Congressional redistricting hearings move to Golden

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State lawmakers working to redraw congressional districts are headed to one of their toughest assignments for a public hearing – Jefferson County.

The bipartisan panel of legislators planned to take public testimony in Golden Thursday about how Congress lines should change. Golden is in the 7th Congressional District, which must expand because it’s not growing as fast as other parts of the state.

Lawmakers are required to redraw congressional lines after every census to make sure the state’s seven congressional districts include the same number of people. The 7th District is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

The redistricting panel has already heard from voters in Loveland, Fort Morgan and Denver. They head to Colorado Springs next week. Lawmakers aim to agree on new congressional lines by late spring.