CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers are keeping their minds open and the drawing board blank as they hear from state residents about redistricting.
That's the word from Senate Majority Leader John Unger. He's also encouraged by the turnout so far at public hearings held by the Senate's bipartisan task force overseeing this process.
Figures from the 2010 Census show that the Legislature must realign districts for the House of Delegates, state Senate and Congress.
Unger says the opening public hearing in Martinsburg drew critics of the 2nd U.S. House district's boundary lines. But several speakers at the Wheeling meeting want lawmakers to protect the district of 1st District Congressman David McKinley. Both were held this month.
Upcoming hearings include one Wednesday evening in Charleston and another Saturday morning in Fairmont.