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Debate Continues On New Colorado Legislative Districts

DENVER (AP) – A bipartisan commission charged with redrawing Colorado Senate and House legislative districts is discussing new maps after the state Supreme Court rejected their proposals over concern that too many counties were split.

The once-a-decade process to redraw legislative districts to reflect population changes will impact legislative races next year and the balance of power at the Legislature for years to come. Republicans currently control the House by one vote and Democrats control the Senate by five.

The maps commission approved in September would have put one-third of the Legislature’s 100 seats in competitive races next year. But the court ruled this month that the proposed maps were unacceptable.

Commissioners must submit new maps to the court by Dec. 6. Discussion on redrawing districts begins Monday, with a vote expected Tuesday.

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