The first of the legislative redistricting listening sessions this morning saw commenters specifically focus on one criticism: the fact the meetings were being held before Census numbers are released.

That included Manhattan State Representative Sydney Carlin.

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Manhattan-area State Senator Tom Hawk noted that changes passed by the Legislature included a revamping of how students and military in his current district will be counted.

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Some in attendance made it clear they expect the legislature to make the draw the new maps based on political matters and don’t want that to be the basis.

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Linda Uthoff with the Manhattan/Riley County chapter of the Leauge of Women Voters called on the committees to consider hearing from the public again after the Census numbers are made official.

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The hearings continued with stops in Salina and Hays Monday and resume Tuesday with sessions in Colby, Garden City and Dodge City.

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