State seeks public comment on new legislative districts

Providence, RI – The state commission responsible for redrawing legislative and congressional districts will hold a series of public hearings around the state next week.

The commission is first seeking comments from the public with a series of meetings, starting Tuesday at Warwick City Hall. Other meetings will take place at the Statehouse, CCRI's Newport campus, and high schools in South Kingstown, Johnston and Barrington.

After gathering public input, the redistricting commission plans to pursue its work during a series of Statehouse meetings. The meetings will be broadcast on Capitol TV. And a Web site,, has been created to provide information about the process.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years to reflect population changes. A legislative redistricting commission plans to propose legislation in January for new districts for the 2012 election season.

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