HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers have started the process of redrawing district boundaries for state General Assembly offices.

Legislative leaders held the first meeting Friday of a new redistricting committee, which will use 2010 Census data to redraw the lines based on population shifts.

Census figures showed Connecticut’s population was 3.57 million people as of April 2010, a 4.9 percent population increase over 10 years.

That growth means Connecticut will keep all five of its Congressional seats. The state lost one seat in 2001 when its population growth trailed faster-growing states such as Texas and Florida.

The new legislative committee will examine population figures statewide and hold public hearings before proposing a redistricting map, intended to ensure the General Assembly districts’ sizes are relatively equal.

Its next meeting will be May 16.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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