Latino Commission Critical Of Reapportionment Committee

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission is criticizing what it calls a lack of diversity on the panel charged with redrawing Connecticut’s voting districts.

Commission chairman Isaias Diaz says in a letter to the legislative panel that none of its members reflect the state’s racial and ethnic diversity. Tuesday’s letter suggests creating an ad hoc committee to guide the process “in appreciation of our state’s diverse demographics and geography.”

The state’s Hispanic population grew nearly 50 percent to about 479,000 over the last decade. Hispanics now make up 13 percent of the population.

The Reapportionment Committee redraws congressional and General Assembly district boundaries every 10 years to adjust to changing populations.

The office of Sen. Donald Williams, a committee co-chair, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

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