The kick-off event sponsored by Common Cause was held in the library at the State House and featured the sponsors of both bills as well as RI's Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Treasurer Seth Magaziner.
Jane Koster, president of the League of Women Voters of RI, said in her speech during the press conference, "As part of our People Powered Fair Maps initiative, the League of Women Voters is dedicated to the idea of an independent redistricting commission for Rhode Island. We have spent decades watchdogging the current process and believe now is the time for change."
The event also rolled out the new Redraw RI website, an interactive site that explores why the Ocean State needs an independent redistricting commission and gives a timeline for what needs to happen.
She Continued: "This year our focus will be on People Powered Fair Maps, an undertaking aimed to promote the redistricting process that will put power in the hands of the people. We'll work toward fair representative districts. We'll engage the people of Rhode Island with forums, panel discussions and information on fair maps, and encourage the people of RI to participate in this political process."