

A hearing regarding the 2020 census, and the impact of COVID-19 on response rates.

The public can offer testimony.

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  1. Agenda

    Docket #0280

    Order for a hearing to discuss ways to promote a complete and accurate count for the 2020 census in the City of Boston.

    Docket #0685

    Order for a hearing to discuss and address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Boston’s low 2020 census response rates and what plans are in place or being formed to improve them moving forward.

    Docket #0280 was sponsored by Councilors Ed Flynn and Michelle Wu, and was referred to the Committee on January 29, 2020.  Docket #0685 was sponsored by Councilors Ricardo Arroyo and Kim Janey, and was referred to the Committee on May 6, 2020.

    NOTICE:  The Boston City Council may have a quorum in attendance due to standing committees of the City Council consisting of both voting and non-voting members.  However, members attending this duly posted meeting are participating and deliberating only in conjunction with the business of the standing committee.


    In accordance with Governor Baker's March 12, 2020 Executive Order modifying certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law and relieving public bodies of certain requirements, including the requirement that public bodies conduct its meetings in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public, the City Council will be conducting this hearing virtually. This enables the City Council to carry out its responsibilities while adhering to public health recommendations and ensuring public access to its deliberations through adequate, alternative means.  The public may watch this hearing via live stream at It will also be re-broadcast at a later date on Comcast 8/RCN 82/Verizon 1964.

    Public Testimony

    Written testimony may be sent to the Committee or staff email (below) and will be made a part of the record and available to all Councilors. Members of the public wishing to testify virtually via videoconference should email the staff contact for a link and instructions to do so.

    Staff Contact: Shane L. Pac


    Staff  Staff Telephone: 617-635-3040

    Re-broadcast on Comcast 8/RCN 82/Verizon 1964 and streamed at: