Redistricting could change Providence boundaries

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new proposal for redrawing the state's congressional districts would move the boundaries in Providence, rather than changing them across many communities.

The latest concept is supported by Rhode Island's incumbent Democratic congressmen. The proposal was created Thursday by a staffer for Congressman Jim Langevin and the state's redistricting consultant.

John Marion heads the non-partisan good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island. He says the latest proposal for redrawing congressional lines in Providence is less drastic than some earlier concepts.

"It doesn't move cities and towns that have long been in one of the congressional districts into another district," explains Marion. "It just moves the boundary within the city, so it seems like a much less radical leap than what the commission has proposed so far."

Marion says the new proposal could potentially offer a benefit to Congressman David Cicilline by including more of Providence in his district.

The state redistricting commission is set to hold its final meeting December 19th. The group will offer recommendations to be taken up the General Assembly in January.

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