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Redrawing of state congressional lines discussed at meeting

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Residents and elected officials met Wednesday night to discuss upcoming plans to redraw Mississippi's congressional and legislative district lines.

The last in a series of 11 meetings was held Wednesday night at the Hinds County courthouse.

The Mississippi joint legislative committee on reapportionment and redistricting hosted the public session.

Citizens and office holders at all levels offered input and criteria on how future legislative and congressional districts should be drawn.

Changes will occur depending on whether Mississippi's population increases or decreases.

In 2000 the state population was over 2.8 million. Last year that number rose 3.7 percent to more than 2.9 million.

"I expect based on all I've seen from estimates around the country, that we're going to have four congressional districts next time just like we have now. I don't think we'll lose nor will we gain," said Senator Terry Burton, chairman of the reapportionment committee.

Redistricting will be determined by official census figures, which will be released to the state February 11.

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