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State senate proposes to let legislators draw new political lines

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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:31 am | Updated: 9:54 am, Wed Feb 29, 2012.

PHOENIX -- State senators voted Tuesday to give voters a chance to reconsider who they want drawing political lines.

SCR 1035 seeks repeal of the 2000 initiative which created the Independent Redistricting Commission to create the state's 30 legislative and currently nine congressional districts. The move, if approved by voters in November, would return the task to legislators themselves.

Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, said the system results in a single person making the decision, as the two Democrats and two Republicans on the five-member panel can cancel each other out. He said scrapping the commission would make 90 lawmakers responsible -- or at least a majority of the House and Senate.

But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said the Republicans who control both chambers are unhappy because they did not get as many "safe'' political districts as they believe they should have.

The measure also needs House approval before going on the ballot.

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