Redistricting commission to hear public input

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state redistricting commission will hold its next-to-last meeting Thursday before voting Monday on its recommendations. Critics of some of the commission's proposals are expected to attend.

The meeting is set for 6 in Room 313 at the Statehouse. The state's redistricting consultant, Kimball Brace, says he expects a strong turnout.

"We're hoping that a lot of people show up," says Brace. "We're seeing increased numbers of people coming to participate in the hearings and testify."

The state's legislative and congressional lines get redrawn to reflect changes in population every 10 years. The most controversial proposal would move three northern Rhode Island towns from Congressman David Cicilline's district into the one represented by Jim Langevin. Critics call that an attempt to help Cicilline in what will likely be a tough reelection fight.

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