Redistricting proposal approved by commission

Providence, RI – The State Redistricting Commission approved new boundaries last night for Rhode Island's legislative and congressional districts. The new districts include one that offers a boost to Congressman David Cicilline.

On an 11-to-six vote, the commission approved a plan to remove Burrillville and add more of Providence to the First Congressional District represented by Cicilline. That's less dramatic than an earlier proposal, but it still moves about 10 times the required minimum of about 7000 voters. Commission Co-chairman Stephen Ucci defended the plan as a way to quell a dispute between Cicilline and Second District Congressman Jim Langevin.

"I took the testimony like everyone else. I think it's a good compromise at the end," Ucci said. " But again, we're just a study commission, so this will unfold again in the legislative session that starts in January - so we'll be back at the drawing board."

The redistricting commission also approved plans for redrawing state legislative districts. The Democratic-controlled General Assembly gets the final vote on the new plans.

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