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Georgia lawmakers plan Augusta town hall meeting as they redraw district lines

Georgia House redistricting chair Bonnie Rich, R- Suwanee, speaks, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at...
Georgia House redistricting chair Bonnie Rich, R- Suwanee, speaks, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the first of a series of redistricting hearings as Senate Majority Leader John Kennedy, R-Macon, looks on at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Georgia lawmakers are starting work on the once-a-decade process of redrawing electoral district lines. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)(Jeff Amy | AP)
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 10:08 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Georgia lawmakers are kicking off the process to redraw congressional, legislative and other electoral districts, and they’re coming to Augusta for a town hall meeting.

The joint House and Senate redistricting committees met Tuesday for an online hearing to collect testimony about what citizens want to see in new district lines.

Ten more hearings will be held in person around the state between June 28 and July 30, including one in Augusta from 5-7 p.m. July 7. Officials said they’d release more details, including the location, at a later date.

House Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee Chairman Bonnie Rich, a Suwanee Republican, says lawmakers seek to listen.

Many advocates voice doubts about lawmakers’ openness to meaningful public input, calling for increased transparency.

Also, the effort could set up a showdown between Republicans seeking to retain power and Democrats reaching toward a majority.

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From reports by WRDW/WAGT and The Associated Press.