RI redistricting moves forward


Matching bills that set the rules for who will serve on the commission that recommends changes to Rhode Island’s congressional and legislative districts have been filed.

Under bills introduced in the House and Senate, the Special Commission on Reapportionment would be made up of six representatives, six senators and six “members of the general public.”

The commission will work with a consulting firm studying changes based on census data. It will then hold public hearings to gather feedback before making recommendations to the full Legislature.

If the bills pass, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed will each appoint seven commission members – four lawmakers from their respective chambers and three members of the public.

The state has budgeted $1.5 million for the effort.

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