Supreme Court rejects challenges to redistricting maps

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 28, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, the California Supreme Court rejected two legal challenges to the state's new Senate and Congressional redistricting maps.  The two separate lawsuits were rejected by identical 7 to 0 votes.

The court's decision ended the first hurdle to implementing boundary lines that were drawn this year, for the first time, by a 14-member citizens commission created by voters in the passage of Proposition 11 in 2008. More hurdles remain, however. A coalition of Republican-backed groups is spearheading a referendum drive aimed at placing the new Senate maps before voters next year. These opponents say the new lines tend to give Democrats an advantage and could allow the majority party to gain the two additional seats necessary to obtain a two-thirds majority in the state Senate, thus making it easier to pass tax legislation.

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