Thu February 9, 2012
Chafee OKs redistricting plan
By IAN DONNIS
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation Wednesday that redraws Rhode Island's legislative and congressional districts for the next 10 years. Republicans say they intend to go to court to challenge part of the plan.
Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger says the governor signed the bill after he was assured that it was constitutional. She says GOP complaints about changes to a Burrillville House district are "a legislative decision."
Legislative Democrats say the process is complex and redrawing districts always leaves some lawmakers unhappy. But Republicans say Democrats are giving an unfair advantage to one of their own members from Burrillville, state Rep Cale Keable. The redistricting plan moves Keable's GOP opponent in the last election into a neighboring district represented by a Republican.
Republicans have also rapped the plan for moving GOP-leaning Burrillville out of the district represented by Democratic congressman David Cicilline.
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