The politically sensitive, decennial task of drawing new congressional and legislative districts is under way.

The Reapportionment Committee signed off today on a web site designed by the Office of Legislative Research that will go live at midday Tuesday. The bipartisan panel of four Democratic and four Republican legislators also scheduled public hearings for June 30 and July 5, 6, 19 and 20.

Meanwhile, Common Cause held a press conference to once again press the legislature to consider counting prison inmates as residents of their hometowns for reapportionment, not the communities in which the prisons are located. Legislation to force such a change died from inaction in the Judiciary Committee.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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