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   Broad Support Heard For Redistricting Change To End Gerrymandering (MA)

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4/5/2005 2:00 pm

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Entered 4/6/2005, Updated 4/6/2005

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STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 5, 2005...Legislators from both sides of the aisle paraded before the Election Laws Committee Tuesday urging an end to the back room politicking that has come to be known as gerrymandering. Several citizen groups and 57 lawmakers are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that they say will bring more fairness to the mapmaking that occurs every ten years when congressional and legislative districts are redrawn to reflect population shifts. If approved by two successive legislatures, the proposal could reach the ballot in 2008. ... The pending legislation calls for the appointment of a special nine-member commission to conduct the redistricting that comes after the taking of the US Census every decade. The panel would be directed to follow federal laws, respect city and town borders and groups with common interest, and to maintain geographic compactness. Future redistricting plans and accompanying material would be available for public inspection and comment before being submitted to the Legislature for approval." [MORE]


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